Oscar nominees tend to play it safe with their gowns at the Academy Awards, but a few guests have brought a bit more skin to the red carpet, and we appreciate them for that. Here’s a roundup of the sexiest dresses to ever hit the Academy Awards.
1 Vikki Dougan, 1957
Going backless in 1957? No big deal for Vikki, here.
2 Ava Gardner, 1960
A little plunge never hurt nobody.
3 Natalie Wood, 1962
Look back at it!
4 Elke Sommer, 1968
Yes to this cleave moment.
5 Diahann Carroll, 1968
Deep Vs and sheer sleeves.
6 Elizabeth Taylor, 1970
Diamonds and décolletage go together like peanut butter and jelly.
7 Raquel Welch, 1972
Plunging blue wrap dress, FTW.
Okay, Cher. We see you in this crop-top, ultra sheer two-piece look.
9 Raquel Welch, 1974
Raquel at it again in a plunging halter number.
10 Lauren Hutton, 1975
The ultra-plunge neckline was obviously a major Oscars trend in the ’70s.
11 Lauren Hutton, 1980
Oooooh! A mini!!
12 Cher, 1984
If you thought all these other plunging necklines were low, Cher’s got some news for you.
13 Jennifer O’Neill, 1985
14 Rita Moreno, 1987
15 Sonia Braga, 1987
Plunging + Strapless = Sexy Oscars moment.
16 Cher, 1988
Cher does not come to play when it comes to naked looks at the Academy Awards, if you couldn’t tell.
17 Cindy Crawford, 1991
More extreme plunge action, right this way.
18 Cindy Crawford, 1993
Bustier and bandage dress, all wrapped into one.
19 Rachel Hunter, 1993
Like a sexy exclamation mark.
20 Marisa Tomei, 1994
Taking backless to new extremes.
21 Ellen Barkin, 1994
What free the nipple looked like in the early ’90s. (Kinda the same as it does now.)
22 Elizabeth Hurley, 1995
Living that low-cut, sweetheart neckline and spaghetti strap life.
23 Gwyneth Paltrow, 1996
A little side-boob for ya!
24 Jada Pinkett Smith, 1997
Crop-toppin’ all over that red carpet.
Jennifer Lopez, 1997
A little cleave goes a long way.
26 Nicole Kidman, 1997
Thigh-high slits, anyone?
27 Ashley Judd, 1998
More slit action.
28 Cate Blanchett, 1999
I stan a backless illusion embroidery situation.
29 Celine Dion, 1999
When in doubt, wear your blazer backwards and wow the world.
30 Lucy Liu, 2000
Sheer panelling making this dress stand way TF out.
31 Chloe Sevigny, 2000
32 Charlize Theron, 2000
Backless and a sassy little booty rouche moment make this one eye-catching ensemble.
33 Halle Berry, 2002
Three words: Totally. Sheer. Top.
34 Angelina Jolie, 2004
Another Oscars red carpet, another plunging, backless halter look, amirite?
35 Hilary Swank, 2005
Now, this is backless.
36 Chrissy Teigen, 2009
More plunges, less problems.
37 Camila Alves, 2011
Lil’ more side boob for you.
38 Jennifer Lawrence, 2011
Scoop necks and skintight fits.
39 Jennifer Lopez, 2012
Sheer stripes, shoulder cutouts, and a major low back made this dress stand out in 2012.
That right-leg moment!
41 Chrissy Teigen, 2015
Slits, sheer, and an ultra plunge: the recipe for a sexy Academy moment.
42 Margot Robbie, 2015
Yas, Margot! Work those sheer sleeves and deep neck.
43 Kerry Washigton, 2016
Love a leather bondage sitch on the red carpet.
44 Charlize Theron, 2016
Red hot, right?
45 Saoirse Ronan, 2016
This dress has it all: spaghetti straps, backless-ness, side-boob, deep neckline.
46 Chrissy Teigen, 2017
Nothing to see here, just a gown with a completely sheer bodice.
47 Priyanka Chopra, 2017
This dress was basically just a skirt with a front flap and back flap and lots of side-boob action.