Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscars transformation: See all of her Academy Awards gowns through the years

Even the most stylish of stars sometimes miss the mark on Hollywood's biggest night!

Gwyneth Paltrow first snagged an invite to the Academy Awards in 1996, when she attended alongside then-boyfriend Brad Pitt. Wearing a simple ivory spaghetti-strap gown, it was the world's introduction to Gwyneth before she became a household name.

Two years later, Gwyneth was dominating the Oscars red carpet in a pink princess gown still known as one of the most memorable Academy Awards looks of all time. Good thing she looked amazing -- she took home her coveted Best Actress statue that night!

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscars transformation
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Gwyneth Paltrow with Brad Pitt by her side at the 68th Oscars in 1996.
Gwyneth Paltrow with her Academy Award for 'Shakespeare in Love' in 1999.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards in 2000.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 74th Annual Academy Awards in 2002.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 77th Annual Academy Awards in 2005.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in 2011.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in 2015.
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But Gwyneth has at times underwhelmed at the Oscars. The year after her big win, she arrived on the red carpet in an unflattering silver gown that bunched up the wrong places. And in 2002, her Gothic-inspired black and mesh ensemble seemed totally inconsistent with her personality.

Maybe she was just going through a phase, because by 2007, Gwyneth had reclaimed her spot as one of the best-dressed at the Academy Awards. Her taupe cap-sleeved gown was topped only by her 2011 look, a sleek metallic column gown that was one of her best fashion choices ever.

Take a look at Gwyneth's Oscars transformation in the gallery above, and below, see how fellow blonde starlet Nicole Kidman has changed over the years.

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Nicole Kidman's Academy Awards looks through the years
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Nicole Kidman's Academy Awards looks through the years

Oh, honey, no. Nicole Kidman's strange velour ensemble was a total miss -- even by '90s standards -- at the 1991 Academy Awards.

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She stuck to a simple black gown at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. And Tom couldn't have looked happier!

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Probably not her favorite photo, but a close-up of Nicole Kidman at the 66th Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1994.

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at the 66th Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1994. Check out those curls!

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Lady in lavender! Nicole Kidman at the 68th Annual Academy Awards on March 25, 1996.

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at at the 1997 Oscars. This Dior dress was a hot topic at the time -- Joan Rivers hated it, but others consider it one of the best Oscars dresses in history.

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at the 2000 Oscars. Not one of her best.

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Nicole Kidman and her sister, Antonia Kidman, at the 2002 Oscars. Big barrel curls and ruffles made for an Old Hollywood-inspired look. 

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Nicole Kidman, winner for Best Actress in 'The Hours,' at the 2003 Oscars. This dress is remarkably similar to the one she wore in 1994.

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Nicole Kidman at the The 76th Annual Academy Awards in 2004. She's wearing a dress by Chanel.

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Nicole Kidman, wearing a dress by Balenciaga, at the 2006 Oscars. This is when she really started embracing white-blonde locks, which made her ivory gown all the more noticeable.

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Nicole Kidman during The 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007. Talk about ravishing in red! This is still an all-time Oscars favorite.

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Nicole Kidman wearing Balenciaga at the 2008 Oscars. The statement necklace was a miss.

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Nicole Kidman speaks on stage during the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009. Very classic Hollywood.

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Nicole Kidman at the 2011 Oscars. Not only her worst Oscars looks, but one of her worst looks ever, anywhere.

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Nicole Kidman at the 2012 Oscars. Major comeback from the 2011 look!

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Nicole Kidman attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards in 2015. Not our favorite -- the colors just don't suit her.

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Nicole Kidman at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in 2017. Wow! This is inarguably one of Nicole's most glamorous looks to date.

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A close-up of Nicole Kidman at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in 2017.

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