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Most unforgettable Oscar looks

Check out the daring choices, including Bjork's swan dress, made over the decades by Hollywood's leading ladies.

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Cher, 1986

The multi-talented Cher doesn't mess around when it comes to making red-carpet statements. Her long-time collaborator (since the days of Sonny and Cher!) Bob Mackie designed a showgirl-worthy beaded black two-piece with a towering 2-foot headpiece made of rooster feathers.

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Demi Moore, 1989

Back in the late 80s, Demi Moore took a chance on an unknown stylist -- herself. Rumor has it the actress had a hand in designing her tapestry-lined gown and lace-edged biker shorts.

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Kim Basinger, 1990

Presenter Kim Basinger got creative and designed her own white satin ensemble. The full-skirted gown was topped with a half-jacket that featured cryptic lettering down its single sleeve. Perhaps a tribute to her symbol-loving then-beau Prince?

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Geena Davis, 1992

Nominated for "Thelma and Louise," Geena Davis embodied frothy early-'90s style in a gams-baring ruffled minidress courtesy of costume designers Ruth Meyers and Bill Hargate.

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Whoopi Goldberg, 1993

The funny lady stole the spotlight when she presented at the 65th Annual Academy Awards. Bought at a Beverly Hills boutique, Whoopi Goldberg's purple satin frock coat opened to reveal a green lining and slim brocade trousers.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, 1997

With abs like that, it's no wonder Jada Pinkett Smith wanted to show them off. Her mesh metal Versace two-piece revealed the actress's flawless shape-and fashion daring.

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Sharon Stone, 1998

This one's all about the mix -- Sharon Stone paired a lilac Vera Wang evening skirt with a button-down Gap shirt right out of then-husband Phil Bronstein's closet.

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Bjork, 2001

Oscar dress as performance art? The boundary-pushing Bjork channeled a swan in a Marjan Pejoski ensemble, even going so far as to drop golden eggs along the red carpet.

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Halle Berry, 2002

Halle Berry knows how to do classy and sexy. The night she won an Oscar for "Monster's Ball," the actress highlighted her amazing figure with a peek-a-boo embroidered gown from Elie Saab.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 2002

In contrast to the pretty pink ballgown in which she won her 1999 Academy Award, Gwyneth Paltrow chose an edgy black Alexander McQueen top and gathered taffeta skirt.

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Faith Hill, 2002

When you're going to sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the Oscars, who can blame you for choosing a sorbet-hued gown? Singer Faith Hill took on the legendary "Wizard of Oz" tune in a pastel Versace design.

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Hilary Swank, 2003

Taking a break from bold statement gowns, Hilary Swank chose a ballerina-inspired tulle Christian Dior gown and had her custom shoes dyed to match.

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Uma Thurman, 2004

Uma Thurman wore a couture Christian Lacroix ensemble-and got called Swiss Miss. "It was a beautiful dress," Thurman told InStyle. "Turns out I wore it wrong."

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Diane Keaton, 2004

Diane Keaton took her signature boy-meets-girl Annie Hall aesthetic a step further with a Chaplin-esque suit and bowler from Ralph Lauren. Points for consistency!

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Zoe Saldana, 2010

"Avatar's" Zoe Saldana chose an otherworldly Givenchy couture gown that combined a sparkling bodice with clouds of sculpted tulle.

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