Oscars 2014 BE ME or DO ME: Charlize Theron in Dior

Posted on March 03, 2014

You are requested to BOW DOWN, peasants.

Charlize Theron attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby theater in Hollywood, California in a Christian Dior gown accessorized with Harry Winston jewelry.

Honestly, this might be our favorite look of the night. Top 3, anyway. Rather than go the easy route and start shouting “WERQ” and giving finger snaps, we once again turn to our kittens for the final word. Besides, we’ve got a book to sell. Ain’t no shame in our game.

You see, this dress is so confident and strong, so high-impact and head-turning that on the whole “Everyone wants to be me or do me” scale, this would instantly rate as a “BE ME” dress. Because who among the dress-wearing population wouldn’t want to be her in that dress? On the other hand, she’s so ridiculously hot and charismatic; so curvy and shapely in this thing, that we can’t help disagreeing with ourselves and opining that it’s more of a “DO ME” than a “BE ME.” Because damn. Girl has got it going on.

So we’ll do what we always do: throw it out to you kittens to make the call.

Charlize turned, saw herself in the mirror, and said with a smile, “Everyone wants to…”


BE ME! Because who wouldn’t want to be Charlize Theron for at least a little while, amirite?

DO ME! Because her name is synonymous with “beautiful woman” at this point – and with good reason.


But let’s face it. It’s an “Everyone wants to be me AND do me”dress because isn’t that a little true? If Charlize walked up to you looking like this, smiled, and said “Hey. Let’s make out,” would you run away?  Darlings, even we’d say yes.




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  • gorghast

    I absolutely adore the shape of the dress. I really, really don’t like the fabric and the bottom of it though. It looks cheap?

  • mariavii

    Even Madame X is jealous!

    • alyce1213

      Wish I’d read yours before I posted similarly!

    • Pat Garrett

      Nope….I disagree….Madame X would NOT have been out in public with those unfinished underwear-y nasty looking ‘why can’t we find a better way to hold this up?’ straps….

      • TAGinMO

        THIS. It’s a gorgeous look that, to my mind, was absolutely ruined by the two converted bra-straps that they commissioned to hold up the bodice, turning a classic silhouette into the always-flattering “hyena ears.” Who on EARTH thought that was even an IDEA…much less a good one? Eesh.

        • Sophie

          I think it all looks a *little* bit better on the last picture, because you can see the bra straps. Otherwise, I completely agree with TAGinMO – if cat ear boobs aren’t allowed, why would hyena ear boobs be?

        • French_Swede

          “Hyena ears” … perfect!

        • Kristin McNamara

          TBH, it wasn’t UNTIL these pictures that I realized this dress even HAD straps. Through both the red-carpet proceedings AND her presenting an award on-stage, I thought this was a strapless, “hyena ear” neckline dress (as described above). Before now, to me, this dress was a modern marvel of physics, really. The straps have now taken away all the magic!

          • Carrps

            Since the Olympics was so recently over, I was thinking illusion netting when I noticed the straps. At least, on Charlise, they WERE an illusion.

      • MRC210

        Yes. The moment I saw this, I thought “Madame X”. But Madame X’s straps were jewelled, not these nasty-looking things.

      • Lilithcat

        Indeed. Nor would Mme. Gautreaux have permitted those sheer panels.

      • JulieTy

        I agree — in SPADES. She is gorgeous, but the dress really can’t hold a candle to Madame X’s (and I work at the Met so I get to see it almost every day!! Lucky me). The sheer bra straps are hideous, as are the “hyena ears” (LOVE that!). Her train makes me think of Michael Kors saying “She looks like she is pooping chiffon.” Even the necklace looks wrong to me.
        I am heartbroken to disagree with my fabulous gay nephews, but other than the area north of her chin, this is a big old OUT in my (unfabulous and unprofessional!) opinion.

        • Judih1

          I agree with everything you said

  • foxysquirrel

    “even we’d say yes”

    Ha! Who wouldn’t?

    • H2olovngrl

      I believe I have made my feelings clear on that many, many times on this site!

    • conniemd

      I feel the same way about Angelina Jolie (being a straight female). Who could turn down such fierce fabulosity. Calling Gwennyth the most beautiful woman is a joke. Charlize has it down in spades.

  • Glam Dixie

    I find the top part makes her boobs look really far apart and it makes her top half look oddly wide, but that is my only quibble. She looks magnificently curvy and fierce. She is so beautiful she can overcome the odd boobage proportions.

    • tonibaloney

      I completely agree. If it were more of a halter, or if the straps came in a bit more, her chest wouldn’t look so odd.

  • SAA

    She was absolute perfection in this Dior stunner. I want to be her, even just for 10 minutes in that dress and dripping in diamonds. Hands down my favorite look of the evening.

  • cbc-cca

    How about “DO” Be Me? Gorgeous!!

  • MaggieMae

    Be me. Be me and feel what it’s like to have everyone want to do you! I want to replace those sheer straps with thin strands of diamonds. Not sure I’m onboard with the sheer in the skirt, or the wrinkles and bumpy seams (see Amy Adam’s fit on her dress!). But, Miss Charlize does cut a figure.

