Red Carpet Recap: Best & Worst Dressed at the 2012 Oscars

Posted Monday February 27, 2012 11:15 AM GMT

It's the biggest event in Tinsletown, and Sunday night's (February 26) Academy Awards red carpet was full of the biggest names in the film industry, all of which exuded old Hollywood-glam; dripping with class and sophistication.

Some of the biggest trends of the evening were peplum-style gowns, plunging necklines and metallic frocks. While many of our favorite leading ladies looked incredibly breath-taking, there were some whose looks lacked the wow-factor needed to stun on Hollywood’s most celebrated evening.

Read on to check out our picks for the best and worst dressed celebs at last night’s Oscars!

Best –
Angelina Jolie: She's always the portrait of red carpet elegance, and tonight the mother of six delivered another knockout fashion performance. Dressed in a a black Atelier Versace number with asymmetrical neckline and sky-high slit, Neil Lane jewels and Jaime Mascaro clutch. Angie's flawless, effortless style one again earned her a top spot on our best dressed list.

Michelle Williams: She's had a year to remember, so it's fitting that Miss Williams would sport an equally wow-worthy number to the biggest night of her career. Michelle stole the Oscar pre-show as she arrived in an amazing bright coral strapless Louis Vuitton dress. Boasting frilly embellishments and super-feminine feel, this frock was definitely one of the night's winning looks.

Rooney Mara: Making a welcome departure from her usual black getup, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" actress shined in a sultry white Givenchy gown. Offering up a plunging neckline and sultry, slinky feel, Rooney's latest awards show appearance solidified her stake in the style realm. Well done, Rooney!

Stacy Keibler: It's no easy feat to steal the spotlight from lady-favorite George Clooney, however, the blonde bombshell has most definitely proven she's the girl that can do it. Miss Keibler was absolutely glowing as she arrived with ol' George in a gorgeous curve-hugging gold Marchesa gown. Detailed with some off-the-shoulder flare Stacy's pick was the perfect choice for her statuesque figure.

Octavia Spencer: She's had the stylish set on the edge of their seats, anxiously awaiting to see what she'd be wearing for this year's show - and wow! It was definitely worth the wait. The Help’s Best Supporting Actress winner looked exquisite in a beautiful body-conscious sequined gold Tadashi Shoji dress.

Glenn Close: And this is why she's always one of our red carpet favorites! The long-time A-Lister strutted by the shutterbugs in a jaw-dropping emerald green fishtail-hem dress with matching suit jacket by celeb fav Zac Posen.

Meryl Streep: Surely putting a new spin on the term "golden years," the Hollywood icon donned a showstopping gold Lanvin gown, set off with matching gold earrings and fabulous strappy heels. Her greatest accessory was debuted later in the evening – a shiny new Oscar; won for her performance in, The Iron Lady!

Emma Stone: We've been chomping at the bit to know what Emma would walk down the red carpet in, and it's safe to say she did NOT disappoint. "The Help" starlet looked divine as she made her entrance in a crimson Giambattista Valli piece.

Jessica Chastain: What a vision! This Best Supporting Nominee looked stunning in a black and rusty gold hand-embroidered strapless Alexander McQueen gown. The most jaw-dropping aspect of her ensemble? The $2 million worth of Harry Winston jewels she was wearing!

Shailene Woodley: Finally! True young Hollywood glamour done right. The adorable 20-year-old played sophisticated chic in a simple, yet lovely Valentino Couture creation.

Worst –
Anna Faris: She's one of our favorite funny gals here at DIY, but unfortunately, Anna's latest showing simply fell flat on the red carpet. Sporting a chin-length bob with a sequined, black, long-sleeve frock from Diane von Furstenberg, Miss Faris' ensemble seemed to age the starlet rather than accentuate her young and fun personality.

Berenice Bejo: She's really made a name for herself on the entertainment front this year, but we were less than blown away with Bejo's mint colored sheer, sequined Elie Saab choice.

Rose Byrne: She's known for her breakout role in "Bridesmaids," and frankly, Miss Byrne's red carpet choice looked more like a bad maid of honor dress than an Oscars ensemble. Rose donned a skin-tight Vivienne Westwood sequined gown with a pair of equally-awkward chunky platform pumps.

Viola Davis: Oh, no! We loooove you Viola, and the dress is pretty, too - but the fit is all off! The plunging Vera Wang creation is divine, we just wish the fitting was better tailored to Miss Davis' fine figure.

Natalie Portman: We're seeing red - but not in a good way. The new mom is usually the picture of perfection at Tinseltown events, but this printed floor-length Dior Haute Couture gown felt more like a bad prom choice than an Academy Awards fit.

Jennifer Lopez: Too much going on. J.Lo is always flawless in our eyes, but this sequined Zuhair Murad dress had her popping out in the wrong places.

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