Oscars 2011: The red-carpet fashion of the stars

The best part of the annual Academy Awards is arguably the red-carpet fashion, and this year, stars were showcasing a variety of couture gowns. Bright reds and tangerines dominated the pre-Oscar parade, with some purple trimming and light, ethereal dresses to counterbalance the rich palette. There were hits, misses and home-runs; keep reading to check out what some of the nominees, presenters and performers wore to walk in the doors. Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, wore a bathing-suit style red dress by Calvin Klein. The simple cut and bright color looked fabulous with Lawrence's gorgeous mane of blonde hair. One of two The Fighter Best Supporting Actress nominees, Melissa Leo wore a Marc Bouwer gown that was a toe over the sparkly/fussy line, but she rocked the look nevertheless. Best Supporting Actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld (for True Grit) is fourteen years old and already has more poise and taste than most of us procure in a lifetime. Musician Mandy Moore was resplendent in Monique Lhuillier on the red carpet; she was the vocal star of Tangled and will perform at the ceremony. The stunning Mila Kunis impressed in an ultra-feminine lavender dress. Castle Rock's own Amy Adams, nominated for her role in The Fighter, wore a besequined blue number with a beautiful silhouette -- it didn't look as good up close as it did from afar, though. Anne Hathaway's archival Valentino red gown was one of the more beautiful garments we saw all evening. Cate Blanchett looked elegant, as always, but we weren't thrilled with the highlighter-yellow detailing on her collar. Marisa Tomei's vintage style was well-received on the red carpet. Scarlett Johannsen was one of many carpet-walkers who chose some shade of purple; her flyaway hair completed the look. Matthew McCoughanghey and Camila Alvez were one of the best-dressed couples at the Academy Awards. Annette Bening, Best Actress nominee for The Kids Are All Right, wore a dress that didn't exactly blow us away -- but she's so darn cute, she gets away with it. Reese Witherspoon was the picture of elegance in Armani Prive and gorgeous green earrings that completed the outfit. Jennifer Hudson bowled us all over in an amazing tangerine number. This was Nicole Kidman's first Oscar red-carpet walk with husband Keith Urban; she wore Dior for the occasion (and said it was a very comfortable garment). Gwyneth Paltrow shimmered in a Calvin Klein sheath-style dress. Halle Berry's wispy, fairie-like hairdo was echoed in her dress adorned with sequins and tulle.

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