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Photo by: Fairchild Archive

Hilary Swank in a backless navy gown by Guy Laroche, 2005

Hilary Swank won Best Actress for her work in Million Dollar Baby at the 2005 Oscars-but her chic backless dress from Paris designer Guy Laroche was about as far from the boxing ring as a look could get.

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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