10) Gwenyth Paltrow in Calvin Klein
As much as the mere mention of GOOP sends my eyes rolling followed by exasperated sighs, Paltrow’s look was refreshing in the sea of Bumpit filled updos and gowns with trains. Her metallic Calvin Klein was modern.
9) Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier
Mandy Moore makes a fabulous Disney princess and such a beautiful, stately presence on the red carpet. She looked like a true movie star in a sparkling nude gown by Monique Lhuillier, worn with large, retro diamond earrings.
8) Jennifer Hudson in VersaceJennifer Hudson looked amazing in her Versace. Camera and tv hues affected just about every red color palate that walked the carpet. I believe Hudson’s gown was a tangerine masterpiece. I typically avoid any color in the orange family, but this was by far one of the best dresses on the red carpet. She will be fighting Kunis for the place as Best Dressed. It’s a tough call.
7) Amy Adams in L'wren Scott
There was a new redhead in L'Wren at the Oscars—The Fighter's Amy Adams, whose midnight blue sequined gown looked radiant against her creamy complexion. Bright green jewels, including a necklace worn atop the dress, added an extra dimension to a winning look.
6) Anne Hathaway in Valentino
There was nothing wrong with Anne Hathaway's vintage Valentino gown, but it was perhaps a bit conservative for the evening's hostess...even when paired with a deep red lip and a sparkling diamond necklace. Was she saving her best look for the telecast?
5) Halle Berry in Marchesa
Halle Berry knew she had a red carpet hit in this glittering tulle masterpiece by Marchesa! The one-time Best Actress winner went soft for the evening, matching her gown with ultra-feminine diamond earrings.
4) Natalie Portman in Rodarte
Natalie Portman had the year's most buzzworthy performance in Black Swan, and had fashion followers on the edge of their seats over her choice of Oscars attire. This violet off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown was a lovely choice, even if it was not nearly as dramatic as most of her fans would have liked.
3) Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa
Hailee Steinfeld had a true princess moment. The True Grit star's soft pink Marchesa gown was pitch perfect with its jeweled sheer yoke and soft tulle skirt. Steinfeld avoided the major bling, accessorizing her look with a thin, glittering headband and plenty of charm.
2) Camilla Alves in Kaufman Franco
Handbag designer Camila Alves was typically ravishing in a Kaufman Franco gown with a deep plunging neckline. Diamond-and-pearl earrings and a center-parted bun created the perfect pared-back look.
1) Mila Kunis in Elie Saab
It's too bad Mila Kunis looked so bored on the red carpet, because her soft lavender lace gown was actually quite pretty. The plunging neckline must have turned plenty of heads, as did the semi-sheer skirt. Delicate diamond earrings, a diamond bangle and a soft updo completed her look.