In or Out: Meryl Streep

Posted on February 08, 2012

Mary Louise must really want that Oscar.

Meryl Streep attends the 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala.

And why shouldn’t she? Sure, it can be argued that she’s got more of them than plenty of actors, but the poor dear has been racking up nominations for the last 30 years with the same frequency most of us get colds. After a while, it’s got to grate just a little bit and you just want to say “Fuck it, it’s NOT an honor to be nominated. Give me that little naked gold dude NOW.” To make matters worse, you’ve been putting up with it for so long that now you have to be fucking gracious about it because everyone expects you to. So no naked Oscar campaigning in the Natalie Portman or Kate Winslet mold; that would be unseemly. Instead, she seems to be putting some effort in with her clothes and styling. No, really.

If there’s one thing Meryl values more than anything else in her clothes, it’s comfort. That’s not such a ringing endorsement of her style because anyone who makes their living in the public eye should expect to have to dress up on a regular basis. Comfort’s nice, and we’re not suggesting 6-inch platforms, push-up bras, and Spanx, but we tend to think there’s a happy medium between that level of discomfort and, oh…say, going out in a dressing gown with a brooch pinning it shut.

Girl, you’re killing us here. Especially because, despite the almost lingerie-like qualities, we love the shape, the color, and the hem length on her. But it looks so … flimsy. And to make matters worse, some dizzy queen made her up to look like she has pinkeye. Or she’s dying of consumption. Top it off with Hillary Clinton’s old wig and you’ve got a look that’s tearing us apart, darlings.

But hey, great shoes.


Vote Now!


IN! She is a LEGEND and you two need to shut your whore mouths.

OUT! Maybe she’s doing research for a role where she portrays someone who has the flu.


Emmy Rossum’s Valentine dress got a big ol’ IN from the Bitter Kittens.


[Photo Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos]

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  • Leonardo Alves

    The makeup bothers me more than anything… OUT!
    Maybe if we tell her that now she’ll do better in the Oscars!

    • Anonymous

      Agree completely, what a horrible makeup job.

    • Anonymous

      The eye makeup is horrible. It totally destroys whatever good impression the dress makes from a distance. Sorry Lovie, it’s an OUT

    • Taija HU!

      Yes! It’s so dodgy. It’s verging on glittery pink-eye territory. 

    • Anonymous

      Why would someone look in the mirror, say “My dress matches my inner eyelid– PERFECT.” and then go out?

      • TheVeryLivingEND

        It’s absolutely dreadful.

    • foodycatAlicia

      OUT for the makeup too. She looks like she’d been crying for a week.

    • Anonymous

      MTE. Her makeup makes her look like she has an eye infection, or she’s gone without sleep for a week or two. Combined with the dress color, it’s really bad.

  • MilaXX

    It’s half a step in the right direction and I almost want to give her an IN, but the hair should be parted on the side. This looks like she is either going bald (something that happens to us older gals), or wearing a poorly applied lace front (which I highly doubt). The makeup, as pointed out makes her eyes look like she’s sick. The dress would be okay if it didn’t appear to have wings.
    Sorry Meryl, this is OUT

  • Brian @ PWYJudges

    Hate hate hate the makeup, but I’m pretty sure it’s against my religion to vote Meryl out. IN! AMEN!

  • Aisling O’Connor

    A dress that makes you look shorter than you are, is not your friend. Nor is the gay who painted your eyes with fun blood.

  • Stacy Parker Cole

    I dunno.  Considering some of the moomoos she’s worn in the past, I think it’s a tepid in.

  • Jane Heir

    I just wish she didn’t match the AARPs in the background.  (Her degree was in costume design, was it not?)

  • Anonymous

    God I hated that movie.

  • Anonymous

    I like the dress. The orange under eye shadow is a little “Death Becomes Her”, but other than that- in.

  • Lexie

    Love the shoes and the earrings, and the shape of that dress… but that is where the compliments end. WHY does her makeup match her dress color?! She would look so much better without the former First Lady hair and in an emerald green or plum gown. That pink/orange was a bad choice.

    • Lexie

      and in case that statement didn’t make it clear enough: OUT.

  • Ajuna Ariel Fenty

    You guys really need to stop with these Meryl posts. She is MERYL F*CKING STREEP OK? THE GREATEST ACTRESS THAT EVER LIVED. MERYL F*CKING STREEP. She can wear whatever the F*CK SHE WANTS. THANKS!

