UPDATE 10am: Australian actresses have done the nation proud on the Oscar red carpet with Naomi Watts among the more statuesque arrivals.
Before the gold statues are handed out on Sunday, it’s the fashion of Hollywood’s A-listers that gets all the attention.
Wearing Armani Prive, Watts looked elegant but edgy in a gunmetal sequined gown with a geometric cutout on the bodice.
Walking the red carpet with hubby Liev Schreiber, the Australian actress, who is up for best actress Oscar for her role in tsunami survivor movie The Impossible, was already a winner with her choice of gown.
Watts said her husband’s input on her dress choice is important, saying on the red carpet that he had given “an honest dialogue, not just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ about it”.
Talking about Impossible, Watts said it was one of her favourite roles and was a very important strong film.
Best friend Nicole Kidman, who will present an award, wore a black L’Wren Scott gown, one of her favourite designers, who designed her white lace My Fair Lady-inspired Melbourne Cup outfit last year.
For the Oscars though it was a fitted long black sequinned dress with sprinklings of antique gold sequins on the bodice and again in its flowing train. Husband Keith Urban was at her side as they strolled the red carpet.
Meanwhile, Jacki Weaver, who is up for the supporting actress Oscar, was stunning in a deep red lace Rami Kadi outfit.
The Aussie actress, who was dripping in 30 carats of Stephen Webster jewellery on her ears, fingers and wrists, was quick to point out that they were “blood-free diamonds”.
The Aussie darling was relaxed and excited to be at the star-studded event. “I was really surprised about myself” being nominated she said, and then flirted with the E! reporter telling him “what beautiful eyes” he had.
As Tinseltown’s A-list stars started streaming down the carpet it was clear old-school Hollywood glamour was the trend, with strapless gowns and pale colours most definitely in vogue.
Best actress nominee Jessica Chastain, a frontrunner for Oscars gold for her role as a CIA agent tracking Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, sparkled in a strapless beaded flesh-coloured Armani gown, her red tresses flowing.
Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence turned heads when she appeared in a strapless cream Dior gown with a full puffy skirt.
Nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest ever best actress nominee, for Beasts of the Southern Wild, wore a bejewelled navy blue Armani dress - accessorised with an age-appropriate fluffy puppy purse.
Amy Adams, a best supporting actress nominee for her performance in The Master, was on trend in a strapless pearly grey Oscar de la Renta princess gown with soft layers of tulle floating to the ground.
Reese Witherspoon got the strapless memo, but changed up the colour palette in a cobalt blue and black Louis Vuitton, and glammed it up with some old-school Veronica Lake curls.
Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried opted for a pale purple halter neck Alexander McQueen with a sexy keyhole neckline and upswept hair.
Best supporting actress nominee and two-time Oscar winner Sally Field, who starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, made a bold statement in a signature Valentino red dress with sheer long sleeves and a train.
And she definitely won the award for best accessory of the night - she arrived with Lincoln co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays her son in the film, on her arm.