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.
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.”
“American Hustle” star Amy Adams’ purplish navy Gucci Couture gown and Tiffany jewels carried a ’50s theme, her hairstyle honoring Kim Novak, one of her Hollywood Heroes. “Gravity” star Sandra Bullock was statuesque in a navy Alexender McQueen, with the evening’s most popular hairstyle: sideswept waves.
Navy was the color to wear in tuxes also: Presenter Jim Carrey, “The Wolf of Wall Street” actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Spacey and host Ellen DeGeneres all rocked versions of the navy tux, from silk pinstripes on Carey to sparkling velvet on DeGeneres.
“American Hustle” actress Jennifer Lawrence lived up to her clutsy Oscar reputation, tripping out of her car upon arrival at the red carpet, nearly ruining her brilliant red Christian Dior number, backless with a long necklace worn backwards, accentuating the sexy rear view.
Expectant fashion statements
The moms-to-be at the gala made fashion statements of their own.
Presenter Kerry Washington chose a radiant mauve gown by Jason Wu that underplayed her baby belly.
Presenter Jason Sudeikis glowed almost as much as his pregnant fiancee Olivia Wilde, who wore a demure, simple black Valentino gown that slimmed her silhouette.
There was no slimming presenter Chris Hemsworth’s wife, Elsa Pataky — she’s expecting twins! Her choice of a beaded teal Elie Saab gown kept her enormous bump looking radiant all evening.
Shades of black
It’s hard to mess up a basic black dress, but “August: Osage County” nominee Julia Roberts scored few fashion points with her oddly matronly black lace peplum by Givenchy.
Presenter Sally Field, however, brought it in a black Randi Rahm sequined gown that made her look young, fresh and fashionable.
Presenter Emma Watson kept her cool demeanor in a charcoal gray Vera Wang gown, perfect for the hipster young actress. She wore a slew of rings from Chanel, Repossi, Bouchon and Solange, and her messy updo worked perfectly with the straight lines of the gown.