This annual Hollywood film industry event often serves as more of a fashion show than an awards show. Sure, many viewers are excited when their favorite film, actor or director beats out rivals in a particular category, but let’s face it—it’s all about what they’re wearing. Chronicled in real time by fashionistas on Twitter, discussed by fashion-crazed bloggers on the Internet and critiqued by talk show hosts on programs such as “Fashion Police,” Oscars fashion has become an entity of its own. It’s a platform for designers and stylists to debut their craft to a wide audience, wider than those found at fashion shows in New York. It is here that many trends are made or established, Hollywood’s most stylish are confirmed, and consequently, where many flubs can be found. This year, however, many played it safe, erring on the conservatively bland side of glamour. And the awards go to:
Jennifer Hudson in Versace
There’s a new diva in town, and her name is Jennifer Hudson. The “American Idol” alumna looked stunning in this bold Versace gown. The color, fit and accessories were all very appropriate and showstopping. Well done!
Helena Bonham Carter in costume designer Colleen Atwood
I’m not sure if I should begin with the hair or the corseted dress, but Helena Bonham Carter looked like a hot mess at this year’s Academy Awards. I think it’s time to hire a stylist…
Halle Berry in Marchesa
Ms. Berry was glistening in this dazzling and super feminine dress by Marchesa. The color complimented her skin tone and the gown fit like a glove. Also, her hair styling was spot-on and complimented the neckline of her dress.
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab
Move over Natalie Portman! Mila Kunis clearly stole the show in this ethereal gown by Elie Saab. The romanticism of the dress appropriately matched the delicacy of a ballerina, whom she played in the acclaimed “Black Swan.”
Most Stylish Duo
Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey
You simply cannot get any more stylish than this. The duo upped the glam factor at this year’s Academy Awards. Camila Alves’ floor-sweeping black dress looked the opposite of dowdy and gothic. And the center part of her hair and lack of a necklace were chic touches to her look, emphasizing her elegant décolletage.
Celine Dion in Armani Prive
This recent mother looked dazzling in this minimalist dress by Armani Prive. I definitely wasn’t expecting this from the woman who wore a tuxedo backward to the 1999 Academy Awards. The metallic sheen on the dress lent just the right touch of glamour for the Oscars.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein
Ok, we get it—you’re tall and lanky and the minimalist look is in now. However, you could have done so much more for the red carpet. We’ve seen this minimalist look on Gwyneth before—it’s time to mix things up!
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter