Oscars: Fashion Recap

Though I’ve recapped the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and the Grammys, let’s be honest – this is the Super Bowl of red carpet fashion. So, naturally, I was pumped about the Oscar red carpet. However…I found myself underwhelmed. There was really no show-stopping look to me (I mean, nothing like this or this or this). To be sure, there were some good looks, but they were lackluster compared to past years, I thought. Here’s what I liked, what I loathed, and what fell somewhere in between.

My Best Dressed:

  • Michelle Williams: I love that she’s always true to her style – this just seemed so her. At first I wasn’t sure about the little skirt around the middle, but it grew on me. This was unique and beautiful.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: I loved this look. Everything about it was sleek and modern – from the hair to the cut of the dress. I wasn’t a huge fan of the little cape, but everyone kept saying it was cold, so I’ll give her a pass on that.
  • Jessica Chastain: This dress took awhile to grow on me; the pattern was a little aggressive. Ultimately, though, I thought it looked bold and striking. And her hair was perfect.
  • Octavia Spencer: Adored this dress – I loved how all the lines of sparkles met in the middle of the dress’s front. Also, though it’s a small detail, I loved her earrings. Unrelated note: she made me cry when she won. Awwww!

My Worst Dressed:

  • Melissa Leo: I thought this was odd, but not in a good way. I didn’t like how the top of the dress looked almost like a shirt, and I thought the whole dress looked droopy. Very strange.
  • Melissa McCarthy: I wanted to love her dress, but I did not like the color – I thought it washed her out. I also wasn’t sure how I felt about the super sparkly collar and belt.
  • Shailene Woodley: This is a nice dress, but not on her – she’s 20 going on 45 in it! Just way too matronly. She looks like an Amish grandmother.
  • Sandra Bullock: What’s up with that top? And the weird squiggly gold belt? Is this really Marchesa?? Also, her ponytail was way too tight and severe.

Split Decision:

  • Jennifer Lopez: If not for her sleeves, I’m almost certain she would’ve been my number one best dressed. But, man – those sleeves were heinous. Her hair, makeup, and earrings were all flawless though.
  • Kristen Wiig: Love the silhouette and shape of the dress, hate the color – it almost matches her skin perfectly and thus washes her out. Her hair was also a bit beach-y for the Oscars.
  • Emma Stone: She also would’ve been a contender for overall best dressed, but I couldn’t get past the gigantic shoulder bow.
  • Cameron Diaz: The train of her dress was gorgeous, but the top was so boring – and crazy tight. Not even Cameron Diaz can pull that off.

Other Fashion Awards of Note:

  • Best Black: Okay, the thigh slit was a little out of control, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Angelina Jolie. I haven’t been a fan of her red carpet looks all season, but I liked this one. But, please, Angelina – eat a sandwich, for the love of God.
  • Prettiest Polka Dots: I feel like polka dots plus Oscars should not work, but it does on Natalie Portman. This was a fun dress – I just wish she had done something more with her hair; it looked flat and almost a little greasy.
  • Boldest Move: Everything about Viola Davis‘s ensemble made a statement – from the color of her dress, to the wraparound detailing on the train, to her natural hair. I thought she rocked the look.
  • Best Old Hollywood Glamour: From head to toe, Penelope Cruz‘s look was simply classic. The color and cut of her dress, the length of the train, and her hairstyle all screamed quintessential Hollywood glamour. Well done.

  • Most Simultaneously Safe and Stunning: The dress was relatively simple and perhaps slightly boring, but Tina Fey looked damn good. Her hairstyle and earrings were also fantastic.
  • Most Fabulous at Any Age: I loved that Glenn Close‘s look was beautiful yet still age-appropriate. The deep emerald green color was gorgeous, and the jacket over top made it appropriate for her.
  • Fiercest Hair: I like Rose Byrne‘s dress well enough, but I’m flat-out obsessed with her hair. I think it elevates everything about her look. So dramatic.
  • Most Indicative of Her Impending Win: This dress was a lot of gold, but I thought Meryl Streep looked great. Plus, during the pre-show, E! mentioned that in something like 4 out of 10 years, the best actress winner has been wearing a gold dress. And it worked out for Meryl here, too.

  • Most in Need of a Smile: I don’t understand why Rooney Mara has chosen to act like Lisbeth Salander in real life; it’s like method acting to the extreme. You’re nominated for an Academy Award – just crack a smile already! Her hair was too severe, and something about the top of the dress felt off to me.
  • Oddest Shoulder Pads: Just when I think Maya Rudolph is making progress on her red carpet choices, she shows up in this. The top was too conservative and matronly, and the silver shoulder pads were awful.
  • Most Similar to an Actual Oscar Statuette: I’ve loved Stacy Keibler‘s dresses all season, but I did not like this one. Doesn’t she look like an Oscar herself? And that gigantic bow/ruffle/whatever on her hip was strange.
  • Most Disappointing: Since she is so stunning, I felt like Berenice Bejo should’ve been a candidate for best dressed. But this look was severely underwhelming, from the pale color to the long sleeves to the random confetti-ish pieces sprinkled all over the dress.
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