  • Megan

    Well, when I say the pictures I said, “Oh! Good girl!” Then I realized that, of course, you guys are right. It’s flimsy looking and she should fire her hair & makeup team. I’ll give her an in (little in) because she has gotten it SO WRONG lately that this is acceptable.

    • Anonymous

      Agree, this is the best she’s looked in a while. In, but just barely.

  • Natalie

    She is a legend but she really does need a better stylist! Viola and Michelle have been campaigning hard too, and tbh, with the exception of Ms. Mara, all the actresses really do deserve recognition for their roles.

    but if I had it my way Tilda Swinton would have won the Oscar by a fair mile, she easily had the best performance of the year with We Need to Talk About Kevin. The Oscars red carpet will sorely miss her. And shame on them.

  • Elizabeth Wiggs Maas

    IN! This is the best she’s looked in ages. I don’t mind the lingerie-like qualities of the dress and I actually think the shape of her hair isn’t terrible. But agreed on the makeup. She needs to get a new artist, stat.

  • Judy S

    I hate the makeup but I like the clothes. The dress is probably AARP-approved but on her it looks good. So a lukewarm IN.

  • Anonymous

    In.  Because it looks like she’s found her shape to meet both the criteria of comfort and of the need to not look like a bag lady. I agree that it’s kind of bathrobe like, but DVF made a career out of turning bathrobes into dresses!  Hair and makeup aren’t great, but it does look like she put in an effort, so I’m going to give her the positive reinforcement.

    • Anonymous

      I agree – I love the easy flow of this dress, and the color looks lovely on her (until you zoom in on the eye makeup, but I’m going to give her a pass on that).  I think her hair is just OK, but over all this is a good look for her. IN!

  • Anonymous

    out – make up and dress length and hair are all pretty bad. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh I like the dress and I like the color of the dress on her, but seriously, that make-up is atrocious and the hair is sad. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  She looked so awesome the other day, then she goes to this?  Ugh.  Just, ugh.

  • Anonymous

    She IS a legend and you should just shut your mouths.

    But, Meryl, you really should listen to them. This is not flattering on you. You’re better than this. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Dear God, OUT! I did my makeup better than that today, and all I put on was mascara. It’s like someone is actively trying to make her look awful!

  • Terence Ng

    IN, but I just hope she doesn’t have to sit down and then stand back up again. Wrinkles in the fabric!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The dress is a very nice color on Meryl, but in accordance with my new strict in/out rules:


  • J MN

    IN of course, she is a LEGEND but I’d say that regardless, she’s just that great.  I have a quibble or two, like why does the hem rise to knee length in the back while so much longer in the front and execute that make up queen stat.  The color looks fantastic on her but why did the AARP signage have to be the same – it makes it pop off the backdrop.  

  • Anonymous

    i like the color (on her) and hem length is perfect  but as as you gents pointed out, what is with the makeup artists deciding to make people look like they have a dose of conjunctivitus?, no one looks good with pinkeye!….a tepid IN

  • Susan Crawford

    She is a legend, dammit, but even a legend needs to zhuzh it up a notch. The other day, she looked fabulous in the black, somewhat form-fitting dress. Today, she’s back to the voluminous look. Frankly, this dress resembles a Blanche DuBois wrapper from the costume closet of the Community Theater. The color is great on her, and she does look comfy, and if the dress were in ANY other material than this . . . but it isn’t, Blanche. Sigh. Even a legend can earn an OUT.

    (And the eye makeup is really scaring me.)

  • Anonymous

    Considering her other looks:  In!

  • Anonymous

    That eye makeup looks terrible.  I’m afraid to touch my face now.  OUT

  • Anonymous

    It’s a step in the right direction (COLOR! SHAPE! PRAISE THE LORD, SHE HAS A WAIST!), but still. OUT.

    It will be out until you actually give a damn, Empress Meryl. This bitter kitten is feeling nitpicky.

  • butter nut

    it’s a little bit of a nightgown, but the color is good on her.  it’s just that make-up!  who did that to her eyes?!  poor girl.  she’s really trying.  i hope she gets some better gays by oscar night.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly could care less if she wears burlap held together with a safety pin.  She’s Meryl Streep.  Go to the Oscars in a bathrobe, dear – you’ve earned it.

