Lupita Nyong’o Was Not My Best Dressed And I’m Not Sure How I Feel … And Other Oscar Looks

Okay, so that’s a spoiler alert…but don’t you worry – we’ve got plenty of other looks for you to gawk at from last night. PLUS you need to scroll to the end to see who actually made my Best Dressed. Before you ask, Lupita still looked capital A-mazing … maybe it’s because she’s just WOWED me on the previous red carpets this season that her dress didn’t make the cut. I know, I know, I feel really bad about it too. Was I upset none of my Oscar gown predictions were picked? Yes and no. For some stars (Amy Adams), I felt like you should have listened, but for others (Cate Blanchett) you did fine on your own.

Anyways, was it just me or was the Oscars kind of a snooze fest this year? I feel weird saying that because, again, obsessed with the Oscars and also very obsessed with Ellen Degeneres and yet … nothing felt like it came together. Everyone played it really safe fashion-wise, none of the jokes were that outrageously funny and most of the wins were pretty predictable (if you’re like me and got the majority of your ballot correct).

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

Johnny Weir in vintage and Tara Lipinski in Rani Zakhem.

Confession: Tara Lipinski looks great, but I’m only really about her when she’s on the arm of Johnny Weir. Lucky for me, that happens ALL THE TIME NOW. If the Olympics reminded us of anything, it was of Johnny Weir’s fierce fashion choices. HOWEVER, while the glitter shoes are fabulous, I can’t help but think the overall look needs something. WHERE IS YOUR STATEMENT NECKLACE, JOHNNY?! White/beige/nude are huge for the carpet, so I suppose the pair is on trend … I’m just wishing for a little of that fierceness that was apparently reserved for Putin.

Lady Gaga in Versace.

Lady Gaga in Versace.

Fun fact: I didn’t even look up the fact that it was Versace, I can just tell because that’s TOTALLY a Versace gown if I ever saw one. If I’m wrong, I’ll hand over my keyboard right now. Anyway, when did Lady Gaga get botox? She looks a little too much like Joan Rivers for my taste. Also the hair is just TOO tight and I’m not loving the scarf draped across the front so severely. Basically, this entire look is so tight I just had to stretch to feel better. With the hair down in loose curls and without the scarf, she’d achieve the movie star look she was going for.

Giuliana Rancic in Paolo Sebastian.

Giuliana Rancic in Paolo Sebastian.

I have a feeling this is going to be a common gripe throughout this blog post, but this dress is not photographing the way it did on television – which leads me to believe it’s even more gorgeous in person. Seeing it in a photograph is kind of meh, but Giuliana Rancic’s gown on an HD screen was Beyonce Flawless. I loved the gorgeous sequins that matched her statement stud earrings, it was totally stand-out. Try to find an E! News clip with her in this dress because you’ll see what I’m talking about when I say this photograph robs it.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci.

I’ve already talked about my love of this Gucci collection. This dress wasn’t actually a part of it – but it looked like it, didn’t it? I feel really strange about this because I went so crazy over this collection and yet this gown doesn’t stand out for me. Maybe it’s because it’s more suited for the after party than the actual red carpet, or maybe because Anne Hathaway is wearing it. Also, am I the only one who misses Anne Hathaway with long hair? Anne, it’s been more than a year now, it’s okay to grow it back out. Please get back together with Valentino, he seems to be the only one who helps you shine.

Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace.

Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace.

Versace, Versace, Versace. Yes, it’s going to be a major part of the red carpet tonight and it really shouldn’t surprise anyone. I don’t know, Versace is a bit too gaudy for my personal taste (save for a few jaw dropping gowns), but stars go CRAZY over it. I read recently that Jada talked about her weight gain and said she loved feeling a little thicker. I LOVE that she said this because I completely agree. This gown hugs her curves in all the right places and she’s totally rocking her curvier figure. The color also looks radiant against her skin.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang.

