cate blanchett best actress

Cate Blanchett won best actress at last night’s Oscars and made our best dressed list, so suffice it to say that it was a big night for her. Blanchett is a huge risk taker on the red carpet and it almost always pays off–her looks never bore me and she never fails to make a statement. Let’s take a look back at some of Blanchett’s red carpet looks over the past ten years.

1. Last night, she killed it in Armani Prive and made it look easy–in fact, she told People that she picked the dress ten minutes before she left the house. Not to be over dramatic on this, but she looks magical.

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2. Her 2014 Oscars dress didn’t quite top my all time favorite Blanchett Oscars look, which had to be 2011’s Givenchy number. In a year that was mostly just pretty, flowy gowns, Blanchett went for something unique and stunning.

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3. In 2007, Blanchett went with Armani Prive to the Oscars and completely stole the show. It was like sexy chainmaille, and it was beautiful.

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4. In non-Oscar territory, Blanchett always tends to perfectly find the balance between experimentation and understated–never going over the top. This Alexander McQueen at this year’s BAFTAs is a good example.

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5. Her 2014 Golden Globes Armani look was equally arresting.

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6. Liz nailed her description of Blanchett in this Antonio Berardi as a “stony medieval goddess.”

cate-blanchett-critics-circle7. She was a rare bright spot at the 2012 Met Gala, in Alexander McQueen. While everyone else flailed wildly, Blanchett looked impeccably severe.

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8. This Jean Paul Gaultier number is striking in its delicateness–I would be afraid to touch it for fear that it would come apart. She wore it to the 2005 Golden Globes and managed to look ethereal and other worldly, instead of just “pretty.”

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9. Circling back to an old Oscars look that I had all but forgotten about, Blanchett’s 2005 gown was sophisticated, glamorous, and lemon yellow.

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10. Finally, this recent Givenchy look at the AACTA awards perfectly took the metallic trend that has left people looking like cartoon aliens and showed the sexy, adult way to do things. Spot on.

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