Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

Posted on March 03, 2014

Kittens, what do we all think of this? For real. We’re finding it hard to form strong opinions.


Cate Blanchett  attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby theater in Hollywood, California in an Armani Privé couture gown paired with Chopard jewelry.

Armani Privé Fall 2013 Collection

Of course she looks beautiful. We’re not denying that. And it’s why we’re not opening this up to an “IN or OUT” vote, since we’d think it crazy to call this look an OUT. But there were some lovely – and very welcome colors on the red carpet last night, from Lupita’s “Nairobi Blue” to Sandy and Amy’s navy-to-midnight blues, to June’s gorgeous Kelly green. We know that shimmery Champagne gowns never really go out of style for awards season – and it’s a style that suits Miss Cate well – but don’t you wish this had a little more color to it? And is the applique not just a little bit overdone? We shouldn’t mind, since the dress needs the visual interest, but this is just a shade shy of “scaley.”

Again: pretty. She looks pretty. We’re just walking our way through a vague – and slight – sense of letdown.

We’ll tell you what: Those earrings make the look, as far as we’re concerned. We suspect we’d be bitching a lot louder if she wore something demure on her lobes. And the hair and makeup are very pretty, of course. We guess it just comes down to a slight wish for less scales and more color.

But here’s a question: Will this become anywhere near as iconic as Halle Berry’s Oscar gown? Or Julia Roberts’? Or Jennifer Lawrence’s? Or even Anne Hathaway’s nipple-rama?

It’s pretty, but is it memorable?






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  • Carrie

    It isn’t the most memorable, but she does look beautiful and in a way, she did stand out for not going for a bold color . It still said “look at me, bitch” in its own way, and since that’s the purpose of an Oscar gown, I’m okay with it.

    • Dam_Angel

      I love Armani Prive’s collections. I wish she had picked one of the navy dresses from 2014. I was so bored by the lack of color last night.

      • grasshack

        gorgeous dress, but it washes her out –

        no matter – her beauty overcomes that

  • Introspective

    its skin with stuff hanging off it. so pretty but no, not memorable at all.

    • That was exactly my thought. She looks like a craft project involving paillettes and a glue gun.

  • lbl

    I actually hate the earrings. The look is pretty but whatever. Her 2011 Givenchy is still the one to top for me.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      The earrings look like cheap Christmas tree ornaments to me. And I feel like I’ve seen this dress before. She could’ve done better.

      • Judy_S

        The earrings did look like plastic to me but I was thinking how light and comfortable they must be, compared to metal and stones… I guess that like the dress (which she commented was very heavy to wear) the lightness was an illusion.

        • PuttyGalore

          Yeah, I actually found myself astonished at the apparent strength of her earlobes to able to withstand the combined weight of that many opals.

          • Carrps

            Yeah, but opals are quite a bit lighter than normal stones.

          • PuttyGalore

            I didn’t know that – now I feel a lot less bad for her ears.

          • miatamam

            and watching them swing, fearing they would knock her out. (Gosh, I’m in a bitter kitten mood.)

    • forcingasmile

      The Givenchy one is probably my favorite Oscars dress EVER

  • The cut is better on Cate than on the model, and it’s pretty, but memorable? No. Girl, that’s not your history-making Oscar dress.

  • Bill Curtis

    She looked very nice on first glance. Then I saw a valet stand covered with little dangling keys and couldn’t unsee it.

    • Introspective

      oh shit. cant unsee either now!! definitely a misstep for your big win…

      • majorbedhead

        Perfect description.

    • Mona_Visa

      And the best Oscar-related dress burn goes to Bill Curtis for “Oh Snap! The Man Who Went There.”

    • OneRing

      I saw and said the same thing on FB last night! Lol

    • GorgeousThings

      Bill, I didn’t see your comment until just now. I said almost the exact same thing!

  • Mrs. Julien

    I thought it read better onstage than on the carpet.

    • janierainie

      I didn’t realize those were opal earrings until she was on stage, then I couldn’t take my eyes off them.

      • marlie

        I thought the earrings were beautiful when I thought they were diamonds, but when I realized that they were opals, I was in LOVE.

    • twocee

      I agree. I was mesmerized by her earrings as she was giving her acceptance speech.

  • greyhoundgirl

    The proportions on her are perfection–that’s what makes it a win for me.

    • AudreysMom

      I noticed her on the red carpet in the background while someone else was being interviewed. I couldn’t look away. She stunned. Then in close up, the whole look was fabulous.

    • jen_vasm

      I’m a sucker for perfectly executed nude color gowns and I loved the beads/sequins/pailettes. recognizing that they were on the border of overkill. But it fit her to a tee (as opposed to that unfortunate model). Iconic? Nude dresses are a tough sell – most of the ones that come to mind have a strong color or shape. But definitely a beautiful dress.

