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The heels were high, the gowns stunning and the jewelry covetable on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night. As the arrivals began, all eyes were on the nominees – including “12 Years a Slave” actress and season style star Lupita Nyong’o – as well as on all the other celebrities walking on this runway seen around the world.

Hollywood’s biggest night. Is there a better excuse to dress up?

Certain trends were expected: metallics, pastels and nudes, black lace.

For red carpet watchers, anticipation was high on what certain stars would wear. Nyong’o, for one. It would be hard for the Best Supporting Actress nominee and fashion “It” girl to top the teal Gucci gown with matching flower neckline and eye shadow she wore to the SAG awards. Or the red-caped gown from Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes.

But her light blue, floor-sweeping gown with deep V-cuts in the back and front – and her pretty headband – did not disappoint. No wonder everyone has been talking about this young style star.

Many actresses went with strapless gowns. Jennifer Lawrence, a winner last year for “Silver Linings Playbook” and a nominee this year for “American Hustle,” wore a radiant orange-red strapless Christian Dior gown – her short blond hair worn brushed back off her forehead and her necklace worn draped down her back.

Kerry Washington wore a very pretty purple strapless gown. “Gravity” star and Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock went for dazzling dark royal blue, while Viola Davis wore an Escada emerald green strapless gown.

Presenter Jessica Biel looked stunning in silver sequins. And Lawrence’s fellow “American Hustle” star Amy Adams, who wore 1970s-glam wrap dresses throughout the film, wore a 1950s-inspired blue strapless gown.

There were higher necklines, too. “Blue Jasmine” star and heavy Best Actress favorite Cate Blanchett stood out in a nude beaded gown. Olivia Wilde, who is pregnant, chose a dark sleeveless dress with mock turtleneck. And Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” stuck with her preference for long sleeves – this time on a lace embellished dress.

Classic tuxedos were common for the guys, but there were some twists. Performer Pharrell Williams wore shorts instead of pants. Matthew McConaughey, a nominee for “Dallas Buyers Club” wore a white jacket. Long-haired Jared Leto paired his white tux with a burgundy bow tie. Several men went with navy tuxes.

Host Ellen DeGeneres’ dark suit, softened by a white tie-front blouse, looked terrific. Not so memorable? The black dress with lace accent worn by Julia Roberts, Best Supporting Actress nominee for “August: Osage County.”

Other trends:

• Short hair: Lawrence was not the only actress with her hair styled short and sassy. Davis, Kristin Chenoweth and Portia de Rossi also had sharp short ‘dos. Other memorable hairstyles included Kristen Bell’s loose bun – perfect with her light-colored corseted-back gown; Sandra Bullock’s soft-curled hair worn in front over one shoulder, and Liza Minnelli’s blue-streaked hair that matched her outfit.

• Accessories: Dangling earrings were a big look for the night, and who could miss how “Nebraska” actress June Squibb’s emerald earrings matched her sequined ensemble perfectly?

Usually, a single statement piece did the trick. A chunky bracelet. A bold ring. But our favorite has to be Lawrence and her necklace worn backward.

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