My favourite quote of the night was early in the proceedings, when Billy Crystal said: “So tonight enjoy yourselves, because nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.” Brilliant Billy, I love your work.
Is it crazy that the red carpet arrivals is almost more important than the awards themselves? What a person wears to the Oscars goes down in history, good or bad. And it stays there. Forever. The only thing you can do to redeem yourself is to get back out there the following year and this time, hire a stylist!
So in keeping with this new tradition, my favourite dressed of the evening starts with a dapper Englishman, and no, it’s not Colin Firth.
Gary Oldman in his bespoke three-piece Paul Smith tuxedo and his wife Alexandra Edenborough in her black Roberto Cavalli gown. It took me a week, but I finally found the name of her gown’s designer. I can move on now.
Not everyone will agree, but I like this J. Mendel dress on Kristen. The colour of the dress compliments her skin tone and hair colour and the shape is just right for her.
Tina Fey doesn’t always hit the mark, at least not in a fashion and style sense, but this time she scored a bullseye with her choice of Carolina Herrera. Elegant and perfectly shaped for her figure.
Michelle William’s burnt orange Louis Vuitton gown has grown on me. I wasn’t sure if it was the right choice for her at first, but the more I see it, the more I like it. I like how she paired it with a small pink clutch too. Pretty and feminine.
Meryl Streep was the lady of the evening, winning her third Oscar and channeling the golden statue with her gold Lanvin gown.
The evening stand-out was far and away, Rooney Mara in white Givenchy. She just nailed the brief, don’t you think? Everyone’s going to be cutting their fringe this next season, I can see it now.
I have kept it simple, but really the plain truth is that there were way more boring dresses than outstanding ones, so it was pretty easy to pick a favourite. I’d love to hear from you, what was your favourite? Leave me a comment here or pop over to my Facebook page and post a comment and a picture if you like.
Images from GQ.com, Vanityfair.com, LAtimes.com