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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

15 years of Oscar gowns

This one is just for those of us who swoon at a well-cut gown (or giggle at a not-so-well-cut one); the rest of you can go right on discussing whether “Argo” is really going to win Best Picture. OK, fashion lovers: prepare to waste a whole lot of time with the New York Times’ fabulous “Red Carpet Project,” in which some tireless people downloaded 15 years’ worth of Oscar photos (from 1997 to 2012; mostly gowns, but a few handsome fellows in tuxes) to create a database that you can search by year, by actress/actor name, by designer name, by gown color and style (there are, for the record, 127 strapless dresses in the database, of which five are green). Also available are a number of fun “editor’s pick” slideshows, on topics such as 2013 Oscar Nominees’ Past Red Carpet Looks (Anne Hathaway has favored red or white), Starlets Who Did More Fizzling Than Sizzling (remember Jennifer Connelly’s ill-chosen beige scarf?), Best Sleeved Looks, and much more. I’m having way too much fun looking at all this; perhaps you will too.

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