Oscars Fashions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Oscars are the high point of Hollywood glamour every year. While most of the famous folk who walked the red carpet made an effort to look their very best, a few misguided souls turned up in outfits that can best be described with “what were they thinking?”

Four past Oscar champs were winners in the glamor sweepstakes. Reese Witherspoon returned to the red carpet for the first time in three years in a simple but tasteful black cocktail dress with just a touch of white at the neckline. Her chic look was enhanced by the most talked-about hairstyle of the night. Clad in a jaw-dropping feathered number, Hilary Swank was an early hit on the red-carpet. Fashionista Halle Berry didn’t let us down in her flesh-colored gown with encrusted crystals and a beautiful ruffled train. Sandra Bullock was a scene-stealer in her Vera Wang red gown with simple make-up and an up-do. And Jennifer Hudson showed off her new body in grand fashion clad in one of the brightest colors of the night — a tangerine Versace original.

Among the nominees, Hallie Steinfeld, was dressed in an age-appropriate crème colored gown, neither too low-cut or form fitting. Expectant mother Natalie Portman was in a dark purple dress that was her best look of the season. Amy Adams, who is usually bland, dazzled in a glittery blue floor length gown.

Several of the presenters made a splash first on the red carpet led by Oscars co-host Anne Hathaway in a red vintage Valentino gown. Though she changed multiple times throughout the night, she was unable to top this dazzler. Mila Kunis was lovely in lavender, a Elie Saab creation with lace trim. Oprah Winfrey looked fantastic in a black and silver number that was a crowd pleaser. And Mandy Moore was a winner in a Moniuq Luhiller gown that had E! host Gulianna Ranic asking “Who is that beautiful movie star?

Among the men, Oscars co-host James Franco looked dapper in a classic tux. Robert Downey Jr., was a winner in a well-fitted navy blue suit. “Social Network” co-stars Armie Hammer and Andrew Garfield looked great as did nominee Jeremy Renner, all clad in traditional black dinner jackets

Four past Oscar winners were losers on the red carpet. Cate Blanchett, who is usually stunning, came in a bizarre creation that had too many ruffles and was not helped by ugly yellow detailing at the shoulders. Helen Mirren usually looks like royalty but picked a bland and matronly dress. Gwyneth Paltrow was a miss in a metallic number that was too tight and her very unpolished look was coupled with pin-straight hair and minimal make-up And Nicole Kidman wore a oring white Dior dress with elaborate detailing on the front that made a floral pattern.

Among the worst dressed men were Russell Brand, in a hideous navy blue tux paired with a navy blue shirt that made the look too casual, and Jake Gyllenhaal in an ill-fitting tux.    

Then there were those stars who shone for all the wrong reasons. While Melissa Leo may have won an Oscar, she lost me with her metallic number which was over-the-top and tacky.

Five of the Oscar also-rans were misses on the red carpet first. Among the Best Actress contenders, veteran Annette Benning was in a frumpy number that aged her well beyond her years. And newcomer Jennifer Lawrence wore a red, tightly-fitted dress that was too casual for Hollywood’s biggest night.

Two of the Supporting Actress contenders were fashion disasters. Helena Bonham Carter was clad in a black corset and matching black ruffled dress; she declared she wasn’t interested in fashion and it showed. And Jackie Weaver‘s flashy silver bodice with ruffled dress was all wrong.

Among the men in the running, Jesse Eisenberg always looks like he wants to run away from these events. At the Oscars his bland suit matched his demeanor.

Scarlett Johansson looked like she had taken an old set of lace curtains and turned them into a dress. Penelope Cruz dazzled for all the wrong reasons in a tacky red sparkly number. Sunrise Coigney, who is married to Mark Ruffalo, was a mish-mash in a creation that was half black and half gold foil. And Camilla Alves, who came with Matthew McConaughey, wore a low-cut number that was all wrong for the Oscars.


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