When it comes to Oscar bling is less more?

Emma Stone and Kristen Wiig at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Jan. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles. CBS/Getty Images

Emma Stone and Kristen Wiig at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Jan. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS) At the Oscars choosing the right jewels to complement the gown is just as essential as choosing the gown itself, and this year Hollywood glam doesn't mean head-to-toe diamonds.

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"Jewelry should be minimalistic - the dress should be the 'celebrity,' so to speak," fashion designer Allen B. Schwartz told Reuters.

Through this 2012 awards season, not many celebrities have strutted down the red carpet with lots of jewels, but at the Oscars - the season's biggest night - many celebs bring out the bling.

Last year, Sandra Bullock tastefully paired her gold beaded Marchesa gown with diamond drop earrings and bracelet, along with a silver clutch at the 2011 Oscars - complementing but not over powering her look.

But at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards, Kristen Wiig showed what happens when you pick the wrong jewelry. The "Saturday Night Live" cast member and "Bridesmaids" creator was bashed for pairing her halter-neck Balenciaga gown with a Fred Leighton choker that overshadowed the beauty of the dress.

"We're moving towards a very minimal period of accessorization," designer Marc Bouwer told Reuters. "If people are going to wear something, it's going to be one strong piece or almost nothing at all."

The Academy Awards are this Sunday, Feb. 26, and will broadcast live at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.


  • Camille Mann

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