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Oscars 2012: We couldn't stop talking about...

From Emma Stone’s bow to J. Lo’s neckline, here are the red carpet styles that got us talking

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J. Lo’s sheer audacity
The presenter ignited controversy when it seemed that the plunging neckline of her Zuhair Murad dress revealed more than just her collarbone. In a statement to EW, her stylist, Mariel Haenn, denied any wardrobe malfunctions: ”There were cups built in and there’s no chance that there were any — how do you say? — ‘slips.”’ Okay, but our real question: Where was the outcry over the weird cutouts on her sleeves?

Sandra’s front (and back)
Sandra told EW that the ”sexy back” was one of the reasons she chose this black-and-white Marchesa gown. Now, if only she had paid a bit more attention to the overly blousy front.

Emma’s bow
This bold red, bow-tied Giambattista Valli gown could have been a major moment for Emma Stone…if Nicole Kidman hadn’t already wowed us with a similar style at the Oscars in 2007. We’re all for paying tribute to iconic looks, Emma, but five years is a little too soon.

The explosion of bangs
Blunt bangs were the order of the day at the Oscars and the viewing parties (where we spotted Katie Holmes). Could this be the start of a fringe revolution?

The after-party dresses
Some of the night’s top ensembles never crossed the Academy’s red carpet:
Nina Dobrev The Vampire Diaries star’s sleek J. Mendel ensemble was easily one of the evening’s best looks.
Claire Danes The actress donned the color of the night in this flouncy frock by Valentino.
Anna Paquin The True Blood actress caught our eye in a short Pucci dress with gold accents.
Kim Kardashian We’re as surprised as you are, but Kim kept it classy (!) in a figure-flattering Alaïa gown.
Sofia Vergara Her Roberto Cavalli gown hugged her in all the right places — as if we’d expect anything less.