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Comment 06 FEBRUARY 2013

What will they wear? Leading ladies hint at Oscar dress decisions

The Oscars isn't just the biggest night in movies – it's also the biggest night in fashion.

And while the stars are keeping schtum on most details of the ultra-glamorous designer dresses that they'll chose to glide down the red carpet wearing, they have opened up about the decision-making process that involves picking the perfect fairytale gown.

Speaking at the Academy Awards nominees luncheon, Jennifer Lawrence joked that she was going to wear sweatpants, before revealing that while she hasn't yet picked the frock, she has decided on something tight-fitting to pull her in.



"I've been thinking about it," the 22-year-old, who is nominated for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, told USA Today. "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."

When the blonde beauty attended the Oscars for the first time, in 2011, she thought eating a Philly cheesesteak and fries would calm her down. But she revealed that she is not going to make that mistake twice, laughing: "I had to double my Spanx!"

Other leading lady Anne Hathaway, who earned an Oscar nod for her role in Les Miserables, insisted that she hadn't yet decided either, blaming the Super Bowl for the delay with her dress decision.

"I need to get on that, don't I?" she laughed. "It was the Super Bowl. I couldn't think about dresses with all that delicious fried food around!"


Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain, meanwhile, compared the perfect Oscar gown to a wedding dress. "It's funny," she said, "You know how little girls dream about their wedding dress? Well, I always dreamed about my Oscar dress."

She hinted that she might opt for colour in a silhouette that flatters the feminine form, but still managed to keep it vague, saying: "But you never know. At the last minute, you might change your mind." 

Another star who refused to spill the beans on her gown for the biggest event in the showbiz calendar was Amy Adams, a Best Supporting Actress nominee for The Master.

"What girl ever comes here and tells you I am wearing this by this designer?" she asked.


But she did reveal that this year, she is leaning towards "fulfilling a fantasy" on the red carpet. "It's different every year," she said. "It kind of depends on my mood. This year, I'm going with the idea of having fun and fulfilling a fantasy."

Best actor nominee Bradley Cooper, meanwhile, admitted that he hadn't given much thought to his outfit, but said that his date is feeling the pressure. "My mother doesn't know what to wear," he said.

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