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The first Oscars started in 1929, and almost 100 years later, it’s still happening! (Although the Academy still snubs women and diverse nominees, but that’s a whole different issue.) With nine decades of red carpets, that means there are so many stylish dresses and gowns that have graced them. . Here, we take a look back at some of the most amazing and cutting edge of each year, dating back to 29. (Wow, those black and white photos are a throwback!) From Lupita Nyong’o to Penelope Cruz and from Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly, click to see the most stylish Oscars dress of the year you were born.
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Gemma Chan, 2019
The Crazy Rich Asians star wore a voluminous high-necked Valentino dress on the red carpet and landed on the best dressed list. As a bonus, the dress even had pockets !!!
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Viola Davis, 2018
Viola donned a hot pink sequined Michael Kors dress and accessorized with a matching clutch and sparkly hoops in 2018. She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress the previous year for her emotional performance in Fences, and presented the award for Best Supporting Actor to Sam Rockwell this year.
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Naomie Harris, 2017
The Moonlight The star was nominated for Best Supporting Actress this year, and she hasn’t played a game on the red carpet. This white sequined Calvin Klein mini looked breathtaking, especially when paired with her bold yellow heels.
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Cate Blanchett, 2016
Sure, Cate Banchett’s Armani Prive dress might have been a bit of a contention, but we totally have that aqua throaty hue, feathery details, and Swarovski crystals. It was clearly a winning look as she won the Best Actress award for her work in Carol.
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She absolutely shone in this neutral off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood dress. She wore her hair in locs, which prompted controversial remarks from Giuliana Rancic. Zendaya then posted a powerful statement about the hairstyle on her Instagram, and Rancic then apologized for her insensitive comments.
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Lupita Nyong’o, 2014
Lupita blew everyone away with her performance in 12 years old a slavee“She took home the award for Best Supporting Actress tonight. Her Prada dress was certainly the most elegant on the red carpet, thanks to its simple silhouette, subtle highlights and dramatic train.
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Zoe Saldana, 2013
This Alexis Mabille couture dress seemed to have a lot going for it: floral appliques! The belted waist! The shadow train! – but because of its neutral colors and sleek design, it was the sleekest of the night. That same year she appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Emma Stone, 2012
This fuchsia Giambattista Valli dress with a cinched waist and dramatic pussy bow was such a stunner in 2012. She presented the award for Best Visual Effects with Ben Stiller later on stage.
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Jennifer Lawrence, 2011
Fresh out of his breakout role in Winter bone, JLaw looked so chic on the red carpet in this simple Calvin Klein dress and her tousled hair. She received her first nomination for Best Actress this year.
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Sandra Bullock, 2010
The actress shone in this mermaid dress paired with straight straight hair and a bright red lip. She won her long-awaited Oscar for Best Actress in The blind side tonight.
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Taraji P. Henson, 2009
Taraji made an unforgettable Oscar debut in a strapless Roberto Cavalli number, short bob and dazzling necklace. She received her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
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Marion Cotillard, 2008
Marion wore a mermaid dress on the red carpet in the most literal sense. She looked radiant in this Jean Paul Gaultier dress which featured a pattern in the shape of golden scales. She gained international fame that year after her breakout role as Edith Piaf in Life in pink, which won her the award for best actress.
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Penelope Cruz, 2007
The actress rocked the red carpet in a blush pink Versace gown with a ruffled train and bodycon bodice. She finished the look with a sleek bun, trendy earrings, and a small clutch.
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Reese Witherspoon, 2006
Reese won the fashion game (and an Oscar for Best Actress!) When she showed up in this pretty silly Dior with pearl embellishments and a low neckline. She won the award later that night for her performance in Walk the line.
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Hilary Swank, 2005
Who could forget this daring Guy Laroche dress? The actress nailed her shoulder poses on the red carpet that night to highlight the backless number. She also won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Million dollar baby.
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Angelina Jolie, 2004
Angie was stunned in this silky cream-colored halter dress, and let’s face it: only she could make a coordinating shawl THAT glam. She definitely channeled the old Hollywood style into this classic look.
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Jennifer Lopez, 2003
J. Lo killed the red carpet in this mint green one-shoulder Valentino dress with beading at the hem. She attended the awards with her boyfriend Ben Affleck. (#TBT to Gigli.)
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Halle berry, 2002
You can’t think of the 2002 Oscars without also considering this Elie Saab dress on Halle Berry. It remains one of the actress’ most iconic looks of all time thanks to the all-sheer bodice and strategically placed floral embroidery.
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Julia Roberts, 2001
The actress looked elegant in this vintage black and white pin-up Valentino dress. His stellar performance in Erin Brockovich won her the award for best actress for the evening.
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Salma hayek, 2000
Salma brought the glamor of the start of the ceremony in a plunging lilac halter dress and matching shawl. She presented the Academy Award for Technical Achievement later that night.
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Celine Dion, 1999
One word: UNFORGETTABLE. Céline made a name for herself on the red carpet that year when she wore the blazer over her all-white Dior suit upside down, and accessorized with a pointy hat and sunglasses (Editor’s note: the ceremony took place took place in the evening). She performed alongside Andrea Bocelli during the ceremony.
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Sharon Stone, 1998
Sharon isn’t here to follow standard red carpet rules. The actress wore a Vera Wang satin skirt paired with a white button-down shirt from Gap. This isn’t the first time she’s worn a high-low look on the red carpet. Her 1996 Oscar outfit literally featured a black Gap turtleneck.
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Nicole Kidman, 1997
Leave it to Nicole Kidman to take the stage while husband Tom Cruise in a silky chartreuse John Galliano Dior dress paired with an adorable mini bag. So trendy!
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Elizabeth Shue, 1996
This nominee for best actress dazzled in a sultry white column and accessorized with a diamond necklace on the red carpet.
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Oprah sported this monochrome ensemble and eyeglass-worthy diamonds the same year she was named the richest woman in entertainment. Honestly, goals.
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Sharon Stone, 1994
The dramatic veil and whimsical brooch only made this number even more memorable. Sharon went to present the award for best costume design later that night.
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Cindy Crawford, 1993
The model’s bodycon bandage dress accentuated her figure as she graced the red carpet with then-husband Richard Gere, who was a presenter that night.
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Demi Moore, 1992
Demi left the red carpet on fire in this low-cut lilac dress with matching shawl and gloves. She played in A few good men, which was nominated for Best Picture that year.
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The singer channeled Marilyn Monroe in this Bob Mackie dress and a set of Harry Winston accessories. She also sang a sultry performance of her song “Tôt ou tard” at the ceremony.
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Michelle Pfeiffer, 1990
Michelle’s navy blue dress, its pearls and (inexplicable) flowers in hand was a sight of grace. She rocked the Oscars that year with a nomination for Best Actress in The fabulous Baker Boys.
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