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The Oscars are just around the corner and that can only mean one thing — the hottest red carpet of the year is almost here! The award ceremony has been the site of so many iconic fashion moments and the stars who have taken home the trophy for best actress never fail to inspire envy in some of the most glamorous dresses imaginable.
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Take a look back at nearly a century of best actress winners and the gowns they wore for their big night.
2017: Emma Stone
Emma Stone took a cue from flappers with this gold, fringe-covered number in 2017 for her role in "La La Land."
2016: Brie Larson
Brie Larson took home the gold for her role in "Room" wearing a royal blue Gucci dress. She accessorized the pleated gown with a large, pearl-encrusted belt and matching earrings.
2015: Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore chose a stunning Chanel design for her big night. The white column gown was covered in sequins and featured black and white floral appliques ... not unlike those on Olivia de Havilland's dress from 1950. As they say in fashion, everything that's old is new again!
2014: Cate Blanchett
The statuesque actress looked like she had stepped out of a fairy tale in this nude Armani Prive design. The gown features intricate floral embellishments all throughout the bodice and skirt for a magical effect.
2013: Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence stepped out in a gorgeous Dior gown featuring a strapless neckline and large mermaid silhouette at the hem. It's the kind of couture creation any girl would dream of wearing, but the large skirt caused Lawrence to trip on her way up to accepting the award. At least she was able to laugh it off and look great doing it!
2012: Meryl Streep
The incomparable Meryl Streep took home her third Oscar playing Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" in 2012. The star took home the award while wearing a golden wrap-style dress from Lanvin.
2011: Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman took home the Oscar for her work in "Black Swan" and looked stunning in a purple gown from fashion-forward brand, Rodarte. The elegant neckline accentuated her growing baby bump!
2010: Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock was radiant in Marchesa for her big night! The star chose a metallic gown with a sheer bodice and a figure-hugging skirt with a small train. A bold pink lip added some color to the monochromatic look.
2009: Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet took home her first Oscar in 2009 for her work in "The Reader," and she looked absolutely regal in this slate grey, one-shoulder gown.
2008: Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard looked like an Art Deco mermaid in the unbelievable Jean Paul Gaultier gown she wore to the 2008 Oscars. This stunning look cemented her spot as one of Hollywood's most glamorous ingenues.
2007: Helen Mirren
In 2007, Helen Mirren took home the gold in a gilded gown by Christian Lacroix. The dress featured a flowing chiffon skirt and an intricately beaded bodice.
2006: Reese Witherspoon
When Reese Witherspoon took home her Oscar for "Walk the Line," she wore a vintage gown from Christian Dior. The actress told InStyle that she still has the stunning gown but she doesn't see herself wearing it again. "Maybe (my daughter) Ava will — it would make a pretty wedding dress." We can't agree more!
2005: Hillary Swank
One year earlier, Hillary Swank embraced the exposed back trend in a navy Guy Laroche gown. The plunging back was unquestionably one of the most talked about gowns of the evening.
2004: Charlize Theron
After her nearly unrecognizable performance in "Monster," Charlize Theron stepped out onto the red carpet looking like the stunning movie star she is. Theron wore a body-hugging Gucci gown embellished with delicate beading and an open back.
2003: Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman took home the Oscar for her work in "The Hours" and wore a simple Jean Paul Gaultier gown with asymmetrical straps. She paired the look with delicate chandelier earrings.
2002: Halle Berry
Halle Berry's monumental best actress win is just as memorable as the dress she wore when accepting the Oscar. She chose an Elie Saab gown that was completely sheer to the waist, except for a large, strategically placed floral applique at the bust.
2001: Julia Roberts
In 2001, Julia Roberts made the unique decision to wear a vintage Valentino gown. It was a trendsetting move that sparked plenty of followers in the years to come.
2000: Hillary Swank
For the first Academy Awards ceremony of the new millennium, Hillary Swank wore an olive green, drop-waist gown and an insanely gorgeous diamond necklace that delicately rested over her decolletage for an elegant effect.
1999: Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow's striking pink Ralph Lauren gown was an instant classic. The slicked-back chignon and delicate choker necklace completed the princess-worthy look.
1998: Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt also chose a simple silhouette for the awards show. She wore an ice blue Gucci gown with a matching shawl. Her pulled-back hairstyle further accentuated the sleek, modern vibe of the look.
1997: Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand wore a monchromatic look for the 1997 Oscars. She wore a cobalt satin gown with an empire waist and simple straps to pick up the Academy Award for her work in "Fargo."
1996: Susan Sarandon
In a departure from the minimalist gowns from the previous years, Susan Sarandon decided to go all out for the 1996 Oscars. She wore a silk Dolce and Gabbana ballgown in a bronze color.
1995: Jessica Lange
A year earlier, Jessica Lange took home the award for her work in "Blue Sky." She wore a black Calvin Klein dress with sheer overlay that featured a pattern of leaves across her chest and arms.
1994: Holly Hunter
In 1994, Holly Hunter was nominated in both the best actress and best supporting actress categories. She took home the statuette for best actress and wore a sophisticated Vera Wang creation for the event.
1993: Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson went with a monochromatic look for her big night. She chose an emerald gown from designer Caroline Charles. The dress featured a chiffon skirt and an all-sequin bodice that the actress paired with shoes in the same bold hue.
1992: Jodie Foster
Just three years after taking home her first Oscar, Jodie Foster won again in 1992 and chose a demure outfit for the occasion. She wore a white Armani tuxedo jacket with shimmering pants and white gloves.
