Per beginning the tradition last year, here are my picks for best Oscar looks on the red carpet last night.

Yes, I watch the Oscars are much for the pretty dresses as for the awards. So do you - admit it!

(But this year, we had the added bonus of Hugh Jackman, who I thought did a great job, and I really loved the restaging: the new sets, the groups of past winners introducing nominees without the clips, the way the music was done, the crystal curtain - bravo, Oscars!)

So, time to channel my inner Tim Gunn:

Natalie Portman.

I thought the colour was so fresh and pretty, and her unfussy makeup and hair just right.

Actress Natalie Portman arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Award

Anne Hathaway.

One of my fave looks, two years in a row! I loved this column dress - the colour, the fit, the makeup and hair worked beautifully together!

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards

Taraji P. Henson.

Now, I'll admit, I'm not familiar with Taraji, but I loved the gown and the bling she matched with it - the scale of the necklace with that dress just worked.

Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awar

Ryoko Hirosue.

Now, this is another actress with whom I'm not familiar, but I liked the gown, but I LOVED the necklace. My favorite piece of jewelry from the night, for sure.


Freida Pinto.

She has been working the gowns in the last few months, and I love that she always wears pops of colour. True, I wasn't crazy about the one sleeve thing, but otherwise, she looked fab!

Actress Freida Pinto arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards h

I will say though, my fave Freida dress this season has been the lovely purple gown that she wore to the SAG awards...


Well, there you have it - Oscar Fashion Review, '09!

Who were your picks?

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I'm the first to admit, I watch the Oscars as much for the red carpet fashion and sparkly bits as for the awards presentation.

Becca came over (armed with pizza - bliss!) for an evening of snarky commentary, fashion weigh ins, and a friendly competition to see who could pick the most winners (she did - she got the Bourne Ultimatum every.single.time!)

So, without further ado, my picks for best dressed of the evening...strangely, all three of the first dresses were quite similar...

Katherine Heigl.

I have a total girl crush on Katherine, and I thought the whole package rocked - makeup, hair, dress, jewels. Also, not a stick figure. Rock on!


Anne Hathaway.

This dress could have easily wandered into "Welcome to Hawaii!" territory, but she kept it just right with the hair and makeup - I thought she looked amazing!

(Besides, she's Princess Mia. C'mon.)


Helen Mirren.

Work it out, sister. Own it.

I have nothing to add to that.


Nicole Kidman.

At first, I was skeptical of the necklace, but the more I looked at it, the more I was mesmerized by it. Is it something I could wear to work at the library? No. But for the red carpet? Sure, go there.


Who were your picks?