The Oscars have forever been the fashion Olympics for Hollywood's brightest stars. Style chameleons like Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman regularly steal the show, while risky contenders like Björk still live in our hearts (and memes). With award show attendees opting for all-black (though no less beautiful) ensembles on numerous red carpets this season, it will be interesting to see whether the pattern holds true for this year's biggest night in film. But before we prognosticate about the future, let's take a look at the (very glamorous) past. Ahead, the most iconic red carpet looks in Academy Awards history.
Aniston presenting an award in Atelier Versace foreshadows this year's all-black ensembles—and proves that black doesn't have to mean boring. The open leg, v-neck style has been popular recently among celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence.
We can't tell whether this geometric Ralph & Russo dress looks better from the back or the front—it's that gorgeous, and nobody can wear it as well as Priyanka Chopra.
Celebrating her big break last year, Ruth Negga made sure her appearance at the Oscars was not one to be forgotten thanks to this lacy high-neck scarlet dress from Valentino with a romantic sweeping train and a Renaissance-style headband.
This va-va-voom Alberta Ferretti look on Taraji P. Henson is understated, but speaks volumes about her style, confidence, and killer body, as many Internet users pointed out.
Rooney Mara in lace Givenchy, AKA the dress of our dreams. Her slicked back hair and staple red lip adds to the elegance of the gorgeous sheer number.
Aaaaand she nails the landing again! Cate Blanchett (can she do any wrong?) does it once more with a visionary sea-foam feathered gown by Armani Privé.
A relatively understated look from August Getty (no over-zealous beading or abundant tulle) but McAdams is subtly pulling off other Oscars staples, too—thigh-high slit, low back, and sweeping train—in a very refreshing emerald hue.
Reasons why we're thrilled Emma Stone ended up landing the role in La La Land: her auburn hair naturally vibes with colorful frocks like these. Here, she's wearing a risk-taking Elie Saab gown in mustard yellow that 100 percent pays off.
Pike looks like a visionary statuette herself in scarlet Givenchy Haute Couture, perhaps playing off her unforgettable bloody role in the previous year's Gone Girl.
The then-newcomer stunned in a beautiful aquamarine custom Prada gown with a Fred Leighton headband that landed her on many best-dressed lists in 2014.
The giant tiered dress that caused the staircase-trip-seen-'round-the-world was a gorgeous haute couture gown by Dior.
The closest Amy Adams has come in real life to her princess role in Enchanted. She wowed in an Oscar de la Renta dress with an ethereal frothy train that she helped to envision with the designer.
An acting icon in her own right and epic speech-giver (don't mess with Meryl), she mimicked an Oscar statuette (in her signature red carpet style: floor-length dress and plunging neckline) with this gold lamé Lanvin gown.
The Versace look that sparked its own meme Twitter account (@AngiesRightLeg) was the talk of Tinsel Town in 2012. Many saw it as a return to her cheeky younger red carpet image, and it's definitely one way to ensure that your all-black dress is anything but boring.
This aubergine gown by Rodarte was a double-header: a nod to the designer's role in her Oscar-winning movie Black Swan and a beautiful, enviably wearable maternity dress.
The year Mila Kunis wasn't even up for any awards (she was presenting), but probably crashed Pinterest that night with this lavender Elie Saab gown.
Blanchett, a five-time Oscar nominee at this point, caused a stir in this Givenchy Couture pleated lilac gown encrusted with pearls.
The stunning Oscar winner for The Blind Side exuded glamour in this floor-length metallic Marchesa gown and perfect pink lip.
The mermaid dress is tough to nail without looking like a prom dress gone wrong, but when yours was a couture piece designed by Jean Paul Gaultier—covered with intricate scale embroidery—you're in a whole 'nother category.
The year Tilda Swinton gave a middle finger to red carpet norms, she dyed her hair scarlet and wore a bat-wing/sleeveless cape dress that nodded to her reputation as a brilliant, unpredictable fashion maven. Some loved it, others hated it, understandably.
Who could forget that scarlet red Balenciaga gown complete with a bow halter neck and side-swept hair?
Cruz took sophistication to the next level in this feathered blush-toned Versace gown when she was nominated for a best actress award for Volver.
Southern sweetheart Reese Witherspoon won the Best Actress award for the role of a lifetime—playing June Carter Cash—in this vintage Christian Dior gown (from 1955).
The actress topped 2006 best-dressed lists in an aubergine taffeta gown, custom-made by Vera Wang.
Cementing her status as a red carpet icon, Williams paired a bright red lip and soft up-do with this lovely mustard Vera Wang gown.
The Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby stole the show in this conservative, yet daring, navy Guy Laroche gown with a super low back.
Eternal style chameleon Cate Blanchett took home an award for her role as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator this year, but her accolades started earlier in the evening when she appeared in this yellow taffeta one-shoulder Valentino gown that's still considered one of the best Oscars gowns in history.
The Kill Bill actress broke the mold in this Christian Lacroix gown with a silk-wrap waist and cropped sleeves.
This sleek crystal Gucci gown with a backless cut, draping train, and '40s pin curls looked beyond stunning on the South African beauty, who nabbed the Best Actress award for her role in Monster that year.
It feels like J.Lo was born knowing how to nail an entrance. Case in point: this mint green one-sleeve, asymmetrical cape dress that made her skin look radiant (just one of many red carpet knockouts).