At the 84th Annual Academy Awards — the culminating night of awards show season — the red carpet was filled with Hollywood's fashion heavy-hitters. But only a handful made our best dressed list. And the nominees are…
Jessica Chastain. The star of two nominated films, The Help and Tree of Life, wore a dramatic Alexander McQueen bustier gown, which was hand-embroidered, to evoke nature, with gold bullion.
Gwyneth Paltrow. The A-lister was a vision in white in this Tom Ford dress from his Fall 2012 runway collection. The built-in floor-dusting cape only reinforced her superstar status.
Angelina Jolie. The only thing more attention-grabbing than her custom-made black velvet Atelier Versace gown was her now-famous right leg, which took full advantage of the dress' thigh-high slit.
Octavia Spencer. The Best Supporting Actress winner remained red-carpet loyal to designer Tadashi Shoji, who created this beaded platinum gown that was gathered in all the right places.
Michelle Williams. The My Week With Marilyn nominee looked superbly sweet in this bright coral layered strapless Louis Vuitton gown, which rocked the season's hottest trend, the peplum.