Runway to Red Carpet Predictions

It's officially Oscar weekend, which means it's time to start speculating on whom the most stylish stars will be wearing on the red carpet.

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MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16: Angelina Jolie attends "The Tourist premiere at Palacio de los Deportes on December 16, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Angelina Jolie
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It's officially Oscar weekend, which means it's time to start speculating on whom the most stylish stars will be wearing on the red carpet. Natalie Portman is the topic of most speculation; her spectacular tastes and affiliation with tons of interesting designers make her a prime candidate for some of this season's most fantastic frocks, and her pregnant figure makes for some interesting design challenges.
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Portman bucked all the fashionistas' predictions in wearing Victor & Rolf dress for the Golden Globes. The dress wasn't terribly well-received by critics, however, so we're hoping the star opts for Rodarte (the Mulleavy sisters designed the lavish ballet costumes for "Black Swan"), like this curve-accommodating gown from the brand's spring line.
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Another pregnancy-appropriate option would be this frothy pink creation from Christian Dior's most recent couture showing, complete with ample belly pouf and floral sequin embroidery.
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Admittedly, we'd be just as keen to see Natalie in something uncharacteristically edgy rather than her go-to ladylike look: a feathered black gown by Prabal Gurung gives alludes to her role in Black Swan without feeling gimmicky.
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Michelle Williams is primed for critical success with her role in Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine," but her choice of a daisy print gown at the Golden Globes proved too girly for such a sophisticated young actress.
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Williams went with a printed Valentino for the Globes, which received less than rave reviews, but we're hoping she goes back to the designer of the yellow dress that launched her red carpet reputation: Vera Wang. This ethereal nude evening gown by Vera Wang is just the ticket, and would be especially stunning paired with her platinum locks and a bright red lip.
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The stunning French actress Marion Cotillard will hopefully get some Oscar-love for her role in the summer blockbuster, "Inception." Her signature glam style lends itself to her timeless good looks, and she often goes refreshingly bold for red carpet appearances.
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Cotillard is known as someone with more adventurous, high-fashion taste, so it's likely we'll see her in a frothy Dior couture gown, since she has an affiliation with the brand.
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On the other hand, Elie Saab had a spectacular couture show, and this breathtakingly detailed gown would be a true stand-out on the red carpet.
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With her recent role in "The Tourist" opposite Johnny Depp, Angie has been hitting the press circuit hard, and with mixed results. The edgy star seems to favor classic silhouettes with a touch of exotic appeal, like the brilliant jade Versace she sported to the Globes.
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Jolie went for a sparkling Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes, and we'd nominate a similarly classic designer for the Oscars: Giorgio Armani. This beaded gown in midnight black with a plunging neckline is a perfect marriage of classic and sultry design elements, with black turban optional.
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If Angelina goes back for more Armani Prive, we'd wager she'll favor something dark and simply-cut, since she's been opting for black-and-white over color of late.
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Julianne Moore's effortless good taste always comes across on the red carpet with her quirky designer picks and understated accessories. The hot pink Lanvin she wore to the Globes demonstrated her fearlessness on the red carpet.
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Since Moore played a major role both in Tom Ford's film debut, "A Single Man," and his latest foray in womenswear (she appeared in his runway show), we're hoping she opts for this sapphire-blue Tom Ford sheath for the Oscars.
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Of course, we're always suckers for red heads in red dresses at the Oscars, which makes Moore a terrific candidate for Marchesa's dramatic blood-red embroidered gown.
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Another of our favorite red carpet red heads is the inimitable Nicole Kidman, who never fails to astound us with her unusual couture choices and lavish jewels.
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Kidman kept her look uncharacteristically simple at the Globes in a cream one-shoulder Prada. For the Oscars, we're hoping she steps up the glamour with a sea foam gown from Elie Saab's couture collection. After all, there's no questioning that Kidman has the mile-long legs to pull it off.
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Of course, for something slightly outside Kidman's comfort zone, it would be great to the star shake up the red carpet with a sweeping Alexander McQueen creation with a long ruffled tail.
