The 2013 Oscar Dresses in Detail

Here are the best and — let's be charitable — most unusual dresses from the Oscar red carpet, with closeups of beads, velvet, and tulle, plus the occasional haircut and refreshed face.

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The dresses at the 2013 Oscars can be divided into three categories: tight and beaded, voluminous and interesting, and prom. The Atlantic Wire offers you the best and — let's be charitable — most unusual gowns from the red carpet, with closeups of beads, velvet, and tulle, plus the occasional haircut and refreshed face. The rest was all Chenoweth.

Tight and beaded

Jessica Chastain in Armani. She said she wanted to look "old Hollywood."

Closeup of the beading:

Amanda Seyfried said on the red carpet that she felt like her organs were being squished out of her body by her Alexander McQueen dress. Just like that squished cartoon lady behind her.

Liev Schreiber with a Naomi Watts from the future:

Her dress is by Armani.

Halle Berry in Versace:

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu:

The beading:

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott:

Bottom swirlies:

The swirlies, even closer:

More beading on Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad:

Bodice closeup:

Swirlies detail:

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli:

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille:

Stacy Keibler, the former professional wrestling personality, arrived with George Clooney.

The dress is by Rag & Bone Rowan:

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra:

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab:

Jane Fonda in very yellow Versace:

Melissa McCarthy in huge hair and a dress that looks like it's made out of sweatshirt material. If it is, it's the most comfortable Oscar dress ever:

It's from David Meister:

The voluminous and interesting

Rachel Mwanza in a dress by Vlisco:

The print:

Helena Bonham Carter looking slightly nervous as she does her tall-hair thing in Vivienne Westwood:

More furtive looks from behind the tall hair:

Amy Adams in what little girls who are into princess stuff imagine they'll wear in their princess wedding, except in gray.

It's by Giambattista Valli. Closeup of the ruffles:

As more and more nontraditional roles open up for women in Hollywood, more and more actresses dress like it's the 1950s. Here's Jennifer Lawrence in Dior:

Adorable Quvenzhane Wallis:

Olivia Munn in Marchesa:

The back:

Daryl Hannah in some sea plants:

Prom dresses

In recent years, the fear of worst-dressed lists and mean Joan Rivers jokes has driven some actresses to wear the kind of boring dresses you see at prom. But this year Helen Hunt actually wore a prom dress — this navy gown is from H&M:

One reason clothes from H&M are so cheap is the fabric:

Anne Hathaway's pale pink Prada dress was a little revealing, or at least looked like it was revealing something:

Jennifer Garner in Gucci:

Queen Latifah:

Adele in Jenny Packham:

Charlize Theron in Dior:

Her hair is very short, but it's not quite one of those high-and-swooshy styles worn by the likes of Miley Cyrus and approximately 20 percent of the humans in certain New York neighborhoods.

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton:

Fan Bingbing in Marchesa:

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino:

She is looking "refreshed":

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan:

Kristen Chenoweth:

Channing Tatum has brought his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and baby wrapped in black lace.

Sally Field in sheer, long-sleeved red prom dress from 1970:

The fabric is gathered at the bodice:

Octavia Spencer:

(Photos via Associated Press.)

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