Julia Roberts in Juan Carlos Obando at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Posted on January 17, 2014

Y’know… this almost works for us.



Julia Roberts attends the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California in a Juan Carlos Obando gown accessorized with a Barbara Bui clutch and Dana Rebecca Designs earrings.


The Critics’ Choice Awards are dressy, but not on the level of the Oscars or Golden Globes. This is right around where the dress code is and we wouldn’t criticize her for, say, not wearing more diamonds since it’s not quite “dripping with diamonds” kind of night.

On the other hand, she definitely could’ve used some jewelry. And since we’ve entered the criticizing portion of our post, we might as well say the hinky neckline and too-casual hair aren’t helping the look.

But we do like this, for being kind of breezy and effortless, in an “Of COURSE I got nominated for an Oscar. I’m a goddamn star” kind of way.  Maybe it’s the shades, which we honestly don’t mind because she tends to serve up crazy-eye when she’s on the red carpet.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PRPhotos.com, KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • mrspotts66

    do NOT like the dress. not flattering. very blah.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      That print looks like melting slush.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    It’s too long! Girls – get it hemmed, or wear a dress that actually, you know, fits!

  • Sobaika

    She was wearing her eye glasses during the broadcast and looked like a 3rd grade schoolteacher from the neck up.

    • MilaXX

      That’s why she needed more color on her lips. When you wear glasses, you need to counter balance them with your makeup or you look blah.

    • Trent

      I know it’s shallow, but I can’t get over her super smug expression in the first two pics. She’s not really on my hate list, but ugh.

  • Diego!

    When I saw the first pic I thought I was going to see a short dress… and now, I’m dissapointed. This looks and feels like a short skirt is needed and a belt. Julia dear, you are improving but at a very slow pace. Speed up honey! The Oscars are coming and you need to shine on the RC. Now, get to work!

    • Agreed – I thought it was going to be kneelength. It looks like an odd print for a gown.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I like the print for a gown, it’s the shades what gave me the impression of this gown being a knee lenght dress.

        • tereliz

          I want to like the print, but something about the way it’s sitting across her boobs and hips makes her look a lot wider and the waist seam isn’t defining her waist enough. Plus the neckline looks like it’s choking her.

          • Tatiana Luján

            Well, if the dress were the right size (which it isn’t) it surely would flatter her more.

        • jen_vasm

          And why does she have a Ray Ban decal on the lenses? Aren’t they supposed to be peeled off before you wear them? And yes, this dress is crying for a belt.

    • Me too. It would be an adorable short dress, one I’d have bought for work if I could afford it. Still, she looks better than she usually does and while I hate the sunglasses, if she’s really avoiding “crazy eye” I totally get that.

      • Diego!

        I don’t mind the sunglasses as long the rest is perfect, which is not the case presented here. This fabric was meant to be for a sofa, not a dress. I think.

    • Spreecord

      I can’t endorse sunglasses with a full length gown. A shorter dress is required (preferably strapless) to give everyone the impression that it’s just so sunny and warm that the sunglasses are an absolute necessity.

    • SugarSnap108

      That was my reaction, too. I think I’d like this a lot if it hit at or a little above the knee. But I guess then it wouldn’t be right for the RC? I really don’t know how fancy a gal needs to be for the CCAs.

      • Diego!

        I think it was a daylight event, so just on the knee would have been right. She is wearing sunglasses so that lenght of the dress would have been perfect.

    • Alfred Cox

      This would be KILLA as a cocktail dress. Maybe it was altered just for the CCA’s.

  • Hazelnuts

    I’m not going to judge anyone for feeling self conscious about body parts, but I wonder why she never goes sleeveless anymore? The dress would look much better from a balance perspective if the patterned fabric didn’t continue halfway down her arms.

    • Mary229

      I’ve had the same question because I’ve always thought she has a nice shape. That being said, I feel like she’s clearly hit a stage in her career where she kind of just doesn’t care? She just shows up and hangs out and revels in her stardom. I’ve never been a huge fan of Julia and I can’t say I care for her too much even now. But I have to admit…she looks confident and happy.

