2012 Oscars Red Carpet – Part ONE

Posted on February 27, 2012

Darlings, we tweeted for SIX STRAIGHT HOURS last night! And can we just say? If you tweet for 6 straight hours, your sleep cycle gets very staccato and you wind up waking up over and over again. We’re pretty sure that’s because our dreams were all only 140 characters long.

Hit it!


Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab

A very pretty color, but the proportions are off. The sleeves look heavy and make her arms look thicker and the waist sits too high. Also, the hair was bad.


Busy Philipps in Dolce & Gabbana

An okay dress let down by some poor hairstyling and shitty shoes.


Ellie Kemper in Armani Privé

Very pretty. The color looks great on her. Her booms are way too large. “Booms” are what we call oversized bangs. The ginger behind her is cute.


Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

Fabulous. LOVED this. One of our picks for Look of the Night.


Glenn Close in Zac Posen

Everything’s fine until you get to the bottom. The color is unusual and looks gorgeous on her and we love the idea of a tuxedo jacket with a gown, but as is usually the case with Zac Posen, way too much shit was thrown at this dress. If you took all that crap off the skirt, the look would improve dramatically.


Jane Seymour

Can’t really argue with that.

Except the matchy purse. We can argue with that.


Julia Ormond in David Meister

Dear GOD. Forget the dress; Sweetie: THAT IS NOT YOUR HAIR.


Kate Mara in Jack Guisso Couture

Pretty dress, but there’s something a little creepily doll-like with the hair and makeup.


Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel

Hair’s too casual, dress is the color of old bras. She’s so cool but she never quite gets it right.


Louise Roe in Black Halo

We thought this made a chic and sharp alternative to the more frivolous gowns on the RC, setting her apart as someone who’s there to do work rather than just get her picture taken. If there’s such a thing as a business-like gown, this is it. Don’t love the pseudo-Leia hair, though.


Natalie Porman in Vintage Christian Dior



Nina Garcia in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

Spectacular. Nina chica, have you been working out? And by “working out” we mean that in the fashion editor sense of not eating.


Penelope Cruz in Armani Privé

Serving up Spanish Grace Kelly. Absolutely gorgeous color on her.


Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

We wanted to like this, but no. The silhouette is odd and the embellishments feel oddly placed. It looks like a t-shirt over a gown with some frippery hot-glued on to it.


Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera

Fantastic dress. It would have been nice if it was in a color because Tina defaults to the blacks and navys a little too much. It’s the hair we can’t get behind. She’s small and quirky-pretty. Grandiose hair doesn’t suit her any more than grandiose makeup would.


Wendi McLendon-Covey

Ladies, these  colorless dresses might look great in person, but they just don’t photograph that well – especially on pale-skinned blondes. It’s a gorgeous dress and her hair and makeup look great, but we really wish there was some color to be found here.


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  • Loved Emma Stones dress… and her imitation of Anne Hathaway last night. She was a highlight of an otherwise boring night.

    • Definitely! That color is amazing, and her little routine with Ben Stiller was hysterical. I didn’t love the bow at first, but when she walked out on stage, it was really a wow moment. “Jonah, come on, let’s dance!”

      • jblaked

        A total wow moment.  She looked amazing and she has such a natural grace and ease about her that so few in Hollywood – or in real life – seem to have.  Me included.  :-/

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Didn’t anyone else think it was way too reminiscent of another famous redhead in a red dress at the Oscars – Nicole Kidman?

      • Can’t believe that TLo didn’t go right for that. Even I, who can’t ever remember who wore what, took one look at that dress and said NICOLE KIDMAN!

      • Sweetbetty

         Yep, I was thinking we’d seen that dress before but in a more structured variation.

      • MilaXX

         Yup and I thought as pretty as it was the bow was nearly overwhelming her.

    • RebeccaKW

       She really was the only one who’s Oscar lines didn’t seem forced and stiff. 

    • Terence Ng

      I agree. I think she looked great, and her dialogue was one of the only times I laughed and paid attention. She is exactly what Lindsay Lohan should have been. Love her.

    • I had no idea she was so tall. Truly my favorite presenter of the night (except for Melissa and Rose’s drinking game), she is a natural. 

    • mhleta

      Stlye.com had her on their worst dressed list. Shocked the hell out of me because I thought she was perfect.

    • mhleta

      Another blog claiming “Stylist” expertise had her on their worst dressed list. Say it with me: “WTF?” I thought she was perfection.

    • funkycamper

      I think it’s funny how we all respond to things so differently.  I’ve never seen her in anything and, therefore, had no preconceived opinion of her at all, and I thought she was extremely obnoxious.  

  • Egads I seriously disagree on Emma Stone – it’s one of my least favourite looks of the night. The colour was wrong on her and there were too many competing elements – that bow was hiddy. Plus it looked like a doppelganger of Nicole Kidman’s maligned Balenciaga dress from a few years ago (indeed if you google ‘Nicole Kidman Red Dress Bow’ you’ll see comparison photos already popping up). 

    • RzYoung

      I agree, the pink just seemed to clash with her hair and personality.

