Oscars In or Out: Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

Posted on February 27, 2012

We’ve been really hard on Jessica throughout awards season. We have a reason for that. It’s because she’s normally very, very bad at dressing herself.

But we gay-gasped at the sight of her last night. Admittedly, we do think the dress might be wearing her, but it’s so much better than the ill-fitting getups in colors that don’t suit her. In fact, we’re thinking a black-and-gold combo might just be the best for her coloring. She should consider making this her thing. The black works well against her skin and the gold picks up on her hair color. And for once, we have no issues with the hair and makeup. No, girl did alright for herself here. It’s not perfect, but it’s as close to it as she’s ever gotten. We say IN.

But if there’s one thing the Bitter Kittens like to do, it’s to call us crazy, so we’re turning the final say over to y’all.

Vote Now!


IN! Oh, sweetie! We KNEW you could do it!

OUT! You’re crazy! That’s too much dress for her!


Voting on Michelle William’s lampshade and Rooney Mara’s corpse bride dress is still open and waiting for opinions to be loudly expressed, darlings.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • CQAussie

      Oh bravo Jessica, this is a stunning look!  IN.  The dress is fitted quite well and her hair and make-up aren’t fighting for attention.  It all just works!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Iverly/1233499903 Sharon Iverly

      Faberge Egg meets Rorschach testing. OUT!

      • slightlybitterkitten

        That’s a bad thing?  IN!  ;)

      • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

        Yes, I guess we’re in the minority of folks who think this is bordello fabulous, and therefore NOT appropriate for the Oscars.  Also, titshelf.  OUT.

        Hair looks better soft, but it’s limp.  Makeup is excellent for once though.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      Hella IN. Even if her face looks slightly scary in that first picture. I’m impressed that she’s managing to pull off Mcqueen, even something relatively tame like this dress.

    • SRQkitten


      Progress in the right direction, although I agree, the dress is more wearing her than the other way around.


    • VicksieDo

      IN! Regal.

    • Melanie Harrison


    • http://www.facebook.com/KimberlySouthernWeber Kimberly Southern-Weber

      In in in!  She looks amazing!

    • ampg

      This is beautiful – not too much dress at all.  IN!

    • sarahofalessergod

      Gigantic IN.  This was one of the best of the night.  I can’t find fault with anything in her look last night.  Although she should have been nominated for “The Tree of Life” but that’s neither here nor there.

    • http://twitter.com/Deac82 Mike M.

      I would have actually given her a WERQ.  IN, obviously

      • http://twitter.com/Briadru4 Britney

        I’m surprised they went with an IN or OUT too. Because wow.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        It’s a WERQ for me too… fabulous.

      • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

        In here as well.  Beautiful!

    • http://twitter.com/astrosexy e l i z a b e t h 。

      IN. For sure.

    • Judy_J

      IN, but I think I’d like it better if her hair was less messy.

      • nellcote

        dump the bump-it

    • http://twitter.com/jerseyemo Edwina

      IN, might be my favorite of the night.

    • sleepycat

      Um…In, but like you said the dress is wearing her.

    • Dhammadina


    • MzzPants


    • siriuslover

      The black in the middle makes the dress seem a little wonky to me, but I still think she looks stunning. IN

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      I love this dress, so for that alone it gets an IN from me. 

    • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

      So very IN! She looked wonderful last night.

    • Paigealicious

      I feel like she’s doing that beautiful gown a disservice by wearing it with such lank hair and boring makeup.

    • Ms_Flyover

      I think she looks spectacular.  

    • Victoria Perry

      IN and I love her earrings. 

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I like the dress very much, and her make-up is good, but that bump-it lump is not attractive.  Still, a qualified IN.

    • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

      SO SO IN…she looked amazing last night and her interview with Seacrest was adorable.  LOVE that she brought her Nana with her.

    • luluransom

      IN! I did the gay gasp too when it crossed my screen, and I’m not even gay ;) The stills don’t do it justice, I thought it was stunning in motion.

    • SewingSiren

      This was another stand out gown of the night. Easy IN.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      The dress is a little fussy, but the colors look amazing on her. IN

    • Beardslee


    • EditKitten

      I don’t think it fits her the best on top, but I did love her hair and makeup, because it looks done but natural at the same time — the whole thing suddenly strikes me as “not trying too hard for once.” The colors were quite fab, though. She was striking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liz-Norris/26609454 Liz Norris

      Super-IN. Probably my favorite of the night, along with Octavia Spencer.

    • fireontiger

      She looks great. IN!

    • Patricia Gillett

      Out as a dress. Possibly In as a bedspread or drapes in the Park Avenue apartment of a NY socialite.

    • Hilary Sullivan

      You’re crazy…IN!

    • jw_ny


      This dress works great for her and her coloring.  Hair and makeup are very soft and pretty…doesn’t compete with the dress.  She ranks in my top 5 best dressed of the evening.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

      CQAussie beat me to the word I wanted to use:  Stunning. The gold detail is to die for.

    • Jessi03

      IN IN IN!

    • http://twitter.com/Briadru4 Britney

      IN IN IN IN IN 
      I gay-gasped too.

    • http://twitter.com/crush_onyou crush on you

      I think she looks gorgeous! One of the best dresses of the night. I would have chosen black earrings, what with all the golden hair and skin coloring around, but that’s just me. I say IN.

    • Jennifer Hofstetter

      No, she looks fabulous. IN. Don’t love the hair, but it works well enough.

    • Linda Ellington

      OUT.  The dress looks too heavy and ornate.

    • LeBarron

      IN.  Love her and everything about this look.

