Oscars: Meryl Streep in Lanvin

Posted on February 27, 2012

Like her win for Best Actress (which prompted the biggest gay gasp either of us ever gay-gasped), we want to like this dress more than we actually like it.



Everything above the neck looks fabulous; totally regal and grande dame in a way that only a gal who’s earned the title can rock it. And we like the idea of a metallic gold gown on Mary Louise. It’s just glamorous enough, but it’s got a maturity to it that prevents it from looking frivolous in a way that doesn’t suit her. But we can’t deny, this basically looks like a belted swatch of gold fabric. It’s got about as flattering as a bathrobe. And we’re sorry, Mary Louise, we love you and we promise we’ll get over our conflicted feelings regarding your win (Pro: Queen of the American Cinema and too long between wins. Con: Fucking Viola, dammit.), but we CANNOT sign off on those “casino bus trip” geriatric shoes you’re sporting.


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  • lucasuk82

    She should give her colorist a big fat tip.  The earrings are beautiful and unexpected.  Everything else is… unexpected.

    • MaryMitch

       I LOVE those earrings!

      • mila_8

        Ditto…obsessing over the shapes and tone. Love ’em!

  • Sobaika Mirza

    The belt is the biggest offense.

    Whatever, Academy, the statue belonged to Viola.

    •  Viola will get one, but as Mary Louise said, this is probably her last time on that stage. That shouldn’t  matter, but it does seem to. However, Christopher Plummer, despite being 82 and really likely never getting nominated again, TOTALLY deserved his Oscar. Best performance of the year IMO.

      • nancymae

        I’m not holding my breath for another Viola Best Actress run. Sadly, Hollywood just doesn’t seem to know how to sustain all her fierceness. She mentioned at her phone hasn’t wrung since all the Oscar buzz began (isn’t Jessica Chastin on her 15th movie by now?)

        • Helen C

          Jessica Chastin’s career is carefully managed to make her a big star (whether successful or not, we shall see).  Even in her early career, her minor roles have been created to appear bigger (i.e. Murder on the Orient Express TV movie).  

          It’s Keira Knightly all over again.  

          • nancymae

            How does one get to be carefully managed? TPTB are so frustrating; they probably think Jessica represents a bold step forward because she’s a natural redhead. I do hope I’m wrong though and we she a lot more of Viola, Octavia and other African American actresses in roles not written, directed and starring Tyler Perry.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            We can hope that there are directors and producers who will be smart enough to cast these very talented women!

          • MilaXX

             What’s Halle done since she won her Oscar?

          • MilaXX

             From your mouth to TPTB ears.

        • I thought that was a normal Oscars thing – Geoffrey Rush said the same, but he hasn’t exactly been out of work since.

          • Very true. Geoffrey Rush may not be a box-office draw but he works like mad- in major films- and that quite likely wouldn’t be the case without his Oscar win. 

        • drdirection

          You know she already has one oscar.  why think she wouldn’t get more roles that are oscar worthy?  she got this one.

          • nancymae

            Viola Davis doesn’t have an Oscar. She has two Oscar nominations.

            Like it or not, Hollywood’s history with actresses of color is pretty dismal. I would love to be wrong on this and I hope I am but it would be naive to think, a la Charlize Theron (see the Newsweek Oscar round table) that Viola shouldn’t fret because she is just that fierce.

          • drdirection

            ooo, shame on me.  that one went to Swinton, right? 

          • nancymae

            Penelope Cruz won it.

          • Jennifer Coleman

            The question isn’t when will she get an oscar-worthy role, it’s when will she get a role that is not a sassy maid (Hattie, Octavia wins), desperate/tragic victim (Halle win), angry Black woman (Mo’nique, JHud wins), magic Negro sidekick (Whoopie win). These are the roles that Hollywood feels Black women are bankable in, people. In some way, I’m glad Viola didn’t win for this movie. I’m sure she did an award-worthy performance, but she was born to play razor-sharp, intellectual roles that are more unsettling than comforting. 
            I’m glad for Mary Louise because she deserves more that 2 oscars for her impressive career, but I’m with George Clooney, who said that Voila should be getting the prime minister parts now, not the maids.

          • introspective

            If i could have liked this a million times I would have. Clearly happy for Octavias win but felt like it was a Hattie Mcdaniel redux. Which along with the above wins you enumerate- puts black women actresses in a 80 year old treadmill of stereotypes going nowhere.

          • MilaXX

            Let the choir say AMEN!

        • miatamam

          But she deserves future work.  TOtally fierce.

          • nancymae

            Totally! I would watch her watching paint dry.

        • MilaXX

           THIS. and Viola could out act Jessica in her sleep.

    • lalagigi

      I’m sorry, but no one was robbed. There was no contest for this category. I saw all the nominated movies this year for female lead (which I make an effort to do every year. One can’t  make an opinionated call on who should win if they haven’t even seen the performances.) No one compared to Meryl from a performance standpoint.  

