"I thought you were so excited about this!"
"I haven't been in a movie theater in 9 months - I haven't seen a single one of these movies. 'Oscars' means red carpet, and red carpet only this year."
So let's jump right in, shall we?
Last night was dominated by neutrals, so I can't rag on Sarah Paulson too much for that. But she looks exactly like Kristen Wiig before she started figuring out how to wear not-beige dresses, so that's not great. For crying out loud, bring in some color with makeup or jewelry at least!
No mixed emotions here at all. Anna Kendrick's dress looked good from the back, but the front was a mess with the sheer panel, red daisies, and awkward Angelina leg pop. And her hair and makeup are sad (though everyone kept blaming that trend on the weather).
You guys know that I always want to love JLaw. Even if she tripped again, she still looks pretty beautiful. I didn't even care that she did the backwards necklace look for back-to-back Oscars, because I was too busy bemoaning the fact that I don't have a dress/occasion to do it myself. The half-peplum look is super weird to me, but again, she seemed to be pulling it off. But when I realized that she has the exact same hairstyle as Emma Thompson, it brought me back down to earth and I admitted that I couldn't love this.
It seems mean to criticize two pregnant ladies (though I did leave out Elsa Pataky and there's truly no excuse for what she wore), but Olivia Wilde was so close to being a knockout. I thought the mod look was great with her features, the hair and makeup were lovely...but there is just some really unfortunate seaming going on in the chest area. Seems like someone should have caught and fixed that.
Jennifer Garner was kind of a huge surprise for me...is she even making movies right now? She looked beautiful, and even what appear to be atrocious shoes weren't enough for me to put her in any other category. And such a nice hair color for her!
Again, the neutrals were totally boring, but at least Cate Blanchett had the best of the lot. So pretty.
Sandra Bolluck looked like she dressed to win an Oscar. Gorgeous color, draping, hair, jewels...so classic.
We all knew Lupita Nyong'o was going to knock it out of the park - the only question was what direction she'd take. She's pulled off conservative, retro, and mod all so well, but this princessy look (with spike earrings for a bit of edge) seemed perfect for a debut Academy Awards. I wish this picture showed off "Nairobi blue" better, and the metallic thread accents that she said evoked champagne...this dress is immediately going to be on all classic Oscar dresses lists.
It probably seems like with the way I was just gushing the last dress should be my favorite, but Charlize Theron actually won the night for me. The drama and detail (pleats, illusion, and sheer, but somehow not too busy?) instantly made everyone else seem too casual in my opinion. Plus the necklace is killer, the nail polish is fun, and she rocks a bob like no one else...and there were a surprising number of bobs on the red carpet this year.
What did you guys think?