Oscar night!

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I did! Lucky for me, they were over at 10 MST time, rather than midnight for all of my eastern timezone friends. I totally missed the Golden Globes because of the whole timezone thing, so I made sure I was well aware of what was on when this time, as well as who was wearing what! I noticed that many of the dresses at this year’s Oscars were muted – lots of whiteish, goldish, silverish, nudish tones that at first glance washed some of the stars out, but upon closer scrutiny produced an overall look that I thought was glamorous and polished. Some of my favourite looks were:

Elizabeth Banks in Versace. I think she looks so elegant and poised!

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka. I wouldn’t wear this gown myself, but that’s because it’s meant for a striking older woman such as this!

Kristen Stewart in Monique Lhullier. She always looks so sullen and disinterested in everything, including her presenter’s speech, but I have to admit I love her dress and it’s one of the gowns from last night that I can see myself in.

Meryl Streep in Chris March. Yay for Project Runway alum Chris March! His dress isn’t one I would wear, but Meryl looks fabulous and I can’t deny her fresh and natural beauty. I think she looks lovely!

Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham. I’m not a huge fan of Miley Cyrus (or her perpetually horrible posture on Oscar night) but I am a fan of her dress. This is another one I can see myself in. So pretty!

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa. Best actress winner Sandra wins my favourite look of the night. The total package of her dress, hair, and makeup are just so damn fabulous! I could gush about and dissect this look for a long time…

Tina Fey in Michael Kors. As soon as I saw Tina on the red carpet, I knew this was a dress I would wear, and after seeing everything else the stars had to offer, Tina’s gown is still the one dress I can most see myself in. The cut, the print, the colour, the subtle gathering on the thigh…I love, love, love it! And Tina looks great, too, of course…

Amanda Seyfried in Armani Prive. How classically beautiful does Amanda look in this picture?!

Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka. The dress isn’t what I think is remarkable here – that would Queen Latifah herself!  I think her makeup looks simple and natural with that special touch of glamour that seems to be her signature look at red-carpet events. I do have to say, though, that’s an unfortunate shot of the woman in blue behind The Queen.

Penelope Cruz in Donna Karan. The colour and style of this dress is a combination I would never choose for myself, but I think Penelope looks gorgeous! I didn’t see her in the red carpet show, but when she came out onstage, I said “wow!” Her makeup looks perfect against her skin and the wine/burgundy shade of her dress.

Vera Farmiga in Marchesa. I didn’t think I liked Vera’s dress, but that’s because I didn’t see it from the front in a shot like this! The position of her arm and the curve and structure of the ruffles against her open hip make this dress (and her!) look amazing!

So, those are my favourite looks, for one reason or another, and while I definitely have my least favourite looks, too, I want to showcase some of my “I can’t decide if I like it or not” looks from last night. What do you think:

Deborah Ann Woll in Nicole Miller. I like the colour, the detail at the waist, the plunging neckline, and the fact that she has red hair and looks gorgeous. But do I like everything together? I just don’t know.

Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab. I am in love with the wrapping on the upper half of the dress, and the actual cut is great, too, but I think it might be the colours that are throwing me off. Too pale for her, perhaps?

Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab. In her defence, the original gown she was supposed to wear was blue and she hated it so she ended up with this one. I think it’s a pretty dress, but too close to the colour of her skin tone.

Demi Moore in Versace. Again, I think this dress is beautiful, just too close to Demi’s skin colour!

Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta. OK, you can’t say that this dress is any way unattractive. The sparkles! The trim! The icy colour! I think the problem is that it just doesn’t seem Cameron to me. Her hairstyle doesn’t really suit her, either. Too stuffy…or something.

Here she is at the Vanity Fair party – doesn’t this seem so much more Cameron?

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten. I feel like I should like this dress, but at the same time I can’t convince myself that I do. So I guess I don’t. Or do I? What I do know is that Maggie looks gorgeous!

So now that I’ve hmmmmed and hawed over those looks, here are the ones I saw and said to myself “No!!”

Charlize Theron in Dior. I saw someone Tweet that the patterns around her breasts looked like Cinnabons, and now that’s all I can see when I look at this dress.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel. Oh, woe to one of the women whose look I was most anticipating. What is that strap across her neck? I do not like this dress at all, and when I saw her interviewed on the red carpet, she looked too tanned. Did anyone else notice that?

Zoe Saldana in Riccardo Tischi. Do I really need to say anything about this?

Carey Mulligan in Prada. I am really turned off by the cut of the front of this dress. And, Carey’s shoes look too chunky and are too strappy for such a dress as this. There’s just too much going on and you don’t know where to look!

Molly Ringwald. Her dress is actually fine, and so is her makeup; it was her blank fembot recitation of her presenter speech that bothered me. Her eyes were so wide and staring and vacant! Sorry, fellow redhead.

