Heather Grades the Oscar Red Carpet [PHOTO SPECIAL]
Dresses were either boring or outlandish on the fairest and most important of all red carpets at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. I didn’t find dresses very polarizing this event, some were just okay. So rather than listing my best and worst dressed of the Oscars, I’m grading the stars!
–Charlize Theron+Dior Haute Couture=A+! Of course her killer body doesn’t hurt. But in my opinion no star nailed her look better than Charlize. The architecture of the gown was in perfect symmetry to her figure.
–Naomi Watts+Armani Prive=A+! There is little consolation for losing the Oscar to someone else. But Naomi can rest assure her pewter masterpiece of a gown (and perfect hair) was just as powerful as her performance in The Impossible.
–Amy Adams+Oscar de la Renta=A+! Though Amy looked a little sour puss, probably because she knew she hadn’t a prayer defeating Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress, her plumes of ruffles made quite the red carpet statement. It is however a tad reminiscent of a similar la Renta gown once worn by Sarah Jessica Parker.
–Olivia Munn+Marchesa=A. The Newsroom actress bucked the nights pale and metallic trends for structured, embroidered, and Duchess red satin to much success.
–Jennifer Garner+Gucci=A. Who knew Gucci could go so glamor. The deep plum color of this gown and its billowy ruffle back peplum fit the actress effortlessly.
–Stacy Keibler+Naeem Khan=A. Stacy shined on the arm of her man George Clooney in this old world Hollywood sparkler that sported sheer panels in back. And the halter neckline made her look so statuesque.
–Jennifer Lawrence+Dior Haute Couture=A. The Oscar winner’s pale pink marshmallow frock screamed star! Maybe not when it’s volume got the best of her when she tripped up the stage steps, but her stylist Rachel Zoe knew this Academy Awards red carpet called for a wow moment.
–Jane Fonda+Versace=A. Va va voom! This woman is in her 70’s people, and she still has enough confidence to pull off deep plunging canary yellow. I die.
–Maria Menounos+Romona Keveza=A. Maria’s form fitting strapless gown was a refreshing pop of neon. Its simple and classic shape matched with its striking hot pink shade felt fresh. She’d have gotten an A+ if she toned down the hair a little.
–Zoe Saldana+Alex Mabille=B+. This shades-of-grey, black and white gown would have earned an A had the stylist done a way with the silly ribbon around her waste. But I think it was definitely an Oscar-appropriate selection.
–Amanda Seyfried+Alexander McQueen=B. The Les Mis star would have gotten a D from me for the neckline, but I’m wild about the lavender underlay beneath the lace.
–Anne Hathaway+Prada=B-. Anne leaned a little too simple and conservative on the night of her big Oscar win. The color was beautiful, though. But we also know it could have benefited from a little extra lining since it became extremely transparent in the bust when she became, eh hem, excited.
–Jennifer Aniston+Valentino=C. Valentino doesn’t make bad dresses. Unfortunately, Aniston just didn’t take this gown seriously enough. The choice was just a little boring for her, she has such a crazy amazing figure, the gown look badly fitted to me. And her hair could have used a little polishing.
–Nicole Kidman+L’Wren Scott=C. The concept of this gown was great. Deep, and watery with incredible detail. There’s just something I didn’t love about the gown, and the gown on Nicole. Can’t put my finger on it, just leaves me blah.
–Kerry Washington+Miu Miu=C. Unfortunately Kerry got it mostly wrong all awards season long. This coral color is sickeningly great with her skin tone, I just think she could have gone major glamor girl.
–Salma Hayek+Alexander McQueen+C-. While it was nice to see Salma branching out, or should I say up, with her neckline, this black and gold embellished gown swallowed her whole and made her look very short. Plus she covered up two of her most gifted assets.
–Giuliana Rancic+Rafael Cennamo=D-. This is why you don’t go with a lesser known designer for the Oscars. The fit of this black satin gown is so off on the E! correspondent, and way too much fabric for her slight frame. This is one of her worst looks to date.
–Brandi Glanville=F! No Real Housewife should ever be allowed to touch a toe on an Academy Awards red carpet. And then Brandi Glanville has to play Russian roulette with her decolletage. She was one pose away from a major nip slip. But something tells me she wouldn’t have minded the attention. This gown was so un-Oscar-appropriate I don’t even know where to begin.
–Helena Bonham Carter+Vivenne Westwood=F-! Can the actress ever just once look like she gives a darn about where she standing? It’s not a Halloween party or a funeral, you’re at the flipping Oscars! Pretend! She’s in my worst dressed hall of fame, but I think she’s wildly talented.
–Fan Bing Bing+Marchesa=F-! Who? Exactly. The person wearing this dress isn’t the problem, it’s the fact that it might be the worst gown I’ve ever seen the Marchesa fashion house design. So disappointing.