Happy Women’s Day! A Look at the Oscar’s Leading Ladies

Poetic justice sounds ever so sweet today, International Women’s Day, after Kathyrn Bigelow beat out ex-husband James Cameron to become the first woman to win best director at last night’s Academy Awards.  Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker took home all of the big film awards, including best original screenplay and of course, best picture, beating out Cameron’s heavy favorite, Avatar.  Lets take a look at the ladies who wowed us for all the right reasons last night.

Mo’Nique won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the dark drama Precious and looked great in her Tadashi Shoji dress.

Anna Kendrick got her big break in the blockbuster Twilight, but she proved she is more than just part of a teen sensation with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work alongside George Clooney in Up In The Air. Dress by Elie Saab.

Nicole Richie recently debuted her new ready to wear line, Winter Kate, so you would think she picked one of her own creations to wear? Instead she smoked the runway in her Reem Acra print dress.

Vera Farmagia was not only nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Up In The Air, she also presented George Clooney with his nomination for Best Actor in the same film.  She wore red carpet favorite, Marchesa.

Maggie Gyllenhall looked beautiful in this daring blue print Dries Van Noten gown and pink lips. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Crazy Heart, which Jeff Bridges won Best Actor for.
Sandra Bullock finally got her Oscar for Best Actress for her role as the tenacious house wife with a heart in The Blind Side. She was surely projected to win Best Dressed in her gold Marchesa gown.

Style-setter Diane Kruger wore Chanel Haute Couture and posed alongside her Inglorious Bastards director, Quentin Tarantino, who was also nominated for Best Director.

Newcomer Carey Mulligan wore a gorgeous embellished Prada gown and looked extra chic in her Twiggy inspired bob. Carey was nominated for Best Actress for An Education.

Presenter, funny-gal and writer Tina Fey kept her all American girl charm in this stunning Michael Kors gown.

Sarah Jessica Parker looked classic and elegant in this Chanel Haute Couture number. The woman best known for her red carpet style did not disappoint!

 You can’t really talk about powerful women without mentioning the unsinkable Meryl Streep.  Nominated for Best Actress for her role as Julia Childs in Julia and Julia, she is the most nominated actress of all time. Enough said.  Dress by her go-to Chris March.

Presenter Rachel McAdams made a daring a lovely choice with this watercolor Elie Saab Haute Couture creation.

The night belonged to Kathryn Bigelow, who chose this simple Yves Saint Laurent gown.

Teen idol Kristen Stewart took home the Most Awkward presenter award, but looked poised and lovely in this one of a kind Monique Lhuillier  gown.

Kate Winslet is known for her acting and sense of style.  She chose this simple and structured Yves Saint Laurent gown.
Cameron Diaz arrived late to the Oscars, but time surely stood still when she showed up in this Oscar de la Renta gown.
photos from nymag.
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