December 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

1 Actresses Playing Icons

Whoever said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery didn’t see Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick. Though she turned in a thumbs-down performance, Lohan did bear more than just a passing resemblance to the inimitable Taylor in certain scenes — thanks to a Cleopatra wig and a pair of violet-tinted contact lenses. (And she certainly proved she’s got Liz’s knack for attracting attention.) Scarlett Johansson and Sienna Miller channeled two of Hitchcock’s most famous blondes in dueling movies about the Master of Suspense: Johansson nailed the girl-next-door charm of Janet Leigh in Hitchcock, while Miller earned credit for duplicating the breathy voice of the tortured Tippi Hedren in HBO’s The Girl.

 

2 Headdresses Are Out

Just when we thought the fashion world had learned that it’s not okay to use Native American headgear as an accessory, it proved us wrong not once but twice. Victoria’s Secret was forced to remove footage of model Karlie Kloss in a feathered topper before airing its annual fashion show, and No Doubt pulled their controversial cowboys-and-Indians-style video for ”Looking Hot.” The only person who can still (barely) get away with this look is the Village People’s Felipe Rose.

 

3 The Year of the Beard

The Hunger Games‘ artfully coiffed Seneca Crane, played by Wes Bentley; the grizzly animated cast of Brave; Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dictator chin curtain; and the hairy dwarves in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were but a small sampling of the follicularly blessed characters spotted in theaters. Whether well manicured or left to grow their own way, beards were everywhere. But take note, boys: Though it’s acceptable to sport a ‘stache in Movember (it’s for a good cause), in real life these facial hairstyles should be left to the stars of IFC’s Whisker Wars.

 

4 Pitt’s Puzzling Perfume Ad

”Where I go, there you are.” Actually, you’ve lost us, Brad. In Pitt’s debut as the first male pitchman for Chanel No. 5, his meandering dialogue had us scratching our heads. And we weren’t the only ones; even Anna Karenina director Joe Wright — who helmed the confusing commercial — reportedly had no clue what the words meant.

 

5 The LBB (Little Black Bodysuit)

Forget the little black dress — the heroines in The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Rises all zipped themselves into this fashion-forward wardrobe staple. When it comes to kicking ass while looking hot, the sexy black unitard reigns supreme.

 

{C} 6 Wacky Wedding Dresses

If 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon had walked down the aisle in something other than her Princess Leia costume, we would have been disappointed. If Real Housewives star Kim Zolciak had worn only one over-the-top ensemble on her big day, we would have been shocked.

7 Gangnam Style Copycats

Who didn’t fall under Psy’s spell? The K-pop sensation rode his YouTube success all the way to Hollywood, where he got everyone from Heidi Klum to MC Hammer to the cast of Dancing With the Stars in on his act. At least Hugh Jackman had the wherewithal to skip the tux and keep his Wolverine claws on when he learned the steps to the goofy giddyap dance routine.

 

8 The Apocalypse Cometh

Doomsday theorists had plenty of postapocalyptic TV shows and movies to keep them entertained this year. And the fall of civilization has never looked so good. No matter which end-of-the-world story you found most plausible — our money’s on the zombies — the eerie dystopian worlds created for The Walking Dead, Revolution, Cloud Atlas, and The Hunger Games all seemed real, courtesy of some very imaginative production and set designers. A special shout-out to Wilmington, N.C., the quaint coastal town (dubbed ”Hollywood East”) that, having previously served as the backdrop for Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and Weekend at Bernie’s, now plays the role of the postelectric America in Revolution.

 

9 We Saw London, We Saw France…

From Adam’s dingy briefs to Shosh’s matching bra and panties, the characters on HBO’s Girls didn’t mind showing off their skivvies.

 

10 Redheads on Stage

Broadway Moppet Annie (Lilla Crawford) wasn’t the only ginger to tread the boards this season — Amy Adams let her tresses go wild in an outdoor production of Into the Woods, while Jessica Chastain covered up her fiery crimson locks with a toned-down, mousy wig in The Heiress.

 

EW AWARDS

Best Shameless Product Placement: From Heineken suds to Tom Ford duds, the branding action in Skyfall was nonstop.

Worst Celebrity Clothing Collection: Yoko Ono’s John Lennon-inspired line for Opening Ceremony verged on obscene.

Best Use of Prosthetic: Bilbo Baggins has got some really freaky feet in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Best Fashion Comeback: Britney Spears on The X Factor — it’s Stella McCartney, bitches.

Worst Hair Extensions: The Voice coach Christina Aguilera has had one hairdon’t after another.

Best Villain Makeover: Wearing Colleen Atwood-designed costumes, Charlize Theron scared the bejesus out of us in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Worst Nail Polish Tie-in: The Modern Family collection, which includes shades like ”What’s the Mitch-uation?”

Worst Vampire Makeover: Johnny Depp was a pale version of Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson in the big-screen flop Dark Shadows.

Worst Superhero Accessory: Jeremy Renner’s arrow-slinging Hawkeye was a pale version of The Hunger Games‘ Katniss in the blockbuster The Avengers.

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