Viola Davis Oscars
The best-actress nominee for The Help"glowed in a "dramatic," as she put it, strapless emerald column with a beaded, plunging bustline and pleated, ruffled train. The designer? Vera Wang. "When I saw it — the color, the shape fit my body type," she said. One notable change for Davis last awards season: She wore her hair naturally. "I felt tougher. And for a while, I wanted to be who I was and be confident and bold." She added that the style makes a great statement for African-American girls: Embrace who you are. On her feet: Jimmy Choo platform sandals. In her hand: Judith Leiber.