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NEVER mind, Armani, go away, Valentino, time's up, Chanel. None of those designers were good enough for best-supporting actress nominee Helen Hunt, who wore a dress from mass retailer H&M on the Oscars red carpet Sunday.
Oh, and $700,000 worth of Martin Katz jewelry, too.
Hunt said the strapless gown, navy-blue with a train also is "green," as she explained to E! host Ryan Seacrest.
"I'm not kidding!" she exclaimed.
She chose it "because it was the most beautiful dress I tried on and they partner with Global Green," she said. "It was a win-win-win." Asked if it was comfortable, she said, "I'm not in my sweat pants but I do feel pretty good."
The Twitterverse approved.
"H&M for Helen Hunt: certainly the most affordable gown on the red carpet #oscars proves that you DONT have to spend a lot to look AMAZING!" tweeted Oprah's O magazine, one of numerous tweets applauding her look.
Already an Oscar winner, Hunt was nominated for her role as a sex surrogate in The Sessions.
Her dress may be the most accessible choice of a red-carpet walker since Sharon Stone wore The Gap to the Academy Awards in 1996 (a charcoal grey turtleneck), and in 1998 (a white button-down shirt).
-- USA Today