Oscars 2013: Jennifer Garner in Gucci

Posted on February 25, 2013

Jennifer Garner looks like some sort of brightly colored, tropical lizard. There. How’s that for an opener?


Jennifer Garner attends the 2013 Academy Awards in a Gucci dress paired with a Roger Vivier clutch and Neil Lane jewelry.

We were happy to see such a rich color in a sea of washed-out pinks and neutrals. Love that necklace too. And the dress looks fine from the front. But MAN, is there way too much tacked onto the back of this thing. If that ruffle got any bigger, she’d look like a Mardi Gras float. We confess, we don’t quite get the thinking behind a slinky, form-fitting gown that manages to obliterate a woman’s natural shape and make her look like she’s emerging from a dress cocoon.

Also: It’s annoying to see someone spend top dollar to get their hair did, only to look like they’re pushing their grocery cart to their car in a parking lot somewhere. Also also: Her lips are in desperate need of color.

We feel kinda bad ragging on her. Having your husband lumber up to the stage to accept his Oscar only to go on and on about how hard it is to be married to you cannot have been how she wanted her night to go.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Maluca

    I don’t know, I think this is the best she’s looked in a really long time. Less severe than usual? 

    • Sobaika

      This is true, but it doesn’t excuse the damn butt ruffle.

      • Little_Olive

        I know, it’s not like she is pooping fabric but she is farting it. 

        The necklace is doing the heavy lifting but not enough to pull it all up.  She should have gone with something sequin-ey (sans the necklace in that case).   

        Bad shoes.

        • The color was fantastic on her and I really liked her hair and makeup, but the ruffle was unfortunate. 

          • sojourneryouth

             I love the color, too, but besides the butt-crests, going so pale on the lips and matchy-matchy with the accessories was the exact wrong choice.  Her shoes look really cheap and bridesmaidy. 

            Also, I CRINGED inside for her as Affleck was speaking.   Overshare, you narcissistic douchebag.  OVERSHARE!

          • ConnieBV

            I have to say, maybe I heard wrong but it sounded like he said “our marriage is a lot of work, but the best kind of work” and it sounded like maybe he was complimenting her on putting up with him? Then I read all the comments and I was like, OMFG, didn’t realize it may have been taken as an insult…..

          • Call_me_Annie

            That’s the way I took it too, that he was talking about himself in terms of being a pain to live with. 

          • sojourneryouth

             I would agree, but this was his only big Oscar moment, and it just didn’t need to be said.  When I heard it for the second time, I agree that it was more innocuous, but the first time, everyone at my little Oscar party was like, “whoah…what was THAT about?”

      • kimmeister

        I could deal with butt ruffle, unfortunately this one goes all the way up her back too.

        • poggi

           Yes, if it started at the waist it would be an over-ruffled dress but this is like some weird ruffle mane.  Not good.

    • mshesterp

      I agree…I know that’s a lotta ruffle, and yet…I still like it!  I thought she looked lovely, I LOVED the color (although she needs more lip) and I thought she was pulling it off.  I’m a fan.

  • Elaine Lang

    “That dress is a really pretty color, who is tha….WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE BACK?!?!?!?”   — my 10 year old daughter.

    I have nothing to add to her assessment.   (except that I knew who Jennifer Garner is, obv.)

    • Hell Yes, I Would!

      I spent most of the show trying to figure out how she was sitting.

    • Terrie_S

       Your daughter had the same response I did to the dress. (Though, like you, I knew who Jennifer Garner is).

  • I thought she looked like she was evacuating ruffles from behind. But I did love the color. “Sorry about my hair, but before I got in the limo, I was chasing the kids around the kitchen, trying to get my necklace back.”

    • I never even saw the ruffles until this post – I didn’t catch the red carpet and only a bit of the show. 

      But wow, now that I have seen it, new words are coming to me as a surprise, like rufflearama. Rufflepalooza. Ruffleageddon.

      There definitely needs to be a ruffle warning on the front of this dress, maybe in yellow crime scene tape. Which oddly might work quite well with that gorgeous purple color.

      •  Ruffleageddon is my FAVE!

      • bxbourgie

        LOL!  Ruffleagaeddon!  

      • Introspective

        hilar! i can see the tape now saying repeatedly: proceed with caution. ruffleageddon in process.

        she did look like she was shitting fabric though. and that plus ben affleck’s little declaration about their marriage in front of billions probably didnt help her digestive system last nite.

      • Little_Olive

        Rufflerama needs to be added to the TLo lexicon. 

      • lundibleu

        A ruffleopolis? Rufflepocalypse?

    • StellaZafella

       My first impression (I just found out about the ruffles here, too) was that it’s more Edith Head than haute couture…how do you sit in the thing, anyway? But I love the color.

      • Answer?  You don’t, at least, not without totally effing it up.

  • She looks happy though. Great colour and really good fit.

  • OMG I was cringing for her when he said that- sometimes I think they have like a mini seizure when they win and lose complete control of their faculties! But I have to say I loved this dress, I love them, and yes, a little lipstick would have gone a long way.

    • you just KNOW there was a loooooooongggg talk about that little remark when they got home.

      • shirab

        What did he say? I missed it.

        • I can’t remember the precise wording, but the upshot was, Honey it sure is a lot of work to be married to you.

