The Academy awards are just a few hours away. While we wait with baited breath to see what styles and fashions the celebrities will flaunt... and what accessories and designs they will sport, let us go down history lane and look at the best gowns to have ever walked the red carpet.

Does the gown define the celebrity or vice versa? A look at all the hard work put in by designers to make the beauty queens look their best...

So who do you think will dazzle the ramp this Oscars?

Taraji P. Henson, best supporting actress nominee, arrives at the 81st Academy Awards in HollywoodReuters
Angelina Jolie arrive at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, CaliforniaReuters
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at 81st Academy Awards in HollywoodReuters
Singer Miley CyrusReuters
Actress Rachel WeiszReuters
Penelope Cruz best actress nominee for" Volver" arrives at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in HollywoodReuters
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons in West HollywoodReuters
Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in HollywoodReuters
Blanchett walks on stage during the 83rd Academy Awards in HollywoodReuters
Reese Witherspoon wearing a gown by Armani Prive arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood CaliforniaReuters