Academy Awards’ Best-Dressed Boomers

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The subject of age will be one of the minor footnotes listed in the history books about the 2013 Oscars.

This year’s Academy Awards had the oldest actress and the youngest actress competing for the Best Actress award. But 86-year-old Emmanuelle Riva, nominated for her role in Amour and 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, both alas, went home without gold statuettes.

What really will be endlessly debated and dissected today will be the red carpet outfits worn by the stars.

Both of these actresses were dressed age appropriately. Riva looked elegant in a navy Lanvin gown while Wallis looked like a little princess in a navy custom Giorgio Armani dress.

While pale shades seemed to be the trend on the red carpet this year for young starlets, some Hollywood veterans marched to their own beat and went for bold colour or graphic Art Deco patterns.

We round up some of the best-dressed boomers at this year’s Oscars.

Jane Fonda in Versace.

Marcia Gay in David Meister.

Dame Shirley Bassey in Isabel Christianson

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab.

Sally Field in Valentino.

Helen Hunt in H&M.

Halle Berry in Versace.

Emmanuelle Riva in Lanvin

Meryl Streep in Lanvin.

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen.

Jackie Weaver in Rani Zakhem.

Barbra Streisand Donna Karan