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We all know the fashion at the Academy Awards is the most anticipated part of the glamorous red carpet. But there's one detail that can make or break a look that sometimes goes unnoticed: the hairstyle. Whether it was Audrey Hepburn's signature pixie cut in the '50s or Rachel McAdams' pulled-back bun in 2016, hair has always been an important piece of a winning look at the annual show. 

Which is why it should come as no surprise Hollywood's iconic stars such as Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor set a precedent for future hairstyles worn by today's brightest A-listers. From Cate Blanchett channeling Lauren Bacall's elegant curls to Viola Davis rocking bangs à la Rita Morena, click through to see the vintage hairstyles that inspired modern 'dos at the Oscars.