    • http://twitter.com/LouisaEdwards Louisa Edwards

      I say IN, although watching that bodice cut into her armpits as she moved around made me wince last night. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/AndrewJosephHolmes Andrew Holmes

         This! It was a fantastic dress, but the bodice needed to be fitted better. It was cutting into her armpits, and giving her weird back-boob when she was being interviewed on ABC last night.

    • Lizzyisi


    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986?hl=en&tab=h Judy S

      IN, though black and gold as a signature look seems a bit excessive to me. 

    • http://twitter.com/TheRealSandraOh Sandra Oh

      Its a whole lotta dress but she did it justice.  Loved it.

    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      Stunning. IN.

    • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

      Totally IN! Loving the eye makeup in particular, and while black & gold (especially this intricate!) can often be Too Much or Too Versailles, this is shockingly well-suited to her. I’m not sure it flatters her awesome body as much as it could, but it was such a good (and daring!) choice that I don’t really care.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Holly-Hurst-Bulach/100001995642213 Holly Hurst Bulach

      IN IN IN!!!!!! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PMAPJYMO5AC6GMONR6NQFURAXE bebo

      Very nice dress, but she doesn’t do anything for me. Find her to bland for such a powerful dress.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      IN!  I love this.  I wasn’t sure the first time I saw her – I only saw her from the waist up and I feared it was going to be very heavy at the bottom, but no the gold is less at the bottom. Everything really works.  

    • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

      IN – I don’t see how this is up for debate. I don’t even think that the dress is wearing her.

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

      IN IN IN! This was my favorite look of the night.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VOQSAYZ7H2OBX6LOJNNIBSSE Amanda

      We need to give her some encouragement, so IN…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      was baffled when i saw that you were putting this as an in-or-out instead of a WERQ, but hey. IN FOREVER. posted this to my blog last night saying that i didnt know who it was but by god they were killin’ it. 

    • Anathema_Device

      In! Absolutely gorgeous. The dress is fierce and delicate at the same time. The hair looks a bit too casual in these pics, but it worked well last night. It was soft and feminine, which I thought offset the boldness of the dress nicely.

    • http://twitter.com/ohmybears48 Michelle Argento

      LOOOOVE this. IN.

    • chloemerchant

      Totally in! I thought this was one of the best looks of the night.

    • BayTampaBay

      IN because it is the best I have ever seen her look. However, the dress is wearing her.

    • http://twitter.com/JuliaHass Julia

      Is this even a question?! IN, IN, IN, IN. It was my favorite look of the night.

    • evelina lundmark

      IN, though the dress is very much wearing her.

    • marilyn

      Out.  That is a dress for a much older woman.  The gold on the torso makes her look thick through the middle, even though she is not.  I did not like the hair.  It was too schoolgirl-ish for this evening look.  The gold and black of the dress overpowered her fair and delicate coloring. 

      • grouchywif

        I agree on all points.
        This dress looks heavy and like it is dragging her down. All that detail-work on the hips makes it look like she’s too short for the dress or something…it makes her look short and a little dumpy. I love her hair and make-up, but I feel that it is not the hair and make-up for this dress. This dress is regal and she’s got flowy “chiffon ballgown” hair. Fairy outfit hair, not evil queen hair. This is an evil queen dress.

        I don’t like the black and gold with her coloring, either. The yellow in the gold trim fights with her coloring, I think. And that bust…the bust on this dress is not flattering at all. I’m not sure if it is the fit or just the way it is cut, but it doesn’t do a thing for her figure.

        I’m pretty surprised so many people like this on her. It isn’t a disaster, but I don’t feel like this is the right kind of look for her at all. Maybe the whole demure, chin down thing is distracting me, too. Anyone wearing this dress needs to put her hand on her hip, raise her chin up, pull her hair up and sell the shit out of it.

    • lrhoff

      Definite “in” from here — lovely!!

    • MK03

      IN. LOVE IT.

    • Yulie29

      The dress is indeed wearing her, but it’s impressive nonetheless. An IN, but it was close. The fit decided it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      IN. My fave

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752723262 Jennifer Snoek-Brown

      IN. One of my favorites of the night. I gasped when she first came on-screen and cheered that she FINALLY pulled it all together for the Oscars. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      The hair could use a little more volume, but she is stunning. IN

    • ChristinaRi

      Oh, I think IN.

      Her hair is a bit messy for that dress though.  I don’t think “bed hair” goes with such a regal dress.   Maybe they were going for contrasts or something, but it didn’t work for me.    

      But showing up in such a fabulous dress rates a definite IN.

    • newleaf1

      One of the best of the night.  Very beautiful.  Hair is a bit prom but definitely IN!

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      I don’t necessarily like the dress, but I can admit she looks great and it suits her.

    • Jessica Mann Gutteridge

      Love the dress, the makeup is pretty, but her hair is horrible. It looks limp and tangled and like she threw in a clip to pull it back before running out to get the newspaper.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      And can I say? I covet those earrings.

    • kentiesgirl

      The dress is wearing her, but IN! Perfect coloring, makeup is magnifico..her eyes are really popping and I so heart the hair. Love the train, and the detail at the bust is much better up close than at first glance.

    • http://twitter.com/GaraStJames Gara St. James

      In. She looks terrific.

    • dress_up_doll

      I totally straight-girl gasped when I saw this last night. She looks phenomenal!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cortney-Dean/100002491593625 Cortney Dean

      UNABASHED IN. I said the other week that the McQueen she wore just wasn’t HER McQueen. This is. 100%. She looked GLORIOUS.

