The 10 Zaniest Oscar Red Carpet Looks of the Century -- So Far! (PHOTOS)

As we gear up for Hollywood's biggest night, aka The Oscars, aka the evening when I ogle the red carpet and have opinions about zillion-dollar dresses whilst wearing yoga pants and stuffing my face with take-out Italian food and Prosecco (STARS, THEY'RE JUST LIKE US!), let us turn our attention where it belongs: to the least boring Oscars dresses of the century.

The following gowns outfits may not have all ended up on the best-dressed lists (many of which, let us recall, were curated by someone just like me; see above), but at least they weren't dull! Here's to hoping Sunday night's red carpet is filled with even more adventurous beauty.

Which crazy look is your favorite? Would you wear any of them?


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  • 2004: Uma Thurman's Swiss Miss Ensemble


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    Uma Thurman is always gorgeous, and her bohemian daring is to be applauded, but ... there are ... a lot of things going on here with this Christian Lacroix get-up. Even that guy in the background seems surprised!

  • 2012: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's Right Leg


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    The leg that inspired a zillion memes! And a twitter account. It must be said, however: that is a gorgeous Atelier Versace gown.

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  • 2001: Bjork, the Swan


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    Oh Bjork.. all hail your fabulous swan dress! I must say, I've never seen this particular photo before. There on the red carpet, is that an ...egg???

  • 2010: Charlize Theron and Her ... Roses


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    Charline Theron's gown, designed by John Galliano for Dior, landed her on a lot of worst-dressed lists in 2010, but I think it's kind of fabulous.

  • 2002: Goth Goop


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    Gwyneth Paltrow herself addressed this John Galliano dress in a 2013 issue of GOOP -- quoth she: "I still love the dress itself but I should have worn a bra and I should have just had simple beachy hair and less makeup. Then, it would have worked as I wanted it to -- a little bit of punk at the Oscars." Hmm.

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  • 2002: Faith Hill and Cameron Diaz Are Very Colorful


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    2002 was a kookie year for the red carpet! Here we have Faith Hill, who seems to have matched her Versace gown to the song she performed on stage ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow"). She's arm in arm with Cameron Diaz, in a totally quirky, crazy aunt / community college art teacher yet somehow it works Emanuel Ungaro dress.

  • 2010: Zoe Saldana, Exquisite Sea Urchin


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    Another one of those love it or hate it looks: Zoe Saldana's incredible Givenchy Couture masterpiece.

  • 2011: Helena Bonham Carter In Wonderland


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    In a true-to-form gothic gown by by Alice In Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood (IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW, RIGHT?), accessorized with a patriotic garter, Helena Bonham Carter does anything but fade into the crowd.

  • 2008: Marion Cotillard, Perfect Mermaid


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    Marion Cotillard in Jean-Paul Gaultier is the stuff of my childhood dreams -- the one where I am a beautiful, actual mermaid / movie star.


  • 2004: Diane Keaton Reminds Us Why We Love Her


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    Oh Diane Keaton / Annie Hall. This outfit won you the spot on many a "worst dressed" list, but I for one think it's perfection.

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