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The striking styles that make flashbulbs go pop

Shaun Harrison
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Most Regal Mom-to-Be: Cate Blanchett

We already know that the Aussie actress is talented, beautiful and smart. But at the 2008 Academy Awards, Blanchett not only carried herself with grace, but also her new baby-to-be. The double-nominee draped herself in an exquisite Dries Van Noten gown, and hung a thick Lorraine Schwartz necklace around her slim neck.
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Kiss-of-Death Unveiling of a Significant Other: George Clooney and Sarah Larson One of the world's sexiest, most famous bachelors took the 80th Academy Awards as his opportunity to reveal his main squeeze: former cocktail waitress Sarah Larson. The media went mad with Sarah mania (before the other Sarah mania), but the couple was doomed: Three months later, they split.
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Most Surprising Transformation: Javier Bardem

The Spanish actor won for his supporting role in No Country for Old Men, in which he played a sociopathic killer on a manhunt. At the Oscars, though, the man whose performance had kept movie-goers up at night arrived as a suave, sexy fella who concluded his acceptance speech with an ode to his mother and his country.
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Vampiest Couple: Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis

Elegance ruled as Depp and his partner arrived at the Oscars in black: he with his vintage-style necktie and she with a plunging neckline, loose locks and bright lips. The pair set a sexy standard for the night.
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Unlikeliest Photo Op: Sean "Diddy" Combs and Faye Dunaway

For all his self-referential rhymes about hot young things, Combs proved he can hang with ladies who just might be out of his league. At the Oscars, the rapper-mogul took some time to hang with the venerable Faye Dunaway, who, decked out in skin-tight gold lame, proved she's still got it.
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Most Eye-Poppingly Hot Mom-to-Be: Jessica Alba

Smo. King. Hot: Alba's known for setting off fire alarms, whether in miniscule bikinis in Into the Blue or in her post-baby, Euro-style calendar for Campari. But it was really at the Oscars, in a plum-colored gown and seemingly on the verge of giving birth, that the starlet shined brightest for us.
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Best Greek Adaptation: Jennifer Hudson

It's bittersweet seeing the singer long before tragedy hit her family, but let us support her with some kvelling over her Grecian gown. She wore it like a classical goddess.
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Most Inventive Use of Doilies: Keira Knightley

The use of bows, chest garnishing and doilies are largely frowned upon at TVGuide.com. But leave it to Keira Knightley to employ all three, for some of the most iconic photos of her in 2008. The actress donned her petite, adorned frock for The Duchess premiere.
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Hottest Disco Revival: Taylor Swift

Swift's career isn't the only thing that's been on fire this year. The country music darling arrived at the CMAs with a no-holds-barred, sexy style that had photogs a-gag — and it was all inspired by a disco ball. Take that, Joe Jonas.
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Most Impressive Return to the Spotlight: Christina Applegate

Barely a month after Applegate underwent a double mastectomy, she returned to the spotlight looking gorgeous in a body-hugging Emmys dress.
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Sexiest Mixed-Media Ensemble: Rihanna

It's a leotard! It's papier-mâché! It's tap shoes! The only thing Rihanna was missing at the MTV Video Awards was her umbrella — which we're pretty sure she later grabbed for a performance of her hit song.
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Best Date We Would've Liked to Crash: Colin Farrell and his mother Colin Farrell upped the "Awww!" factor at the Academy Awards, simply by showing up with his mom, Rita Farrell. Of course, we'd be happy to help you find another date for next year, Colin. Call us.
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Le Look of the Year: Marion Cotillard

She's French. She's glamorous. She won an Oscar for her mesmerizing portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. But best of all? Cotillard was jaw-droppingly gorgeous in a custom-made Gaultier mermaid dress at the Academy fest. We expected this look to take off, but alas, the fishy look may only work for the tres chic.