Hollywood’s leading ladies pose ahead of the Oscars

Nominees Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling and Saoirse Ronan take centre stage for Vanity Fair.

Ladies in black The most powerful actresses in Hollywood have posed for Vanity Fair Image Vanity Fair

It’s a shoot that has become nearly as eagerly anticipated as the Oscars themselves, and the annual Vanity Fair awards ceremony cover has just been unveiled.

The Vanity Fair image features Oscar nominees including Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan, newcomer Alicia Vikander and heavyweights including Diane Keaton and Helen Mirren.

The women all dressed in black for the 22nd edition of the publication’s annual special Hollywood issue.

The publication’s fashion and style director Jessica Diehl admitted that dressing such an A-list wasn’t such an easy task, admitting: “Since they’re all different in age, shape, style, and personality, I didn’t want to do anything that unified them in silhouette. I didn’t want to put them all in slinky dresses, because that felt not personal.”

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But one lady who shunned any offer of styling was Diane Keaton who choose to wear her own clothes for the shoot, with Diehl admitting that Keaton knew best, saying: “Sometimes, when you get somebody like that, who has taken so much time to hone her personal style, you’re almost an idiot to try and improve upon that.”

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A woman who knows her own mind Image Vanity Fair

Celebrated celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz captured the image, and the cover of the magazine features Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, and Jennifer Lawrence – with the other talent behind the folds.

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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