The Best, Most-Talked-About Oscars Dresses of All Time

The Best, Most-Talked-About Oscars Dresses of All Time
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In case you’ve lost all access to TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, advertisements out in the world, and, of course, the internet, let us remind you: The Academy Awards are happening March 4 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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But before we deep-dive into this year’s red carpet, which will surely be chockablock with incredible dresses, we look to the past to remember the best, brightest, buzziest, most incredible dresses of all time. We’re thinking back to Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Calvin Klein frock in 2015 (covered in 6,000 actual pearls), or Jennifer Lopez’s insane gown in 2014 (don’t forget the train), or the time Chrissy Teigen showed up majorly pregnant in Marchesa last year.

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And that’s just in the past three years. Ahead, all the dresses that have blown our minds, from Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic slip dress in 1996 through present day.

A version of this article was originally published in February 2017.

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Chrissy Teigen, 2016
Chrissy Teigen, 2016
Cate Blanchett, 2016
Cate Blanchett, 2016
Beyoncé, 2015
Beyoncé, 2015
Lupita Nyong'o, 2015
Lupita Nyong'o, 2015
Jennifer Lopez, 2015
Jennifer Lopez, 2015
Jennifer Aniston, 2015
Jennifer Aniston, 2015
Nicole Kidman, 2015
Nicole Kidman, 2015
Lupita Nyong'o, 2014
Lupita Nyong'o, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
Zoe Saldana, 2010
Zoe Saldana, 2010
Anne Hathaway, 2009
Anne Hathaway, 2009
Marion Cotillard, 2008
Marion Cotillard, 2008
Penelope Cruz, 2008
Penelope Cruz, 2008
Michelle Williams, 2006
Michelle Williams, 2006
Jennifer Garner, 2004
Jennifer Garner, 2004
Renee Zellwegger, 2004
Renee Zellwegger, 2004
Charlize Theron, 2004
Charlize Theron, 2004
Kate Hudson, 2003
Kate Hudson, 2003
Tyra Banks, 2000
Tyra Banks, 2000
Nicole Kidman, 1997
Nicole Kidman, 1997
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1996
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1996

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  • Chrissy Teigen, 2016
  • Cate Blanchett, 2016
  • Beyoncé, 2015
  • Lupita Nyong'o, 2015
  • Jennifer Lopez, 2015
  • Jennifer Aniston, 2015
  • Nicole Kidman, 2015
  • Lupita Nyong'o, 2014
  • Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
  • Zoe Saldana, 2010
  • Anne Hathaway, 2009
  • Marion Cotillard, 2008
  • Penelope Cruz, 2008
  • Michelle Williams, 2006
  • Jennifer Garner, 2004
  • Renee Zellwegger, 2004
  • Charlize Theron, 2004
  • Kate Hudson, 2003
  • Tyra Banks, 2000
  • Nicole Kidman, 1997
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, 1996
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