    • Gayer_Than_Thou

      I’m going to have to agree. Emma Stone’s dress was just way too red and way too busy. Also, she’s like twice as tall as Ben stiller and this just made her overshadow him even more.

      Loved Penelope Cruz on the red carpet more than I do here. It read more lavender on my TV.

    • Jessi03

       As soon as Emma walked out, I yelled “She’s wearing Nicole Kidman’s dress!” 

    • Elizabetta1022

      I agree. I really thought the dress was wearing her and not the other way around. She looked like a puppy emerging out of a Christmas present. That said, she’s lovely and I like that she took a risk.

    • twocee

       Thank you!  I HATED Emma Stone’s dress.  She walked on-stage and I gasped and said what the hell is on her neck?  Reminded me of how the female vampire victims in the Vampire Diaries always use a scarf to cover the bite mark. 

    • NinaBoo

      Someone tweeted she looked like a Lexus on Christmas, and I have to agree.

    • mhleta

      Disagree completely. Have a look at Nicole’s dress. The Balenciaga red is obnoxious and harsh and completely washes out Kidman, who is much paler than Stone. Her hair is down, which interferes further with all the business at the neck. Also Kidman’s dress looks stiff and almost like a solid thing whereas Stone’s dress is soft, pretty and has lovely movement. Everything Kidman got wrong, Stone’s look gets right. http://www.look.co.uk/pictures/oscars-fashion-100-memorable-moments/nicole-kidman-wearing-balenciaga-at-the-oscars-2007

      • janiemary

        My sentiments exactly! So from now on a dress with a bow at the neck is automatically a Nicole dress?? These two dresses are so different… and Emma in this dress with her adorable personality makes Nicole in her dress look even more like a plastic Barbie doll!!

  • I’d say Louise Roe’s hair is more Queen Amidala than princess Leia… 

  • Who let a hooker in the Oscars? Wait, it’s Busy Phillips!

    • mhleta

      Busy looks like she bought off the rack at Charlotte Russe. I really like her so I wanted her to get it right, but alas.

    • MilaXX

      It’s looks like she and Michelle bought Barbie accessories and said, “You wear the shoes, and I’ll carry the bag. BESTIES!”

  • Why is there a big arrow pointing at Jane Seymour’s crotch?

  • serenitynow02

    Kate Mara looks like she’s acting out a scene in American Horror Story. The only dress I really like in this bunch is Penelope Cruz. Sandra Bullocks’ is terribly unflattering. Nina looks good but I really disagree on Emma Stone’s dress. I don’t think it suits her personality at all.

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    I love Emma Stone and she was a really charming presenter, but as lovely as she looked, I’m still put off my how similar that gown is to the Balenciaga Nicole Kidman wore. http://www.hollywood.com/news/Oscar_Oops_Emma_Stone_Copies_Iconic_Nicole_Kidman_Look/18528090

    • serenitynow02

      And I think it’s a dress that lends itself more to a tall, icy blonde than perky red-haired Emma. It just doesn’t seem to “fit” her even though it fits her very well.

  • filmcricket

    Emma Stone’s gown is gorgeous, but it looks like it’s eating her alive, and it’s also a little aging on her. Kemper’s my favourite out of this group.

  • Emma Stone’s dress is ALMOST perfect except it looks way too long on her. I get that it’s a goddess gown but it just looks like a puddle.

    Ellie, lovely, perfect color but those BOOMS. I’m giving her an A for effort though because it’s the best she’s looked on the RC yet.

    Jane Seymour obviously bathes in the blood of virgins. She looks even better every time I see her.

  • MilaXX

    Tina Fey’s dress was a color.  When I saw it on screen it was a deep eggplant -y color. It was very pretty.

    • Agreed.

    •  Yeah, it read on screen as a deep wine/purple. Her sapphire earrings were fabulous, too. She and Penelope Cruz were my winners out of this lot.

  • RzYoung

    Love Portman’s dress but her hair looks like she washed it, then slept in it. I think Nina is the winner on this page, I love that look

    • Sweetbetty

       Did anyone else think Kenley might have made Portman’s dress when they saw the polka dots?  Only Kenley’s version would have had much larger dots.

    • MilaXX

       Liked Portman’s dress, but the necklace was too shiny. It looks like she bought her prom accessories from Claire’s boutique.

  • bitterk

    I concur.  Emma Stone gets my vote for best dressed.  She looked A-mazing.   And she gets my vote for best presenter.  They should have put her together with Robert Downey Junior.  The two would have stole the show.   

    • homespunner

      Colin Firth was the best presenter. (Loved his Meryl intro) Emma was second best presenter – did not love the dress however.

      • julnyes

         I have to agree with both of you — all three were quite amusing.

    • Kimmu

      But but but…Tony Stark and Pepper Potts should ne’er be torn asunder! Honestly, that role is the only thing that remotely makes me like Gwenyth Paltrow, and I thought they were adorable together essentially playing their Marvel selves.

      But totally agree with how amazing and fun Emma was. She looked gorgeous and was hilarious presenting.

