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See every Oscars best actress winner ever — and what they wore

Here's a look back at the gowns worn by past Oscar winners.
/ Source: TODAY

The 2021 Oscars are coming up and that can only mean one thing — the most notable 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 wear glamorous looks.

Take a look back at nearly a century of best actress winners and the gowns they wore for their big night.

2022: Jessica Chastain for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Jessica Chastain accepts the Actress in a Leading Role award for 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye' onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Jessica Chastain was finally able to add "Oscar-winner" to her resume after being honored at the 93rd Academy Awards for her portrayal of televangelist Tammy Faye in the biographical drama. "For any of you out there who do, in fact, feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you," she told the crowd during her passionate acceptance speech. She wowed in her gold and purple ombre dress as she spoke to the audience. Her voluminous Gucci gown included a short, ruffled train that added to the dress's unique blend of colors.

2021: Frances McDormand for "Nomadland"

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Frances McDormand accepts the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for "Nomadland" the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images

Jew a few years after winning her first best actress award, Frances McDormand returned to the Oscars stage to receive another statue for her performance in Chloé Zhao's critically-acclaimed drama. The actor delivered a howling speech before she also helped accepting the Academy Award for best picture as a producer on "Nomadland." By the end of the evening, McDormand became a four-time Oscar winner. She was presented both awards while wearing a sophisticated long-sleeve black gown with fringe tassels attached to the sleeves and hem.

2020: Renee Zellweger for "Judy"

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Renee Zellweger wore this fabulous one-shoulder white dress covered in sparkly beading.Jordan Strauss / AP

Renee Zellweger nabbed her second Academy Award in 2020, this time as best actress for her role as Judy Garland in the eponymous biopic. Her sleek and perfectly fitted asymmetrical dress won rave reviews as one of the best dresses on the red carpet.

2019: Olivia Colman for "The Favourite"

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Olivia Colman's one-of-a-kind dress stood out on the red carpet. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Olivia Colman looked regal in a custom-made Prada gown that combined unlikely elements, like a turtleneck, long sleeves and a silk organza cape that gathered into a bow at the back. The deep green color and delicate embroidery made her humble and hilarious acceptance speech all the more memorable.

2018: Frances McDormand for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

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Frances McDormand radiated joy in this gold and black number.Chris Pizzello / AP

Frances McDormand accepted the award for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" while wearing a long-sleeve gold and black ombre gown. The outspoken star used the opportunity to introduce the world to the term "inclusion rider."

2017: Emma Stone for "La La Land"

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Emma Stone's gold gown had a touch of flapper style.Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Emma Stone took a cue from flappers with this gold, fringe-covered number in 2017. She won for her role in "La La Land."

2016: Brie Larson for "Room"

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Brie Larson poses on the red carpet before taking home the Oscar for her performance in "Room."Ethan Miller / Getty Images

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 for "Still Alice"

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Julianne Moore joyously displays her award for best actress in 2015.Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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 for "Blue Jasmine"

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Cate Blanchett onstage after she won best actress for her work in "Blue Jasmine."LUCY NICHOLSON / Reuters

The statuesque actor 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 for "Silver Linings Playbook"

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Jennifer Lawrence accepts the best actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook" in 2013.Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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 for "The Iron Lady"

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Meryl Streep poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.Jason Merritt / Getty Images

The incomparable Meryl Streep took home her third Oscar playing Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" in 2012. The star wore a golden wrap-style dress from Lanvin.

2011: Natalie Portman for "Black Swan"

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Natalie Portman poses while pregnant at the Oscars in 2011.Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

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 for "The Blind Side"

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Sandra Bullock took home the Oscar for her performance in "The Blind Side."Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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 for "The Reader"

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Kate Winslet poses at the Academy Awards in 2009.Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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 for "La Vie en Rose"

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Actress Marion Cotillard poses in the press room during the 80th Annual Academy Awards.Vince Bucci / Getty Images

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 for "The Queen"

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Helen Mirren took home the Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen."Vince Bucci / Getty Images

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 for "Walk the Line"

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Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars red carpet in 2006.Getty Images

When Reese Witherspoon took home her Oscar for "Walk the Line," she wore a vintage gown from Christian Dior. The actor 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: Hilary Swank for "Million Dollar Baby"

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Hilary Swank shows off the back of her stunning gown at the 77th Annual Academy Awards.Vince Bucci / Getty Images

