A return to glamour
Just as 10-time Oscar nominee "The Artist" was an homage to silent pictures, the red carpet at the 84th Academy Awards served as a return to old Hollywood glamour Sunday night.
Attendees took a cue from the '20s and '30s and wore delicate sequined gowns, many one-shoulder numbers and classically fitted gowns.
Jeweled tones ruled the red carpet at the Golden Globes, but Oscar fashion gave way to sleek black gowns, bright red and many creamy-white confections.
Perhaps the biggest fashion winners of the night were the women wearing dresses that made bold statements. Best supporting actress nominee Jessica Chastain looked regal in an Alexander McQueen black-and-gold embellished gown with a flowing pleated train.
Michelle Williams, a best actress nominee, glowed in a bright, reddish-orange Louis Vuitton dress featuring a fitted and gathered top with cascading ruffles. Williams tied it all together with bright red lips, a brooch and a simple diamond necklace. Fellow best actress nominee Viola Davis looked stunning in a Vera Wang emerald green gown with corseted top.
Some of the most interesting looks of the night came from young actresses like Shailene Woodley in a Valentino couture white long-sleeved '70s inspired gown that she described as "so incredibly me." Best actress nominee Rooney Mara wore a modern creamy-white Givenchy gown with plunging neckline and structured back that she confessed to picking out the morning of the Oscars. Emma Stone, of "The Help," stood out in a ruby red Giambattista Valli couture halter gown with a large bow tied around her neck.
The entire cast of "Bridesmaids" gave a new meaning to best dressed ensemble. Best supporting actress nominee Melissa McCarthy was glowing in a flowing blush Marina Rinaldi gown with diamond embellishments around the neck and waist. Rose Byrne exuded sexiness in a slinky black, one-shoulder Vivienne Westwood gown with exposed back.
Hollywood's leading men like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Demián Bichir and Jean Dujardin were classically dressed in tuxedos. However, Jonah Hill mixed it up in an all-black ensemble.
And of course, there had to be a fashion faux pas on the red carpet. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as a character from "The Dictator," dropped an urn of "ashes" on E!'s Ryan Seacrest's tuxedo. Seacrest was not pleased.