          • Sweetbetty

             I’m hearing that interpretation a lot but I took him to mean that it was a lot of work being married to HIM.  He said *she* was the one doing the work on the marriage, inferring that he was too busy with his projects to put his share of work into it.  And don’t kid yourself; any marriage takes work.

          • He frequently bitches about how being married to someone so sweet and loving is a pain in the ass.  It’s a little nauseating, and I worry for her, because she does seem like a real sweetheart.  Would be terrible if he left her because she was so “nice” and he misses the trashy/bitchy one.

        • Sobaika

          He said something really awkward -“I’d like to thank my wife, who works really hard at our marriage” – realized how bad it sounded and frantically tried to backtrack by only digging himself further into a deep dark hole. “Um, it’s great! Great work. All marriages are work, and ours is great! I, uh, wouldn’t want to work with anyone else! You know?”

          • SassieCassy

            cackling!!! i need to youtube this later

          • mommyca

             I didn’t take it that back, considering that they are married with 3 kids, it probably is a lot of work, I took it like that…

          • Elaine Lang

             No kidding.   I’m married with 3 kids, and it seems alarmingly healthy and realistic to me!   LOL

          • Janet B

            “Alarmingly healthy and realistic” Hahahahahaa
            Poor guy. No matter how true (for many of us) it was not the right venue for that remark.

            Maybe she’ll get to keep some jewelry.

          • TheDivineMissAnn

             If he knows what’s good for him….she will.

          • sk8tfan

            both Ang Lee and Daniel Day Lewis gave endearing little tributes to their wives that you know got rewarded with lovin’ in the limo. Ben will be spending serious time on the couch.

          • Not having heard it, I can’t say anything with certainty but he might have been referring to the fact that she hasn’t done anything career-wise other than be the mom and hold down the fort while he’s been off doing his thing. Maybe he was talking about how she’s been doing the majority of the work, family-wise and that he’s thankful for her willingness to do that. Just a thought.

          • Mary Gallagher

            Same. I mean, relationships ARE work. Especially ones involving kids. I didn’t see the fault in what he said.

          • Poor thing, he looked like he was having a nervous breakdown and her face was the BEST “OH, HONEY, NO” face I’ve ever seen. I have such a crush on this couple though, I want to invite them over for a bbq so we can all have a good laugh remembering the time Ben totally fucked up his Oscar speech.

          • Sobaika

            Also his second time messing up a speech – for Good Will Hunting he gave this giant Howard Deen type of yell and his voice cracked and Matt Damon gave him a big “Dude, wtf” face.

          • Melissa Brogan

             Poor Ben, I really think he was trying to say Jennifer puts in a lot of work to support him and it came out all wrong.

          • And sometimes as a wife, when you’re husband gets in a bind like that, you know exactly what his heart really wanted to say.

      • No kidding!  Considering all the rumors about their marriage, his comments couldn’t have been more unfortunate.  Stream-of-consciousness is a bitch, LOL.

        • And in front of about 15% of the Human Race.

        • MerBearStare

          Like I joked at the Oscar party I attended, “Honey, I’d like to thank you for forgiving me for having sex with Blake Lively.”

      • VanessaDK

         I took it in context of his talk about how hard it was to keep trying after being knocked down in Hollywood so many times, and thought he meant–“it has been hard to stick with me through it, but see–little gold statue–all worthwhile!”

        • I think I will choose to view in your context.  Its much more palatable that way.

    • He said thank you for working on their marriage. “It is work, but it’s the best kind of work, and there is no one I’d rather work with!”  I thought that was really sweet. If someone said that to me I would be happy and proud. 

  • Susan Crawford

    Kudos for choosing such a luscious, rich color, Jennifer! You were a breath of fresh air among all the wishy-washy pastels. Hair and make-up superb, and the jewelry ROCKED!

    The extra fabric down the back was a good idea, but perhaps taken a little too far. It verged on the costumey: Edith Wharton heroines would have been happy with it. But overall, this was one of my personal highlights of the evening – good on you, Mrs. Affleck!

  • Reneesance

    Pooping tulle was my first thought, although now I can see its actually organza.  Either way though too much in the trunk girl.

    • “Pooping Tulle”. Band name; called it.

    • JosephLamour

      I called it a butt ruffle, and I think we’re on the right track.

      Also, I’m not sure if he was complaining about how hard it was to be married to her so much as he was complaining about how hard it was to be married in general. This does not help those cheating rumors in the slightest.

  • RzYoung

    That necklace is a scene stealer, utterly beautiful.

    • Meredith Bryson

       Love the necklace. It would make a gorgeous tiara, just sayin’.

  • About a tenth as much ruffle might’ve been cute.

  • Catiline

    I like individual aspects of this, but the whole is kind of… boring?  Even accounting for the “wife of nominee trying not to upstage” factor.

  • werika

    The gown’s color is refreshingly full of life, and I love the necklace. The first time I saw the back of the gown I asked myself if someone was hanging clothes off her back or if there were a lot of animals moulting behind her and stacking on their skins! Point being: there’s cognitive dissonance in this gown.

    • Little_Olive

      There is. I’m not digging the “business in the front, chaos in the back” thing. 

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Love, love, love the jewelry!  Especially the necklace and the blue ring.  The color of the dress is refreshing, but the fringe on the back looks like Godzilla scales.

    • bluefish

      Total Godzilla scales!  Thanks.

    • filmcricket

      Yes, when I saw it my reaction was “The purple plus the ruffles makes her a little bit Barney, no?”