    • luciaphile

      The Oscars are not now, nor have they been, about merit. Occasionally the person who gave the best performance gets the award, but I usually think it’s a happy accident when that happens.

    • MilaXX

      Deep down I knew the voters would never give awards to both Octavia & Viola.

  • NC_Meg

    What’s that thing about going to award shows dressed like the award? I think that’s what she did.

    • drdirection

      It’s weird, isn’t it?  She wasn’t the only one either.

    • Lori

      That’s not what why she did it and there’s nothing weird about it.   She said she wore it for luck because she was wearing a gold dress 29 years ago when she won her last Oscar.  

      • NC_Meg

        It’s not necessarily BAD to show up looking like the statue (unless you don’t win, then you might look a little silly.)

  • MK03

    Dress is a disaster. Gold lurex?? Come on! You Meryl freakin’ Streep, surely one of your people could fetch a better gown that that.

    • VanessaDK

      I read that this was Lanvins first “green” red carpet gown. Not a good ad for sustainability in fashion.

  • hughman

    Yeah, I think the bottom line here is she wants to be comfortable and not have to be too restricted and if people don’t like it, TFB. And I think we could all agree, she’s earned that right. 

  • It seems like the quintessential Meryl Streep gown, no? It’s kind of OK on first glance, and then you realize it’s too frumpy and gathered and drapey, and that she wore comfortable shoes instead of really the right shoes. I do love her, and her speech was awesome, so all is forgiven.

    • Is this a Michael Costello original?

    • formerlyAnon

      The principle is correct, (that is how she dresses, exactly) but if you look at the first photo, those shoes appear to have a pretty high heel on them. In this case, I think she sacrificed on the comfort a little.

      • Sweetbetty

         I agree on the shoes.  They don’t look comfortable at all to me, nor geriatric.  I’m about Meryl’s age and I couldn’t walk three steps in them now (but back in the day I would have rocked those babies).

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I think Meryl looked quite put together and respectable.  She dressed kind of low key.  I was shocked she won.  People who deserve Oscars seem to win them for the wrong movies.  Meryl should have won for ‘Prada’ yes really; Kate Winslet should have won for ‘Eternal Sunshine’, far and away her greatest role.  Viola should have won tonight.  But there are worse things in the world than losing to Meryl Effin Streep.

    • totally second you on Winslet.

      • Glammie

        I third you–loved Winslet in that.  But comedy hard to do and usually underrated.

    • Diane_Chambers

      Absolutely on Prada!  Iconic role; people will be watching that performance in 50 years.  Love Helen Mirren, but people aren’t watching The Queen now, five years later.

      But yes, for Meryl, this ensemble gets an A.

      • Glammie

        Ummm, actually I watched it a couple of months ago.  I think it’s a brilliant performance and a strong screenplay.  I can think of several films that have dated more quickly.  

        • Diane_Chambers

          Interesting to know people are still watching that movie, as I thought it had vanished from the cultural landscape; I only hear it spoken of in terms of Meryl’s Prada loss.  I in particular did not care for the screenplay – thought Volver and Stranger than Fiction in particular were much stronger candidates for an Oscar nod that year.  But I guess that just proves that the Oscars are subjective.

          • Glammie

            Hmmm, seenow to me Stranger than Fiction had a reasonably interesting premise that kind of fell apart.  Reminded me a bit of the sort of things Charlie Kaufman writes, but less tight in its writing.  Volver I didn’t see, but it’s hard to compare scripts in different languages.  I see the screenplay that actually won was for Little Miss Sunshine.  

            My recall is that Mirren was pretty much a lock for The Queen.  It would have been a stunning upset if she hadn’t won.  

  • Toga party at Liberace’s house.


    • pokokpuding

       I can totally picture it!

    • Melvis Velour


  • PeaceBang

    That girl does like her fancy bathrobes, doesn’t she? As for the win, I don’t think there were any totally genius performances in the Best Actress category. I’m sure it was a very split vote.

  • TieDye64

    Face, hair, earrings are all great. The dress? Not so much. 

  • giiiirrrr

    I like it.  it’s so fabulous from the waist up that the rest, which is perfectly adequate, just doesn’t matter.

  • Judih1

    Why do you call her Mary Louise? Totally agree with everything you said – especially the shoes

    •  That’s her real name. 🙂 And TLo do like a nickname here or there. (Cathy Cambridge for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge)

  • I love you, Meryl, but what in the fuck are you wearing?

  • Anathema_Device

    I think it looked better in motion than in these stills. The fabric moved beautifully, and she always just glows.

    • ampg

      So true – it almost looks like a different dress in these pics.  I loved it on-screen.

    • eruannalle

       Exactly what I was going to say! It looks pretty meh in these pictures, but I thought she looked absolutely lovely when I was watching it.