  • Blair Sylvester

    “Do me and steal the necklace on the way out the door” dress because she is a fence jumper for me. Also because she is dating Sean Penn makes me not want to spend an instant in her shoes. She is gorgeous but that dress is not doing it for me. The illusion netting straps and the wonky stuff it is doing to her boobs and the fact that it is as basic as basic gets other than where it gets wonky in the boobs and also with bonus mosquito netting.

    • Anna

      My thoughts exactly on the dress and ESPECIALLY regarding Sean Penn.

      • Blair Sylvester

        Like you are gorgeous and talented ands seem to be cool as shit and thats who you pick? He just strikes me as somebody with an abundance of big issues.

        • Anna

          Exactly. I, for the life of me, do not understand.

        • alyce1213

          I, for one would NEVER, but I think she’s into his talent as an actor, his dedication as an activist. Those things can be very attractive. Several years ago, early in his relationship with Robin Wright, I had dinner with an actor friend and Sean Penn was at the table with a date, not Robin Wright. So . . . he’s a peach. I don’t think Charlize would let him get away with that shit, though.

          • Blair Sylvester

            Activism for fascism? and being ill informed on issues but bloviating about them anyway? I just think she outranks him in every conceivable way. To me he is a throbbing douche nugget without the genius part of tortured genius.

          • alyce1213

            Not judging, just saying.

          • Blair Sylvester

            Im not trying to undermine your point. I just hope she doesn’t feel that way because I dont want to lose my crush on her.

          • formerlyAnon

            More than one smart beautiful woman has spent some time with Penn. Sometimes we do things we know better than, other times we are attracted to someone’s intensity – until we get tired of dealing with their intensity.

          • Blair Sylvester

            Yeah thats true. I would just rather someone with the intensity and the goods to back it up.

          • fursa_saida

            Robin Wright, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron…is he some kind of advanced hypnotist? I don’t get it at all. I shudder to imagine myself in that position.

          • Judih1

            Not to mention Madonna !

        • MRC210

          Issues like being a wife-beater — in two marriages. How is that not a deal-breaker for someone as smart as she’s supposed to be?

          • Blair Sylvester

            and didn’t her mother shoot her boyfriend because he was so abusive? Maybe she has a predisposition to be attracted to violent men?

          • Sunraya

            What makes us think she’s smart? I don’t think too many actresses are burning up the IQ tests and I never heard anything about her being smart.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        SEAN PENN?! BARF!!!

      • greyhoundgirl

        Is it just me–last night when I saw her i thought she kind of looked like Robin Wright. Any one else?

        • Anna

          Hmmm, I don’t really get Robin Wright but blondes are definitely his type.

    • Emily Smith

      That necklace is to die for.

      • Blair Sylvester

        only on the internet can i be a jewel thief who sleeps with beautiful women.

    • procrastinatrice

      Ha! Sean Penn, eh? I was just thinking she reminded me of Robin Wright in these pictures…

      • Blair Sylvester

        have you seen how happy Robin Wright Penn looks now? And the hot piece she is with? maybe Charlize is playing the long game

  • Introspective

    illusion straps are the devil here. not liking them and the square extensions on her bustline that they are connected to.

    but charlize is charlize which always equals gorgeous. on a mere mortal this could fall flat. on charlize, even with the wonky strap things, it sings.

  • xmixiex

    Sweet baby Jesus, this woman.

  • Janet B

    I thought she looked stunning. My husband on the other hand hated it.

    • marlie

      My nephews happened to be in the room when she came across the red carpet (ages 14 and 10) and both of them immediately said “Ew, that dress is ugly!” It cracked me the hell up. FWIW, they also thought Kelly Osbourne’s hair was stupid. ETA: Maybe it’s a guy thing.

  • Dandesun

    Charlize is my Goddess.

  • lexilexi

    Shape is beautiful, but I dislike the plastic straps and how they make the dress kind of “stop”. Also, think cups are a bit too big? And fabric doesn’t look luxe to me.. but that NECKLACE!

    • SugarSnap108

      Yep, both the fabric and straps read “cheap.” Still, I think she elevates it, because Charlize.

  • Ceur

    I don’t like the bust, the waist area, the fabric, the general fit or the straps. So… out. I still want to be Charlize, though.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    you know for me she is always the one star i think of when i think of pulling a jolie..this look works for me because she is all about that FACE with its epic and awesome bitchface look… personally i think this kind of fits odd, the clear straps distract me and if she didnt have a body that could sell you on her wearing a paperbag……well you know..

    • DTLAFamilies


    • AnguaVonUberwald

      Yep. I gasped when I saw her, but then when I kept looking at her, realized I didn’t really like this dress at all, and I gasped because it is Charlize and she is fantastically gorgeous. On any other human this wouldn’t even have registered.

  • AnaRoW

    She looks great but I have an issue with the “be me or do me” choice. In particular my issue is with Sean Penn. I neither want to be him nor think about being done by him so I’m going to pass.

