Another Oscars ceremony has come and gone, and now that the red carpet is being rolled up again until next year, we’re ready to look back on the best looks of the night.
While no actresses took any major risks, there were a stand-out few who caught our attention, whether through simple sophistication, unexpected color palette, or unconventional silhouette. Among the newbie nominees, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander both proved why they’ve become fashion industry favorites, while veteran performer Charlotte Rampling emerged as the number one choice for many—because while glitz and glamour are great, style is the real rare commodity.
Click through the slideshow for our top ten picks from the Academy Awards red carpet.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein Collection
The Brooklyn star said she chose to wear green as a shout-out to her home country of Ireland—but rather than evoking memories of St. Patrick's Days past, her slinky emerald gown served up easy sophistication.
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
If you had told us last week that a bubble dress a high-low hem would have been one of our favorites of the night, we probably would have laughed in your face (sorry!) But Vikander's lemon sherbet gown was a pleasant surprise, and a refreshingly different choice for the actress.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé
For proof that spring has sprung (well, in Los Angeles at least), look no further than Blanchett's seafoam green gown, which fit flawlessly and featured tiny raindrop embellishments made from Swarovski crystals.
Charlotte Rampling in Armani Privé
A gentle reminder that this Best Actress nominee doesn't employ a stylist and, at 70, is running circles around stars half her age (in sensible periwinkle blue satin pumps, no less).
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture
"I literally started clapping when I saw Charlize Theron. She's so beautiful." - a quote from Tina Fey on the red carpet, but also how we felt when we saw this dress. She's even making the carpet look dull, you guys.
Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad and a Rauwolf clutch
OK, yes, Chopra would look fantastic in just about anything, but this strapless number lets her features really shine. Of all the white and ivory gowns on the red carpet tonight (and there were many) this was among our favorites.