Oscars: What Will They Wear?
Witherspoon – whom PEOPLE style director Susan Kaufman likens to a "modern-day Grace Kelly" – has been wearing cocktail-length dresses (Chanel for the Golden Globes, left, and Dolce amp Gabbana at the Critics' Choice Awards). Expect to see the Best Actress nominee for Walk the Line stroll the red carpet in a full-skirted gown.
The dapper Hustle amp Flow star, who's up for Best Actor, is a fan of Dolce amp Gabbana's tailored suits (at a Globes party, left; at the SAG Awards). For the Academy Awards, Howard will most likely don DampG yet again. "These clothes work so beautifully on him," says Kaufman.
"Lately, she's been wearing looks that are slightly less bohemian and a little more elegant," says Kaufman of the Best Actress nominee (in Valentino at the Globes, left; in Calvin Klein at a recent premiere). But the Pride & Prejudice star will probably add a funky twist to her hair and accessories.
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Expect coordination from Brokeback Mountain's real-life couple, up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. They're "very aware" of dressing as a unit, says Kaufman, pointing to their looks at the SAG Awards (his black contrasting with her Proenza Schouler gown, left) and the Globes (his boutonniere complementing her purple Givenchy).
"He's a throwback to the classic Hollywood movie star," says Kaufman of the triple nominee (for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana and Best Director and Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck). Chances are Clooney (at the SAG Awards, left; at the Writers Guild Awards) will play up his leading-man looks in a tuxedo on the big night.
The Junebug star (up for Best Supporting Actress) favors dramatic frocks that complement her porcelain skin and red hair (in Carolina Herrera at the SAG Awards, left, and Giambattista Valli at the Writers Guild Awards). Expect to see her in something "frothy and black – nothing too simple," says Kaufman.
The Walk the Line star favors a "studied, undone look," says Kaufman, meaning no bow tie for this Best Actor nominee (at the Globes, left, and SAG Awards). He'll sport a necktie instead, she predicts.
The ultra-toned Huffman "has really upped her fashion quotient in the last year," says Kaufman of the Best Actress nominee for Transamerica (in Richard Tyler at the 2005 Golden Globes, left, and in Marchesa this year). "It might be a moment where she'll pull out a bright 'look at me' dress."
Weisz, up for Best Supporting Actress for The Constant Gardener, has been wearing her pregnancy beautifully (in Rochas at the SAG Awards, left; in Donna Karan at the Globes). Her designer pal Narcisco Rodriguez could continue the trend. "I wouldn't be surprised if she has him make her something sleek and minimal," says Kaufman.
The Brokeback Mountain star (nominated for Best Supporting Actor) follows "in the footsteps of the matinee idols of days gone by," says Kaufman. Gyllenhaal (at the SAG Awards, left, and the BAFTAs) is sure to stay on that path in a timeless tux for the Oscars.
"She goes from sexy and sophisticated to edgy," says Kaufman of the North Country star (in Armani Prive at the SAG Awards, left, and Lanvin at the BAFTAs). For her second shot at Best Actress, expect her to experiment with her look. "She's one of the few people who can carry it off with confidence."