Opting for muted, feminine and nude tones were winners on the night Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence. Hathaway chose an Audrey Hepburn-esque simple pink gown by Prada, which she paired with a statement necklace and a bright pink lip. Her no-fuss, swept fringe with her natural hair colour worked beautifully with her modest style.
Best Actress winner Lawrence wore a voluminous Christian Dior gown which she wore with confidence, paired with a back necklace and shimmering earrings. Not a style that is favoured by most of Hollywood, the gown looked absolutely breathtaking from the back, which Lawrence highlighted by wearing a back necklace.
Other actresses who chose to wear pastels or nude tones included Best Actress nominees Amy Adams (Oscar de la Renta) and Jessica Chastain (Giorgio Armani).
Amanda Seyfried (Alexander McQueen) and Octavia Spencer (Tadashi Shoji) also followed suit.
Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart also opted for lighter gowns, both wearing white tones with the former in stunning architectural Christian Dior and the latter in Reem Acra.
Theron could have accessorised more as her hair and make-up was minimal yet perfect, while Stewart's ill-fitting dress was far too old for the young starlet.
Another big Oscars trend was jewelled and metallic toned dresses, with Catherine Zeta-Jones dazzling in a Zuhair Murad gold-embellished dress and sheer skirt. Zeta-Jones made a triumphant return to the red carpet wearing the designs favoured by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart.
The Chicago star also performed on the night in homage to her musical success at the Oscars ten years ago.
Salma Hayek looked sesational in a dramatic Alexander McQueen deep navy velvet gown with an elaborate, gold embellished halter neck. A tight up-do with gold accessories and dark, smoky make-up made Hayek our best dressed of the evening.
Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and Adele stood out in shimmering silver gowns. Berry wore a deep-V Versace with shoulder pad detail and strip lines of metallic detail.
Bullock chose an Elie Saab gown, while Oscar winner Adele chose a black gown with silver jewel detail.
Aussie actresses, and good friends, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman chose gold and silver shimmering gowns respectively.
We love the risk Watts has taken wearing her unique and interesting Giorgio Armani Privé gown.
Dashes of colour came from Sally Field in Valentino couture, while Jennifer Aniston choose an orange strapless gown by the same designer.
Reese Witherspoon (Louis Vuitton), Robin Roberts and Jennifer Hudson (Roberto Cavalli) all stood out in deep blue gowns, while nominee Quvenzhane Wallis wore custom-made Armani Junior which she paired with a puppy purse.
Helen Hunt unfortunately missed the mark in an overly creased and forgettable H&M dress, while Maria Menuonos wore a pinker-than-bubblegum pink gown with big bouffant hair.
Showing that true style is ageless, Jane Fonda wore a stunning long-sleeved yellow gown by Versace with shoulder pad detail.
Likewise, 86 year-old nominee Emmanuelle Riva was decked out in custom Lanvin with a slick of bright red lip and a statement necklace, proving that she was a style force to be reckoned with.