2011 Oscar Fashion Preview

To quote Joan Rivers: "It's a nice,

boring show, but who cares? It's all

about the dresses anyhow." So let's

get on with it and present our Fashion

Oscars in advance of the season's

biggest red carpet.

Best Dressed Baby Bump: Natalie Portman

This glowing mama-to-be is just pregnant enough to be cute

as a button in whatever she wears, but

we're hoping to see her in something

fitted to accentuate her growing baby

bump. Of course, the best accessory for

baby? Oscar. Maybe she should add

that to the list of possible baby names.

Best Comeback: Michelle

Williams:

We're hoping this Best

Actress nominee can redeem herself

from the Golden Globes, where she

chose a daisy-covered Valentino frock

that would've worked at a garden

party in the Hamptons. On the red

carpet? Not so much. For inspiration,

Michelle, please Google pictures of

yourself in that stunning saffron Vera

Wang gown from the 2006 Oscars.

The fashion world thanks you.

Best Ingenue: Hailee

Steinfeld

The youngest of the acting

nominees, Hailee has nonetheless

worked the red carpet like a pro this

awards season. The 14-year-old has

won raves for her appearances in

fresh, youthful designs by Chloe,

Marchesa and Marc Jacobs. We're

just happy she's not taking fashion

cues from Miley Cyrus.

Best Wildcard: Helena

Bonham Carter

Three cheers for

this Best Supporting Actress nominee,

who keeps everyone guessing

on the red carpet. Will she brush her

hair? Will she wear matching shoes?

Will she even wear a dress at all?

There are no guarantees, people.

Best Veteran: Nicole

Kidman

Once a perpetual Best

Dressed nominee, this veteran

actress has failed to wow us on a

red carpet lately. But she's still

got that tall, slim figure and

porcelain skin, so let's hope

Kidman brings back a little

glamour to this year's awards.

Best Newcomer: Jennifer Lawrence

Far

from the gritty character she

played in Winter's Bone,

this fashion newbie has been

making bold choices offscreen.

Can she top the daring Louis

Vuitton flamenco-style gown she wore

to the Golden Globes? We can't wait to

find out.