Unlike that difficult piqu turn combination in Black Swan, Natalie Portman totally nailed it in this gorgeous Rodarte number. The jeweled neckline subtly brought the focus to the actress' main accessory--her baby bump, and Portman's side-swept waves showed off her unique matching tassel earrings. She even thanked the Mulleavy sisters (the brains behind Rodarte who also designed costumes for Black Swan) in her Best Actress acceptance speech.
If you didn't know who Jennifer Lawrence was before, we guarantee you'll remember her in this stunning Calvin Klein gown. The first-time Best Actress nominee (for Winter's Bone) wisely kept her blonde hair and makeup simple yet sexy to complement her knockout red dress.
Worst Dressed List veteran Nicole Kidman kept up her streak in befuddling Dior Couture. We get that she was trying to do something different in terms of the silhouette, but there was no explanation for the big arrow-shaped panel around her hips and the odd front slit--or why Kidman wore red satin shoes (you can't see 'em here, but trust us, they're there). Also, the hairstyle... Sorry, we just fell asleep.
If you've been following our award season coverage, you're probably well aware that we are Hailee Steinfeld'sbiggest fans. Not only was she amazing in True Grit, she has the composure and eloquence of someone three times her age (that being 14) in all red carpet interviews. We're not the only ones on the Hailee train, though--the actress worked with Marchesa to design this one-of-a-kind dress for her first Oscars.
Fine, Mila Kunis, we get it. You look good in every single color: green at the Golden Globes, fiery reds at the SAGs and now this Ellie Saab in a gorgeous shade of lilac. Not only that, you can pull off "Is that a bra? No, I think it's the dress" lace accents and sheer lace side panels while still looking totally classy. So we officially challenge you to show up at the next red carpet event in a couture burlap sack. Except you'd probably look amazing in burlap.
Well this was an interesting turn of events. Melissa Leo showed up wearing a gold-foiled doily with a popped collar and still managed to walk away with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar despite dropping an f-bomb on national television.
After returning your tween sister's bedspread that she wore to the SAGs (we hope she washed and ironed it first), Michelle Williams knocked it out of the park at the Oscars in a beaded white Chanel gown. The Blue Valentine star kept her makeup and jewelry understated, and her edgy platinum pixie kept her look from erring on the side of too girly.
This navy beaded L'Wren Scott gown was a risk for Amy Adams, who usually sticks to more classic styles. The risk totally paid off, though, because the redheaded Best Supporting Actress nominee had a total Jessica Rabbit sexpot vibe going on with her side-parted wavy hairstyle. We also loved her bold choice of contrasting emerald jewelry.
First, we have to classify this strapless red Valentino as Anne Hathaway's "red carpet dress" because the actress went on to wear at least five other outfits throughout the course of her hosting duties. Looking at the flounces on the lower half of this gown, we were very concerned that a stressed-out wedding planner somewhere was desperately wondering where her aisle runners went.
Um, Scarlett Johansson? We're starting to think that your hairstylist, makeup artist and stylist don't always have your best interests at heart. This hairstyle is definitely a vast improvement from the whole Bride of Frankenstein incident at the Golden Globes, but we can't let you off the hook entirely. What's with the dowdy dress? Were you and Melissa Leo in some sort of "come dressed as your favorite doily" competition?
Now this is more like it, Sandra Bullock. We'll just call your thick, blunt bangs and matronly dress at the Golden Globes your temporary foray into emo-ville (that would explain your sullen expression in every photo, right?) and welcome you back onto the Best Dressed list with this red Vera Wang gown. Also great? Bullock's slightly unkempt ballerina bun and red lipstick.
Jennifer Hudson looks absolutely amazing after her weight loss this past year. That's why we were very disappointed to see the Oscar and Grammy winner in an unfortunate tangerine-colored Versace gown with a hip bustle (why would you add width to your hips when you just lost width from them, J. Hud?) and one of the most pancaking-of-the-boobs (actual scientific/technical term, we checked) halter tops ever.
This shimmery Calvin Klein gown fell over Gwyneth Paltrow's yoga-toned body like cascading water. The unique neckline and hip accent kept the dress from looking too monochromatic, and the actress wisely wore her hair sleek and super straight to highlight her colorful jeweled earrings.
This is a still from the upcoming sequel to 101 Dalmatians, in which the evil Cruella de Vil tires of puppies and decides that birds are more to her liking. Oh no, wait, sorry, this is Sharon Stone wearing Dior at the Oscars. Our bad.
Does the woman in the extremely fitted red L'Wren Scott dress in this picture look like she just had a child? Penelope Cruz had a baby a month ago, and then she showed up at the Oscars looking like this. Yeah, we know. In addition to her ridiculous post-pregnancy body, there's her totally great long, honey-brown hair. Come on, Penelope, give us regular folk a chance.
Florence Welch, we know that you were wearing Valentino Couture. Nevertheless, if a dress ever forces you to ask yourself the ever-important question, "Could this have come from the costume department of the musical Oklahoma!?" you might want to leave a few tiers off of your skirt. Or, you know, skip the tiered skirt entirely. You don't want anyone asking you to perform "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" as the after party is winding down, do you?
Cate Blanchett really can do no wrong in our book, but this Givenchy Couture number proved it. From the gorgeous lavender color to the geometric detailing of the shoulders,and the yellow baubles on the collar and back, there was no other dress like it on the red carpet at the Oscars. Even if the gown wasn't to your taste, you have to give Blanchett credit for dressing like a work of art.