  • Love P.Cruz’s dress but everything else is a bit dull.

    • homespunner

      Loved the dress. Beautiful color. Didn’t like her hair. Whatever – she’s gorgeous.

      • Totally agree with you. When she presented, I couldn’t stop thinking about how bad her hair was styled. It ruined the look for me.

    • MK03

      Hers was my favorite dress of the night. Simply stunning.

  • Jane Seymour totally looks like a bobblehead.  Eat some soul food girl!

  • sherrietee

    Sandra’s dress looked slightly better up on stage, but yeah, that top was just wonky.

    • tsid2012

      I’m not a marchesa fan or a over of applied shiny shit on a dress but I liked this.  From the back, it was gorgeous and the drape of the top really depended on the posture.  In certain photos, it looks great.

      • Lori

        I feel like Sandra’s Marchesa was a perfect example of folks not thinking things through. I did see a couple photos where it looked good, but in most of them it did not. When you’re going to be photographed hundreds of times from all angles over the course of a long evening you can’t wear a look that depends so heavily on how you stand. No one, especially a non-model, can hold “make the dress look good” posture all the time.

        The bigger problem is that the dress is supposed to be working to make the woman look good, not the other way around. As much as we talk about the clothes, the Oscars aren’t a fashion show and the spotlight is on women who aren’t models. None of them should be wearing something that requires model-like posing skill to look good.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      agreed, it almost looked like it was on backward..

  • i love Glenn’s dress up until you get to all that crap but the color is stunning and compliments her in a terrific way. Kate Mara looked like a psycho and Natalie Portman’s dress is about 15 years too young young for her.

  • PhillyDeb

    Do not like Emma’s dress at all.  It looks limp and the bow is entirely too big for her.  I like her so much better in more pared-down looks.  Tina Fey’s dress fits her well and flatters her body, but the straight-across cut of the bodice combined with the bun make her shoulders look way too broad; so I am not a fan of the gestalt. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Can we talked about how epically blinged out everyone was? Jewelry was seen! Jewelry!

  • homespunner

    Help sleepy kittens. Where have we seen Nina’s dress (top portion) silhouette before?

  • homespunner

    Help sleepy kittens. Where have we seen Nina’s dress (top portion) silhouette before?

  • VioletFem

    Have to disagree with the ruling on Bernice’s hair. I thought it was very pretty (though she could have gone a little darker).

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Penelope Cruz for the win. That is a perfect dress fitted and matched perfectly with her body and coloring. The hair was a bit on the nose, but when you cosplay as Grace Kelly you better serve some Monaco realness there.

    • Little_Olive

      It is the same dress she always wears, but this was the best of the bunch IMO. The color and confection of that dress were simply stunning. Loved the shorter ‘do.  

      • Pants_are_a_must

         It’s not like she always looks like, actually. Penelope Cruz was always one for the fishtail nightmares.

  • sagecreek

    That Jane Seymour picture in someone’s attic is still doing yeoman work.

    Kristen Wiig would have looked so great if that dress had been, say, a seafoam green.

  • SewingSiren

    I like Ellie Kemper, Emma Stone and Penelope Cruz , they all more or less have perfect dresses for their figures or images. But I still think Rooney Mara was the hands down dress winner of the night.

  • Emma Stone’s dress looks like done by an Amateur designer or sewer  within an hour. its shapeless and doesnt require any skills to make—but it  does cost 2 60″x84″ panels of red window curtains.   Nicole Kidman’s dress looks simple but was well tailored and fit her body perfectly.  Emma Stone’s dress is $39.99 from Marshall’s and good for high school prom,   Kidman’s is for oscar.

  •  I adore Emma but that huge bow is upstaging her lovely face and that color red is not your color, girl, no matter what your gay uncles write in their witty and respected blogs.

  • I think your comment on Berenice Bejo’s dress is off the mark– her arms are so skinny that covering them is a good idea. Otherwise, general agreement.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i just want to know in who’s attic is Jane Seymour hiding the portrait of herself??…

    •  She’s not hiding it in mine. Space is taken up with my portrait. Though mine doesn’t seem to be working all that well. Hmmmmmm.

  • For my money, its Penelope Cruz for the win.  THIS is the Penelope I went gaga over when she first started appearing on the RC years back. She is giving out with the full on CLASS, here.

  • sarahofalessergod

    Natalie Portman’s dress is pretty, and her necklace is as well.  But they don’t seem to be part of the same look.

  • mjude

    boys, loved your tweets last night helped get thru the lull of the show.  i loved emily, natalie & penelope.

  • AnnaBest

    “the color of old bras” nailed it! 

  • drdirection

    Nina’s dress was pretty but she looked almost as bad as Angelina in the sickly skinny department.  And has Nina ever worn her hair a different way?  Why doesn’t she get blasted for that?

  • Penelope was the stunner in this group – possibly from the entire night.  Can’t wait to hear what you say about Cameron Diaz’s dress. which I thought looked fab on her.  Natalie Portman looks sweet, but the fabric reminded me too much of the bridesmaid dress I wore to my brother’s wedding in 1974.