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Anne Hathaway, who starred in this year's "Love and Other Drugs," is always a red carpet knockout, trending towards old-school Hollywood looks with a focus on poise.
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Hathaway went for sparkle and sex appeal at the Globes in a peach sequin gown by Armani. We think the actress' va-va-voom glamor lends itself to a frothy Marchesa gown for the Oscars, like this feathered confection in pale pink tulle.
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If Hathaway prefers something with a little less pouf, however, we'd wager she'll go for a simple, semi-sheer one shoulder off Oscar de la Renta's runway.
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Carey Mulligan is an old hand when it comes to knockout red carpet ensembles. Her fun, quirky take on high fashion makes every look feel personal and fresh.
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As such, we wonder if Carey wouldn't favor a rising red carpet talent like Naeem Khan, whose gorgeous printed gowns would be a terrific fit for her teensy frame.
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Annette Bening was a riot in this year's unexpected hit, "The Kids are Alright." Her flawless good taste and restrained sense of chic have defined all her past red carpet ensembles.
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Oscar de la Renta is the ultimate grown-up designer for an elegant actress like Bening. We love the glistening beads and jet black fur wrap on this look from his spring runway.
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Likewise, a long-sleeved look from Elie Saab's latest couture show would be a knockout on Bening, whose tendency to choose subtle gems and accessories would counter the over-the-top floral motif of the gown.
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Amy Adams always looks sophisticated and put-together, as we expect her to when she walks the red carpet for her role in "The Fighter."
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The actress went for a deep green at the Globes, but we're hoping she goes for something with more color at the Oscars' red carpet. This silky Jason Wu gown is plenty ladylike for Amy, and will brighten her always-sunny disposition even more. (Full disclosure: This particular dress exposed a bit more on the runway than we were willing to show here, so the image has been slightly tweaked.)
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For something with a touch of shimmer, however, we'd be thrilled to see Adams try a sparkle tiger-striped gown from Marc Jacobs' 70's-inspired fall collection.
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Halle Barry always makes edgy fashion choices, like this funky brocade suit by Balmain. An annual favorite on the red carpet, we can't wait to see what Halle wears after her daring role in "Frankie and Alice," in which she played a gogo dancer with multiple personality disorder.
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Clearly Halle has a rockin' bod, but after the skimpy black Nina Ricci she wore to the Globes, we're hoping the actress opts for a little more fabric at the Oscars. This unusual ombre gown by Zac Posen would be right in step with Halle's racy red carpet choices.
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An ultra-fringed Versace gown would be a flattering choice for Halle, who would have tons of opportunities to show off her seriously long stems in the sweeping white skirt.
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We have to hand it to her, though she usually favors sweatpants and flannel shirts, Mila Kunis has been looking seriously grown-up recently in some gorgeous Old Hollywood gowns, in particular the brilliant jade Vera Wang she sported at the Golden Globes.
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After wearing so much saturated color this season, a romantic all-black look might be a nice change for Kunis, who would look dangerously fabulous in this lacy number from Elie Saab's latest couture collection.
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Of course, a softer look like this ruffled one-shoulder Valentino stunner would be breathtaking contrasted against Mila's glossy dark hair and eyes.
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Charlize Theron can always be counted on to make a splash on the red carpet with her regal good looks and envy-inspiring wardrobe.
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Theron is one of the few starlets whose towering height and Dior affiliation (she's a spokesmodel) make her a prime candidate for one of the label's frothy couture creations.
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We can never separate our image of the always-radiant Diane Kruger from her portrayal of Helen in "Troy." Kruger is always a designer favorite (including Karl's), so we expect she'll pull something especially ritzy out of her wardrobe this season.
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Since Kruger is so Chanel-affiliated, it's highly likely that she'll wear something from the brand's couture collection. This cream lace dress from the couture collection would be an exquisite choice.
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This red-and-gold Chanel couture piece, on the other hand, has a sophisticated, regal quality.
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