Mariah Carey in Valentino. I’ll say it plain: she looks stuffed into this. Also, I think her heels are too high and clash with her clutch and white dress-applique.

Now that I have gone over the whole fashion thing, I just want to make a few honorable mentions/general observations from last night:

Does best actor winner Jeff Bridges not seem like the friendliest, most easygoing man ever?!

Why did George Clooney looked pissed off every time the camera panned to him? He usually cracks a smile!

Funny line #1: Steve Martin on Meryl Streep – Anyone who works with her knows two things. “Can that woman act, and what’s up with all that Hitler memorabilia?”

Funny line #2: Robert Downey Jr. to Tina Fey on the relationship between actors and writers – It’s “a collaboration between handsome, beautiful people and you sickly mole-people.”


What were your favourite Oscar looks and moments?

11 thoughts on “Oscar night!

  1. I have seen that picture of Queen Latifah a couple places today and never even noticed the lady in blue till you mentioned it! Unfortunate is putting it mildly :s. I actually really loved Rachel McAdams and Demi Moore’s dresses! They were two of my favorites. I totally agree with all your “no’s”. I almost choked when I saw Charlize Theron and Mariah in particular (but when is Mariah really ever dressed well?).

  2. oh PS I wish Jeff Bridges was my next door neighbour. He is just so sweet I wish I could invite him over for some iced tea and pie or something!

  3. Ami, you’re right – Mariah is never dressed well. What I don’t get about stars like her is if you’re on the worst-dressed lists time after time, why not do something about it?! And Charlize is usually one of the best-dressed! I read today that she was “defending” her Oscar dress choice. I wouldn’t want to be in that position!

  4. You didn’t include Kathryn Bigelow’s dress, I liked that one, although I did read a bad review of it. My favorites from your list were Sandra Bullock and Queen Latifah – she looked really nice. The worst was Sarah Jessica Parker – you know I am not a big fan of her at all!!! And Miley Cryrus -not a dress for her!

  5. I didn’t watch the Oscars, so I really appreciate this roundup. My favourite is Sandra Bullock. Imagine that in off-white as a wedding dress!!! I agree with all your other observations. However, I’m not a big fan of the one shoulder look, so Tina Fey’s is OWT! I also want to add that it’s completely unfair that Kristen Stewart is wearing that beautiful dress. She doesn’t deserve it if she can’t smile in it! I could go on and on about the worst dressed. What were they thinking?

  6. I am SO with you on SJP. I couldn’t STAND that dress and all we could talk about was how orange she looked. Also, what was with her hair? It was all pulled back tight and coiffed, and then it looked like someone mussed it up all around the front. Completely bad in every way.

    I love Carey Mulligan, I thought she looked appropriate for her young age. Her hair and makeup were impeccable in my books.

    Totally agreed, Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart need to stand up straight! And all the women there need to eat a sandwich. Except that Gabourey Sidibe. (I’m awful.)

  7. Mom, no, I didn’t include Kathryn Bigelow’s dress because I felt nothing for it. I didn’t like it, I didn’t hate it, and there wasn’t anything curious about it to pique my interest. She did look glamorous for a director, though! Haha. Oh, I also later heard her dress described as “too mother of the bride.” I don’t think it was that bad, but it was probably in border territory.

    Erin, I didn’t know you weren’t a fan of the one-shoulder! The horror, saying Tina Fey is OWT! And after I thought it was the dress I would most likely wear! Haha! Why does Kristen Stewart never smile? She’s like the Olsen twins, and thus the mystery: what do all of their teeth look like?

    Caroline, I agree that SJP’s hair was a fright. Her face also looked a bit tight, and the colour of her dress did not complement her new orange skin tone. I also agree that Carey Mulligan’s hair and makeup were on point (her earrings looked great with her pixie cut, too!) – it was just her dress that threw everything off for me.

  8. Hmm…we agree on Sandra Bullock (not only did i have dress-envy, but major hair-envy as well), but we’ll have to part ways on good ol’ Destiny Hope Cyrus. I was not a fan of her dress at all, though you may be right in noting it was really the posture that ruined it.

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  9. Alissa, I had to laugh when you said “Destiny Hope Cyrus.” I read somewhere else that Miley blew in to the Oscars talking like a trucker, and your use of her full name just reinforced that image in my mind. “Party in the USA!” Haha!

  10. I actually loved SJP’s dress! I thought it was gorgeous!
    Sandra Bullock’s dress was also very beautiful but I wasn’t a fan of her makeup – I thought she look garish. But it may have also just been the way it was coming across on my tv.

    I also thought Anna Kendrick gown was super pretty – but you’re right; it didn’t stand out enough because it’s too close to her skin tone.

  11. Kristy, I thought Sandra Bullock’s makeup looked fantastic! And, of course, I did not like SJP’s dress at all. Clearly there are some things on which we just have to part ways! Haha!

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