Oscar Awards 2012: Red Dresses, Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford & Angelina's Right Leg!

Lights, camera, action... It's Oscar night 2012! The big news from the red carpet? Well, red for one - Emma Stone, Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman all went for the bold hue. Pastels also rocked with Cameron Diaz and Berenice Bojo working the on-season trend. And as we saw at the Golden Globes last month, white-slash-creamy dresses were all the rage, sported by Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Octavia Spencer, Milla Jovovich, Shailene Woodley as well as Princess Charlene of Monaco who brought a touch of royalty to the red carpet thanks to her white sleeveless Akris couture gown created by designer Albert Kriemler.

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Emma Stone's dress drew comparisons to Nicole Kidman's

We had fashion highlights: Jessica Chastain's hand embroidered Alexander McQueen dress. We had controversial choices: Emma Stone opting for a red Giambattista Valli dress that was reminscient of Nicole Kidman's Balenciaga Oscar dress from 2007 [above]. And twenty-year-old Shailene Woodley showed she's a brave fashionista-in-the-making with a high-neck, long-sleeved Valentino Couture number that caused some controversy. 'I'm obsessed with it!' she said on the red carpet.

Rooney Mara pulled a fashion shocker by wearing - wait for it - a white Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci gown with silk pannelling. 'I only just decided on it this morning,' she said of picking it out from a rail of choices.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Angelina Jolie's right leg caused a flurry

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt went matchy-matchy — her in a black velvet Atelier Versace gown slit up the thigh, him with Legends of the Fall hair. One rumour was flying around that Ange had put all her choices on pieces of paper in a bowl and got Brad's mum to pick out what she should wear. Commitment! But it was her right leg that generated the most buzz on the night. During the ceremony, her thigh-baring pose was mimicked by The Descendants screenwriters Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash when they accepted their award and the appendage has even inspired its own Twitter profile, @AngiesRightLeg.

Penelope Cruz (L) and Gwyneth Paltrow (R) arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Gwyneth Paltrow gets our best dressed vote in Tom Ford

Gwyneth Paltrow has given us the first look at Tom Ford's Autumn Winter 2012 collection. The designer showed a select group of press during London Fashion Week but, true to form, he didn't allow any pictures to leak online. So thanks Gywneth - her white dress with a cape buttoned on was Ford's finale dress - and uber Oscar appropriate. Especially with that sleek ponytail. She might have just pipped best dressed for us.

Actress Michelle Williams arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Michelle Williams' red/coral/pomegranate dress

But then again, we also loved Michelle Williams in a ruffled Louis Vuitton dress with a peplum, which apparently took 300 hours to make. But what colour was it? Even Michelle didn't seem to know. 'Maybe coral? Or Pomegranate?' Whatever... we love!

So what's your favourite dress? Scroll through the gallery of dresses above and let us know...


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