Gowns by Chanel, Valentino and many others
It’s Oscar night, the big event in which all the stars come out to celebrate their year’s achievements – and we little folk gather around our TVs to pass judgment on their fashion.
Here, enjoy a list of the 2010 Academy Awards’ biggest hits and misses.
Sandra Bullock: Sandra Bullock looks classily pulled together for a woman who just earned herself a Razzie (though, to be fair, she also won an Academy Award). This Marchesa gown is, without a doubt, the classic Oscar night dress.
Maggie Gyllenhaal: This dress reminds me of a painting I might see in a Chinese restaurant – but interestingly enough, that doesn’t even make a difference. Somehow, Ms. Gyllenhaal is able to pull off the printed look by designer Dries van Noten, who also made her wedding gown.
Anna Kendrick: Anna Kendrick looks exactly how she should on Oscar night: simple, feminine, classic and glowing in a picture-perfect gown by Elie Saab.
Mo’Nique and Sidney Hicks: This couple looked great together on Oscar night. Mo’Nique’s Tadashi Shoji dress was color-perfect (though I could live without the ruching overkill) and, I have to admit, I love a man in glasses.
Kristen Stewart: This almost black, mermaid-esque dress is perfect for Kristen Stewart. My only complaint is the odd cinching right across her, um, lady parts. What is that about?
Meryl Streep: Meryl Streep is a woman on top of the world and she doesn’t look anything less. Though her dress is hardly anything special, Ms. Streep pulls it off in a timeless and gorgeous way.
Cameron Diaz: Is that…Cameron Diaz? What can I say? The woman looks positively heavenly in this metallic Oscar de la Renta gown. Amazing.
Nicole Richie: I was impressed with Nicole’s choice – a shimmery, black, vintage-y Reem Acra with an open back to show off a wing tattoo on each shoulder blade. She and hubby Joel Madden (of Good Charlotte) made a hip and handsome couple on the red carpet.
Miley Cyrus: I am generally not impressed with anything this girl does, but she did look phenomenal on Oscar night in an angelic and sweet gold gown by Jenny Packham. Now, if only she could keep her mouth shut.
Rachel McAdams: I’m going to be perfectly honest here: Rachel McAdams could wear a paper bag and she would still look unbelievable. This classy and amazingly fitted dress reminds me of the watercolors she painted with in The Notebook. Stunning.
Tina Fey: This funny woman looks just the right amount of glamorous in a leopard lace Michael Kors. Any more, though, and I might not be able to take her seriously.
Ryan Reynolds: Ryan pulls off a cute and classy tux. This is what every man should look like at the Oscars.
Zac Efron: Zac Efron just has that look. You know, the one that makes a serious 25-year-old journalist want to giggle with preteen-like giddiness. That one.
Elizabeth Banks: I actually approve of this voluptuously quirky dress. Swathed in grey tulle and a corset top, Elizabeth stands out – in a great way.
Mariska Hargitay: I’ve never seen an SVU detective so lovely. Mariska’s long, dark and utterly flattering dress – complete with trend-worthy mermaid-style cinching at the bottom – brings a lot to the Oscar table.
Gabourey Sidibe: Beautiful girl, not-so-beautiful dress. I had high hopes for Ms. Sidibe, but this thing, which looks like it was lifted off the rack at the nearest Macy’s, is unfortunately nowhere near the mark.
Kate Winslet: Kate is much too gorgeous to even be caught on the side of the road in this gold disaster by Yves Saint Laurent. More disappointing than ugly, this dress simply doesn’t fit the actress’ classic beauty, and moreover, she’s not old enough to be wearing something so unpredictably blah.
Diane Kruger: I don’t know who Diane Kruger is, but she looks awful, even in Chanel. Actually, I take that back. She looks lovely. The Chanel, which appears to have been made from bar towels and black lace, is awful. With no definable shape, the raggedy ensemble looks more like it’s hanging in a closet than on the body of a starlet. I know I’m going to be in the minority here, but this dress is heinous.
Jennifer Lopez: Oh, J Lo, really? There are no words for this quilted-looking, iridescent mattress pad – er, Armani Prive dress – you are wearing. I know you can do better.
Charlize Theron: I’m not even a guy and I’m distracted by this Madonna-inspired disaster by John Galliano for Dior.
Vera Farmiga: This color reminds me of the 80s, where it should stay. The look, by Marchesa, may have been pretty otherwise. Actually, no, probably not.
Mariah Carey: Looks like Mariah finally (finally!) got the memo about dressing her age. While I am delighted to see her in something other than a tube top or a nightgown, I will say that her Valentino look still isn’t impressing me all that much.
Zoe Saldana: I have no idea what is going on here, so we’re going to take this Givenchy gown apart one (mis)step at a time. The sparkly pink bodice is gorgeous. The pale lavender silk, genius. The piñata-inspired, hue-changing mess at her feet? Not so much. Oh, Zoe, I hope for your sake those photogs got you from the waist up.
Amanda Seyfried: Did Amanda and Jennifer shop together for this event? Maybe I just don’t understand the appeal of dressing with Bubble Wrap.
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey: It’s a good thing Robert’s better half looks fresh and amazing, because the Iron Man himself looks like a downright fool. With the paparazzi crawling 24/7, there are entirely too many opportunities to look like an idiot – Oscar night is not one of them.
Anika Noni Rose: Anika’s look is similar to Zoe’s. Top half, good. Bottom half, yikes.
Sigourney Weaver: I really wanted to like this look – red is a good choice for Sigourney – but the drapey, blanket-like fit was a deal-breaker.
James Cameron and Suzy Amis: James Cameron looks good for a man of his age. His wife, Suzy Amis, looks good for a woman of her age, too, but she apparently needs a lesson in fashion. I will give the couple props for their (matchy matchy) color choice, but Ms. Amis’ flowy dress looks like it is barely clinging to her thin frame and her awkward, one-shouldered shawl (if you can even call it that) is completely distracting.
Steve and Nancy Carell: I’d really love to know where Nancy Carell, wife of funny man Steve Carell, got this dress, because I’m fairly certain I saw the same one at Target. And if I’m right, it’s actually a bikini cover-up. I’m surprised Steve doesn’t look absolutely mortified, because, well, he should be.
Molly Ringwald: I know Molly made her appearance at the Oscars to honor late director John Hughes, but she should’ve stayed home if this dress (and the God-awful accessories she paired with it) was her best option.
Somewhere in between
Sarah Jessica Parker: After witnessing Sarah parade around in every possible ridiculous getup on Sex and the City, her shock appeal has (thankfully) worn off. Pale yellow on SJP is definitely a win with me, but the rest of her Chanel (what else?) leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I think even Carrie Bradshaw knows that less is more by now.
Demi Moore: I’m starting to believe that Demi Moore ages in reverse. She looks like she’s going flamenco dancing – on her Sweet 16.
Matt Damon and Luciana Damon: I have nothing truly prolific to say about this (apparent) pair’s fashion, I just wasn’t aware that Mr. Damon was spoken for. Interesting.
Lee Daniels and Clara Daniels: Lee Daniels looks suave in a simple navy blue suit and shades. His daughter’s look would have been win as well – if only it were a different color. (Shudder.)
Jason Reitman and Michele Lee: Michele Lee looks simple and beautiful in an almost goddess-like nude gown and Jason Reitman looks…well, like the sloppy genius he is. Guess you can’t be bothered to run a comb through your hair when you’re busy making movie magic.
Jennifer Reed is SDNN’s living editor. She can be reached at jennifer.reed(at)sdnn.com.