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Author's Pick: Top 5 best and worst dressed at the 2014 Oscars

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By: Nicole Pratl, Chicago Style and Fashion Examiner

The Academy Awards is famously known to be Hollywood's biggest night. Movie fans around the world set their calendars every year for this special night...but so do fashionistas like myself.

Although I am a huge movie geek, and tune in every year to see the best of the best of actors, actresses, writers, producers, directors, designers, animators etc., I also tune in to see the fashion!

I have been watching the Oscars since before I can remember. Every year, I make Oscar-Sunday my day as I watch everything from the pre-red carpet to the arrivals, the actual ceremony, to the after-parties. I don't want to rule out the men, as they all look handsome in their designer suits and tuxes, but lets face it - the ladies are the forefront when it comes to the outfits.

Each award season I sit on pins and needles waiting to see what the actresses are wearing. When it comes to other award shows' fashion, they tend to get away with almost anything, but with the Academy Awards, it's either a hit or miss. It was tough as there were a lot of best and worst dressed gals this year, but I narrowed my picks down. Not in any particular order (in relation to the photograph above) here are my top 5 best and worst dressed.

BEST DRESSED

Idina Menzel - The 'Wicked' star wore a strapless, forest-green Vera Wang gown that was simply stunning. Last night Menzel performed 'Let it Go' from Disney's 'Frozen' which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Amy Adams - The five-time Academy Award nominee arrived at the red carpet wearing a strapless, sapphire blue Gucci dress that was nothing less than elegant. Adams was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'American Hustle'.

Jennifer Lawrence - The 'Hunger Games' beauty never disappoints when it comes to fashion on the red carpet. Like last year's Oscar dress, Lawrence knows how to wow. This year she chose a red, strapless peplum Dior Couture dress that had on-lookers in awe. The Academy Award winner was nominated again, this time for Best Supporting Actress for 'American Hustle'.

Charlize Theron - She warmed our hearts in 2003 for her performance in 'Monster', but she won our hearts at the 2004 Oscars in a gown that outdid everyone's. The Academy Award winner presented at this year's show in a sexy, strapless Gucci dress. It was, as I believe, to be the black dress that every woman dreams of having in her closet!

Giuliana Rancic - The Fashion Police diva was on the red carpet hosting for E! hours before the arrivals. She was pre-game to the red carpet as she showed off her Paolo Sebastian dress. The slightly off-the-shoulder, champagne, princess dress was just darling. Even Joan Rivers couldn't pick a bad thing about that dress.

WORST DRESSED

Elsa Pataky - Chris Hensworth, actor best known for 'Thor' and 'The Avengers', showed up with his very pregnant wife on his arm. Ok, I give kudos to the 'Fast Five' actress for stepping out onto the red carpet when she is ready to pop, but she stepped out in the wrong thing. She wore a teal, Elie Saab gown that covered too little on the sides and showed her baby bump in a very un-flattering manner.

Anne Hathaway - The Academy Award winner usually is a hit or miss when she steps out on the red carpet. We can either plan to see a 'Princess Diaries' look or a ' I Dreamed a Dream Les Mis' look. This year, the presenter had a miss wearing a black and gold armor Gucci dress that would've been better designed as a shoe than a gown.

Anna Kendrick - The Academy Award nominee, and this year's presenter, wore a J. Mendel dress that you either loved or hated. This is on my worst dressed so obviously I did not love it. The off-the-shoulder, black gown with the red sheer details at the torso would have looked much better with out the cross-body strap and thick-lining detail at the neck and arms. Better luck next time.

Sally Hawkins - One thing not to do when you are thin, beautiful and nominated for an Academy Award - dress like a nun. The actress who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for 'Blue Jasmine' wore a white and gold fully-covered Valentino dress. Too much skin is a no-no, zero skin is a big no-no.

Kerry Washington - The 2014 Oscars were no stranger to the very-pregnant beauties. The 'Scandal' star is usually always a stunner on the red carpet, even more so since she sported her cute baby bump, but this year's Oscar dress wasn't a good choice. The presenter wore a Jason Wu, strapless lavender gown that looked like a wrinkled, silk sheet clipped by a diamond pendant. She should have re-worn her 2014 Golden Globes dress.

Well, there you have it! My yay's and nay's for this years Oscars Best and Worst Dressed. Who were your favorites? Excited to see what 2015 brings.

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