Hollywood news was all eyes as the biggest and newest celebrities flocked the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the 2012 Met Gala last Monday. While some opted for simplicity and elegance to let their natural appeal work its wonders, many grabbed everyone’s attention—by showing off a little bit more skin and dressing up in downright weird ensembles.

See for yourself:

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Some celebrities who hit the Met Gala red carpet are just hard to miss—not because of their outfits but because of their mere famous faces. But for Cameron Diaz, who was clad in a diamond crystal fringe embroidered long gown with a sexy open back by Stella McCartney, it was a double win.

The same went for Heidi Klum, who wore a gorgeous Escada lace slip dress with a high slit, fpr Elizabeth Banks, who rocked her digital print Mary Katrantzou dress, and Christina Ricci who pulled off her Thakoon dress with a guipure and lace bandeau and a huge silk organza bow with a high-waist lace skirt trailing behind her.

Claire Danes managed to look both elegant and sexy in her white assymetrical wrap-like dress with a plunging neckline by J. Mendel, which struck a resemblance to Camilla Belle‘s stunning ivory gown. Giving her clean look a pop was her sky-blue clutch.

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Taking the plunge with Claire Danes was Debra Messing who arrived in a very daring beaded gunmetal frock by KaufmanFranco that seemed to be made for JLo because of the superlow neckline. The “Smash” star kept had voluminous outward waves and smoky eyes that complimented her gorgeous eyes.

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Emily Blunt, who stars in “The Five-Year Engagement” with Jason Segel, was pretty in pink and showed her enviable figure in her Calvin Klein dress with side cut-outs and an open back—which sort of reminded us of Rihanna‘s figure-hugging black dress.

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“Glee” stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron seemed to battle it out for the title of who looked better in a cleavage-baring dress. While Lea Michele had a lower neckline, thanks to her navy blue sequined Diane von Furstenberg dress, Dianna looked awfully cute in her bright green Carolina Herrera floor-length dress with a thin belt of the same shade around her waist. Who do you think won?

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Met Gala staple Mary Kate Olsen, who always makes the best dressed lists with her twin Ashley, was almost unrecognizable as she arrived alone in a custom-made black gown from her own label, The Row.

Finishing off her eclectic goth look with intricate gold dangling earrings, an updo with erratic bangs and chocolate-colored shadows and lips, we’re thinking MK didn’t want to make it on the lists without Ashley. Aww.

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Unlike Lady Gaga, who was once spotted wearing a hideous blue hair dress, Kate Bosworth was able to pull off her ombre bordeaux and navy ostrich feather shirt dress by Prada.

A sleek braided topknot (without the turquoise ends) and deep plum lips completed the “Blue Crush” star’s risky red carpet look. Laying off the thick foundation would’ve earned her at least three notches up the best dressed lists of the Met Gala.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Leighton Meester looked every bit the Manhattan girls that they played on TV. SJP, who rose to fame for her sexy and liberated fashionista character in “Sex & The City,” wowed in her long-sleeved silk taffeta floral print gown by Valentino, while Leighton looked like her former royal princess self in “Gossip Girl” in her gold Marchesa gown.

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Nina Dobrev, on the other hand, stunned the crowd for all the right reasons and was undeniably one of the best dressed of the evening with her stunning black-and-gold backless Donna Karan Atelier gown with varying starps and a killer train that was miles ahead from Beyonce‘s purple feather train.

The “Vampire Diaries” star let her sexy dress do the talking and put kept her long tresses in a side bun and accessorized with just a few jewels from H.Stern.

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Who was your favorite celebrity on the 2012 Met Gala red carpet?

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