  • butter nut

    best she’s looked on a red carpet in a long time.  the color is spectacular on her.  i really like it.  sure, she could do better, but given her past, i have to grade her on a curve.

    • Gorengirl

      HAHA, i grade her on a curve too! She looks Fantastic here beasue in the past she has looked frumpy.

    • I think she looked better at the BAFTAs, but this is still a win for her!

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    how the h-e-double-toothpicks is that lanvin? who the h-e-double-toothpicks was designing for lanvin when glitzy bathrobe rolled off the rack?

    havent seen any of the nominees performances, wouldve preferred viola in the absolute & on principle.

  • J MN

    I give Ms Streep a pass; it’s not great but it’s not awful.  I liken it to Nancy Kerrigan wearing a gold costume to skate in the Olympics.  Apparently they think it’s a good luck omen.  Congrats to Meryl, what a surprise!  

    • cluecat

      Yeah, I don’t think her job is really to look good on red carpets.  It’s to role up her sleeves and get down to acting.  She’s one the few actors that can really disappear into a role and make me love her or hate her, and at the end of the movie I go, “oh yeah, that was Meryl Streep.”  
      There are so many really talented actors that have serious chops a la Meryl, but the stars get the leads in movies (and apparently some Oscars).   People like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Aniston, blech Kristen Stewart.   

      I’d take a red carpet full of ladies dressing frumpy like Meryl if it meant films starring a higher quality of actor.

  • AuntieAnonny

    Did you notice that this dress is very similar to the one she wore the first time that she won? For some reason, once I saw that, I realized that she knew this was her night.

  • Dress a disappointment, but happy for her win. Loved Viola in “The Help” and would have been happy if she won, but Meryl’s performance in “The Iron Lady” was brilliant.

  • Gorengirl

    I love her totally BUT I did not like the earrings, they look cheap. and the shoes, well the less said the better. I did not see The Iron Lady but the few clips I saw, looked bad.  She did not look suprised to win and she had that speech down pat. Sad for Viola….. I thought she was wonderful in The Help.

    • I don’t like the earrings either. I think it is just too much gold. A little flash of emerald or sapphire would have been much better. The belt is also ghastly. However, as a package I think she looks beautiful and appropriate.

  • It’s a vast improvement over what Dame Meryl often brings, so I have to give her props for presenting with a figure and not a caftan.  I also like that Meryl, bless her heart, has clearly eschewed the Hollywood bathing in Botox & eating nothing but seaweed squeezings thing which makes most of the women of her age in Hollywood look like frozen wax figurines.  So, I’m giving her a passing grade on this, but I do wish she’d realize that she does not need to dress like the Mother-of-the-Bride in order to age gracefully in Hollywood.  Also, the belt is really weird. 

  • Judy_J

    Considering the fashion disasters she’s worn recently, I’d say she looks pretty damn fabulous. I also think Viola was robbed, but I think the vote was split since Octavia was so heavily favored in her category.

  • Rrroza

    re: her shoes. I wonder if she has some joint issue (knees?) that prevent her from wearing better ones.

    • Kris Zwack

       Whaaaaaat?! I know there are all kinds of knee issues, but I have bad knees and can never wear heels again. Kitten heels included. Those are a million feet high!

      •  Right. Those shoes are serious stage-actress heels. Maybe the front is not as stylish as it might be, but they are not for the faint of heart or knee.

  • Patsye Peebles

    If that is a geriatric shoe, my sweet bitches, I challenge you to spend a whole night walking around in it!  You have spent the last few days dogging the awful shoes being seen, and by comparison these are great!  LOL  If you aren’t twenty, you can’t get away with the crazy shoes without breaking an ankle (and it even happens to the young things)!  I had the same mixed feelings about the win, but can’t deny her talent.  I really wanted The Help to get best picture, but it was a foregone conclusion that the homage to Hollywood would get The Artist the win.

  • Lori

    All other issues with the dress aside, and there are plenty of them, I don’t want to see the edge of Meryl Streep’s bra and the Oscars. I just don’t. Someone needed to fit that top better so that 3rd pic didn’t happen.

  • So, the dress is designed by Lanvin as part of the Green Carpet Challenge that Livia Firth has been championing. All the media info states is that it’s made of eco-certified fabric – does anybody know what that actually is?

  • illuminateme2

    Ohhhh Myyyyyyyyy. I Just don’t care what Mary Louise wears…she rocks no matter..and can holy frump..glam..oh well .. She can act…. How many cannot these day. Michelle Dockery… you are close.

  • DeborahLipp

    I had the EXACT same conflicted feelings about her win. My feelings about the dress are: She took the personal style thing she always does (voluminous fabric, a kimono shape, dammit-I’m-going-to-be-comfortable!) and she cleaned it up just right. It’s Meryl in exactly the right way. Love it. Wouldn’t love it on someone else, but like blue hair on Katy Perry, it’s perfect for who she is.

