The race for Hollywood’s biggest prize begins as nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were revealed Thursday morning and now designers can get started in their own competition to see who’ll get to dress the chosen ones. In the best actress category, there were few surprises among the by-now familiar names, though previous Oscar winner Marion Cotillard appears to have taken the spot that some thought would go to Jennifer Aniston, who’s received a string of other nominations for the indie drama “Cake.” It’s one of the best-looking bunches of actors in recent memory and certainly the more fashion-forward ones. While Cotillard won’t be building any suspense with her dress choice since she’s on the Dior payroll (and Felicity Jones looks like she’s well on her way to joining the house’s ranks), there could still be some surprises between Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon has lately opted for form-fitting dresses from a variety of American brands — Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein Collection at the Globes — but the real wild cards are Moore, a favorite of designers who’ll have her pick of the litter, and Pike, who doesn’t shy away from controversy, as she showed with her provocative Vera Wang gown at the Golden Globes.
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In the Supporting Actress category, Patricia Arquette has been wearing Escada all season, and Laura Dern has looked lovely throughout as well, as has Meryl Streep. But the serious showdown will be between fashion plates Keira Knightley and Emma Stone. While Knightley’s array of Chanel gowns has been predictable for several years now (she’s the face of the Coco Mademoiselle fragrance), the clothes themselves are not, and her pregnancy means she’ll be in custom creations for the rest of the season. Stone also has a knack for wearing high fashion with confidence, as she proved with her convention-flouting Lanvin jumpsuit at the Globes. Here, a breakdown of what to expect when they walk the red carpet on Feb. 22.
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Has worn: Jean Paul Gaultier to pick up her 2008 Oscar for “La Vie en Rose”; mainly Dior since she became one of its ambassadors.
Likely to wear: Dior, duh.
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Stylist: Karla Welch
Has worn: Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Monique Lhuillier and Dior this awards season.
Likely to wear: Ditto for Dior.
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Stylist: Leslie Fremar
Has worn: In order of past Oscar appearances: Tom Ford (1998); Chanel (2000); Saint Laurent (2003); Atelier Versace (2004).
Likely to wear: Tom Ford. You always remember your first.
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Stylist: Ryan Hastings
Has worn: Alexander McQueen, Thakoon, Edun and Vera Wang so far this year.
Likely to wear: Vixenish Alexander McQueen.
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Stylist: Leslie Fremar
Has worn: Oscar de la Renta, Saint Laurent, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein Collection so far this year.
Likely to wear: An American brand, perhaps Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta?
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Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Stylist: Annabelle Harron
Has worn: Escada this year; Rosetta Getty and Badgley Mischka in the past.
Likely to wear: All signs point to Escada.
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Stylist: Ilaria Urbinati
Has worn: Alberta Ferretti to 2014 Oscars; Calvin Klein Collection, Gucci, Matthew Williamson this past season
Likely to wear: Dern hasn’t commanded any couturiers yet, but an Oscar nod opens all doors.
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Stylist: Leith Clark
Has worn: Vera Wang at 2006 Oscars; Chanel haute couture, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou this past season.
Likely to wear: The Madame will have Chanel.
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Stylist: Petra Flannery
Has worn: Lanvin, Giambattista Valli, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Valentino, Thakoon and Calvin Klein Collection.
Likely to wear: One of the V’s — Valli, Versace or Valentino.
Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”
Stylist: Doesn’t have one.
Has worn: Alberta Ferretti, Prada and Calvin Klein Collection.
Likely to wear: Something that says 19th Oscar nomination.