02.03.2011  /  16:00

In English

Awards aside, the Oscars really were a platform, or better, a runway for the actresses to showcase many amazing dresses – and others not so much. Like Natalie Portman and Colin Firth, the big winners of the night, the color red reigned among the stars: Sandra Bullock, in a Vera Wang, Jennifer Hudson, wearing a Versace, Jennifer Lawrence chose a red Calvin Klein, and Anne Hathaway, the evening’s co-host, dressed in a Valentino, were some who opted for the color of passion.

* Let’s face it: no one dared too much. Amy Adams seemed to be wearing a starry sky – and the brightness was so strong that she must have forgotten to do her hair. Helena Bonham Carter bet on a basic black dress, quite a change from some of the outrageous looks we’ve grown accustomed to. New mom Penelope Cruz, proved – a little too much, one might say – that she’s got everything in the right places in a L’Wren Scott gown.

* Gwyneth Paltrow went with a sparkling straight cut Calvin Klein – trendy and fashionable. Reese Witherspoon rocked the night in a beautifully simple black and white Armani Privé,. Hilary Swank, after many slips in red carpet, hit the mark in a long Gucci – the first piece that Gucci has designed for this kind of occasion. Camila Alves looked gorgeous in a black Kaufman Franco. And she won the award for best accessory of the night: her hubby Mathew McConaughey. Mila Kunis scored points wearing Elie Saab Haute Couture, as well as Cate Blanchett in a Givenchy, and Florence Welch, wearing a beautiful lace Valentino with frilly skirt.

Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mila Kunis, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Penelope Cruz, Camila Alves, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Adams, Florence Welch and Hilary Swank: Oscar looks of 2011