    • homespunner

      In. Simply beautiful.

    • RroseSelavy

      A giant butterfly has swallowed her hips. OUT. 

    • Aly Light

      I think the hair’s all wrong, but otherwise I call it a clear IN.

    • zelavie

      IN – she looks lovely!

    • Lori

      In.  WERQ.  And this is another one of those looks that when you see it on the RC and inside the theatre it reminds you how little justice still photos do to many of the looks.

    • Ennovi_R


    • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

      again soo soo IN! best dressed for me

    • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

      This was my favorite, I think. IN.

    • Kyle Perron

      IN, IN, IN!  Definitely did the gay gasp as well, and then subjected everyone attending my party to a lecture on her unfortunate red carpet choices this season and why that made this look so wonderful!  Would have considered this a for-sure WERQ!

    • Harmony Scofield

      I thought she looked gorgeous (and she was sweet and funny and endearing in every interview I saw her give — very down to earth). Such an improvement over her red carpet style all season, and a really stunning grown-up look without being aging. IN.

    • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

      Loved this look.   Loved the hair style; I just wish it hadn’t been so wispy looking.  Makeup is great, and the dress is beauitful and regal.  Perfect for the Oscars.  I’d give her an IN, along with a comb. 

    • littlelistmaker

      This is a flawless dress, she looks amazing in it. I’ve never even seen her in a movie but I thought she was absolutely best dressed last night.

    • beebee10


    • Lauren Frankel

      IN! This dress is GORGEOUS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maya-KC/537771651 Maya KC

      There’s no way I put this dress down as anything but an IN. She’s not really contributing much, though.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dkbbmail Dorrene BrownButterfield

      Totally and completely IN! She looked beautiful last night.

    • http://twitter.com/unflinchingly Lindsey Romain

      IN. The Help ladies BROUGHT IT last night. 

    • Shoelover1512

      IN! Loved this on her. I thought she looked great. And she looked like she FELT great in it, and it’s that the most important part?

    • tvmovielover

      IN-no matter if it is wearing her or she is wearing it.  The women of The Help that I saw last night did very well.

    • Daniel Hoerner

      Girl has been sandbagging all season…which sounds a lot dirtier than it should/I intended. Regardless — IN.

    • Pupioso

      I say IN on this one. She looks great in it. the overlay is a bit much around the waist area but it’s not a design killer. IN all the way.

    • lalahartma

      It is too much dress for her, but it has grown on me and it is such an improvement that I must say: ‘in.’

    • NurseEllen

      Love the dress, striking and different, even as it skirts close to the edge of resembling the brocade on a Napoleonic era couch.  What I dislike is the “bump it” in her hair–I know the idea is to give a look of volume to someone who has thin, fine hair, but it’s SO obvious.  Plus it makes her head look misshapen.  But overall, a great look.  Definitely IN.

    • guestela

      in, bien sur

    • Cathy S

      Agreed. She’s In.

    • Olggie

      GOR-GEOUS! In!

    • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

      In!  Though I do love the comment about Faberge Egg meets Rorschach testing.  Too funny!

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      In, I LOVED it. 

    • Gayer_Than_Thou

      Dressing for the red carpet is not something they teach at Juilliard. And I don’t mean that sarcastically.  There are a number of things about being a movie star that you just have to learn the hard way.

    • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

      I love McQueen but it looks so cheap on her.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      WERQ!  That dress is gorgeous! 

      And it’s nice to see someone who is not Angelina Jolie wear black on the red carpet.  (On a side note, I think Angelina  looked awful and manic and like she had a horrid cramp in her thigh).

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Totally IN. I thought she looked lovely.

    • Sara__B

      IN. I expected her to be one of the night’s worst dressed, so this was a lovely surprise. Yes, the dress is wearing her, but until she acquires some posing skill and brings energy and confidence her red carpet appearances, this will do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/erin.kristoff Erin Kristoff

      In. Love!

    • Caaro3


    • AthenaJ

      In for such a lovely dress. I just wish she were owning it a bit more to pull of such a regal looking garment. Chin UP, shoulders BACK, Jessica!!

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      I also say IN. The hair and makeup are better than she manages a lot of the time too!

    • fiestyfashionfem

      IN – She looks lovely.

    • DinaSews

      IN!  Love the detailing.

    • vmcdanie

      In. She really looks stunning here and so happy. The dress doesn’t excite me but it looks good on her and does it’s job. 

    • janetjb

      One of the best last night.

    • EliseC

      Brava.  Totally IN.  

    • Jennifer L.

      The first thing my husband said is “It looks like she’s wearing drapes.” 

    • mhleta

      No. Rococo window dressing. But see that cobalt ditty over her right shoulder in the fourth photo? I’d like to see her in that. 

    • bluefish

      IN.  The gold embroidery on the black looks like the exquisite bead and thread work one sees in Kashmir.  She looked beautiful last night.  Just right around the bust and waist and the added benefit of both legs kept under skirt!  Beautiful hair and makeup too.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMU2QQUTAUEPU23MUTZBQ5W2PI Peter


      For all the rage Rooney Mara’s wet tissue dress inspired in me, Ms. Chastain gave me cause for a very happy sigh of relief, especially after all your recent posts about some of her past mistakes. The only issue I have with it is the way the boning of the bodice cuts into her boobs/chest/armpits/whatever that area is on a woman. I don’t know if there’s any helping it, but it was distracting to me and was the only thing that kept the overall look from being totally flawless.

