I watched the 81st Academy Awards Sunday night and while I was mightily impressed by the brand spanking new and different Oscar show, fashionistas had a real letdown with some of the most boohoo boooooring gowns worn by some of Hollywood’s most enduring stars.
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Hugh Jackman … do I have to say it? GORGEOUS, FABULOUS, SEXY. The changes in the show like the presentation of the major awards by former winners made it so much more personal and heartfelt. And I loved the sets and the feeling that the audience was part of the production. The dancing the singing … so different and just sensational. Hope they keep up the good work. And I don’t know how long it ran but it seemed much shorter.
OK, here they are — my Best and Worst Dressed for Oscar 81:
Amy Adams … Carolina Herrera red fitted gown with a weird piece of fabric pulled up on the bodice for no apparent reason. Wha????
Jessica Biel … what the hell? It looked like she took the drapes from her bedroom and pulled them up inside her dress and draped it over the dress. Crying Out Loud.
Marion Cotillard … the Dior dress was beautiful but again she had this tight patent leather looking belt cinching up the waist and ruining the entire effect of the dress.
Penelope Cruz … Ok yes it looked a bit like a wedding gown but it was incredible. And the way it moved with her when she walked in it… beautiful.
Milley Cyrus … next time don’t ask for dad’s opinion. She looked for all the world like a mermaid in training with the tiered skirt. She looked great from the shoulders up though.
Viola Davis … warm, beautiful, striking in a halter gown belted under the breasts with the same fabric.
Taraji P. Henson … what is up with the middle initial? Never mind, she was STUNNING. I love Roberto Cavalli anything but this newbie looked good enough to eat … er you know what I mean. She is adorable and would have stolen the stage no matter what she was wearing. I can hardly wait to see her in something else (filmwise).
Jennifer Grey … lovely black Dolce & Gabbana but it looked a tiny bit ah … sssh tight? Still beautiful though.
Mary Hart … ewwwew ewwwee and ewwww. Do not wear big Hawaiian florals to the Oscars please.
Philip Seymour Hoffman … ok what the heck was that thing on his head?
Vanessa Hudgens … I admit I don’t remember seeing her in any movies. She looked like a flock of birds came and landed on her chest as she came down the red carpet.
Angelina Jolie … of course we can never criticize this woman. She will take an elegant knife from her evening bag and stab our eyes out. She was stunning in the perfect black dress by Elie Saab.
Heidi Klum … weird, very weird. Not only was the “architechural dress weird but the color was a strange color of pink. Still, you can only look at her husband Seal when they’re together because your eyes refuse to go elsewhere.
Diane Lane always looks ‘just right … goodish even.
Queen Latifah … I love this woman but she obviously abandoned Jenny Craig for good reason but I’m just sayin’. Her dress looked like they ran out of fabric and had to fill in with jewelry.
John Legend always looks fabulous but his girlfriend Christine Telgen looked so elegant and understatededly beautiful … soft and stunning.
Virginia Madsen’s one shoulder gown in fire engine red … gorgeous.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior … and she looked like she was getting married in a dress with a belt. One word … hideous.
Natalie Portman … doesn’t matter what she wears she looks like a beautiful Barbie doll – this year pretty in pink.
Robin Roberts looked so healthy, fit and so surprisingly understated and elegant in J. Crew! Can you believe it? I’ve already started buying stock in this company.
Amanda Seyfried … was wrapped up to be presented to someone as a gift for the evening. And this is Valentino? Oh my.
Meryl Streep … what can you say? She has people, she’s a legend but one of these days everything is going to fall at once.
Marissa Tomei … not my favorite but it was very striking on her. Very much star quality.
Kate Winslet … I had to keep looking at the dress to see if I liked it because it changed so much in the lighting on stage. But the dress really was an incredible design by Atelier Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati. A stunning work of art. It doesn’t show here but the entire left side wascovered in the black lace you can partly see here.
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