Rachel McAdams' First Oscars Dress Is Still One Of Her Best Red Carpet Outfits — PHOTOS

It's a big year for Ms. McAdams: She scored her first-ever Oscar nomination for her work in the star-studded Spotlight. It's a well-deserved nod that's exciting for a lot of reasons — most superficially, perhaps, for the fact that she's always had killer red carpet style. Rachel McAdams' first Oscars dress and the glittering oxblood gown she wore to this year's Critics Choice Awards are prime examples of said red carpet style, and we know we can count on her to bring her A-game this year.

In 2010, the Notebook star went for the ethereal look in an Elie Saab that looked like it walked straight in out of Monet's garden: The dress boasted an ultra-floaty (yet classic) silhouette, and a pastel print that looked like it had been watercolored — and despite its dreamy quality, it managed to make quite the striking statement on the red carpet. Even six years later, it's still one of McAdams' personal bests — in fact, it's right up there with the crazypants Marchesa she wore to the Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris .

Suffice it to say, it's a dress for the ages, and it's a gorgeous red carpet look that will long be associated with McAdams. Let's take a look:

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That year, she also presented an award alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, and the two couldn't have been more adorable together (hey, there's a reason why the two are consistently followed by dating rumors).

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Unfortunately, McAdams isn't favorited to win her category, but who knows? Spotlight could still win big. The biographical drama, which tells the story of the Pulitzer prize-winning journalistic team that exposed the rampant child abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests in the Boston area, is up for a number of awards, including Best Supporting Actor (for Mark Ruffalo), Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay — so fingers crossed it takes home some statuettes Sunday night.

No matter what, we can pretty much count on Rachel McAdams being dressed to kill — so it's really a no-lose situation, if you think about it.

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