I have also blogged about how the goth look is apparently huge now, and sure enough here we are at the Oscars with none other than Emma Watson. I couldn’t get over the amazingness that was her pants with dress combo at the Golden Globes but I’m also really digging this. It reminds me of what Gwyneth Paltrow’s Alexander McQueen was SUPPOSED to be if she didn’t Gwyneth it up and look awful. Emma was simply a presenter tonight, so she didn’t have to worry about knocking anyone out of their socks, but I say she’s perfect.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta.

While the dress itself is just okay, I can’t stop thinking about how pretty Jennifer Garner is. I mean, seriously – dayummm girl. I think it’s the highlights and flawless makeup. Anyway, I can’t help but think this dress has a vintage feel to it, thanks to the flapper-esque quality. Also, I think I spy a platform heel underneath the gown, which I’m totally digging. Again, on TV this dress looked slightly different. It’s a blueish gray, rather than the light gray portrayed here. It’s a lot more movie star-esque on television, so I’ll give this photo a pass.

Jessica Biel in Chanel Couture.

Jessica Biel in Chanel Couture.

While there was more detail seen on television, overall the dress was meh. I think the incredibly light pastel was not her friend. When you think about it, she’s a pretty pale girl, and she has to have something stand out against the creamy complexion. Unfortunately, all of the diamonds, the really light makeup and highlights come together for an overall washed-out look. However, she has the best arms in the game, so I’m sure it’s always part of her plan to show them off in whatever she is wearing. At least that’s what I’d do.

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli.

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli.

I can’t believe that this is what Penelope Cruz chose to wear to the Oscars. Penelope Cruz, who has had some of the most jaw dropping Oscar looks that stand out so vividly in my mind. And here she comes looking like she’s late a toga party at the baseball house. This does nothing for her shape, and believe me – she has a gorgeous shape. When I saw this from the side I actually wondered if she was pregnant again. This is definitely my Worst Dressed of the night, which I never thought I’d say.

Elsa Pataky in Elie Saab.

Elsa Pataky in Elie Saab.

I really hope that Elsa Pataky is wearing flats under that gown because this woman is pregnant with twins and looks like she’s going to pop at any moment. I mean, seriously. At least her dress is really gorgeous and also looks comfortable, because if I was pregnant with anything – including a burrito I had for lunch earlier in the day – the last thing I’d want to do is parade on a red carpet in sweaty LA. I love that she matched her earrings to color of her dress, which also looks flawless with her blonde hair and tan complexion. Now relax, girl!

Gabourey Sidibe in Theia.

Gabourey Sidibe in Theia.

Finally, some color! In a sea of beige, white and pastel, Gabourey dared to stand out in a beautiful fuchsia. This dress it totally figure-flattering, and I love that she chose a pair of jaw-dropping earrings to go with it. The diamond accessories throughout totally kept this looking like an Oscar dress for me, totally glamorous. I also really lover her smokey eye makeup, so that alone gets major points from me, considering a lot of people kept it boring. I was dying for some color during this entire red carpet, and Gabourey finally gave it to me.

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent.

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent.

I’ve heard that Robbie dyed her hair for a role, but I have to say I like her much better as a blonde. However, she decided to take her new hair color and run with it, as she had a totally gothic look with her makeup and hair. I have to say, after seeing the jaw-dropping Golden Globes ensemble there is just nothing that will measure up, least of all this. The back of this dress is pretty nice, but I will say that from the front it looks like something – gasp – off the rack. Margot is such a gorgeous woman and this look is not doing her any favors.

Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena.

Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena.

Camila Alves, on the arm of her handsome husband – and Oscar winner – Matthew McConaughey, looked amazing in this blush-colored gown by an unknown designer. Well, unknown to me at least. I’ve been reading a lot of people commending this couple looking like the perfect Hollywood glamour, and I couldn’t agree more. I also like that they like to coordinate their looks on the red carpet. White jackets were everywhere on the red carpet, but I think this one worked the most.

Christin Milioti in Reem Acra.

Christin Milioti in Reem Acra.