  • hughman

    “Do me? Ok. To the Batmobile!”

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      One look from Charlize in this, and Batman would have melted on the spot….

  • DeniseSchipani

    I actually don’t love it, but when I saw her on TV last night — swear this is true — I thought, “perfect, seamless nexus of Be Me and Do Me.” Perfect.

  • Coleen

    Can I “Be Me” with the caveat that comes with her now dating Sean Penn?

  • brown-eyed girl

    She’s gorgeous and I love a sister with short hair. Buuuuuut, those illusion straps make my eyes twitch. Out.

  • LeelaST

    She came across a little icy and hard for me. Really don’t like the nude strap situation, it looks like she’s standing in back of a cardboard dress; it also makes her look very broad. The rest of the dress – shape/train is gorgeous.

    • Skippymom1

      I couldn’t put it into words until now – “looks like she is standing in back of a cardboard dress”.
      Thank you. Those straps. Well….just THOSE straps. ick
      I do like the peek a boo through the bottom of the train. It’s not a look seen often and when you are CT, teasing is a pleasure.

  • crash1212

    You know, when I first saw this on TV last night, I gasped and swooned…etc. However, in the cold light of day, taking a closer look, this doesn’t wow me so much. The bodice looks like the fit is off, and those illusion straps are just icky. Of course, her face is stunning and the simplicity of the hair and makeup only underline her natural beauty…still…not loving the dress. And, after seeing her on Top Chef (exceedingly odd) and knowing she’s dating Sean Penn – wouldn’t want to be her or do her.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I had a similar response. Last night on TV I thought it was quite lovely, but now being able to really see it, I’m not as much in love.

    • demidaemon

      You know, on Top Chef, she seemed really smart and knowledgeable about cuisine, so that made me love her just a little bit more. Also, her performance in Young Adult is to die for.

  • DTLAFamilies

    She is one of the most stunningly beautiful creatures on the planet. But the dress isn’t really anything special. I’m thinking of her iconic orange dress that she wore one year–that was a spectacular dress on a spectacular woman.

  • traceyishere

    Be me!

  • Verascity

    I think it’s a DO ME, but I don’t love it as much as y’all do. The top is really wide and fits strangely.

  • It’s definitely a Be Me look. Even the woman in the first photo is looking at Charlize thinking, “Damn. I want to be her.”

    Although, I would totally run away like a 2nd grade school boy afraid of catching cooties if she asked me to make out with her. Just sayin’.

  • Ashleigh

    I was waiting for this one – it’s my favorite of the night for sure! Love the shape. Love her werqing it. Love it

  • Sobaika

    I didn’t love this… Hate the fleshtone strap things and the neckline is a bit too wide. She’s a stunner though, it’s undeniable.

    • decormaven

      The straps looked plastic on television; here, they appear to be a very light fabric. The shape of the dress is amazing, as is the jewelry, though. As much as I admire Ms. Theron’s style, this is not my favorite look for her.

  • Scimommy

    Definitely a Be Me look, especially with that honking diamond hanging from her neck. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, remember?

  • Frank_821

    I loved her in this and gasped and oooh’d. But then it’s partly of course Charlize is making it work by her innate powers. So use the Dress does enhance her Do Me/BeMe double status

  • Ashleigh

    The black nails and giant rock around her neck really synches it for me

  • Jacquelyn

    BE ME! (and damn. *finger snap*)

  • Bernadette

    “Be Me” all the way!

  • Pennymac

    She is not mortal. But those illusion straps, plus the width between them, bugs. So I guess this is a DO ME. Because, you know, Sean Penn.

  • Garcia Loca

    Look, this is Charlize. A potato sack on her is a DO ME outfit. Which makes the case for giving the look more of BE ME points.

  • marlie

    I love this – it’s gorgeous, and the bottom is my favorite part… BUT I don’t like how wide the dress makes her bust seem. It’s a little weird. But I’m willing to forgive because it’s really beautiful. Also, she needs a bolder lip color. I’m refuse to stop saying it.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I’m always calling for a bolder lip too. Nude is fine, except that more often than not it looks more like “oops, forgot lipstick,” rather than the lovely glossy look it should have.

      • marlie


  • Ashleigh

    Me again! would love a better shot of the back…:) ok, carry on


    She looks, as always, stunningly beautiful but….. I don’t like the way the straps switch from black to nude like that in an odd place. It just seems a tad distracting. And, I want to see a back shot. It appears there is a large, sheer panel in the back of the skirt?

  • Jessica Freeman

    Let’s be honest here, even on the street she is a Be Me and Do Me.

    I’m not fully sold on the dress, and tend to think that the necklace with the neckline is what really wows. I’m not in love with the sheer straps, but realize how bad it would have been as a strapless dress without them. It really could have done without the black sheer stripe over the skirt as well. Charlize sells this dress because her confidence and beauty exudes from her skin.

  • stubbornthoughts

    BOTH. She was my favorite dressed of the night. Two years in a row where Charlize isn’t nominated and there for the party and ends up stealing the show. Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

    I want to make out with her and kiss her feet at the same time.

