Lifestyle Style Red Carpet to Your Closet: 25 Best Dresses of Awards Season See Angelina Jolie's leg-baring stunner, Reese Witherspoon's red-hot number and more winning couture – then shop the dresses for less! By Alex Apatoff Alex Apatoff Instagram Twitter Alex Apatoff is the Executive Editor of PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for more than a decade, holding various roles on the Style and Beauty team before becoming the site's Lifestyle Director to coordinate the work across the commerce, evergreen, features and marketing teams. Prior to her role at PEOPLE, Alex worked at Us Weekly (where, among other things, she oversaw the Fashion Police pages) and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 29, 2012 11:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 25 ANGELINA JOLIE Jason Merritt/Getty On hand to support partner at the Oscars, the stole the show in her leg-baring velvet Atelier Versace gown, worn with custom Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and $2.5 million worth of Neil Lane jewels. 02 of 25 REESE WITHERSPOON Jason Merritt/Getty Red-hot in her fitted Zac Posen gown, kept the rest of her Golden Globes look low-key with tousled waves, sparkling Fred Leighton bangles and Christian Louboutin shoes. 03 of 25 ADELE Kyle Rover/Startraks For her many wins at the Grammys, the looked trophy-worthy in a simple custom Giorgio Armani gown, which she accessorized with a Harry Winston ring, De Beers earrings and Christian Louboutin pumps. 04 of 25 EMMA STONE Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty At the SAG Awards, kept things fresh and flirty in a dress, clutch and shoes all by Alexander McQueen, plus Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. diamond earrings and four Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. rings. 05 of 25 JESSICA CHASTAIN Jon Furniss/WireImage After bursting onto the scene in 2011, the redhead was a red carpet fixture thanks to her turns in two nominated films, The Tree of Life and The Help. At the BAFTAs, she proved she’s worthy of all the adulation in a Grecian-inspired metallic Oscar de la Renta gown, sparkly platforms and a platinum-and-diamond Harry Winston necklace. 06 of 25 JENNIFER ANISTON Kyle Rover/Startraks Though vowed to shake up her style, Jen provided plenty of wow in her Dolce & Gabbana mini at the Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner in Los Angeles, 07 of 25 MICHELLE WILLIAMS Kevin Mazur/Wireimage The Oscar-nominated (for My Week With Marilyn) never looked better than at the Academy Awards, perfectly blending vintage glamour with modern style in a peplum Louis Vuitton frock, accessorized with a light pink Bottega Veneta clutch, a 30-carat Fred Leighton for Forevermark choker and 19th century Fred Leighton bow brooch at the waist. 08 of 25 CLAIRE DANES Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo To pick up her Golden Globe best actress win for Homeland, the was a black-and-white style star in a graphic J. Mendel gown with embellished details and a bare back, plus bold red lips and a Tiffany & Co. clutch. 09 of 25 RIHANNA Jason Merritt/Getty Skin was in for the now-blonde , who wore a plunging custom Giorgio Armani gown (complete with an open back and high slit), plus Christian Louboutin shoes, a Jimmy Choo clutch and striking gold Neil Lane jewels. 10 of 25 KIRSTEN DUNST Jason Merritt/Getty Looking pretty and playful in her sheer, bow-embellished black Dior frock (along with Jimmy Choo sandals and Harry Winston jewels), the Melancholia was swathed in style at the Critics’ Choice Awards. 11 of 25 NATALIE PORTMAN Kevin Mazur/WireImage To present at the Oscars, the opted for an ensemble that was Old Hollywood glamour from head to toe: a vintage Dior Haute Couture polka-dot gown and major Harry Winston jewels (plus a brand new ring!). 12 of 25 VIOLA DAVIS Jason Merritt/Getty Flaunting her terrific figure and spot-on style in a plunging strapless grecian Marchesa gown, Jimmy Choo sandals, Judith Leiber clutch and Cathy Waterman jewels, the actress picked up a best actress trophy at the SAGs. 13 of 25 KATE WINSLET Ian Langsdon/EPA/Landov Though she kept a low profile throughout awards season, the couldn’t resist a trip to Paris, attending the César Awards in a black-and-gold sequined Jenny Packham gown worn with Van Cleef & Arpels diamonds. 14 of 25 ELIZABETH BANKS Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty To present at the Independent Spirit Awards, The Hunger Games actress pushed the envelope in a pleated watercolor dress with a keyhole cut-out, plus a Kzeniya clutch, Kimberly McDonald earrings and funky black heels. 15 of 25 OCTAVIA SPENCER Kevin Mazur/WireImage Remaining loyal to her favorite designers paid off for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, who nailed it in a curve-hugging beaded Tadashi Shoji, Jimmy Choo shoes, a Judith Leiber clutch and Neil Lane jewels at the Academy Awards. 16 of 25 CHRISTINA RICCI Gareth Cattermole/Getty The Pan Am star was pure gold in a shimmering lamé number, worn with red lips and glittering jewels, at the BAFTAs. 17 of 25 SOFIA VERGARA Jason Merritt/Getty If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The Modern Family stuck to her favored silhouette, wearing a mermaid Vera Wang gown, 160 carats of Harry Winston diamonds and Casadei heels to attend the Golden Globes. 18 of 25 SHAILENE WOODLEY Steve Granitz/WireImage Another newcomer to the awards season red carpet, The Descendants actress kept things simple and chic for her appearance at the Critics’ Choice Awards in a body-skimming pale gray Calvin Klein Collection halter column, worn with loose locks and minimal makeup. 19 of 25 ROSE BYRNE Luiz Martinez/Broadimage The actress enjoyed playing up the ’70s vibe of her heavy bob all season, picking sleek sequined numbers, like this one-shoulder Vivienne Westwood, which she wore with Chanel Fine Jewelry and Jimmy Choo platforms to the Oscars. 20 of 25 EMILY BLUNT Jeff Vespa/WireImage A Kelly-green Oscar de la Renta gown was a breath of fresh air in a sea of nudes and blacks at the SAG Awards. The actress completed her look with Lorraine Schwartz gems, a blush Swarovski clutch and Jimmy Choo platform sandals. 21 of 25 SALMA HAYEK Bauer-Griffin Embodying effortless elegance in a fitted, wine-hued Gucci gown, a matching grape clutch and dazzling Maison Boucheron jewels, hit her mark at the Goya Cinema Awards in Madrid. 22 of 25 CHARLIZE THERON Steve Granitz/WireImage The Dior made a knockout case for the brand in a blush Dior Haute Couture gown and vintage Cartier gems. 23 of 25 EMMA STONE Jason Merritt/Getty So nice, we named her twice: the bowed Giambattista Valli Haute Couture halter (plus a sparkling silver clutch by Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton High Jewelry and Brian Atwood heels) was risky, but her confidence helped her pull off the bold Oscars look. 24 of 25 KATE BECKINSALE Jason Merritt/Getty Daring to bare her legs when most ladies went long, the struck a pose at the Grammys in a simply sexy Zuhair Murad number with bow detailing, Sutra earrings and simple black Salvatore Ferragamo pumps. 25 of 25 ELISHA CUTHBERT Jordan Strauss/WireImage The Happy Endings star was edgy and elegant in a perforated gold and black bustier from Vawk’s resort collection and long, loose ringlets at the People’s Choice Awards.