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TOTAL KNOCKOUTS

THESE MILLION DOLLAR-BABIES DELIVER ONE-TWO PUNCHES WITH COUTURE FROCKS AND DIAMOND ROCKS

CHARLIZE THERON
IN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE donned her Bulgari baubles in mere seconds, but it took 650 hours to sew her gown.

328 YARDS OF TULLE
Theron's dress was created from satin organza silk.

HALLE BERRY
IN ATELIER VERSACE shouldered Oscar fashion with something sleek and silver. "I feel wonderful," she said.

CATE BLANCHETT
IN VALENTINO chose the color, she said, "and Mr. Valentino made it. He's the genius—not me." (For more, see p. 140.)

HILARY SWANK
IN GUY LAROCHE put on a good front—and back—in a daring, baring gown. "I've got the boxer's back," she said.

ZIYI ZHANG
IN MONIQUE LHUILLIER said she felt "fresh and young. I'm not worried about losing the diamonds. They're insured."

KATE WINSLET
IN BADGLEY MISCHKA adorned herself in jewelry that Neil Lane finished making just the night before the awards.

$100,000 BAG
Winslet carried a 40-carat diamond-and-alligator Lana Marks clutch.

MERMAID TALES
A GIRL CAN LOOK LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER IF SHE DOESN'T MASTER MOVING IN THESE UNFORGIVINGLY TIGHT GOWNS. BUT IF SHE DOES GET IT RIGHT...SHE'LL MAKE A SPLASH

RENÉE ZELLWEGER
IN CAROLINA HERRERA accented her silk faille and tulle gown with a Judith Leiber clutch and Cartier diamonds.

SALMA HAYEK
IN PRADA relied on bows and beading and then, she said, "I did a little bit of work to look like this. Not too much."

ATE A BIG LUNCH!
Emmy Rossum, 18, ate hearty before slipping on this bordeaux gown.

EMMY ROSSUM
IN RALPH LAUREN and "adorable Roger Vivier shoes" chose this duchess satin column because "it is so celebratory."

HIT PARADE
BEYONCÉ'S NIGHT: SING. CHANGE. SING. CHANGE. SING. CHANGE. PARTY.

ON THE RED CARPET
ATELIER VERSACE
Lorraine Schwartz diamonds complemented a velvet gown.

SONG NO. 1
ELIE SAAB
Alongside a boys' choir, Beyoncé—and her Jimmy Choos—were easy to pick out of Les Choristes.

SONG NO. 2
ROBERTO CAVALLI
For Phantom's "Learn to Be Lonely," she wore the Swarovski crystal necklace Minnie Driver wore in the film.

SONG NO. 3
ARMANI PRIVE
For Polar Express's "Believe," Beyoncé partnered with Josh Groban.

PLAY TIME
ROBERTO CAVALLI
At the parties, she paired a chiffon gown with silver Sergio Rossi and pronounced the evening "amazing."

DIVINE NECKLINES
WITH A PAYOFF THIS PRETTY, WHY NOT STICK YOUR NECK OUT FOR FASHION?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON
IN ROLAND MOURET sported a Tod's bag and curls. "We went for a modern-day Audrey Hepburn" coif.

NATALIE PORTMAN
IN LANVIN took the plunge in her jewel-embroidered gown. "I tried everything on Friday, and this stood out—it's elegant."

KIRSTEN DUNST
IN CHANEL drew such attention with her lacy bodice that her stylist opted for a sleek do that wouldn't compete.

VINTAGE CHIC
Dunst wore Diana Vreeland's Fred Leighton bracelet. "It make me feel a little punk rock."

BACK STORY
FOR SOME STARS, THEIR BEST IS BEHIND THEM

PENÉLOPE CRUZ
IN OSCAR DELA RENTA was bowed over by her silk taffeta gown. "He made it just for me, and I love it."

DREW BARRY MORE
IN ATELIER VERSACE put a Lorraine Schwartz brooch on the back of her "romantic dress."

CATALINA SANDINO MORENO
IN ROBERTO CAVALLI wanted something "white, elegant and sexy."

MAKING THE SCENE
NOT NOMITATED? NO PROBLEM. THESE SUPPORTING PLAYERS WERE ALL DRESSED UP WITH LOTS OF PLACES TO GO

MARCIA CROSS
IN ARMANI hit Elton John's party with Desperate Housewives castmate Eva Longoria and jewels from Chopard.

SHE WORE PANTS!
Klum skirted the gown trend in an edgy satin suit.

HEIDI KLUM
IN KEVIN JOHNN chose one of Project Runway's designers because "they're good. I wanted to wear one of them."

SELMA BLAIR
IN GUCCI channeled her inner Aphrodite. She almost borrowed a vintage de la Renta from her mom.

JESSICA SIMPSON
IN MICHAEL KORS arrived clutching husband Nick Lachey and her Tod's silver python bag.

GWEN STEFANI
IN VERSACE entered the evening's social whirl looking appropriately noir, with glitter from Van Cleef and Arpels.

WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?

EVA LONGORIA
Does Wisteria Lane have a new busy body? The normally style-savvy actress suffered from head-to-toe accessories overload—the multicolored hair scarf, fur shrug, bag and mega-jewelry are just too much for an already busy dress. What would the neighbors say?

TOP TAUPES
STRAPLESS AND CLINGY, THESE DAZZLERS ARE NOT YOUR MOTHER'S BORING BEIGE

GWYNETH PALTROW
IN STELLA McCARTNEY said her designer friend "threw out an idea, then I threw out an idea and voilà! I think it's beautiful."

MAGGIE GYLLENHALL
IN PRADA had two gowns in mind, "but my brother and my boyfriend [Peter Sarsgaard] liked this one better."

LAURA LINNEY
IN J. MENDEL (and carrying a Bottera Veneta clutch) said her feathered frock felt "absolutely fantastic."

TROUBLE AFOOT

Melanie Griffith's lame excuse? "She kicked a door while doing Chicago," explained husband Antonio Banderas. "It was a year before we found her foot was broken. She'll be fine in three months."

Griffith accessorized her Atelier Versace with a cane and a cast.

GILT TRIP
THESE PARTY GIRLS GLOWED IN THE NIGHT'S MOST PRECIOUS METAL

MISCHA BARTON
IN ZAC POSEN at the Vanity Fair party.

AISHA TYLER
IN ESCADA COUTURE toasted the night in a gown that she said "looked like a big glass of champagne."

HER TOENAILS MATCHED HER DRESS
"An exact match—I was pretty pleased with myself!"

TORI SPELLING
IN VINTAGE CEIL CHAPMAN from the 1950s.

PARIS HILTON
IN BILL BLASS said she chose the strapless gown because "it was golden and it looks like an Oscar."

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

CASUAL BY THE BEACH AT SATURDAY'S INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS IN SANTA MONICA, THESE STARS GLAMMED IT UP THE NEXT DAY FOR OSCAR

SANDRA OH
The Sideways star was cool and breezy but turned red hot in Michael Kors.

VIRGINIA MADSEN
She wore a James Perse dress and Ungaro jacket to win an Indie, then Atelier Versace on Sunday.

REGINA KING
She went from jeans to a Badgley Mischka gown and Stuart Weitzman shoes adorned with earrings once owned by Marilyn Monroe. "Tonight," she said, "I feel regal."