    • alyce1213

      That could be tricky, unless she’s very bendy. 🙂

  • Rain Jezek

    Yeah, I’d make out with her in a second, she looks amazing. My one quibble is the nail polish, and only because she poses with her hand on her hip. The tips of her fingers take on a strange claw-shape when the nails disappear into the dress.

  • MikeW_Vegas

    I think this was far and away one of my favorite looks of the night. For me, it was all about the diamond pendant hanging “just there” (or as Blanche Devereaux would say “hovering between perky bosoms”)

    definitely a BE ME! (if you can ignore the skeeviness that is Sean Penn)

  • The initial impact last night was amazing. But somehow now I’m getting a dress-the-paper-doll vibe from this dress– it seems slightly large around the bust and the straps are not helping.

    However, the woman is clearly a goddess, which is how I think this werq’d onscreen.

  • alyce1213

    Madame X, with sex. I LOVED this.

  • Aidan B

    BE ME. I think this radiates confidence and sex appeal, rather than sex appeal for its own sake. She knows she looks good and she knows everyone else wishes they looked this good. I know I do!

  • tessasouthworth

    Live tweeting last night, this was my choice for the win, followed by Lupita & Amy. Other winners not already discussed were IMHO Emma Watson, Penelope Cruz & Bette Midler (red carpet, not performance). Can’t wait to see TLo’s assessment of worst-dressed.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    I’ll just shout WERQ!!!, go Green with envy, and leave.

  • Scott Miller

    I don’t like the neckline. Looks like her breasts have Groucho Marx eyebrows.

  • Evan

    Loved it at first, but the more I look at the top, the more those look like bra straps to me.

  • ABSOLUTELY the look of the night, no question. Stunning in every way and she is serenely coasting above the fray, secure in the knowledge of her goddess-like aura. Be me, do me, want me, envy me, touch me, feel me, adore me……you name it.

  • andi56

    Kind of ugly and cheesy, to me. It looks like it’s trying too hard to be something that it’s not.

    • webslice33

      ugly and cheesy are not the words you can utter about queen charlize!

      • andi56

        O, shucks, sure I can! It was easy! I will add, however, that this dress looks exactly like the version in the old game from the 60s, Mystery Date, with the same flouncy bottom!

  • Truthiness2U

    I didn’t like the straps/neckline. At first I didn’t even know there were straps there, which I guess is the point. But then I was left visually with those an oddly shaped bodice at the top part. So not my fave of the night in terms of dresses. But Charlize yes, does give great “bow down before me, mere mortals.” And owns her dress, and look. So I do give respect for that.

    I weight in as “do me.”

  • Ros

    BE ME. Stunning but a little bit ‘look but don’t touch, you mere mortals’.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I don’t like the rabbit ear boobs and that strap is a bit distracting. But, she LOOKS fantastic (face, hair, jewelry)!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Definitely one of those rare “BE Me AND DO ME” looks. Charlize is simply stunning, and she’s working this like nobody’s business.

  • CeeRich

    My favorite look of the night. When I saw her I screamed out “WERQ!!!!!!”. She gave face, dress, everything. BOW DOWN INDEED. They all want to BE ME.

  • bhl_1123

    No one rocks the pixie cut like Charlize.

  • Lilyana_F

    God, she’s stunning! Ok, we can nitpick about the straps or whatever, but girl is shutting it down, regardless.

  • ushoda

    BEST DRESSED, nothing else to say. Sorry Kate, Sorry everyone else.

  • Kim Elmore

    Be, do, steal the necklace. ALL OF IT. She is so foine.

  • Tracy M

    I have to agree with the FUG Girls- all I see are two giant champaign bottles on her top. Cant. Get. Past. It. Cheers!

  • shopgirl716

    BE ME – she’s rich, famous, looks amazing and she can have anyone she wants.

  • Missy

    SEE, do you see ladystars? You can look fabulous without that peplum sh*t attached to your hips!

  • webslice33

    now this is a WERQ!! not that other curtainy dress..

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Sorry, no bowing or gasping. I hate the straps and it looks like her boobs are not on speaking terms. Her head looks great and I love the dramatic necklace.

  • Kate Andrews

    If I were in Charlize’s shoes for an evening, I’d dump Sean Penn… But I love the neckline, the gorgeous necklace, hair and makeup. I doesn’t look perfectly fitted to her midsection. My faves last night were Anne Hathaway and Naomi Watts. Kate Hudson looked amazing too.

  • Laylalola

    OUT. Jesus, women shouldn’t be able to fit an entire ruler in a dress’s space between the cleavage.

  • teensmom99

    BE ME–but if Dior has this dress, why didn’t they give it to JLaw?

    • alyce1213

      I think it’s too much for JLaw, too mature too.

      • teensmom99

        I know that’s what people will say but I think that might be the problem with JLaw and Dior in general. I think this would have suited her lanky curves.

  • Qitkat

    That final pose just takes my breath away. I love the incredible necklace and the neckline is perfection. The very essence of glamour, immaculately distilled. BE ME.
    The Look of the Night.

