Before the race begins for best hair Oscars 2013, take a look at the best Oscars hairstyles of all time, sophisticated or sexy looks that stood the test of time.

Making the best dressed list at the Academy Awards is not just about the dress: hairstyles play a big part in the overall look. Check out the best Oscars hairstyles of all time, iconic looks that still inspire and awe.

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Kate Winslet's Updo (2009)

Sporting a retro updo that channeled Grace Kelly, Winslet stunned with her choice of hairstyle 4 years ago with her sleek and stylish look, completed by sophisticated earrings.

Scarlett Johansson's Bob (2011)

Proving that elegance and a slightly messy look are sometimes compatible, Scarlett Johansson entered the best Oscars hair hall of fame with her choppy bob, a look completed by textured waves.

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Nicole Kidman's Sleek Style (2007)

Straight and sleek hair with a side part won Nicole Kidman her place in the list of best Oscars hairstyles of all time, perfectly complimented by her red lips and stunning red gown.

Amy Adams' Waves (2008)

Sporting a Hollywood classic, the Veronica Lake curls, Amy Adams proved that sometimes the best Oscar hair is simply a modern reinterpretation of classic elegant looks.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Ballerina Bun (1999)

A simple pink dress was turned into a perfect look with Gwyneth Paltrow's ballerina bun with a deep side part. Some hair mist for extra shine made her glow.

Angelina Jolie's Flowing Locks (2009)

Stunning and graceful, Jolie opted for a princess look with romantic curls combined with a half-updo creating a classic best Oscars hair moment. Emerald earrings suited her dark dress and hair perfectly.

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Halle Berry's Pixie (2002)

Wearing a beautiful gown and a simple but feminine cropped pixie cut, Halle Berry quickly found herself on the list of best Oscars hairstyle of all time.

Grace Kelly (1954)

The golden era glamor was best portrayed in 1954 by Grace Kelly. With slicked back waves, Kelly created an iconic look that still inspires looks on the red carpet today.

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Jennifer Hudson's Bangs (2008)

A perfect example of bangs done right, Hudson's updo with just-below-the-eyebrows bangs remains a shinning moment of the best Oscars hair. The look was completed with chandelier earrings and silvery shades on her eyelids.

Anne Hathaway's Ponytail (2008)

Proving that simplicity can create a classic look, Hathaway wore her ruby Marchesa dress on the red carpet along with a breezy ponytail with extra volume at the crown and perfect curls in the back, that was considered by many an effortless addition to the best Oscars hairstyles of all time.