Oscars Style: Iconic Red Carpet Dresses (PHOTOS)

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It’s easy to forget who won at the Oscars, but it’s near impossible to forget an amazing dress! Gossip Cop takes a look at the iconic style that had heads turning on the Academy Awards red carpet over the years!

Lupita Nyong’o, now a fashion icon in her own right, truly slayed the red carpet in 2014. The actress hit the carpet in a light blue Prada gown that looked effortless, classic and stunning. Her dress was just the beginning of her amazing night, during which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave.

Jennifer Lawrence planted her flag on Hollywood’s red carpet in 2011. After scoring a nomination for Winter’s Bone, she scored a style win for her super simple, but beyond sexy red Calvin Klein gown. The actress proved that sometimes less is indeed more.

Angelina Jolie has had almost too many Oscar red carpet moments to count, but there’s one that has as leg up on the competition, literally! In 2012, the actress stepped out in a black Versace gown and worked her right leg like we’ve never seen! Jolie’s leg became meme-worthy and a true red carpet moment.

Going back in Oscar style history, Gwyneth Paltrow had quite the moment in 1999. The actress was straight out of a fairytale in a pink Ralph Lauren gown. Paltrow took home a prince that night, in the form of a gold statue, for her role in Shakespeare In Love.

Another Oscar winner who will forever be remembered is Halle Berry. In 2002, the actress won for Monster’s Ball, and she also won the night for her dress. She stepped out in an intricate Ellie Saab gown with some strategically placed embroidery that showed off just enough skin.

Bold color is always a risk at such a high profile event like the Oscars, but Michelle Williams was up for the challenge in 2006. The actress was nominated for her heartbreaking role in Brokeback Mountain, but was a burst of sunshine on the carpet. She stunned in a yellow Vera Wang gown that combined both vintage and modern style.

Like color, big and bold volume can be a challenge for the stars, and Penelope Cruz did not back down when she stepped out at the 2007 awards show. The actress sported a billowing Versace gown in perfect pale pink. She didn’t win that year for Volver, but she would go on to win two years later for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Julia Roberts kept it old Hollywood classic in 2001. The actress was nominated for role in Erin Brockovich and wore a now-iconic vintage Valentino gown. The black dress with white detail matched her golden Oscar statue quite well.

Anne Hathaway went full glitz at the 2009 ceremony. The actress, in just one of her many major red carpet moments during her career, shined in an Armani Prive gown that was hard to compete with. She was nominated that year for Rachel Getting Married, which she lost. She would go to win in 2013 for Les Miserables.

An Oscars fashion piece would not be complete without the show’s biggest head-scratcher ever, Bjork! The singer, who was nominated in 2001 for her song from Dancer in the Dark, walked the red carpet in a now-infamous swan dress. The foul-themed gown was designed by Marjan Pejoski and was truly only a look the Icelandic singer could pull off. See all the iconic Oscars dresses below!


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