What Makes A Winning Oscars Dress? See EVERY Dress Worn By Best Actress Winners

25 February 2014 by

[Mediarun Digital]

It's just one week to go till the Oscars, so it's time to brush up on your red carpet IQ. We've summed up the top 50 Oscar dresses ever, so now it's time to take a look at the best actress winners. Have you ever wondered if there is a formula to a winning Oscar dress? Which designer has bagged the most wins? Which colour screams success? Well we've done all the hard work for you, and collated all the best dressed actresses and best supporting actresses since 2000. Plus our friends over at Mediarun Digital have made an ah-mazing infographic, showing the dresses worn by every single best actress winner.

Last year Jennifer Lawrence picked up the Best Actress Award in her mahoosive, rather bridal, Dior Couture frock. She might not be able to actually pronounce Haute Couture or walk up a few steps in a gown, but she looked FAB. That's why we love her. She's not the first Best Actress to have worn Christian Dior, as back in 2006 Reese Witherspoon accepted the award for Walk the Line in Vintage Christian Dior.

Versace has been worn most on the red carpet at the Oscars, as Catherine Zeta-Jones wore Versace when she picked up Best Supporting Actress in 2003 and Angelina Jolie wore the label when she was crowned Best Supporting Actress in 2000.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Valentino is of course a popular winner's choice, and although Anne Hathaway shocked and wore Prada instead this year, he has dressed a spectacular number of Best Actresses as Cate Blanchett, Sophia Loren, Jessica Lange, Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Taylor all wore Valentino.

Valentino said that dressing Julia Roberts when she collected her Oscar for Erin Brockovich was the highlight of his career. 'I have dressed so many people but I have to be sincere. The person that made me feel so very, very happy was Julia Roberts. When she got the Academy Award for Erin Brockovich I watched it on television and really I was so excited that she appeared in my dress,' the designer gushed.

As for the accessories it seems a Chopard is a lucky charm, as in 2004 Charlize Theron wore Chopard to accept her Best Actress Oscar for Monster and then for nine consecutive years an Oscar winner wore Chopard. 

Can you work out an Oscar winning fashion formula? Take a look through the gallery below to see the previous Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress winners. Then check out the amazing inforgraphic above...

GALLERY>> Oscar Winning Dresses

Best Actress 2013 (Silver Linings Playbook): Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Best Supporting Actress 2013 (Les Miserables): Anne Hathaway in Prada

Best Actress 2012 (The Iron Lady): Meryl Streep in Lanvin

Best Supporting Actress 2012 (The Help): Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Best Leading Actress 2011 (Black Swan): Natalie Portman in Rodarte

Best Supporting Actress 2011 (The Fighter): Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer

Best Leading Actress 2010 (The Blind Side): Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

Best Supporting Actress 2010 (Precious) - Mo'Nique in Tadashi Shoji

Best Leading Actress 2009 (The Reader) - Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent

Best Supporting Actress 2009 (Vicky Cristina Barcelona): Penelope Cruz in Balmain

Best Leading Actress 2008 (La Vie En Rose) - Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier

Best Supporting Actress 2008 (Michael Clayton): Tilda Swinton in Lanvin

Best Leading Actress 2007 (The Queen): Helen Mirren in Christian Lacroix

Best Supporting Actress 2007 (Dreamgirls): Jennifer Hudson in Oscar de la Renta

Best Leading Actress 2006 (Walk the Line): Reese Witherspoon in Christian Dior

Best Supporting Actress 2006 (The Constant Gardener): Rachel Weisz in Narciso Rodriguez

Best Actress 2005 (Million Dollar Baby): Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche

Best Supporting Actress 2005 (The Aviator): Cate Blanchett in Valentino

Best Actress 2004 (Monster): Charlize Theron in Gucci

Best Supporting Actress 2004 (Cod Mountain): Renee Zellweger in Cold Mountain

Best Actress 2003 (The Hours): Nicole Kidman in Jean Paul Gaultier

Best Supporting Actress 2003 (Chicago): Catherine Zeta-Jones in Versace

Best Actress 2002 (Monster's Ball): Halle Berry in Elie Saab

Best Supporting Actress 2002 (A Beautiful Mind): Jennifer Connelly in Balenciaga

Best Leading Actress 2001 (Erin Brockovich): Julia Roberts in Valentino

Best Supporting Actress 2001 (Pollock): Marcia Gay Harden in Randolph Duke

Best Actress 2000 (Boys Don't Cry): Hilary Swank in Randolph Duke

Best Supporting Actress 2000 (Girl Interrupted): Angelina Jolie in Versace


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