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Their Big Night

In Our Oscar Party Fantasy, This Year's Nominated Actresses--Wearing Spring's Most Glamorous Looks--Are Ready for Their Close-Up, Mr. DeMille.

March 23, 1997

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS

Best Actress, "The English Patient"

Christian Dior Haute Couture lame bustier ball gown over silk tulle and organza ruffled petticoat, to order at Christian Dior, Beverly Hills.

MARIANNE JEAN-BAPTISTE

Best Supporting Actress, "Secrets & Lies"

Richard Tyler iridescent silk chiffon gown with spaghetti straps and side slit, $1,895, at Tyler Trafficante, Los Angeles.

FRANCES McDORMAND

Best Actress, "Fargo"

Isaac Mizrahi nylon dress with cutout bra, $635, at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills.

BRENDA BLETHYN

Best Actress, "Secrets & Lies"

Chanel silk chiffon strapless dress with shirred bodice, $5,610, at Chanel, Beverly Hills.

BARBARA HERSHEY

Best Supporting Actress, "The Portrait of a Lady"

Giorgio Armani viscose blend gown with Jacquard swirl pattern and cutout bodice, $1,980, at Giorgio Armani, Beverly Hills.

JULIETTE BINOCHE

Best Supporting Actress, "The English Patient"

Badgely Mischka one-shoulder beaded lace and viscose-polyamide eyelet georgette gown, $4,900, at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills.

LAUREN BACALL

Best Supporting Actress, "The Mirror Has Two Faces"

Gianfranco Ferre sleeveless silk chiffon gown with crystal beads, $13,000, at Gianfranco Ferre, Beverly Hills.

EMILY WATSON

Best Actress, "Breaking the Waves"

Oscar de la Renta gown of organza over embroidered lace and sequins with matching organza stole, $6,000, to order at both Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills.

DIANE KEATON

Best Actress, "Marvin's Room"

Gianni Versace two-tone sleeveless silk jersey gown with ruffles and fishtail hem, $1,480, to order at Gianni Versace, Beverly Hills.

JOAN ALLEN

Best Supporting Actress, "The Crucible"

Valentino silk chiffon halter gown with flower detail, $8,265, at Valentino, Beverly Hills.

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