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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.
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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

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Bette Davis, 1939
For Jezebel


Vivien Leigh, 1940
For Gone With The Wind


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


Jane Wyman, 1949
For John Belinda


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Judy Holliday, 1951
For Born Yesterday


Shirley Booth, 1953
For Come Back, Sheba


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Audrey Hepburn, 1954
For Roman Holiday


Grace Kelly, 1955
For The Country Girl


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Dorothy Malone, Mike Todd, and Elizabeth Taylor, 1957

Simone Signoret, 1950
For Room at the Top


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Sophia Loren, 1962
For Two Women


Julie Christie, 1966
For Darling


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Barbra Streisand, 1969
For Funny Girl


Liza Minelli, 1973
For Cabaret


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


Faye Dunaway, 1977
For Network


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Diane Keaton, 1978
For Annie Hall


Jane Fonda, 1979
For Coming Home


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Sally Field, 1980
For Norma Rae


Sissy Spacek, 1951
For Coal Miner's Daughter


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Meryl Streep, 1983
For Sophie's Choice


Shirley Maclaine, 1984
For Terms of Endearment


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Sally Field, 1985
For Places in the Heart


Geraldine Page, 1986
For The Trip to Bountiful


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Marlee Matlin, 1987
For Children of a Lesser God


Cher, 1988
For Moonstruck


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Jodie Foster, 1989
For The Accused


Jessica Tandy, 1990
For Driving Miss Daisy


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Kathy Bates, 1991
For Misery


Jodie Foster, 1992
For The Silence of the Lambs


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Emma Thompson, 1993
For Howards End


Holly Hunter, 1994
For The Piano


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Jessica Lange, 1995
For Blue Sky


Susan Sarandon, 1996
For Dead Man Walking


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Frances McDormand, 1977
For Fargo


Helen Hunt, 1998
For As Good as It Gets


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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999
For Shakespeare in Love


Hilary Swank, 2000
For Boys Don't Cry


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Julia Roberts, 2001
For Erin Brockovich


Halle Berry, 2002
For Monster's Ball


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Nicole Kidman, 2003
For The Hours


Charlize Theron, 2004
For Monster


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Hillary Swank, 2005
For Million Dollar Baby


Reese Witherspoon, 2006
For Walk The Line


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Helen Mirren, 2007
For The Queen


Marion Cotillard, 2008
For La Vie en Rose


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Kate Winslet, 2009
For the Reader


Sandra Bullock, 2010
For The Blind Side


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Natalie Portman, 2011
For Black Swan


Meryl Streep, 2012
For The Iron Lady


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Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
For Silver Linings Playbook


Cate Blanchett, 2014
For Blue Jasmine


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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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