The 2014 Oscars had many interesting moments, however, seeing Hollywood's leading ladies put their best looks forward was definitely one of the best highlights of the show. Some of the best beauty trends are often spotted on the red carpet, and the Oscar 2014 beauty looks certainly have the potential to inspire fashionistas looking for look updates for the new season. 

Choosing the best Oscar 2014 hairstyles is a highly subjective matter, however, these celebrities are definitely top contenders for the title of most interesting beauty look from this edition of the Academy Awards:

Oscar 2014 Hair: Short Hairstyles

Though Anne Hathaway's glossy pixie hairstyle was definitely noteworthy, we feel like her flawless looking skin was the star's strongest asset. Lupita Nyong'o's look further consolidated her status as an emerging fashion icon. The star adorned her short tresses with an 18 karat diamond headband and a chose a glamorous makeup look.

Anne Hathaway Oscars Hairstyle 2014Jennifer Lawrence Oscars Hairstyle 2014
Lupita Nyongo Oscars Hairstyle 2014Charlize Theron Oscars Hairstyle 2014

It might be a bit of a stretch to say that short crops took over the red carpet, however, last night brought plenty of interesting ideas for those who are contemplating experimenting with shorter tresses in the near future. One of the classiest short haired beauties that walked on the red carpet last night was Charlize Theron, whose slick pixie hairstyle and gorgeous eye-makeup look inspired by the '60s proved a perfect choice.

Another star who opted for a similar look was Kristin Chenoweth who debuted a chic pixie cut. Another fan of the voluminous pixie look was Jennifer Lawrence who chose cat eyes and nude lips to complement her look.

Oscars 2014 Hairstyles: Updos

A stunning updo is an ideal choice for such a glamorous occasion, so it's no surprise many of Hollywood's A-listers chose chic variations on the look for the event. Olivia Wilde looked positively radiant on the red carpet last night donning a romantic updo and sexy cat eyes. Amy Adams opted for a more sophisticated look, a classy, structured French roll and a subtle makeup look. Another ladylike presence that managed to steal the spotlight on the red carpet was Julia Roberts, who chose a romantic chignon and nude lips. 

Julia Roberts Oscars Hairstyle 2014Olivia Wilde Oscars Hairstyle 2014
Penelope Cruz Oscars Hairstyle 2014Lady Gaga Oscars Hairstyle 2014

Sometimes the safest beauty choices can also be the most spectacular and no one managed to illustrate the concept better than Penelope Cruz, who chose an elegant ballerina bun and a sleek and simple makeup look. Lady Gaga donned one of her most sophisticated looks so far and although she didn't quite managed to convince critics with her red carpet look, her chic teased low updo still proved an interesting choice.

2014 Oscars Hairstyles: Curls & Waves

Emma Watson looked utterly gorgeous last night. She chose a stylish messy half-up/half-down updo with side swept bangs and completed her look with sexy red lips. Mom-to-be Kerry Washington also opted for an effortlessly chic look with a half updo and dark red lips. 

Emma Watson Oscars Hairstyle 2014Kerry Washington Oscars Hairstyle 2014
Cate Blanchett Oscars Hairstyle 2014Sandra Bullock Oscars Hairstyle 2014

Sandra Bullock gave up her usual sleek straight tresses in favor glam side swept cascading curls and emphasized her eyes with a touch of navy eyeliner. Another classy variation on loose curls was spotted on Cate Blanchett, who was labeled as being one of the most stylish appearances of the night. 

Jessica Biel Oscars Hairstyle 2014Jennifer Garner Oscars Hairstyle 2014

Subtle loose wavy hairstyles also proved a great choice for Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner. Both stars seem to have abided the 'less is more' principle when it came to their beauty looks.

Oscars 2014 Beauty: Loose Straight Hairstyles

Angelina Jolie's simple loose hairstyle and relatively subdued makeup look enabled her to let her 42-karat diamond earrings be the main focal point. 

Jada Pinkett Smith Oscars Hairstyle 2014Angelina Jolie Oscars Hairstyle 2014

On the other hand, Jada Pinkett Smith was pretty in pink, opting for a simple middle part hairstyle in order to let her spring ready makeup look steal the spotlight.

Don't miss:
2014 Oscars Red Carpet Dresses