8 Oscars 2014 Hairstyles We Gushed Over & 8 That Left Us Speechless (PHOTOS)

There were so many gorgeous dresses at this year's Oscars. But here's the unfortunate reality: if a celeb's hairstyle falls flat on the big night, it drags down her entire look. It's totally unfair, we know, but it doesn't keep us from expecting much, much more from the women whose looks we admire -- and who are paying big bucks to look dreamy. Plenty of stylish starlets absolutely killed it on the red carpet this year -- I mean, Cate Blanchett is just a flawless example, isn't she? -- but a few also disappointed us big time.

Here's a look at 16 of the greatest and worst Oscar hairstyles we saw this year.

What were your favorite and least favorite hairstyles at this year's Oscar awards?

 

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  • Great: Dreamy, Side-Swept Waves -- Cate Blanchett

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    Cate Blanchett was the picture perfect movie star, thanks to her romantic wavy hair style with deep side part, which channeled 1940s siren Veronica Lake.

  • Great: Dreamy, Side-Swept Waves -- Sandra Bullock

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    Soft, slightly tousled waves that cascaded dramatically over one shoulder were all the rage among many celebs this year. Sandra Bullock looked positively stunning with this hairstyle, which made her look youthful and hot.

  • Great: Dreamy, Side-Swept Waves -- Margot Robbie

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    The Wolf of Wall Street may have been snubbed at this year's Oscars, but we're betting newcomer Margot Robbie isn't crying into her coffee this morning. She debuted her new brunette locks -- which look gorgeous with her skin tone and eye color -- and totally owned her classic wavy 'do.

  • Great: Dreamy, Side-Swept Waves -- Kate Hudson

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    It's good to see Kate Hudson back on the red carpet after what felt like a lengthy absence. She nearly always hits the mark, and this year was no exception: her sweet and sexy hair complemented her '40s-style gown.

  • Bad: Helmet Hair -- Jennifer Lawrence

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    Gosh, I hate criticizing anything Jennifer Lawrence does because she's so fantastic, but this stiff-looking helmet hair ages her by about two decades. She deserves so much better.

  • Bad: Helmet Hair -- Portia de Rossi

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    As Ellen's date, all eyes were on Portia de Rossi this year. So it's a shame this stunning woman opted for blown-back Disney villain hair.

  • Bad: Helmet Hair -- Anne Hathaway

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    Anne Hathaway's hair isn't exactly "helmet hair." And I give her brownie points for sticking to her short hair guns, because I like her with a cropped cut. But there's something about the way this style is swept off her face that makes it a little ... boring.

  • Bad: Helmet Hair -- Bette Midler

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    I know, I know. Bette Midler can do whatever the heck she wants. But her awesome scarlet dress, which fit her fabulous figure like a glove, was a little too fashion forward to go with this extremely dated hairstyle.

  • Great: Perfectly in Place -- Lupita Nyong'o

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    What a princess! Lupita Nyong'o's adorable hairband made her look like a modern Cinderella. Wonder if she'll inspire more celebs to take a chance with hair accessories?

  • Great: Perfectly in Place -- Penelope Cruz

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    Penelope Cruz's slick ballerina bun showcased her graceful neck, stunning facial features, and spectacular earrings.

  • Great: Perfectly in Place -- Olivia Wilde

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    Olivia Wilde took a classic updo and messed with it just enough, adding a bit of Bardot "bedhead" to it. The result is a perfectly coiffed style that is sexy enough to complement her gorgeous cat eye makeup.

  • Great: Perfectly in Place -- Kristen Bell

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    Kristen Bell is wise enough to understand that some dresses, like the dreamy white, mermaid-style gown she wore this year, require little more than a classic, center-parted updo to showcase their magnificence.

  • Bad: I-Don't-Care Hair -- Angelina Jolie

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    We know you're gorgeous, Angelina. And, while you look far from sloppy, you're just not trying. At all. Come on, put a little wave in your hair or something.

  • Bad: I-Don't-Care Hair -- Jessica Biel

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    Jessica Biel looks amazing -- for a high school senior taking her graduation photo. Her hair is just not sophisticated enough for the Oscar awards.

  • Bad: I-Don't-Care Hair -- Naomi Watts

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    As a star who has scored big points for her past red carpet looks, Naomi Watts should have known better than to simply brush her hair straight and poof the front.

  • Bad: I-Don't-Care Hair -- Jennifer Garner

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    Jennifer Garner's lackluster hair makes me want to push the bangs out of her eyes and, like a good mom, remind her that she's such a pretty girl and needs to show off more of her face.

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