The anticipation over Anne Hathaway’s gown was almost palpable as the red carpet got into full swing, approximately 11 hours in to E!’s day of live programming. The bubble gum pink Prada had parties firmly divided into their camps like a bad remake of a “Seinfeld” skit (Love the Drake! Hate the Drake.)

Perhaps its just another facet of her polarizing nature. Or maybe it was the pointy bust line which now has its very own Twitter account? Or its similarity to Gwenyth Paltrow’s pink Ralph Lauren?

In all likeliness, it’s Hathaway’s position as a free agent, as Robin Givhan notes. Not only does she have no clear brand allegiance, her looks have been a bit of a roller coaster. Highs in white Chanel at the Golden Globes, and then back to low with Giambattista Valli at the SAG Awards.

On the other side of the spectrum, Jessica Chastain has built a strong track record of polished looks. Red carpet watchers expected no less than her selection of an elegant Giorgio Armani Sunday evening.

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Jennifer Lawrence, whose Miss Dior ads were revealed last week, was bound to appear in Dior Couture. Luckily, Lawrence chose a look with a shocking amount of volume that was one of the more dramatic pieces. Albeit fall inducing, the dress was still stunning.

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Naomi Watts was another red carpet frontrunner in a silver column Armani gown with a half sweetheart, half capped sleeve top that provided enough of a twist to make it stand out.

And Michelle Obama, pulling a bit of a Bill Clinton a la Golden Globes, announced the winner for best picture via satellite in a shinning Naeem Khan. The slimming gown had a touch of Art Deco glamor, and was certainly an unexpected treat.

First lady Michelle Obama seen on the video board onstage during the Oscars (Kevin Winter/Getty Images).

A little less successful was Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta. The gown was lovely but the ruffles-to-body-size ratio may have been a bit skewed.

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And Kristen Stewart, as ever, looked disheartened and disheveled. Blame it on the injured foot, but her hair successfully avoided a brush yet again, and the bustier of her Reem Acra gown was not properly fitted.


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