    Besides, the shape is insanely flattering, so I can get past the hair.


  • Anonymous

    Honestly, between the Carol Brady hair and the bird flu make-up, I couldn’t even make it to the outfit. She’s out, even though this is better than some past efforts wearing a toga cinched in a giant belt.

  • Anonymous

    Enh, I don’t know. I’m not crazy about the hem length, it’s a little stumpifying. I would prefer the hem right around her knees.
    The makeup is pretty bad, but wow that color is gorgeous on her.
    Not so great overall. Has to be an OUT. I hate declaring Meryl Streep out, but what can ya do?

  • R. L.

    Out.  I hope that flu isn’t going around.

  • Angela

    Did Michael Costello make this dress???
    I do not like heavy brown eye shadow on women “of a certain age”, but in my house, YOU NO SAY ONE BAD WORDS ABOUT MERYL STREEP!!! EVER!!!

  • Amanda in Austin

    A bra would have helped a lot.  But I love her, so that is all I will say.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t figure this one out… is there a top, removable layer, over a dress, or is it all one garment?  Oh who cares… I love her dearly, love the color, but must agree, this is not the greatest of choices.  sadly, this is an out for me….  I think she’d be much happier in a more structured, but simple dress.

  • Anonymous

    Great color on her, and she looks great from the neck up but the loosey goosey fit does her no favors.

  • Mathilde

    Make up and hair aren’t great but I love the dress, both shape and color. Plus she chose interesting shoes and elegant earrings, so it’s an IN.

  • Mori Clark

    would’ve been acceptable if not for the makeup. dear god, mine looks better than hers right now and i’m wearing last night’s eyeliner. OUT,

  • Brittany

    OUT – the makeup is terrifyingly bad. The dress is a beautiful shade though. 

  • Gus Casals

    Oh, I love her, I love her so very much, so it pains me to say, very loudly OUT.
    I don’t like this color on her, don’t love the shape either, but for the love of god, the hair and makeup are giving me a migraine. 

  • Anonymous

    Out.  Tired of her too — her films, her awards, her acceptance speeches.  She needs to step aside and give someone else a chance.  Horrid dress.  And Maggie Thatcher?  Sorry — just no on the Maggie heroics and the Maggie battle to overcome.

    • Anonymous

      Step aside and give some other spectacularly talented, incredibly hardworking 60-year-old a chance? A chance to do what? Be not as good? You have some kind of problem with her impeccable career, confident yet gracious public image, happy marriage, successful well-adjusted children, and extensive philanthropy? God, please send more such role models for us to “tire of”!!

      • Anonymous

        That was indeed intemperate of me so I applaud the smackdown.  I’m her age.  I’ve seen most all of her films and a few I’m happy to watch and rewatch time and time again.  She’s given me a lot of pleasure and she’s had a phenomenal career … She continues to have an amazing trajectory and will do so until she opts to exit the scene.  That being said, it’s been awhile since she’s done work that wasn’t based on her ability to mimic — I don’t count It’s Complicated because I just can’t.  It’s just that bad.  And, really, it’s okay for folks to tire of other folks and say so.  Doesn’t mean I don’t respect her and wish her all the best.  I would like to see other talented actresses not see the oxygen sucked out of the room because MS is part of the mix.  And the Maggie film is meh.

        • Anonymous

          PS — Being tired isn’t the same as being “tired.”  I don’t live or think in between quotation marks and given your intelligent argument, I don’t imagine you do either. 

          • Anonymous

            Well when she makes a movie to two every year, it’s really not so hard to understand someone being like “anyone else out there?” :) You make a point about the mimicking. She has a spectacular ear for voices/accents, but that’s not surprising anymore. And the rest of the Maggie movie was not as good, I also agree. Did you think her “Miranda Priestly” was a mimic? It was inspired by, but not a copy of Anna Wintour, and I thought her range in it was great. (The decision to wear no makeup in the scene where she admits she will soon be facing her third divorce was Meryl’s – so brave yet correct!). Also, “Doubt” was an original role, and she was very different from the usual.

  • Anonymous

     Oh dear. The eye makeup is giving her a rheumy look. The shoes are pretty good. The dress is a pretty color, but just too blah in shape and fit. I guess I’ll have to say out.

  • Anonymous

    What is wrong with her eyes??