    • BazoDee

      IN!!! (even if she does look like she borrowed someone else’s dress)

    • Lauren Maier

      IN!  She looks lovely.  :)

    • Kimbolina

      IN!  Probably my favorite of the night.  Reminds me of damascene jewelry from Toledo, Spain.  Love it!

    • Larkin21

      I actually don’t *love* the dress but I can’t deny how flattering it looks on her. Love the hair and make-up too. IN!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NFFOY4GA4NUZYQ5X4AW5ZQWJTM Maria

      IN. It was my favorite dress of the night. BUT I think the hair needed to be more va-va-voom. it looks a little limp.

    • funkypeanut

      Doesn’t she look like prom! Buffy in the first pic? I could have sworn that that was Sarah Michelle Gellar ten years ago.

      • PeggyOC

         Yes!  I thought the same thing.

    • PeggyOC

      I can’t put my finger on what’s off about it. The dress is fabulous.  Perhaps I hate the yoga hair, with the little tendrils that are very close to cocker spaniel hair.  Or the very very low key makeup (I’m sure she’s wearing some, but it doesn’t look it).  Maybe it’s her posture.  Her posture tends to be a little slouch shouldered, which never sells the dress.  I can’t go so far as a full out, but it’s just not as awesome as it could be.

    • Stefanie Mackenzie

      I hetero gasped when I saw this. IN as shit. I was on the phone with my daughter when she strolled by and I said it looks like someone stole one of QE1 dresses from the V&A and reworked it. No huge surprise to find out its an Alexander McQueen. LOVE IT.

    • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn


    • mhlmh

      meh. I’m on the fence so I’ll be generous and say IN

    • aristida_girl

      IN..I like this dress, and it suits her well…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QP4RBTAZX6QTHZZSJ2YT7DGO7Q Brittany

      IN, clearly! I thought she was top 3 for best-dressed last night. 

    • sagecreek

      In. She looks wonderful.

    • CharmaineCropper

      IN! One of my faves of the night!

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Super IN! Loved it when they first just showed to look above the waist and REALLY loved it when the finally got to a full-length view. It’s Spectacular, Spectacular!

    • j_anson

      IN. It’s lovely.

    • http://twitter.com/BookcaseHat Emily

      In! She looks great. One of my favorite looks of the evening.

    • Amanda Entwistle

      Definitely IN!

    • nannypoo

      Are you kidding me? Why is this not a WERQ? She looked fabulous.

    • nancymae

      So IN.

    • http://twitter.com/anairbb Briana Blanchard

      IN. Gorgeous. Best dressed of the night. Hands down. 

    • filmcricket

      IN. Love it, head to toe.

    • howdoilook

      It’s the Oscars. No dress is too big, or else where would they wear them? Total IN!

    • howdoilook

      too much* rather.

    • http://twitter.com/morethanparfait Samantha Perera

      In in IN! Perfect amount of drama and gold for the Oscars. Compare this to Meryl – honestly, she was DRESSED like a female embodiment of the little gold man!

    • butterflysunita

      IN.  The dress is a little busy, but she looks great–the best I’ve ever seen her look.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

      IN, and I want all of it.  That may even be my new hair color, we have the same skin/eyes.

    • GTrain

      I didn’t love it when I saw it on TV last night but she looks really good here. IN.

    • Emily Roach

      In, and there probably won’t be much of a contest on this one….

    • GorgeousThings

      I have to vote OUT. It’s about 2 inches longer in the torso than she is – it looks like it’s slicing into her armpits.

    • brookeinmn

      IN. She looks great. The soft hair and makeup work perfectly with the bold dress. My only tiny complaint is how the top of the bodice is poking her underarms. For once I want to yank the dress down a little bit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      The fit isn’t perfect but it is a gasp-worthy dress. IN.

    • SneakyKitty

      In, but the dress is most certainly wearing her. 

    • http://www.thatwasdramatic.tumblr.com/ Anya

      IN!! She was my best dressed for the night. Plus she’s nice and sweet and seemed genuinely grateful/excited to be there (only made the get up even more beautiful!).

    • Lilithcat


      Love the dress, love the jewelry, love the make-up.

      The hair, on the other hand, looks as though she stood too close to the wind machine.

    • http://twitter.com/thebestjasmine Jasmine

      IN, she was my pick for best dressed of the night as soon as I saw her, and I didn’t see anyone else who measured up.  She looked amazing in the dress, and it works so well with her body and coloring. Perfect.

    • Corsetmaker

      Gorgeous. The goldwork on that is stunning. It’s a little long on the body for her, but I can live with it :) And I like her hair being fairly casual in contrast.

      • Corsetmaker

        Oh yea, and a resounding IN!

    • Pants_are_a_must

      The dress IS wearing her, but she looks pretty all the same. I don’t expect fierce miracles from fashion newbies. IN.

    • suz72350

      Fabulous! IN

    • JMansm

      IN. And I LOVE those earrings. 

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      I thought she looked fantastic – probably the best ever.  IN!

    • Carrie L. Boram

      So gorgey so IN!

    • LAjane81

      IN times a million!

    • gabbilevy

      What a joke! Of COURSE she’s IN! Best she’s looked on the RC, full stop.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sephski Jennifer Szczublewski

      Stunning. IN.

    • EEKstl

      At first I had a bad flashback to some upholstery gown that Beyonce wore eons ago, but this really grew on me and I give her a resounding IN.  And her hair and makeup are perfection.

    • SpcilK

      J’adore! she looks lovely.

    • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

      it’s a beautiful dress on a pretty girl so it’s an IN, but there’s something I don’t like and I can’t seem to put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the yellowish tone of gold – it’s too dark and ochre-like – looks garish next to her skin and in my view it actually clashes with the redness of her hair. And the hair itself – it looks like Fairy Godmother spent all her mojo on the dress and just magically washed gal’s hair for the ball.

    • Vickiefantastico

      I think I’m in the minority here, but when I first saw this on her, I did NOT gasp for joy. I think the color’s way too dark on her and the top of the dress doesn’t fit. Side boob spilling out of a dress never looks good. So…OUT

    • Noelle Haland

      In! Dramatic and lovely.

    • Sasha Jamison

      I think she looks amazing! IN! Finally!

    • MilaXX

      IN she looks very pretty

    • http://twitter.com/mcterzakis marianna


    • chelwi

      IN. She looks amazing. Especially in that back angle. LOVE the hair too.

    • WritingWonder

      I agree. IN.  I’m not raving over it the way the commentators were last night because it does seem to be wearing her. But it’s a very pretty look and her hair, makeup and earrings were just right.  VERY pretty.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      Love it. One of the best dressed of the night. IN!

    • http://profiles.google.com/emily.w.sings Emily Wilkerson

      An enthusiastic In! I love this look.

    • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

      IN!  Love it!!

    • Joyce VG

      She looks wonderful. IN.

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      Love, love, love.

    • lucasuk82

      In. Beautiful. I think a lot of people are scarred from ’80s sweaters, but black with gold beading is so lux and elegant.

    • VioletFem

      IN. She looks amazing. Love how dramatic the dress looks from the back.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZNK2YOGTJVHW2MWCSUDM3RKMC4 Dave

      So IN!

    • sweetestsith

      In! The hair looks a little droopy from straight on, but when you see the other angles it works. The back shot is fucking beautiful. Love. 

    • KaileeM

      IN for me! I think she looks gorgeous. I really love the hair. So, so pretty. 

    • elleg929

      I had her as one of my best dressed of the night.  IN!

    • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

      IN! One of the best dressed at the Oscars! 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      This is definitely a personal best for her. IN!

    • http://michjeff-quiltersparadise.blogspot.com/ Michelle Young

      I’ve been waiting all day for you to comment on this because she was my favorite all time person on the red carpet last night.  I gasped myself when I saw her.  Definitely IN!

    • Diego!

      This is a WERQ it girl! MEGA IN.
      She looks stunning!

    • carpediva

      Way IN.  Hair & makeup look flawless, and while that IS  a lot of dress, the overall effect is stunning.  Best she’s ever looked.

    • peggylarner

      She looks amazing! Like a delicious art deco lady. One of my favorites of the night.

    • mozzer0906

      IN, she looks great.

    • kcarb1025


    • altalinda

      Agree, that’s in.  Beautiful dress.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      This is a GREAT look.    Wish she’d done something as fabulous with her hair, but the dress is too awesome to give anything but an IN.

    • annaplurabelle

      I’m IN for this.

    • DinahR

      IN!  I think she looks great and totally agree about the coloring. 

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      IN.  Just glorious. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3XJW5C4AOSG6JYFCCYVNUDHAT4 veex


      I love the dress, but the dress was wearing her. Her hair was too casual for the look and her makeup too soft. She needed more of a polished hairdo, like a side bun or something. Also, a more dramatic lip would have served her nicely in that dress.

      Now, had Cate Blanchett been wearing that dress, she would have WERQed the hell out of it

    • http://www.facebook.com/donedwards710 Don Edwards

      IN. The hair should’ve been pinned up, but everything else is working pretty well here.

    • Haley Buchanan

      IN.  It’s unique and dramatic.  Not a dress for every occasion, but surely one for an Academy Award nominee at the Academy Awards.  Plus the bodice fits well and the gold/black combo is great on her.

    • crash1212

      IN. IN. IN. Stunning. Full stop.

    • http://twitter.com/BHSushi Beverly Hills Sushi

      OUT! This would have been good on Penelope Cruz.  It’s ridiculous on her.

    • CatherineRhodes

      IN. (She got robbed of a WERQ.)

    • ringthing

      In. She finally pulled it together and not a minute too soon.

    • another_laura

      IN.  Nothing more to say.

    • DominoEstella

      IN!  Gorgeous!

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      IN. Interesting, stunning…she looks lovely.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

      In. She was my favorite of the night.

    • http://twitter.com/MsAlexJackson Alexandria Jackson


    • Gene Hult

      She looks beautiful.  IN.  And I think she and Christina Hendricks should play sisters at some point.

    • Spicytomato1

      IN. I’d say the dress is teetering on the brink of wearing her, but not quite. She pulled it off. Makeup is beautiful and although the center part in her hair bugs me a bit her hair looks pretty, too.

      I agree that these are her colors, however, if she sticks with them I fear people will then accuse her of getting stuck in an Oscar-style rut.

    • deliadee

      She looks wonderful, the colors really suit her.  IN!

    • Pterodactyl111


    • Louise Bryan

      I think she looked great everytime I saw her.  IN!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

      IN.  loved it from the moment I saw it!

    • SapphoPoet

      IN. Simply stunning. 

    • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

      My favourite look of the night bar none! I love it. IN!

    • LongTall_Sally

      IN, and possibly the best look of the night.

    • StrandedFashionista

      Mot my favorite look on her. She looked better in that blue Calvin  Klein. As a redhead, I think black washes us out as a whole. OUT. 

    • fnarf

      Of COURSE it’s an in. The only better dress last night was Ellie Kemper’s.

    • kimmeister

      An unequivocal IN!

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      Spectacular! In!

