At the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards, the stars didn't seem to stick to any patterns, showing up in brights, pastels, short dresses, long gowns, sleek suits, sparkles, and satin. A red carpet rundown, straight ahead:

Taraji P. Henson goes for old school Hollywood glam and succeeds.


There's something a little too bridal about Selena Gomez's gown, isn't there?


While Keri Hilson's dress is a little too prom, right?


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I love Gabrielle Union's dress, but I'm not sold on the shoes. I do, however, love the fact that her clutch looks like an Airstream trailer.


Vann Jones: yet another man looking so dashing in a bow-tie that it makes me reconsider my general distaste for such attire.


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Sandra Bullock's dress isn't my favorite, but I keep picturing the trainwreck that was the All About Steve premiere, and this is definitely a vast improvement.


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The cut and color of Gabby Sidibe's dress are divine, no?


Tyler Perry opted for a white tie, I believe, which didn't photograph well, resulting in this turtleneck-ish look.


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I love the sparkle of Wendy Raquel Robinson's gown, though I'm not really sure what that cutout piece is all about.


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Sandra Oh achieves the rare red carpet appearance of being both glam and comfortable. Is there a dumb fashion word for such a thing? Glamfortable? Comfourous?


Jill Scott's dress is tight and shimmery...


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While Kimberly Elise goes for a soft, flowy pastel.


America's Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille shows off her smizing abilities...


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While Precious director Lee Daniels just plays it cool.


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Claudia Jordan's dress is very Disney Princess, isn't it?


Though Anika Noni Rose is a Disney Princess, so I suppose she can pull off a dress like this.


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Keisha Knight-Pulliam clearly didn't have her dress designed by her on-screen sister, Denise Huxtable. Maybe this is a genuine Gordon Gartrelle?


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Alfre Woodard looks gorgeous, and I think she knows it.


Mya looks pretty in pink...


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while Sherri Shepherd looks lovely in light blue.


Morgan Freeman, looking very dashing with producer Lori McCreary.


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As is Chiwetel Ejiofor, in a simple black tie ensemble.


I can't see this color dress on anyone—including Regina King—without thinking of Peaches 'n' Cream Barbie.


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I'm kind of loving Cicely Tyson's sleek suit.


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And how cute is Amber Riley's dress?


Chandra Wilson's gown is simple but elegant.


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As I've said before, I love yellow on the red carpet, and Keke Palmer's dress is no exception.


I like the shimmer in Tatyana Ali's dress...


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and I dig Maxwell's square shades.


Though I think LL Cool J might have had the best accessories of the evening. What can I say? Ladies love cool James.

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[All Images via Getty.]