  • nowlo

    I hate the plastic straps. I saw someone compare her in this dress to John SInger Sargent’s Madame X, which is a pretty good reference, except JSS provided Madame X with pretty, jeweled straps.


    I just don’t care for the straps that remind me of those stupid clear bra straps. But yes, the final pose is perfect.

  • Capt. Renault

    It’s clearly a DO ME, given that the front is made to be peeled like a banana.

  • suzq

    OK…someone just mentioned that she’s dating Sean Penn…who used to be married to one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today. With that backstory, it’s a “Do me” dress. Not fond of the plastic straps, either.

  • Glitterberries

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Such a breath of fresh air after all that pale crap.

    • Glitterberries

      Btw, BE ME!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I think the front of the dress says “Be Me”. I think the back of the dress says “Do Me”.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    BE ME, because I want to wear a dress that doesn’t quite work and have everyone feel conflicted about not liking it because of how awesome I am anyway.

  • GeoDiva

    I’m puzzled about the straps….. Are you suppose to notice them or not? If you are suppose to really notice them, then a small crystal embellishment would have been better to highlight them. Otherwise their color needs to match her skin tone better. I do think everything else is flawless.

  • Betsy


  • bertkeeter

    DIOR by WHO?

  • ojosazules

    Be me in your dreams, bitches.

  • KT

    This is definitely in my top three as well. The dress isn’t even all that interesting but she makes it her BITCH, unsurprisingly. Love the whole look, love the serious face she’s giving. Also, she doesn’t look stoned this year — so points for that!

    This is a masturbation look. As in, you want to be her, and then do yourself. Two birds one stone, baby!

  • Eva_baby

    Gorgeous gown. But not sure about the bodice. It makes her look oddly wide and looks oddly fitted.

  • Alyssa

    Be Me…because I want to wear that dress and those jewels! I would, of course, break up with Sean Penn as part of the transformation.

  • merciblahblah

    It’s pretty, and she is no doubt gorgeous, but it wasn’t one of my faves. And something about her eye makeup just seems…off to me. It was distracting me last night too. Like the wings on her eyeliner aren’t precisely even or something. Maybe it’s a shadow in that very first photo, but one almost looks larger than the other. My favorite thing about her look? Strangely, her manicure. Loved it.

  • willworktomorrow

    Be Me. Because being Charlize Theron means that everyone wants to do her. Everyone. All the time.

  • SophieCollier

    I kind of expected you to point out the way her bodice looks like a pair of horned rimmed glasses. Do not like that effect with the sheer straps. But the skirt(s) are gorgeous and seem to be the whole point of the gown.

  • formerlyAnon

    BE ME.
    Mostly because the segue from “God, she’s so fabulous I’d love to be her” to “I’d love to do her” slip-slides waaaay faster than in the other direction.

    A little bit because visible illusion netting is never sexy.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Be Me AND Do Me indeed. As always, when it comes to Charlize Theron.

  • Gatto Nero

    OK — both “be me” and “do me,” thank you.
    Though it helps if you’re born physically flawless.
    The best part of the dress for me is that sheer bit in the train and the banded bottom of the skirt.

  • butterflysunita

    There’s no doubt that she looks stunning. But I don’t like the bodice on this dress. At first I thought it looked like two seals with their noses pointed up. Then I thought two bottles.

  • Scal

    The cheap plastic straps are GROSS. Totally ruins the look

  • Tricia

    She’s a goddess– an evil goddess by the looks of that dress and her hot, smirky smile. That’s a do me dress fo sho.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t think a woman this amazing ever puts off a DO ME vibe because honestly, what mortal would ever even begin to think they were worthy (ok currently Sean Penn). She’s going to age well too. Love her

  • WendyD

    Be Me while I stand on the Oscars stage next to Chris Hemsworth. Was there a more gorgeous pairing the entire night? I think not.

  • Why choose? It’s both!

  • VicD

    I do not want to be her if it means I have to spend time with Sean Penn.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She does cut a striking figure, doesn’t she? I’d like to BE HER, just so I could get my hands on that necklace.

  • Dagney

    Love this gal. Love the dress.

  • Jenna621

    Huh. I didn’t like this dress at all. Hate the “nude” straps, hate the shape of the bodice, hate the partially sheer skirt. Just don’t like it.

    Is anyone else seeing the woman to the left of the Oscar statue in the second photo down. What on earth is going on there?!

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Agree completely .. everyone was raving about the dress last night and I just didn’t get it. Charlize is gorgeous, 6 ft tall, and a former model, so of course I want to BE HER, but that is all HER, not the dress.

  • another_laura

    Be Me And Do Me, for sure.

    One of the best things about her in clothes is the way she just STOMPS it out when she’s walking. I mean seriously, when she wore it on stage? Loved. It.

  • Tarn

    Yeah, I wasn’t a huge fan of the upwardly pointy-looking boob coverage and “invisible” straps. That said, the rest of her is perfection, and she could make burlap WERQ so she is both a BE and DO in my book!

