Nobody was surprised that Kate Winslet came home with the gold. Or that Benjamin Button got locked out of the big awards. Or that the musical acts, however abbreviated this year, still made you want to hit the fast forward. Any drama or excitement at the Oscars last night centered, as usual, on How They Looked. Here, our top picks:

Tilda Swinton's controversial nude and black
Lanvin was, in our eyes, a success. She looked elegant, statuesque and very much her own rare self:


Penelope Cruz pulled off her vintage
Balmain, a fairy-tale of a dress that felt like something Audrey Hepburn would have worn:


Kate Winslet was regal in her one-shoulder
Yves Saint Laurent:


Angelina Jolie's low-key
Elie Saab, perfectly accessorized with drop-dead
Lorraine Schwartz emerald jewels (and Brad Pitt):