A memo must have gone out to this batch of Oscar attendees, informing them that the dress code was metallics, metallics and more metallics. Forget your rich reds or predictable nudes, rather than an obvious colour trend this year, we saw a move towards metallics instead. If you wanted to stand out this year, you did so by going heavy on the metal!

From Halle Berry's super-sexy Versace number to Stacy Kiebler's more geometric, almost deco style column gown, the often heavily encrusted gowns were absolutely covered in metallic trims. Nicole Kidman's L'Wren Scott gown was dripping with sequins and beads, while Renee Zellweger looked like she'd been dipped in liquid gold.

Also in on the act were Catherine Zeta-Jones (in golden Zuhair Murad) and Naomi Watts in space-age Armani Prive. Click the image above to see all the gowns in their full glory.