1991: Kathy Bates
In 1991, Kathy Bates wore a velvet Donna Karan number to pick up her big award. The turtleneck dress came complete with big shoulder pads that were even further accentuated by beading throughout.
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1989: Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster won her first Oscar in 1989 and chose a ruched dress with a high-low skirt and plenty of bustling at the back. The style seems like it would have been appropriate for both the young actress at the Academy Awards and a high schooler on her way to prom.
There's never been a more outrageous Oscars gown than the one worn by Cher in 1988. The Bob Mackie creation was almost entirely sheer save for some strategically placed beading. But the superstar didn't have to worry about being cold, because the elaborate design came with a matching velvet shawl.
1981: Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek accepted the best actress award for her role in "Coal Miner's Daughter" in 1981. For the big night she chose a jumpsuit with metallic threads woven throughout the sleeves and pants to create the illusion of stripes.
1980: Sally Field
Sally Field ushered in the '80s with big hair and a simple but stunning dress. The cocktail dress featured a floral tulle laid over a body-hugging white dress.
1979: Jane Fonda
In 1979, Jane Fonda took home the Oscar for "Coming Home" and wore a paisley patterned dress for the occasion. The column gown with bell sleeves was also embroidered with sequins throughout for an added touch of sparkle.
1978: Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was channeling her Oscar winning character, "Annie Hall," at the 50th Annual Academy Awards. Instead of opting for a gown, she chose a long skirt and an over-sized linen blazer paired with a buttoned up shirt and a scarf. It might not have been the obvious red carpet choice, but it certainly was a memorable one!
1969: Barbara Streisand
Barbara Streisand chose between two very different outfits for the 1969 Oscars and ultimately went with a sheer, sequined pantsuit with a peter pan collar. She said in a recent interview that she didn't realize it would become sheer when the lights hit it and she intended on staying more conservative for the event. We're glad she didn't, because the bold look has now become iconic!
1968: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor took home the Oscar in 1968 and her gown for the occasion was extra ornate! She chose a sequin shift dress with feather adorned cuffs. She paired the bold dress with even more bold jewels for an over-the-top, amazing look.
1966: Julie Christie
Just a year earlier, the shifting fashions of the decade played out onstage when Julie Christie took home the gold while wearing an iridescent gold turtleneck gown with mod-style hoop earrings. Perhaps the most surprising part of Christie's look was the fact that she made the dress herself!
1965: Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews wore an empire-waist gown when she won her Oscar for playing Mary Poppins. The stunning star paired the look with long white gloves and a bib-style necklace.
1961: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor did not hold back in this dramatic Christian Dior gown. The soft yellow bodice and and white skirt are accented by a silk ribbon belt with a large floral applique.
1960: Simone Signoret
In 1960, Simone Signoret chose a black gown made of Swiss-dot textured fabric that delicately draped over the shoulders for an elegant look. She accessorized the dress with a long diamond brooch at the waist.
1959: Susan Hayward
In 1959, Susan Hayward took home the Oscar in another dark dress. Hayward's gown featured delicate straps and was accessorized with dazzling pearl and diamond earrings. The gown was remarkably similar to the one worn by Joanne Woodward a year earlier.
1958: Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward took home the gold for her role in "The Three Faces of Eve" in 1958. The actress chose a strapless silk gown with dark floral appliques strategically placed throughout the skirt.
1955: Grace Kelly
Though she wasn't yet Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly exuded Hollywood royalty in this mint silk gown designed by Edith Head.
1954: Audrey Hepburn
he style icon was picture perfect in a white Givenchy gown at the 1954 Academy Awards. The actress had an affinity for Givenchy's style after the design house costumed her for "Sabrina." So when it came time to choose a dress for the Oscars, she went with a boat-necked number with floral embroidery and a belted waist.
1950: Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland took home her second Oscar for her role in "The Heiress" wearing a beautiful white gown that was embellished with black and white floral appliques and matching white gloves.
1949: Jane Wyman
Actress Jane Wyman chose a white, drop-waist gown with a mock turtleneck collar. She kept her accessories very minimal save for a delicate choker.
1945: Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman's demure look at the awards ceremony in 1945 was a departure from the more ornate gowns of Oscars past. She chose a dark skirt paired with a dark blouse that had very little adornment.
1941: Ginger Rogers
Four years earlier, Ginger Rogers had chosen a daring sheer dress with a lace bodice for the Oscars. We could imagine this sultry style gracing the red carpet today! She pulled her hair back into a half-up style and accessorized it with white floral accents.
1940: Vivien Leigh
In 1940, Vivien Leigh wore a pleated gown that featured a tropical flower pattern. She paired the look with a long pendant and shoulder-length curls.
1939: Bette Davis
Bette Davis took home the award for her work in "Jezebel." She wore a unique dress that featured a collar of long white feathers attached to a dark tulle gown. Talk about glamorous!
1930: Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer was the third woman to take home the Oscar for best actress in 1930. For the occasion, she wore a silky dress accessorized with a cropped jacket featuring fur-trimmed sleeves. The movie star wore her hair in finger-wave style that was seriously trendy at the time.
After looking back at the last 80 years of Oscar gowns it’s safe to say that nothing’s off limits and we can't wait to see what the newest best actress winner wears this year!
This article was originally published on Feb. 3, 2017 on TODAY.com.