  • Anonymous

    it’s not that bad & the way the ruffly bits on the sleeves hit is very flattering. that said, it doesnt fit properly & the hair is just weird–& not in a good way.

    edited to add:
    six inch platforms, push up bras & spanx were pretty much what i wore under everything every single day when i went to work as a designer. pretty much what i wore under everything every single day of my entirely too long life, as point of fact. except when i was, like, six. so maybe it might not hurt her to try a little of it?

  • Anonymous

    Love the color of the dress.  If the fit was better it would really work but it’s just a bit off.  The eye makeup is frightening.  Still, it’s a step in the right direction.  The shoes aren’t bad and she’s clearly making an effort, when she usually doesn’t.  So a very qualified in for at least pretending that she gives a damn.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a Movies for Grownups Award?  I guess AARP didn’t want to seem to be promoting movies for old people so they chose a name that could be synonymous with “adult films”!

  • Anonymous

    She looks like she has pink eye.  Is that the makeup?

  • Brad and Anne White

    OUT. The color is pretty, but I don’t think it goes well with her skin tone making her look sickly.

  • Anonymous

    voting with my heart this time….IN

  • Victoria Pavlova

    I’m very fine with the dress, surprisingly. It is delicate and flow-y and her shoes are not a snore. But what’s up with her red eyes? And hair ages her unnecessary.

  • Anonymous

    OUT, although she looks much better than usual and the color is great on her.  But she needs to go back to Chris March.  He really understands her style and she’s never looked better than when she’s wearing his designs.

  • Therese Bohn

    In.  This is better than her cowboy look at the Golden Gloves, and it has color! 

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m giving Miss Meryl an IN because…well, she’s MERYL – and also because I love that she’s in color and not a tent with color. The eye make-up is a little weird. Don’t mind the hair. Love the shoes. Overall – IN. 

  • Anplica Fiore

    She is dress so much better than I’ve seen her in so long that she’s an In.  But  that’s not a sweeping endorsement…

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Considering How la Meryl has been showing up on the Carpet of late, this is a magnificent improvement.  SO, she gets an IN from me. Also, the color is unexpected, and fresh looking.

  • VicksieDo

    I don’t hate the dress, but the eye makeup is skeery!

  • Anonymous

    love the color, love the shoes, the makeup pushes it into OUT land

  • Anonymous

    Out. Sorry Meryl.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE that dress color on her and I think she’s really making an effort recently. I really, really, really want to give her an IN, but the makeup is just so horrible–it really kills the look. I guess I will give her a lowercase in. 

  • Anonymous

    The color’s nice and the shape is fine but it looks sloppy and the hem is uneven. If that pin at the waist comes open she will definitely win something. I wonder why she chose not to wear a bra.

  • Anonymous

    Out for the makeup alone. It makes her look like she should be carrying a box of kleenex instead of a clutch. The dress has potential, but the color ruins it. It brings out too much pink in her skin. Perhaps something less cantelope would be better. 

  • Lisa Weaver

    Yeah, that eye makeup is pretty awful. Just an OUT on that alone.

  • CQAussie

    She looks terrible…..the hair, the dress, the make-up.  OUT.  *sniff*  I still love you Meryl!

  • Karen Walsh

    The eye makeup is beyond scary. Fire someone immediately! OUT

  • Anonymous

    In. Because say what you will, this dress does NOT make her look like she pinned together a few lap robes NOR does it add 20 pounds and at least 10 years.

    Living, as I do, in the land of perpetual allergies (honest to god, they just rotate all year, except for when they layer upon each other) I just thought she’d forgotten her prescription eye drops when I saw her eyes.  The rest of the hair and makeup is unimpressive, but it can’t outweigh the positive impression the dress made.

  • Anonymous

    In BECAUSE she is Meryl Streep. Of the nominated actresses, she deserves the Oscar. Period. Thankfully, clothing does not make the actress.

  • Brienne Calmer

    Out.  Looks like she had to grab a tablecloth on her way out the door and improvise a dress in the car using a napkin ring. 

  • Anonymous

    Out. Of course.

  • Fatima Siddique

    There’s a “hastiness” to this silhouette. Sort of like a window treatment a new homeowner hurried to put up before the housewarming party. 

