Best-Dressed at the Academy Awards

When it comes to cinema, there’s one day that celebrates the pinnacle of aesthetic accomplishment. Translation? The Academy Awards, affectionately known as the Oscars, are pretty much the Super Bowl of the movies. Yet, besides vying for titles like “Best Actress” and “Best Supporting Actor,” there’s another element of fierce competition.

The red carpet, of course!

We love playing fashion police and giving out our own accolades. Here’s our list of celebs making the A-list in the wardrobe department!

The A-List: Oscars Best Dressed (2012 Edition)

Rooney Mara

We expected the Best Actress nominee in something classic, daring, and black, but she surprised us when she traded in her signature color for another classic hue- white! The Givenchy gown is STUNNING, and we love the entire package: plunging neckline, dramatic makeup, and blunt bangs. It’s Old Hollywood meets Lisbeth Salander goth all in one, and it works.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth has been rocking the “best dressed” lists since her accessories included a certain somebody named Brad. With a name like Gwyneth, can we expect anything less than regal? Ms. Paltrow shines in this Tom Ford number and shows us that, sometimes, less is more. No fancy sequins, frills, ruffles, dramatic makeup.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams has come a long way since the days when she was vying for the attention of a humble filmmakin’ teen by the name of Dawson. (We know. It’s weird to think that Michelle once played that girl… the pretty cheerleader in a teeny-bopper tv show with a pre-Tom Cruise Katie Holmes.)

Michelle is absolutely gorgeous in this Louis Vuitton gown in a color… well, we’re actually not sure what to call the color, so we’ll just say that it’s stunning.

Octavia Spencer

It was HER night, and when Octavia Spencer accepted Best Supporting Actress with a standing O from the audience, she stole the night in a stunning, stunning Tadashi Shoji white gown.

The dress, the hair, the makeup, everything just fell in place for Octavia during the Academy Awards, and she has a little gold man to prove it.

Milla Jovovich

Was there some sort of clandestine committee that mandated all best dressed celebs don white because we’re noticing a blatant trend here? Regardless, Milla looks amazing in this Elie Saab couture gown. It’s Old Hollywood at its best, and we love, love the hair/makeup. It completes the look.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain at the Oscars 2012
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Her Help costar may have nabbed Best Supporting Actress, but Jessica’s up there with Octavia when it comes to the fashion awards. Her hand-embroidered Alexander McQueen gown is gorgeous, and frankly, it stands out even more in the sea of white gowns.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey at the Oscars 2012
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We know her as, hands down, one of the funniest women in Hollywood, but Tina’s also carving a niche for herself as a fashionista. Ms. Fey nails it again in a Carolina Herrera strapless black number that’s timeless. We love the simple up-do bun and the bare neckline.

Giuliana Rancic

E’s host Giuliana Rancic held her own with the stars in a Basil Soda couture gown, and yes, she’s also wearing white. (More and more, we’re convinced that all the best dressed ladies conspired to wear white…) We love the elegant capped sleeves, and the form fitting bodice that’s reminiscent of a swan. Well done, Giuliana!

What do you think of these most fashionable women of the red carpet? Who did you love?