    • leave_Blake_alone

      For sure IN. Werq-worthy, even.

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      Dress is alright but her hair looks a mess to me. I give it a half-hearted IN. 

    • Amy Ellinger

      IN!  She was in my top 5 best-Dressed

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      Embroidery detail on the bodice works really well.  On the train it looks muddled from a distance, which reads more as good intentions rather than a workable choice.  Is it practical to follow her around closely enough to see if it’s embroidery or ill-planned beading?

    • cashhuge.com

      To all….

      my c0-w0rker’s mom br0ught h0me $13327 the pri0r week. she gets paid on the lapt0p and bought a $436500 c0nd0. All she did was get fo0rtunate and set t0 w0rk the tips sh0wn 0n that site ab0ve

    • http://twitter.com/mcglory13 mcglory13

      I thought she was THE best dressed woman there last night. In. 

    • alyce1213

      It’s a lot of dress.  Maybe a bit too much for Jessica, but I really love it, so IN.

      I know she’d never go strapless, but I wish Meryl Streep had worn something embellished and a bit over-the-top like this because she has the “weight” (not in lbs) to carry it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      IN. Love. Perfection. So glad she pulled it together for Oscar night. 

    • Tracy_Flick

      IN! My only complaint is the black line that the design forms seems to be hitting about an inch too high on the bust.

    • Zippypie

      It is definitely wearing her.  I’m gasping at the dress, not her.  Not a good thing for Oscar night.  I should be paying attention to the woman looking fab in the dress, not the dress looking fab on the woman.

    • http://twitter.com/sassybabydes Anne White


    • DeborahLipp

      In! This is a WERQ for me; one of my 3 or 4 favorites of the night.

    • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea a Studio by the Sea

      Very good, probably the best of the lot.  I think the shape of the beading on the front hip is a bit heavy, but it’s absolutely perfect in the back.  The eye is so drawn to the bodice that she should have worn more dramatic jewelry to lead it back to her face.  It’s a very Aubrey Beardsley gown.

    • cindybeeintex

      IN! Manages to be elegant and pretty at the same time.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier


    • SVLynn

      In, my favorite of the night.

    • mstzilla

      IN! This is a gorgeous dress (wish I could wear it!) and she looks wonderful in it. I never thought she was that attractive until I saw her in this dress – she can look gorgeous!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joy.yeager Joy Yeager

      There’s something about the gold design on the front of the dress that seems a bit off, the back design is gorgeous.  But overall, it’s so striking, IN.

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      IN. I just don’t like how she keeps tucking her chin in photos. She has a gorgeous face, serve it to the camera!

    • AlexisPayne

      Brava, she looks stunning. IN!

    • http://twitter.com/yessveee Sarah Veenstra

      Not just IN – PERSONAL BEST.

      • 3boysful

         Absolutely!!  I also gasped when I realized it was her.  And I kinda wanted her to win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I gasped when I saw her. She looked spectacular. IN!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTG3A5BVL3JGIFT5M4MSPWYNCM Mathilde

      Of course IN ! Dress is gorgeous, I love that black and rich gold embroidery, plus hair and make-up look fresh. You did it Jessica !

    • http://twitter.com/anibellee Lynsey M.


    • demidaemon

      I like this dress in theory, but the way the trim around her waist seems to emphasize her vagina is distracting me. OUT.

    • Emmyllou

      STUNNING. So very In.

    • Elizabeth Wiggs Maas

      Le sigh…I thought you would feature this as a WERQ. I love it. One thing that makes me sad is her hair – I thought it looked amazing last night on t.v., but the style doesn’t seem to photograph so well. It doesn’t look bad in photos, just not as wonderful as it did in motion. And how cute was she when she nuzzled her grandma as they read her name for Best Supporting Actress nominee? 

    • Michael_Jones

      Absolute IN.  I love this.

    • Lauren Thomas

      IN! She looks gorgeous, total movie star.

    • Lilak

      Gee, TLo … I thought she was probably the best of the night!

      And “the dress wore her”??  She looked like a lovely, happy young woman feeling particularly beautiful and at ease in a gorgeous McQueen.

      Just dreamy. (I’m still smiling over this today.)

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      IN.  One of my fave looks of the night.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      in!  I think it’s wonderful. The dress is a tad long for her, but I can overlook that on something so fab!

    • msdamselfly

      In She looked great

    • annieanne

      IN. She finally got it right.

    • http://twitter.com/felicitas_s Felicitas Strautman

      IN! she looks stunning. 

    • amian3

      I don’t understand how this isn’t a WERQ. She looks amazing head to toe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julianne-Mullikin/100000099104784 Julianne Mullikin

      I love it!!!

    • formerlyAnon

      That is a glorious dress (especially from the back) so she gets an IN for being the ambulatory dress form.

      From the back it’s a definite IN, front view I am more hesitant (both the dress & the hair look better to me from the back) but still in.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      gorgeous dress. top fits a little weird but the dress is so fabulous it’s beyond easy to forget that.

    • TSkot

      IN, but the fit has some problems where boob meets armpit.

    • PhillipWilde

      I don’t love the hair, but the dress is fabulous. IN.

    • oohsparkley!

      In. She look stunningly beautiful.

    • Maddie_Faddenoid

      If ever a werq was deserved it’s right here. Big fat IN.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSGAZPEESHQT47ATH55GNOHHBY Erin

      In.  Just.  Now she needs to channel her inner Tilda and WORK that shit.

    • NasserShaheen

      In. I’d rather see some werqing from her as this dress is begging her to be more fierce but damn, that dress is gorge and she looks beautiful here, well done.

