Academy Awards 2012: 5 Stars Who Made Big Red Carpet Statements

Stacy Keibler and George ClooneyIt's the night of all nights in Hollywood -- the 2012 Academy Awards. For weeks, anticipation has been building as we await news of who will walk away with the Oscars and who will walk away empty handed.

But the real winners and losers are often determined long before the ceremony even starts -- on the red carpet. The gowns, the hair, the jewels, and all of the glittering goodness are the real reason many of us can't wait for this big night. Already tonight we've seen some noteworthy duds, not all of which are necessarily to be noted for good reason. But like them or loathe them, here are five red carpet looks from the 2012 Academy Awards that will surely have people talking.


Stacy Keibler

Dressed in a gold Marchesa gown, many said she looked like an Oscar statuette herself on George Clooney's arm. I found her stunning and think her side-swept hair was the perfect accent.

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Rooney Mara

The bangs are intense for sure, and I'm not sure I'm loving them. Maybe they'll grow on me ... or at least out on her. The white Givenchy gown, however, was flawless.

Michelle Williams

Sure to receive many nominations for best dressed, Michelle was stunning in coral Louis Vuitton. Intricate with layers and ruffles, the overall look was still simple elegance. The feminine look was also a nice contrast to her menswear-inspired look at the Independent Spirit awards last night.

Sacha Baron Cohen

Dressed as his character from the upcoming movie The Dictator, he proceeded to spill the "ashes" of Kim Jong II from an urn onto Ryan Seacrest. "We need to clean this up!" he yelled. "But if someone asks you what you are wearing, say Kim Jong Il!" Not amusing.

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Emma Stone

Like a big present, Stone stood out in a fuchsia Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress. The idea was nice, but that bow is bigger than her head. A smaller one would have been less girl-devoured-by-bow.

What were your favorite red carpet looks tonight? Least favorites?

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