2012 Tony Awards Red Carpet

Posted on June 11, 2012

The Tonys! Where dirty little theater types wipe off their greasepaint and put on airs! Let’s judge a sampling, shall we?


Bernadette Peters in Donna Karan

We don’t really love this kind of silhouette, but damn, if she doesn’t look pretty much perfect here. You expect BP to be just a little draggy and that’s exactly what she is here. It’s like something RuPaul would wear when she wants to be demure and classy.


Beth Behrs in Naeem Khan

 S’alright. Don’t love the hem length.


Cynthia Nixon in Carolina Herrera

 Fabulous and chic.


Elizabeth A. Davis in Christian Siriano

 The colors are a little dusty and dingy for our tastes, but we like that this is a little different without being cray-cray.


Ellen Barkin in L’Wren Scott

 Hate the hair and the choice of bag, but the dress is striking as hell.


Jessica Chastain in Marios Schwab

 She’s a glittery ghost with extremely well-defined breasts.


Kelli O’Hara

 Standard, but the color is interesting. It feels a bit mature for her.


Laura Bell Bundy

ELEGANZA. Forget what we said about Bernadette being a little draggy. This is a dragstravaganza. It’s not really to our tastes, but there’s nothing terribly wrong about it. It’s just loud and attention-seeking.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • NurseEllen

    Chastain……so many good outfits at Cannes, but this?  I saw it last night and my first thought was, uh-oh, TLo will KILL this.  Hard to believe that Bernadette Peters is the fashion standout here.  And, evilly, I can’t wait to hear your comments on Candace Bergen and the chick with the toe shoes (and I don’t mean ballet slippers).

    • Jordan Brodley

       She also looked completely frightened presenting and apparently is going to broadway this year? I bet the producers are not so happy with how nervous she looked on that stage.

      • She is amazing on stage.  I’ve heard of actors having problems with public speaking but not live acting. 

  • M_E_S

    Danny Bernstein was fabulous, but I wish Bernadette had done the performance from ‘Follies.”

    Kelli O’Hara is amazingness personified, even if the color is a little drab. 

    WTAF Jessica Chastain.  I can’t even wrap my head around the decision-making process that led to choosing that dress.

    • MikeW_PHX

       I saw Danny Burstein in Follies in LA a couple of weeks ago, and he was phenomenal.  Not to take anything away from Ms. Peters (as I dearly love her and would kill to see her again), Victoria Clark was a much better Sally than BP was.  

    •  I saw in it New York, and I thought Danny Burstein stole the show in a role that is not usually the show-stealer.

  • I love the dress Ellen Barkin is wearing.

  • I thought Bernadette was SHUTTING IT DOWN when she walked out on stage. The color and fit were perfection.

    And then there was Chastain. I was embarrassed for her. 

    • Agreed and AGREED

  • call_me_schmeg

    isn’t BP wearing the same donna dress that nina dobrev wore in red a while back?

    • She is, Nina’s was red though, she wore it to the Emmys. A 63 year old woman who can rock the same dress as Nina Dobrev deserves snaps up!

      • call_me_schmeg

        you know there was someone in the room going, “well, you know, this dress has been worn b–” and bernie was all, “shut it and get zipping. i’m about to make this red carpet my bitch.” 

  • Sobaika

    I feel violated by Jessica Chastain’s dress and/or boobs.

    • All I could do was stare at her right nipple last night during her presentation of the award.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      i was fully prepared for a different kind of red carpet viewing!

      • kimmeister

        *roars with laughter*

    • cleep1000

      She looks ridiculous.

  • My Bernadette can do no wrong. Luv Huh.  And purple is perfect for her.  Maybe its the angle of view, but I can’t love Cynthia’s dress.  The over long cowl makes me sad. And Elizabeth’s Siriano dress, is just a touch too much of too much, even though its bland colorwise.

    • call_me_schmeg

      it’s her posture. look at the pic again and imagine her serving it up with shoulders back. too bad b/c that dress is awesome. le sigh.

      • millersus

        Finally, La Nixon has the worst posture.  It’s a fab dress, but so hindered by poochy tummy and slumped shoulders!!

      •  I dunno, it looks to me like she IS standing with shoulders back.  These RC pics are always at such weird angles.

