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Oscars 2020: the 10 best Academy Awards dresses of all time

The Oscars – or at least the red carpet outside of Dolby Theater – have seen a defining appearance in recent decades.

In anticipation of the Academy Awards, the British market OnBuy.com surveyed more than 3000 people on their favorite dresses ever in the history of the Oscars.

Here, FEMAIL shares the trend-setting looks of recent decades, from Angelina Jolie’s white satin dress in 2004 to Keira Knightley’s hand-embroidered Valentino dress in 2015 … which one is your favorite?

1. Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer 2004

Angelina Jolie topped the list of the best Oscar looks of all time, in an investigation by Onbuy.com, with this white satin dress designed by Marc Bouwer and worn in 2004

Angelina Jolie always draws attention to red carpets, but this look from the 2004 Oscars has fallen as one of the most famous in the history of the award ceremony.

The Monroe-like white satin dress with a deep neck was designed by Marc Bouwer for the 76th Academy Awards for Angelina, then 28 years old.

Angelina was not nominated for prizes that year, but did wear the striking dress to award the Best Art Direction prize. Four years earlier, Angelina had worn the same designer to choose her best supporting actress gong.

In the 16 years since then the dress has been touted by many fashion editors as one of the best red carpet dresses of all time, with many saying that it was a redefining moment for the style of Jolie, with the emphasis on the minimalism of the dresses while the now mother was praised – six for removing such a difficult substance.

2. Kate Hudson in Versace, 2003

The light gold Versace number by Kate Hudson, which was worn in 2003, was a close second

The light gold Versace number by Kate Hudson, which was worn in 2003, was a close second

Kate Hudson 2003’s Oscar look came in second place.

The Oscar-nominated actress looked ready for the red carpet in this beautiful, princess-like light gold dress.

The daughter of Goldie Hawn combined the look with a small handbag and dazzling jewelry, when she presented the prize for the best technical performance.

3. Keira Knightley in Valentino, 2015

Keira Knightley stole the show in 2015 in a romantic tulle dress. The actress, who was six months pregnant at the time, looked ethereal in Valentino's hand-embroidered song

Keira Knightley stole the show in 2015 in a romantic tulle dress. The actress, who was six months pregnant at the time, looked ethereal in Valentino’s hand-embroidered song

Keira Knightley, no stranger to the best dressed lists, wore one of her most iconic looks at the 87th Academy Awards.

The star, who was nominated for her role in The Imitation Game at the time, wore the floral maternity number of Valentino with a chic headband and minimal jewelry.

She stole the show in her romantic tulle dress, which was embroidered by hand with delicate flowers and words.

The main inspiration for the design house for the SS15 garment was Marc Chagall, the Russian-French artist who traveled between St. Petersburg and Paris before the First World War.

4. Charlize Theron in Gucci, 2004

Charlize has channeled classic Hollywood glamor in this shimmering Gucci dress, with a thigh-high slit

Charlize has channeled classic Hollywood glamor in this shimmering Gucci dress, with a thigh-high slit

Clearly a great year for the red carpet fashion, 2004’s Oscars also saw Charlize Theron sport a beautiful Gucci dress.

The star, who brought a best actress gong home that same evening, brought classic Hollywood glamor in the shimmering dress.

As a nod to the greats of the cinema, Chalize styled her hair in a short, curled bob, comparing it with Marilyn Monroe.

5. Beyoncé in Versace, 2005

One of Beyonce's most famous looks of all time is her black velvet Versace dress from the 2005 Oscars

One of Beyonce’s most famous looks of all time is her black velvet Versace dress from the 2005 Oscars

Known for her infallible sense of style, the red carpet from Beyonce never looks.

Undoubtedly, the most famous of all time is her black velvet Versace dress from the 2005 Oscars.

The acclaimed artist performed three songs during the ceremony, in a year in which Million Dollar Baby captured the plate with prizes.

When he was only 23 years old, Beyonce combined the stunningly simple number with a glittering envelope bag and statement earrings, making many a head.

6. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga, 2007

Nicole Kidman's powerful red dress, worn during the 79th Academy Awards, was sixth on the list

Nicole Kidman’s powerful red dress, worn during the 79th Academy Awards, was sixth on the list

While most dresses come at the top of the list in neutral or monotonous colors, the fiery red look of Nicole Kidman from the 79th Academy awards takes sixth place on the list.

The Balenciaga dress has a classic halter neck design made by adding a large bow around the neck.

Nicole combined the look with a cream-colored envelope bag with pearls.

7. Mila Kunis in Elie Saab, 2011

The actress starred in one of the most iconic films of the year, Black Swan, during the 2011 ceremony, but will also be remembered for this lavender chiffon dress

The actress starred in one of the most iconic films of the year, Black Swan, during the 2011 ceremony, but will also be remembered for this lavender chiffon dress

Mila Kunis stole the show when she arrived on the red carpet of Oscars in Elie Saab.

The actress starred in one of the most iconic films of the year, Black Swan, but will undoubtedly be remembered for this lavender chiffon dress as well as her acting performance.

The dress showed off her slender figure with a layered lace detailing and waist in groisgrain ribbon. Stylistically to perfection, Mila combined the Haute Couture dress with silver jewelry.

8. Rosamund Pike in Givenchy, 2015

Rosamund Pike lost the coveted prize for Best Actress to Julianne Moore during the Oscars 2015, but the star of the Givenchy Haute Couture star was a big hit

Rosamund Pike lost the coveted prize for Best Actress to Julianne Moore during the Oscars 2015, but the star of the Givenchy Haute Couture star was a big hit

Rosamund Pike lost the prize for best actress to Julianne Moore in 2015, but the star of Givenchy haute couture has a place in fashion history.

Guipure’s strapless lace dress, designed by Riccardo Tisci, made her stand out at the 87th annual film celebration.

The Gone Girl star stood in a pair of sandals with heels, perfectly matched to her elegant dress, and showed her tight pins with a thigh-high slit in the center of the dress.

Rosamund’s dress also contained satin inserts that made up a corset that was visible when the actress turned her back on the cameras to show off the beautiful design.

9. Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren, 1999

Gwyneth stunned in Ralph Lauren's baby pink girl-next-door look when she won the Best Actress Award at the 1999 Oscars

Gwyneth stunned in Ralph Lauren’s baby pink girl-next-door look when she won the Best Actress Award at the 1999 Oscars

Gwyneth Paltrow was only 26 when she picked up her best actress gong for her role in Shakespeare in Love.

Now the owner of lifestyle company Goop, Gwyneth was surprised by the baby pink girl-next-door look of Ralph Lauren when she picked up the prize at the 1999 Oscars.

The look was widely compared to dresses worn by fashion icon Grace Kelly, and has indeed stood the test of time to be considered one of the best looks in the history of the Academy Award 20 years later.

10. Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2008

Marion Cotillard was a vision in white when she wore Jean Paul Gaultier dress at the 80th Academy Awards, where she was awarded best actress for her role as troubled singer Edith Piaf in La Vie and Rose

Marion Cotillard was a vision in white when she wore Jean Paul Gaultier dress at the 80th Academy Awards, where she was awarded best actress for her role as troubled singer Edith Piaf in La Vie and Rose

Sneaking at number ten is the beautiful dress by Marion Cotillard from 2010. Marion was a vision in white when she wore a mermaid-like Jean Paul Gaultier dress at the 80th Academy Awards, where she was awarded best actress for her role as troubled singer Edith Piaf in La Vie and Rose.

The off-white dress took fishtail very literally and had an added flaky texture, with a corset that framed Marion’s hourglass figure – a silhouette synonymous with Gaultier.

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