    • R. L.

      Gorgeous!  Definitely IN.  

    • benjamin478

      that can’t be anything but an IN, although the dress does seem like its wearing her somewhat

    • KathKo

      Definitely an In.
      She looks regal.
      Yes, she might let the dress do all the work, but at least she doesn’t stand in the way !

    • Andrea Moore

      In! This was absolutely my favorite dress of the night. That everyone was cooing over that bewildering thing Michelle Williams was wearing and forgetting Jessica after she left the screen distresses me greatly.

    • http://twitter.com/delysia_lafosse Delysia LaFosse

      Gorgeous dress, but it was definitely giving her some fat rolls around her armpits and back. She doesn’t look like a girl who could muster a fat roll, but they were there. Also, the hair was a little half-assed. Overall, though, it was one of the most striking looks from the Oscars and she looked gorgeous and confident. IN.

    • random_poster


    • pdquick

      The hair is OUT. This dress really called for a soft, elegant up-do. But the dress is so spectacular on its own merits, and it’s so right for her, that it’s IN. By a country mile. Even with the hair.

    • SatelliteAlice

      The hair is kind of sad but the rest is lovely. In.

    • Candigirl1968

      In. Amazing dress.  Needs stronger makeup though. Not getting her and Viola with the statement dresses and nearly nude faces.

    • charlotte

      Amazing dress! Totally in. Hair is a bit flimsy though.

    • k op

       Yes!  So very IN!  She still needs to learn how to pose on the carpet, but what a remarkable improvement!   It looks like she gets it, too – much more comfortable in this dress and knows she looks smashing.

    • greyhoundgirl

      Beautiful and romantic without carrying her away–she’s wearing it, on someone else it would be wearing her.  In.

    • http://twitter.com/Eovaai S R

      IN. So much IN, this is a WERQ for me.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      IN!!!! It’s stunning – my favorite look of the night!

    • girliecue

      IN! Yay! Pitch-perfect from head to toe.

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      Love the dress, but too too much for the wearer. Out. Sadly. It needs a woman with more presence and, maybe, even a few more years on her. 

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      I LOVE that dress. She may not be WERQing it to perfection, but she’s still IN in my book.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1264609232 Samantha Ritchie


    • berkeleygirl

      Incredible! Totally disagree that the dress was wearing her… E! had a shot of her greeting fans in the bleachers.  She was so loose, open and natural, she could have been meeting friends in a t-shirt and jeans. Absolutely zero pretension – made me think, along with her talent, no wonder everyone wants to work with her… 

      That she brought her grannie to the Oscars – from whom she clearly got her red hair – spoke volumes…

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      I really love her hair and make up this time.

    • turtleemily

      This is the youngest I think I’ve seen her look with her hair and face all soft and pretty.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      Look at her lovely complexion! She must have stock in Coppertone, because she looks flawless!

      The dress is very pretty, but maybe a tad overstated for her age. Even so, she looks so gorgeous! ABSOLUTE IN.

    • kolokOlchik

      She’s definitely IN.  Another dress that Nina and Tim really liked yesterday

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva


    • jmw1122

      IN. She’s my pick for best dressed of the night, she looks positively stunning. Particularly her hair.

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      Brava, darling!! IN, a thousand times in!

    • http://twitter.com/connectinglines Me Again

      One of my favorites of the night (along with Octavia and Milla).  IN!

    • joything

      I think it’s kinda perfect. IN.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      I give her an IN just because that dress is crazy fucking fantastic! I don’t love her hair here, and as a fellow ginger I’m not sure this dress is the right color on her, especially with the gold. Still, that dress is so amazing.

    • http://twitter.com/Bloodisea Barbora


    • Elias Pineda

      january jones in golden globes last year

    • ccm800

      IN especially for her. 

    • Thathoodwink

      I think she looks beautiful; the only problem I have with the dress is that the top portion, with the way the motif is arranged, kind of looks like a ribcage with lungs….you get what I mean.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD


    • thebitterkitten

      She was totally cute when talking to Ryan Seacrest with her Nana…I think she looks great. IN!

    • eruannalle

      IN as hell. Gorgeous dress that looks stunning on her, and I think this is the prettiest I’ve ever seen her hair & makeup.  Love everything about this look.

    • Geno Boggiatto

      Oh so oh so IN!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/norahs99 Sharon M Johnson

      Totally IN!  Loved this look on her.  Would love to see it in person to see if looks equally good IRL.

    • CherBearBlue

      NO IDEA why this is up for debate. WERQ GURL! IN!

    • LittleKarnak

      Out!!! I thought her mom date looked better than she did!!

    • Lisa

      IN!!!  The brocade was a teeeeensy bit on the heavy side, just by the slightest, but not enough to really quibble over.  She looked amazing!~

    • http://twitter.com/marared Jaime

      Totally in – one of my favorite dresses this year.

    • margaret meyers

      In.  She looked good and she got noticed.  That’s the end game.  It doesn’t matter if the dress is wearing her a little bit.

    • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

      IN. She looks uncharacteristically great. :)

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      IN! Praise be, she’s been listening.

    • Maluca

      STUNNING. I am in intense love with this dress. And it’s the best she’s ever looked. RESOUNDING IN!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      IN IN IN.  She turned it around and she really turned it out, and she very nearly pulled of a really adventurous McQueen.  She gets a solid A- even without a grading curve for effort.

    • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

      In, the design on the dress is so beautiful and she wears it well.

    • bringbackbeatles

      IN…I love everything about this! She looked amazing!

