Proof the Gold-Dress Trick *Is* the Key to Winning an Oscar

Be the Academy Award you want to display in your bathroom.

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Just about every year, someone arrives on the red carpet in a metallic dress, and somebody else makes the usual crack about "does she actually think dressing like an Oscar will win her one?" and manifestation and how woo-woo these Hollywood types are. But could it be real? An intensive visual investigation featuring seven Best Actress nominees right this way.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">When:</strong> 1983&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">For:</strong> <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Sophie's Choice</em></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Comments: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">This is glitzy but also like a caftan, which is chill. Like an Oscar on vacation in Maui.&nbsp;</span>And for those interested,&nbsp;her hot date&nbsp;is Don Gummer.</p>
Meryl Streep

When: 1983 

For: Sophie's Choice

Comments: This is glitzy but also like a caftan, which is chill. Like an Oscar on vacation in Maui. And for those interested, her hot date is Don Gummer.

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<p>She won!</p>
But did she win?

She won!

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">When:</strong>&nbsp;2005<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">For:</strong>&nbsp;<em data-redactor-tag="em">&nbsp;The Aviator<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></em></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Comments: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">The sculpted bodice of her&nbsp;bespoke, butter-yellow&nbsp;</span>Valentino does skew rather statuette-y, but this is more one of those instances where everything is super thought-out: You can clearly see the 1930s reference, which is also a reference to the movie. Clever!</p>
Cate Blanchett

When: 2005

For:  The Aviator

Comments: The sculpted bodice of her bespoke, butter-yellow Valentino does skew rather statuette-y, but this is more one of those instances where everything is super thought-out: You can clearly see the 1930s reference, which is also a reference to the movie. Clever!

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<p>She won!<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
But did she win?

She won!

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">When:</strong> 2006
</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">For:</strong> <i data-redactor-tag="i">Walk the Line</i>
</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Comments:</strong> It might read twinklier in photos than IRL, but that could just be the patina on this vintage Christian Dior. Which actually makes it more statue-like, whoa.&nbsp;</p>
Reese Witherspoon

When: 2006

For: Walk the Line

Comments: It might read twinklier in photos than IRL, but that could just be the patina on this vintage Christian Dior. Which actually makes it more statue-like, whoa. 

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<p>She won!</p>
But did she win?

She won!

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">When:</strong>&nbsp;2008&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">For:</strong>&nbsp;<em data-redactor-tag="em">&nbsp;La Vie en Rose<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></em></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Comments: </strong>This mermaid-esque Jean Paul Gaultier is very sculpted, which in turn makes you think, "Wow,<strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">&nbsp;</strong>that little gold dude&nbsp;does have quite a sexy shape." (Don't think about it too much. Please.)</p>
Marion Cotillard

When: 2008 

For:  La Vie en Rose

Comments: This mermaid-esque Jean Paul Gaultier is very sculpted, which in turn makes you think, "Wow, that little gold dude does have quite a sexy shape." (Don't think about it too much. Please.)

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<p>Yes! She won!</p>
But did she win?

Yes! She won!

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">When:</strong>&nbsp;2010&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">For:</strong>&nbsp;<em data-redactor-tag="em">&nbsp;The Blind Side<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></em></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Comments: </strong>You can't un-think it, can you?&nbsp;This Marchesa is divine, though. (But also, who sees a film award and goes "Gee, that <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=3&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjzk9_89rDSAhVKzGMKHUrfCscQFggjMAI&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hollywoodreporter.com%2Fnews%2Forigins-oscar-how-prized-statue-870191&amp;usg=AFQjCNEkcrkBUwrS8g6G7PQGYXeFeQhEcw&amp;sig2=-QhaEx0ddLjS8MizGLHcww" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">reminds me of my UNCLE</a>?")</p>
Sandra Bullock

When: 2010 

For:  The Blind Side

Comments: You can't un-think it, can you? This Marchesa is divine, though. (But also, who sees a film award and goes "Gee, that ?")

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<p>She did! She won!</p>
But did she win?

She did! She won!

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">When:</strong> 2012
</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">For:</strong> <em data-redactor-tag="em"> The Iron Lady</em>
</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Comments:&nbsp;</strong>The thing is, if you wear any other metal<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">lic shade and you're up for a win, they will make this comparison.&nbsp;Even if your&nbsp;</span>gold lamé Lanvin is more Greco-Roman than Buff Relative<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">.</span></p>
Meryl Streep

When: 2012

For: The Iron Lady

Comments: The thing is, if you wear any other metallic shade and you're up for a win, they will make this comparison. Even if your gold lamé Lanvin is more Greco-Roman than Buff Relative.

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<p>Obviously.</p>
But did she win?

Obviously.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">When:</strong>&nbsp;2014<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">For:</strong>&nbsp;<em data-redactor-tag="em">Blue Jasmine<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></em></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Comments:&nbsp;</strong>The definition of statuesque in Armani Privé, jeez.&nbsp;</p>
Cate Blanchett

When: 2014

For: Blue Jasmine

Comments: The definition of statuesque in Armani Privé, jeez. 

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<p>Yes! Look at that twirl.</p>
But did she win?

Yes! Look at that twirl.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">When:</strong>&nbsp;2016<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">For:</strong>&nbsp;<em data-redactor-tag="em">The Danish Girl<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></em></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Comments:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://carte-mere.info/fashion/news/a18938/alicia-vikander-oscars-2016/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Belle (as interpreted by Louis Vuitton</a><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><a href="http://carte-mere.info/fashion/news/a18938/alicia-vikander-oscars-2016/">)</a>&nbsp;</span>before <a href="http://carte-mere.info/fashion/news/a25612/leslie-mann-oscars-2017-belle-dress/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Leslie Mann was Belle</a>—or Emma Watson, for that matter—but the color is what does it.&nbsp;(Actually, maybe twirling is part of the voodoo here too, hmm.)</p>
Alicia Vikander

When: 2016

For: The Danish Girl

Comments: Belle (as interpreted by Louis Vuitton) before Leslie Mann was Belle—or Emma Watson, for that matter—but the color is what does it. (Actually, maybe twirling is part of the voodoo here too, hmm.)

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<p>You bet.&nbsp;</p>
But did she win?

You bet. 

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">When:</strong> 2017
</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">For:</strong> <em data-redactor-tag="em"> La La Land</em>
</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong">Comments: </strong>And in what might be the Oscar-iest cosplay yet, she dresses up in Givenchy couture, the fringe on which would make you weep.</p>
Emma Stone

When: 2017

For: La La Land

Comments: And in what might be the Oscar-iest cosplay yet, she dresses up in Givenchy couture, the fringe on which would make you weep.

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<p>You know she did.</p>
But did she win?

You know she did.

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