The 15 Best Dresses of Last Year
From the front, the Downton Abbey star’s dress is simple and demure. From the side, the revealing sheer panels deliver a sexy view that would positively shock the Downton denizens.
The Zero Dark Thirty actress proves that her body is a 10 in a super-fitted scarlet Alexander McQueen gown, plus a $1.25 million Water by Harry Winston diamond necklace and loose waves (so as not to look too “diva,” she explained).
Her road to the red carpet was bumpy, but she lands at the SAGs in smooth style, wearing a second-skin Zuhair Murad gown with black bead piping, plus Forevermark jewels.
Navy is the color of the night, and no one looks better in it than the Les Misérables star, who updates her Old Hollywood Zac Posen gown with an unexpected Lorraine Schwartz pendant and fresh coral lips.
To pick up a Best Actress statue, the 30 Rock puts her bod on display in a sweetheart-neckline Oscar de la Renta gown with a jeweled buckle, plus a minaudière by the designer and Fred Leighton jewelry.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: sticks to her favorite style elements (center-parted stick-straight strands, an elegant Vivienne Westwood Couture column gown and simple Fred Leighton jewelry) – and looks as good as ever.
The super-sexy works all her curves in a barely there Donna Karan Atelier white lamé gown, bridal-esque white Charlotte Olympia platforms and a million dollars worth of Neil Lane jewels.
Looking reliably lovely in a gray lace Marchesa gown, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and elegant Fabergé jewelry, the surprises us with rich raspberry lips in a sea of dark wines and light pinks.
Husband picked up a trophy for Argo, but he was already a big winner thanks to his lovely , who is positively winning in glittery golden Oscar de la Renta and David Webb jewels.
Ladies and gentlemen, this woman is nearly 50. And she smokes starlets half her age in a beaded mermaid gown by Romona Keveza, accessorized with a Neil Lane choker, Martin Katz bangles and a Swarovski clutch.
And this 13-year-old actress smokes red carpet veterans four times her age in a slightly ’60s-inspired beaded Oscar de la Renta tea-length dress, Forevermark Diamonds and silver sandals.
And the award for best color goes to Viola! On a night where many stars went for basic black and white, the actress stands out in vibrant teal Monique Lhuillier with a long train, plus silver Jimmy Choo platforms and coral and turquoise Cathy Waterman jewelry.
The Vampire Diaries star picks a look that definitely doesn’t suck, including a bold pink Elie Saab short-sleeve column, Jimmy Choo heels and killer Neil Lane jewelry.
YOUR PICK: MARION COTILLARD
Though controversial with PEOPLE.com editors, this two-tone, bow-adorned Dior Haute Couture number, worn with Chopard gems and black pumps, was a runaway hit with readers, earning an 85% approval rating.