Watching the Academy Awards and then reviewing the looks in photos during and afterwards, there were no dresses that I found appalling or didn’t even like for that matter. There were many that were either worn wrong and should not have been worn at the awards ceremony. This year there were a few that took the risks that I wanted to see and some that played it safe. I read around and was glad to see many agree with my SJP stance and was stunned to find some in the top lists. Anyway, below are my top looks of the night.
Honorable Mentions: Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, and Charlize Theron. It was the perfect opportunity for Sandra Bullock to take a big risk as it was her night to shine, but she wore a safe Marchesa gown that actually bored me, despite all of the sparkle and shine. It was a little Oscars on ice for me, which could have been awesome. I expected more color, preferably something like this Dior Haute Couture gown. Kate Winslet looked ravishing in silver YSL, but it was predictable this year. Charlize, Charlize, Charlize. She always takes risks and the Galliano gown was criticized based on the flowered bodice bringing the focal point to her breasts. Not that I’m defending it, at least she looked good in it and was confident.
#10: Cameron Diaz – Oscar de la Renta
I’m not a huge fan of Cameron Diaz, but I chose her as number ten because for the past few years, it has seemed she replays her looks, and this year she just went with a shiny, studded gown that showed off her beauty. Now only if that gown could give her better acting skills is an entirely different discussion.
#9: Helen Mirren – Badgley Mischka/Sigourney Weaver – Lanvin
I love these two women. Dame Helen Mirren and Sigourney Weaver, 64 and 60 respectively, really overshadowed the younger generations. Being mature women, both showed that you can still look glamorous even at an older age. Helen Mirren is such a beautiful woman and Sigourney doesn’t show her age at all. Red rarely works on redheads, but Sigourney truly makes it work in the draped Lanvin.
#8: Nicole Richie – Reem Acra
Why Nicole Richie even found it necessary to even show up to the awards show is beyond me, but she did look stunning. She ran with the recent 60’s-inspired look that seems to be running rampant on the runways and made the best of it. She has come a long way from trashy jean skirts and unwashed hair of her youth. The kimono-style sleeves and the floor-length complete with train looks magnificent and stunning.
#7: Jennifer Lopez – Armani Prive
Say what you want about the Armani Privé fabric, but I’m in love with this. It’s rare that Jennifer lets anything take over her, and that is certainly not the case here. She is definitely rocking this flow-y gown that accentuates her body’s every curve. While Anna Seyfried wore a similar look from the same line, her skin was too pale for her to pull it off. In Jennifer’s case, it’s just right. Muy caliente, J-Lo.
#6: Meryl Streep – Chris March
Meryl Streep looked absolutely divine in white. This is one instance where a plain look is so much more than that. This does so many good things for her body and has an interesting silhouette that made her look like the star she really is.
#5: Tom Ford
It’s no wonder Tom Ford, fashion designer and director, looks so sexy in this fitted tux of his own design. He makes it so high in the list because he looks so damn fine that you can’t argue just who great he looks.
#4: Sarah Jessica Parker – Chanel Haute Couture
Sarah Jessica Parker, fashion icon. I am in love with this Chanel Haute Couture Gown. Love. I love the intricate flower bodice and I love the silhouette, especially the detail in the back. She worked this dress and the color does wonders to her skin. It is so refreshing to see her so on point with trends and style that she’s never behind, maybe generally ahead. This 60’s look is absolutely marvelous.
#3: Tina Fey – Michael Kors
Okay, asymmetrical gowns were the trend that no one really wanted to see anymore. The playing it safe gown. This particular Michael Kors makes Tina Fey so classy. Who knew the funny lady could look so glamorous? I really like this on her and she should really take more risks with her personality in her future. This on most would like just another dress, but on Tina Fey it’s another leap in the right direction.
#2: Carey Mulligan – Prada
Carey Mulligan is so adorable and sophisticated. This jeweled Prada is to die for, not to mention the style that many wanted to see her wear for the event. She has the personality to play off many and great things, so it’s no wonder she didn’t just go with the norm. The beading allowed less jewelry, but I feel if she added a necklace with color, it would be a perfect look.
#1: Zoe Saldana – Givenchy Haute Couture
Neytiri, I would like to thank you for showing up in the best and most interesting gown of the evening. My favorite. I was just looking at Givenchy Haute Couture last week wondering if I would ever see this gown somewhere and if it could be played off so wonderful. Well, my dreams came true. You killed it last night. The jeweled bodice, the slit, the multi-toned chiffon puffs of purple, to die for. I’m so glad someone took a risk and this person being you. You really stepped up your A-game from the Golden Globes, so I don’t care to hear any negativity to this look. The hair, your adorable smile, the cocktail ring. Perfection.