Shaunna Murphy
Updated Feb 24, 2017 @ 5:09 am
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After all, it was this summer 2011 movie that not only came on the heels of Crazy, Stupid, Love — effectively launching Stone from quirky rom-com queen to in-demand it-girl — but also got Stone invited to all of the major award shows. She didn’t receive Oscar or Golden Globe nominations like her costars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, sure, but she did win a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and later, the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama.

And of course Stone was invited to the 2012 Academy Awards to support The Help‘s Best Picture run. She showed up looking like the biggest, happiest, reddest present under the tree on Christmas morning, and we loved her for it.

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However, 2012 wasn’t Stone’s first go-round on the Oscar circuit. One year before, mere months before she’d break out in The Help and Crazy, Stupid, Love, her movie Easy A had garnered enough attention to merit Stone a seat at the Vanity Fair Oscars party table.

And though we loved Stone’s crimson explosion 2012 look, we’re calling it: her 2011 blonde bombshell look was even better.

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Her Chanel Haute Couture train dress took all the right risks. It was flirty, fun, detailed, and gorgeous — and was an amazing indicator of things to come from Stone’s red carpet style.

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Her makeup was also bold, edgy, and freaking fierce.

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It certainly got Taylor Swift and Gwyneth Paltrow’s attention…

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Seriously, no one could get enough of Stone.

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And, like, we get it.

We love that Stone has long since become famous for being a (bottle-and-proud) redhead…but here’s to hoping the blonde bombshell returns to the red carpet soon. We all deserve that much.