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Out of the hundred of looks that have walked down the Oscars red carpet, our editors love the following 14 the most. Click through to see their picks!
"When Angelina Jolie wore that white charmuese silk halter Marc Bouwer gown with the tiered diamond necklace to the Oscars in 2004, I thought that was one of the most perfect red carpet looks of all time. She just looked friggin' gorgeous! I like Angelina Jolie's red carpet looks because they are never boring even when they are very simple—that's harder to achieve than you'd think." - Alexis Bryan Morgan, executive fashion director
"Cate Blanchett in 2011 and her Givenchy couture dress was to die for.  She managed to look smart, cool, and glamorous at the same time—not an easy feat when it comes to red carpet dressing.  I can't wait to see what she wears next." - Anne Keane, fashion director
"I'm not often struck by black, but Madonna's Olivier Theyskens' gown from 1998 is still stuck in my head. The plunging front, the purposeful gaps where the bodice is clasped, the poofy crinoline, the black—it's such a perfect mix of formal, sexy, severe and sinister. Plus her wavy hair and insanely toned arms—she looks so good." - Megan O'Neill, senior associate beauty editor

"Michelle. Williams. That marigold Vera Wang dress with her perfect red lip [in 2011] was just the most gorgeous, show-stopping thing I've ever seen on a red carpet. I'm a huge fan of bright, bold colors, and that dress was such an unexpected shade of yellow that worked so well on her. I remember talking about it with anyone who came near me for a solid week after that year's Oscars. I can STILL talk about it for a creepily long time." - Jayna Maleri, senior fashion writer
"Michelle Williams, Vera Wang canary-yellow gown, Chanel red lip. Flawless." - Maura Lynch, senior beauty editor

"It has to be Michelle Williams for me. The dress, the makeup, the jewelry—the whole thing is just flawless and timeless. Which I imagine is the goal of most stars, and so very rarely executed." - Julia Kalachnikoff, accessories director

"Michelle Williams' canary yellow Vera Wang in 2011 [from the previous slide] was unexpected, stunningly beautiful and really flattering. Usually, when it comes to gowns, you get one or two of those of those things—but rarely all three. She nailed it. I also loved Jennifer Lawrence's red Calvin Klein from a couple of years ago. It's a lesson in simple, sleek—and unstuffy. I hate when super-young people look overdone. She kept it cool." - Jenna Gottlieb, senior fashion writer
"I have two all-time favorite Oscars looks, and they're both courtesy of the same star—Gwyneth Paltrow, my personal fashion icon for all seasons. Of course, most people remember the pale pink princess gown she wore to the 1999 Oscars, when she took home her Best Actress award for Shakespeare in Love—but I love the white cape-backed Tom Ford she wore on the red carpet in 2012 just as much. In both cases, Gwyneth picked a minimalist, monochromatic dress—no bells or whistles, no over-the-top accessories—that suited her perfectly, flattered her complexion and helped set a major color trend all at the same time. #Gwynning" - Elana Fishman, senior digital editor
"I loved when Sharon Stone wore a Gap turtleneck—from her own closet!—to the '96 Oscars. Simple, elegant—and I bet she was the most comfortable person there." - Hayley Phelan, fashion features editor
"1954-55 was a big time for Grace Kelly. Not only did she star in my personal favorite movie—Rear Window—but she also won her first and only Oscar! At the 1955 Academy Awards, Grace wore an ice blue gown by Edith Head. She even had a matching evening coat made! And because Grace is so sweet and down to earth, she wore yellow roses in her hair and elbow-length white gloves. There's a reason she became a princess and I never will! But anyhow, while it's often overlooked these days, it will always be one of my favorite Oscar looks!" - Hillary McDaniels, production assistant
"Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace at the 2012 Academy Awards. One word (well, hashtag): #AngiesRightLeg" - Kristie Dash, assistant to the editor-in-chief
"I'm not sure if it's my all-time favorite, but certainly one of the most memorable for me was Zoe Saldana's purple Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress at the 2010 awards. The ruffles, the sparkle, the bold colors—so many elements that I love, but could never imagine pulling off in a single dress before this moment. However, as with so many outfits, Zoe made it work." - Christa Lee, digital beauty editor
"Eight years later, and I still think regularly about Reese Witherspoon's 1955 vintage Christian Dior gown at the 2006 Oscars when she won for Walk the Line. When I first laid eyes on it, I couldn't believe how perfectly it represented the perfectly princess-y dress of my dreams, with its blush ribbon detailing and delicate embellishments. So if I ever make a red carpet debut myself, let it be known it will definitely be in an elegant and feminine number like this." - Maura Brannigan, digital fashion news writer
"My Favorite Oscars red carpet moment was Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche in 2005. Not only did she win an Oscar for her amazing role in Million Dollar Baby, that was one of the first times I ever saw her in a gown like that. She was glowing and she was beautiful!" - Amaris Jones, contributing fashion assistant
"I don't know if it necessarily qualifies as my 'favorite' dress in the sense of it being something I would want to own/wear, but I love Björk's 2001 swan dress. Generally, I find red carpet fashion to be a little bit redundant—sure, I enjoy looking at beautiful gowns, but that's all it is: beautiful gowns. Björk came in and, true to her style as an artist, shook things up and instigated a polarizing discussion. Some people went so far as to call her dress one of the worst Oscar dresses of all time, but its lasting influence is irrefutable. To this day, the media references 'that one time Björk wore a swan as a dress,' and let's not forget Valentino's most recent couture show." - Cristina Harrell, digital production assistant