    • Sobaika

      Do we all remember when she showed up with hairy armpits? Sleeveless was probably a good call.

  • @Biting Panda

    I feel like the shades are to remind us that she is a Star! dammit.

    • Evan

      Yes. “Look at me, bitches! I’m a STAR.”

      • @Biting Panda


        • Evan


          • @Biting Panda

            “Don’t make me have to break out the Big Laugh, Hair Toss, Arm Squeeze.”

          • formerlyAnon

            You have studied the species in their native habitat, I see.

  • Mrs. Julien


    • capybara_cafe

      Ohh, you’re right. A belt would have helped a lot.

    • MilaXX

      that’s what I thought and maybe just a hint more color on the lips.

  • Flavia Pantoja

    Ok, I am just going to say it: the sunglasses are ridiculous.

  • capybara_cafe

    It’s so matronly, but I think if the neckline were different it would be 12000% better.

    • shirab

      Totally agree. A v-neck or something that showed a little skin up top would have been more flattering. The high neck makes her bust look like it’s anchored way too low.

  • mcbishop

    Boy, I don’t get this at ALL! This dress…..it looks, in every way, like a dress I might have bought in the 90s for a job interview, never liked, put in the back of the closet and never wore again. Except it’s long. Just odd. The print and cut aren’t flattering to her, (to my eye), nor is the color. How can a lovely woman be made to look so dowdy? And why?

  • Tatiana Luján

    The dress is too tight so tight that even with that print, the bra is noticeable.

    • MoHub

      But at least she’s wearing one. And it appears to be doing its job very well.

  • Anne

    I like it, actually, but I think as a gown the pattern is a little overwhelming. I was hoping it would be a knee-length dress. The fit is great and the waistband is in exactly the right place for her. (As someone who struggles to find dresses that hit exactly my waist, I appreciate this!)

  • From a different perspective, I started taking a watercolor class and we were taking about color values. Basically the darkest area is what’s likely to stand out and grab focus. So now looking at this, when the first thing I see in every pic are those sunglasses, I have to say they were a bad choice. Too big, too dark, and the eye (at least mine) is drawn straight there and has trouble shifting focus. Do I sound like an art speak ass? Oh damn, I hope not 🙂

    • marlie

      That’s really interesting! Thanks!

  • Fannie Wolston

    i agree it suits her, the length did throw me off, but it’s cool ntl.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Definitely needs a belt to break up the pattern a bit. I thought it looked good on TV.

  • marlie

    I sort of love this. Her hair looks soft and pretty. Though she needs color on her lips. And seriously, if she was going to go for a more casual red carpet look at the Golden Globes, I would have much rather seen her in this than what she actually ended up wearing.

  • BrianaJC

    this was the opposite of a scroll down fug. I was pleasantly surprised that it went to the floor and didn’t stop around the knees. The length kept it from being too business-y.

    • Imasewsure

      I totally agree. The length made me like it a lot more than I thought I did. It’s not great but I think it looks good (and casually dressy)

  • Aurumgirl

    Very business casual gown. There’s not much good to say about it.

  • Nope. Not even a little bit. Blandity bland bland.

    • Rhonda Shore

      And that neckline is really awful. It just seems dowdy. Zero panache.

  • MilaXX

    I like this but I wish it has a patent leather skinny belt.

  • Anna

    She’s posing an important philosophical question: if she wears sunglasses with the dress she wore to her nephew’s high school graduation, will you remember that she’s a movie star?

  • rage_on_the_page

    I think some green jewelry would’ve looked super pretty 🙂

  • KayeBlue

    DAMN, Julia, the teeth! No time for Zoom? Those are practically beige. Don’t wear white or graphics if you have yellow teeth.

  • Sam Smith

    Mystic Pizza was on last night, that is the one and only JR movie that I like.

    • demidaemon

      I also like My best friend’s Wedding, but I think a lot of nostalgia may be involved in my love for that movie.

