Despite their endless assertions that it's "just an honour to be nominated", you just know that deep down, those po-faced stars are aching to end up with a glitzy statuette to take home with them.
But if a gong's out of reach, every actress and singer (not to mention assorted plus-ones and other celeb attendees) can at least hope their outfit's a winner, and escape those dreaded worst-dressed lists.
Now that the Big Five awards ceremonies are done with, it's time to look back at the frocks that rocked, and - more importantly - whose gown game we can copy when the dress code next calls for it.
From Emma Stone's kooky colour choice at the Oscars to Paloma Faith's petal-strewn Brits appearance, all hail 2015's red carpet fashion champions.
Proving that it is possible to upstage the young whippersnappers (they seem to get younger every year, don't they?), Julie Walters wowed at the Baftas, resplendent in a dazzling but still age-appropriate gown.
The 65-year-old chose a long-sleeved sequin dress from Adrianna Papell, and the great news is you can get the exact same one, because the brand is stocked by John Lewis and Amazon.
Stack a couple of sparkly bracelets or bangles on your wrists and add vintage-style drop earrings to up the glam factor a la Walters.
Kim takes the gold
Fashion at the Grammys is always a bit more risque than the average awards shindig (probably because the appearance of Lady Gaga means the bar is automatically raised), and while Kim Kardashian's Jean Paul Gaultier dress is far from demure, it still gets major points for fashion-forwardness.
House of CB does an equally glitzy dressing-gown-meets-formal-frock in shimmering champagne gold chiffon, with sheer sleeves and a centre split.
Gathered at the hips, the Blanca is flattering on fuller figures, and the neutral colour means you can add a metallic belt like Kim's, or switch it up with bright heels for a more summery feel.
Emma steals the limelight
The looming of the Fashion Police (no, really, it's an actual TV show in America) means that most celebs play it very, very safe on the red carpet, in black, red or sparkly dresses.
Emma Stone, however, chose an intricately beaded Elie Saab gown for the glittering ceremony, with matching shoes, in that trickiest of hues, chartreuse.
Emulate the Birdman star's lime look with the Royina maxi dress from Coast, and Office's super-sharp towering Poison stilettos.
The dress features a delicate lace bodice and a cut-out back, so pull your hair into an updo to show off the detailing.
Paloma is a hit
Between posing for the paps, performing and scooping Best British Female Solo Artist, Paloma Faith showed off no less than three different outfits at the Brits, all of them gorgeously gothic.
Our favourite? It has to be the tulle and sequin-drenched Armani couture number she wore on arrival.
Such a frothy confection might be a bit much in the real world, but Pearce II Fionda's appliqued prom dress is a more wearable option.
Pair it with patent courts and a clutch now, or gold sandals come summer.
Jen's on trend
For the most part, red carpet garments exist in a vacuum, unaffected by the seasonal whims of the fashion world.
But every so often, a starlet picks a piece that's not just pretty but a la mode too, and this year it was Jennifer Aniston, with her black Yves Saint Laurent dress hinting at the Seventies and Oriental trends, thanks to its halter-neck design and obi belt.
The Addison dress from VLabel London cuts a similar silhouette in inky blue, and it also happens to be a major bargain, currently reduced to almost half price.
Keep accessories sleek and simple like Jen's - chandelier earrings and strappy sandals are all you need.