When it comes to red carpet fashion, the Oscars are like the Super Bowl and the World Series rolled into one. Celebs bring their A game when it comes to Oscar dresses, looking to score a MVP slot for the evening and possibly in the hallowed halls of history. (OK, that’s all our sports knowledge!) So what does it take to stand out among such well-dressed company? Over the years we’ve learned that risk frequently equals reward and sometimes simplicity is key. Check out the best of the best from Oscar ceremonies gone by above to get primed to watch this year’s telecast and see how the latest attendees fare on the fashion front.