      • cocohall

        I love that movie. It surprises me every time that Julia DOES NOT end up with the guy. Because Hollywood rom coms with major movie stars simply will move heaven and earth to ensure the leads end up together, no matter how implausible. JUlia’s character is borderline unlikable. She does some serious nasty business trying to break up the happy couple. Rupert Everett is genius. Even Cameron Diaz is brilliant as Kimmy. ANd then Dermot. And the scene in the restaurant where everyone starts singing. The movie is uneven, but has some genuinely great moments.

  • LiliLynch

    Some jewelry and a belt, please.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love the dress. I would have gone with a belt, no glasses, and a clutch with a pop of color.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Do not like the dress at all, and I *totally* mind the shades. Take ’em off, Julia, we already know you’re a big goddamn star. OFF.

    • butterflysunita

      Yes, she should have at least taken off the sunglasses for the photos. She looks ridiculous.

  • unbornfawn

    Almost. But not quite.

  • estella_nyc

    If this had been a photocall outside at an awards luncheon or something, and the hemline hit just below the knee, I could get behind this look.

  • Scroll down……surprise. When does this dress stop? Not at the knee, where it certainly should have. I see a very stylish receptionist at a Park Avenue law firm wearing this print, not an Oscar contender movie star. And a string of jet beads, or maybe some Chanel-ish mix of pearls, jet, and crystal, would have made this dress SO much better. As it is: a puzzling choice. The wind-whipped hair is not helping, either. Sorry, Julia.

    • Sunraya

      I agree…this would have been much better as a dress, as opposed to a gown.

  • ojosazules

    The dress seems very frumpy to me. But she just scares me, even with her eyes hidden behind her star shades.

  • ashtangajunkie

    It’s the best thing she’s worn in a long while, which isn’t necessarily a compliment.

  • Needs belting and hemming.

  • Erica

    Needs a belt. And she may have a headache or teary eyes or any number of good explanations for the sunglasses, but they still make one look like an asshole (and I’m not a Julia hater–I even kinda like her “mom” looks she’s been sporting lately).

  • Kelly

    Ouch. Unflattering, dowdy, boring. If the glasses are serious, then they just look pretentious. If they’re ironic, then fine.

  • jilly_d

    needs a bolder lip and a bracelet. Not bad!

  • decormaven


  • cocohall

    Well, she looks pleased with herself. I’ll give her that. But my love stops there. Maybe if it was just a blouse in this fabric with a black pencil skirt I could sign off on the pattern, but this is giving me a sad.

  • Eva_baby

    There is something odd about the way the dress looks on her. She looks likes she’s been upholstered.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I can see the crazy-eye through the sunglasses.

    It definitely needs something jewelry-wise. A gold cuff (or other large gold bracelet). Maybe a belt? (Black, I think, so it would fit more organically with the print.) The neckline is definitely hinky, and I don’t like the sleeves, either. I’m thinking maybe somewhat looser sleeves, and drop the neckline just a skosh so it doesn’t look like it’s creeping up to strangle her. Then add an understated choker to top it off? I don’t know. I’m bad with accessories, but when even I’m saying, “Honey, honey, that needs some zhoozhing,” something’s wrong.

  • AmeliaEve

    The bodice is pure Joan Holloway. I was expecting to scroll down and see a self belt with two big black buttons and a pencil skirt to just below the knee. This styling doesn’t work for me at all.

    • boweryboy

      That would have been a vast improvement.

  • CatherineRhodes

    This dress is flat-out ugly. And unflattering in every possible way.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Meh, the dress does nothing for me and very little for her…

  • boweryboy

    I like the print …

  • If you chopped this at the knees, I could wear this to work at my law office and no one would blink. Needed

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Shorten it, add a belt and some cute earrings, like Kendra Scott’s big colorful drop earrings, and put it on someone else (because I just can’t with her), it would be great. As is, nope. I do prefer the glasses to the crazy eyes.

  • Cheryl

    I don’t hate it, but do think it’s lunch on the patio with girlfriends look.

