She predicted that Meryl Streep would win, but she was wrong. When Bullock (wearing metallic and lace Marchesa and her own Neil Lane diamonds) went on stage to accept her Best Actress Oscar, hubby Jesse James put two fingers in his mouth and whistled. "Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?" asked the self-deprecating star at the mic. After the show, she told a reporter that the next day would be very down-to-earth again: "I will go to the grocery store and I will pick up a very sweet six-year-old from school."
Last year’s Supporting Actress winner (for Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and a nominee this year (for Nine), Cruz wore a satin pleated Donna Karan couture gown and Chopard jewels. She held hands with boyfriend Javier Bardem while seated in the audience.
Not only did Best Supporting Actress winner Mo’Nique thank Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American performer to win an Oscar, in her acceptance speech, but she also paid tribute to the Gone With the Wind star through her choice of dress. "The reason why I have on this royal blue dress is because it’s the color that Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she accepted her Oscar," she told reporters after her win for her portrayal of an abusive mother in Precious. "The reason why I have this gardenia in my hair [is] it is the flower that Hattie MCDaniel wore when she accepted her Oscar." Mo’Nique’s gown is by Tadashi Shoji.
The 30 Rock star promoted her upcoming movie with Steve Carell, Date Night, on the red carpet and had fun presenting the Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Robert Downey Jr. She wore a one-shoulder Michael Kors gown beaded to look like leopard print and Stephen Russell earrings.
Bigelow made history by becoming the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar, for The Hurt Locker. Right after, she looked positively shocked when she was called to return to the stage to pick up a second Oscar, for Best Picture. "I dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan-and may they come home safe," she said. On the fashion front, this age-defying beauty (she’s 58!) shined in an Edition Soir Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati gown.
A Best Actress nominee for Up in the Air, Farmiga was a standout in a magenta fan-pleated Marchesa gown, accessorized with Fred Leighton jewelry and Christian Louboutin heels. "I’m never recognized," she said on the red carpet. "I had to tell a recent driver of mine that I was nominated for an Oscar, and he said, Oh, for what? For costumes?’ "
Last year’s Best Actress winner (for The Reader), Winslet presented the Best Actor Oscar to Jeff Bridges. She looked elegant in a silver Yves St. Laurent gown with bustier and a Tiffany necklace reportedly worth $2.5 million.
There to present the award for Best Original Score and promote her upcoming movie, The Backup Plan, Lopez wore a sculptured Armani Privé gown with Ferragamo heels and Cartier diamonds. The voluminous, Swarovski-studded side-train was a late-breaking addition to her look. "You have to be able to walk around in it all night and it has to have that ‘wow’ factor," Lopez said on the red carpet.
"I kind of am pulling for all the young gals," Streep, who earned a record-breaking 16th nomination for her role in Julie & Julia, said before the ceremony began. Her flattering Chris March dress, which she paired with diamond and black onyx jewels by Fred Leighton, a Swarovski clutch and Jimmy Choo shoes, was as classy and bright as her attitude.
The Precious executive producer introduced the film’s Best Actress nominee, Gabourey Sidibe, in a gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown. Equally beautiful? The talk queen’s speech about the young actress, who was wiping away tears by the end of the tribute.
The legendary star and director presented the Best Director Oscar to Kathryn Bigelow in a tuxedo gown by Randolph Duke (her own beaded Victorian lace blouse added feminine flair). "The time has finally come," she said before announcing Bigelow as the first woman to take home the award.
Theron’s lilac Dior Haute Couture gown drew comment -largely negative-for the rosettes on the bust. They made a little more sense when viewed from the side, merging into the dress’s sweeping train. Her diamond bracelet is vintage, from Harry Winston.
The pop diva showed off her unglamorous side as the social worker in Precious, but she was all about the glitz on Oscar night, wearing a curve-hugging Valentino Haute Couture dress with a high slit. ("I had them build a body suit," she said on the red carpet. "I was concerned about a Marilyn moment.") She accessorized with a Judith Leiber bag, an H. Stern diamond bracelet and Chopard diamond earrings.
Banks looked lovely in Versace, accessorized with Fred Leighton diamonds and a Ferragamo clutch. She hosted the Scientific and Technical Awards prior to Oscar night ("otherwise known as the ‘nerd Oscars,’ " she said on the red carpet).
Amis’s brilliant blue gown ("Na’vi blue," said Avatar director Cameron, who accessorized with a matching pocket square) was the winning creation in a contest for stylish ecofriendly design. According to ecorazzi.com, it’s a "zero waste" design made with silk derived from cocoons without killing the silk worms inside. Jillian Granz, a Michigan State University senior, created the gown. (Future Project Runway contestant?)
The ’80s icon, draped in purple with strong golden accents, paid tribute to the late John Hughes along with other stars of that director’s films, including Matthew Broderick, Macaulay Culkin and Ally Sheedy.
The fashionista made a strong statement in a pale yellow Chanel couture gown with silver embroidery at the bodice and Fred Leighton jewels. "I have to give the dress back tomorrow, but tonight it’s all mine," she said on the red carpet."The novelty [of getting dressed up] has not worn off for me."
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