2010 Oscars: Dress Circle

The 82nd annual Academy Awards on March 7 will feature actresses with vastly different styles, from Sandra Bullock to Carey Mulligan.

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Kendrick’s porcelain skin and russet hair make a good backdrop for vibrant color, such as the purple Alberta Ferretti gown she wore to the SAG Awards. But she’s not above taking fashion risks, such as a ruffled silver jacquard Marchesa gown at the Golden Globes.

“She liked that one because it made her look tall,” Leesley said. “She’s already known for being talented and smart, so she’s not looking for clothes as a way to stand out. She just goes with what she likes.”

Veteran actress and first-time nominee Vera Farmiga, who costarred with Kendrick and best actor candidate George Clooney in “Up in the Air,” tends to lean toward sophisticated, elegant and feminine clothes, and is blessed with the ability to wear different silhouettes and colors to flattering effect.

“Our goal this season is to mix it up and make sure she feels comfortable so she can enjoy the night,” said her stylist, Amanda Ross, who has put Farmiga in Giambattista Valli (for the “Up in the Air” press tour), J.Mendel (SAG), Reem Acra (Critics’ Choice) and Dolce & Gabbana (Golden Globes). She has also worn Stella McCartney and Calvin Klein.

“She lives outside of New York City with her family, so she really does enjoy getting to dress up,” Ross said. “We’re talking to some different designers, so I’m excited to see what we’ll see.”

Another Oscar first-timer, comedienne Mo’Nique, who played Sidibe’s abusive mother in “Precious,” seems to have had a lock with awards voters for her powerful dramatic turn. Red-carpet watchers should enjoy watching her bask in her moment, charting new territory in glamorous gowns that compliment her strong personality.


Actress in a Leading Role

Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Penélope Cruz, “Nine”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Costume Design 

“Bright Star,” Janet Patterson
“Coco before Chanel,” Catherine Leterrier
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” Monique Prudhomme
“Nine,” Colleen Atwood
“The Young Victoria,” Sandy Powell

Best Picture
“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”

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