Best & Worst Dressed at the 81st Annual Academy Awards

The Good


  • Angelina Jolie looked flawless in a black strapless Elie Saab Couture.  It’s definitely the best she has looked all award season.  Finally no more loose drop waist dresses.  The emerald green jewelry were the prefect touch of color.  It was mesmerizing.  
  • All award season long, Taraji P. Henson has hit it out of the park and it was no exception on Oscar night.  She looked absolutely stunning in a strapless, buttercream Roberto Cavalli gown.  I love the pleated tiered organza that cascades throughout the the dress.  There’s also a slight train to the dress that is absolutely lovely.  The Fred Leighton statement necklace was the perfect way to accessorize the dress.  I like how she kept her hair and makeup simple.  The look was very fresh and young.  Taraji added a punch of color with a burgundy Mary Norton clutch.
  • Anne Hathaway brought some Old Hollywood glamour to the red carpet on Sunday night with a sparkling Armani Prive strapless gown.  The gown was covered in Swarovski crystals and clear paillettes.  I do have one problem with the gown though, the bodice doesn’t quite fit.  Another thing was, her hair was too flat.  But otherwise, she looked great.
  • Finally, Marisa Tomei got it right this time.  No more pirate look.  This time around, she went a dove-gray organza origami Versace Atelier gown.  She was on trend with the origami – it’s all the rage in the fashion industry right now.  
  • While the other actresses opted for neutral colored dresses, Natalie Portman went for bright pink – one of the few pinks on the red carpet that night.  The orchid Rodarte gown has an asymmetrical ruched bodice with Swarovski crystal detailing.  She looked sweet and dreamy. 
  • As for the men, Brad Pitt and Hugh Jackman looked hot.  Brad in a classic Tom Ford tux with Tom Ford’s signature oversized bow tie.  Hugh Jackman was in a custom three-piece tux with a Burberry dress shirt.

The Bad


  • Beyonce Knowles let her mother dressed her for the Oscars – literally, since the dress is from the House of Dereon.  The dress was a disaster.  The print was hideous – it looked like it belonged on a slipcover of a couch that I would never go near.  She has done this silhouette time and again, I wish she would mix it up.  I do have one good thing to say about the dress though, it fits her well.  
  • Here Miley goes again, dressing as if she’s in her 30s, rather than in her teens.  Seriously, when is Miley Cyrus gonna dress her own age?  Don’t get me wrong, the Zuhair Murad gown is beautiful – the beading is spectacular.  However, the dress is too much for the girl, it overpowers her.  
  • Jessica Beil was a mess from head to toe.  Her silk Prada gown was towel-esque.  The length of her dress is all wrong.  Her shoes, were a disaster.
  • Amy Adams’s Carolina Herrera red dress with black piping on the bodice was pretty – it looks better in person, than in photographs.  However, she did herself a disservice pairing the dress with the Fred Leighton statement necklace.  The necklace, adorned with emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds fought with the red dress instead of complementing it.  The necklace overpowers the dress because of the color.  It’s an example of how accessory overload can kill a look.
  • We’ve seen this Dolce & Gabbana many many times before.  Melissa George’s dress is a little much.
  • Whoopi Goldberg’s leopard print dress was just a hot mess.

The Blah


  • Kate Winslet’s two tone Yves Saint Laurent Atelier dress was disappointing.  I didn’t like the lace panel overlay.  She changed it up this time around, which is a good thing, however, the look didn’t work.  Even her daughter didn’t like the dress.
  • A lot of actresses wore neutral cream colored dresses, so Jennifer Aniston didn’t particularly stand out.  She looked lovely, but I didn’t really like the beading of the Valentino Haute Couture dress, it looked a little too pageantry for me.
  • Freida Pinto looked great in the blue asymmetrical John Galliano gown.  The blue looks great on her.  Although, the beading is a nod towards her Indian heritage, I think it’s a little too literal and a little too Bollywood.  I’m also not a fan of that one piece that goes across the décolletage.  
  • I love, love, love the Elie Saab gown that Evan Rachel Wood wore.  There’s only one problem, the color is wrong for her.  She’s too pale for the dress, she disappears – which is not a good thing.  The dress would have looked fabulous on someone with a darker skin tone.  Her hair was also a little too bridesmaid-y.  However, I do like the fact that she paired her classic dress with dark nails.
  • Penelope Cruz deviated from the black velvet halter that she’s been favoring of late and went with a 60 year old vintage Pierre Balmain.  Now, while I like the sweetheart neckline and the scallop lace at the bottom hem, I thought the whole look was a little too wedding-y for the Oscars.  She looked like she belonged on the top a wedding cake.

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