Sally Field gave one of the most famous (or at least most remembered) Oscar speeches of all time (think: "You like me. You really like me!"). But luckily, not as many people remember what she wore each time. Surprisingly, her nomination this year for Lincoln is her first since Places in the Heart in 1985 (she also won in 1980 for Norma Rae).
During both wins, she wore unfortunate clothing, first in a pink frilly dress with beading and in 1985 with a simple black dress but out-of-control hair. We can't really fault Field though, because well, she's Sally Field. But also because it was the 80s and she fit in. Almost 30 years later, it will be interesting to see how what Field wears compared to her choices on those occasions.
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro has been nominated for seven acting Oscars and has won two of them, for 1974's The Godfather: Part II and for 1980's Raging Bull. He is considered one of the top actors in Hollywood.
Even top actors make some mistakes, but don't count De Niro in that. He has always played it safe and kept his Oscar clothing simple and classic. Although he did not show up to the 1975 Oscars (the first year he won), the rest of the years, he has maintained what he has become: a legend in his own time.
Meryl Streep is something of a mystery. She has been in Hollywood longer than most actors who are still invited to (and nominated for) the Oscars. She has been nominated for 17 acting Oscars (and has won three of them) spanning from 1979 to 2012. Her fashion choices have been interesting. Over the years, she has ranged from glamorous to "What the hell was she thinking?" and everywhere in between.
But as the actress ages, she seems to roll with the punches. She has made some fashion mistakes, but her work far overshadows those choices. And as far as we are concerned, at this point Streep can do whatever she wants.