The Best, Most-Talked-About Oscars Dresses of All Time

In case you’ve lost all access to TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, advertisements out in the world, and, of course, the internet, let us remind you: The Academy Awards are happening March 4 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

But before we deep-dive into this year’s red carpet, which will surely be chockablock with incredible dresses, we look to the past to remember the best, brightest, buzziest, most incredible dresses of all time. We’re thinking back to Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Calvin Klein frock in 2015 (covered in 6,000 actual pearls), or Jennifer Lopez’s insane gown in 2014 (don’t forget the train), or the time Chrissy Teigen showed up majorly pregnant in Marchesa last year.

And that’s just in the past three years. Ahead, all the dresses that have blown our minds, from Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic slip dress in 1996 through present day.

A version of this article was originally published in February 2017.

Chrissy Teigen, 2016

Chrissy Teigen, 2016

Cate Blanchett, 2016

Cate Blanchett, 2016

Beyoncé, 2015

Beyoncé, 2015

Lupita Nyong'o, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o, 2015

Jennifer Lopez, 2015

Jennifer Lopez, 2015

Jennifer Aniston, 2015

Jennifer Aniston, 2015

Nicole Kidman, 2015

Nicole Kidman, 2015

Lupita Nyong'o, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013

Zoe Saldana, 2010

Zoe Saldana, 2010

Anne Hathaway, 2009

Anne Hathaway, 2009

Marion Cotillard, 2008

Marion Cotillard, 2008

Penelope Cruz, 2008

Penelope Cruz, 2008

Michelle Williams, 2006

Michelle Williams, 2006

Jennifer Garner, 2004

Jennifer Garner, 2004

Renee Zellwegger, 2004

Renee Zellwegger, 2004

Charlize Theron, 2004

Charlize Theron, 2004

Kate Hudson, 2003

Kate Hudson, 2003

Tyra Banks, 2000

Tyra Banks, 2000

Nicole Kidman, 1997

Nicole Kidman, 1997

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1996

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1996

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