An Oscar-winner in the making! Golden girl Jessica Chastain wows in shimmering dress at Lawless premiere in Cannes Film Festival
22:28 GMT, 19 May 2012
Jessica Chastain could be sending a subliminal message to the Academy Awards board – wearing gold like an Oscars statuette.
The striking star stepped out in a shimmering golden dress for the screening of Lawless at Cannes.
Looking effortlessly graceful in her floor-length gown, The Help star chose a red carpet creation that was simply breathtaking.
Golden girl: Jessica Chastain looks breathtaking at the screening for Lawless in Cannes
The low-cut dress was titillating enough to show off cleavage, but the elegant train that trailed behind was classic Hollywood glamour.
Jessica's trademark strawberry blonde hair hung loosely down her back, with a few strands breaking free to wrap around her dramatic drop earrings.
New Hollywood darling: Jessica looked breathtaking in her gown
Co-stars: Shia LaBeouf also stars in Lawless, a tale of three brothers and their bootlegging business
The star-studded cast also boasts A-listers Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.
Newcomer Mia Wasikowska has been given another chance to shine too, after Tim Burton took a chance on her in 2010 for his remake of Alice In Wonderland.
A star is born: Jessica's tradmark strawberry blonde hair make her instantly recognisable
A wave for the fans: Director John Hillcoat, Shia and Jessica pay respect to the crowd
The film tells the tale of three brothers and their bootlegging business, with Nick Cave's screenplay based on the Matt Bondurant novel The Wettest County in the World.
Jessica is said to have a nude scene in the film, which she said would be 'interesting' to see on the silver screen.
Stealing her thunder: Romanian model Madalina Ghenea looks ravishing in dramatic dress as she offers a wave
Theatrical: Hungarian model Barbara Palvin and Italian model Bianca Balti opted for dramatic dresses
Help is on hand: Shia straightens Jessica's hemline as it appears to get caught
Speaking of the particular moment in the film, she told USA Today: 'It's going to be interesting to see this film in a huge theater. Because I am, you know, more exposed.
'It will be totally embarrassing. I am going to be bright red. I'll have to cover my eyes during that scene.'
It don't matter if you're black or white: Israeli model Hofit Golan and the niece of Italian designer Giorgio Armani, Roberta Armani, wear very different styles with fairy princess glamour and androgynous chic
Switching styles: The cast were a little more casual during the photocall earlier in the day
Meanwhile, co-star Shia said being in Cannes is part of a 'learning curve'.
The Transformers star said: 'Cannes is a big part of my learning curve. I've lost friends. I've experienced extreme heartbreak here.'
Other famous faces to get in on the action and descend on the red carpet were beauty queens of the fashion world.
Cheer up, love: Tom didn't look too impressed having to talk to the press
Cool as cucumbers: Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis and P Diddy scrubbed up well in their suits
Colourful creation: Brnice Bejo injected some fun with her beaded and pastel pleat dress
Hungarian model Barbara Palvin looked cute as a button in a metallic zigzag dress, while Italian model Bianca Balti chose a dramatic black dress with a large floral print on it – complete with cherub.
Israeli model Hofit Golan was also on show in a fairy princess prom dream, while the niece of Italian designer Giorgio Armani, Roberta Armani, wore an androgynous chic black suit.
A face for the catwalk: Rising star Barbara Palvin looks flawless – and she's only 18
Ready for their close-up: German actress Heike Makatsc and Madalina gave Jessica a run for her money
Bellissimo: Bianca may have a carrer on the runway, but she looked ready for a Hollywood role
Brnice Bejo brought a splash of colour in a pastel beaded number.
The 35-year-old is best known for her work in The Artist, for which she received an Oscar nomination last year for Best Supporting Actress.
Bringing a book to life: Nick Cave's screenplay is based on Matt Bondurant's The Wettest County In The World