Last night's (23MAR03) OSCAR ceremony saw Hollywood's leading ladies turn on the glitz and glamour - despite the sombre atmosphere caused by the war in Iraq.

However, many of the gorgeous actresses did show their respect by wearing black dresses at the Los Angeles event.

The beauties looked so ravishing that funnyman host Steve Martin joked, "Well I'm glad they've cut back on all the glitz."

Nicole Kidman, who won the BEST ACTRESS award for her part in The Hours, wore an elegant, vintage black dress with a handkerchief hem.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS winner Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived in a Versace gown in dark brown and black chiffon with bronze and amber embroidery.

Salma Hayek wore an outfit by Carolina Herrera with a black embroidered lace, V-neck top with an attached long, white silk skirt.

RENEE ZELLWEGER showed up in a tight-fitting, embroidered chiffon red gown, also designed by Herrera.

MONSTER'S BALL star Halle Berry was in a gold-coloured, one-shoulder ELIE SAAB gown with sparkling beads and see-through skirt, while Kate Hudson wore a champagne chiffon Versace gown, covered in gold lace.