The most important annual event in film, and quite possibly in fashion, highlighted a return to couture this year. From muted colors to bold reds - the favorite choices of Sunday night's Academy Awards attendees - stars opted for dresses reminiscent of classic Hollywood glamour, with a hint of Black Swan feathered creativity and inspiration.
The Twitterverse went wild over Jennifer Hudson's tangerine-red Versace gown, not just for its beauty but mostly because of the way it wrapped and accentuated her brand-new slim and toned physique. She was one of several actresses lighting up the red carpet with bright and bold reds.
Best-actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) was the first to arrive in front of L.A.'s Kodak Theatre in red, a formfitting, slinky dress by Calvin Klein. Other actresses rocking red were Sandra Bullock, show host Anne Hathaway, and new mother Penélope Cruz.
Nude, champagne-colored hues also dominated the evening. But these muted gowns were anything but boring.