One year earlier, Hilary 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 for "Monster"

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This glittering and glamorous gown looked beautiful on Theron as she won. Frank Micelotta / Getty Images

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 for "The Hours"

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Nicole Kidman poses with her best actress Oscar at the 75th annual Academy Awards.Getty Images

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 for "Monster's Ball"

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Halle Berry was the first African-American woman to take home the best actress Oscar for her work in "Monster's Ball."Getty Images

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 for "Erin Brockovich"

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Julia Roberts wore vintage to take home the best actress Oscar for her role in "Erin Brockovich"WireImage

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: Hilary Swank for "Boys Don't Cry"

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Hilary Swank took home her first Oscar in 2000 for her role in "Boys Don't Cry."WireImage

For the first Academy Awards ceremony of the new millennium, Hilary 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 for "Shakespeare in Love"

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Looking pretty as a princess, Gwyneth Paltrow holds the award she won for her work in "Shakespeare in Love."WireImage

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 for "As Good as It Gets"

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Helen Hunt took home the award for her performance in "As Good as It Gets."ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 for "Fargo"

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Frances McDormand poses with her Oscar for "Fargo."ASSOCIATED PRESS

Frances McDormand wore a monochromatic 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 for "Dead Man Walking"

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Susan Sarandon smiles for photographers backstage.AP

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 for "Blue Sky"

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Jessica Lange chose a Calvin Klein number for the 67th annual Academy Awards.WireImage

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 for "The Piano"

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Holly Hunter accepts the award for best actress onstage. AP

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 for "Howards End"

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Emma Thompson poses with the Oscar she won for her performance in "Howards End."ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 actor paired with shoes in the same bold hue.

1992: Jodie Foster for "The Silence of the Lambs"

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Jodie Foster shows off her second Oscar win.ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 for "Misery"

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Hello, shoulder pads! Kathy Bates raises up the Oscar she won for her performance in "Misery."AP

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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1990: Jessica Tandy for "Driving Miss Daisy"

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Actress Jessica Tandy holds up the Oscar she won for her role in "Driving Miss Daisy."Doug Pizac / AP

Jessica Tandy wore a two-piece Armani set for the big night, pairing it with a set of dramatic statement earrings.

1989: Jodie Foster for "The Accused"

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Jodie Foster at the 61st Annual Academy Awards.WireImage

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 actor at the Academy Awards and a high schooler on her way to prom.

1988: Cher for "Moonstruck"

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In a dress that will never be forgotten, Cher shows off the Oscar she won for her role in "Moonstruck."AP

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.

1987: Marlee Matlin for "Children of a Lesser God"

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Matlin's detailed lilac number was designed by Theoni V. Aldredge.Ron Galella / WireImage

Matlin's detailed lilac number was designed by Theoni V. Aldredge. In a 2012 interview, she said the white flowers in her hair and black glasses were a last-minute decision thanks to her hairdresser and boyfriend, respectively.

1986: Geraldine Page for "The Trip to Bountiful"

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Page clutches her Oscar for best actress as she makes her acceptance speech. Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

For her one and only Oscars win after seven nominations, Page wore a black and red dress designed by Gail Cooper-Hecht. The dramatic, red-and-black cape-like shawl only added to the drama of her win.

1985: Sally Field for "Places in the Heart"

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Sally Field paired this effortless black dress by Holly Harp with a white necklace that looked like a ribbon or shoelace.

1984: Shirley MacLaine for "Terms of Endearment"

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Shirley MacLaine was honored for "Terms of Endearment."William Nation / Getty Images

MacLaine wore a beaded Fabrice dress suit to the event. "Terms of Endearment" won five awards that night, including MacLaine's, but the real winner might be this classy peach outfit.

1983: Meryl Streep for "Sophie's Choice"

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Streep wore a floor-length golden caftan with sequined embroidery.Images Press / Getty Images

For her fourth nomination and second win, Streep wore a floor-length golden caftan with sequined embroidery that sparkled all night long. Pregnant with her daughter Mamie Gummer, that expectant-mom glow added extra shine.

1982: Katharine Hepburn for "On Golden Pond"

Katharine Hepburn may have won four Academy Awards, but she never collected them in person, meaning that there are, unfortunately, no dresses for the Hollywood star! It's certain that they would have been just as legendary as she was.