      Oh well. Face, jewels & colour are all stunning.

    • suzq

      I started singing, “I love you, you love me…from the side you look just like Barney….”

  • Annabelle Archer

    I am such a Garner lover, Alias was my jam.  So I really, want to like this.  But The Ruffle That Ate Hollywood is ruining it and the DTM bride’s maid shoes aren’t helping. I don’t hate the hair and make up, but a little color on the lips would have gone a long way.
     As far as Ben’s speech goes, bless her heart. I know he meant well and it was from the heart, but that was a little TMI that can and will now be used against him. 

  • Y’all are cranky. She looks awesome. I’m glad she got her own post at least.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I liked it, too.  Yes, the ruffle was a little much and I would have liked it better had the ruffle started around waist level, but that was by far the most beautiful color on the red carpet last night.

  • afabulous50

    First off – I didn’t think Ben’s comments were as bad as you guys thought…seriously?  There have been more noteworthy comments after a win than his.  I’m sure the media will blow it all out of proportion.
    Second – I think she looks great – I love the fabric in the back.  That color is gorgeous.

    • mshesterp

      I thought the same thing.  I thought it was kind of honest, and not in a bad way.  Like…they’re an actual couple with 3 kids, and they love each other and  sometimes it’s work (or maybe HE’S a lot of work!).  Probably not the most graceful thing he’s ever said, but in every speech he gives, he seems to adore her, and this was no exception. Maybe I’m channeling because “I” adore her and think she’s awesome.

      • R S

        Thirded! I thought his comments were honest and yeah, marriage is work. It’s ok to acknowledge that.

        Too much butt ruffle for me, though.

    • MaryanneGirl

      I completely agree. The speech was lovely and endearing. I left a comment saying the same thing, but I would love for a man to stand up there in front of the world and speak the truth – that marriage is hard, but there’s nobody he’d want to be in the trenches with. 

  • SerpentsDance

    I adore the color of that dress. If the ruffles had been more toned down (like smaller and started at the waist instead of mid-back), it would’ve been perfect. Love the necklace, too.

  • Jennifer Weaver

    Aw, I think she looked lovely, but maybe it’s accentuated b.c I think she is genuinely lovely on the inside. And I didn’t think Ben’s speech was bad like everyone else seems to have – I thought it was incredibly raw, and real, and loving. Marriage IS work – and he was honoring her putting up with all the BS and being dedicated to making it work because they effin’ love each other. 

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Yeah, I felt the same way.  He’s spoken a lot about how she holds down the fort when he’s making movies (and doing post-production, and promotion, and awards circuits…) and it seemed to be a tribute to that.  Seemed more genuine and affectionate than those who accept their Oscars while touting their flawless marriage/spouse.

      • n a

        yea- still sounded terrible tho… thanks for working on our marriage… it’s a lot of hard work…then the pathetic attempt at a save. ugh. starting to think he doesn’t deserve an award if he can’t get it together more than that.

        • afabulous50

          Oh please – I’m sure everything that comes out of your mouth is perfect – right?

        • afabulous50

          Oh please – let’s see how good your speech is when you accept Your Oscar….

          • You don’t seem to get the many hints we’ve been giving you by deleting your comments, so let’s be clear here: stop attacking people for having different opinions.

    • mshesterp

      Ha!  I just said the same thing before I saw your post.  I thought it was exactly that–loving and kind of honest.  Considering how many people (well, usually women) win things at the Oscars (Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon) and say adoring things about their spouses and THEN they break up weeks later, these two seem like real people (in a celebrity way) in a real marriage.  I thought it was kinda charming.  Or maybe he’s just a gigantic a-hole and a lot of work and she loves him anyway?  Regardless…Garner comes out the winner! 🙂

      • I always like when celebs are up front about stuff like this.  Reese Witherspoon used to talk about how she and Ryan Phillippe went to counseling (even when things were good); Courteney Cox, too.  I appreciate that.

  • gsk241

    I love the color on her, and the dress would have been beautiful without that ruffle/train.

  • I just knew T&L were going to mention her matchy shoes!  Yuck.  The color of the dress was beautiful, though.  The ruffles were unfortunate.

    •  ?

      We didn’t mention her shoes at all.

      • Oh, I know.  I was hoping you would, because the first thing I thought when I saw her DTM shoes was “T&L are gonna hate those!”  You guys have me conditioned, LOL.

  • The front did nothing for her beyond being a pretty color. The back could have been showstopping at 50-75% of its rufflage. Or if it didn’t go so high up the back. It was a giant mess of a dress.

    • MoHub

       Agreed. I had no idea she was built so straight up-and-down. Woman seriously needs to look as if she has hips.

  • Jordan Brodley

    She’s my worst dressed of the night. Plus matching shoes. ew. 

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Seems to be inspired by Santino’s skating dress for Sasha Cohen.

  • I think she looks gorgeous and comfortable. The dress is lovely.

  • piecesofconfetti

    It must have been uncomfortable to sit down in that. BUT I still think she looks great, LOVE that color on her, and she’ll always be my Sidney Bristow (I know). From the front, this was one of my favorites of the night. 

  • MintaHallWriter

    Totally agree with TLo. The huge ruffly thing on the back was just weird. And obnoxious.  Front was too plain, back was too overdone.  And while I know the E! folks were oohing and ahing over the necklace, to me it wasn’t a good match for the gown. THey just didn’t work well together.

