Playing Dress Up with Oscar's Glamour Girls

For years, I have helped create some of Hollywood's most famous fashion moments as a stylist to the stars. Often, the most memorable events happen at the Oscars.

One year, I dressed 11 Oscar attendees. Remember Salma Hayek in the tiara and a beaded nude Armani tank dress with bright blue eye shadow? That was one of my favorite Oscar moments. This year, I've decided to take on some of the nominees in the lead and supporting actress categories and pick out looks that will make them shine on the red carpet.

(And I still have a few hot numbers from Badgley Mischka, Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein that I didn't get to use. So Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba — I know you're presenting. Call me, I'll hook you up! And Helen Mirren and Jennifer Hudson — I know you're both due back to pass on the little gold dude to this year's winners so have no fashion fear! That's why I'm here: to accentuate your positives and keep the fashion fanatics from attacking your assets!)

So, for those who crave the fashionista's version of fantasy football, here's my go at Phillip's Fashion Fantasy. Don't forget to check in after the Oscars air Sunday for my Bloch Buster Awards and Fashion Opinions.

Cate Blanchett

Blanchett is an Oscar red carpet veteran. She won a statue for her supporting role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" and was stunning in a yellow Valentino gown. Knowing God is in the details, she actually carried a pair of Katharine Hepburn's gloves.

Blanchett is an actress who immerses herself in her characters as well as her fashion choices for awards shows and premieres. She probably has her favorite designers, like John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, both of whom she has worn to the Oscars, on speed dial. In the past, she has stayed away from too-sexy necklines and opted for plunging backs with bejeweled detailing.

As a double nominee this year — she's up for awards for her roles in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "I'm Not There" — Blanchett faces stakes that are higher than usual. And as she chooses her Oscar dress, she must remember she is dressing for two. Because she's also eating for two — Blanchett's several months pregnant — I chose this empire waist Marchesa gown.

Cate Blanchett/Marchesa

The label's two designers, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, are Hollywood's fastest rising fashion stars. They have dressed everyone from Renee Zellweger to Jennifer Lopez (at last year's Globes and Oscars) as well as Blanchett, who was an early fan of Marchesa. I think the luscious drape of this Grecian gown will float softly across her maternal figure. Accentuated with a rich lipstick, the solid red against her soft hair and alabaster skin would create fashion magic for this style star.

Ellen Page

At the tender age of 20, Page has become this year's It Girl. Her caustic and sarcastic dry humor is accentuated by her soft, demure feminine features in "Juno." In the film, she plays a high school teen who is clearly fashionably challenged, only sporting tees, hoodies and jeans. In real life, the actress seems equally unimpressed by designer gowns and jewels, but what Oscar nominee can resist the temptation to do it up in style on the big night?

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