Wait, is THIS “The Mother?” I appreciate a bold lip every now and again but these purple lips are terrifying with her skin tone and dress. Seriously, it looks as though someone needs to give her CPR. Also, WHAT is that eye makeup? The dress itself and the hair are pretty, but I can’t help but be distracted by all that going on with her face. Seriously, the eye makeup adds bags under her eyes and the lipstick makes her look like a vampire. With a softer makeup palate, this review would have turned out way different.

Bette Midler in Reem Acra.

Bette Midler in Reem Acra.

Let me just come out with a disclaimer and say that I believe Bette Midler can do no wrong. I mean seriously, this woman is one of my favorites, so I was really happy to see her wearing this gorgeous dress. She admitted on the red carpet that Reem actually made it for her, coming to her home to do fittings, because she needed the dress to be in her size. Not every star gets that kind of treatment – and did anyone else wince when Ryan Seacrest asked her if this was her first Oscars? What are you, new?

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier.

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier.

I also love Chrissy Teigen. She’s easily one of my top 5 accounts to follow on both Twitter and Instragram (and I follow a ton of French Bulldogs) because I’d like to think we could be friends in real life. I really did like this dress, and totally thought it was appropriate for the Oscars. However, I couldn’t get the gold gown she wore to the Grammys out of my mind, and I feel like this dress suffered a little bit because of it. My other qualm is she was always walking around with her hands in her pockets – probably to keep from tweeting. Still, I like she tried something different.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein.

Naomi frequently turned to Calvin Klein, and it’s easy to see why. As I mentioned in my predictions post, she tends to favor more of a minimalistic style, and Klein definitely fits that bill. While I did appreciate the thought of a statement necklace, I felt as though it would have stood out more if it had been a jewel color rather than diamonds. I do think this dress fit her like a glove, and I think it was a solid choice for an Oscar gown when you’re simply a presenter. I’m kind of confused as to why she chose black shoes, but I can’t get a good enough look to make a full critique.

Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel.

Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel.

I normally can’t stand Anna Kendrick – and have been yelled at for it, but I think she killed it at the Oscars so we’re going to be besties for 48s hours only. My only gripe is I couldn’t tell if she kept doing the Jolie leg to be ironic or because the dress just seemed to call for it, but either way it annoyed me just as much as when Angelina did it two years ago. Anyway, I love this daring dress. Anna has been trying an edgier look as of late and I, for one, am applauding. She looks less awkward and more someone I’d want to be friends with (even though I’m the most awkward person ever).

Liza Minnelli in vintage Halston.

Liza Minnelli in vintage Halston.

Nothing about this outfit should surprise you. For one, it’s Halston, one of Minnelli’s all-time favorite designers. For another, she loves being a little (okay, a lot) kooky from time to time, so we can’t be surprised she went in head to toe (literally) cobalt. What I will say is that I’ve always loved Liza, particularly after her amazing performance in Arrested Development, so I’m willing to give this one a pass. Because did you really expect her to go with something different? My only wish is that she would have chosen different shoes. C’mon, Liza, you know black and blue is never okay. You know that.

Olivia Wilde in Valentino.

Olivia Wilde in Valentino.

One of the biggest “aww” moments on the red carpet for me was when Olivia Wilde said “we’re both wearing Valentino,” referring to her and her baby bump. I absolutely love that she has been showcasing the bump so proudly in form-fitting dresses that do nothing but flatter her. I have a feeling when I’m pregnant there will be no trashbag big enough to make me wear it, so I love that she’s embracing the sexiness that is motherhood. While it’s not as amazing as the emerald Gucci she donned to the Golden Globes, this is definitely one of the better looks of the evening.

Viola Davis in Escada.

Viola Davis in Escada.

Apparently Viola Davis had two requirements for her Oscar gown tonight: That it fit and that it was green. I can see why she favors emerald so much, because she looks amazing in it. At first I was wondering why she didn’t choose to wear a statement necklace with it, until I saw it from the full front and noticed the angle of the neckline. Good choice in choosing the cuffs instead, Viola. While this dress seems a lot like the one she wore to the 2011 Oscars, I feel like when you know something works on your body, you stick with it – and that’s exactly what she did.

