Sigourney Weaver Helen Mirren Kathryn Bigelow Meryl Streep Oscars 2010

Photos: Sigourney Weaver, Helen Mirren, Kathryn Bigelow and Meryl Streep show the young ones how it's done. Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com (2) | Getty Images (2)

Sure there were lots of bright young things at the 2010 Oscars. But the real stars were arguably the women who have been to the red carpet before -- many times before -- and know how it's done.

They know what looks good on them. They walk with confidence. They don't tug at their gowns or fuss with their hair. They smile like they know good secrets -- and they probably do.

Hats off to women such as "Avatar" star Sigourney Weaver, 60, resplendent in a red Lanvin one-shouldered dress, with a brooch perched high on her shoulder.

Helen Mirren, 64, nominated for her work in "The Last Station," wore a pewter Badgley Mischka dress with shimmering, sheer long sleeves -- totally elegant.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, 58, wore pewter as well, a simple Edition Soir Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati gown that did justice to her figure and then got out of the way so we could focus on her work on "The Hurt Locker."

And of course, there was Meryl. Meryl Streep, 60, at the Oscars this time for her work as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia" looked magnificent in a white cleavage-bearing dress by "Project Runway" alum Chris March. Daring, maybe, but didn't look downmarket at all.

We can't wait to see what these women wear next. Until then, take a look at all the Oscar 2010 highlights here.