  • kipper

    Does this mean that sweet June Squibb is wearing Julia’s dress ?

  • StillGary

    She can do better.

  • Imasewsure

    I didn’t think I liked this at all until I saw it was full length. Looks ok to me even with the casual hair (and those awesome sunglasses). Can’t hate this time!!

  • Caaro3

    Dowdy. That’s the perfect description.

  • Lori

    I like this OK. It’s not setting my world on fire, but it’s miles better than that craziness she had on at the Globes.

  • Perigee

    This looks a lot like some dresses I saw at Ann Taylor three summers ago. In other words, fine but not good.

  • Solokitty

    I spoke my first thought out loud…”What is she, Aunt Bea?”

  • anotherkate

    I actually quite like this. I agree that the hair could’ve been a bit less casual, but I think she looks like a movie star, dammit. The dress is pretty in a surprising way and the shades make it.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I agree, I like it too. The sleeve length, bias cut skirt, and general fit are very flattering. I don’t know what’s going on the with sunglasses, it looks like she’s stoned or just came from the optometrist.

  • Malibufire

    She has the matron thing down pat, if her last few public appearances are any indication. I miss “stunning Julia”.

  • Why do I feel she needs to swap hair with Sandra Bullock?

  • msdamselfly

    I think more lipcolor would help

  • Danielle


  • Trickytrisha

    Not terribly flattering on her, the dress… which I kinda like. She didn’t quite nail this one.

  • MannahattaMamma

    the dress should be shorter, knee-length and sort of swooshy, and then she’d be fabulous in a 1940s era way.

  • melanie0866

    Awful pattern. Looks like the vinyl covering of a couch in a hospital waiting room in 1972.

  • dalgirl

    A big ‘ugh’ for the neckline and sleeves.

  • Akemi

    That pattern is doing a weird thing around her hip area.

  • MzzPants

    I see a chunky Chanel link necklace and a red clutch.

  • cowper

    Jones New York business-meeting dress. Not nearly fabulous enough.

  • Alfred Cox

    I like this. She usually veers from totally boring crap to totally crazy and misshapen frocks, so I’ll take this fairly standard yet chic look from her. Love the print.

  • littlemac8

    It looks like it’s cut on the bias which is hard to wear. I do not care for the print, but I agree with TLo that she was going for the right mood.

  • AMartel

    Oh fer gawdsake. Sandy’s dress is vaguely problematic but this ugly chest-explosion schmatte is fine. And what jewelry would go with this, anyway? Necklace of surgical instruments and drill bit earrings? Feh.

  • KT

    Look at this bitch with her fucking sunglasses on.

  • megalomanic

    It;s the shades that make this work. Couldn’t give a damn about the dress, which is nice but no more than that, but those shades and that grin say “Whatever bitches! I just got nominated for an Oscar and I barely even had to TRY!” Alternatively they could also being saying “Ugh. Post-nomination-celebration-hangover. Just take my picture while I’m looking nice and then leave me alone to die in peace”. Either way, snaps for attitude.

  • I, for one, am DELIGHTED by her decision to let her bitch flag fly. Own it, honey.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    It’s making my monitor do funny things.

  • quiltrx

    I’d like it better with a belt, I think. But not bad.

  • Love her. She needs a new stylist.

  • well, at least it’s not awful. the shades are offending me somehow. like, i can’t be bothered to take off my shades so we can actually see one another.

  • PeaceBang

    I have no time for this nonsense. Not one bloody gem? Girl, put away your sunglasses and stop looking so pleased with yourself. You’re dull as dishwater in that frock.

  • sunflower

    I think it looks too tight on her. Also, I think if the sleeve were a cap sleeve instead it would look much better and the neckline wouldn’t bug nearly as much.

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  • Gatto Nero

    It’s borderline matronly, but my eyes are so weary of extreme cleavage, side boob, slits to the crotch, and illusion netting that frankly this is a relief.

  • alliekat9090


  • kathryn_dc

    Is she going for female Jack Nicholson? If not, lose the shades.