1981: Sissy Spacek for "Coal Miner's Daughter"

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Sissy Spacek poses with her Oscar backstage.Ron Galella / WireImage

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 for "Norma Rae"

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Sally Field accepts her award for best actress.ABC Photo Archives / ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

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 for "Coming Home"

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Jane Fonda poses in a flowy gown after receiving her Academy Award.ABC Photo Archives / ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

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 for "Annie Hall"

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Diane Keaton in her signature tomboy style backstage after accepting her Oscar for best actress.Ron Galella / WireImage

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 oversized 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!

1977: Faye Dunaway for "Network"

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Dunaway at the 1977 Oscars in a simple black gown. Tony Korody / Getty Images

Faye Dunaway wore a dramatic yet simple black dress for her 1977 win. The robe-like gown was topped off with a white belt and multiple rings.

1976: Louise Fletcher for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

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Fletcher attended the 48th Annual Academy Awards in a pastel gown. Ron Galella / WireImage

Fletcher wore a pale, sheer Alfred Fiandaca gown for her win as Nurse Ratched in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." She made history at the ceremony by giving part of her acceptance speech in sign language!

1975: Ellen Burstyn for "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

Ellen Burstyn had a Broadway conflict, missing the ceremony to star in "Same Time, Next Year." She asked Martin Scorsese to accept the award and thank himself.

1974: Glenda Jackson for "A Touch of Class"

Jackson didn't go to the ceremony for either of her big wins in the '70s, saying that she felt she didn't "earn" the awards. She did attend the ceremonies in 1972 and 1976, but didn't win either time.

1973: Liza Minnelli for "Cabaret"

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Liza Minnelli wore bright orange to the 1972 ceremony. Bettmann Archive

Liza Minnelli's bright Halston yellow dress matched her "Cabaret" character's vivacious personality. She also wore a colorful, patterned choker and a long gold necklace.

1972: Jane Fonda for "Klute"

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Fonda wore a black suit as a statement of support for women's equality, and to protest the Vietnam War. Bettmann Archive

Jane Fonda wore a two-piece Yves Saint Laurent number that also served as a statement — she used the sharp suit to protest the Vietnam War and simultaneously support the women's liberation movement, saying she "was not dressing for men."

1971: Glenda Jackson for "Women in Love"

Glenda Jackson was a no-show for her first Oscar nomination. Actor and writer Juliet Mills accepted the award on her behalf.

1970: Maggie Smith for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

Maggie Smith did not attend the 1970 ceremony because she was appearing in a play in London at the time. A few weeks later, Lauren Bacall handed her the statue backstage at the Tony Awards.

1969: Barbra Streisand for "Funny Girl"

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Barbra Streisand at the 41st annual Academy Awards. She's said that the sheer effect of her suit was a surprise.ABC Photo Archives / ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

Barbra 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!

1969: Katharine Hepburn for "The Lion in Winter"

Katharine Hepburn, who won more best actress Academy Awards than anyone else (a record that remains unbroken!) never attended because she didn't believe in the notion of prizes.

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1968: Katharine Hepburn for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

Again, Hepburn skipped the Oscars — not once in all of her 12 nominations did she go to the ceremony.

1967: Elizabeth Taylor for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

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Elizabeth Taylor with her second best actress Oscar.Mirrorpix / Mirrorpix via Getty Images

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 for "Darling"

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Julie Christie holds the Oscar she won as best actress for "Darling."Anonymous / AP

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 for "Mary Poppins"

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Julie Andrews poses with her Oscar.Bettmann Archive

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.

1964: Patricia Neal for "Hud"

When "Hud" was initially released, everyone thought Neal would be nominated for best supporting actress, but she was nominated for best actress instead. She didn't attend the 1964 ceremony.

1963: Anne Bancroft for "The Miracle Worker"

In 1963, Anne Bancroft was starring in the Broadway run of "Mother Courage." Due to her schedule, she couldn't make the ceremony. Joan Crawford accepted the award on her behalf and gave it to her a month later.

1962: Sophia Loren for "Two Women"

Sophia Loren's win for "Two Women" was the first time an actor won for a foreign language film — but she was too nervous to attend the ceremony, later saying that she thought she'd faint if she actually won. The award was given to her in her Rome apartment two weeks later.

