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From statuesque and glam to slinky and risqué, the most incandescent Academy Awards outfits of all time

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence played peek-a-boo in this daring Dior at the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

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The Hidden Figures star slayed in a vampy, midnight blue custom Alberta Ferretti number.

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Theron killed the red carpet this year in Dior as well.



Emily Ratajkowski stepped out in a plunging gown with a feather hem by Jonathan Simkhai.

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Irina Shayk

One word sums up this floor-length champagne number from Stephane Rolland: Zowie.

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Oscars 2016 - RED CARPET

The rising star wore a Tom Ford with a deep, plunging neckline to the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

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Saoirse Ronan

The Irish actress looked stunning in this backless Calvin Klein gown.

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1. Heidi Klum (2013)

Klum says she stitched up the cleavage on this Julien Macdonald gown by a few inches before leaving for the ceremony. Yeah, right.

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Jennifer Lopez

This Zuhair Murad gown actually isn't as sheer as it looks, thanks to built-in cups. But still: Hot.

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Arrivals at the 87th Annual Academy Awards

At the 87th Academy Awards, Margot Robbie wore a classic Saint Laurent gown kicked into high gear with sheer sleeves and a plunging neckline.

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Gigi Hadid (2015)

The model looked flawless in this whimsical Versace gown.

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Theron wore this Dior gown to the Oscars in 2014 and took everyone's breath away.

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Boy, does Elie Saab know how to bring out the sexy in a gal, right? This triumphant, sheer-paneled wonder is one of Saab's best.

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Miranda Kerr (2015)

Model Miranda Kerr looked sharp and sexy in this white Emilio Pucci gown.

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The actress' backless Elie Saab gown came complete with a sexy slit, allowing her to show some leg on the red carpet.

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The sexy singer flaunted a ton of cleavage in this printed Philipp Plein gown.

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Officially, Chrissy Teigen can do no wrong on the red carpet. This Zuhair Murad gown is no exception.

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Barbra Streisand

Streisand claims she had no idea how sheer these Scaasi evening pajamas were. Mmmm hmmmm.

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Rita Ora (2015)

Sexy songstress Rita Ora wasn't afraid to show off her assets at the Vanity Fair after party in 2015.

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Arrivals to the 86th Annual Academy Awards

The actress wore Saint Laurent and went brunette to complete a dark and dreamy look for the 2014 Oscars.

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Charlize Theron

When the gorgeous actress stepped onto the carpet in this blinding Dior, it was one of the most memorable entrances in recent history.

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Angelina Jolie

The slit is so high on this black velvet Atelier Versace gown that it launched a meme and a Twitter feed called @angiesrightleg.

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Jena Malone

This Camilla and Marc look leaves little to the imagination...including what kind of underwear Jena likes.

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Hilary Swank

If you look closely (and you know you want to) you'll see a sheer panel just below the, um, chest area. So this slinky Armani Privé gown reveals a (little) less than you think.

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We'll just say it: Baby got back, thanks to the plunging rear side of this navy Guy Laroche gown.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (2015)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley demanded attention at the 2015 Vanity Fair after party in this elegant emerald gown.

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Black stretch pants. Bedazzled loincloth. Black chain-link top. Feathered headdress that's one and a half times taller than Cher's head. Sexy or scary? Take your pick.

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Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2002 Academy Awards

"Should have worn a bra," is how Paltrow has summed up this Alexander McQueen gown.

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This may be the celeb's sexiest red carpet look to date.

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2015 Oscars

Backless was hot at the Oscars in 2015, and Naomi Watts wore the trend well.

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Fitted black Versace gown, black hair extensions--who knew Morticia Addams could look so hot?

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The Gone Girl star looked red hot in this Givenchy Haute Couture gown.

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Celebrity arrivals at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA

The singer was all glam at the 87th Academy Awards.

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Jennifer Lopez (2015)

At the after parties, stars can slip into something a bit more comfortable than their awards show attire. In Jennifer Lopez's case at the 2015 Vanity Fair post-Oscars party, that something was also much sexier.

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Lily Collins (2015)

Actress Lily Collins' after party gown was sheer in all the right places.

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Not only did the star reveal some side boob in this silver wrap Alexandre Vauthier mini-dress, she flaunted a whole lotta leg too.