  • Scott Isaacs

    Meryl, God bless her, is a legend because of her brilliant acting abilities. I can’t be bothered with details (lots of the other bitter kittens are doing a fantastic job with them), but apparently she is not a legend because of her style and sartorial achievements. Meryl, I love ya, but this time? OUT. Please hire better stylists…you’re worth it, gurl! Also…paging Chris March!

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Sorry, I can’t get past the fact she’s clearly wearing the same bra that she’s been wearing to the gym the entire past year. The thing is dead. Give it a rest and but a new one. Shameful.

  • Anonymous

    The color! The shape, hemline, shoes! I even kind of (gasp) like the matchy-matchy lipstick. The eyes are AWFUL, but she gets an encouraging IN.

  • Judy_J

    I don’t think the dress is THAT bad, but her makeup is ghastly.  (out)….Sorry, Ms Streep.

  • J Dreesen


  • Anonymous

    It looks terrific compared to the gray bathrobe thing she wore to the SAG Awards so as another woman of age, I give her a really tepid in.  I wish she would use Chris March (and a good stylist) again.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, dear God.

    I give up.  

    If you won’t take advice from those who truly love you, there’s just no hope.

    But there’s always judgment.


  • Anonymous

    She is a legend and I desperately want to give her an in for trying, but I just can’t
    Her makeup is horrible, she needs a better bra and some jewelry

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    OUT. The proportions are all fucked up.

  • Anonymous

    IN, but I don’t like the makeup.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give her an IN just because she’s not trying to be something or someone that she is not and I think it is refreshing to see someone who looks ike she dresses to please herself and isn’t shoehorned into something that is too small or too tight.

  • Sara Munoz

    I can’t get over how she matches the lettering EXACTLY.

    ETA: Also, if she didn’t want another Oscar, she wouldn’t put herself up “for your consideration” every time. So yeah, I can see your point.

    • Anonymous

      Not saying she doesn’t want to win, who wouldn’t, but is the nominating/politics really up to her? Would the studio not have something to say about it?

      • Sara Munoz

        You’re probably right. 

      • Anonymous

        You bet they do! A best actress Oscar is box office money in the bank, more dvd sales/rentals, and bigger residuals later. Not to mention bragging rights.

  • Anonymous

    IN!  It’s better than what she has been wearing.  No more puffy sleeves!

  • Jessica Rowe

    Full on Monet.  From far away it’s nice but up close it’s one big old mess.  The eyes! Yuck!  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    in for effort. and because I can’t give Meryl and out.

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan


  • Anonymous

    So awful. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    The overall effect looks nice and appropriate for the event.  And I like her hair.  It’s close, but I’m voting “in.”

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I can’t get past the zombie eyes. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN. I’ll give her a pass on the makeup cause I luv huh.

  • Anonymous

    If I didn’t love the old gal so much, I’d give her an out simply for the pink eye!  In

  • L.E. Bruce

    IN.  This dress is sooo much better that 99% of her past choices, it has to be IN.  

  • Anonymous

    IN! But for the makeup…a minor gaffe. 

  • marilyn

    She looks great considering her age.  She has not seen 25 for a longtime.  I think she is fine.  IN.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    I love the dress – ain’t going to lie – and I love what it does for her body. I also love that she is sporting a color for once.
    I love the shoes too.
    The hair is her worst ever.
    The make-up is bad but the redness around her eyes is a ongoing problem she has. It’s an allergic reaction to the make-up or the hairspray or something.

  • Anonymous

    IN. 1) She’s Meryl Streep which puts her in a stratosphere that mere mortals don’t touch. Fashion choices are so… mortal. 2). IN because she’s NOT wearing black and her she has a new hairstyle (for a goddess, she’s making an effort), 3) IN because she’s making a statement with her choices – that fashion like middle age – should be comfortable.

  • Anonymous

    In. The color looks great on her. Well, except for the pink eye. But still… It’s miles better than the usual shapeless navy schmatte.

  • Anonymous

    LEGEND!  I love her, and think she’s gorgeous.  

  • Anonymous

    I was all set to give her an out until I noticed just how flimsy that dressing gown is, and how chilly it must be there. 😉 

    Mary Louise is serving up some serious sex appeal here (for her that is 😉 )   She really must want that Oscar!