  • Roz

    Hee hee–would love to see that thing starched into true frillneck lizard form! Watch out!

    Color looks amazing with her eyes, though…

  • Laylalola

    The color is beautiful but really struck my eye as way too harsh for her coloring, and was an out for me before even seeing the back.

  • Ben’s speech was not humiliating. Geez.

    Anywho, great color. The dress fits her perfectly. Without the all too much tulle on the back, this dress would have been simple and safe. The color definitely saved it. I want her necklace. The hairdo is not it. 

    • Mismarker

      Thank you! He was only saying that as far as “work” goes, working on his marriage is the most important, gratifying thing in his life.  Any marriage is work.  I can’t imagine what it’s like for a Hollywood power couple (granted he’s hotter than her right now) with 3 small children.  I didn’t think his comments were humiliating at all.

  • teensmom99

    A lot to say here and T Lo said most of it. Why does she always go for the pale lip?  And can we talk fit for a moment?  There’s just something off and it makes no sense given the amount of money spent on the dress. This is not to say that I like the dress–obviously that back was a major boo boo- but the poor fit just bugged me. And of course, the mom-at-the-supermarket hair.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    I loved it from the front. The color is wonderful and that necklace…WOW!
    But then I saw the bustle in the back and took off a lot of points for that.
    I wonder how these ladies managed to sit in some of the dresses (not to mention walk).

  • SewingSiren

    I like the dress.  I didn’t hear the speech, but nobody likes to hear how much “work” it is to married to them.

  • Martha Anderson

    I am surprised by the obvious zipper tab in that one side shot.  I cannot recall ever seeing such an obvious placement. 

    Pretty color, most welcome, 1/3 of the bustle should have been removed for a fine look

  • luciaphile

    Soooo how does one sit in that? Does one sit in that?

  • f_yeah_marie

    I think Ben meant well but his comment came out wrong.  Anyway, I love the color on her but hate the dress.  And yes, she needs some lip color!

  • gotta be honest, thats the oldest i haver ever seen her look.  not good. out

  • PaulaBerman

    I keep hearing Michael Kors going, “It looks like she’s pooping fabric!” Also, Benjamin Affleck should have shut his mouth. It’s going to be a lot more work being married to her after last night…

    • Fordzo

      He’ll be carrying flowers home from the farmer’s market for a long, long time.  

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Seems to be inspired by Santino’s Sasha Cohen skating dress…

  • SistaT

    I like it, actually.  The color is gorgeous and really stood out on the carpet (thank God for her and Kerry Washington) and I think the ruffle is interesting.  The nude lip doesn’t bother me at all.

    As for Ben’s comments, I thought they were honest and heartfelt.  Marriage is really hard work and I imagine it to be incredibly so when married to an actor.  What he said was that they did hard work to be married for this long and there’s no one he’d rather have done that work with.  I thought it was lovely.

  • i liked it but wondered what it felt like to sit on that thing.

  • kmk05

    That is… a lot of organza. I don’t mind it too much, but I wish she would go with a side-part for her hair! All in all she looks very good to me. 

  • I thought she looked great! The back was a BIT much, but still beautiful. And I thought her hair & makeup looked good until she stood next to Jessica and then looked ruddy as hell. 

  • I think I disagree. I liked the dress. Do wish there was less ruffle, but oh well. And I thought Ben’s speech was sweet and sincere. To each their own 🙂

  • I kinda loved his goofy little “marriage is hard” speech.  Marriage IS hard sometimes…  Of course he could have said something more generally complimentary, but there was something really funny/honest about what came out of his mouth accidentally.  As for the dress, I love the color so much I *might* be able to look past the weird ruffle if I really focus. 

  • Luke Pacheco

    At least the ruffles started at the top of the back, unlike so many that start at the derriere … So really, it could have been worse, she could have been poo-ing ruffles.

    • Fordzo

      My thoughts, exactly.  At least it wasn’t ruffle diarrhea.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    As a fellow West Virginian I would declare this an upscale county fair pageant dress. Girl… you let the southern spirit of over-excess take you to the Oscars. 

    The front is gorgeous, the color stunning, but then that back takes us straight into Dollywood Category.

  • If that’s grocery hair, I need to start putting in some effort because my hair certainly does NOT look like that when going on a fro-yo run. 🙂

  • Jangle57

    I think she looked terrific – loved the color!  Though I do agree the ruffle could have been toned down considerably; there was just way too much of it.  And Ben’s comments had the one radio station discussing them this morning and the general consensus seemed to be that they were well meaning but the wrong venue. 

  • bxbourgie

    The color is wonderful though, looks even better when she’s not clashing with the red carpet itself.  I don’t hate the ruffles, but they could definitely be less… ruffly.  Also #awkward at that whole Jennifer Garner as Iran “it’s work being married to you” speech from hubby.  And I had just commented on how natural they looked together on the RC before the ceremony began.  Guess they fooled me.

  • Jecca2244

    agree on the ruffles. I though Ben was trying to compliment her but it came out a bit jarring. 

  • decormaven

    “If that ruffle got any bigger, she’d look like a Mardi Gras float.” BWAH! Positive notes: 1.The color is great 2. The bodice is nicely fitted. 3. Major score on the jewelry. Negatives – 1. Nude lip is not your friend 2. Mardi Gras float. Maybe she could have thrown out doubloons while walking the RC.

