MTV Movie Awards 2011 Dresses: Minis Rule Red Carpet

Emma Stone, Leighton Meester, Kristen Stewart, Reese Witherspoon short minidresses MTV Movie Awards

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Short story: Emma Stone, Leighton Meester, Kristen Stewart, and Reese Witherspoon at the MTV Movie Awards.

They've got legs ... and they know how to use them!

It could have been the summer heat, or the carefree atmosphere, but Hollywood's style queens happily traded in their full-length gowns for thigh-baring minidresses at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5.

Balmain scored a hat trick in helping three starlets reach new heights. Best Female Performer winner Kristen Stewart sank her teeth into a Twilight-appropriate blood-red strapless number embellished with punk-rock safety pins.

Up for Best Villain, Leighton Meester put on the glitz in a Balmain Fall 2011 silver disco ball-style minidress, which she paired with strappy black suede and rhinestone Pierre Hardy heels, Bulgari jewels, and a Paco Rabanne bag.

Emma Stone (clad in a sheer lace Bottega Veneta number) and Generation Award honoree Reese Witherspoon (in a black-and-gray Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2011 Leopard-Print Jacquard Bustier Dress paired with Neil Lane jewelry and nude Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps) also bucked summer's maxidress trend.

Presenter Mila Kunis also went with French fashion house Balmain for her embellished miniskirt paired with a blousy black top. The actress's flash of leg—not to mention her glossy pin-straight locks, Charlotte Olympia heels, and Hoorsenbuhs jewelry—clearly made a big impression on co-star Justin Timberlake, who couldn't resist a grope or two on-stage.

Meanwhile, Emma Watson deflty toed the line between sweet and sexy with a white silk Marchesa mini boasting hand-embroidered cap sleeves and neckline. Silver Brian Atwood heels helped play up the leggy look.

With stems like that, can you blame them?