See Every Gown Worn by (Almost) Every Best Actress Oscar Winner Ever

From Bette Davis to Jennifer Lawrence, see Hollywood's leading ladies in their awards-show finest.

The Academy Awards are a time-honored tradition where hardworking directors, actors, sound engineers, etc. get rewarded for all they've accomplished in the past year. And that's why we watch it, right? Wrong. We watch it for the dresses. So to get you in the sartorial spirit, we dug up photos of all the dresses worn by the best actress winners from the 1930s up until last year. Just to get you excited for what Jennifer, Brie, Saoirse, Cate, and Charlotte will be wearing on Sunday night.

From: ELLE

Norma Shearer, 1930
For The Divorcee

Bette Davis, 1939
For Jezebel

Vivien Leigh, 1940
For Gone With The Wind

Ingrid Bergman and Jennifer Jones, 1944
Jones for The Song of Bernadette and Bergman for Gaslight (1945)

Jane Wyman, 1949
For John Belinda

Judy Holliday, 1951
For Born Yesterday

Shirley Booth, 1953
For Come Back, Sheba

Audrey Hepburn, 1954
For Roman Holiday

Grace Kelly, 1955
For The Country Girl

Dorothy Malone, Mike Todd, and Elizabeth Taylor, 1957

Simone Signoret, 1950
For Room at the Top

Sophia Loren, 1962
For Two Women

Julie Christie, 1966
For Darling

Barbra Streisand, 1969
For Funny Girl

Liza Minelli, 1973
For Cabaret

Louise Fletcher, 1976
For One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Faye Dunaway, 1977
For Network

Diane Keaton, 1978
For Annie Hall

Jane Fonda, 1979
For Coming Home

Sally Field, 1980
For Norma Rae

Sissy Spacek, 1951
For Coal Miner's Daughter

Meryl Streep, 1983
For Sophie's Choice

Shirley Maclaine, 1984
For Terms of Endearment

Sally Field, 1985
For Places in the Heart

Geraldine Page, 1986
For The Trip to Bountiful

Marlee Matlin, 1987
For Children of a Lesser God

Cher, 1988
For Moonstruck


Jodie Foster, 1989
For The Accused

Jessica Tandy, 1990
For Driving Miss Daisy

Kathy Bates, 1991
For Misery

Jodie Foster, 1992
For The Silence of the Lambs

Emma Thompson, 1993
For Howards End

Holly Hunter, 1994
For The Piano

Jessica Lange, 1995
For Blue Sky

Susan Sarandon, 1996
For Dead Man Walking

Frances McDormand, 1977
For Fargo

Helen Hunt, 1998
For As Good as It Gets

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999
For Shakespeare in Love

Hilary Swank, 2000
For Boys Don't Cry

Julia Roberts, 2001
For Erin Brockovich

Halle Berry, 2002
For Monster's Ball

Nicole Kidman, 2003
For The Hours

Charlize Theron, 2004
For Monster

Hillary Swank, 2005
For Million Dollar Baby

Reese Witherspoon, 2006
For Walk The Line

Helen Mirren, 2007
For The Queen

Marion Cotillard, 2008
For La Vie en Rose

Kate Winslet, 2009
For the Reader

Sandra Bullock, 2010
For The Blind Side

Natalie Portman, 2011
For Black Swan

Meryl Streep, 2012
For The Iron Lady

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
For Silver Linings Playbook

Cate Blanchett, 2014
For Blue Jasmine

Julianne Moore, 2015
For Still Alice

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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