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It was fashionable:

    Best Actress nominee CHARLIZE THERON was head-to-toe sparkle in her nude, crystal, GUCCI gown with a daring low back, and her natural makeup and hair that said 1930s femme fatale! And Oscar winner and presenter JULIA ROBERTS also went for the pale look and was soft and sexy in a champagne-colored satin gown, stiletto earrings and wavy, loose hair.

    Blonde bombshell and best actress nominee NAOMI WATTS also lightened things up and arrived in an ornate, nude-hued, strapless, floor-length gown donned with silver and crystal beading, and diamond drop earrings brought the gorgeous ensemble full circle.

    But some dazzling divas like SCARLETT JOHANSSON donned bright and bold colors. The ‘Lost in Translation’ star turned heads in a deep teal green, satin dress, ’40s hair and substantial amounts of diamonds. Brunette beauty and presenter JENNIFER GARNER in what she called an “appropriately dramatic,” one-shouldered, tangerine frock with a full skirt. And boy, she didn’t forget the bling! She wore a pair of eye-catching, multi-carat diamond earrings! Presenter CATHERINE ZETA-JONES also looked smoking hot and defined va-va-voom in her form-fitting, red, beaded, VERSACE gown complemented by her feminine, flowing, raven hair.

    Presenter and last year’s Best Actress winner NICOLE KIDMAN combined sleek and womanly with her silver charmeuse gown finished in feathers. Her famous red tresses were partly pulled back with sexy curls falling in all the right places, and green BULGARI diamonds sparkled around her neck. And her ‘Cold Mountain’ co-star RENEE ZELLWEGER looked like old Hollywood in her white CAROLINA HERRERA, draped, asymmetric gown.

    Best Supporting Actress nominee HOLLY HUNTER was decked out in both VERA WANG jewelry and a stunning, pale lavender dress by the designer. The ’30s inspired gown had a halter front, bustled open back, and small train.

    And 13-year-old best actress nominee KEISHA CASTLE-HUGHES was pretty in pink and kept it sweet, demure and age-appropriate in a baby-pink satin gown with a gem-encrusted whale hair clip (a la her movie ‘Whale Rider’). [Entertainment Tonight]

More from Reuters:

    After two years of wearing basic black to fit the somber mood of the country after Sept. 11 and the Iraq war, actresses turned to flesh-tone gowns at the Oscars — gowns that shimmered in the sun with the help of beaded crystals or gold and silver ornaments.

    ….Best supporting actress nominee Patricia Clarkson also wore the flesh-tone shimmering look and singer Alison Krauss’ skin-toned gown was accessorized with $2 million Stuart Weitzman stiletto sandals with over 500 Kwiat diamonds.

    From pastels to bold shades of the rainbow, color came back with a vengeance at the Oscars, Hollywood’s ultimate black-tie and often black dress affair.

    It was in vivid contrast to the last two years, when war in Iraq and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks darkened the mood of the country and the “red carpet” procession.

    ….”I wanted to be in something a little dark but royal,” said pregnant best supporting actress nominee Marcia Gay Harden, sporting a royal blue gown.

    ….Many of the actresses wore their hair pinned up in glamorous “up-dos” or softly curled, reminiscent of the golden era of Hollywood, punctuated by shaded, dangling diamonds.

    “The key words in fashion this year are light, airy, feminine. It’s the same thing with the jewelry,” said Carol Brodie, a spokeswoman for jeweler Harry Winston.

    Winston’s long stiletto diamond earrings were a big favorite with the stars, as were his bracelets, wore in stacks by several stars.

    While black is usually always a safe bet for some awards attendees, actress Liv Tyler’s stunning black Givenchy seemed to stand out in sharp contrast to the colors.

    Lucrecia Perez, who did the music for the nominated documentary “Balseros,” wore a head full of neon multi-colored dreadlocks, while Katja Esson, director and producer of a “FerryTales,” nominated for best documentary on a short subject, wore an orange top accompanied by a brightly tie-died skirt.

    ….There were no real fashion disasters, although some critics said Uma Thurman’s white layered gown with bolero jacket and colored sash fell short of her usual high standards.

    Some red carpet viewers also were disappointed that Diane Keaton did not depart from her signature Annie Hall black bowler hat, and noted that Angelina Jolie’s tattoos detracted from her gorgeous white gown.

Amen to that: she couldn’t have looked much better, other than the tattoo (I only saw the one on her arm), which clashed like hell with the elegant, classic look. But, hey, it’s infinitely better than the vampire look.

And don’t forget Joan and Melissa’s fashion recap tonight:

    Academy Awards Live Fashion Police
    Because we all know it’s not about the awards, it’s about the outfits! Watch Joan and Melissa Rivers blow the whistle on the evening’s best and, yes, worst dressed. Join them live, as they team with fashion expert Leon Hall to offer up incisive insights on the getups chosen by your favorites. It’s a must-see.
    Premieres: Mon., Mar. 1, 10 p.m. ET/PT
    Encores: March 2, 6 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m., 9 p.m.; March 4, 10 p.m.; March 5, 1 p.m., 6 p.m.; March 6, 7 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

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  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    Diane Lane looked really amazing last night. I was IM’ing with a friend when she came out to present, and I typed, “whoa.” And my friend automatically said, “you must be watching the Oscars. Diane Lane is hot.” I know. I am a dork.

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    Uma Thurman needed some slippers and curlers in her hair to go with the housecoat she was sporting.

  • http://theapologist.blogspot.com CW Fisher

    A sensible year with girls dressed in generously seamed satin tubes, shaped by underwires that tended to drive up and over the bustline to form a trough for the crumbs of the lady above. Striking.