1961: Elizabeth Taylor for "BUtterfield 8"

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Elizabeth Taylor poses with Bob Hope (center), Peter Ustinov, Shirley Jones and Burt Lancaster after winning the Oscar for her work in "BUtterfield 8."ASSOCIATED PRESS

Elizabeth Taylor did not hold back in this dramatic Christian Dior gown. The soft yellow bodice and white skirt are accented by a silk ribbon belt with a large floral applique.

1960: Simone Signoret for "Room at the Top"

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French actress Simone Signoret with the best actress Oscar she took home for her work in "Room at the Top."Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images

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 for "I Want to Live!"

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Susan Hayward poses happily with her Oscar after being named best actress.Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

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 for "The Three Faces of Eve"

Joanne Woodward holds her Oscar.ASSOCIATED PRESS

Joanne Woodward took home the gold for her role in "The Three Faces of Eve" in 1958. The actor chose a strapless silk gown with dark floral appliques strategically placed throughout the skirt.

1957: Ingrid Bergman for "Anastasia"

"Anastasia" marked Bergman's return to the screen after a scandalous affair with writer and director Roberto Rossellini. However, she didn't attend the ceremony — instead, her friend Cary Grant accepted on her behalf.

1956: Anna Magnani for "The Rose Tattoo"

"The Rose Tattoo" marked Magnani's first English-speaking role in Hollywood. Magnani didn't attend the 1956 ceremony, so co-star Marisa Pavan, who played her daughter, accepted the award on her behalf. When an American journalist called to tell Magnani she'd won, she believed he was joking, despite her other wins for the role.

1955: Grace Kelly for "The Country Girl"

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Grace Kelly took home the award for her role in "The Country Girl."Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection / Everett Col

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 for "Roman Holiday"

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Audrey Hepburn won best actress for her role in "Roman Holiday."AP

The style icon was picture-perfect in a white Givenchy gown at the 1954 Academy Awards. The star 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.

1953: Shirley Booth for "Come Back, Little Sheba"

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Booth wore a patterned dress to accept the award. Bettmann Archive

The designer for Booth's dress when she won is unknown, but the style speaks for itself! The simply patterned full-length dress was paired with a pearl necklace and bracelet, along with matching earrings.

1952: Vivien Leigh for "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Vivien Leigh didn't go to the ceremony because she was starring in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" on Broadway (her husband played the male lead). Instead, she heard about her win on a radio backstage.

1951: Judy Holliday for "Born Yesterday"

Judy Holliday didn't attend the awards in 1951, but she did try to give an acceptance speech from the New York Oscars party where she and fellow nominee Gloria Swanson were celebrating. However, the radio connection was lost, and nobody outside of the party heard it.

1950: Olivia de Havilland for "The Heiress"

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Olivia De Havilland accepts her award for best actress onstage.Anonymous / ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

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1949: Jane Wyman for "Johnny Belinda"

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Jane Wyman holds her Oscar backstage at the awards show.Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Jane Wyman chose a white, drop-waist gown with a mock turtleneck collar. She kept her accessories very minimal save for a delicate choker.

1948: Loretta Young for "The Farmer's Daughter"

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Loretta Young wore a dramatic gown for her 1947 acceptance.Bettmann Archive

Loretta Young went all-out in this elaborate gown, designed by Adrian. With flowery details and full-length gloves, she was the perfect picture of Hollywood glamour.

1947: Olivia de Havilland for "To Each His Own"

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Havilland wore a sleeveless gown to accept the trophy for her 1947 performance. Getty Images

Havilland celebrated her first Oscars win in this light-colored, floral-patterned Anne Lowe for Sonia Gowns dress. Paired with pearls, it's a classic, elegant look.

1946: Joan Crawford for "Mildred Pierce"

"Mildred Pierce" was Joan Crawford's comeback movie, but she was so nervous about the ceremony that she stayed home, claiming she was sick. As soon as she found out she'd won, she called her makeup team together to make sure she was camera-ready so she could pose with the Oscar.

1945: Ingrid Bergman for "Gaslight"

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Bergman's simple blouse and skirt combination allowed her award to really shine. Phil Burchman / Getty Images

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.

1944: Jennifer Jones for "The Song of Bernadette"

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Jennifer Jones (second from left) celebrated her win in a simple dress.Bettmann Archive

Jennifer Jones (second from left) wore a black suit by Anita Colby when she won.

