Awards season hit its climax last night as the biggest names in Hollywood brushed off their best designerwear for the 84th Academy Awards.

And as ever all eyes were firmly fixed on the red carpet as the stars made their big arrivals.

Leading the bid for best dressed were blonde bombshells Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz who wowed in white, while Angelina Jolie favoured black velvet and a whole lotta leg.

geyneth paltrow and angelina jolie are best dressed at 2012 oscars

Meanwhile the gorgeous Emma Stone and Michelle Williams added a splash of colour to proceedings, opting for vibrant red and orange gowns.

emma stone and michelle williams are best dressed at 2012 oscars

Octavia Spencer, who won best Supporting Actress, added glam with embellishments while Natalie Portman mixed things up in polka dots.

octavia spencer and natalie portman at 2012 oscars

Kelly Osbounre, Jessica Chastain and Sarah Hyland were among the other celebs spotted on the red carpet.

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cameron diaz at 2012 oscars

Cameron Diaz

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rose byrne at 2012 oscars

Rose Byrne

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 kelly osbourne at 2012 oscars

Kelly Osbourne

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sarah hyland at 2012 oscars

Sarah Hyland

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penelope cruz at 2012 oscars

Penelope Cruz

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Rooney Mara at 2012 oscars

Rooney Mara

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ellie kemper at 2012 oscars

Ellie Kemper

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maya rudolph at  2012 oscars

Maya Rudolph

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kate mara at 2012 oscars

Kate Mara

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penelope ann miller at 2012 oscars

Penelope Ann Miller

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Esperanza spalding at 2012 oscars

Esperanza Spalding

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kelly ripa at 2012 oscars

Kelly Ripa

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jessica chastain at 2012 oscars

Jessica Chastain

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Sandra Bullock at 2012 oscars

Sandra Bullock

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maria menounos at 2012 oscars

Maria Menousnos

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Meryl Streep at 2012 oscars

Meryl Streep

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giuliana rancic at 2012 oscars

Giuliana Rancic

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shailene woodley at 2012 oscars

Shailene Woodley

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Milla Jovovich at 2012 oscars

Milla Javovich

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And while no celebs got it REALLY wrong (like Gaga style) there were a few dresses that were missing some much-needed puzzazz...

kristen wiig at 2012 oscars

Kristen Wiig

viola davis worst dressed at 2012 oscars

Viola David

melissa mccarthy at 2012 oscars

Melissa McCarthy

Sorry ladies

Right, so whose red carpet dress do you love? Do you prefer sequins or ruffles when it comes to Oscar-winning frocks? Monochrome or colour?

Comments please!