  • Little_Olive

    Agree with mostly everything, except:

    – Natalie Portman walked out the door before doing her hair.

    – I actually like Sandy’s. A bit different, the silhouette works for her. 

    – I don’t see such a problem with Tina’s hair. The thing is, she does not really serve glamour.

    I think you should have been A LOT tougher on Busy (OMG those shoes made want to go there and smack her) and Julia Ormond (honey, what happened to you?).

    And may I just add that I LOVED that there were no Disney/reality starlets on the RC (at least that I know of)?     

  • Jessica Kyler

    Louise’s dress is absolutely stunning. I think it stands out because of hot different it is, and how perfectly it flatters.

  • Kate McCain

    Maybe it’s just me, but IMHO Jane Seymour is a little too old for that dress. If you’re not in your early twenties, that dress is not for you. 
    Sandra Bullock’s dress would have been better if the waist and decorations had been higher. If those metallic finger-y things started just below empire waist height it might have been better?Lastly, loving Louise Roe’s dress! 

  • Jessica Kyler

    WHY can’t celebrities tell the difference between shoes that say “Red Carpet” and ones that say “I’m going to my junior prom and want to make all the boys think I’m a ho”?? WHY, Busy Phillips?!?

  • That Kate Mara photo–it’s the way she’s holding her shoulders and arms that makes it creepy.  She’s standing like the girl in the well from The Ring coming to get you.

  • Why_do_I_even_watch_this_show

    Oh no, I hated Emma Stone’s dress (and, still, I don’t know who she is)– it looks like a Christmas package about to pop open!  I also kept wondering if Tina Fey was expecting something under that dress- it just didn’t appear flattering on tv.

  • Tina Fey gets an “A” for effort, despite the hair. I wish Tina would host the Oscars next year.
    Wendi McLendon-Covey looks as lovely as I have ever seen her, even with that too subtle dress color.
    I like Kristin Weig’s new hair color, it makes her eye’s pop. Oh, and she could also host the Oscars next year.
    In theory, I should have loved Penelope Cruz’s dress, but I didn’t. Was the color a little off in pictures?, it reads as a slate blue on my computer screen. Maybe if her hair was styled in a looser chignon, it might have worked for me.

    Despite the “booms”, Ellie Kemper looked fantastic and that dress was perfect for her. Well done, she is also a favorite. In fact, the whole cast of the Bridesmaids could host the Oscars next year.

    •  YES!  Tina Fey to host the Oscars next year!!!!!!

    • sagecreek

      I think Wendi has one of the classiest looks of the evening. I just wish I knew who she was.

      • RebeccaKW

         Ever watch Reno 911 on Comedy Central?  She was the blond slutty cop.  Then Bridesmaids.  Now she’s in a commercial for something, like minute rice but not rice, where she is dressed identically to the woman cooking but she speaks to the camera.  She may have been in other things, but that’s where I know her.

      • Wendy was in “Bridesmaids” and she was a cast member on Reno 911 that used to be on Comedy Central.

    • Terence Ng

      I love what being in Bridesmaids was done for Rose Byrne. She seems so frosty, but her antics at the Oscars with her co-stars makes her seem so hilarious. SCORSESE!!!

    • fnarf

       Ellie Kemper’s dress was magnificent, just spectacular with the copper. That picture makes the bangs look bigger for some reason, and the color of her hair matched the dress outside in the bright sun but not inside where it counts. She looked fantastic, every bit of her.

  • Sweetvegan

    Is that Isaac Mizrahi in the background of the Nina Garcia photo?
    Thanks! Love seeing these gowns, and I didn’t have to watch TV for hours and hours!

  • Sweetvegan

    And Ellie Kemper looks awesome! Best gown so far!

  • Susan Crawford

    Ellie Kemper looked fabulous in that copper-bronze number – a VERY striking dress!
    Jane Seymour – Apparently drinking from the fountain of youth! (I want to see the painting in HER attic!)
    Natalie Portman and Penelope Cruz: Shutting it down!

    Kate Mara: Maybe it’s the whole “American Horror” side effect, but she scares me. A lot.
    Busy Phillips: Please – somewhere in the world there MUST be a stylist who can help her. Please!

  • mommyca

    Emma Stone for the win…. and Sandra Bullock’s face scared me… (did she share Botox with Billy Crystal?)

    • sagecreek

      Well, I doubt the Oscars are a very happy memory for Sandy, given what happened to her right after she won hers. Kudos for even showing up.

    • Little_Olive

      I like Sandra but her face has been tweeked. Her nose is certainly very thin. I fear the next thing is for celebrities to breathe through a secret hole so they can close their nostrils altogether.   

      Billy Crystal has been sharing a LOT of things apparently. His eyes keep getting smaller and his face way creepier. (His act, not funnier or warmer) 

      • homespunner

        Billy reminded me of Ed Sullivan (Jesus, I’m old!) with the “wasn’t that a good number?….aren’t those films just great?…” bits. Very odd.

