When they were good, they were very, very, very good:

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Rose Byrne's "Glinda" special is straight-up beautiful.


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Also in the fairy princess camp: a radiant Drew Barrymore.


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I don't remember the last time Jennifer Love Hewitt looked so simply pretty on the red carpet.


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Lovely to see Christina Hendricks showcasing her bombshell figure in something simple.


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Kate Walsh departs from her usual sleek lines with a gorgeous, subtle Grecian number.


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Seriously digging Alex Borstein's fun deco ensemble.


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Leighton Meester's is definitely one of the top 3 looks of the evening.
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Maybe not my favorite look of the evening, but Kim Kardashian is still glam, and gorgeous.


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It's always nice to see someone do sleeves on the red carpet - especially when the results are as elegant as Elizabeth Perkins'.


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Lindsay Price took a gamble on a basically safe red carpet; I think it paid off.


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The tricky gowns are the ones that aren't hideous or gorgeous, but kind of on the fence. I'd put this Jessica McClintock-y number in a "Meh" category if there was one - but the fit and Vanessa's elan take it into positive territory.


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Loving Holly Hunter's juxtaposition of geometric and soft.


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Speaking of geometric: I'm guessing January Jones' bold gown will be somewhat polarizing; I love it.


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Jennifer Carpenter's old-Hollywood exercise in intricacy is one of the few cases when you don't wince to think of so much handwork going into something disappointing.


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Alicia Witt's feathered friend is slightly surreal - but not over-the-top.


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If anyone can do straight-up 80's power red, it's Sigourney Weaver.


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Chloe Sevigny's dress may well be my favorite of the entire evening. Also, decade.


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Jane Krakowski's was one of the best of the many disco-inflected numbers.


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As was Kaley Cooco's human Oscar.


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Cherry Jones has the height for these statuesque lines.


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Kourtney Kardashian looks more elegant and naturally beautiful in maternity than I've ever seen her.


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Heidi Klum, of course, wrote the book.


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Kat Deeley's natural (which, yes, obvioulsy took 4 hours) hair and makeup are a stunning counterpoint to her goddessy gown.


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Sure she's been more glam, but I dig how low-key Sally Field kept it.


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While I've yet to see a red-carpet look that adequately conveys Mindy Kaling's awesome, I'd say this playful, pretty frock is a definite "good." Even if it looks painful.


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If you have to do "Reagan-era," Debra Messing shows how.


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Elisabeth Moss' regal situation is almost too busy - I think it's the rich, subtle color that keeps it in bounds.


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Sandra Oh overcomes this unfortunate belt by the skin of her sequins.


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As you can see, the metallics were totally out of control - but Mariska's not Jayne Mansfield's daughter for nothin'.


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Tina Fey nails it. That is all.


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I like Mila Kunis' slightly unexpected wine tasting: you?


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And why was Mary-Louise Parker the only one with the cajones for a mini?


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Jennifer Westfeldt flirts with dowdiness - it's her radiant smile that saves her.


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Amy Poehler: adorable.


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Ginnifer Goodwin's gown: youthful, gorgeous, apparently magic.


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus knows what works for her and doesn't deviate.

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