To celebrate her second Oscar nod (the first she earned for her performance in 2008's Doubt), we'd like to see Voila Davis refine her scope to a contemporary take on a classic silhouette, like this flowing Monique Lhuillier gown. With a fuss-free skirt and glittering crisscross halter straps, the design offers Davis an age-appropriate style with a dose understated impact. After all, when you're sharing a category with The Streep, it's best not to overcompensate with anything mistaken as garish. Meryl would never do that.
Photo: John Aquino