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Portman has always been a star on the red carpet, and, after a bumpy awards season (on the fashion front, that is) the Oscars could be her chance to shine. While our pick for her best of the season, the crimson Rodarte from Black Swan's Venice premiere, is a bit of a cheat as it was pre-baby bump, the Mulleavy sisters' signature draping could work just as beautifully now.
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She's been at the top of the best-dressed lists for ages now: You'd be hard-pressed, as we were, to find even a single fashion misstep from Hathaway's past year. And as the cohost she'll no doubt have multiple costume changes — and chances — to wow.
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This Best Actress nominee has, historically, hit some of fashion's highest notes (remember that mustard Vera Wang from 2006?). But lately she's been tripping over her quirky sensibilities (flowers belong on the podium, not on your dress). Consider her the wild card on this year's carpet.
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While she didn't get a nod for her supporting role in Black Swan, look for Portman's costar to potentially win big when it comes to fashion. She knows how to use color to her advantage on the carpet (see: her emerald gown at the Globes, and 2009's delicious bordeaux Monique Lhuillier). Let's just hope she doesn't revert to boring old black.
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This newcomer has made a name for herself this year on the awards circuit — both for her turn in Winter's Bone and her hit-or-miss dress choices. And so long as she stays away from the dated collar necklaces, we're excited to see what this fresh face will turn up in.
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The youngest of this year's crop has been making some of the wisest fashion choices. While she's unlikely to top best-dressed lists, the True Grit star is the definition of one to watch.
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During her Blind Side awards domination tour, Bullock hit some of the highest notes on the carpet in looks that were simultaneously stylish and age-appropriate. If she pulls off another winner like this Jenny Packham gown from January's Golden Globes, she could go to the Oscars as a presenter but still come away a winner.
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While Blanchett has been a rare presence on the red carpet in the past year, every time she does turn up it's to totally regal effect. We can't wait to see what she rocks as a presenter for the Oscars this time around.
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She may be a movie star now (Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens), but we first got to know Wilde through her always stunning turns on the red carpet. If she makes a repeat appearance this year — and we bet she will — look for some major sparks (and sparkles) to fly.
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It's been a long while since Berry stepped out in that breathtaking Elie Saab — these days, she's known more for rocking body-baring gowns that no mere mortal would dare to consider. So while it's unlikely she'll be figuring in on the best-dressed lists, we'd never count Berry out.
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While the Glee star technically doesn't have a reason to attend the Oscars, she has knocked out the rest of the awards show circuit (Tonys, Emmys, Globes, SAGs, Grammys). So perhaps this will be the year that she brings her style acumen, and Old Hollywood glamour, to fashion's toughest testing ground.
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Kidman has had quite a roller-coaster history with the red carpet, going from a perennial best (who doesn't remember her ravishing acid-green Galliano?) to a reliable mess. But over the last year she's seemingly found her way with a buttoned-up lady-of-the-manor look that we think works for her. Let's just hope this is the version of Nicole we see come Oscar time.
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