  • In_Stitches

    Bernadette looks a bit bare to me.  She could use a necklace, a belt or maybe some opera gloves. 

    Beth Behr’s dress should be burned.  It doesn’t looks like an offensive gown; the color is…fine and the design is standard, but she’s a tiny whisper of a girl and that things making her look hippier than Cynthia Nixon (who’s gown is divine and perhaps the best thing she’s ever worn).  

    • SapphoPoet

      Ooo–opera gloves!

  • Jessica Chastain, girl, bye!!! and that’s all I have to say.

  • VeryClaire

    Bernadette Peters is 63 years old!  She looks fantastic!

    • Deb_Lynn

      SERIOUSLY? that is fantastic. If I saw her on the street (in that getup, on the street? haahah) I’d assume she was mid-late thirties. aging gloriously. Gloriously.

      • and look at how fresh-faced she looks. Who fooled Hollywood actresses that botox and botched surgeries freezes the ticking clock? Bernadette is literally WERQQQQQQing the shit outta of that red carpet and you can’t tell her nothing.

    • Saoirse Lee

      What the what?! 

      I just checked Wikipedia to confirm (as thoughts of her being that age put me in mind of the quote from Coming to America “Joe Lewis a hundred and thirty seven years old!”), and lo and behold she’s actually 64! What witchcraft be this?

      • amywinns

        On a related note, I just went looking for some other recent pictures of her and when I did an “images” search and got a whole screen full of thumbnails, it was genuinely difficult to guess which were the most recent… she has aged so little for so long! I mean, yes, you can tell the ones from 30 or 40(!) (gagging in disbelief) years ago, but pix from the last 10, 20, years? Basically all identical. There may be downsides to having a “signature look” but it’s hard to say it’s a bad choice in her case.

    • Damn, are you serious?! That is amazing.

    • Rand Ortega

       You’re lying!! She can’t be! My world just tilted. OMG! Amazing. LOVE. HUH!

    • SapphoPoet

      Really? Wow. Good for her. 

    • Caaro3

      I’ll wager the talented Ms. Peters relies on an excellent diet, regular exercise, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, botox, liposuction, the best make-up artists and plastic surgeons money can buy, and Spanx.  More power to her, she looks great, and she’s the finished product of those other disciplines.

      • PeaceBang

        And staying out of the sun!!!

        • Judy_S

          Yes, I’ve always gotten the impression she has never let a ray touch her ivory cheek. And it worked. I adore her.

  • Le_Sigh

    Oh dear, Miss Jessica – your Chastains are showing.  (Your makeup looks good though gurl!)

  • I loved the dress Audra McDonald wore- very classy and pretty!

    • Just found a picture and totally agree.  She and BP are in a class by themselves.

    • SpillinTea

       And she was wearing Emilio Sosa, who was nominated for a Tony this year. Project Runway folk on the come up!

  • Laura Bell Bundy dresses like she’s still on a soap opera.  

  • I adore Bernadette Peters. It was great to see her look so damn amazing.

  • Oh man, I snorted at “glittery ghost with extremely well-defined breasts” – such a perfect description! I don’t get Chastain, she’s so beautiful but her clothing choices make her so forgettable. 

    I’d like Cynthia’s look more if there weren’t gold AND silver accents, kind of clashy, isn’t it?

  • Lina_bee

    Worst thing Chastain has ever worn. Hideous.

  • Terri Mabry Pendleton

    i really, really expected you to go in depth on chastain’s dress. i, for one, am disappointed.

  • jw_ny

    oh…I’m not feeling love for Ellen Barkin’s dress, looks like something pulled off a mannequin in the Victorian section of the historical museum.

    Ms Peters…outstanding.  How does she walk with all that fullness in the front tho?

    Jessica does seem quite proud of her boobs…smh.

    Laura Bell…this “dragstravaganza” gown is quite toned down by her usual standards. 

    • Answer to question about Ms. Peters?  Quite simply, she can do anything.

    • samo_samo

      I have no love for Ellen Barkin’s dress either. I love her, but I found that dress to be not in the least bit flattering on her. I was *SHOCKED* that that TLo didn’t shred it into the purple lace curtains it appeared to made of.

