Oscar Fashion Preview

As Hollywood's biggest night approaches, take a peek at the red-carpet styles of Hilary Swank, Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and other hopefuls. By Serena Kappes

01 of 09

HILARY SWANK: MINIMALIST

HILARY SWANK: MINIMALIST
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The Best Actress nominee (for Million Dollar Baby) opts for clean lines, like that of designer Calvin Klein (whose design she wore to the Golden Globes, right, and whose lingerie line she has modeled). Swank usually opts for a chic, spare look (left, at a Metropolitan Museum gala in April; center, in New York in January).

02 of 09

LEONARDO DICAPRIO: CLASSIC

LEONARDO DICAPRIO: CLASSIC
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In his off-hours, DiCaprio is a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of guy. But when it comes to dressing up, the Best Actor nominee (for his turn as Howard Hughes in The Aviator) favors elegant, well-tailored suits (from left: at the L.A. premiere of The Aviator in December; in Hollywood; in Madrid in January).

03 of 09

KATE WINSLET: GLAMOROUS

KATE WINSLET: GLAMOROUS
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Winslet highlights her voluptuous figure by showcasing it in colorful, striking gowns (from left: in New York City in November; in London in October; in Manhattan in October). The Best Actress nominee (for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is a fan of British designer Ben de Lisi, known for his signature bias-cut, clingy dresses.

04 of 09

JAMIE FOXX: SUAVE

JAMIE FOXX: SUAVE
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Pinstriped suits, boldly patterned ties, lavender-on-lavender – Best Actor and Supporting Actor nominee (for Ray and Collateral) pulls off dapper dressing with panache (from left: at the Critics' Choice Awards in January; in Los Angeles in October; in London in September).

05 of 09

CATE BLANCHETT: ADVENTUROUS

CATE BLANCHETT: ADVENTUROUS
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The Best Supporting Actress nominee (for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator) is a fashion adventuress. Blanchett favors avant-garde designers like Alexander McQueen and always takes sartorial risks (from left: at the Director's Guild Awards in January; at the Rome premiere of The Aviator; in New York in December).

06 of 09

ANNETTE BENING: CLASSIC

ANNETTE BENING: CLASSIC
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Bening, a Best Actress nominee (for her portrayal of an aging theater actress in Being Julia), sticks to solid colors – especially basic black – and chooses cuts and clothing that are age-appropriate. Her focus is on simplicity and elegance (from left: in New York in January; in October; at the Kennedy Center Honors in December).

07 of 09

JOHNNY DEPP: BOHEMIAN

JOHNNY DEPP: BOHEMIAN
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Known for his vintage taste, Depp treats dressing up for the red carpet as an opportunity to get into costume. From Harry Potter-style spectacles to old-school spats, the Best Actor nominee (for Finding Neverland) is unafraid to talk a walk on the wild side (from left: in London in October; in New York; in London in 2004).

08 of 09

LAURA LINNEY: SOPHISTICATED

LAURA LINNEY: SOPHISTICATED
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The Best Supporting Actress nominee (for Kinsey) transforms her look by experimenting with her hair and makeup, but the one constant for Linney is her streamlined approach to style (from left: in Los Angeles in November; at the Tony Awards in June; in New York in November). Linney, who often chooses Prada, is never flashy, but rather dramatizes classic looks with flair.

09 of 09

NATALIE PORTMAN: INGENUE

NATALIE PORTMAN: INGENUE
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Natalie Portman has a fresh and romantic appeal when it comes to her fashion choices. Whether going retro in a '20s-style dress (left, in New York in July) or ramping up the red carpet in flowing fuchsia or jewel tones (center, in New York in July; right, in L.A. in November), the Best Supporting Actress nominee (for Closer) favors soft, feminine looks that give her a graceful air.

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