Fashion's best and worst Oscar moments

The 86th annual Academy Awards was the annual version of Hollywood’s biggest fashion show.
By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer Published: March 6, 2014
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Hollywood’s most glamorous evening, the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony, was Sunday, and most of the big screen’s favorite actors and actresses didn’t disappoint, dressed to the nines in couture frocks, dripping with obscene displays of priceless diamonds and rubbing elbows with the most exclusive clique in the world.

So, which stars did it right, really right, and who struck out and did it really wrong?

Belles of the ball

Who didn’t fall in love with Lupita Nyong’o, (seen on page 1D) winner of Best Supporting Actress for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” in the softest, most flowing and voluminous powder blue Prada gown? She said the gown reminded her of her native Kenya and the Nairobi sky.

Whoopi Goldberg, on the other hand, was far from the Best Dressed list, ripping off Julia Roberts’ slightly less-wrong version of the same getup she wore at the 2014 Golden Globe awards: a strapless black evening gown cheapened by a button-up white blouse layered underneath (a pirate-style blouse in Goldberg’s case, adding an extra element of wrongness). Under the getup, Goldberg was at least in a “Wizard of Oz” mood (more on that later), with her black-and-white stripe stockings and sparkly ruby red platform pumps.

Shades of nude were popular again this year, but thankfully, pops of red, navy and pastels were sprinkled in among gowns of barely-there color.

Sally Hawkins wore an antique-style embroidered gold long-sleeve Valentino gown, similar in shade to that of her “Blue Jasmine” co-star Cate Blanchett, who won the Oscar for Best Actress. Blanchett’s embroidered sequin and Swarovski crystal gown by Armani Prive with Chopard opal earrings was stunning.

Plunging necklines and backless gowns lit up the red carpet. One of the most Googled gowns was worn by presenter Charlize Theron. The exquisite black Dior didn’t get much airtime, but the $15 million in accessories, including a included a 31-carat cluster pendant, had Theron on many fashion bloggers’ best-dressed lists.

Presenter Kate Hudson’s champagne color Atelier Versace gown with a deep plunging neckline was a stunner as well, harkening Old Hollywood glam with its beaded white bodice, bold, squared-off shoulder pads and a draping back and train.

Olympic colors

Shades of red, white and blue were dominant, perhaps reflecting the winter Olympics that just ended.

Honoring the Heroes of Hollywood theme of the evening, Goldberg introduced singer Pink, who took the stage in a drop-dead gorgeous glittery red gown with a deep bustline, accentuating her muscular cleavage. Paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” Pink sang a moving rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

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