Red Carpet Watch: The Star-Studded National Board of Review Awards

Awards season’s hottest film stars gathered to celebrate themselves and receive accolades at the National Board of Review Awards.

EMMA STONE // dress by J. Mendel, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Jim Spellman/Wireimage

Not in love with the color, but the dress itself is freaking adorable. I only wish she’d gone for perhaps a more interesting shoe in a less interesting color. And someone needs to scrape that clown makeup off her face, stat.

ROONEY MARA // dress by Miu Miu, shoes by Yves Saint Laurent

Photo: Rex

I can’t believe I’m saying this, because six weeks ago I couldn’t have picked Rooney Mara out of a line-up if you paid me, but I’m already starting to get bored with her dark-and-mysterious-girl aesthetic. We all love a good LBD, particularly one with a fun structure or weird cut-out, but when that becomes your uniform, I’m less impressed. Even though the shoes are fabulous. I don’t deny Rooney the right to rock a black dress, but she needs to switch it up just a little bit more to remain in the fashion blogosphere’s good graces.

CAREY MULLIGAN // dress and belt by Lanvin, shoes by Sergio Rossi

Photo: Rex

It looks like she murdered a very hairy version of herself, and is wearing Hairy Carey’s skin as a dress. Okay, I don’t actually hate this that much, but “Hairy Carey” makes me giggle so I’m standing behind that statement. I do love all of the accessories, even though I usually loathe those spiderweb/cage shoes. Here, in nudish pink instead of black, they’re so much less obtrusive, and they look surprisingly good with the dark toenail polish, another of my red carpet pet peeves. And the belt and purse are delicious. I just wish the dress weren’t so hairy, baggy, and skin-colored. It’s off-putting.

HELEN MIRREN // gown by Jacques Azagury

Photo: Rex

Is there anyone more fucking awesome than Helen Mirren? Just look at the old broad, working that sexy dress like nothing I’ve ever seen. She’s beyond fabulous.

TILDA SWINTON // blouse and pants by Haider Ackermann

Photo: Rex

I love the more natural, less white blonde color she’s rocking now – it’s so much less severe, and softens her alien-esque features a bit. That purple is also fantastic on her, and if the pants weren’t so damn wrinkled, I’d pat her on the back for a job well done.

FELICITY JONES // dress by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Celebutopia

PROPORTIONS, darling. They are everything, and no matter how famous the label on your dress is, it’ll look like shit if it’s not proportioned right for YOU. The skirt is way too long, and paired with the ankle straps, this dress makes her legs look absurdly short. And the break between bodice and skirt falls at the worst possible place on her waist, making her torso look similarly stunted. Add in bedhead and a pissed-off expression, and this becomes a hot disaster.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY // dress by Nina Ricci, purse by Chanel, shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Rex

Fun an interesting dress, but the black stockings and black pumps, as always, bring it to an unsatisfying schoolgirl place.

NAOMI WATTS // dress by Stella McCartney

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty

The dress is nothing to write home about, and those shoes are beyond hideous.

CHLOË MORETZ // dress by Miu Miu

Photo: Rex

It fits her terribly, and it needs a nicer belt, but she still looks adorable. The shoes are fab.

JESSICA CHASTAIN // dress by Zac Posen, shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Yahoo

Love the dress, but the bulky shoes were the wrong choice.

SHAILENE WOODLEY // dress by L’Wren Scott

Photo: Yahoo

If you’re going to choose a demure, professional dress, you need to add something in terms of styling to not look positively boring. Seriously, Shailene? Black pumps? Not even the slightest bit of jewelry? You couldn’t even take your hair down? Get with it, girl.

OCTAVIA SPENCER // dress by David Meister

Photo: Zimbio

Love the shoulder-strap, but not crazy about the shoes. A smaller strap could make her legs look fantastic.

VIOLA DAVIS // dress by Lauren by Ralph Lauren, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Yahoo

I wish she hadn’t matched the shoes to the necklace so perfectly, but this lady was born to wear red. And this dress fits her like a freaking dream. Her figure looks fantastic.

STACY KEIBLER and GEORGE CLOONEY // dress by Marchesa

Photo: Yahoo

That dress has nothing going for it below the collar, but does anyone really care about her dress when we can just gaze into Clooney’s eyes?

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5 responses to Red Carpet Watch: The Star-Studded National Board of Review Awards

  1. If Shailene Woodley had gone with down hair, bold makeup, a great purse and some serious shoes and jewelry, that would be a great dress. As it is, I’d wear it to work the way she’s wearing it, but only b/c jewelry is a no-no there. I’d have stuff in my purse and a change of shoes for after.
    Who the hell advised Naomi Watts to put those shoes on? They should be fired immediately.
    And I love Viola Davis’ dress! It’s amazing on her!

  2. The Girl Who Wore a Black Sack
    The Girl Who is Contractually Obligated to Wear Black
    The Girl Who Played in Yet Another LBD
    The Girl Who Kicked Her Stylist to the Curb

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