  • Well I wasn’t sure when I first saw it, but dang, I think it looks great in these pictures, with the exception of the bra reveal….

  • Toto Maya

    It looked better on-screen than it does in the pictures.

  • siriuslover

    I really liked it. But then again, I was making a direct comparison to her getup at the golden globes which meant the bar was really low this year for her to improve! 

  • BookishBren

    LOVE HER, LOVED HER SPEECH….am not offended by this. I agree with most that it is quite nice from the waist up. The middle is a little problematic but I do like the color on her. She has definitely looked worse. 

  • I loves me my Mary Louise.  And she is never, ever, going to be getting an award for best dressed. I don’t honestly think she really gives a good gawd damn.  And at the end of the day. that’s probably a good thing.

  • nannypoo

    I think she looks great. Sure, it’s not exactly form-fitting, but it’s pretty and it drapes nicely. I was sort of happy for her that she won when she said that she knows she’ll never be up there again, but that award belongs to Viola Davis.

  • Daniel Pino

    She’s meryl. She was crowned royalty today. She wins at everything.

  • Scott Isaacs

    Color? Yes. Drama? Yes. Draping? Oh yeah. Silhouette? HELL NO. “Flattering as a bathrobe” is dead on.

    Is it bad that I wish she had called upon Chris March again? He did so right by her the first time!

  • I don’t often disagree with you, TLo, but I think she looks great. And, yes, Viola was great, but La Streep was long, long, LONG overdue for a win. Hopefully, Viola’s day will come, sooner rather than later, I hope.

  • I love it from the waist up, even. I love the neckline on her. And her hair and make up is gorgeous. I wasn’t sold on the gold lame dress, and I don’t like the hemline business, or the shoes.


  • MilaXX

    I like the idea of the dress; something drapey that shows off the curves in the right way, but I hate the gold fabric. It looks cheap, especially after seeing Stacy Keblier’s gold dress, and as you mentioned, it’s feel like a lame bathrobe. Good hair & makeup though.

    I may be in the minority,but I didn’t like her as Thatcher. It felt very much like Streep does yet another accent. I never felt like I was seeing anything other Meryl Streep impersonating Margaret Thatcher, and yes I wanted Viola to win.

  • I kind of just love her in whatever she wears. I think she looks beautiful. Saw this pic, earlier, and was also reminded about how she’s aged beautifully, naturally, too: http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzzjjgupwC1qbsbnoo1_500.jpg

  • nancymae

    My 90 year old grandmother loves those “casino bus trips” (she’s a Beau Rivage maven) but even she wouldn’t be caught in those shoes!

  • granddelusion

    Stick a gaudy bow on it and put it under the tree. Who the hell cares, shes Meryl effing Streep!

  • It looks like she’s swimming in it. I don’t get it.

  • She reset the bar with her BAFTA dress. Those sad bathrobes aren’t gonna do it now that she’s shown us she can bring it!

  • Sara__B

    Those heels are geriatric? Not pretty, perhaps, but geriatric?

  • Pupioso

    I didn’t care for the dress. Too much gold and all one color. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Was she using the “Secret”? Dress like an Oscar and win one?

    I like the dress more than you two do, in all honesty, but I was definitely not a fan of her win.

  • In the side shot you can see her bra… right? LOVE these shoes, but so matchy! Maybe not with this dress per se? Ahh she’s got skin like my mom… probably stayed out of the sun/took care of it (and didn’t smoke- I hope), oh will I adhere to that so I can have skin like this!

  • TxMom2011

    I liked the fabric….but agree the style…… or lack there of … of the dress was a disappointment. 

  • AudreysMom

    My friends who attended my Oscar party can tell you that when she won I screamed with delight until I quieted the room for her acceptance speech. Meaning: I don’t really care what she won. SHE WON. Mary Louise finally f’ing won after all these decades – and years of lesser actresses taking it from her. J’ADORE that she was dressed LIKE an OSCAR the year she won again.

    • NurseEllen

       We had the same scenario here, at my Oscar party.  I so very much wanted her to win, I thought her performance in “Iron Lady” was nothing short of brilliant.  I also made the same comment about “she dressed like an Oscar”.  True, it’s not the most tailored look, but “bathrobe” is taking the bitterness a little too far, IMO.  (Although I think the belt itself is the weakest piece of the whole ensemble.)  GOOD JOB, Miss Meryl, and good speech too…..I love it that she and her makeup stylist each thanked the other and mentioned how long they’ve worked together.  Loyalty like that is pretty rare in the industry.  Good for both of them.

    • lalagigi

      Totally with you on this. She is the greatest actress of our generation. I still can’t watch Sophie’s Choice to this day because her performance makes me sob. She deserved this win and she won. The Academy got one right. And about this dress. Who cares? She wasn’t there to win the best-dressed award… that’s best left to lesser actresses. YEAH MERYL!!!!