  • mommyca

    Actually my first thought was “ugh, she has watched too much Barney with her kids” 

  • In the immortal words of the Duchess: “She’s pooping fabric!”  It’s really a shame because everything else about her look is lovely & the color looks great on her.  But the back made it look like elegant, evening wear for a stegosaurus.

  • Judy_J

    I agree….too much going on in the back.  When she was sitting down in that dress, she must have been about 6 inches taller than everyone else around her.

  • Call me Bee

    I was trying to find a photo of her full-on from the back–haven’t seen one.  I wanted to see where all that frippery actually started–it looks like up on the bodice.  It would have worked better had it been at the waist.  But I like the dress overall. 
    She did look really pretty in this color and her makeup was perfect.  Too bad about the yoga-class hair.   

  • elemspbee

    uhum ya rich color, iguana tulle, gorgeous necklace blah blah. lady in green, step forward and lets see that thing.

  • I really wanted to love this… I admire Jan so much, and think she is ally pretty, but the ruffle is just unfortunate. If that was a plain sheath, it would have been a lot better as the color is stunning and the jewelry is to die for.

  • Judy_S

    You know, I thought she looked lovely on the red carpet, but in these photos I am thinking, how can she sit down? So, no. Not a question we should be asking ourselves.

  • I rather liked this. The one thing I hate is the matchy satin shoes…no. But I thought she looked lovely and the color was amazing. Plus when they interviewed her on the red carpet and she started talking about Ben’s nomination she was tearing up, which I found sweet and adorable. I hope she gets a very nice car or piece of jewelry to make up for his asshat comment during his acceptance speech.

  • mozzer0906

    Love the color, but damn, she is shitting entirely too much fabric.  

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Ben needs to take some pointers from Daniel Day Lewis on how to complement and thank your wife during an acceptance speech….

  • A local Boston radio blog said she slipped backstage into the press room while Ben was fielding questions post-win. They said she just grabbed a chair behind the radio table and smiled at Ben and took pictures with her iPhone. That’s kinda’ sweet. And I like the dress and color. Not my favorite or anything but not any type of disaster. Much like Liev S., I appreciate her knowing it was spouses night, not hers.

  • “Having your husband lumber up to the stage to accept his Oscar only to
    go on and on about how hard it is to be married to you cannot have been
    how she wanted her night to go.”

    I do not think that it what he meant at all.  I think he was saying, “Thanks for sticking by me, even when it wasn’t easy.” He didn’t say it as eloquently as he might have, but I think it’s great when celebrities acknowledge that relationships are work, just like real people.

    As for the dress, I loved it.  But I am irrationally invested in the Garner-Afflecks. Can’t beat the color, that’s for sure.

  • Great color…I just wish she hadn’t decided it was such a great color that her shoes had to match as well!

  • I FLOVE the color, but I dunno. I feel like she needs more…body to pull this off. you can’t have all that fabric in the back and no curves in the front, you know? It’s an over the top look in the back, so it needs a little something in the front.
    And yes, sadly, she was one of the many who probably paid a crapload of money to look like she threw a couple of bobby pins in the back of her head and called it a day. I don’t expect prom hair, but a LITTLE effort would go a long way.

  • SapphoPoet

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her jewelry. Now THAT’S a necklace! I can forgive that ruffle exploding out the back of the dress because of the necklace. 

  • This is what I envision when I think of an Oscars dress.  

  • Janet B

    Gorgeous dress and she looks lovely.

    Why did someone decide that casual flyaway hair go with black tie?

  • Stubenville

    Pooping ruffles – out.

  • crash1212

    Oh please. She looks beautiful. The ruffle had wonderful movement down the red carpet and the color was perfect. As for her husband’s comments…I’m sure you’re making the joke. He was adorable and flustered and he didn’t mean it THAT way….but you know that, right? She’s a total IN.

    •  We’re not making the joke. We thought his comments were cringe-inducing and very awkwardly stated.

      • crash1212

         Well, awkward, sure. But given the speech as a whole and the fact that he totally lost it emotionally at the very end, I think the criticism is just not warranted. I love you guys and we’ll just have to disagree on this one.

        • Maya Laukaran

          I might buy that if he didn’t sound douchey when talking about his marriage/wife in just about every interview he does.

      • aahlife

        I never bought his his Mr. Nice guy persona. I read his douchy and unaware comments about why he thought it was find to cast himself as a Latino. Growing a beard does not suffice. Offensive

  • Alyssa

    Without the ruffle, this would be so much better. Ya know, if she had worn a lip color. This nude lip trend has got to go. It’s rarely flattering on anyone.

  • MaryanneGirl

    I read you guys didn’t like this, but I have to respectfully disagree. That rich color was absolutely out of this world on her, and while the ruffle was a bit off at times, I thought it was a fresh and different perspective in a sea of plain. And I interpreted Ben’s speech to say that marriage isn’t easy, but there was nobody he’d rather be down in the trenches with. To each their own, but I thought this was pretty incredible.

  • mmc2315

    She looks amazing.  The color is perfect for her.  The fit is spot on. That necklace!  Wow!  Make-up, hair, nice.  She likes a light lip, fine.  

    The ruffle in back?  Yes, it’s a bit much for my taste, BUT, the pictures from the front with the ruffles peeking out look terrific.  

    I can see getting sucked into choosing that dress for the impact—it’s an important night!  If you can’t go all out at the Oscars, when can you?