  • bizarro

    No doubt she looks fierce, even though her boobs look like they are fighting and trying to get as far away from each other as possible. As for the question of “do me” or “be me”, I agree with the uncles. Any well deployed “do me” look will be, by default, a “be me” look as well. When you look that hot, every girl wants to be her. There is something for everyone to like.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Except for the tacky plastic straps…

  • jilly_d

    This would have been my top pick; unfortunately, the sheer straps utterly ruin it for me. What a ridiculous design element.

  • Austen Jane

    When I first saw this dress I thought her breasts looked like two black Coke bottles, and now I can’t unsee it.

  • Carla_Charlton

    I would like to BE her–so statuesque, so elegant.

  • nycfan

    Do me … my husband watches the Oscars with me each year to be sweet but he can hardly take it, as a compromise we watch muted and listen to music, but this is the single women’s outfit he commented on all night, to ask how it was staying up (I’m pretty sure he never looked up to see the invisible straps). His only other comment was that John Travolta looked awful in three shades of black and terrible hair, so there is some hope for him. 🙂

    • Constant Reader

      So funny… a the same time you were posting this about your husband I asked my SO what he thought and it was a BE ME dress. But then, he didn’t see it in motion so that may be the deciding factor.

      • nycfan

        LOL. When my hubby asked the question, I said “you can barely see some invisible straps” so he says “where, I don’t see any straps” and I said “you have to look at her shoulders” him: “oh”.

  • Constant Reader

    I asked my local red-blooded American man, and he said she is beautiful and nicely dressed, but not va-va-voom. So there ya go. BE ME.

  • lundibleu

    I think it is gorgeous. And I’d have it as one of the best looks of the night, I’d even put it over Lupita I think. The only thing to make it better would be to have those straps in a colour.

    Besides, I think it’s a slightly more BE ME dress, but it is definitely a be me AND do me one.

  • I do not understand the straps like AT ALL. She looks good but those things hurt my brain.

  • belfebe

    BE ME!

  • Columbinia

    BE ME!

  • mjude


  • MilaXX

    I think it’s a BE ME because she clearly feels gorgeous in this. I realize this is going to make a lot of best dressed list, but those illusion straps annoy. I don’t like them at all.

  • SierraDelta

    I have issues with the dress, but I like the idea of the monochromatic look. I think it’s elegant and understated and chic.

    Serious question, though: Why are we not feeling the need for a pop of color in the accessories? As well schooled pupils of the TLo University of Pondering the Ensemble, we usually demand more chromatic interest. Why is Ms. Charlize exempted?

  • Glammie

    Love, love, love it. Only black dress last night that really worked for me as drop-dead-Oscar glam dress. And yes, I’ll be Charlize, thank you very much.

  • Michelle Gennari

    I don’t really like the straps. From far away she looked like she was wearing some kind of ears or something. It was only when we got closer that I saw it actually had those invisible straps. Very odd indeed. She does look good though, always does.

  • French_Swede

    I just can’t get behind the sheer shoulder straps. I would prefer black all the way, like this it looks like she could poke her eye out with one of those black breastplates.

    Not crazy about the bottom third of the dress, either. Sheer and stripey? Not for me.

    Hair makeup and jewelry are perfect.

  • PeaceBang

    Oh my gosh, she was breathtaking from a little bit of a distance, but then I got up close and saw the straps and suddenly, although resplendent, she was mortal again. Darn it. But seriously : smashing. The rings, the neck bauble, the nails, the hyena ears, the POSING. It’s all giving me life.

    • theblondette

      I had the same experience! LOVE it from a distance and then saw the close ups of the straps and felt disappointed. But all the same, this is a WERQ, because she is giving some major attitude and I love it.

  • Karen Clark


  • Stubenville

    Hate the straps, meh about the sheer – hasn’t it been done to death?

    • Shawn EH

      Rarely this well, though.

  • flamingoNW

    Bo Me? Boo Me? If I have to choose, I go with Be Me.

  • I’m a little sad to realize that there are actual straps holding this fab dress up. I was silly enough to think it was wired together or something….regardless, BE ME, fo sho.

  • Valdri8

    DOME Me? I hope that she never decides to fuck with her face

  • Shawn EH

    Be me, completely. Do me? Too vampiric.

  • I love the bottom of the dress. So interesting.
    I hate the invisible straps. Hate them.

  • Betsy

    Can we vote “Both / And”?? Because I want to BE and DO ! ! !

  • bessann28

    Really? I did not like this dress at all. If the straps were all black, it would be great. But the effect of weird, flat, darty things sticking up over her boobs…. no. Just no.

  • Loramir

    Not feeling the dress. She looks amazing in black, but the look would have been more dramatic and effective without the weirdness of the straps and the sheer panel. The silhouette is lovely and she’s gorgeous, but without the distracting weird bits I’d have looked at her and gasped at the stunning classic, timeless look, rather than going “…Huh??”

    She looks fabulous, but that’s because she’s Charlize Theron and Charlize Theron is inherently fabulous. I think she looks great in spite of the dress, definitely not because of it.