  • cleep1000

    It looks sloppy. Especially when compared to the stunning gold number Stacy Keibler was wearing. Wasn’t happy with her win, either.

    • homespunner

      Comparing Meryl to Stacy is a wee bit unfair. Height, age, body type…liked Stacy’s better, but thought Meryl looked very Meryly-ish and I love her for that.

  • judybrowni

    Statue of Liberty dress, and about as heavy looking. Those folds might as well be made of metal.

  • Not Meryl, not Viola.

    Glenn Close was freaking robbed.

    • CassandraMortmain

      Poor Glenn has been nominated SIX times.  And hasn’t won once.  That’s gotta hurt. 

      • tripletmom96

         an meryl has been nominated 17 times — yes, she’s won two before, but this was the first in 29 years.  i’m ok with her winning this one….glenn should get her chance at some point… she certainly deserves it. 

    • lalagigi

      I saw the movie and would have put Glenn second to Meryl. They were both brilliant performances.

  • The problem with this dress is the same problem that Meryl always has at these events: (1) she insists on being “comfortable” so she gets the dress a 1/2 to one whole size too big & refuses to wear corsets, under-wire, or other body shapers needed if the dress was form-fitting (2) she insists on cutting the dress too short in the front (is she really that afraid of tripping?) and (3) she insists on fugly (but comfortable, ‘natch) shoes. Well, I guess all 3 reasons can be boiled down to “comfort” but to paraphrase Ms. Streep — whatever.

    And, btw, I’m totally glad she won — although I liked Viola’s performance in The Help, I’m not torn at all about it. Meryl gave the best performance & deserved to win, IMO. Plus, I’m really tired of the the “she’s already won 2” excuse — 17 nominations & DECADES of not winning simply because “she’s already won 2” is a bunch of baloney (her last win was 1982 for Sophie’s Choice).  It should go to the best performance that year, not based on who has already won (although, obviously that isn’t always the case, or this would be Meryl’s 7th win, at minimum). Sadly, this 3rd win guarantees, as Meryl herself implied in her speech, that she’ll never win again regardless of how many consistently great performances she turns in in the future.

  • greatscoutm

    When I think that she could have worn just about any dress on the planet–ugh.  Love her though and thought her speech was one of the best.
    I gasped too–would loved to have seen Viola win it.

  • alyce1213

    A reporter asked her about her shoes in a post-show interview and she confirmed that they were Ferragamo and that Margaret Thatcher wore Ferragamo shoes.  

  • rainwood1

    Well at least she didn’t throw a shoe this time like she did at the BAFTA’s.  I’d rather have seen her in another Chris March creation, but this looked better in motion than it does in stills.  And I loved what she said about her husband.  I’m a sucker for the mushy stuff.  

  • brora

    Considering she has the same body-type as Ernest Borgnine, she makes some surprisingly good fashion choices. This one works. Not overdoing it on the make-up, or at least doing it very subtly, is a pro decision too.

  • Glammie

    Mary Louise likes to be comfortable–so I think she’s a fan of the glitzy bathrobe.  But, hey, the poor woman has had to show up at one damn Oscar after another without winning since 1983.  I say she’s entitled to think about her comfort.  Cute speech–much better than her last one, but then she’s had a while to think about it.  

  • Emanuel Iuhas

    She’s a autethic DIVA. Love her!

  • ZnSD

    Ok, I get the critique on her dress…but geriatric shoes? When’s the last time you saw a geriatric in a 3″ heel?

  • I love her in gold. Yes the dress is pretty much belted gold fabric, and sort of a mess, but she makes it work.

  • PrincessSlaya

    I have to give her a pass on this one.  Compared to that shirt-waister ball gown she wore to the GG, this is a major step up. (in horrible shoes)

  • I noticed in the clip of her last win (1983?) she was wearing a gold dress, and I thought maybe she chose this for luck.

  • bellafigura1

    No, nope. Talk about gilding the lily!  Meryl Streep’s coloring alone make this a terrible choice.  It looks soo heavy and too big.  I don’t know what her style problem is, but it’s a crying shame. 

  • poggi

    She looks great in the third shot, where you can’t see the full bathrobeyness and the Daniel Green slippers.

  • KathKo

    congratulation for your Oscar, darling. it show how much taste the academy can have sometime. Let’s all watch bad and historically revisionist biopic and marvel at how an actress is stuffed with make up and plastic to look like the person she plays. That’s acting, isn’t  it ?
    It reminds me of the Cotillard’s case. same thing there : put some make up and and thing to her face to make her look like the good old Edith and call it a day.
    That’s a pity because Meryl Streep can be such a great actress. It will stay in the memory that she earned an oscar for one of her worst movie ever… Oh, and her dress make her look like a walking oscar. Bleh.

