This story first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
THE FILM STARS
Stylist: Elizabeth Stewart
She has won several critics' awards and is by many accounts the best-actress frontrunner -- and it doesn't hurt that Blanchett always has been the darling of daring, going from avant-garde Balenciaga to fitted and classic Armani Prive. She has worked with Stewart for several years, and the stylist's star is rising even higher this season because she's also outfitting Sandra Bullock, another sure nominee.
Stylists: Wendi and Nicole Ferreira
Banks is great-looking and has a great figure, but her looks are inconsistent and often overstated. She wore a figure-unflattering, feathered-at-the-hip McQueen to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's Paris premiere while going prom queen in a yellow Jason Wu ball gown in London. Will the real Banks please stand up? This doesn't up the ante for the Ferreira sisters, who nailed it for Octavia Spencer in 2011.
Stylist: Elizabeth Stewart
Back in her red-carpet heyday, Bullock donned a lot of frilly Alberta Ferretti gowns -- but the actress finally has found the gravitational pull of colorful architectural pieces. She never has looked better or more sophisticated. Credit this to Stewart, new to Bullock, who has made her over as a fashion star in dresses with edge from J. Mendel, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera and Roland Mouret.
Stylist: Rachel Zoe
Sometimes Lawrence's Dior dresses overwhelm her -- she's cool enough not to need that much flamboyance. And she might not be quite the chicette stylist Zoe wishes she was, but the young star's new short pixie hair and megahit confidence (plus her usual sheer love of fun) are making these looks feel a little looser. Once again, Zoe has hitched her wagon to the season's biggest star. She has a gift for that.
THE TV STARS
Stylist: Petra Flannery
Danes and stylist Flannery (Emma Stone and now Amy Adams) have a good thing going: fitted figure-flattering gowns with a change-up in color and texture -- and a subtle hair and makeup change, too. It's never boring or too big. Whether in Lanvin or Versace, it is always Danes first, outfit second. This is Flannery's gift: keeping clients looking like themselves. You almost can't tell they have a stylist -- almost.
Stylist: Micaela Erlanger
Dockery's quiet English elegance -- she shone at the Emmys in a two-tone red Prada halter dress -- is helping put stylist Micaela Erlanger's name on the map (they began working together before the 2013 Golden Globes). With other clients including 12 Years a Slave's chic Lupita Nyong'o (who could emerge as the hot fashion girl of this winter's awards season), this will be Erlanger's time to become a name brand, too.
Stylist: Kate Young
Is there anyone more beautiful than the Game of Thrones ingenue? Given that all of the major brands from Chanel to Versace want to dress her, it's a shame Clarke -- and her very A-list stylist Young (Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, really all the gamine girls) -- keeps switching up her look, from bright prints to a drowningly loud red-satin siren number, especially when she looks so chic in more simple pale, close-to-the-body looks.
Stylist: Erin Walsh
She'll be about six months pregnant when the Globes roll around, an interesting challenge for People's 2013 best-dressed woman and her talented stylist Walsh (clients include Kristen Wiig). After rocking a lot of pale looks and coral Miu Mius and Pradas, they'll head in a new direction by loosening the reins of those tight waists. But fitted looks or loose and long, there's no way the collaborative combo of Washington and Walsh can't win.