    You go, Jen!  And wear that color more often!

  • loooved the color, and the necklace. that ruffle was too much though. and yah…super awkward speech.

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    Love the color. Hate the ruffles.  

  • samo_samo

    IN…I think she made this dress work. The ruffle wasn’t too cray cray the way it was placed. We’ve seen far worse in the crazy ruffles and trains category. She looked very comfortable and relaxed in the dress. The color was gorgeous. 

  • formerlyAnon

    I wish the hair had been more elegant, but so often the alternative to this is hanging down and I prefer this.

    If you have to have ruffles, this is how to do them – they don’t ruin the clean lines of the dress on her body. And it’s the Oscars – where else are you going to wear a – what did someone call it earlier? – “ruffleageddon.” (Thanks, Snoskred!)

    At least Affleck started out by crediting his wife with doing the work in/on their marriage, before he made the classic mistake of realizing he’d dropped a brick and then making it worse by trying to make it better in a scrambly babble.

    • formerlyAnon

      P.s. If things are fine between them, I bet that speech was something to tease him about and was taken as the well-meant awkwardness it probably was. It’s only if things aren’t fine that it becomes problematic. You don’t stay married for 10 years by getting all drama queen over awkwardness that makes your husband look like a bit of an idiot in public.

  • If the ruffles had stopped at her rear, I wouldn’t have been okay with it. I like the color.

  • The front is so gorgeous, had they left it at that with a kicky belt and those jewels it would have been stunning simplicity. Those ruffles completely ruined it. 

  • MissMariRose

    That necklace would make a great tiara. 

  • MsALVA

    I think what he meant to say that marriage is hard work, period. Which it is. Add to that having small children and two parents who have demanding careers, and yeah, it’s not a cake walk. I didn’t take it as a dis on her or their marriage, maybe he was trying to compliment her on how she dealt with him while he spent so much time making this movie while she took care of things at home with the kids? 
    I give him the benefit of the doubt, giving an Oscar acceptance speech at the end of a loooong night after a loooong awards season probably leaves one wit a pretty fried brain.

    • pop_top

       Especially after all the drinking.

  • ToniMacAttack

    I think people are being a little hard on Ben’s little “work” mention. I mean, honestly, I’d rather a guy say “marriage is work, this is work, but you are worth the work” than anything Hallmark-y. Was this the right venue for it? Probably not. But it wasn’t THAT BAD. Certainly not “start the Affleck-Garner divorce rumors” bad. Dude was excited. He was just trying to acknowledge his wife for putting up with him during what was probably a difficult movie-making experience. It just sorta got garbled coming out. Thank god he IS married to Jennifer Garner. I can’t imagine J Lo being kind enough to forgive that sorta slip up. 

    • J. Preposterice

      For real.  I mean, marriage IS work, and acknowledging that, and acknowledging the hard work your spouse puts in on it?  That’s — well, it’s real talk, and I think it’s sweet. 

      The nicest thing I think my husband ever said about me was when he straight-up told several of my family members that there was no way he could do his job if I wasn’t around to do the heavy lifting in other areas of life.

  • yulaffin

    The gown is wonderful, even the butt bustle, but she needed more dramatic makeup.

  • estella_nyc

    I respectfully disagree with everything you guys said – love the dress, think the makeup is gorgeous, the necklace is beautiful (totally a convertible tiara!), her hair had that easy, sexy vibe to it, and Ben was trying to compliment his wife and their relationship, but it came out wrong.  

  • meowing

    That back kept reminding me of the ruffly lasagna noodle edges, and I doubt that the look for which she was aiming.  Lose the ruffles (how did she sit on those all night?), and it’s beautiful.  And yeah, do your hair.  Gorgeous necklace–wonder how many millions that’s worth?

  • Indigo54

    Wow, what a shame.  The dress is lovely from the front but I agree, too much going on in the back.  I’ll bet hubby wanted to tell her that but was afraid she’d get mad.  

  • I felt a little bad for Jen when they panned over to her and you could see her smiling and trying to mind-signal him: “Oh sweetie, this is SO awkward, just STOP.” 
    I like a good cha cha dress, but for the life of me I cannot figure out why the ruffle goes all the way up to her shoulder-blades. It looks like they tacked it onto the back of the dress at the last minute by tucking it in the top. But that’s a gorgeous color on her, wish her makeup were a little more contrasting to pull out her lovely face more. 

    •  She so had that look in her eyes, didn’t she: “I’d rescue you if I could, you big doofus.”

  • nannypoo

    This dress is a good idea but it went a little too far.

  • PureMichigan29

    I absolutely loved her in this dress! The color is FANTASTIC and she’s slim enough from the front and back to make me like the ruffle. She’s beautiful–and Ben Affleck is right–marriage is hard! He was awkward, but it was the truth. Why are those jewels SO beautiful and NOT ON ME!???

  • shelley514

    Finally someone brought some real color to the red carpet.  That was the only good thing about this dress.  Hate the rufflage going on in the back.  Also agree that it obliterates any bit of figure that she has.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I actually really liked this – ruffles, hair, and all. Had the ruffles started lower than her shoulder blades, I would think this is quite perfect…If she had a bit of colour on her lips. 🙂

  • stubbornthoughts

    Beautiful color, beautiful dress, beautiful woman. I don’t mind that much ruffle when it’s the Oscars.

