The awards season is upon us once more and this year’s Oscar nominees for the coveted Best Actress trophy cover a broad spectrum of female talent. Whether blonde or brunette, old or young, here are our style ideas for dressing each of the leading ladies on their big night – and you can use it for yourself too!
Jennifer Lawrence – nominated for Silver Linings Playbook
Dark haired ladies such as Jennifer Lawrence can get away with eye popping brights; be the ultimate scarlet woman with this fishtail number from Giulietta. The dress’s simple but beautiful cut means it can handle a statement necklace to really pull the look together, such as this tribal choice by Erickson Beamon. Keep footwear simple with these strappy Louboutins and let all attention fall on the lady in red.
Naomi Watts – nominated for The Impossible
Cool as ice blondes like Naomi Watts can pull off pastel shades with aplomb. Just add a splash of colour to make sure you’re not washed out – try a pair of statement earrings such as these Oscar de la Renta shoulder-dusters. Finishing the look, these bright blue Jimmy Choo sandals add a quirky twist to an otherwise sophisticatedly understated gown.
Jessica Chastain – nominated for Zero Dark Thirty
Everyone knows redheads like Jessica Chastain look great in a whole spectrum of greens – the hue compliments pale skin and lights up bright eyes. Team this Erickson Beamon gown with delicate silver earrings and a pair of strappy stilettoes and you’ll be all set for your transformation into a goddess of green.
Emmanuelle Riva – nominated for Amour
Don’t let age be a hindrance to looking dazzling – 85 year old Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest Best Actress nominee ever and we’re sure she’ll be looking the picture of elegance on the red carpet for her big day. Chanel old school glamour in this prettily conservative gown by Biyan and top with a sheek faux fur shrug. Finish the look with these Valentino pumps that combine style and function with their glittering silver colouring and medium height block heel.
Quvenzhane Wallis – nominated for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Nine year old Quvenzhane is the youngest Best Actress nominee ever (that’s right, in the same year as the oldest ever!) and she’s already developing quite the sartorial style. Dressing age appropriately is the order of the day here, and what young girl doesn’t love sequins? Add a pair of silver Mary Jane shoes and a sparkling tiara and she’ll feel just like a princess.