Best of the 2012 Oscars red carpet

Ladies, this is the big one that we’ve been gearing up for all awards season. The Superbowl of red carpets was last night, and overall, the stars did not disappoint. For me, white gowns ruled the evening, which is not usually my thing. There were a few great bursts of colors — in addition to Emma Stone, Michelle Williams came close to making my list with her coral peplumed gown. And then there was Angelina in black. It was a gorgeous gown, no question. But I can’t take any actress seriously when she’s jutting her leg out of a slit so hard (Lea Michele, I’m talking to you!). That posing alone kept her off of my list.

Drum roll please… are my favorites of the night:

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab (via) — Milla was one of the first to hit the red carpet, and she looked completely glamorous in this one shoulder beaded gown. This is what movie stars are supposed to look like!

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji (via) — Octavia has done really well this awards season, but I don’t think she’s ever looked better than in this gown. She should wear nothing but Tadashi going forward.

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli (via) — Blah blah, Nicole Kidman, blah blah. This girl made heads turn last night, and I thought she looked absolutely stunning. The huge bow isn’t for everyone, but I think she really pulled it off.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford (via) — Stunning. Fierce. She looks absolutely statuesque in a gown that VERY few women could pull off. My only quibble was with her ponytail, which looked unfinished.

Cameron Diaz in Gucci (via) — Cameron’s style doesn’t always do it for me, but I thought she looked fantastic. Yes, her hair and her gown are the same color, but she manages to look like herself (somewhat beachy-chic), while still looking appropriate for the Oscars.

Agree? Disagree? Who were your favorites?