If ever there was a time when we secretly wished for telepathy, it would be the week before the Academy Awards. But while we can’t tell you what all of your favorite stars will be wearing on the big night, we are offering up some of their best red carpet looks in the hopes that their Oscar choices will be equally amazing.
Jennifer Hudson, 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress winner, Dreamgirls
We’d love to see Jennifer do full-on Old Hollywood this year, like her big, loose curls and fitted, V-neck 2007 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards look.
Long, bright white and modern, the gown J. Hud sported to last year’s Oscar’s was absolutely perfect.
Angela Bassett, 1994 Academy Award for Best Actress nominee, What’s Love Got to Do With It
Walking in this year’s Red Dress Collection to support heart disease, Angela shines in ruby red and sparkling gold accessories.
It’s a very hard thing to do, but Angela’s chic updo and long, formal wrapdress manage to be both hip and age-appropriate.
Viola Davis, 2009 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nominee, Doubt
Anyone who caught Viola’s scene-stealing performance in Doubt is sure to be rooting for her at the Awards this weekend. We’d love to see her channel this tangerine-hued, fitted dress that she wore to the 5th Annual BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea Luncheon.
Golden yellow, one-shouldered and very elegant, the David Meisterat gown Viola sported on the 2009 SAG Awards red carpet is the kind of look that we hope she goes for on Sunday.
Halle Berry, 2001 Academy Award for Best Actress winner, Monster’s Ball
She’s always classy and fashionable, but this flesh-colored, one-shoulder Valentino gown is one of her best looks.
The berry Elie Saab gown Halle sported for her historic 2001 Oscar win is now a part of history and perhaps the most beautiful we’ve ever seen her.
Taraji P. Henson, 2009 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nominee, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
We’re hoping that she takes home a little gold statuette on Sunday, but we admit that she looks great in silver too. This short, fringed number she wore to the Critics Choice Awards is fun, sexy and a little playful, just like Taraji.
Taraji’s 2009 SAG gown by Hervé L. Leroux was absolutely perfect, what with the draped, goddess look and minimalist, classic feel of it.
Tune in to the 81st Annual Academy Awards this Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC to see what the stars wore and won.
– Whitney Teal
Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Academy Awards this Sunday?
Jennifer Hudson photos courtesy FilmGordan, AceShowbiz; Angela Bassett photos courtesy OpenEntrance, Zimbio; Viola Davis photos courtesy Zimbio, Halle Berry photos courtesy People, TV Guide; Taraji P. Henson photos courtesy Splendidcity, Just Jared via Getty.