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Rants and Raves: Oscar Fashion

On the Red Carpet

Cate Blanchett in a truly odd gown that had what looked like an empty oval fr...

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Above: Cate Blanchett in a truly odd gown that had what looked like an empty oval fram on her chest and vomit on her neck.

Well it wouldn't be the Oscars if there wasn't a red carpet and an odd assortment of designer clothes to comment on.

Here are some photos from the red carpet at this year's Academy Awards. There were so many bad dresses that I decided to focus mostly on the good.

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The next generation of actresses showed some class. Hailee Steinfeld (nominated fro "True Grit") and Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for "Winter's Bone"). A friend quite accurately noted that it's all right for the teenaged Steinfeld to look like a Disney Princess, and Lawrence proved that less is more in more ways than one.

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Young but not exactly next generation of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis proved the allure of lace and exposed skin both front and back.

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The ever elegant Helen Mirren and the most deserving Best Supporting Actress nominee Jacki Weaver.

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Some people can get away with weird and some people can't. If your name is Geefwee Boedoe and you are nominated for Best Animated Short then you can wear an animated tux. And if you are Helena Bonham Carter -- and Tim Burton's main squeeze -- you can rock an eccentric frock even if you did get nominated for playing royalty in "The King's Speech."

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"Oh this old thing..." Anne Hathaway and James Franco went through numerous costume changes during the 83rd Academy Awards telecast.

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First of all Kathryn Bigelow looked awful in the red sack of a dress. Last year (before she was an Oscar winner) she probably dressed herself and had a lovely, sleek silver gown. This year somebody else probably dressed her and advised her to go with some fancy designer who would make her look terrible. Plus what's really freaky is that she gave the best director award to Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") and he looked eerily like James Cameron, her ex-husband and the man she beat out last year for the Best Director Oscar.

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