  • Monday1900

    The color grew on me, liked the front and even the back (although it was exuberant).  I thought the fact that the ruffles started at the small of her back saved her from the “pooping ruffles” look. That necklace was to die for–stunning.  I didn’t like the messy trend with the hair last night on anyone but particularly on Jennifer Garner.  A solid B from me.

  • barbarienne

    On the one hand, whoa, that’s a lot of ruffle. On the other hand, it holds up pretty well and looks floaty in that last picture. If there was nothing on the back of this dress, it might be too plain for the Oscars (though she’s rocking the shit out of it, so plainness would be obliterated by her attitude and presentation).

    House of Gucci needed Tim Gunn standing there saying, “I’m concerned. You should think about editing this.”

  • I love her jewelry. That’s all I’m choosing to think about, I’ve gotta give her credit for wearing some when everyone else went too minimal.

  • L.

    Stop it!  If there were just one ruffle, you’d whine that it was prom-y or typical. It moved beautifully, the color is spectacular and if it weren’t for the bridesmaid shoes, I’d call it a werq

  • msdamselfly

     She cant help but look lovely

  • rloliveira

    I actually love this dress. And the color is breathtaking.

  • bertkeeter

    She’s married to a straight man and she wears this! Maybe she’s trying to have him keep a distance? 

  • I kinda liked this dress until she turned sideways…then its like a gay stegasuarus got really drunk at a gay pride/mardis gras. Maybe some sparklers?  oooh! antaenae!  would love to have seen her in the dark green gown behind her…

  • jilly_d

    Still loved it.  Beautiful color, hair doesn’t bother me and I actually kind of like the ruffle.  That NECKLACE!

  • Zippypie

    When my cat Burt used to get excited, he would get that ridge of fur mohawking down his spine and I used to call him the Burtasaurus Rex.  This is a Jenasaurus Rex.  Previously thought extinct but now appearing at award shows with a cave man escort.

    Color is nice though.  It, like the other dresses she’s worn this season is a smidgen too tight.  You’ve done had babies, Miss Jen.  Let out the seams.

  • procrastinatrice

    Kudos to her for looking so graceful with all those exuberant ruffles. I love it–on someone else, I would probably think it was a bit much, but she is so calm and serene looking that it balances things out.

  • Snailstsichr

    The color was lovely on her and honestly her most important look of the evening was going to be of her head and shoulders when the camera panned to her during her husband’s acceptance speech. And the color, simplicity of the front of the dress, and the gorgeous jewelry bling were all perfect for that.

  • DTLAFamilies

    A friend of mine worked on the Daredevil set and got to watch Jennifer Garner go on a manhunt for Ben Affleck. It was so blatant that JLo took to showing up on set unannounced and getting into actual arguments with Garner. Affleck was a total tool about it and played the women off each other, enjoying every minute of the cat fight. Garner “won” but you know what they say about getting what you want. 

  • jw_ny

    That ruffle is ridiculous.   She and her hubby are so overrated.  

  • maggiemaybe

    I just loved this dress, huge ruffle and all. The color was so beautiful. Her hair stylist should be flogged, though.

  • MarissaLG

    Really lovely from the front, super cray cray from the back. 

  • xmixiex

    that necklace is magnificent.

  • aahlife

    Her yellow based red hair clashed with the color of her dress. For a redhead and this dress, it should have blue undertones. This gown color would look better with dark hair. And yes. More lip color.

  • Carly Warnock

    It’s terrible from the back but really flattering from the front. Can we coin some sort of word for this… like turn-around fug?

  • warnerave

    she looks like a fish with that tail…but the color is pretty..and yeah the hair looks like she just did some laundry

  • lalahartma

    Yes, much better than usual, but the ruffle is too much.

  • guest2visits

    Half the ruffle would have been enough, but it was still a nice dress and a great color for her.
    I think the hair and make-up worked ok for this dress and necklace; I could see a smooth, high chignon too. 

  • MilaXX

    I agree the dress made her look like a fuchsia colored gecko, but honestly , I think this is the best she has looked all awards season.

  • I love this dress, and the necklace is TO. DIE. That was SUCH an awkward comment from her hubby, but I still think she looks fantastic, butt ruffle and all. 

  • Barney purple never does anybody any favors.

    She should rip that ruffle off and strangle Ben with it. 

  • E. D.

    The top fits, which is a huge improvement, but the back is too much.  Still very good.

  • I think she really looks good. Love the color of the dress, and the Oscars is the only place that one can get away with all that frou frou. Hair’s not spectular, but it works.

  • fringebenefit

    I think it actually looks better in these stills than it did in the broadcast. Agree 100% with TLo. 

  • Qitkat

    I love this dress, the color is magnificent on her, and I didn’t think *stegosaurus* once til it was mentioned here, so now I will forever see it. The necklace is very old-school glamourous, just the right touch for the Oscars. Her hair and makeup are usually minimal, and it doesn’t bother me. Ben’s speech was very excited and awkward, and I too think he meant it as a compliment to a wife who has evidently had to put up with a LOT, but it came out rather wrong, and he probably later had some ‘splaining to do to Lucy. Marriage is challenging enough without a spotlight on every move you make and everything you say; I hope theirs is solid, as I like this couple a lot.

  • I actually like the dress, ruffles and all, but am not convinced she can do that color.  Also, whomever did her hair and makeup should be fired for making her looking so washed out.  You can’t have lips like that and not put color on them, trends be damned (not all of you starlets can do this “nude” makeup look, sorry).

