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MICHELLE WILLIAMS: MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
With her pixie cut and waifish figure, seemed an unusual choice to portray iconic sex goddess Monroe. But a platinum wig, a little padding, and some carefully applied makeup – including white eye shadow, a softened red pout, and a greasepaint mole – was all it took to bring out the best actress nominee’s inner bombshell.
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KATE WINSLET: MILDRED PIERCE
For her titular role in HBO’s period piece, went very old school with a wardrobe straight out of the ’30s and makeup that left her looking appropriately dowdy. Asked if she would ever revisit her character’s constricting on-screen style, the best actress in a television movie or miniseries nominee declared to StyleList, “Under no circumstances!”
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BRAD PITT: MONEYBALL
If anyone can make trainers and visors (not to mention windbreakers!) look good, it’s Brad. After championing efforts to get the baseball flick made, the usually dapper best actor , a fan of Ferragamo and Tom Ford, immersed himself in a wardrobe more fitting of the dad-next-door than Hollywood’s hottest dad.
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JESSICA CHASTAIN: THE HELP
Talk about blonde ambition! For the 1960s-era drama, the redheaded best supporting actress lightened up her locks and even filled out her figure to look curvier in her retro clothes. “We would work all day, then go and eat because we had to gain weight,” Jessica, who also wore a corset while filming, told ASOS magazine.
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GEORGE CLOONEY: THE DESCENDANTS
To tackle the role of beleaguered dad Matt in the thrice-nominated feature, donned flip-flops, khakis, and a series of Hawaiian prints that were an assault on the eyes – among other parts. “Yeah, that was almost ending all masculinity,” he said of his Big Island attire. “The minute you pull the khakis up about there, and the Hawaiian shirt tucked in to down there “
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RACHEL MCADAMS: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
We’re used to seeing the actress either in her casual uniform of jeans and a tee or decked out and dolled up for the red carpet. But for the role of Ines, Rachel donned a surprising combination of the two looks: laid-back pieces with incredibly high-end labels such as Chanel, Hermès, Isabel Marant, Chopard and Dior.
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MARION COTILLARD: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
The actress has Old Hollywood style offscreen, but the costume designer for the best motion picture nominee transformed Marion with “Old Europe style,” culling vintage looks like drop-waist dresses and beaded frocks from boutiques in Paris, London and Madrid. Her look was complete thanks to ’20s-style, side-parted waves and an accessory rarely spotted on A-listers: a cigarette holder!