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli.

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli.

I feel very weird about this dress because for one, it looks eerily similar to the gown Chrissy Teigen won to the Grammys. The second point is in some photos, this dress makes Kristin Chenoweth, easily one of the tiniest people ever, look like she had big hips. I don’t know why, but it was definitely a little bothersome. Overall, the color goes nicely with her complexion and hair color, but I couldn’t help but feel a different cut would have done wonders for her.

Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan.

Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan.

It’s no surprise Portia de Rossi was one of the first people to show up on the red carpet, given that she was supporting wife Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the evening. I thought this Naeem Khan dress fit her like a glove. It’s perfectly tailored – the dress JUST hits the floor with those heels, and the train glides perfectly. There are also no signs of loose or puckering fabric, so that’s a sign of a good tailor to me. Overall, I think she did great serving as the supportive wife, this gown is just the right amount of appropriate.

Amy Adams in Gucci.

Amy Adams in Gucci.

This dress is just. so. blah. I can’t even handle it. Jon says I must not like Amy Adams because I always rudely critique her dresses and I disagree. I have seen her wear some gorgeous dresses over the years, which is why when she dresses like this I get so disappointed. Seriously, Amy, you’re up for Best Actress and that’s the best you could do? Nothing stands out about this dress and I feel like it will feel forgotten about in a day. I did want to steal your earrings, though – those were some real beauties.

Idina Menzel in Vera Wang.

Idina Menzel in Vera Wang.

Idina Menzel, or should I say Adele Dazeem, looks every bit the movie star in this forrest green Vera Wang gown. I love that she chose an in-your-face-with-diamonds statement necklace the way she did, and accentuated with even more jaw-dropping jewels. This to me feels like a ball gown, and while I may have liked the dress she had performed in better, this still has a soft spot in my heart. Maybe it’s because I’m still not over the fact that her and Taye Diggs broke up.

Julia Roberts in Givenchy.

Julia Roberts in Givenchy.

Thank you, Julia Roberts, for reminding us that you are a movie star. You’ve been making some kind of questionable fashion choices as of late, but I will forgive you for everything because this Givenchy dress is just exquisite. I love the lace detailing, particularly at the chest. I’m not excited to see so many peplums on the red carpet, though, because it makes me live in fear that we’ll never really get rid of this trend for good – and that would be a disaster.

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu.

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu.

The bottom of her dress is not Kerry’s fault. Due to crazy rain in Los Angeles over the past couple of days, the red carpet was soaked and if your dress was too long you’d get water stains for sure. I actually love this look on Kerry, she looks like she’s going to pop at any moment, and I love that she chose to wear something comfortable. The silhouette was reminiscent of Natalie Portman at the 2011 Golden Globes, when she, too, was heavily pregnant. I wasn’t sold when Kerry wore a crop top, nor the Balenciaga gown, but this Jason Wu creation seems to fit her perfectly.

Lupita Nyong'o in custom Prada.

Lupita Nyong’o in custom Prada.

This dress just does NOT photograph well. When I first saw it on Twitter (prior to seeing it on TV) I was so disappointed. My spirits cheered up a bit when I saw that what appears to be a pale blue is actually a bright, vivid shade. However, I have been so used to seeing Lupita take on really bold colors and dramatic silhouettes that this didn’t wow me. Believe me when I tell you I was crushed by this because I honestly made a bet with myself that she’d make my Best Dressed list. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still one of the most gorgeous people in Hollywood, I just wish she would have taken a bit more of a risk. Re: the headband – I don’t mind it, let her have her princess moment.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen.

