Fresh off a trip to Brazil, Best Actress Charlize Theron (for Monster) shimmered in an elegant Gucci gown that showed off her tawny complexion and her figure, slim again after she gained 30 lbs. for her winning role.
As a grieving woman in 21 Grams, Best Actress nominee Watts looked wan and pale, but on the Oscars red carpet she glowed in a rhinestone-encrusted Versace gown that highlighted her peaches-and-cream complexion. Elegant teardrop earrings made the perfect accompaniment.
Ten years after she accepted her Best Actress award (for The Piano) in Vera Wang, Hunter — a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Thirteen — once again turned to the designer for her red carpet look. The pink tulle halter gown was a perfect fit for her petite frame, and her simple hairdo nicely offset the dress's frills.
Iranian-born Aghdashloo, a Best Supporting Actress nominee for House of Sand and Fog, was resplendent in a fire-engine-red gown that beautifully set off her dark hair. She's come a long way since fleeing Tehran in 1978; before signing on to the film, the actress ran an L.A. theater company that put on Iranian plays.
Presenter and fashion bellwether Kidman (who starred in Cold Mountain) was a traffic-stopper in this simply elegant slate-toned Chanel gown.
Lost in Translation's Johansson ditched her recent putty-colored looks in favor of a festive sea-green gown by Alberta Ferretti.
Although Clarkson lost the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Renee Zellweger, the Pieces of April star won big on the red carpet in a slinky, gold Bill Blass gown.
During the Oscars program, the Mona Lisa Smile star led a tribute to screen legend Katharine Hepburn – and on the red carpet, she emulated the late actress's elegant style in a stunning, simple Giorgio Armani gown.
Best Original Screenplay winner Coppola (who is the only American woman ever to be nominated for Best Director, for Lost in Translation) stepped away from her usual basic black, gracing the red carpet in an elegant plum gown. As always, her designer of choice was Marc Jacobs.
Always a red-carpet stunner, presenter Zeta-Jones (last year's Best Supporting Actress for Chicago) dazzled in a sparkling, corseted crimson Versace gown.
Presenter Lane (a Best Actress nominee last year for Unfaithful) was goddess-like in this Grecian-inspired, rhinestone-accented sheath.