By Helin Jung
February 22, 2007 at 10:42 PM EST

According to my new favorite blog, Helen Mirren announcedlast night that she will be wearing a dress by French designer ChristianLacroix to the Oscars on Sunday (Lacroix is the man responsible for UmaThurman’s awkward, bunched up, Swiss-Miss Oscar outfit from 2004, which was lovely… if youhad your eyes closed). Mirren (photographed two weeks ago arriving at the British Academy Awards) will still have to answer that red carpet staple,”What are you wearing?” a jillion or so times, but I think it will befun trying to guess what kind of number she’ll don for the ceremony (check outLacroix’s most recent spring couture collection here). While we’re at it, wemight as well round out the list of who will wear whom on Oscar night.

Jennifer Hudson, the other likely winner, is getting”styled” by André Leon Talley, Vogue‘s editor-at-large. He says that Hudson has already picked the dress, which is a “secret,” but my guess is that she willprobably wear a sleek, curve-hugging dress like the kind she’s been wearing allawards season. Donna Karan or Versace might be the lucky ones to dress her.

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Boring, but true: Cate Blanchett will most likely be wearing Armani Privé (shewore Valentino when she won her first Oscar for The Aviator). Penélope Cruz will probably wear a romantic Chanel Haute Couture gown — they’ve have been attachedat the hip this season. Kate Winslet has the straightforward, glamorous-yet-simplecolumn look down, so it’s doubtful she’ll stray from her formula. Rinko Kikuchiwill probably wear something that’s short, funky, and/or fluffy, and I thinkBetsey Johnson is her fashion soul mate. Adriana Barraza will wear a mature gownthat has a hint of sexy, but not too much — Oscar de la Renta, perhaps? AbigailBreslin is definitely going to wear a cute little girl dress (I’ll suggest MarcJacobs) with a cardigan on top.

Finally, there’s Meryl Streep. Meryl is goingto be a guaranteed hot mess on the red carpet, because she always lookslikeshe’s wearing a lumpy potato sack, and has bad hair to boot. I wouldlove for her to channel some Miranda Priestly and come out in somethingform-fitting and gorgeous, looking like the bomb. Wouldn’t that be nice?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Which designers’frocks should the nominees choose to wear to this year’s ceremony? Whowill be on the best and worst-dressed lists on Monday?