    • SRQkitten


      I agree with you about most of what you said about this movie, despite Meryl’s acting, the picture itself was rather dreadful. But as far as her worst picture ever, wasn’t that death becomes her (not sure about the title) back in the 80s?


      • Meryl is a riot in Death Becomes Her. Just that opening where she is doing a musical version of “Sweet Bird of Youth” is worth the price of admission. And the whole movie is nasty fun. I think her worst movie is “Mamma Mia.” Oy!

  • Raaid_22

    She looks fine, not good not bad just fine. Ps I hope viola wins in her lifetime. That statue can be elusive to the most talented of actresses (see: Glenn close and Michelle Phiefer)

  • GorgeousThings

    I dunno – I don’t hate the shoes. Too matchy matchy, but the heels make them a little less geriatric. Not loving the dress below the waist. But I kind of understand it – it’s great looking when you’re sitting down, both in the limo and while expecting Viola Davis to win the statuette.

  • It felt very 80s Dallas imo. She looked better than she usually does at these things but meh. 

  • Loved the earings and very glad she won.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I didn’t see any of the nominated movies (lame, I know) and therefore do not have an opinion on who should have won what. I do, however, have an opinion on this dress (ack! too bathrobe-y for a beautiful woman, and I don’t like the shoes, either) and on why she won. Namely, that after stiffing her a dozen or so times in the last 18 years when she SHOULD have won, the academy woke up and thought, “Damn, if she doesn’t win again soon the best actress of our generation is going to end up with half the statues Katherine Hepburn did and the same number as Hillary Swank.” They couldn’t let that stand, and you can kind of see their point. Also? the Oscar committee loves themselves a biopic.

  • I have to say that I love this.  

  • baxterbaby

    Pretty good Meryl, but what’s up with the belts?  I understand defining the waist, but the belt styles always seem so boho/southwestern/Chico’s kind of day and never add to the outfit.  Her best out all season was for the Brits.

  • SewingSiren

    I wonder how many colors she has that dress in.

  • O H

     I had a Christmas Poinsettia wreath made out of gold crepe paper exactly like this.

  • serenitynow02

    It’s ok, but I’m definitely not a fan of dressing like an Oscar at the Oscars. And I don’t know what old ladies you guys are hanging around with, but in my neck of the woods, those are not geriatric shoes, unless you want a hip replacement.

  • Lilak

    Hoo.  What an ocean of fabric — seemed like she had to sort of manually control the sloshiness.
    But oh my, in terms of her personal aura, she looked just beautiful … (don’t want to go overboard and say “beatific,” but she was pretty darn radiant).

  • homespunner

    Neck up – fab.
    (Digging the long white-haired dude behind her in the first photo.)

  • bitterk

    Love this woman to death but that dress….It’s too shiny, too glittery, too cheapy.

  • Cathy S

    I hate that dress. But from the neck up she’s gorgeous.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    She’s wearing a curtain made of Oscars and the tears of Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • I’m glad you discerned that this was from this year’s Oscars. I thought this was a flash back to the 80’s. Gold lame is making a comeback. That is just scary.

  • elzatelzabelz

    I think she looked pretty great (considering). But, I also thought she deserved the win (she was FANTASTIC in that role), so I might be biased.

  • sid123

    Looks like she grabbed the curtains as she fell out of her shoes running up on stage and being the consummate actress that she is, simply spun around and took her bow.

  • DinaSews

    I think that the fabric makes it look like cheap dress up clothes. 

    • DinaSews

      Oh, and I’m sick of the sympathy win.  I can’t even imagine how emotionally hard it must have been for Viola to play a black woman in the 60’s.  Once you have won one, to be nominated a dozen more times is a testament to your skill and shouldn’t be taken as an insult in not winning.

      • bluefish

         Exactly!  Thanks for stating this so well.

  • CassandraMortmain

    That is a LOT of gold lame.  And it doesn’t fit her properly.  It’s just too loose.  And you can see her bra.  Big mistake.  So ultimately it ends up looking cheap and ugly.  She needed something to break up all the gold – ruby or emerald earrings, a clutch in a contracting color.  Too matchy.  She does look fab from the neck up, though. 

    The shoes may be ugly but they’re hardly geriatric.  That looks like at least a 4-inch heel.  I don’t know many 60-something women who wear heels that high. 

  • Susan Crawford

    Well, she’s MERYL! So . . . she gets to wear whatever the hell she wants. I LOVED the neckline of the dress. Would have de-puffed the sleeves a bit and trimmed in the bouffant skirt . . . but she’s MERYL! I also would cut a carpet-ful of bitches for those gold earrings – do we know whose design they are? Also Lanvin?

  • miatamam

    Movie Theater Butter Jiffy Pop

  • This dress could’ve been styled a lot worse than it was.