  • Susan Crawford

    NOTE to TLo:
    Boys, between NYFW, Awards Season and the Oscars, you have had what? 47 minutes of actual sleep? Thank you from a devotedly Bitter Kitten for everything you’ve blogged and tweeted the past couple of months. And please reassure me that you are planning SOME kind of vacation as a reward for this incredible dedication?

    •  Thanks, Susan!   I could not agree more.  You guys are rockstars, and you work your butts off for all of us Precious Unborn Fawns.  You both deserve some serious R+R.   HUGE hugs, Kiltd.

    • Pants_are_a_must

       I’m thinking some nice, tropical island where they can lounge on the beach and argue about Downton Abbey.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Busy Phillips looks like she’s walking on Pepto Bismol bottles.

  • I need to see a photo of Emma Stone’s shoes! She is 5’6 and Ben Stiller is 5’8 and she easily looked 3-4 inches taller than him when they presented! What kind of stilts was that girl wearing?!?

  • CassandraMortmain

    Was there a special deal on ugly red hair dye?  Both Berenice Bejo and Viola Davis should have just said no.  Ellie Kemper’s hair looks awful but she had one of the best dresses.  Love, love, love Kate Mara’s dress but there is something creepy about the way she’s posing.  And the dress would have looked so much better on someone with darker skin.  Ditto for Wendi McLendon-Covey’s dress.  I though Glenn looked pretty fabulous.  Emma Stone was the best presenter.  The bow may be a bit much but I love that she wore red and chose something different.  Penelope’s dress was so beautiful.  It looked even better in motion than in pics.  Tina Fey  – pretty glam for her.

    Busy Phillips – are you kidding me?  Those shoes, those tacky earrings.  Julia Ormond got every single thing wrong.  I thought Nina looked great on tv but she’s a little scary skinny in this photo.  She’s got the bobblehead look now.

    • fnarf

       The thing with the hair color is that the red carpet is outside in the blazing sun, so everyone gets blazed by it. Ellie Kemper’s hair looked much more natural indoors. I loved her hair, actually.

    • homespunner


  • nannypoo

    Natalie Portman’s dress was pretty from the front, but viewed from the side the bodice stuck out more than was needed to support it’s contents. Berenice was ill-advised regarding her hair, as was Betty Crocker look-alike Penelope Cruz. I loved Sandra Bullock’s dress. It’s unusual and flattering. Kristen Wiig needs a stylist. Nina looked great but too thin. What is that fabric hanging off the side of Kate Mara’s dress? Was it supposed to be on her shoulder? Ellie Kemper’s dress is perfect for her but yes, that is a lot of bangs. Now off to google to find out why Busy Philips is famous.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I don’t think too many women look good in flesh-toned dresses.  The lack of contrast just washes them right out.

    I have to say it. Nina Garcia looks ill.

  • Penny for the win so far. Stunning.

  • Zero comment on Nina Garcia’s uncombed hair and Kelly-Clarkson-circa-2001 streaky highlights?

  • Miss_Led

    Are you going to rate the nun? I really want you to give  WERQ to Sister Dolores Hart.

  • twocee

    Love Ellie Kemper’s dress, but the picture above makes it looks slightly askew. 

    Have to disagree with you on Tina Fey.  I thought that dress was horribly unflattering, and my straight bf who is utterly in love with Tina Fey (she’s on his “list”) thought she looked really bad last night.

  • kentiesgirl

    I have to disagree about Emma’s dress. It’s looks like the red carpet is rising up to eat her. Maybe if it dialed down on the volume a little (maybe a lot), it would be great.
    Penelope is gorgeous, but a little in a ‘Disney Princess’ kind of way-not saying that’s a bad thing, just first thought….and her answers last night about it made me giggle: “I don’t think about what’s fashionable. I just like what I like.”(paraphrased) You go on girl. That was kinda refreshing.
    Does Kate Mara believe she is still on the set of AHS? You’re gorgeous girl! Stand up straight and give us smile please.
    Totally agree about Sandra Bullock. It struck me as very unsettling and you guys nailed why:  it’s serving over sized t-shirt over leggings at a theme park.

    As for Glenn Close…I say WERQ. I forgive the frippery at the bottom
    for the sheer awesomeness of the jacket, bodice, and color.

    • AthenaJ

      Agree re: Emma Stone – The dress seems to be wearing her more than she is wearing it. And I’m afraid that giant bow on her neck is going to swallow her head at any minute.

      • kentiesgirl

        Ha! Exactly. Poor thing looks like she’s bracing for it too happen at any second in this pic. On second look, love the clutch though, but is it too much to have the giantgantasaurus bangle on the other hand? 

        btw…sorry if this is a repeat, still getting used to disqus.

  • BayTampaBay

    Love Glenn Close.  Best she has looked on the RC in years.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    Re: Julia Ormond – another example of curling iron curls.  Just wrong.

  • BrooklynBomber

    And by “working out” we mean that in the fashion editor sense of not eating.

    Ha! (Though I don’t think anybody eats for a couple weeks before the Oscars.)

