As the Oscar red carpet fast approaches (and, oh yeah, the actual Oscars), we’re particularly excited about seeing the outfits of two first-time nominees and heretofore unknowns: Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) and Carey Mulligan (An Education). In the seven months of premieres, parties, and award shows that have served as the run-up to Oscar night — a period where many freshman starlets might choose to play it safe, for fear of landing on the worst-dressed lists — both of these women have consistently made risky sartorial choices, some of which paid off, and some of which should pay us off to forget they ever happened. Translation: On Sunday, these ladies could trot out anything. So as we wait to see who will make the bigger splash on Hollywood’s Night of Nights, we present a side-by-side comparison to see which starlet, Anna or Carey, so far reigns supreme on the red carpet. Think of it as a slideshow Thunderdome, but with fewer loincloths.