  • Trickytrisha

    That abrupt ending of the black where it meets the “invisible” straps just ruins the dress for me. It’s cheap and makes the bodice look like bunny ears – kinda ruins the whole regal wicked queen look.

  • msdamselfly

    Nice except for the straps

  • Kelly

    The straps ruin the dress – it makes it look cheap – the champagne bottle fronts look weird with the clear plastic straps

  • JaCory Deon

    She’s always put together…whoever dresses her def earns their check! “I woke up like this.”

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Neither, thank you. If I could be her, I would pick something different without the awful bodice and straps, and if I wanted to do her, well… I don’t want to do her, so there you are.

  • majorbedhead

    If those straps had been…something other than illusion netting (I’m not a designer, so my ideas would probably be equally bad), then this would have been perfection. I’m not loving the back of the skirt, either, so I’m going for neither in this particular instance.

  • Granny panties

    Evil queen was my reaction too. Obviously no one could be that beautiful without a spell of some manner.
    I vote be me.

  • kategs

    Be me only because of the necklace.

  • Alloy Jane

    She is beautiful. This dress is not. Also, why so little makeup? Anyways. JUST SAY NO TO ONION TITS. I can’t possibly be the only person who sees this. Shallots maybe? Charlize is always a little “be me or do me” IMO.

    • lobsterlen

      I didn’t see them on my own but when I read your comment I couldn’t unseen the onion tits.

  • lobsterlen

    Its too evil queen… the black nails, black accessories, her expression… she look like her main mission at the Oscars was to poison her competition.

    • LambeeBaby

      THAT would be worth watching!

  • Sunraya

    I better have my eyes checked, because I have disagreed with almost all of your likes! Except Sandra, of course. My big issue with this is the straps. Either have straps or go strapless, because the ice skating costume illusion netting is horrible!! Face is breathtaking, as always.
    Aside: I didn’t realize she was dating Sean Penn. He does have a type, huh? Gorgeous blondes with very strong facial features. He got a younger model, but Robin Wright is just incredibly gorgeous, too. Maybe that’s why she looked a little dour all night. Maybe he’s rubbing off.

  • webslice33

    j’adore me bitches!

  • Mojone

    Will someone please make that illusion stuff illegal, with an exception for figure skaters and dancers who you see from far. I thought the dress was amazing until the closeup, and then the illusion straps broke the spell.

  • Coco Cornejo

    The dress reminds me of John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame Pierre Gautreau. It was sort of intriguing…then I saw the straps. They ruined the mood.

  • patticake1601

    I hate this so much. I hate the illusion straps. Sorry I know I am in the very small minority but I just can’t.

    • moxie_lady

      I’m totally with you. I hate those straps with a passion. She’s stunning and can make nearly anything work, but that dress is not worthy of her.

  • Lilithcat

    I liked it until I saw that it was sheer in the back.

  • bravobravp

    I hardly ever notice this, but goddamn can this bitch pose. Imagine an average person wearing this much of a dress. She is OWNING it. For that reason I’ll get her a BE ME.

  • Carrps

    Love her look, but I was disappointed everytime the camera was on her she had a bitchface going on.

  • KES4K

    I would love this so much if the strap fabric came to a taper before the netting, instead of being squared off.

    • AnneElliot

      OK, I totally agree, but Disqus makes it looks like I’m downvoting it, twice. Annoying.

      I hate the straps but maybe if they were bejeweled, it would be nicer. I’d love to see the back. Or black netting, They’re so abrupt. It kind of reminds me of tabs — “Insert Tab A into Slot A,” etc.

      • KES4K

        Right? Or like the dress is unfinished, as though they held up the top of the bust and were like, “….we’ll just tape that there for now.”

  • TigerLaverada

    I vote Frank Sinatra, as in “do be do be do be”. How to choose? She’s a goddess.

  • Charles

    Both. She wants you to do her and then fret over why she hasn’t called yet.

  • unbornfawn

    I think this hits both Be Me and Do Me. DoMe…DoMe….Do…

  • Cyd Butler

    She is my fence-jumper, I think she is fabulous!

  • eandh99

    Should have included a pic with her pop-of-colour acessory, Chris Hemsworth in a wine David August tux. Tough to fit such a big guy,but it was perfect and they looked amazing together as presenters.

  • Fred Vaughn

    BE ME! As long as this dress was on Charlize on my TV, I was hooked!

  • RuthGo

    Absolutely one of the best of the night. She is a goddess.

  • Bokharitt Kinantahz

    She is beautiful and looks great here but she seems to be looking harder these days. And nice necklace sure, but worth 15 million? She purports to be a social activist. All too dichotomous really and that makes her less attractive altogether.

    • Evan

      So you can’t be a social activist and wear a 15 million dollar necklace? It’s not like she owns it. And so what if she did? I’m not going to judge her as a less attractive person for it. Elizabeth Taylor had an enormous jewelry collection, but she did more for AIDS than probably any other celebrity. Yes, there are people starving in this world, but as long as people aren’t wearing blood diamonds and are doing good things with their money, I’m not going to judge them for their taste in expensive jewelry. Besides, I heard a segment on NPR almost a year ago that humans would probably die without beauty. Jewels are around to be admired. $15 million is pretty ridiculous, but if the market says that’s what it’s worth, the demand and prestige are obviously there. They say that the market is always right.

