Best of the Oscars Red Carpet 2012

While Fashion Month still marches on in Europe, our focus has turned to Hollywood and the biggest red carpet event of the year! Here are all of the best looks from the 2012 Oscars.
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While Fashion Month still marches on in Europe, our focus has turned to Hollywood and the biggest red carpet event of the year! Here are all of the best looks from the 2012 Oscars.
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Jessica Chastain
The star of two Best Picture-nominated films — The Help and Tree of Life — looked stunning in a bespoke silk organza hand-embroidered Alexander McQueen gown with $2 million worth of yellow diamond Harry Winston jewels
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Sandra Bullock
The star of the Oscar-nominated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close wore a black and white silk crepe Marchesa gown with gold bullion embroidered detail.
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Cameron Diaz
The sexy star chose a nude Gucci gown with intricate sequined detailing for her walk down the red carpet.
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Angelina Jolie
The star, who walked the red carpet alongside Oscar-nominated Brad Pitt, showed off a sexy, thigh-high slit in a black Atelier Versace velvet strapless gown with Neil Lane jewels and a Jaime Mascaro clutch.
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Tina Fey
The 30 Rock star joked that she "feared the peplum" on this strapless navy blue custom Carolina Herrera gown.
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Penelope Cruz
The star said that she was lucky to "wear such beautiful designs" by the world's best designers, including her custom Giorgio Armani organza off-the-shoulder evening gown in a stormy blue-gray hue.
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Nina Garcia
Marie Claire's fashion director and ABC's red carpet correspondent wore a black strapless Jean Paul Gaultier Couture gown with Fred Leighton jewelry.
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Natalie Portman
Last year's Best Actress winner for her role in Black Swan wore a cherry red vintage Dior dress from 1954 with Harry Winston jewels.
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Meryl Streep
The Hollywood legend, who is nominated for her role in The Iron Lady, wore a metallic Lanvin gown, accented with antique Fred Leighton earrings.
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Jennifer Lopez
The actress-slash-pop star wore an eye-catching Zuhair Murad gown with a very low-cut neck and cutout shoulders. We really wish she'd switch up her signature hairdo from that huge bun, don't you?
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Gwyneth Paltrow
The star positively popped on the red carpet in a stark white Tom Ford one-shoulder dress with a regal floor-dusting white cape.
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Emma Stone
The adorable redhead whose movie The Help is nominated for Best Picture couldn't be cuter. When talking about her dramatic gown, she said with a giggle, "It's Giambattista Valli. It's fuchsia. And it's got a bow!"
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Berenice Bejo
The newly red-haired star of The Artist looked sublime in a mint green Elie Saab gown with emerald earrings.
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Leslie Mann
Judd Apatow's wife wore a navy Roberto Cavalli dress that was "so tight that I don't think I can use the restroom."
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Michelle Williams
The My Week With Marilyn star looked sweet and insanely stylish in a coral Louis Vuitton gown with an unexpected — yet very on-trend — peplum.
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Octavia Spencer
The Best Supporting actress nominee for The Help remained red-carpet loyal to her favorite designer, Tadashi Shoji, who custom-made her white beaded, ruched gown with Neil Lane accessories.
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Kristen Wiig
The SNL star who's up for best screenplay for Bridesmaids stuck to her gown color standby in a nude tulle J. Mendel dress with Neil Lane jewelry.
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Glenn Close
The Albert Nobbs Best Actress nominee wore Zac Posen's green silk floral embroidered bustier gown with a matching satin blazer.
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Viola Davis
The Best Actress nominee for The Help said the designer did "right by me" with her custom Vera Wang emerald green corseted faille gown with floral crystal appliques.
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Rooney Mara
The nominee for her role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo switched up her normally all-black red carpet look for a white Givenchy dress that she says she "picked this morning."
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Maya Rudolph
The Bridesmaids star wore a grape-colored gown accented with silver shoulders and a belt. Her secrets for looking statuesque on the red carpet? Good posture and "so much shapewear."
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Shailene Woodley
The 20-year-old star of The Descendents picked her white Valentino Couture gown because it was "incredibly me" with the long sleeves and simple silhouette.
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Stacy Keibler
It looks like George Clooney's girlfriend took inspiration for her Oscars' look from the golden statue itself! She really made a statement on the red carpet in a metallic gold Marchesa gown.
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Rose Byrne
The Bridesmaids beauty wore a sequined black Vivienne Westwood frock with Chanel fine jewelry and Jimmy Choo heels. Our favorite part of the look? Her haircut!
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Milla Jovovich
The actress chose a radiant silver Elie Saab gown for her first time attending (and presenting at!) the Oscars, and she accented the look with Jacob and Company jewels.
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Melissa McCarthy
The Bridesmaids nominee wore a Marina Rinaldi gown with Brian Atwood accessories. Fun fact: She's been friends with the designer since high school, and he inscribed a special message on the bottom of her shoe. Awww!
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