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Comment 05 FEBRUARY 2013

Oscar starlets Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams are blooming lovely in floral gowns

The most glittering and glamorous night in the showbiz calendar is a mere three weeks away. And while the nominated starlets are, no doubt, already preparing for their turn on the red carpet, they took time out on Monday to attend a nominees luncheon ahead of the event.

Jessica Chastain, who is nominated for best actress for her role in Zero Dark Thirty, looked to one of the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite designers, Erdem, to dress her for the occasion. The actress looked stunning in the Canadian-born designer's flower-adorned pre-spring 2013 dress with sheer half-sleeves.

The 35-year-old paired the demure knee-length frock with pointy nude court shoes and wore her fiery-red hair in side-swept curls.

 

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And it appeared she had been swapping style tips with another leading lady, Amy Adams, who also looked blooming lovely decked out in florals and nude court shoes.

Posing by the iconic giant gold statuettes, the starlet, who earned an Oscar nod for her supporting role in The Master, was the epitome of spring chic in a J. Mendel chiffon dress with twill binding. A simple updo completed the elegant look.

Other starlets, meanwhile, were making monochrome magic in gorgeous black and white ensembles.

Jennifer Lawrence was dazzling in a strapless, flowing ivory Chloe frock that showed off her LA girl tan and honed physique to perfection. She paired the flowing number with black Casadei pumps and a sultry side-swept hairdo that expertly complemented her smokey eye make-up.

Speaking to reports during the lunch, the 22-year-old, who is nominated for her role in Silver Linings Playbook joked that she was going to wear sweatpants to the ceremony on February 24, before adding that she is close to making her Oscar decision.

"I've been thinking about it," she said. "We have some sketches together, but nothing is decided. Last year, it was comfort. This year, it's like suck-it-up. Wear a corset. Yeah, we're going to go for fashion."

 



Another leading lady channelling the monochrome trend was Anne Hathaway, who kept it simple in a sleeveless, high-necked black dress by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's label The Row. The best supporting actress nominee, for her role in Les Miserables, spoke backstage about her incredible success.

"I don't take anything for granted," she said. "I have been given extraordinary opportunities and I've fought for extraordinary opportunities. So I don't believe you are ever just there in the golden moment. I think you'll probably always have to remind people that you're there, that you have something to offer, maybe something beyond what they imagine for you."

Naomi Watts managed to combine the two main trends of the occasion, opting for a Valentino LBD that featured frothy swirls of floral detailing. Side pockets added an edge to the classic dress, while the floaty hemline provided a girlie touch.

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