      • demidaemon

        Yeah. And these will obviously be repossessed at the end of the night, so it’s really a moot complaint, considering the purpose of the event and all. And, if she wasn’t wearing it, we’d all get back up on our “WHERE”S THE JEWELRY?” soapbox. So, think before you type or something.

        • “So, think before you type or something.”

          This is needlessly combative.

          • demidaemon

            Edited out. I new I shouldn’t have put that and fell to my lesser urges.

      • Bokharitt Kinantahz

        My comment has nothing to do with the value of beauty. I wouldn’t have a career if I undervalued the role of aesthetics. Jewellery-making is an incredible art, I take nothing away from that. It’s not ridiculous to wear a 15 million dollar necklace, it’s obscene and crass when people literally down the road are starving. I take issue with the fact that Theron has discussed the (worsening) inequity of wealth distribution and the rampant sycophantic value some people apportion to wealth and then she spectacularly plays into the hands of the other side. I get that fashion requires certain behaviours and often fashion choices come at a high cost, but this is excessive.

        What is ridiculous is your comment that the market is always right. Where have you been for the last ten years.

  • par3182

    ♪♫ Do-be-do-be-do. ♪♫

  • guest2visits

    Too powerful and strong not to be a BE ME. She’s wearing it like dark armor, perfect and cool. Beautiful, seductive? Yes but as soon as I saw this I thought she might just have the ability to melt buildings or crush cars. Alien Life Form or Goddess.

  • Joey Melliza


  • quiltrx

    I LOVE her…she is otherworldly-beautiful. If she ever looks less-than-perfect, she’ll get a pass from me. But I don’t think she has ever looked that way!
    It’s hilarious to me that you posted her this way. The whole online conversation with my film buddies got distracted when she and Chris took the stage. They were such a big pile of gorgeous, it sort of muddled everyone’s gay/straight leanings of who to ‘do’ first. I settled it by saying we should just ask them both. 😉

  • filmcricket

    Huh. I didn’t notice the bra straps last night, nor did I see that the back of the skirt was sheer. So I like this less than I did. I think this is BE ME – it’s not exactly sexy and she doesn’t look approachable or anything. She can hand that necklace over any time though.

  • She looks more like Kim Novak than Kim Novak did.

  • I HATE this.

  • pookiesmom

    This is a “YOU ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE ME OR DO ME, MORTAL.” If she asked to make out with me, I would probably think she was playing a trick on me and run and hide, and then fantasize about what would’ve happened had I said yes.

  • livesarah

    Nope. Can’t understand the love for this.

  • MM4321

    Yes the dress look good on her – she is Charlize Theron, after all – but I just cannot with that bitchface. She wore that sour face all night. Honey, if you don’t want to be there, just stay home.

  • EEKstl

    If ever there were a better example of “be and do” I haven’t seen it.

  • supri_supri

    She looks incredible. But all I see is “strapless dress for paper doll”. Still, the stature. The hair. The necklace. The non-nude nails!

  • Chaiaiai

    I think this is actually a “FUCK YOU” dress for all the people questioning her dating Sean Penn.

  • demidaemon

    I’d so say yes, too. She eclipses all barriers. I’d say, though, this slightly edges onto the side of BE ME, just because it is the Oscars.

  • kimmeister

    Her face could launch a thousand ships, but I didn’t like the eye makeup at all (although I’m always biased against white lower lid liner). It made her look a bit hard.

  • anneland

    Be Me. I don’t think straight men would care that much about the dress. She just always looks hot to them.

  • Ana Ced

    WERQ! for sure!

  • Cate

    Those were some of the best illusion straps I’ve ever seen. At certain angles, they were perfectly invisible. Great look.

  • conniemd

    To me it’s a “Be me” dress because it isn’t overtly sexy like a Heidi Klum dress. She makes the dress crazy sexy. It’s all about her. And honestly, the reason people would want to be Charlize is because everyone wants to do Charlize.

  • kt

    Requested? Commanded. And it is neither a be me or do me. It is a you’re welcome.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    I loved the dress, even the straps. Have no problem with the facial expressions, because we don’t know what she was thinking about. Not everyone will be camera ready with a pleasant smile, I am certainly no better at it than she is.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    she should date a Chris Hemsworth look-alike.

  • Everyone wants to be me BECAUSE everyone wants to do me.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Close-up fail. I’ll be she wishes her gown was made from Amy Adams’ Gucci fabric.

  • peachy

    it’s a be-do-me look for certain. she’s all … whatev – be me do me, but don’t touch me. she looks tres sophistique in it. werq charliegirl!

  • Angela

    I am definitely in the minority because I don’t find Charlize Theron attractive. She is a beautiful woman, but she isn’t sexy or sensual or particularly well dressed. I don’t find her stunning in any thing I’ve seen her photographed in to date. I wouldn’t want to be her or do her.