Year in Review 2011: Red Carpet Fashion Highs & Lows

We've sifted through hundreds of red carpet looks to find the best and worst-dressed stars of 2011.

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Lady Gaga attends the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 6, 2011 in New York City.
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We've sifted through hundreds of red carpet looks -- from Jennifer Lawrence's red Calvin Klein dress to Lady Gaga's cross-dresser suit to Helena Bonham Carter's mess -- to to find the best and worst-dressed stars of 2011. Click through to see who made our list.
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Emma Watson was all over the place on the red carpets this year. The all-grown-up "Harry Potter" star bewitched us with her tiered Oscar de la Renta ballgown.
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But we're not so convinced her edgy, part-canvas Bottega Veneta gown was the right choice.
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What can we say? She was just born this way. Lady Gaga showed us many sides of herself this year, including a glamorous -- if eccentric -- bejeweled blond, and a dark-haired greaser alter-ego named Jo Calderone.
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Best actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence was one of the first to hit the Oscars red carpet this year, and her simple-yet-sexy Calvin Klein set the tone for the evening's understated sex appeal.
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Actress Mila Kunis looked positively radiant in a delicate lavender lace gown by Elie Saab that managed to show a lot of skin while still looking elegant.
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True, there isn't anything egregiously wrong with Reese Witherspoon's black-and-white gown, which seemed to channel Julia Roberts' Valentino of 2001, but there certainly wasn't anything interesting about it, either, and the flipped-out high ponytail felt too informal for such a big event.
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Halle Berry opted for a neutral hue over a strong color at the Oscars. This frothy, sparkling Marchesa was one of the night's better fairytale-like gowns.
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Cody Horn did not make a very good first impression at the Oscars. The little known "Flipped" actress should have "flipped" on a light switch before she left the house in those gloves.
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The shimmering Calvin Klein column Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars was a balance of minimalism and rich sparkle, perfectly paired with statement-making earrings and razor-straight hair.
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Michelle Williams perfectly channeled pared-down glamour at Oscars in a cream-colored Chanel dress covered with tiny, pearly embellishments.
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Cate Blanchett's Givenchy haute couture Oscar gown divided fashion critics, and our office was no exception. Though it may have looked a bit like she was wearing a bib, the color, details, and silhouette were spectacular, and the dose of high fashion was welcome at an American red carpet affair.
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On the runway, rendered in blue, this Versace dress had fringe-y sex appeal; but in fire-engine red on January Jones, this dress fell just on the far side of risque.
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In a bizarro world where Tim Burton replaces Tim Gunn, we're sure Helena Bonham Carter would be declared best-dressed every year. In our world, she's just a wonderfully eccentric wacko in mismatched shoes and a mess of a Vivienne Westwood dress.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"True Grit"'s young Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld proved a flawless red carpet star this year. Her peachy Marchesa gown was slightly princess-y without looking too tween, and the sparkly headband was a fresh topper.
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Angelina Jolie won points with the fashion set for the vintage-inspired green Atelier Versace she wore to the Golden Globes. The simple hairstyle combined with strong shoulders and a plunging back gave the look a '70s throwback vibe.
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The frumpy nude dress Scarlett Johansson wore to the Golden Globes was nowhere near as bad as her Bride of Frankenstein hairstyle.
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Anne Hathaway rocked some serious shoulders in a champagne-colored Armani gown at the Golden Globes. The silhouette might have overwhelmed some women, but Hathaway's svelte figure and mega-watt smile elevated the look.
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Single looked good on "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria, who showed off her hourglass figure at the Golden Globes in this sleek open-back Zac Posen dress.
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A luminous counterpoint to all the evening's frills and sparkle, a newly-blond Emma Stone took the T-shirt dress to a new level with a minimalist coral dress by Calvin Klein.
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To our dismay, Natalie Portman eschewed favored brands like Rodarte at the Golden Globes, choosing instead this Victor & Rolf pink satin dress with an oddly-placed sparkly rose embellishment.
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Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy nominee Jake Gyllenhaal ("Love and Other Drugs") looked handsome as ever in a classic tuxedo and lots of stubble.
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The stars of "True Grit" did not wear Western gear to the red carpet, and Christina Aguilera should not have worn a lacy, "Burlesque"-inspired gown to the Golden Globes. Especially one this unflattering.
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While the raspberry hue and delicate lace of Scarlett Johansson's Dolce & Gabbana gown were perfectly on-trend at the Golden Globes, the odd shape of the lace at the neckline and the two-tone material made the whole look feel sloppy.
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Elisabeth Moss showed her fashion panache at the Golden Globes in an emerald green Donna Karan dress.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten kept the facial hair trend alive on the carpet.
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Cannes is always awash with spectacular, over-the-top fashion. Here, Johnny Depp sports a dashing white dinner jacket alongside Penelope Cruz in frothy Marchesa at the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
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Rachel McAdams also opted for a daring sheer Marchesa gown on a Cannes red carpet, complete with meticulous, bright red embroidery.
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Ryan Gosling has been proving his sartorial prowess at various red carpet events, most notably his striking blue tuxedo at the Cannes premiere for his acclaimed performance in "Drive."
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The Grammys did not look pretty this year and Katy Perry didn't help matters with her ill-fitting Giorgio Armani light-up dress and incredibly cheesy angel wings.
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We saw a little too much of Rihanna, who managed to keep herself just barely covered in strips of white fabric wearing this Jean Paul Gaultier gown.
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Thank goodness for Nikki Minaj, who embraced the season's leopard trend with style in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci.
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It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's just Cyndi Lauper in a shredded Batman costume. Next please.
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Nicole Kidman ruffled our feathers with this dreary Jean Paul Gaultier gown.
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Singer Anna Nalick topped off this too-much-tulle confection with some feathers of her own, but the dress just doesn't fly with us.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Community" star Joel McHale gets kudos for thinking outside the box with this classic-yet-contemporary pale blue dinner jacket at the Emmys.
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Jennifer Lopez looked like a disco ball at the 2011 Grammys -- and not in a good way. We understand why she'd want to show off her legs, but this dress should have been a couple of inches longer.
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D-list TV personality Phoebe Price gets a fashion F for the feathery purple headdress she wore to the Emmys.
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Actress Lea Michele of Fox's "Glee" wore the color of the night (red) to the Emmy Awards. The knock-out Marchesa gown with shoulder rosettes was simply stunning.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara also looked red hot at the Emmys in this unforgettable Vera Wang gown.
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Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men" was a hit in this champagne-hued gown by Marchesa at the 2011 Emmy Awards.
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Julianna Margulies picked up the best actress in a drama award at the Emmys -- but the wins stopped there. "The Good Wife" actress wore a white Armani Prive with a bodice that brought to mind a dog's space collar.
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