Nomination: Best Actress (for Silver Linings Playbook)
Should Wear: J. Law's sassy character Tiffany is a depressed widow with the world's sharpest tongue—she even argues with Robert De Niro! Since Lawrence is the newest face of Dior, we think she’d be electric in this bold yellow Spring 2013 gown.
Nomination: Best Actress (for Zero Dark Thirty)
Should Wear: Jessica Chastain gives a riveting performance as a CIA officer hell-bent on tracking down Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, and her red carpet choices have been just as dramatic so far this season. We loved the ravishing red Alexander McQueen she chose for the SAG Awards, and think she should continue the color trend with this beaded Spring 2013 Ellie Saab.
Nomination: Best Actress (for Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Should Wear: Quvenzhané Wallis plays a child prodigy living in the Louisiana bayou in Beasts of the Southern Wild, and her real-life style is equally genius. We find it so refreshing that the nine-year-old star dresses her age. Since Wallis has been spotted in a number of delightfully frilly party dresses, we think she’d love this pastel pink one from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2013 childrenswear collection.
Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (for Lincoln)
Should Wear: In Lincoln, Sally Field took on the unglamorous role of Mary Todd and delivered a performance for the books. While she normally favors less form-fitting gowns, we think this plunging, feathery Pre-Fall 2013 Oscar de la Renta would be an unexpected (and welcome!) red carpet surprise.
Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (for The Sessions)
Should Wear: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Helen Hunt on the red carpet, and we couldn’t be more excited about her emotional performance in The Sessions as a sex surrogate for a paralyzed poet. Since Hunt has has worn metallic fabrics before, we think she’d like this slinky gold Spring 2013 Zuhair Murad—a more daring look for the usually conservative actress.
Nomination: Best Actress (for The Impossible)
Should Wear: Naomi Watts amazed us in The Impossibe as Maria Belon, a tsunami survivor frantically searching for her lost family. (Seriously, just try not to weep through the whole thing.) She covered up for the Golden Globes in this conservative Zac Posen, but we think for the Oscars she should tap into her adventurous side with this fringed masterpiece from Marchesa's Spring 2013 collection.
Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (for Les Misérables)
Should Wear: When Anne Hathaway dreamed a dream as Fantine in Les Mis, we bawled our eyes out. Fortunately, her red carpet choices have been much more uplifting. Hathaway has been sticking to black and white gowns this awards season, but we think she could spice it up just for the Academy with this rouge Spring 2013 Valentino.
Nomination:Best Actress (for Amour)
Should Wear: French actrees Emmanuelle Riva gives a heart-wrenching performance as a paralyzed stroke victim in Amour. While she shies away from many red carpet events, Riva tends to favor embellished oversized jackets and long dresses. We think for the Oscars she should try this more tailored couture look from Chanel. The fluffy long dress and sequin jacket make for an unbeatable combo.
Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (for Silver Linings Playbook)
Should Wear: Weaver gave a moving performance as the mother of a bipolar man in recovery (Bradley Cooper) in Silver Linings Playbook. While the Aussie actress usually sticks to designers from down under, we think she should switch it up with this stunning red Pre-Fall 2013 Oscar de la Renta.
Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (for The Master)
Should Wear: Amy Adams' performance as the wife of the leader of a Scientology-esque movement had us forgetting all about her whimsical role as Princess Giselle in Enchanted. Her love of elegant silhouettes on the red carpet hasn't changed much over the years, though. We think she’d like this dramatic off-the-shoulder Pre-Fall 2013 Zac Posen gown.