The Oscars are the biggest night in Hollywood and for that reason it is my favorite awards show of all time. Traditionally, stars save their best and most dramatic dresses for the Oscars. I’ve seen some great looks this year at The Globes and at the SAGs so I was excited and prepared to be wowed.
Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier
Rachel might be my Best Dressed of the entire night. This satin-like fabric can be so incredibly hard to pull off and can often times look cheap and be unforgiving on a lot of body types. This dress is anything but unforgiving on her. The color looks so amazing with her skin tone and her hair color and her body is rocking. She was a show-stopper on the carpet for sure.
Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace
Jen be like, “Ben Affleck who?” Man oh man is she smoking! The best way to spice up a basic black dress is to add different textures. Jen did this perfectly with this gown. The sparkle on her left side and on her waist line give dimension and a rough texture look to the dress, and the shoulder sash that comes down and bunches adds the extra element of a smoother texture. The mixture of all three of these elements together is perfection. I love her choice of no necklace and simple earrings. She looks phenomenal.
Naomi Watts in Armani Privé
Naomi was like a disco ball that everyone couldn’t help but stare at as she walked the carpet. She was actually only at the Oscars to support her husband, Liev Schreiber. One of the Red Carpet correspondents was saying that she was torn between two dresses and left the decision up to Liev and this was the dress he picked. Bravo to him cause homegirl looks amazing.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein
Saoirse is of Irish heritage and was saying in her Red Carpet interview that she picked this emerald green dress to pay honor to her Irish roots. I’m a firm believer that you can look glamorous and sexy without wearing a dress that is completely sheer (looking at you Kim K. and Beyonce). This dress is the perfect example of that. The deep V gives it that touch of sexiness but the rest of the dress is very simple and glamorous. Bravo my dear, you killed it!
This next category is something I haven’t done before, but I felt compelled to do this time around. A lot of times on a carpet I find looks that are so close to being a home-run for me but just fell short. I like to call these near-misses. There were quite a few near-misses for me last night so I knew I wanted to include this section.
Kerry Washington in Atelier Versace
I like this dress a lot in theory, but there are a few things I have a problem with. First, I don’t care who you are, I don’t think leather is ever really appropriate on an Oscars Red Carpet. Second, I think this would have been an amazing dress for the SAGS, but for the Oscars, no way. Third, I think the straps look like a random afterthought and I also think the leather straps that come down onto the white fabric on her hips are not flattering. In your mind, take away the straps, get rid of the black fabric on her hips, and picture her at the SAGs. She’s on my best dressed list no doubt then.
Charlize Theron in Dior
A lot of people were raving about this dress and I have to say in all honesty I was not super impressed. Charlize is a stunning woman and she’s going to look beautiful in anything, so her looking “good” wasn’t the problem for me. I just honestly feel like she could have done a lot better. I was not a fan of how the straps split on the shoulder, but more so than the straps and I hate the necklace and find it to be gaudy and distracting. She should have ditched the necklace and gone with some gorgeous drop earrings which would have added extra glam and drama to her look with out the gaudiness.
Cate Blanchett in Armani
Another look that was the talk of the night. I think this is going to be an iconic Oscar look that people will remember for years and years. The color is gorgeous and unique and the fit is impeccable. In those aspects, this dress deserves top honors. I love the feather flowers on her shoulders, but in my opinion the fact that they went all the way down to the bottom of this dress is what ruins it for me. It’s just too much for me personally. Had the feathers been heavier on the shoulders and then slowly faded away I would be in love with this look, but as it is, it’s a near miss for me.
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Alicia has been rocking the Red Carpet all season long. As beautiful as this color and this dress is, I cannot get past the fact that the bottom looks like a comforter. Bubbled hemlines are god-awful to me in general, but the fact that this is a raised bubble hemline makes my stomach literally churn. The rest of this dress and this look is a huge hit, but the bottom is a complete fail.
Rooney Mara in Givenchy
I think I’m realizing I’m just not a Givenchy fan, because I’m not sure if I have ever liked a Givenchy dress on the Red Carpet. I’ll give it to them, their gowns are always on trend and are always made with such precision and detail, but on the other hand they’re always ugly to me. Cate Blanchett wore one of the ugliest dresses I have ever seen to the 2016 Golden Globes and whaddya know it was Givenchy. This dress is equally as hideous.
Heidi Klum in Versace
When I saw Heidi on the carpet in this, I literally said, out loud, “oh my God, what the f*uck is she wearing!” I don’t know if it’s her new man friend or what it is, but Heidi has been completely bombing on the Red Carpet as of late. That soul-killing yellow dress she wore at the 2015 Emmy’s still makes my eyes burn when I think about it. Usually in most bad dresses, I can find some detail or portion of the dress I think is good, or was a good thought. I think if you asked me to find the silver lining on this dress, I literally would come up without an answer. She should be put into a 3 event Red Carpet time-out until she proves she can can stop wearing the ugliest things on the planet.
Olivia Wilde in Valentino
I love Olivia Wilde and I think she has great fashion style and a great body, but this dress does nothing to compliment her body or her fashion style. The accordion style skirt is extremely hard to pull off in my personal opinion and she is definitely not pulling it off. Her beautiful shape is completely lost and I hate how the fabric drapes over her shoulders on the back and makes it look like she’s almost wearing shoulder pads. Not impressed with this look at all.