intro: We've seen a lot of gorgeous dresses come down the red carpet this awards season, but the Oscars is always the night that tops them all.
Elle magazine's creative director, Joe Zee, (who also suggested these runway gowns for the stars to wear tonight) reviewed for ABC News what we've seen already, and what the stars might pick to wear tonight.
quicklist: 1 title: Red text: "The cardinal rule of no red on a red carpet seems to not be in play this season, where various shades have made their stride, and all being very notable stunners. (i.e. Lupita Nyong'o, etc)."
quicklist: 2 title: 'American Hustle'-Inspired Glamour text: "Besides being a big nominated film this year, the styles of the sexy 70's can also be seen on the carpet with metallics and glitter making a comeback. The pre-requisite plunging neckline, as seen on its lead star Amy Adams at the Globes and newcomers like Margot Robbie, has also been a big look this season."
quicklist: 3 title: Black text: "While stars tend to opt for color, in the past few awards seasons there's been a dramatic return to classic black, in every silhouette from mermaid to old Hollywood to princess gown."
quicklist: 4 title: The "Mullet Gown" text: "This daring new silhouette got a big vote of validation this awards season where some stars, who maybe couldn't decide between long or short for the event, just opted to do both! The mullet gown, short in front and long in back, strutted the red carpet on everyone from Michelle Dockery to Elizabeth Moss to Sandra Bullock."
quicklist: 5 title: Pregnant in Style text: "It seems that 'with child' was the chicest accessory on the carpet with stars like Kerry Washington (who flaunted her belly in a Prada midriff) to Olivia Wilde in her Gucci to Drew Barrymore all looking radiant and chic!"