    • saanrio

       IN.  Absolutely stunning.

    • TieDye64

      IN. Finally.

    • http://twitter.com/danielleRwest Danielle West

      In.  I especially think her hair was gorgeous.  

    • Elena

      Completely, completely IN.

    • quiltrx

      IN.  How did I not see this last night?  Gorgeous dress, and she looks great in it.

    • Brenna McClellan

      IN IN IN IN. This and Emma Stone are tied for my favorite.

    • Donna Schmidt


    • loverungay

      I agree – she looks FABULOUS!

    • up with pod people

      In, glorious in. I recognized the McQueen fantasy forest embroidery on sight and I will never stop loving it.

    • http://southernsugar.wordpress.com/ Southern Sugar

      I love the dress!  I’m not sure if I’m digging the hair with it, but I think she looks gorgeous.  IN.

    • Emily Scott

      IN! She looks terrific and you could tell she loved wearing it.

    • Evelina Chang

      In! The dress is amazing, and she is working it.

    • http://twitter.com/solidcurrency solidcurrency

      She looks great. IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sorana.tarmu Sorana Tarmu

      So very much IN! In fact, this was my favorite dress of all from that night.

    • mila_8

      I’d say filigrees with her:) In!

    • marywv


    • http://twitter.com/glossaria glossaria

      Stunning gown– beautiful and incredibly flattering to her coloring.  I think her hair product failed her, though– it doesn’t look too bad in the last pic (I’m guessing that was taken earlier?), but in the others it’s a straggly mess.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Lally/1813707728 Christopher Lally

      Fellas. I don’t get it. This is one of the best dresses I ever saw.

    • NCDFan

      Definitely IN. Very striking.

    • pokokpuding

      Minor issues with the snake-like tendrils of the hair, but otherwise IN. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/tom.r.markiewicz Tom Markiewicz

      IN. she looked stunning on television

    • crackineggs

      My favorite look of the night.  Totally IN.

    • PeaceBang


    • DebbieLovesShoes

      LOVE.  So very, very IN.

    • AWStevens

      TLo crazy?  No freaking way!  Word to yer mutha!


    • amanda crow

      IN! One of my favorites of the night! T and Lo, I’m only calling you crazy for not giving this girl a WERQ!

    • jane_bloggs

      IN IN IN IN IN IN IN!!!!!!  Are explanations really necessary?

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Brogan

      Not WERQing it because the dress IS wearing her. But she’s looking good. IN.

    • warontara

      In! I can’t decide if stronger makeup (a nice smokey eye or bright lip) would add some of the needed POW to her look or been too much.

    • Grace Ritt

      IN IN IN IN IN IN IN. The hair really helps out. She’s never looked better.

    • DesertDweller79

      The dress is indeed wearing her, but she looks great, so I vote IN.  Cate Blanchett can seemingly wear McQueen with little effort.  But, on most people the McQueen dresses seem to be wearing them.

    • fashionablylate

      IN. Fabulous dress!

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera


    • http://twitter.com/pag_baj Paige Boerman

      IN. I have some quibbles, though. I feel like it’s a bit too much dress for her – not a lot too much, mind. Just *slightly* too much. I just got so excited that her head looked so good that not it doesn’t bother me so much, though. Great color combo for her, and she needs to keep these hair & makeup gays.

    • hearkentoit

      No idea who this girl is, but she looks cute as hell. Love the hair and makeup. IN.

    • Anonymoth

      Absolutely beautiful. No critiques here. IN.

    • Anonymoth

      Absolutely beautiful. No critiques here. IN.


      Best she’s ever looked. IN.

    • tsid2012

      Definitely a huge improvment so i will give her an IN.  But yes, that dress is wearing her…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7NGUZXK7KI3C3FX2YWBWDK3XCU Trixie

      IN.  She looks great!

    • Susan Crawford

      Definitely an IN, and let’s hope this is the start of Jessica’s New Look! (I do agree that McQueen is so powerful that it takes a fashion pro to handle the drama, and Jessica isn’t QUITE there yet, but this is a really good, bold step.) Go, Jessica!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katie-Heim/708520610 Katie Heim

      Yoga hair, y’all. I’m disappointed in you both. 

    • mrssage

      LOVE this dress. and good for her for finally wearing something exciting.

    • MissAnnieRN

      IN without question my best dressed of the night.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

      IN. So gorgeous.

    • amywinns

      MOVIE STAR. In. I just wish she looked more confident and proud. She seems a wee bit intimidated by her dress. Maybe it’s just humility… a virtue anywhere but Hollywood.

    • Jessica O’Connell

      It’s like she’s a whole different person! IN!

    • Snailstsichr

      She really brought it! Love it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CEWYQOEZEQA4YB5K25BIOXNXNY Mark

      Thought this was one of the WORST looks of the night. The pattern is just too overwhelming. It looks like repurposed fabric from one of Adrienne Malouf’s living room chairs. But the worst grievance is the extremely poor fit. It was pulling up oddly at the bodice. She just looked very uncomfortable. 

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      IN, she looks amazing! What a stunning dress!

    • kmc1138

      This was BY FAR my favorite dress of the night.  With all due respect to the folks who don’t like it – to me not liking this dress is like telling me you’ve invented a new number.  I simply do not get it.  I think when I saw her on screen I actually did an “oooooooooh, look at thaaaaaaat . . . ”  Love it!

    • Sophie Collier

      IN, especially for that last photo.  LOVE….

    • Patricia Clements


    • lisarati

      As soon as I saw this dress on screen, I commented that the design is basically pointing an arrow to her crotch. OUT!