2019 Oscars, Part 3

Listen, I’ve got a lot going on in my life right now. So if my Oscars coverage has to stretch into April, then you will just have to fucking deal with it, my beautiful queens.

Best Dressed: HELEN MIRREN
gown by Schiaparelli, jewelry by Harry Winston, purse by Tyler Ellis

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

The theme of the Oscars – aside from Billy Porter – was PINK. Helen Mirren SHOWED THE FUCK UP in this bright watermelon number, and she executed it flawlessly. The matching lips, purse, and nails, contrasted with a small nation’s GDP’s worth of diamonds? Yes. Yes to all of this. All hail the queen.

Runner-Up: KIKI LAYNE
gown by Atelier Versace, jewelry by Swarovski

Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

I adore this. She’s like an abstract orchid and I am extremely here for it. Pure elegance with a touch of intrigue.

Honorable Mention: KACEY MUSGRAVES
gown by Giambattista Valli

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Warning: this dress is NOT for everyone. You absolutely have to be a country star/gay icon in order to pull this off – no exceptions. Anyone else would look like a poodle on Easter. Luckily, Kacey Musgraves is the next generation’s Dolly Parton, so this is a match made in heaven.

RACHEL WEISZ
gown by Givenchy, headband by Cartier

Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/ AP/REX/Shutterstock

The bottom half of the dress feels like it should be on a different person entirely, and the headband/center-parted slick-straight hair combo feels a bit dated to me. But that little latex crop top is perfection, and that fire-engine red really pops.That sound you hear in the distance is a million bisexual women sighing with delight.

AMANDLA STENBERG
gown by Miu Miu

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Amandla looks divine. The bodice is draped to perfection, though I think the fringe on the skirt should have been thicker, to better conceal the lining. But this is utterly chic coolness, and the light touch of their stylist works very nicely here.

ELSIE FISHER
suit by Thom Browne

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

She’s fifteen, she starred in a critically acclaimed movie, and she wears kicky little pantsuits everywhere. Elsie Fisher might be my hero. I’m not loving the cropped nature of the suit – especially with the long sleeves and boots peeking out underneath, it makes it look like she’s grown out of her clothes. But the vest and the brooch are to die for, the purse is a ton of fun, and I’m always here for the relative newbies who actually take risks on the red carpet.

LADY GAGA
gown by Alexander McQueen, necklace by Tiffany & Co.

Photo: Jeff Kravitz

From the neck up, this is everything you could ever want from Lady Gaga at the Oscars. She’s wearing a 128-carat yellow diamond Tiffany necklace that was last worn by Audrey Motherfucking Hepburn for a Breakfast at Tiffany‘s promo shoot, for God’s sake. What could be more iconic? And yet…

Photo: People.com

… this dress left me utterly disappointed. The hips look like a first-time drag queen padded herself in the dark. And more importantly, you couldn’t glance across the red carpet and immediately spot Lady Gaga. That is a crime against humanity. This is the woman who once arrived on the red carpet cocooned in a giant egg carried by four models. I’m not saying she needs to wear raw meat to the Oscars, but I still want to see a splash of that weirdness that makes Gaga who she is.

HENRY GOLDING
tuxedo by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

He’s fucking stunning, and that vest is perfection.

CHRIS EVANS
suit by Salvatore Ferragamo

Photo: People.com

One of Hollywood’s leading Chrises, Mr. Evans stood out from the crowd in this velvet jacket. That smoky cerulean color is really gorgeous.

MARIE KONDO
gown by Jenny Packham

Photo: Christopher Polk/REX/Shutterstock

You can go ahead and keep that gown, Marie. This thing definitely sparks joy.

DANAI GURIRA
gown by Brock Collection, jewelry by Fred Leighton

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

This is a tough one for me, because my grandmother definitely had a bunch of rock-hard little round pillows upholstered in this exact fabric. But Danai has never looked glowier, and the styling here is absolutely phenomenal.

SPIKE LEE
suit by Ozwald Boateng

Photo: Rick Rowell/Getty

A Spike Lee homage to Prince is more than we as a species deserve.

OCTAVIA SPENCER
gown by Christian Siriano

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Terrific color, lovely sleeves, but I’m not sold on the fabric. It appears shiny like plastic, instead of glittering like sparkles, and I recognize how absurd that sentence is, but there actually is a distinction.

AMY POEHLER
suit by Alberta Ferretti, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

I wish this fit a little bit better, but I’m not mad at it.

CICELY TYSON

Photo: People.com

A living legend.

ASHLEY GRAHAM
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Beautiful, if a tad forgettable. Love the jewelry.

TINA FEY
gown by Vera Wang, jewelry by Niwaka, purse by Manolo Blahnik

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

She looks amazing in cobalt, but the almost-but-not-quite-matching purse is killing me. Give that back to the bridesmaid you stole it from, Tina.

STEPHAN JAMES
tuxedo by Etro, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

The droopy bow tie and the fit of that vest leave Stephan looking more than a little bit ridiculous, but props to you for taking a risk, honey. The red velvet was a good instinct, but he needed to go up a size, and those boots are inexcusable.

GEMMA CHAN
gown by Valentino, jewelry by Bulgari

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

I can understand why some people loved this, but for me, it’s a circus tent in a migraine-inducing color. But since it has pockets, I feel obligated to say, “It has pockets!”

AWKWAFINA
suit by Dsquared2, jewelry by Chopard

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Points for effort, but that fabric gives me American Apparel flashbacks, and the fit is a nightmare. Awkwafina deserves better.

Worst Dressed: PHARRELL WILLIAMS and HELEN LASICHANH

Photo: People.com

At this point, the shorts don’t even bother me. It’s the sweatsocks that I absolutely cannot abide. Not ironically, not sincerely, not as a Statement. Just… no.


Coming soon: the Oscars after-parties. (I told you, we’ll never be done with Oscars coverage. This is our lives now.)

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2 responses to 2019 Oscars, Part 3

  1. I loved the Gemma Chan dress but I also recognized as soon as I saw it that I would not have loved it on 99.9% of people, it’s just that Gemma Chan happens to be an actual goddess who can rock a hot pink circus tent. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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