    That eye makeup is seriously disturbing though…

  • Anonymous

    What makes me sad is that someone let her down. She clearly likes this dress and the color, and she looks like she is enjoying herself. If she wants to skip the spanx and pushup, then I would never to presume to demand it. BUT she trusted her beauty team to take care of her hair and makeup and they FAILED HER. We know she can look better, and she did make an effort, and hello adventurous color! So I give her an IN and her beauty team a OUT OUT OUT.

  • Tadiana Walton Jones

    I would so much love to encourage her, but I can’t with this, except to say that it’s a baby step in the right direction. Out.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    In, but only because she is La Streep.

    Who is she wearing, Michael Costello?

  • Nels P. Highberg

    In.  And if John Williams can have five Oscars, it’s not too much to say Meryl deserves more than the two she earned over thirty years ago.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  For me, a definite Monet–lovely from a distance, falls to pieces up close.  I like the dress and the color is striking on her.  But up close–that eye makeup!  Who did that to you, Meryl?    

  • Anonymous

    The chosen colors and application scream DIY makeup. Love the dress color, but hate hems that are shorter in the back than the front. They will always make me think the poor dear’s skirt got tucked into her pantyhose and then I’ll reflexively look at the shoes to make sure toilet paper isn’t trailing from them as well. Even though all of this could be used as a sign she is merely dressing for her audience – elderly people with failing eyesight and poor motor coordination – I have to give her an Out.

    Dammit, Mary Louise! So close to an In!

  • Belle Burnett

    I thought my mother was the only one who referred to “whore mouths.”

    I give her an IN because she’s obviously trying, but I would like to hunt down whoever did her makeup and slap them, hard.

  • Joyce VG

    love the color and style of the dress…oh…uh…IN! (positive mojo so she can win that naked gold statue)

  • Anonymous

    IN, love the color on her.

  • Anonymous

    Where is Chris March when you need him?

  • Anonymous

    In. That make up is horrific. However, I grade on a curve and this beats out many of her choices because it’s a color and relatively fittted.  The comparison to Hillary’s White House hair is dead on. 

  • Anonymous

    Out.  The “pinkeye” matching her dress was the first thing I noticed.

  • Euphory

    She should get that Oscar this year!!!  

  • Anonymous

    OUT – for the makeup alone.

  • Laura Schultz

    Ohhh I lover her so but….. OUT. The makeup is painful, and the dress is too long and the neckline is just sloppy and bizarre. This length isn’t usually something that bothers me but here it does. I do however disagree on the hair. I dig it. 

  • Alex McGeagh

    Dear Mary Louise: get thee to Chris March, STAT.


  • Presumptuous Insect

    IN. Not bad for her, and she actually has some nip action. w00t!

  • Anonymous

    IN! She is a LEGEND and you two need to shut your whore mouths.

  • Anonymous

    IN! She is a LEGEND and you two need to shut your whore mouths.

  • Briana Blanchard

    Awww Meryl… you can tell she’s trying SO hard so I’ll go with a pity IN, but seriously that make up is downright atrocious. 

  • Briana Blanchard

    Awww Meryl… you can tell she’s trying SO hard so I’ll go with a pity IN, but seriously that make up is downright atrocious. 

  • Anonymous

    Has she had more work done on her face? She don’t look right. In fact she almost looks as if she’s approaching Joan Rivers territory.

  • Anonymous

    She’s an IN for me.  She looks nice and I like that she doesn’t feel like she has to be a fashion mannequin.  

    And as long as Hillary Swank has 2 Best Actress Oscars and Meryl Streep only has one (yes, I know she has a Best Supporting Actress AA one but that’s not the same) Meryl deserves at least one more, probably two.  

  • Anonymous

    Other than the makeup, I think it’s a nice look for her. I just hope she didn’t intentionally match the logo!

  • Anonymous

    I will say IN but only because I love her and she could wear a potato sack and I would love her.  BUT, if she doesn’t immediately take off that Red Eye Makeup from Hell, then I will have to say OUT next time.  

  • Anonymous

    out. the pink eye comment was spot on, and it seemed to coordinate with the dress.

  • Anonymous

    IN because she looks better than she has in a while. The makeup is puzzling…just this week I heard a radio interview with her and she talked about how she’s had the same hair and makeup guy for 35 years and how well he knows her and what works for her. After 35 years, maybe he need glasses?

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone else think she was Bette Midler? The makeup is awful but otherwise she looks great!

  • Anonymous

    IN – because the dress, clothes and shoes look great!! The make-up and hair are killing me!

