Best of the Best
Portrait of Madame X. Also, plus 5 points for smiling.
The red carpet folks were going on and on about how nice it was that Octavia Spencer chose to wear Tadashi Shoji again. I thought it was the best of all their collaborations; it flatters in all the right places and the beading is exquisite.
When I first saw Viola Davis, I didn't recognize her. That's because she decided, on her very biggest night, to go au naturel with her hair and I thought it was so brave, and sweet. No one on the red carpet was saying it, but there is an expectation that black actresses will wear weaves or wigs, and I thought it was nice that on the biggest night of her career thus far, she defied expectation.
The dress, as well, was daring. I was an eensy bit nervous about her cleavage (when am I not?), but it was a great cap on a great awards season for her.
When I first heard Gwyneth had worn a cape, I think I pictured something different. So when I saw it, I wasn't sure what to think, but after a moment passed, I realized it was so daring and elegant and classy. Leave it to her and Tom Ford to blow our minds in a plain white dress.
The Twitterverse was buzzing over whether J.Lo's Zuhair Murad gown migrated enough to the side to cause a nip slip. If it happened, I missed it. But credit must be given to this woman, who always goes all out for the Oscars and can work the hell out of a sexy dress.
Proud of you, Tina! Apparently Carolina Herrera only wanted to work with her. I'm bummed she stuck to her safe dark colors, but I liked the peplum, the swishy train and her fancy hairsdo. We're getting there, Tina!
Don't believe me? Remember Jennifer Connelly? Or Halle Berry's sorta similar dress? Okay, maybe that's a stretch. I just want to see her own the fact she's skinny and pretty and can wear whatever she wants and it doesn't have to be fancy emergency gauze.
I love Sandy and I like (sometimes love) Marchesa, but who on earth thought this dress was a good idea? She was swimming in it. Her high ponytail didn't help either; it was as though she just finished a two-mile run, got back to the locker room and realized her outfit was gone and she was going to have to wear a mother-of-the-bride dress from Cache.
I want to give Shailene Woodley kudos for trying to be edgy on the red carpet this season, but there were so many missteps. I think she has problems with fit (this sort of hugged in unflattering ways) and age-appropriateness. This dress reminds me of one thing, and it's the "Woman in White" storyline on Days of Our Lives (Am I the only one who remembers that?).
I feel like if you're 20, and you're at the Oscars for the first time ever and you're in a Best Picture nominee, you need to be bringing the hottness, Jennifer Lawrence-style. I'm picturing something like this.
Who Wore It Best?
Rose Byrne, however, is giving straight-up Bianca Jagger in the Studio 54 days realness, and looks amazing. It's no secret I'm in love with a good bob, and the Vivienne Westwood dress was slinky, sexy and appropriate for her role there, which was as an ensemble member in a well-regarded comedy. She gets my vote!