  • mayah1806

    i like the dress! reminiscent of when she won for sophie’s choice back in the 80’s… but it is a little curtainy, and the belt is not right. her hair and makeup are divine. 
    as for her win… i get why people are disappointed about viola not winning, and even glenn close for not winning…  this year was a hard one for the best actress category, every role played was a hard one, and a unique one, and they all performed beautifully. but in my opinion, meryl in the iron lady was beyond any kind of acting i’ve ever seen, i watched all the nominated movies for this year and i have to agree that meryl just shot it out of the park. i think she won this one fair and square, with or without of all her other nominations. viola has a wonderful future of academy awards ahead of her i’m sure (and i certainly hope!!) 🙂 

  • SapphoPoet

    I love the earrings. And that’s about it. I think the color of the dress works really well for her, but it really looks like she cut off a huge swath of gold lame and wrapped it around herself. The top is a great shape, but after that it just looks sloppy and fussy. 

    Do we know who made the earrings?

  • miatamam

    Movie theater butter Jiffy Pop

  • Damien W

    It’s like the big Ferrero Rocher pyramid toppled over.

    Go back to Chris March, Mary Louise!

    • AthenaJ

      If the dress were actually spilling out an endless supply of Ferrero Rocher, I’d be willing to forgive it.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I thought she looked absolutely beautiful from the neck up, and I loved her whole vibe when she won. But the dress is 100% atrocious.

  • AthenaJ

    Like the concept, not the execution.

  • I am happy she won. I was just not happy in a cinematic universe where Hilary Swank had two principal actress Oscars to Meryl’s one. I refuse to see “The Help,” but I loved Viola Davis in “Doubt.” I think she has this amazing capacity to quietly embody a character. It is so real, it almost doesn’t seem acting. The Academy tends to like rewarding acting with a capital “A” (hence Swank, Theron, Portman and Berry’s wins), and that probably hurt Davis. Streep had the more showy role, and she is the only truly great thing about “The Iron Lady,”but she should have won for “JUlie and Julia.” 

    • NurseEllen

       Viola Davis was totally, 100% ROBBED of Best Supporting Actress for “Doubt”.  The vote was likely split because Amy Adams was nominated for the same film.  Her day will come, though…….she’s the real thing with her acting.

  • Love her, hate that fabric.  It looks too much like Oscar gold.

  • She looks very nice, but I agree with those who say that a gold dress at the oscars is just werid.  Stacy Kebler pulled it off because she is more beautiful than the dress, but even that was sketchy.

  • Didn’t like it AT ALL. 

  • lrhoff

    She looks good to me — not fantastic, but good enough.

  • bluefish

    I am SO happy that I turned off the usual cringe-inducing broadcast an hour in and didn’t have to witness Viola Davis’ loss.  Just really really sad and unfair.  Meryl looks fine — it’s a tacky gold dress — not as overwhelmingly tacky as Stacy K’s — but, hey, it’s the Oscars — and MS looks great from the neck up.  To these aged eyes, the shoes were the highlight.  I liked them and thought they looked good on her.

    I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get through the show when Crystal started by mocking the demise of Kodak — an iconic American company goes under, in this environment, and Hollywood, of all places, finds it funny and decides to go there on their big awards night.  Disgusting.  So so out of touch. 

    So, yeah, Viola — If she keeps on working, she’ll keep on getting nominated for sure.  Let’s hope Mary Louise gives it a rest now for a bit on the I want another statuette front and allows for some breathing room. 

  • Hair, makeup, earrings–gorge-eeee-ous!!  But I am loathe to say that her dress is a mess.  It’s a simple style, but it fits weirdly and is just too much.  Sorry, Meryl, you are my hero, but you’ve been better dressed in the past.  Congrats on your win. 

  • WritingWonder

    I have to agree.  The idea ofthe dress is way better than the actual dress is. It needed to be less draped and a bit more structured.

    I think my big problem with it is that there’s so MUCH material that it makes her look 2 or 3 sizes bigger than I think she actually is. Surely if the dress were a little more fitted to her body this would look spectacular. The fabric is wonderful against her skin.  Just don’t think the designer did her any favors with so much material swathing her.

  • nancylee61

    She needs to go back to Chris March as her designer – ironically, his gowns were simple and lovely on her. He really understood her body and her persona.

  • ChristinaRi

    Oh, the dress is a train wreck.  We all agree.   But I don’t care.   I wish she’d realize she can still wear something gloriously fashionable even if she’s not so willowy as she was in her early days, but I’ve given up on it.  I just revel in her talent and her ability to remain down to earth despite all the accolades she garners.   She’s right that she’s unlikely to ever again to win a best actress award, and it was lovely to see her up there again.

    Love her gesture to Viola Davis as she started up to the podium.

  • Gold lame bedsheets. So glad she won though, and loved her speech!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Hate the fabric and the big swath of something bunchy at the waist. Like the neckline and shoulders. Mary Louise is gorgeous, so why does she have such a hard time dressing?

