The Most Memorable Perfumes By Oscar Winners, Nominees And Vaguely Linked Collaborators

I'm pretty sure having your own perfume is better than winning an Oscar.
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I'm pretty sure having your own perfume is better than winning an Oscar.

Awards season is so fun, isn't it? I mean, the only movie I saw was Wolf of Wall Street, but I don't care; I just like looking at the pretty dresses. 

The Oscars are obviously the Big Kahuna of awards shows, and once you've got an Oscar, it legitimizes you as an actor in a way no other award can. You get to have "Academy Award winner" in front of your name for the rest of your life.

I can only imagine what it's like to get ready for the Oscars. You have to look flawless or risk the wrath of Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne on Fashion Police. You have to deal with the E! Mani Cam, which is the single most irritating invention in the world. You have to shimmy into Spanx, beg Rachel Zoe to find you The Gown, wear pinch-y heels and smoosh powder puffs and a Chanel gloss in your teeny-tiny clutch. It sounds really fun! (No, seriously, it does.)

We can easily find which makeup products the stars are wearing, but we almost never hear what perfume they spritz on. Since a handful of Oscar winners, nominees and performers have their own fragrances, perhaps they wear their own? 

Here are some of my favorite Oscar-linked celebrities who've had that option.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR 

Won Best Actress in a Leading Role for BUtterfield 8 in 1960 and for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1967; won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993; nominated three other times.

La Liz with her Oscar. Glam.

La Liz with her Oscar. Glam.

The most beautiful woman in the world was not only an award-winning actress but also the first celebrity to really kill it in the fragrance world. She released White Diamonds in 1991 and it remains one, if not the, most popular celebrity fragrances in the world.

La Liz's perfume library was inspired by her massive jewelry collection. She released 13 perfumes in her lifetime, including Black Pearls, Diamonds and Rubies, Diamonds and Sapphires and Passion, a perfume and cologne set.

HALLE BERRY 

Won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Monster's Ball in 2002.

So gorgeous!

So gorgeous!

Halle was the first African-American actress to win for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and her moment in the spotlight was huge. Remember that gorgeous dress and her iconic pixie cut? She hasn't won a ton of awards since then, but she has released a ton of perfumes: Halle, Reveal, Closer, Pure Orchid and most recently, Exotic Jasmine. 

In 2011, Halle Berry won the Elizabeth Taylor Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award, which is better than an Oscar as far as I'm concerned.

REESE WITHERSPOON

Won Best Actress In A Leading Role for Walk the Line in 2006.

June Carter Cash-worthy smile

June Carter Cash-worthy smile

Reese partnered with Avon to create several perfumes. She was a global ambassador for the brand and spread awareness about breast cancer and domestic violence to Avon customers, so the pairing made sense. In Bloom was inspired by the magnolia flowers of her southern childhood. A series based on the popular wall words "Live Laugh Love" was launched in 2011. 

Though her fragrances aren't available via Avon anymore, you can find them at the discounters.

MADONNA

Directed W.E., which was nominated for Best Achievement In Costume Design; performed several Best Original Song nominees.

Though she wasn't directly nominated, Madonna's film W.E. about Wallis Simpson was nominated for Best Costume Design. Several songs, like "You Must Love Me" from Evita, were also nominated for Best Song. She didn't write them, but she performed them. Close enough.

It was surprising Madonna hadn't released a fragrance earlier, considering her massive takeover of the world. Truth or Dare launched in 2012 and it was a heavy white floral reminiscent of one of Madge's favorite perfumes, the legendary Fracas. She says it was inspired by her late mother, who also wore Fracas. Truth or Dare Naked was released in 2012 as a companion bottle.

GWEN STEFANI

Appeared in The Aviator, which was nominated for 11 Oscars.

Gwen as Jean Harlow, with bonus Leo

Gwen as Jean Harlow, with bonus Leo.

Gwen played original blonde bombshell, Jean Harlow, in this Scorsese picture starring the Susan Lucci of the Oscars, Leonardo DiCaprio, as notoriously odd Hollywood figure Howard Hughes. It was a brief role, but I think it’s legit. 

Gwen deserves inclusion because of her impressive roster of fragrances, from L to the L.A.M.B. collections in those adorable bottles.

Other Oscar-relevant performers who’ve released perfumes:

• Beyonce, performed one of Dreamgirls' Best Original Song nominees in 2007; she has nine perfumes.

• Celine Dion performed the winning Best Original Song “My Heart Will Go On” for Titanic in 1998; she has 15 perfumes.

• Faith Hill, performed “There You’ll Be,” nominated for Best Original Song for Pearl Harbor: she has four perfumes. (Her husband, Tim McGraw, has four colognes of his own and appeared in The Blind Side, which won Sandra Bullock her first Oscar. Talented pair!)

OK, let's talk perfumes and Oscars. Which of these fragrances is your favorite? Who do you think will win this year?