1943: Greer Garson for "Mrs. Miniver"

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Green Garson, second from left, wore a stylish peplum suit to accept her award. Bettmann Archive

The designer of Garson's (second from left) stylish set remains unknown. She wore a peplum jacket and pencil skirt, along with a lace blouse, as she accepted her win.

1942: Joan Fontaine for "Suspicion"

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Joan Fontaine (left) wore classic black to accept her 1942 award. Bettmann Archive

Fontaine (left; to her right is presenter Ginger Rogers) wore a dramatic black lace dress, designed by I. Magnin & Co. She paired it with an eye-catching black and white hairpiece.

1941: Ginger Rogers for "Kitty Foyle"

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Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart hold the Oscars they won for best actress and best actor.ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 for "Gone With the Wind"

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Vivien Leigh took home the Oscar for playing Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind."Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

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 for "Jezebel"

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Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis accept their awards for best actor and best actress at the 11th Annual Academy Awards.John Kobal Foundation / Getty Images

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!

1938: Luise Rainer for "The Good Earth"

Luise Rainer at the 1938 Oscars
Luise Rainer celebrated her second win in a row in this light-colored gown. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

For her second win in a row, Rainer wore a simple light-colored dress with ruffled sleeves and a high neckline.

1937: Luise Rainer for "The Great Ziegfield"

Luise Rainer at the 1937 Oscars
Rainer, center, stood out at her first Oscars ceremony.Getty Images

For her first win, Luise Rainer, center, wore a white, long-sleeved dress, making her a bright spot in a sea of black suits.

1936: Bette Davis for "Dangerous"

Bette Davis at the 1936 Oscars
Davis wore a dress with elaborate lapels to accept her best actress Oscar. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Davis certainly made a splash in this Orry-Kelly patterned dress with dramatic lapels. Her elaborate updo tops off the look!

1935: Claudette Colbert for "It Happened One Night"

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Shirley Temple presents the best actress Oscar to Colbert.Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Colbert wore a Travis Banton suit with a large flower on the lapel and pinned a hat to the top of her neat curls to accept her award for "It Happened One Night."

1934: Katharine Hepburn for "Morning Glory"

1934 marked Hepburn's first major award nomination and win — and started her trend of never appearing at awards shows, claiming that she didn't believe in the value of prizes.

1933: Helen Hayes for "The Sin of Madelon Claudet"

Helen Hayes at the 1932 Oscars
Hayes conveyed Old Hollywood glamour with her black dress and white fingerless gloves. NBC / Getty Images

Helen Hayes started a trend with her fingerless white gloves, but her dress may have been the real star — the sleeveless gown included a peplum waist, dramatic floral embellishments and a V-neck. Paired with pearls and curls, it's an instant reminder of Old Hollywood.

1932/1931: Marie Dressler for "Min and Bill"

Marie Dressler at the 1931 Oscars
Marie Dressler wore a black gown and white shawl to the fourth-ever ceremony. Bettmann Archive

Dressler wore an elaborate black gown with lace detailing for her win, topping it off with a fur shawl.

1931/1930: Norma Shearer for "The Divorcee"

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Norma Shearer accepts the best actress award for her role in "The Divorcee."Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

Norma Shearer was the third woman to take home the Oscar for best actress. 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 trendy at the time.

1930/1929: Mary Pickford for "Coquette"

Mary Pickford at the 1930 Oscars
Mary Pickford stood out in white at the 1930 Oscars. FPG / Getty Images

While the designer of this embellished white gown is unknown, the jeweled details and sheer layers will be remembered forever. Paired with a triple strand of pearls, it started the trend of dramatic Oscars gowns.

1929/1928: Janet Gaynor for "7th Heaven," "Street Angel," "Sunrise: a Song of Two Humans"

Janet Gaynor at the 1929 Oscars
Janet Gaynor wore simple sneakers and a jacket and skirt to accept her Oscar in 1929. Bettmann Archive

Janet Gaynor was the first-ever best actress Oscar winner — and she won for three roles at once! However, her outfit was simple — she wore white tennis shoes and a simple skirt and jacket to accept the statue.

After looking back at more than 90 years of Oscar gowns, it's safe to say that nothing's off-limits!

This article was originally published on Feb. 3, 2017, on TODAY.