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Laura Weir, Senior reporter

Overall the Oscar outfits were disappointing this year as a recession related sobriety washed over the red carpet.

Natalie Portman looked stunning but perhaps shone a tad too sweetly in her bubble gum pink Rodarte gown and Slumdog beauty Freida Pinto stood out in piercing blue, embellished Galliano. What was really called for this season was a reversion back to old school Hollywood, but it was lacking and no one really nailed it as they floated down the red carpet. A surprise hit came in the form of an elegant Marisa Tomei who showed some of the bigger names how to dress for the red carpet in an exquisite gown with a pleated train. Daniel Craig’s partner Satsuki Mitchell was bold in Christian LaCroix couture and Angelina’s elegant column-style Ellie Sabb, teamed with piercing green emeralds, hit the sweet spot between classic and contemporary, although she could do so much better. Penelope Cruz in Balmain and Sarah Jessica Parker in Christian Dior haute couture made moves towards injecting some old school glamour into proceedings with princess style gowns, but the former was too stayed, remember her feather creation last year? And the latter was just to booby! 

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