  • Anonymous

    In!  It’s several steps in the right direction for her.  Now time to work on the hair and make-up.

  • Anonymous

    Out!  Her makeup is giving me hives.  OUT!

  • Kimberly Southern-Weber


  • sweetlilvoice

    IN, maybe she has allergies and her eyes are all itchy. It’s an improvement over her usual attire.

  • Nancer

    That dress is a beautiful color. That (and the shoes) is all that is good in this picture. She can do better. Out!

  • Anonymous

    There are at least five different things wrong with that eye makeup, but the color of her dress is divine and I think the sleeves take it out of dressing gown territory. I do wish it was shorter — I’m so over midi length — but overall I’m going to call it IN.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    why are her eyes so red?

  • Anonymous

    Is that a reverse-mullet hem?

  • Anonymous

    The makeup is a disturbing OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN! She is a LEGEND and you two need to shut your whore mouths.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Meryl. I love your work, but SO OUT. The lack of shape, the sleazy fabric, the crappy makeup…OUT.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I love Meryl Streep, but the hair and makeup just kill this look.  An unfortunate OUT.  But I still love her.

  • Anonymous

    Swing and a miss. She looks much better  in more structured silhouettes. 

  • Sorana Tarmu

    OUT. Forget the robe, can’t take my eyes off her rabbit eyes.

  • Shawn EH

    Legend, whores! IN!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve looked at this 3 or 4 times and I’m dumbfounded. What on earth would possess anyone to wear conjunctivitis makeup?
    Otherwise, the color of the dress is beautiful but I hate the hem (reverse mullet?), I can live with the hair (simple), her shoes look okay.
    BUT THOSE EYES?!?!?!?!

    There are problems here, but I’ll say IN because: a) she’s a legend, b) it’s nicer than probably anything she’s ever worn, c) she looks pretty and happy, and d) she’s my favorite actress.

    So I’ll imagine sunglasses.

  • Anonymous

    Horrible. Out. Meryl, you’re killing me here. Come ON!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm . . . TLO’s comments make me wonder/hope  if/that Meryl will play Hilary Clinton one day.  Emma Thompson did a great job – and I think Meryl could add some interesting nuances.  

    I think the color of the dress is wrong for her – brings out the pink/orangeness in her face.

  • Anonymous

    In. That black dress she wore recently and this put her in a good style groove and I’m digging it.

  • Anonymous

    Her makeup is pretty bad but she just has to be IN! And T&L liked the SHOES! They hate almost everyone’s shoes!

  • Clydette Wantland

    I like the color and length on her.  Make up sucks, hair — ehh.

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  • Pamela

    IN! She is a LEGEND and you two need to shut your whore mouths.

  • Anonymous

    In, love the color of the dress, it complements her and I will overlook the eye makeup.  It looks kind of like a dress with a matching coat over it fastened by a pin.  She is wearing heels.  Actual high heels.  She is putting out effort.  Love the jewlery (diamonds?) and the shoes and clutch are not matchy-matchy.

  • Noelle Haland

    The makeup’s dreadful, but otherwise she’s gorgeous. IN!!!

  • Anonymous

    The makeup is terrible, but I can’t look away from her right nipple now that I’ve seen it. Oh, dear.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, OUT.  “Dying of consumption” was only attractive for one brief moment, in 1993 (see: Val Kilmer in Tombstone.)

  • Max Wirestone

    Is there a reason you keep calling her Mary Louise?

    • Anonymous

      It’s her name.

  • Anonymous

    The makeup is pretty horrid, but she looks good otherwise. I like the easy, breezy feel of the dress. IN.

  • vmcdanie


    Really? I think the dress is becoming on her. The eye makeup though–non.

  • TigerLaverada

    IN because it’s Meryl, but pinkeye makeup! You guys rarely fail to make me laugh out loud. I love reading you at the end of a long workday. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear,  she’s OUT again

  • Anonymous

    In, but a necklace would have been nice, and maybe a bracelet.

  • Dawn

    In because she doesn’t look like someone’s crazy aunt who’s on the sauce. For a change.

  • Emily

    In – because she’s trying with the dress and the shoes.  The make-up is horrible for sure.

  • Heather

    IN! A for improvement, plus it’s a great color on her (tho is it held together with a diaper pin?). 

