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The Best Ever Oscar Dresses To Make It Down The Red Carpet

25/02/2011 15:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

There are sure to be a few show stopping gowns at the Oscars this year, but will anything beat these previous red carpet winners? From Julia Roberts in Valentino to Penelope Cruz in Versace, take a look through our pick of the best Oscar dresses so far.

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The best Oscar dresses ever

Vintage Valentino helped to create this iconic image of Julia Roberts picking up an Oscar for Erin Brokovich in 2001. She was the epitome of elegance in her monochrome halterneck.

The best Oscar dresses ever

Winslet was the ruler of the red carpet at the 2002 Oscars in her beautiful Ben de Lisi gown. We just adore the delicate floral one-shoulder strap.

The best Oscar dresses ever

When Berry picked up a Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball in 2002, she pushed boundaries in a head-turning dress by Elie Saab, which featured a sheer bodice with floral appliqué, and a draped full skirt.

The best Oscar dresses ever

Jennifer's mint-green 2003 Oscars dress was achingly gorgeous with its simple lines yet stunning embroidery. Another masterpiece by Valentino.

The best Oscar dresses ever

Bride Wars star Kate was almost angelic in her beaded, nude Versace gown with a dramatic train at the 2003 Oscars. Stunning diamond earrings and a tousled updo were the perfect finishing touches.

The best Oscar dresses ever

The year she picked up a Best Actress statue for Monster, Charlize Theron wowed in an ultra-sexy beaded dress by Tom Ford for Gucci, which had a revealing back and a pretty waterfall train. The classy Thirties hairstyle was also exquisite.

The best Oscar dresses ever

This is one of those dresses that you never forget. Miller hasn't been to the Oscars many times, but she certainly made her mark in 2004 when she arrived in a metallic green strapless number by Matthew Williamson with gold piping and matching Grecian-style accessories.

The best Oscar dresses ever

Only a woman of Cate Blanchett's poise and sophistication could pull off such a majestic, bold dress from Valentino couture. The combination of yellow and maroon is striking, as is the cut (love the folds), the brooch, the make-up and the hair. In other words, we love it all.

The best Oscar dresses ever

Valentino provided another show-stopper for Cameron Diaz in 2007. She looked fantastic in the fold-detail cream number, which she set off with silver peep-toes and a pair of out-of-this-world emerald earrings.

The best Oscar dresses ever

When she was honoured with her second Best Actress Oscar for her role in Million Dollar Baby, Hilary Swank was divine in a backless navy gown by Guy Laroche.

The best Oscar dresses ever

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