Marion Cotillard, Met Gala 2012 Best Dressed

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Marion Cotillard could teach Madonna a thing or two about how to pull off a sheer dress.

The French actress showcased her stems in this textured Dior creation, which is all elegance up top and and progressively more playful towards the bottom.

She definitely deserves a spot on our Best Dressed list from the 2012 Met Gala.  See the complete list here.

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Marion Cotillard attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »
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Marion Cotillard in New York City for the Met Gala 2012. (Getty Images)more pics
Who else hit the Met Gala red carpet?

Cameron Diaz made Stella McCartney proud in this silver beaded creation, which weighed a whopping 30 pounds. The heavy dress got the final stamp of approval from Anna Wintour, although we're not sure if she OKed the towering pompadour.

Jessica Paré's character on Mad Men has already established herself as something of a style inspiration, but we can't tell much about her personal style from this L'Wren Scott gown. Perhaps the sequined bronze and gold number has more depth and texture in person.

Taking a cue from her latest music video, Rihanna vamped it up in a sexy form-fitting black gown by Tom Ford that fit the songstress like a second (alligator) skin. While the front of the dress was demure, the back dipped low to show off RiRi's stream of stars back tattoo. The Barbadian beauty paired her sleek gown with a funky updo piled up high on top of her head and classic makeup.

Amy Poehler's work on Parks and Recreation deserves all the Emmys, so it pains us to admit that this perforated leather and feather gown doesn't quite do the trick. In fact, it kind of reminds us of something a Disney villainess would wear, like, say, Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Emma Stone looks like a perky little child star in this Lanvin dress—which isn't to say it's not fabulous. Stone matched the playful vibe of this paillette and jewel-encrusted piece with a bouncy updo and a bright blue manicure.

It usually takes a while to recover from the drama that is Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen, but the stately black feathered gown in which she arrived was actually quite subdued on a carpet peppered with vibrant metallics, blues, and reds.

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