    • MikeW_PHX

      If you compare BP and Ellen Barkin, it’s very difficult to believe that BP is a 6 years OLDER than Ms. Barkin.  She looks like she’s 5-7 years younger

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Not only does Ellen Barkin’s dress look as if it was pulled off a mannequin, but her face-could her skin look any tighter?

  • Kayceed

    Miss Chastain is assaulting me with her anatomy. Really, dear, must you?!

    • charlotte

       What was she thinking? Boobs with ornaments are not a good idea. Ever.

  • elleg929

    Laura Bell Bundy is also an aspiring country singer, hence the dress.  Where were getups like this for the CMT Awards???

  • I’m a little disappointed that y’all aren’t giving Chastain a bit of a tongue-lashing for those breasts.  That is pretty hideous.  

  • MilaXX

    Emilio Sousa dressed someone and now I can remember who it was.
    Bernadette looks fab.
    Jessica looks like she has a glittery skin disease. 
    Ellen’s hair and makeup are awful and I think that dress is aging.
    Laura Bell Bundy looks dressed for the CMT’s.

  • Little_Olive

    Siriano’s dress looks kinda dirty, like it’s been lying around. 

    BP looks amazing.

    I love CN’s dress. Not her hair. 

    LBB is Award Show Barbie. Just no. 

    • Violina23

      Well, she did originate the role of “Elle Woods” in the Legally Blonde musical… (don’t ask me why I know that)

    • Scarlet39

      CN shaved her head for a role  It’s just growing back

      • CozyCat

        Talk about waiting for a cut to grow out!  That must be really annoying (love her, though!)

      • Little_Olive

        Thanks, I didn’t know that. I reverse to “she is working the no-hair”. 

      • SapphoPoet

        Ah–I thought it looked rather short. 

        I shaved my head a week or so ago because of the chemo–losing my hair was horrible. But perhaps I’ll just tell people that I’ve shaved my head for a movie role. We artists have to suffer for our art.

        • MilaXX

           Her play Wit, is about a woman with cancer, that’s her chemo hair.

          • SapphoPoet

            Ah, interesting. Thanks for the info. 

  • Jessica Chastain made me gasp and not in the good way. 

  • Call me Bee

    I know what’s wrong with that blue dress Laura Bell Bundy is wearing.  Shiny, cut to the navel and full of sparkle?  It’s plain ol’ tacky!  Yikes. 
    Anyway–I say Bernadette Peters FTW.  She’s a Broadway institution and can do no wrong.  Gotta give it to Cynthia Nixon, too.  Weird facial expression in this photo, but she looks great.   

  • This and every list is missing Laura Osnes’ peacock gown, which was lovely on a lovely girl.  

  • TieDye64

    BP killed it. Love her. 

    Jessica C. girl, what is wrong with you? That’s a lot to behold on a Monday morning. 

    Best I’ve seen Cynthia Nixon look in ages. 

  • deathandthestrawberry

    Jessica Chastain’s dress is the most horrific thing I’ve seen on the red carpet in ages. The top is slutty ice dancer and the bottom conservatively-shaped pencil skirt.  

  • birkatbaby

    I seem to recall that you gave the exact dress on Nina Dobrev a work that Bernadette Peters is rocking now.  Same silhouette! 

  • Is this all the Tony coverage we get?? I’m disappointed 🙁

  • Scarlet39

    I actually love this Siriano.  Its very pretty

    Laura Bell Bundy… ugh.  I guess if she was going for tacky, so achieved her goal.

  • Susan Crawford

    Bernadette Peters looks SO good in that deep purple – If only the hem had been less fussy and heavy, she would have gotten a WERQ!

    Ellen Barkin’s dress – LOVE IT!

    Laura Bell Bundy will be appearing at Wigstock in that dress, and some fierce tranny is gonna cut her for it!

  • Judy_J

    Bernadette Peters is holding up pretty well, wouldn’t you say?  That purple is gorgeous.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    i was working at the gala after the awards, and elizabeth a davis’s dress looked so airy and pretty in person. i looks a little heavy here, but it was more of a pretty green thundercloud last night. oh, and christian borle is adorable in person.

  • Hahaha @ the last one!