  • tripletmom96

    i think she looked  fabulous considering how frumpy she so often looks.  i agree that the dress isn’t quite as spectacular as is might have been, but she also isn’t a willowy 30-something.  could she have found something more flattering?  probably.  is this better than the vast majority of her red carpet choices?  absolutely!  hair and makeup are lovely.  as for her win, although i was rooting for viola davis, i can’t argue with giving it to meryl… i was actually a little surprised that she has only won twice before.  she’s been nominated so many times that i thought for sure she had a whole line of them on her mantel.  i didn’t see her movie, but this was undoubtedly one of those tributes to a long career of oscar-worthy performances.  viola is much newer to the game so she will have to wait her turn i guess….(although i recognize that roles like that are more scarce for african-american women)…sigh….. but, good job mary louise….

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    So glad she won again, after all these years, but couldn’t she find a dress to wear? 
    Sure the hair and makeup are great but I can’t get past the gold bedspread!

  • Caaro3

    Too much volume.  LOVE/WANT the earrings, though.

  • I hated this dress.  And the earrings look like they are made of plastic.  Yuck.

    • Monabel

      Oh, I think those are real Victorian gold earrings.  I’ll take a pair.

  • vmcdanie

    This is typical Meryl fair. She probably has one in every color. For some odd reason, I thought she looked a lot better when she put her glasses on.

    I can’t say I was excited about her win (that Thatcher flick looks like a snore) but it was hard to begrudge her. 

    • NurseEllen

       The flick WAS a snore but her performance was incredible.  “The Help” was a wonderful ensemble movie and Viola did superior work, but Meryl absolutely carried “The Iron Lady” on her back from beginning to end, and elevated it far above the too-long, too-quirky movie it was.   A stunning performance.  And a stunning dress!

  • RoxieRider

    Some of the details are off, but I don’t care, I loved it. Even the shoes. They remind me of something Carmen Miranda would wear in a middle-of-the-movie number.

    I pretend not to see the belt.

  • I liked it enough, she was the golden girl of the evening. Congrats Marvelous Meryl!

  • kimmeister

    I like the idea of it, but to me the fabric just looks cheap.

  • Tracy_Flick

    She needs a lesson in fit from Octavia.

  • Louise Bryan

    I liked this SO much more than some of the stuff I’ve seen her in.  At least she looked elegant, not frumpy.

  • Pterodactyl111

    This is a dress that says “I am here to collect my Oscar.”

  • Emmyllou

    I think she looks fine—not glorious, not wondrous, but definitely dressed up and fine. In.

  • nosniveling

    she looked a LOT better in Chris March!

  • formerlyAnon

    Those shoes may seem ‘casino bus trip’ at first glance, but their heel excludes that categorization.

    My opinion would be swayed by knowledge I don’t have: how wide is Ms. Streep, these days? I don’t even know how much she allows herself to fluctuate.

    If this is really adding the illusion of pounds, then you guys are correct, but I still don’t hate it. If she’s really approximately that wide and doesn’t mind showing it (because, really, for a woman her age it’s often a wise choice not to try to be a sylph & it’s not as if she’s elephantine or anything) then I say it’s a flat out fabulous gown in which to win an Oscar. Especially since you accept the Oscar from behind a podium.

  • Candigirl1968

    I can live with the shoes. She seems to like that billowy fabric thing a lot (even if something more fitted would be sharper and much more flattering).  Glad she got the Oscar.  Unlike some of her near contemporaries, she still challenges herself (no Meet the Fockers for Meryl or screaming as acting a la Pacino).  And even better, when you look at her face, you see Meryl Streep, not some weird plastic mask that looks like it vaguely resembles her. 

    • VioletFlame


  • Vickiefantastico

    I think she looked beautiful!

  • turtleemily

    I liked it on TV but in stills it looks terrible.

  • kolokOlchik

    I adore her but the dress was absolutely horrible!

  • JustJenn142

    I liked it when I first looked at it, but the more I looked at it the more the color choice became irritating.  Sad because I think this is one of her best efforts.

  • Lisa

    Not crazy about it, but totally appropriate for a “Nominee of a Certain Age”.   She’s never been very showy, so this is fine with me.  As for the win, I”m sorry… I’m sorry because Viola was amazing, but I just fucking LOVE Meryl, so I can’t be mad.

  • She needs to go back to Chris March. That’s the best she’s looked in years. This looks like somebody swathed her in lame and held it together with an ugly belt.

  • marywv

    Shuttup. She looks great and really I love it for it’s balls.

  • CCDilg

    Careful..it is Meryl!

  • hearkentoit

    She is dressed as an Oscar.


    I think this looked a lot better on TV than it does in stills. She carried it off so well though, what a radiant woman.

  • I love Meryl.  She is a goddess to me.  I always want to love her look, but I never do.  Don’t love this one either.  But it’s better than stuff in the past, so maybe she’s on the right track.