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The Oscars 2014: Best Dressed

While many are watching the 86th Academy Awards to see who takes home the most hardware, all eyes are on the red carpet. So who stunned and who failed miserably with their fashion choices? 

Olivia Wilde looked absolutely radiant, in part due to her being pregnant, but mostly due to her stunning black gown. The sheath dress had a high collar that Wilde balanced with minimal jewelry and her hair swept up into an updo. Plus, with flawless makeup, her whole look was perfect. Lupita Nyong'o kept her red hot red carpet streak going strong by showing up in a sweet Nairobian blue princess gown. She accessorized her flowing gown with a diamond-studded headband and a big smile. Kristen Bell looked stunning in a white, fitted dress with a structured bodice and mermaid train. The elegant detailing on the gown was exciting enough that Bell kept her jewelry to a minimum and wore her hair in an updo. Amy Adams eschewed her "American Hustle" style and opted for a simple and elegant navy blue strapless gown with peplum detailing on her hips. The dress gave her an incredible silhouette and she wore beautiful corral earrings to give her look a pop.

(Left to right: Olivia Wilde, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristen Bell & Amy Adams)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O gave her elegant black gown some edge with a plunging neckline and a capelet flowing down her back. Plus, she accentuated her neckline with a brooch cinching the fabric together. Cate Blanchett wowed wearing a nude gown with silver detailing. The bodice fit her like a glove, and Blanchett took a risk with wearing short sleeves -- not a popular choice. But she pulled it off, because of course. Anna Kendrick rocked an edgy black gown with asymmetrical straps and cut-outs, keeping her outfit young but still elegant. Plus, the thigh-high slit in her skirt added an extra layer of excitement to her look. At first look, Charlize Theron wore a timeless, simple black mermaid gown. But on closer inspection, it was much more unique and interesting. The straps were nude, giving the dress an illusion of being strapless. And the bottom was actually comprised of two pieces -- the sheath underneath and a sheer mermaid overlay on top. Those details upgraded her simple gown into a modern one worthy of being on a Best Dressed list.

(Left to right: Karen O, Cate Blanchett, Anna Kendrick &Charlize Theron)
But while we mostly focus on the best looking gown and Jennifer Lawrence falling every opportunity she gets, there were several handsome gents among the crowd. 

One of our favorite couples and always ones to fly in the face of convention, Pharrell Williams brought his own twist to the classic tuxedo. A major trend for SS14, Pharrell’s shorts were paired with brogues and a classic dinner jacket, shirt and bowtie. His playful look was complemented by his wife Helen whose play on sophisticated androgyny was teamed with sky-scraper YSL tributes. Will Smith went for a modern twist on a vintage Victorian look with an open white shirt, neck tie and wide-lapelled dinner jacket, the After Earth actor who recently had a cameo in Anchorman 2 looked every inch the gentleman.

(Pharrell Williams)
(Will Smith)

Due to play the Human Torch in 2015′s The Fantastic Four reboot, Michael B Jordan earned his fashion stripes with his red carpet debut look. Dressed in head to toe, perfectly form fitting black Givenchy, accessorized with Celine-inspired metal plated shoes.

(Michael B Jordan)
Collecting his Best Actor award for Dallas Buyer’s Club in a crisp white jacket, layered over a black dinner jacket and white shirt, paired with classic black suit trousers and patent brogues, Matthew McConaughey shows off a look that is becoming increasingly popular on the red carpet.

(Matthew McConaughey)

Continuing his recent run of 70s inspired suits, ladykiller Bradley Cooper yet again proved his forte is formal-wear, yesterday gracing the red carpet in a wide-lapelled number in classic all black. Chris Hemsworth went against the all-black trend and opted for mature sophistication in a rich deep burgundy dinner jacket with matching waistcoat, worn with classic black suit trousers and brogues. 

(Bradley Cooper)
(Chris Hemsworth)

Proving that mismatched doesn't have to mean miss-styled, the winner for Best Supporting Actor award, Jared Leto stood out from the crowd in a white suit jacket, black paneled suit trousers, patent black brogues and a red satin bowtie.

(Jared Leto)
Host Ellen DeGeneres was at the brunt of Saint Lauren't affection, as the label created three bespoke tuxedos for the comedian; one blue velvet, one ivory silk canvas and a snazzy black lurex one for the post-show parties. That's not to mention the waistcoats, silk georgette shirts, silk scarves and glittery trousers that Slimane also bestowed upon the host. Ellen wore the looks with Chelsea boots or trainers, and even made time for a fairy costume change mid-ceremony. Now that's what we call a liberated lady. However, the best part had to be Ellen's selfies throughout the show.

So there you have it.  I have went through my best dressed males and females but who do you think was the best dressed?  Did I miss someone?