  • mjude

    bernadette..outstanding.  she is one of my faves

  • I don’t know what it is, but Ellen Barkin always looks the tiniest bit tipsy to me …

  • Cynthia Nixon needs to pull her shoulders BACK, and Jessica Chastain looks terrible!!!

  • judybrowni

    Cythia Nixon: since when are neon orange and burgundy (or is that plum) paired — no less considered elegant?

    And Ellen Barkin’s face looks like it died and was reanimated. (A smile would have made all the difference, Ellen.)

  • Candigirl1968

    Bernadette Peters is drinking the blood of the same baby that Julia Louis-Dreyfus seems to be.  And when I get a little older, I would like to borrow a cup.

    Jessica Chastain looks ridiculous to the point that it makes me want to throw things and my computer screen.  

  • Synnamin

    does Bernadette Peters never age? I always imagine her and Helena Bonham Carter as BFFs, sharing a painting in the attic

  • alyce1213

    Okay. Bernadette Peters is 64.  64!

    Three fuglies:The Siriano – The little petals and layers are a little dissonant; the petals should have stopped at the waist. A color other than “dirty lint” might have helped.
    Jessica Chastain in Schwab just comes off vulgar. Eew.
    Laura Bell Bundy shopped the Barbie division at Fredericks of Hollywood, apparently.

    I love the other five.

  • I thought Judith Light looked lovely in that cream gown. Elegant, flattering and age appropriate. Who’s the Boss NOW, bitches?!

  • SapphoPoet

    I loved Cynthia Nixon’s dress–that’s a color you don’t often see on the red carpet. Bernadette Peters looked amazing.

  • is ellen barkin working on her meryl streep impression?

  • When Jessica C. walked out I had to get up and stand closer to my TV because I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. Who let her out of the house to present an award with that on?

    I love Cynthia Nixon’s dress. Chic is right.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Are Ellen Barkin and Katherine Heigl using the same hairdresser?

  • Aurumgirl

    Poor Chastain.  That dress makes me think of the word “delusion”.

  • Bernadette Peters’ dress is the same one Nina Dobrev wore in red at the Emmys, no?  Not that Bernadette isn’t a great dress-wearer, but I think it says something about the design that two such different women can both look stunning in it.

  • God, what the hell happened to Jessica Chastain? She just looks appallingly bad.

  • EEKstl

    WTF, Jessica Chastain?  Who let you go out of the house like that?  Ellen Barkin, one of my all-time faves, just looks scary here.  Bernadette Peters looks fab.

    • Twinzilla

      What is BP bathing in that keeps her skin so youthful, smooth and plump?  I know that’s no close-up, but her arms, shoulders and upper breast look as new as a baby’s bum. She’s got 39 years on Beth Behrs. 

  • mom2ab

    How old is Bernadette Peters?  She has looked exactly the same for 30 years…

  • Qitkat

    I was going to say the redheads nailed it (Bernadette and Cynthia), but whoops, *Here’s Jessica’s Breasts!*

  • quiltrx

    Bernadette FTW and WERQ’ing it at SIXTY-FOUR, y’all!

    • sweatpantalternative

      Seriously? She’s 64????!!!!! Props to her. She doesn’t look like she’s had a ridiculous amount of work either.

  • I love Cynthia Nixon’s dress!! But seriously. What is wrong with Jessica Chastain?  Does someone in her inner circle hate her? Is there some secret vendetta against her in which the goal is to make sure she always wears the most unflattering and ill-suited clothing that can be found?? Because that’s the only explanation that I can come up for this. And blotting paper. Look into it. 

  • Laura Bell Bundy, Prom 1991.

  • guest2visits

    Marios Schwab: beautiful material made to look silly with a see through girl-on the-swing type top.

  • PeaceBang

    There aren’t enough bad things in the world to say about Miss CHESTain’s dress. Absolutely awful. A disgrace. Let me turn away and feast my eyes on Bernadette Peters. There, all is right with the world again. 


  • formerlyAnon

    Jessica Chastain is the only fail here. And, no doubt there are those who like what she’s wearing. It’s a look.

  • 3rdsister

    I can’t decide if Jessica Chastain is trying to disappear or just wants to be naked in public.