5 Actresses Transform Their Figures with Oscar Gowns--for Better or Worse

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Angelina Jolie once again stunned onlookers on the Oscars red carpet.

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Angelina Jolie once again stunned onlookers on the Oscars red carpet.

For actresses walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards, choosing the right gown can be more nerve-wracking than presenting an award or even waiting to hear if she's won one. Months can be spent searching for the perfect dress, one that creates a bold fashion statement while it highlights assets and downplays flaws to create the perfect figure. For these five red carpet stars, the transformation was dramatic, though not always in a good way.

Natalie Portman: On stage at the Academy Awards, the "Black Swan" Oscar winner was a tall column of loveliness in her red, vintage Christian Dior gown. The V-shaped diamond necklace added graceful, swan-like proportions to her neckline, further enhancing her willowy image. Had she not appeared in the pre-Oscar ceremony with a much taller lady, red carpet correspondent Robin Roberts, we might never have remembered this pixie of an actress stands a mere 5 feet, 3 inches tall.

Jennifer Lopez: During her stint as a judge on "American Idol," the pop diva has been making waves in her midriff tops and short shorts, highlighting her slender legs and flat abs. Then she hit the Oscars red carpet in a custom made, shimmering white and sheer Zuhair Murad gown, and it was all curves as far as the eye could see--and everyone was really looking. (Her stylist insists you didn't see what you thought you saw, either.) The angled lines of the dress, along with its plunging neckline, highlighted and enhanced J-Lo's sexy figure to epic proportions.

Sandra Bullock: As much as it pains us to diss America's sweetheart, the Oscar-winning actress didn't do herself any favors with her black-and-white Marchesa gown. While we're sure she was drawn to the sexy, plunging back, the unfortunate trade-off was a high-necked, too-voluminous front. The tight black mermaid skirt and puffy white blouse ended up creating an unflattering ice cream cone effect, completely removing any sign of a waistline and flattening the curve of her hips.

Emma Stone: Though not as diminutive as Portman, the svelte red-headed actress looked miles taller than her 5'6 height in her gorgeous Giambattista Valli red gown. Though Stone can look a bit slouchy in simpler frocks, the elegantly draping skirt, nipped-in waist and vintage Hollywood-style oversized bow on her Oscar ensemble transformed this pretty girl into a shapely, statuesque goddess.

Angelina Jolie: The actress and director should win an award for biggest dress transformation, and she's already created buzz for her bold, leg-revealing stance up on the Academy Awards stage. Her black velvet Atelier Versace Oscar gown, with its heavy fabric, angled bodice, daring front split and bustled gown, created Lara Croft curves where they no longer exist. Considering the shower of compliments Mrs. Brad Pitt has been receiving in the press, we're guessing the sartorial splendor distracted viewers from her frighteningly skinny proportions.

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