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The 15 Most Memorable Dresses To Hit The Oscars Red Carpet

Oscars most memorable dresses

Mar. 9 2015, Updated 1:11 a.m. ET

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From Angelina Jolie’s leg-baring black Versace dress to Gwyneth Paltrow’s romantic pink Ralph Lauren gown, there have been a ton of iconic Oscars dresses through the years. In preparation for the fashion that’s going to hit the red carpet on Sunday, look back at the most memorable dresses through the years!

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Awards season didn’t only belong to Lupita Nyong’o because of her breakout performance in 12 Years a Slave, but also because of her flawless red carpet looks! After stunning at the Golden Globes in a red-hot Ralph Lauren gown with an attached cape, everyone expected the actress to steal the show at the 2014 Oscars – and she did! The beauty had a Cinderella moment when she wowed in a baby blue Prada gown with a plunging neckline. 

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Sexy in scarlet! Jennifer Lawrence was another actress who channeled her inner fashionista for her 2011 Oscars debut! The American Hustle star may have kept it simple in the Calvin Klein number, but the tight-fitting gown allowed her curves to steal the show!

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Looking (and feeling!) your very best isn’t easy when you have a baby bump to dress. But Natalie Portman looked better than ever when she accepted her Best Actress award in 2011 in the purple off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown.

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Zoe Saldana’s Givenchy gown may have not received the best-dressed award in 2010, but it did snag the most talked about look! The actress shocked when she hit the red carpet in the strapless look that was complete with purple ombre pom poms at the bottom.

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While Gwyneth’s princess-like Ralph Lauren dress made best-dressed lists when she accepted her Oscar in 1991 for Shakespeare in Love, she did have some haters – and that included her mother! “It didn't fit her very well when she won an Oscar,” Blythe Danner told Us Weekly.

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All eyes were on Marion Cotillard when she walked the red carpet in a white mermaid-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier gown at the 2008 Academy Awards. With hand-embroidered fish scales, she definitely stood out from the other attendees!

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Nicole Kidman is known for rocking the red carpet in flawless looks, but the most iconic was her 2007 Balenciaga look! The statement piece bow around her neck that dragged on the carpet behind her made the dress!

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It wasn’t the design of the Vera Wang dress that made Michelle Williams' look memorable – it was the color! The Cabaret star proved that the color mustard could work on the red carpet in 2006.

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Reese Witherspoon may have been holding a shiny gold Oscar that night, but all eyes were on her plunging Christian Dior gown with metallic touches in 2006!

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No bra? No problem! Hilary Swank may have looked covered up when she hit the red carpet in her navy blue Guy Laroche dress in 2005, but once she turned around her bare back was on full display!

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Pretty in pink! From ditching her Valentino gown last minute because it was too similar to Amanda Seyfried’s, to releasing an apology to the jilted designer, there was a lot of drama surrounding Anne Hathaway’s pale pink Prada look in 2013. But at the end of the night, all people could talk about was how pointy her nipples looked!

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Angelina Jolie looked gorgeous (as always!) in the black Versace number in 2012, but all eyes were on her right leg! The By the Sea actress’ now-signature pose was so talked about, her right leg even had its own Twitter account.

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Capes on the red carpet have been done before, but no one looked as chic as Gwyneth Paltrow when she rocked the white hot Tom Ford look in 2012.

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Sexy in sheer! Halle Berry showed some skin when she accepted her Oscar in the Elie Saab gown in 2002. The look left little to the imagination, as her assets were barely covered with a floral design.

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Björk left viewers scratching their heads when she walked the carpet in the swan-inspired Marjan Pejoski creation. It's been over 10 years, and everyone is still talking about the look!

Which look is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @OKMagazine!

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