  • AthenaJ

    Why does Busy Philipps look like she swallowed a bee? And has she been saving those earrings and shoes since the 80’s? So many questions…

  • granddelusion

    How do these ladies not trip on their puddling gowns? And is Busy weary Crocs? Loved the vintage Dior.

    • Anathema_Device

      I know. Did you see how much trouble Spencer had getting up the steps to accept her Oscar? Her feet were all tangled up in her gown…plus she was in shock, so I’m sure that didn’t help.

  • I wasn’t crazy about the Emma Stone look.  The bow was a bit awkward.  And I really liked Glen and Sandra’s dresses, because they were visually interesting.

  • Mariah J

    Emma Stone’s dress looked like it was melting into the carpet, and that neck bow was way too gigantic. Ick. Penelope Cruz was pure Mother-of-the-Quinceanera terrible hair. 

  • I find Tina Fey to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.  I just don’t get why no one ever seems to notice how spectacular she is to look at. 

  • Judy_J

    I want to pull up the sleeve on Kate Mara’s dress.  And I don’t have a clue as to who Busy Phillips is, but I love the name.  Heard way too many comments on how Emma Stone’s dress was too much like the one Nicole Kidman wore last year (or was it the year before?).

  • Ellie Kemper had the most successful “risk taking” dress of the night – it was really interesting and beautiful.  She looks amazing.

  • Lilithcat

    La Nina killed it.

    I didn’t like the bow on Emma Stone’s gown, and the gown itself is way too long.

    I was intrigued by Louise Roe’s dress, but since one didn’t see the full-length on television, wasn’t sure if I liked it.  Seeing this shot, I think it’s fabulous.

    Portman’s dress is very pretty, indeed, but there is something a tad “summer party” about it, can’t quite put my finger on it.

    I think Bullock’s would have been great if the top were fitted.  That blouson look is weird.

    OT:  who names their kid “Busy”?

    • I wondered this also when she was on Andy Cohen’s show last week…her real name is Elizabeth IIRC and she was always getting into stuff…hence…

  • Anathema_Device

    I so hear you on the Bullock dress. I kept wanting to like it too. I think I was swayed to like it because she looked so at ease in it.

    Emma Stone looked amazing! I’m not generally a fan of bows like that, but the whole look was perfect on her.

    I had to back up the Tivo to look at Close’s dress. It was a “Wait. What? What is all that down there? Is there someone in a different dress standing right behind her?” moment.

    I can’t believe how late (your time) you guys were putting up posts. AND you were tweeting? No wonder your sleep cycle is all screwed up. Lots of screen time right before bed is terrible for your sleep! (I’m taking the opportunity to Mom you since you guys always get to Gay Uncle us.)

  • bluefish

    Beautiful simple red vintage Dior on Natalie Portman.  Glenn Close in Zac Posen scares me!

  • EEKstl

    Like many others, I too cried “Nicole!” when I saw Emma Stone – that dress was so iconic.  But as a stand-alone I think she looked beautiful.

  • janetjb

    Emma: I love this dress; it is similar to Nicole’s, but not the same and I like this better. I wish the color weren’t so close to red (on my screens)
    Glenn: I like this a lot (lose the stuff in the back).
    Louise: A perfect dress for standing outside on a cool February afternoon interviewing stars.
    Penelope: One of my favorites.
    Tina: I thought she was wearing navy blue last night.  Would it kill her to try another color?

    I keep thinking I need to adjust the color on my television and computer

  • minnye

    Can’t stand Nina’s hair.  I hope those frosted stripes aren’t coming back.

  • Loved Emma Stone last night.  We decided she looks and sounds just like Woody’s GF, Jesse, from Toy Story. 
    Sandy B looked really nice, but the top of that dress was weird. 
    Penelope and Natalie are WERQin’ it.  I was interested to see what you had to say about Ms. Close.  I like a jacket with a gown, but she, along with Louise Roe who walso wore a jacket, looks plain uncomfortable.  Like it’s way too stiff and pulling accross her shoulders.    Not like. 
    Kate Mara’s dress looks way overworked with that fabric hanging off her arm.  Plus–it looks like it’s gonna slip off her body at any moment. 
    Ellie Kamper–also gorgeous!  Love. 

  • Emma Stone was definitely one of my favorites. Boston Globe slammed her – WTF? Who cares what they think right? I agree about the color problems. Kristen W. looked so pretty but what color is that? And Wendi McClendon-Covey looked so pretty on stage but not ‘bright’ enough.

  • ciotogist

    I could have sworn Fey’s dress was purple on TV.

  • ciotogist

    I could have sworn Fey’s dress was purple on TV.

  • Beardslee

    I am so with you on Louise Roe.  I thought she looked great for the reasons you describe plus she was wearing sleeves!  She looked distinctive and sophisticated.

  • luluransom

    Booms. Ahahhahaha. 

