The best and worst dresses, suits, props and gimmicks at the Oscars.
OSCARS 2014: What They Did Right: Each Best Song nominee got a performance, which rocks because it makes Best Song the only category where the viewer gets to experience all the nominees. Karen O, Ezra Kroening, Idina Menzel, Pharrel, U2 and P!nk livened the stage with their pipes.
Ellen kept the Oscars low- key and lighthearted. No big musical numbers or ambitious montages here, but Ellen’s quirky yet affable demeanor gave producers (and viewers) nothing to worry about.
What They Did Wrong: Oscar the Blow- Up Doll. These iridescent statues looked chic at some times and like condoms at others.
For this year’s Oscars, folks on the red carpet focused on fashion. Women took a cue from the Winter Olympics and decked themselves in figure- skater style sheer tops with sparkly crystals. Pharell took a cue from Smokey the Bear and sported his now- signature ranger hat.
Just as with the ceremony, the Red Carpet has winners and losers. This time, we all get to vote. Here are my pics for Best and Worst Dressed of the evening:
Luptia Nyong’o designed her fairy- tale dress with help from the house of Prada. She chose a light- light blue that reminded her of home in Nairobi. Designer: Prada with Lupita Nyong’o
Charlize Theron: Charlize looked sleek and stunning in her sculpted gown with invisible straps and a sparkling lariat necklace. Designer: Dior
Kate Hudson looks way too good for her age. She wore cape sleeves and pulled off the monochromatic thing where other blondies failed. Designer: Versace
Camilla Alves (Matthew McConaughey’s wife) wore a light pink gown fit for a queen. Actually, though, Kate Middleton, you should wear this. Designer: Gabriela Cadena
Kevin Spacey: Stayed true in a blue suit and showed us what acting’s all about when he not only nailed his teleprompter lines, but improvised an intro. Designer: Burberry
Angelina Jolie stunned in head- to- toe sparkles, favoring the conservative route over 2012’s Jessica Rabbit leg. Here she is with her Number One Accessory, Brad Pitt. Designer: Elie Saab
Jennifer Garner: Practically nothing could make Jennifer Garner more beautiful, but this shimmering fringe- skirt gown made her even more eye- catching. The dress looked ho- hum on the carpet but wowed on stage. Man of the hour Benedict Cumberbatch joins her onstage to present. Designer: Oscar de la Renta
Many of this year’s Worst Dressed lists are slamming Meryl Streep, Whoopie Goldberg and Glenn Close for their attire. As a general rule I am cutting ladies over 55 some slack. Streep has been nominated 17 times; it’s hard to pick 17 winning gowns. These women deserve to be comfortable.
This “worst dressed” list is relative. Some people could have done better, but everyone looked fantastic. Even Julia Roberts, who looked like she was wearing the discount bin at Michael’s, had fantastic hair and makeup. Even the gals who wore bad dresses looked amazing.
Cate Blanchett’s dress looked good from far away, but up close the sequins looked a little sloppy. The light color washed her out a bit as well. Designer: Giorgio Armani Prive
Anne Hathaway looked like she was preparing to be shot in the chest. Designer: Gucci
Jennifer Lawrence looked like Hilary Clinton. She also repeated her draped- back necklace (and bad stage manners) from last year. Designer: Dior
I hate to do it, but Emma Watson’s dressed looked half Vera Wang, half Urban Outfitters. No longer the poster girl for pixie cuts, Emma struggled with her hairstyle. Designer: Vera Wang.
Anna Kendrick likes to keep it spunky, but the red mid- bodice inset, shifty back and too- high slit made this gown a little too spunky. Designer: J.Mendel
Julia Roberts’ lace cleavage inset made it look like she had hair growing out of her chest and the gown’s peplum accents looked like they were molting. F-, Julia Roberts. Desginer: Givenchy