A few women really stood out at the Oscars, not necessarily for their films, but for daring to wear color to an event that seemed to be draped in 50 shades of blah.
Kudos to Jennifer Garner whose deep plum Gucci actually contrasted with her flesh tone. She looked dignified and elegant.
Then there were the red Valentinos. Jennifer Aniston's strapless crimson Valentino was a home run, though some complained about her standard bored board-straight locks.
Sally Field wore a romantic, sheer long-sleeve crimson Valentino gown with a ruched waist and tiers of ruffles along the skirt — almost exactly like the red Valentino gown with a ruched waist and tiers of ruffles along the skirt Hilary Swank wore to the Vanity Fair after party.
No, the two actresses weren't dressed quite alike, though it makes you wonder why Valentino loaned out two such similar gowns at such a high-profile event. (Hathaway was supposedly slated to wear Valentino but went with Prada at the last minute because the Valentino she'd chosen looked too similar to the Alexander McQueen gown Seyfried wore.)
A few actresses had the blues — Reese Witherspoon's shade was prettiest, but the bodice of the Louis Vuitton dress did little for her decolletage.
Helen Hunt was no doubt the evening's thriftiest celebrity. Her navy strapless gown was lovely and assumedly a bargain since she bought it at H&M. The dressed was very wrinkly, though, which detracted from its simple elegance.
And little Quvenzhane Wallis wore a gorgeous blue dress and shawl with sparkly black tulle accents by Giorgio Armani. But Wallis, who at 9 is the youngest actress ever nominated for Best Actress in Oscar history, gets the prize for the best accessory for her adorable puppy purse from Poochie & Co., appropriately dressed in a light blue tutu and dazzling tiara.
Jane Fonda glimmered in a canary yellow Versace gown that emphasized her fantastic figure (at age 75!). Her splash of color was refreshing, and she wins our award for the hottest septuagenarian at the awards (possibly anywhere).
Sci Fi-inspired metallic and black
Catherine Zeta Jones knocked it out, managing to stick with a flesh-tone gown by Zuhair Murad, but choosing one with some fantastic metallic accents. The futuristic beading pattern on the bodice, softened by layers of flowing skirts, gave the gown a feminine Steampunk quality that I loved.
Renee Zellweger, too, got the flesh-tone memo. She chose a fleshy gold-sequined skintight Carolina Herrera. Not a fan.
Naomi Watts rocked it sci-fi style in an Armani Prive sequin gown. The pewter gown's unexpected structure is reminiscent of the fantastical female aliens the crews of Star Trek might find on a far-flung planet. Watts' gown wins my vote for most unique of the night.
Halle Berry always looks amazing, and Sunday's Versace gown was no disappointment. The black and gold beaded gown's plunging neckline and structured graphic design again conjured a sci-fi feel.
Of course, Oklahoma's own Kristin Chenoweth, who co-hosted the show with Seth McFarlane, sparkled almost brighter than anyone in a black and white Tony Ward creation featuring cascading ice-inspired jewels. She also rocked a beautiful gold mermaid style Carolina Herrera dress as she and McFarlane closed the show by serenading the night's losers.