  • histrogeek

    The Tina Fey dress looked a little weird from the side. The tunic bottom (or whatever it’s really called) looked like she had a pot belly. From the front it looks great though.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Emma Stone rocked it onstage and on the RC. Plus, the dress reflected her personality as well as her look. Bravo!
    That flap hanging off of Kate Mara’s dress was just sad. And she did look like she was packing a knife in her purse.
    I didn’t mind the concept of a bustle on Glenn Close’s dress, but that one went too far.
    I hated Penelope Cruz’s hair.
    Kristen Wiig’s dress could’ve worked in a different color-maybe a navy or gunmetal. She might also want to adjust her hair color a bit, she’s got features that a a skooch overwhelmed by the darkness.
    Sorry, everyone loves the Tina Fey dress, but I’m not a fan of peplums and she looks like she’s going to a work event (even though she is, but still)
    Sandy’s Marchesa looks like it has a touch of ice skating princess to it, a look she clearly favors. Proportions are definitely off on this one.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Loved Emma Stone’s whole look. Fantastic. Kristen Wiig’s dress reminded me of old pantyhose, so I completely get the old bras reference. 

  • nancylee61

    I just love the confidence of Meryl Streep and Glenn Close on the red carpet. They just throw themselves out there, without all of the fake demureness or sexiness of the younger gals. Except for Emma Stone – I think she is adorable and is just herself. Must be an old soul.

  • greatscoutm

    Sandra Bullock’s dress looks like she is waiting for someone to zip her up.

  • mhleta

    Please can we talk about JLo’s shrink-wrap fit and the alleged nip-slip? 

    • There’s already a post on that down below…see “JLo in Zuhair Murad”…

  • i love emma stone, she is so cute and fun but i cannot open my mind to the idea of her being best dressed or in or werq because its nicole kidman’s dress!!! 

  • laurenoodle

    My favorite part of this series of photos is the ginger behind Ellie Kemper

  • Laylalola

    Natalie Portman looked really beautiful on television — don’t know why it doesn’t look as stunning in stills.

  • Penelope’s was my favorite gown of the night! And with her Mad Men hair, she was Sophia Loren reborn! (Honestly if a biopic is ever done about Sophia, Penny Must do it!

    • alyce1213

      we’re both going a bit spanish-over-italian here, but I was thinking Eva Mendes as Sophia.

  • Emma Stone! Love her.

  • Glenn Close looks a little Cruella De Villa 2.0 
    When I grow up, I wanna be just like Emma Stone

  • alyce1213

    Penelope Cruz is the best in this post and one of my favorite dresses of the night. Just exquisite.

    Emma Stone was gorgeous, and I also loved Louise Roe – daring and unusual.  

    Natalie Portman looked adorable in the vintage dress.

    Jane Fucking Seymour must live in some alternate universe where people do not age.  I know she has a skin care line, but can that be it?  Superior genetics?  She doesn’t appear to have had work done.

    Tina and Nina both fine in black.

    Berenice Bejo is a disaster – the color of her dress washes her out and she completely forgot to do her hair! 

    Sandra Bullock’s dress fitted differently would have been nicer.

  • kimmeister

    I didn’t think Berenice’s hair color worked very well.
    Busy, what is up with those earrings???
    “BOOMS”!  I love it.
    What color is Glenn Close wearing?  I thought it was black on my TV, but here it looks greenish-gray.
    Jane Seymour needs more support for the girls.
    Hated Kate Mara’s random elbow-sleeve.
    So great to see Penelope NOT in a mermaid gown!

  • Pennymac

    Penelope for the win. This dress was gasp worthy! (Which I did, BTW)

  • Zippypie

    Emma Stone looks like she is being strangled.  Though she was a very entertaining presenter.  Penelope rocks it with this group.  Poor Sandy – she looked so uncomfortable because that dress just hung on her like a bag.

  • Michelle G

    How is Tina Fey’s hairstyle any more “grandiose” than Ma Ingalls was on Little House on the Prairie?

  • PrunellaV

    Looking at these pictures, it occurs to me what nearly all the ladies on the red carpet are missing these days: blush.

  • unbornfawn

    All I could think of when I saw Emma Stone was, “Attack of the pussy bow.”   Penelope, Jane and Natalie, stunning. Poor Sandy, wrong dress dear.  Glenn Close won my worst of the night, that tail at the bottom and poor fit at the top, too bad, she could have knocked it out of the park!


    I don’t know half the people on this list.

  • AllisonRae

    I loved Penelope’s dress, but HATED her hair!!! She had too much product in it and it was too severe. It dfoesn’t look so bad in pictures, but I saw her talking to Tim Gunn and it looked awful.

  • ArchaicSmile

    Berenice Bejo’s minty dress = an upscale party at a Florida retirement community a la Golden Girls. Remove the waistband for a slimmer silhouette, or even get rid of the sleeves, and you’d take years off the whole look. 

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Is is just me or is Jane Seymour totally pulling a Jessica Rabbit?

  • turtleemily

    Kate Mara gets a pass for wearing half as much eyeliner as she usually does.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    kata mara’s dress would be nice if it didnt look like it, & she, were in the process of one very strange & lacy pedicle flap.

