Red Carpet Fashion
Highlights of the high fashion and star power on display at the Oscar ceremony.
THE GOWNS: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: Best actor nominee Brad Pitt (in Tom Ford) and Angelina Jolie (in Atelier Versace) greeted fans as they made their way down the red carpet at the Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. Jolie dazzled in $2.5 million worth of Neil Lane diamonds, but the real scene-stealer was the thigh-high slit on her gown; the presenter made a point to keep her toned right leg on display throughout the course of the evening, even causing The Descendants writer Jim Rash to playfully strike a similar pose onstage.
THE GOWNS: Emma Stone
"I feel like a million bucks in this dress," said Stone of her knockout silk gown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture with a substantial diamond bracelet ("It's like a chain-link fence") and red spinel and diamond earrings by Louis Vuitton.
THE GOWNS: Penelope Cruz
The presenter channeled old Hollywood glamour in a custom Armani Prive organza gown with a sparkly pear-shaped diamond necklace (56 carats) and cluster earrings (15 carats) by Chopard.
THE GOWNS: Octavia Spencer
The Help winner, in a hand-beaded tulle gown, remained loyal to designer Tadashi Shoji: "He dressed me from the beginning of awards season -- I love every look he's made."
THE GOWNS: Tina Fey
"It's custom Carolina Herrera," said Fey of her strapless midnight-blue peplum gown, which she paired with vibrant sapphire and emerald earrings (50.3 carats) by Bulgari.
THE GOWNS: Cameron Diaz
The presenter donned a silk evening gown by Gucci Premiere with a floor-sweeping beaded chiffon train. She topped it off with Tiffany & Co.'s $560,000 diamond necklace.
THE GOWNS: Natalie Portman
The presenter stood out in a dotted Dior Haute Couture dress (circa 1954) that stylist Kate Young found at 1stdibs.com -- it was sold by New York's Rare Vintage shop. Portman added megawatt glitter with Harry Winston's diamond cluster necklace.
THE GOWNS: Viola Davis
"When I saw the sketches by Vera Wang and the way the dress would flatter the shape of my body, I was so excited," said the nominee of her push-up gown with Lorraine Schwartz emeralds and Jimmy Choos.
THE GOWNS: Jessica Chastain
"It's a larger-than-life dress," said the Alexander McQueen-clad nominee of her embroidered gown with Harry Winston's dramatic yellow diamonds (totaling $2 million). "Little girls dream of their wedding dress -- I always dreamed of my Oscar dress."
THE GOWNS: Michelle Williams
The My Week With Marilyn nominee looked beautiful in one of the night's most vibrant hues, a coral silk and organza ribbon gown by Louis Vuitton. She accessorized with a 30-carat Fred Leighton for Forevermark diamond necklace and a Bottega Veneta clutch.
THE GOWNS: Rose Byrne
"I had to find a dress that would go with this hair -- it's very '20s and sort of dictates what you wear," said Byrne, who chose a sequined Vivienne Westwood dress with Chanel Fine Jewelry and Jimmy Choos.
THE GOWNS: Milla Jovovich
"This is not the easiest dress to walk in," said Jovovich, who wore a glitzy Elie Saab couture gown with a heavy train for her first Oscar outing. Retro waves and a bold crimson lip upped the glamour.
THE GOWNS: Jennifer Lopez
The presenter wore Zuhair Murad's Deco-style nude silk tulle and crystal beaded gown with a Salvatore Ferragamo box clutch and Lorraine Schwartz sparklers.
THE GOWNS: Meryl Streep
The winner, in custom Lanvin and Fred Leighton jewels, continued her gold streak -- she also wore a gold dress to the 1983 Oscars when she won for Sophie's Choice.
THE GOWNS: Gwyneth Paltrow
"This is so my kind of Oscar look -- modern, simple, perfect," said Paltrow of her ivory cap-sleeve column by Tom Ford with a stunning 163-carat diamond cuff (made of 2,368 rose-cut brilliant stones) by Anna Hu.
THE GOWNS: Kristein Wiig
The Bridesmaids nominee wore a frothy nude tulle gown with hand-pleated layers by J. Mendel and gorgeous Neil Lane diamond and platinum bracelets.
THE GOWNS: Rooney Mara
"The dress is modern, but it's still romantic," said the nominee of her custom delicate lace by Givenchy Haute Couture with a Fred Leighton diamond ring (circa 1910).