Nicole Kidman Wears Anne Hathaway's Rumored Abandoned Oscars Gown

05/23/2013 at 02:21 PM ET

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When we saw Nicole Kidman glide down the the Cannes red carpet in this striking ivory lace Valentino Haute Couture gown, we thought for a moment we were seeing the best. Fashion Faceoff. Ever.

Then we realized: This dress hadn’t been worn before. In fact, it had reportedly rather famously been unworn by Anne Hathaway, who was said to have had it all lined up for the Oscars before ditching it at the last moment for a pale pink Prada column.

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Hathaway’s decision to change Oscar gowns was so last minute that Valentino even sent out an announcement that she would be wearing the look before she hit the Oscars red carpet, prompting the Best Supporting Actress winner to release a remorseful statement. And though everyone kissed and made up, we couldn’t help but feel a little hurt that we’d never see the lovely look on the red carpet.

Fortunately Kidman came through for us, continuing her streak of knockout Cannes looks by donning the elegant, embellished confection to the premiere of Nebraska — and looking amazing while doing so. Jaw-dropping dangling earrings and a Princess Grace-approved sideswept chignon completed the look.

Tell us: What do you think of the gown? Should Hathaway have worn it to the Oscars?

–Alex Apatoff

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gloria on

Nicole Kidman looks absolutely stunning!!! She really does resemble a beautiful princess! My favorite look at Cannes.

lora on

Anne Hathaway made the right choice to switch gowns. The gown she wore to the Oscars looked amazing on her and it was the perfect choice for an Ocsar nominee (and winner). This gown looks absolutely stunning on Nicole Kidman and I couldn’t imagine it on Anne. Everything worked out perfectly in the end, just like it was meant to!!

Deb on

Nicole Kidman is simply stunning. She is elegant and very classy. She is also an extraordinary actor.

Patti on

She looks great….

Katie on

Anne Hathaway was the Best SUPPORTING Actress.

Jane on

Don’t really understand the fuss. The dress is OK but nothing spectacular. Kidman looks nice in it, but I have seen much nicer dresses.

Dawn S on

I think this gown is 100 times better than the gown AH wore to the Oscars. I thought the one she wore was an awesomely beautiful color, but the darting was unflattering and the finishing looked like I’d sewed it in the dark. This would have been classic AH, though NK looks like Princess Grace Kelly in it (as usual)—-is she getting younger everyday?

Guest2 on

Nicole’s Valentino gown is amazing and she looks stunning!
Question though – what was the big deal with the back of Anne Hathaway’s Oscar/Prada dress? She kept making it a point to turn around and show it off in front of the paps. Yes, it showed off the dress design and necklace, but it was also pretty simple. Anyone else confused to all the fuss?

Tigs on

She looks beautiful in that dress. Love Nicole, not so much for Anne

Kelly on

Wow, it DOES look a lot like Amanda Seyfried’s dress. I can’t blame Anne for not wanting to look too similar.

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