  • Anonymous

    The dress I can give a pass but totally agree on the pink eye…Out!!

  • Anonymous

    All the above considered – I still say IN.  The make-up is really bad, and I wonder if it was planned that the dress matches the background…

  • AWStevens

    IN.  Yes, the eye shadow is matchy matchy which is so… pre-1990s.  But I like the dress, the shoes and her jewelry (what I can see of it).  The hair needs bangs. But I feel she’s putting forth a valid effort.  

  • elzatelzabelz

    In- She is a legend, shut your mouths. She is sublime in “Iron Lady;” she is Margaret Thatcher.

  • Anonymous

    Man, you guys crack me up! Thank you :)   Miss Meryl gets an out from me, that make-up is so sad, what happened?

  • Nora Mulllin

    The make-up is the worst part. She gets an OUT for that alone. Her eyes and lips match her dress.

  • Karenlibrarian

    I agree, the eye makeup makes her look bruised.  It’s totally distracting me from everything else, including the length of the dress.  It’s enough to for me to say OUT.  

    Please for give me, Meryl, I still worship you.

  • Anonymous

    I do believe that is the make-up she wore in “One True Thing” when playing a woman dying of cancer. 

  • Anonymous

    I feel about Meryl the way TLO feels out CHER – meaning I lose all objectivity. 

    There is so much I LOVE about Meryl – her superb acting, her long marriage, her ability to be a mother to 4 children AND have a busy career, her decision to move her family away from Hollywood, her not trying to look like she is 20 years younger than she is – that I can’t carp about her clothing choices.

     Nice to see she is not superhuman at everything. 

  • Anonymous

    IN for HER but still OUT

  • TheVeryLivingEND

    Dying of consumption!! (I love TLo lingo!)

  • Anonymous

    Not a good style although the color is divine.  Did she have to match the lipstick so exactly, though?  Overall it’s much better than she usually does, which is a crappy reason for an IN vote, but there you have it.

  • Anonymous

    Good from afar, but far from good.  Her makeup ruins everything and am I the only one that thinks she looks like she is smuggling a bag of peanuts under that dress?  Way lumpy looking, and I don’t think she is lumpy normally!

  • Merneith

    I want to say In, because, dammit, she’s trying. It’s not a successful attempt unless you compare it to her recent previous efforts. Still. I’m giving her her one get out of Out-jail free card. Here’s hoping she learns from this.

  • Damien W

    I can just imagine the horror of seeing that makeup job on HDTV. I don’t think she’s attempted to wear her hair that way since the 80s. Still, ya gotta luv ‘er.

    Chris March, where are you? Your diva needs help!

  • Anonymous

    I love her and I think it’s just fine to put comfort first, and I actually like the shape of the dress. But I just can’t with that godawful makeup. It completely ruins anything good that dress is doing for her. OUT, unfortunately.

  • Madame Suggia

    WTF is wrong with her eye makeup? Girfriend needs one of these

  • Call me Bee

    The dress is a lovely color and I love the length, the shoes and the bag, bad camera angle notwithstanding.  But gee her eyes looke so tired–is it that she hasn’t slept or is it the make-up?  I still give her an IN cuz she’s just Meryl. 

  • Anonymous

    it’s an out, but frankly does she even give a shit? well, okay, maybe she does a little since dressing gown is clean and the brooch is probably nice. she could have come out in the old robe she stole from her last mammo closed with a kilt pin–my personal choice for most comfortable outfit.

  • Jason Galloway

    IN IN IN …she’s always IN.  And I don’t give a hoot if anyone disagrees with me.  She is a goddess and we are barely worthy to even be discussing her at all 😉 

  • Cathy S

    I like the shoes and the dress is a pretty color but that’s all I got. The make up job is awful and I never notice makeup unless it’s really out there. Sorry Meryl, Out! P.S. Please wear Chris March for the Oscars.

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  • Anonymous

    “… and you two need to shut your whore mouths.” LOLOL!!!!! Those eyes are inexplicable. And although it’s such a cute color for her, OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Yikes. The color and cut makes me think of prison. Out.

  • Erin

    OUT, unless she had just come from an End Conjunctivitis Now benefit.  Lady, you’ve been wearing makeup for, what, fifty years?  Why can’t you tell when it looks like shit? (And I didn’t even see the problem with Rooney Mara’s make up a few I/O posts back, but this just looks awful.)