Oscars Red Carpet: Best and Worst Dressed

Take it away, girls.

Best Dressed: Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

She took a risk and it paid off. The lilac color compliments her skin beautifully. The cut is flattering – look at that tiny little waist! – but totally unique. The pearly beading is exquisite, and the hint of yellow on the shoulders is fabulous. Nobody does it like Cate.

Runner Up: Anne Hathaway in Valentino

Anne Hathaway in Valentino

We already gushed over Anne Hathaway in her own personal red carpet post, but we’ve got to include it here just to give it our #2 spot. Home run.

Sexiest Bitch Alive: Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

My next favorite was Mila Kunis in this lavender Elie Saab gown. I swear to God, she has never looked hotter. The combination of draping and lace is so elegant, and so delicate, and her tits look AMAZING. Love the hair, the makeup, the pose, the jewels, everything. Sex kitten gone glam.

Annette Bening in Naeem Khan

Annette Bening in Naeem Khan

This was my red carpet prediction for Eva Longoria, but I’m thrilled it’s on someone I actually admire and respect, worn with true style and grace. Annette Bening is a goddess, and although Natalie Portman is amazing, I would have loved to see the Academy go against popular sentiment and give it to Annette, a four-time nominee and zero-time winner who’s been in the industry for decades. Oh, and did I mention she looks fucking amazing?

Florence Welch performing in Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2011

So, this totally doesn’t count in my judgment of the best on the red carpet, because this was Flo’s performance gown, not her red carpet look. But it’s so good I had to post it anyway.

I predicted Natalie Portman would rock this gorgeous orange silk gown, but it was flame-haired Flo who brought the stunning drapery and amazing color to her performance at the Oscars.

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection

Simple, chic, and flawless.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte

The dress? Gorgeous. It emphasizes her fabulous baby bump without making her look like she’s about to topple over. Many hated the giant purple tassel earrings, but I was all about it. The hair and makeup are perfect. The boobs are amazing, the color is lovely – but she gets a few points subtracted for totally wearing the same “unique” color last year:


Natalie Portman in Lanvin, November 2010


Don’t get me wrong, she’s rocking both dresses, but there’s only so many times you can pull off that color. And both last year and this weekend, she made a purple satin strappy shoe choice that I just cannot support.

America’s Sweetheart: Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa

Hailee Steinfeld is a fourteen-year-old Oscar nominee, so even though she’s following Hollywood trends with her nude dress, nude shoes, and shiny purse, we’re loving it because it’s exactly what she should be wearing! I think she actually didn’t need to go quite so little-girly – I mean, that colorblocked Prada gown she wore to the SAG Awards was absolutely phenomenal, and its charm was that it was both youthful and funky. Obviously it’s the Oscars and she wouldn’t want to go too crazy, but I’m looking forward to her pulling some more tricks out of her sleeve.

Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood

Sex goddess. It’s a little Madonna, no?

Sharon Stone in Christian Dior

Working it like a drag queen, after all these years.

Amy Adams in L’Wren Scott

The perfect dress, which she ruined with the world’s worst styling. The hair is too big, the makeup too heavy, the jewelry too loud and tacky – everything needs to be minimalized in order to showcase this remarkable gown.

Helena Bonham Carter in Colleen Atwood

I mean, this is pretty conservative when you’re Bellatrix fucking Lestrange. Love the hair, love the bodice and the crazy shoulders, and LOVE the fan-shaped purse!

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in L’Wren Scott

She just gave birth a few weeks ago, and is already red carpet ready. And those post-natal boobs are seriously working for her – not that she needed any help in that area. Not loving all the embellishments on the dress, but the cut is great for her.

Michelle Williams in Chanel

This could have been one of the best gowns on the red carpet, had it been in a different color. This greyish nude is just sort of painful to look at. Starlets, do not fear color! It is your friend!

Scarlett Johanssen in Dolce & Gabbana

This looked way better on TV than it does in photos. The colors were richer, less dusty, and the whole effect was much less matronly. But this is like slutty in some places and frumpy in others, with colors that clash with each other and the red carpet. And don’t get me started on that hair.

Florence Welch in Valentino

The color was way worse on television – grayer and dingier, it totally washed out Florence on the red carpet. It’s better in photos, but still is just a little too prairie for the Oscars.

Jennifer Hudson in Versace

Okay, you have a new body, you want to show it off, I get it. But I should not be able to see the brand of double-sided tape you’re using to keep your nips from slipping. This color is borderline tacky, and the hair, makeup, and bling are definitely such. There’s just something weird happening in the bustline that I can’t deal with.

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier


Hilary Swank in Gucci Premiere

You know, Hilary Swank always kind of reminded me of an overgrown bird, so it makes total sense that she’s dressed like a fucking ostrich.

Reese Witherspoon in Armani Prive

SNOOZE. Hello, Julia Roberts wore a WAY nicer version of this a decade ago, and even then, she was just stealing from Audrey Hepburn anyway. Get with it. (Dig the ponytail, though.)

Marisa Tomei in vintage Charles James from Lily et Cie

Oh. Well, I get where she was going with it, but this is kind of just a big midnight blue disaster. With a whole lot of poof.

Halle Berry in Marchesa

Speaking of a whole lot of poof, did Halle Berry’s dress get run over on the way here, or is it really supposed to look like used toilet paper?

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang


Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman in Dior Couture

Ugly. Unflattering, and the shoes don’t match, and it’s just too much, and she’s so much taller than her husband that it makes me nervous.

Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer

On TV, the whole dress was sort of… reflective. Like a thousand little mirrors. Surrounded by a doily.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Awful. Hate the neckline, hate the hemline, hate the waistline, and HATE that dingy, stick-straight, over-processed hair.

Tux Watch 2011


Yum! Thanks for cleaning yourself up, Mark!

Jesse Eisenberg in Band of Outsiders

Definitely the most handsome this nebbishy fella has ever looked. He’s positively smoldering.

Andrew Garfield in Louis Vuitton


Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth

Gods amongst men.

Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford

We love anyone and everyone in Tom Ford.


Okay, dear readers. It’s time for you to decide: Who was best dressed?

© Democracy Diva, 2011.

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