Hollywood's hottest stars strutted down the Oscars red carpet on Sunday in a stunning parade of bejewelled couture gowns, glittering diamonds and debonair tuxedos.
Many of Tinseltown's A-list actresses opted for strapless dresses and minimal jewellery. While some made a statement with the metallic glamour of silver and gold, others opted for bold eye-catching colours.
Triumph: George Clooney's girlfriend Stacey Keibler looked absolutely ravishing in golden Marchesa.
Tragedy: She insists she has her own style, but we're not sure we like it. Maybe it's the hair or the sequins. Either way, Kelly Osbourne needs to take it down a notch in this Badgley Mischka.
Triumph: Melanie Griffith looked sexy and classy in this black, one-shoulder gown with her hair elegantly swept up.
Triumph: Oscars gold was also on display with Best Actress winner Meryl Streep resplendent in a glittering floor-length belted Lanvin dress.
Triumph: Wearing a custom Giorgio Armani organza gown in an unusual serene blue, Penelope Cruz gets our vote for most gorgeous star on the red carpet this year.
Tragedy: Last year's Best Actress winner Natalie Portman opted for old Hollywood glamour, choosing a vintage strapless red Christian Dior gown. A little boring...
Triumph: She still looks a little uncomfortable posing for the cameras, but that doesn't stop actress Rooney Mara from dazzling in a white vintage-style Givenchy gown.
Tragedy: Sandra Bullock's two-toned Marchesa number with an embroidered bit in the middle does nothing for her figure.
Triumph: She chose a great colour to complement her skin tone, and with a bedazzled belt at the waist, this dress makes Sherri Shepherd look like a million bucks.
Triumph: Judy Greer looked sexy in this Monique Lhuillier creation that made her look tall and slender.
Tragedy: Italian film producer and wife of Colin Firth, Livia Giuggioli wore a custom Valentino with a little too much sleeve.
Triumph: Jessica Chastain, who played a ditzy housewife in The Help, earned cheers for her strapless black Alexander McQueen gown. A brave choice.
Triumph: Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams rocked a strapless coral-red Louis Vuitton number with cascading ruffles and a simple necklace.
Triumph:The Help star Emma Stone opted for a flowing fire-engine red Giambattista Valli.
Tragedy: Jennifer Lopez's risky white number by Zuhair Murad held together precariously at her cleavage. Many were worried it might pop open to reveal a little more than she intended.
Triumph: Jane Seymour chose a racy red-sequined gown to flaunt her gorgeous frame on the red carpet.
Triumph: Brad Pitt wore a single-breasted suit jacket with a bow tie, and wore his long, blond hair loose. Love the long hair!
Tragedy: Our Princess of Monaco opted for a rather conservative white number by Swiss designer Akri, with pleated skirt.
Triumph: Angelina Jolie looked every bit the mega-star that she is, wearing a strapless black velvet Versace gown with a thigh-high slit and red, red lipstick.
Triumph: Sparkling silver was a key look - such as the slinky one-shoulder Elie Saab dress worn by Milla Jovovich.
Triumph: At 64, Glenn Close wore a dark green gown by Zac Posen and showed some of the younger stars what elegance looks like.
Triumph: One thing we've got to give Gwyneth Paltrow is the fact that she certainly sticks to her personal style. She chose a Tom Ford column dress with a floor-length cape for dramatic effect.
Triumph: Comedy star Tina Fey looks pretty in a midnight blue Carolina Herrera number.