10 Best Oscar Dresses of the 21st Century (PHOTOS)

With the Oscars just a few days away, we’ve selected some of the most stunning dresses of Oscars-past that have hit the red carpet in the new millennium.

Roll out the red carpet! Who are you wearing, darling? Blow a kiss to the 360 camera — we want to see you at every angle! Ah yes, it’s award season and the mother of all award shows — the 89th Academy Awards — will air this Sunday in all of its self-congratulatory glory. But thankfully, one of the few things that never gets old is the sartorial pageantry! (And kudos to a more diverse nominee pool – ahem).

In honor of Hollywood’s biggest night, we look back at some of the most glamorous gowns that have hit the red carpet in the new millennium.

Halle Berry (2002)

Va va voom! With her pixie cut and to die-for figure, Halle Berry took gorgeousness to the next level with her risque Ellie Saab dress. Nabbing an Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball, she was the first black actress in history to win an Oscar and the first winner to wear a dress by a Lebanese designer.

Michelle Williams (2006)

Speaking of the perfect pixie, Michelle Williams was glowing in her yellow canary dress designed by Vera Wang. The dress, along with Williams’ shy disposition, was sweetness that just made you wanna chirp.

Nicole Kidman (2007)

Take a bow. A very tall one. Nicole Kidman‘s ravishing scarlet-red Balenciaga dress with its centerpiece giant bow made for great drama against her flawless porcelain skin. 

Penelope Cruz (2007)

For all you princess dress lovers, Penelope Cruz provided all the pomp and feathers you could ever hope for in this romantic Versace strapless gown. 

Marion Cotillard (2008)

La Vie en Mermaid. Who said fishscales couldn’t be gorgeous? Winning Best Actress that night for La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard pre-stunned us in this daring Jean Paul Gaultier mermaid dress.

Jessica Chastain (2012)

Like Jessica Chastain herself, the strength and beauty of this Gothic regal gown by Alexander McQueen made a huge statement on the red carpet. Why do redheads have all the fun? 

Gwyneth Paltrow (2012)

If she had another cupping session, we wouldn’t have known it. Queen Goop Gwyneth Paltrow made a daring choice with this modern Tom Ford structured look, with heroic cape in tow. Ace.

Lupita Nyong’o (2014)

Could she have looked sweeter? 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o won big with this powder-blue Grecian Prada gown with pleats. Oh, and she also won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar that night, too. Double gorge.

Cate Blanchett (2016)

Sporting a new shorter ‘do, Cate Blanchett lived up to her fashion plate reputation when she appeared in this whimsical, floral seafoam gown by Armani Prive.

Naomi Watts (2016)

Naomi Watts took ombre to another blinding level with this color-intense, holographic dress by Armani Prive. Watts’ then-longtime main squeeze Liev Schreiber was the one who actually picked out this stunner. The man’s got taste, what can we say?