    • formerlyAnon

      And now, I just can’t un-see it.

      Curse you Red Baron!

  • whatever happened to Julia Ormond? She used to be soooo pretty. 

    • ri_dic

      That is EXACTLY what I was going to write!

      • Lisa

        I think she may have gotten some “smoothing out” surgery, because she looks better now than she did a couple of years ago.  I don’t know what happened, but a few years back, she looked twice her age.  I know “Legends of The Fall” was in 1994, but she was practically unrecognizable as the girl from that movie.

  • Jane Seymour either cloned herself a long time ago or she has amazing genes – there’s no obvious plastic surgery going on and she’s 61! Oh to look half that good at that age.

    These younger actresses need to stand up straight for gosh sakes!  I’m looking at you Kate Mara.

    Penelope looked divine.

    Sandra’s whole look was just sad.  And I love Sandy.

  • joything

    I could look at Penelope Cruz for hours.  That is one fabulous outfit.

  • Thathoodwink

    I did not like Glenn Close’s jacket at all!

  • I felt that the beading on Bejo’s dress did even more to make the dress seem weighty.  Not the beads themselves, but the patterning in the beadwork.

    I love Glenn Close.  I’m moderately enthusiastic about Zac Posen, and I can understand why Close is so dedicated to him, but is it wrong that I feel weird about Close being a little bit more than twice (65 in a couple weeks vs. 31) Posen’s age?

    YES!  The embellishment on Bullock’s gown seemed like an afterthought, as though Georgina realized at the last minute that the whole thing was thoroughly boring.  The detailing was especially obnoxious on the back.

  • NasserShaheen

    And here I was thinking how fab Ms Close was looking…

  • I swear Tina’s dress looked like a gorgeous plum purple color on my TV on the red carpet. I was so confused when she got on stage and it was navy. It looked great in purple!

    • unbornfawn

      Lighting can really effect color. That is the most likely reason for the difference.

  • ccm800

    I kinda loved Sandra B’s dress – font and esp back. Different and not skin tight –  Yep – I dig it. 

  • Lisa

    Ellie Kemper’s dress was a knockout!  Definitely one of the best of the night – I can even forgive the ten-ton bangs!

    I was so sad over the way my beloved Sandy B looked!  That two=piece looking number did her no favors.

    LOVED Penelope Cruz’s look except for the color – aside from that, I was amazed, she looked so marvelous.

    I’m torn on Emma Stone. The dress was by and large lovely but I hated the gigantic pussy-cat bow that threatened to devour her noggin!

  • m0r0

    Why the long face Busy?

  • Adriana_Paula

    See , THAT’S what size Glenn Close actually is! 

  • quiltrx

    So, I’m watching the Daytona 500 and can’t read all these comments…but am I the only one that noticed Emma Stone TOWERING over Ben Stiller?  My searches showed she is two inches shorter than him, and she was a good four inches above him.  And did anyone else notice she was walking like a stiltwalker on the stage, and her shoes were really loud?  I just didn’t understand.

    LOVE Penelope’s dress…but where was her ‘best accessory’ last night?

    I don’t know Louise Roe, but the dress is pretty spectacular…SO different, but in a really classy way.

  • Emily Scott

    Is it just me, or does Jane Seymour look positively skeletal?

  • formerlyAnon

    I feel pretty strongly that Ms. Bullock’s thoughts ran: “No shot at a little gold dude, damn sure not getting all cinched in. You got a problem with that? Check it out, I’m subduing my stride sufficiently not to fall over and this dress has a damn TRAIN, for gosh sakes. No, look at it! That’s definitely NOT a demi-train, I want full credit, here.”

  • formerlyAnon

    Emma Stone triumphed over that bow – her height helped. I’d have liked the dress a lot better without a bow, but if you have to have a bow, best it’s not droopy.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Nina: Big Head!  Someone said Kristin Wiig always looks stoned. Have to agree.

  • Penny wins round 1,

  • Vickiefantastico

    Personally, I think Penelope Cruz was the best dressed of the night. She looked breathtakingly beautiful. Now, she looked like a movie star!

  • bitterk

    Emma owned the night.  She looked divine and her comic timing was perfect.  I vote she and Robert Downey co-host the Oscars next year. 

  • Poindexter

    Love Emma Stone but this dress looks horrible….or is it the photo? Her head looks tiny compared to body/dress.

  • RoseSelavy

    Hi chaps, we’ve just been introduced.  I have quoted your ‘colour of old bras’ in my  Oscar frocks post and directed my readers to your site. I’m a real English ‘Lady’ but don’t behave like one.  http://rosecestlavie.blogspot.com

  • marilyn

    Why is Nina Garcia on the Red Carpet?  She is definitely NOT a red carpet caliber performer.  Her act-making hostile remarks to aspiring designers-does not qualify her for celebrity status.    Unfortunately, when she is ‘performing’, she is just being herself.  No acting involved.

    Why isn’t anyone saying anything about her horrible hair?  It looks like something badly done from a home kit.  Thick streaks of blond over brunette.  Honestly.