  • JP

    Barney’s prom date!

    Dress would have been fab without that giant wad of fabric on the back.

  • DeTrop

    I love the way she looks.  She has a naturalness about her that is refreshing.  Look at that smiling face.  I agree a little color on the lips would have been better but overall – ruffles and all – she looks fine.

    BTW, Ben – you were deservedly excited but just graciously thank your wife.  Less is always more. Duh!

    • mhleta

      I like them both, too, though I LOATHED them each for different reasons at the start of their careers. Now I’d like to have them for friends. I really admire and like them both.

  • I kinda liked it, actually.  Not the hair – that I agree was off – but the dress worked.  Wrong jewels, though.  Too old and too old-fashioned.  Jen’s still a young woman.  She should have gone for something that suited the dress.  

  • Lilak

    How could all that money and thought and time and whatnot turn out so half-assed?  Putting this woman together for an event really  shouldn’t be a challenge, you know? 

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    I agree about the hair, but I thought she looked good for her. The ruffle was sort of insane but you could tell she liked it and it made her feel pretty and she is really, really pretty. As for what Ben said in the acceptance speech I thought it was really honest. Marriage is really hard work, even when you have a great marriage, and he was thanking her for being a partner who worked with him to make their marriage work and to make it better, and he implied to make him a better person. I was touched. 

  • mhleta

    I knew this would not photograph well in stills and that TLo would disapprove, but I thought it looked gorgeous on the RC in motion. Great color and the way the business in the back moved when she walked was kinda fabulous. In the still, though she does look like she’s heading for the Mummer’s parade. (Do they still do that in Philly?) Her hair definitely wilted and she could have used a slightly stronger lip, (though not red and not matchy.)

  • missnutkin

    Nevermind what is showing on the outside – should we be able to see so much of what is going on in the internal structure of that dress? 
    There are so many lumps and bumps poking out of that thing she looks like it’s got a meccano superstructure underneath it  

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I love this dress, even with the big ruffles; however, her makeup was too washed out.  Excellent jewelry.

  • Monabel

    I love all that glad excess in the back!

  • I actually love the ruffleupagus!! (sorry I couldn’t resist) GORG color that perfectly suits her, I “get” the back ruffle and think it makes the dress.  I die for the necklace!! Agree that hair is sad and she needed stronger lip.

  • ccm800

    purple tree stump

  • e jerry powell

    That is some serious drag queen ice around her neck.

  • MzzPants

    It’s the frilled-ass Garner, known to only make appearances when it’s mate must look good in public.

  • andreawey

    OMG thanks for that lizard comment, all I could think of was those nasty little dinosaurs that got Newman in Jurassic Park, all she needed was on on her head……do love the color tho’

  • appliquer

    Color of the dress was fantastic – too much ruffle – needs more color on her lips (hate the trend for bland lip color) – love the jewelry especially that right hand ring.

  • That dress must be Ben’s punishment for her for… whatever she did to deserve all that ragging in his speech. A lesser woman would have marched onstage and slapped him.

  • I think hubby was praising her but his words came out wrong. The more he tried to fix it, the deeper he dug himself in. I was thrilled to see this nice color with the drabness all around. The bustle in the back left me scratching my head.

  • Man, I really loved this dress until she turned around.

  • peachy

    she looked just….aight. the jewels were her best feature.

  • Lisa_Cop

    Did not love that dress ruffle on the back. But has Ben lost his mind??? That marriage counselor has plenty to work on this week:((

  • mila_8

    What Princess Fluffy-Butt would wear to her coronation.  Not that she wouldn’t look great.

  • I think she looked great; loved the color.  Yes, the ruffle could’ve been half that size but I still thought it was a great look.  Poor Ben was so flustered; at least he admitted that they work at their marriage, which is refreshing in Hollywood.  I think she understood what he was trying to say.

  • Anniebet

    Pretty and quirky. Love the color, love her.

  • MissAmynae

    She should wear that color every day for the rest of her life! Simply beautiful, ruffles and all.

  • neofashionista

    fantastic color and the front silohette is great but I CAN NOT get over the rediculous plummage in the rear it is absurd

  • Makes her look thick at the waist.

  • kathrineb

    Attack of the ruffle. Does that nude lip work on her? not so sure.

  • Love your commentary, but you do know that what Ben Affleck said to Jennifer Garner was about as real (and therefore romantic) as it gets, don’t you?  He said marriage is hard work– it is– and he’s happy she’s committed to working at it– thank you are the two words you need to say most in a marriage, after “I love you” and “can you do the dishes?” and “you look hotter than anyone out there”– and that he’s grateful she’s the one he gets to work at it with. It’s rather swoon-worthy, actually. 

    • formerlyAnon

      At the risk of over-stepping, our hosts surely know as well as anyone here how much work a marriage is, being a long-committed couple themselves, as married as our outdated laws allow. And then they work together on top of it!  They just had a different take on the remarks made than did many of the rest of us.

  • I love the colour, the dress and even the ruffles, but why is the zipper hanging out at the side? Also I’d chosen a fierce fruity lipstick.

  • dschubba

    Great color, but this is another gown that only works in 3/4-profile. It immediately becomes too much from all other angles.

  • libraangel

    I want to like this dress. I want to like this dress. I want to like this dress. I can’t