Look, this gown clearly fits Sandra Bullock like a glove, and I can’t get enough of the midnight blue color and crazy diamonds. So why am I not floored by this outfit? I think Bullock played it too safe. I have seen her wear McQueen, and she has done it so well. Granted, this is a vast improvement from the Prabal Gurung disaster that was the Golden Globes, so I suppose I’m willing to overlook the plainness of this gown. I don’t know, you’re up for Best Actress, do something crazy like wear a dress that people will be talking about for years.

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior.

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior.

I already tweeted this so if you follow me on Twitter sorry for the repeat but dayummmmm having sex with Sean Penn does a body good. I can’t remember the last time Charlize looked this flawless, I’m practically bowing to her and this epic Dior gown. It’s a little different than your typical black dress, as it’s mostly fit to Charlize’s body save for a see-through dramatic train. While some people might think there’s a lot going on here I am totally on board. It also doesn’t hurt when you look like Charlize Theron, I’m pretty sure you can wear whatever you want.

Cate Blanchett in Armani.

Cate Blanchett in Armani.

I’ll be honest, I was so excited when I heard it was confirmed that Cate Blanchett was wearing Armani to the Oscars, I thought my prediction had finallyyyyy gone through. But no, she didn’t opt for the spring couture line and instead went with this beautiful nude gown. She’s lucky it looks so amazing or I would have otherwise been disappointed. Then again, it’s Cate Blanchett and she very rarely gets it wrong. She looked every bit the golden statue last night, and I loved that upon closer detail you could see the iridescent sparkles. Love!

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab.

Ugh, I guess we have to talk about these two. Honestly, I really just don’t get it – maybe it’s because I am and always will be “Team Aniston” but why does everyone go crazy over Brangelina? I would like to take the opportunity to commend her for not wearing black, and the dress is unfortunately another victim of not photographing as well as it looked on television (and probably even better in person). However, they’re just so ordinary to me. Nothing really stands out about these looks – I’ll give you that the “Jolie leg” spiked a frenzy and her green Versace gown is still one of my favorite looks, so I DO compliment them sometimes. Just not now.

Maria Menounous in Johanna Johnson.

Maria Menounous in Johanna Johnson.

SUPER sorry, G, but Maria Menounous wins for best-looking red carpet interviewer. I had never heard of Johanna Johnson until the Grammys when both Pink and Chrissy Teigen wore gowns from her collection, but I am LOVING everything she is putting out. Stars: take note. Similar to Cate Blanchett, it’s really difficult to look bad when you look like Maria Menounous, but I think this metallic gown is nothing short of flawless on her. I also like that she chose an unfussy hairdo of low-slung braids. Doesn’t make the entire thing look overly stuffy.

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior.

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior.

Surprise! Jennifer Lawrence wore Dior! I actually really like the shade of red on her – and bold choice – given that there’s an Oscar curse that anyone who has worn red has not taken home the golden statue. Maybe it’s because she knew that Lupita totally deserved to win. I like what she’s trying with the backwards necklace – it totally jazzes up the accessories. One major qualm I have is this girl NEEDS better shoes. She fell yet again while on the red carpet. Honestly, can we just allow her to wear flats from now on? I promise I’ll let it slide.

Okay, so this list is already pretty long (we’re going to clock in at 35) which leads me to my absolute favorite look of the night (and I sense there will be some disagreement):

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace.

Kate Hudson is Versace is everything I want and more. This dress is FLAWLESS. I’ve never been a fan of the cape (didn’t see the big deal when Gwyneth did it), but ever since Lupita changed my tune at the Golden Globes and now this?! I just can’t even. She looks like SUCH A movie star, and while she was in danger of blending in a sea of metallics, grays and nudes, she totally managed to stand out on her own. The dress itself is exquisite and fits her like a glove, and it doesn’t hurt that she has flawless makeup and hair to boot. Best Dressed. Best Dressed. Best Dressed.

There you have it – are you surprised by any of my critiques? Did Lupita make your best dressed list? If you don’t agree with me that’s okay because this is actually my last post until March 24th! I’ll miss you all so much and bring back lots of pretty photos from China, I promise!

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