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Photo by: Fairchild Archive

Penélope Cruz's black dress, 2001

We love when a woman can pull off a romantic look without coming off as totally fairy-tale-ish. Cruz's soft hair and a glimpse of lower back keep this Spanish-style black dress just modern enough for the biggest night of the year.

The Best Oscar Gowns of the Past Decade

by Glamour

It ain't easy to whittle down the thousands of dresses worn to the

Academy Awards into a bite-size list of the best of the best. After much

debate, we've come up with our personal faves. We plan on taking our

big-night style cues from them. Here are a few of the brightest moments

of the past ten years from the world's most famous red carpet.

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