Editors' Picks:
Jessica Chastain's Oscar Gown


Photos: Fairchild Archive (Jessica); Conde Nast Digital Studio

Although she's a relative newcomer to the awards show circuit, Jessica Chastain has already defined her red-carpet style with clean lines, trendy color choices, and unexpected details. Any one of those elements alone could make an Oscar-worthy gown, but together they'd assure the actress a top spot on best-dressed lists.

Recast from white into a rich jewel tone (emerald, perhaps?), this Douglas Hannant gown would set Chastain apart from the other Best Supporting Actress contenders, swathing her petite frame in a sleek column with one dramatically exaggerated sleeve. And because it's the Academy Awards we're talking about here, the gown also features a trail of metallic embellishments along the neckline—so no extra bling required!

Whatever sartorial choice the actress ultimately makes for the big night, it better be a good one. With two nominations to her name—one for her role in The Help and one as member of The Tree of Life cast—there's a high chance Chastain will be giving an acceptance speech in front of a lot of people. But, you know, no pressure.

See more of our runway-to-the-red-carpet gown picks for this year's nominated actresses.

—Phillip B. Crook

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