Memorable Oscar Dresses

With the Oscars right around the corner, we compiled a list of the best (and not quite so wonderful) red carpet looks.

With the Oscars right around the corner, we compiled a list of our favorite (and not so favorite) red carpet looks.

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Natalie Portman, 2009

The starlet had that Grecian goddess appeal in a refreshing, pink Rodarte strapless gown.

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Lauren Hutton, 2006

Maybe the former model-turned-actress' beauty is timeless, but her beaded-fanny-pack purse was way past its due date.

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Uma Thurman, 2004

This bucolic-beer-garden-gown landed the usually jaw-dropping actress a spot on several "worst dressed" lists.

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Tyra Banks, 2000

The model-turned-actress got a little too Mattel in a purple tulle gown.

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Sophia Loren, 2009

The Italian actress looked a little bit "ruffled" in a bust-skimming chiffon gown

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Sharon Stone, 2011

The actress resembled Cruella de Ville in an off-shoulder, black Christian Dior gown and severe updo.

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Renee Zellweger, 2003

This red Carolina Herrera gown with an embroidered bodice was an appropriate fit for the actress who was up for an Oscar for her role in Chicago.

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Reese Witherspoon, 2007

The actress was simple, sexy, and elegant in a deep, purple Nina Ricci gown.

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Penelope Cruz, 2010

The Oscar nominee was a stunner in a burgundy Donna Karan satin gown.

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Penelope Cruz, 2007

Up for an Oscar for her role in Volver, the actress resembled Audrey Hepburn in a strapless feathered Versace dress.

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Nicole Kidman, 2007

The contrast between the actress' blonde hair, pale skin and red Balenciaga gown made a killer statement.

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Mila Kunis, 2011

In a '20s-style, tiered semi-sheer Elie Saab Haute Couture dress, the sultry starlet showed off just the right amount of skin.

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Marisa Tomei, 2011

The actress looked a little uncomfortable in a very tight vintage Charles James gown.

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Mariah Carey, 2010

The singer-actress was, well, busting out of this skin-tight Valentino number.

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Kate Winslet, 2009

Usually a bombshell on the red carpet, actress' famous curves fell flat in an off-shoulder Yves Saint Laurent gown.

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Kate Hudson, 2003

The fun actress transformed into a mesmerizing beauty in flesh-colored Versace gown with an intricate lace bodice hand-sewn by Donatella herself.

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Julia Roberts, 2001

With that trademark smile, the actress could not have looked better in this classic white and black Valentino dress when she accepted her first golden statue for "Best Actress" in Erin Brokovich.

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Julianne Moore, 2003

This green Yves Saint Laurent gown was an impeccable complement to the actress' trademark red locks.

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Jessica Alba, 2006

The fresh-faced actress was glamorous in a lace-embroidered Versace gown.

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Jennifer Hudson, 2011

After losing a remarkable 80 pounds since her last Oscar snag for Dream Girls in 2007, the singer-turned-actress was confident in a form-fitting orange Versace gown three years later.

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Jennifer Garner, 2004

Showing off those toned arms in a one-shoulder orange vintage Valentino gown, the actress made her mark on the red carpet.

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Jennifer Connelly, 2003

The actress looked as if she was swamped by a heaping bulk of black fabric, don't you think?

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Jada Pinkett Smith, 2004

This bizarre jewel-camo hybrid dress did not do the actress any justice.

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Heidi Klum, 2010

When you got it, you don't always have to flaunt it! The supermodel showed off some leg in this '80s style high-slit Roland Mouret dress.

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Helen Mirren, 2007

At 61, the Best Actress winner for the film, Queen, still looked phenomenal in a stunning Christian Lacroix gown.

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Helena Bonham Carter, 2011

Even with the patriotic accents, the eccentric actress was surprisingly put-together in a black Colleen Atwood gown.

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Halle Berry, 2001

Behind every epic dress, there are epic proportions. The actress made red carpet history in a semi-sheer net Elie Saab couture gown, leaving just enough to the imagination.

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Halle Berry, 2011

A veteran on the red carpet, it did not take much for this actress to turn heads in a simple, nude Marchesa dress.

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Gwyneth Patrow, 1999

This fairytale pink Ralph Lauren dress could not have been more perfect for the first time Oscar winner.

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Evan Rachel Wood, 2009

The actress was a timeless beauty in a simple, deco-inspired Elie Saab Haute Couture gown.

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