This year's Oscars was marked by stunning actresses who sparkled in sequins. Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Catherine Zeta Jones and more wowed in metallic shades. The reigning color palette at the 2013 Oscars was pale nude or white, or stark black. There were a few standouts who risked wearing bold color, and succeeded: Kerry Washington and Jennifer Aniston spring to mind. "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis summed up the best-dressed ladies at the 2013 Oscars perfectly when she described her dress as: "sparkly and fluffy."
Other trends on our best-dressed list from the night included strapless gowns (Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron had us in tears with their stunning Dior Couture gowns) and lots of diamonds ... just not in necklaces. We saw bracelets and earrings, but necks were conspiculously bare. Perhaps the ladies knew that Seth McFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs" song would be calling enough attention to their breasts as it was?
Check out our picks for best-dressed and tell us if you agree with our choices. Then head over to our worst-dressed list to see the risks that flopped on the red carpet.
Jessica Chastain In Armani Privé
The rose-colored gown shows off her figure, while the beading keeps the eye moving. Though simple, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/best-red-lipstick-2012_n_2205820.html">her bold red lips</a> add a punch of color.
Samantha Barks In Valentino
The "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/les-miserables-extended-trailer-anne-hathaway-russell-crowe-hugh-jackman_n_1900640.html">Les Miserables</a>" actress had our attention at hello. While black is certainly basic, that plunging neckline and stunning necklace certainly got our attention.
Octavia Spencer In Tadashi Shoji
The award-winning actress <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-anderson/the-help-octavia-spencer-2012-photos_b_2125289.html">always chooses the perfect shape to show off her body</a>. The off-the-shoulder neckline frames her face, while the fitted bodice adds a va-va-voom element that we are loving.
Naomi Watts In Armani Privé
"<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/naomi-watts-impossible_n_2346016.html">The Impossible</a>" actress does high drama right! Silver sequins and cutouts make the perfect statement for a nominee -- sexy, eye-catching and sophisticated.
Helen Hunt In H&M
"The Sessions" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/09/helen-hunt-the-sessions-photos_n_2427036.html">star</a> is wearing H&M on the red carpet. That's amazing in and of itself, but additionally, the navy hue shines against her tanned skin tone, and her statement necklace pops off her column gown.
Jennifer Lawrence In Christian Dior Couture
The "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/23/indie-spirit-awards-2013-silver-linings-playbook_n_2751423.html">Silver Linings Playbook</a>" actress goes for high drama, and it works. The strapless neckline and fitted bodice are simple enough to contrast the voluminous skirt. Her upswept 'do and diamonds (the backward necklace!) add just a little necessary sparkle.
Nicole Kidman In L'Wren Scott
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/nicole-kidman-hollywood-reporter-cover-photo_n_2488879.html">Australian actress</a> is stunning in liquid sequins. We love that she went a different route than usual with a dramatic train.
Charlize Theron In Christian Dior Couture
The details in this sleek, gorgeous gown have us looking twice. The V at the neckline, the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/polka-dots-2012-fashion-trends_n_2388891.html#slide=1934249"> beaded peplum </a>and the train only add to an already elegant look. And that pixie! We love it.
Kerry Washington In Miu Miu
We tip our hats to the "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/django-unchained-movie-of-year_b_2458521.html">Django Unchained</a>" actress for taking a risk on the red carpet. Her beaded, coral dress was an oasis in a desert of pale hues. The red clutch played up all the berry tones in her look, and her easy hair and makeup let that dress steal the show.
Renee Zellweger In Carolina Herrera
Liquid sequins are a trend on this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/17/oscars-2013-red-carpet-photos_n_2707963.html?1361744443#slide=2145163">Oscars red carpet</a>, and for good reason. They add shine without going over the top. The "Bridget Jones Diary" star chose a simple tank-style dress and added interest with a ruby-colored clutch and bracelets for a perfect ensemble.
Queen Latifah In Badgley Mischka
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/queen-latifah-did-not-come-out-pride_n_1529566.html">actress </a>is stunning in this white gown. The V neckline highlights her décolletage while also framing her face, and the train is just enough drama to make waves. Her pink lips and slicked-back ponytail are the right details for such a sleek look. Brava.
Jennifer Aniston In Valentino
We are thrilled that the star eschewed her usual black for such a vibrant color. The simple, strapless top and loose hair were casual, while the princess skirt was just dramatic enough for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/oscars/">the Oscars</a>.
Zoe Saldana In Alexis Mabille Couture
It's rare to see a gown with this much detail on the best-dressed list, but the actress really pulls it off. Her simple hairdo and minimal makeup let the floral embroidery take the spotlight, while the ombré detail at the hem keeps the eye moving.
Sally Field In Valentino
Graceful and elegant, the "Lincoln" actress stuns in red.
Halle Berry In Versace
The Oscar-winning actress works bold shoulder pads like an expert. The vertical stripes keep the eye moving to her lovely décolletage and trim waistline.
Emanuelle Riva In Lanvin
The "Amour" star wore one of our favorite looks of the night. The turquoise gown and cape are far and away one of the most elegant Oscar looks ever. Completely timeless, and reminiscent of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/gwyneth-paltrow-oscar-2012-_n_1373886.html" target="_hplink">Gwyneth Paltrow 's look</a> last year.
Giuliana Rancic In Rafael Cennamo
The TV personality's hair is a nice change. The black gown is elegant, yet understated and all the couture-like detail adds curves.
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