Jewel tones, sparkling fabric, one-shoulder, body-hugging fits and winter white were all trends seen on the 2012 Oscars red carpet. Actresses chose top designers from Tadashi Shoji to Givenchy to Marchesa for their red carpet attire.

This is our Super Bowl, isn't it guys? asked E! News host Giuliana Rancic.

On Hollywood's biggest night of the year, all eyes were on the red carpet. Celebrities, no doubt, underwent a plethora of preparations and a calming of nerves before hitting the 2012 Oscars.

Many of the dresses came straight from the runways in Paris, New York, London and Milan. Stylists typically present their celebrity clientele with 40 to 80 dress options. The most of-the-moment, wow-factor dress is typically chosen. These celebrities don't know what they're wearing until the very last minute... anything can happen, said E! News' fashion police reporters.

And there was certainly the wow-factor on the red carpet.

Top actresses of the night went with some of the most beautiful gowns. Glenn Close wore custom-made Zac Posen. Viola Davis chose a brilliantly bright frock. Rooney Mara, who typically opts for black-widow sexy, went with a stark white Givenchy gown with a flowing train. It was a nice change for the beautiful young actress. Michelle Williams, who is nominated for My Week with Marilyn, went with a coral Louis Vuitton dress. Williams chose the perfect close for her awards season wardrobe.

Women went a bit more covered-up for this Oscars. Gwyneth Paltrow wore a white Tom Ford gown with a stunning white cape. Anna Faris wore a long sleeved, sparkling black Diane Von Furstenberg gown.

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