Predicting what the nominees will wear to the Oscars is trickier than picking the winners.
There are probably over 100 amazing Oscar-worthy dresses that walk the runway each season, but the reality is that most celebs would rather stick with a safe choice than a fashion forward one. This year, however, the nominees have a better fashion history than most. Nicole Kidman has turned heads in Galliano and Balenciaga, Michelle Williams favors the up-and-coming crowd, and Hailee Steinfeld is not afraid to take a daring risk, be it in Prada or Prabal.
Click through to see what I hope the nominees are wearing this Sunday.
Hailee Steinfeld Hailee's not afraid of a taking a risk on the red carpet, which is why I'd love to see her in a lengthier version of this Dries van Noten or this hot-off-the-runway Prada look. I'd not be surprised, however, if she pulled out the big guns for the Oscars and went with Givenchy Haute Couture.
Michelle Williams always chooses a darling dress that's a little bit cutesy, so Giles' rosy dress, Chanel's short sleeved ensemble, or Jason Wu's shocking pink halter are perfect choices to compliment her style.
Until this morning I was 99% sure Natalie Portman would be wearing Dior to the Oscars (seeing as how she's the face of Miss Dior Cherie), specifically a modified version of the couture look that would fit her baby bump and still be terribly chic. But once I heard that Galliano was arrested for allegedly making antisemitic remarks, I can't possibly imagine that Israeli-born Portman (nee Hershlag) would wear his clothes. Instead she might don this amazing Alexis Mabille creation or this scarlet Derek Lam for her Oscar moment.
Amy Adams has been favoring blue looks lately, which I'm a fan of. The Mizrahi and the Armani are classic, dramatic pieces, while the Peter Som (altered to be full length of course) would be a more daring choice.
Anne Hathaway may not be a nominee, but she has the daunting task of co-hosting the ceremony along with James Franco. Her love of Armani may put her in this red look, and considering the number of changes she's bound to have during the show, this pink Herrera and lovely McQueen would look great on the stage.
Kidman has always worn Oscar shockers, some hits and some misses. Lately she's been favoring darker hues, so this moody Erdem and patterned L'wren Scott seem like proper picks, although this McQueen pre-fall halter was practically made for her tall, slim frame.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter will likely be wearing something way crazier than what I've selected here, but I'd still love to see her in any of these couture options.
Jennifer Lawrence has been wearing all the most editorial dresses from all the big names on the red carpet lately, so I'd bet that she has something amazing up her sleeve for the Oscars. This extravagant Giles look has red carpet appeal, as does his design for Ungaro. Nothing would be quite as jaw-dropping as this Alexander McQueen, which is truly a show-stopper.
Annette favors classic styles in simple hues, which is why this Prabal Gurung, Elie Saab, and Derek Lam are perfect for her style.
Jacki Weaver Jacki Weaver was scary-amazing in Animal Kingdom, which automatically raises my hopes for her Oscar fashions. This Haider Ackermann has the elegance I expect with a sassy touch in the red and black palette, while the Chanel Haute Couture and Roksanda Illncic are a little more classic, but still intriguing enough to be perfect choices for Jacki.
Melissa Leo is a fan of the short-sleeved dress, which makes me pray that she's wearing this gilded Jason Wu piece Sunday or this chic Hakaan. If she decides to shed the sleeves, however, this xerox-print Mizrahi is a perfect choice.