      • VioletF.

        I agree. Tho I can’t image how she sat down in it. Butt numb shot? Ouch!

        • Loren S

          I can’t imagine that by the end of the night, Ms Blanchett’s whole backside WASN’T covered in little, bead-shaped pockmarks.

          But then, maybe Cate Blanchett’s skin doesn’t work like normal humans’.

          • Violentcello

            I changed my notifications and am still receiving emails.

      • melisaurus

        The dress is exactly the right color it make it look like she is becoming a dress. Like a fairy or something else magical. Amazing.

    • Vanessa

      I think she wanted to look ethereal–lighter than air, and she achieved that.

  • VioletFem

    I will never understand the appeal of gowns that perfectly match the wearer’s skin-tone. She looks pretty and the fit is perfection. However, this gown would look better and more memorable if it had a bolder color.

    • lexilexi

      It would look perfect on someone like… Lupita!

      • enuma

        This is the rare case where I think a dress would look slightly worse on Lupita. Ninety-nine time out of hundred I would agree that a champagne colored dress would look much better against Lupita’s skin tone, but in this case I think the contrast would draw more attention to the fact that the applique is a bit overwrought, to the point that it would be distracting.

      • VioletFem

        Hmmm, maybe if it was more gold colored with fewer appliqués.

    • Sarah

      I think if it was bolder in color, you’d have to lose the appliques. It is an either/or – if you want that much stuff on the dress, it needs to be quiet or you’d look like you were covered in barnacles.

      • VioletFem


    • StellaZafella

      In the 40’s, this dress would have been covered on the RC by a voluminous white ermine coat leaving it as what it is…an overstated afterthought.
      Deitrich wore the similar look in her final tour, but it was for stage, not the RC. I still love Cate…

    • supri_supri

      Would love this in midnight blue tulle with dark blue pailletes!

      • VioletFem

        That would look divine!

    • TAGinMO

      I think part of the problem is that not only does it match her skin-tone exactly, but because she’s a blonde there’s just no contrast anywhere. Note that the good folks at Armani wisely deployed a brunette model for the runway.

  • Its pretty safe and bland, actually.

    • Flavia Pantoja

      Agree. So much ‘deja vu’!

      • On the whole it seems that in an effort to not be dissed, the Road to Blandistan was packed with stars trying to present a “beige” image.

        • Flavia Pantoja

          Yep. Even my 18 YO daughter asked about colors on the red carpet. I am trully beginning to miss the ‘pre-stylists’ times of the red carpet.

          • yep, the period post Studio system and pre Stylist System was great. Sure there were hilarious misfires, but when someone looked great it really meant something about her. Now it just means she has a good team.

          • Jacob Bowen

            Being younger I appreciate this comment because I think I would enjoy that Pre-Stylist era SO much more. The only people who seem to be having fun with their clothing are people who are a bit kooky, ie. Matthew McConnaughey, Drew Barrymore, etc. because they seem to be personally invested in their look. Lupita wears clothes BEAUTIFULLY and sometimes I feel like she could have had something to do with bits and pieces of outfits, but I also feel like they have someone to say, “You will like wearing this Lupita, so put it on.” She seems so humble though, so I can see her being happy to wear anything lent to her.

        • Mim McDonald

          The RC needed a great big helping of Cher.

  • James

    I loved the whole look. It’s not overshadowing her, if I am explaining that well and I’ll remember Queen Cate from this night. The dress is just a part of the package. Loved it all.

  • sagecreek

    I thought it was terribly blah. She looks great because she’s Cate, not because of that dress.

    • Kate Andrews

      I agree. We wouldn’t be talking about this dress if a no-name actress wore it. Now the earrings are cool.

  • Noah

    I think Lupita’s dress had more of the iconic/memorable factor to it, particularly the “Nairobi blue.” But this is still very pretty and suits her very well.

    • VioletF.

      I will forever think of Lupita’s dress as “Cinderella” blue.

  • Sally Spannagle

    Those earrings FOR DAYS. This is a typical “Cate” look. The embellishments are gorgeous but she looks all flesh toned to me. I’d love to see her in a dramatic jewel tone.

    • marlie

      And with that color lipstick, she’s pretty monochromatic from head to toe.

  • Sunraya

    I think it’s hard to form a strong opinion about this because Blanchett usually dresses much more adventurously and somehow decided on safe and pretty. I think it is pretty, just like Lupita’s. But disappointing. Armani Prive has some gorgeous gowns that have much more interest, and I would have loved to see her in one of them.

    • ElaineMarie34

      They’re called pailettes – I had a white winter hat with multicolor pailettes as a girl in the 1960s and LOVED it.

      • Sunraya

        That’s right!! Thank you!! I loved mine too, but do you like them on her Oscar dress??? 🙂

        • ElaineMarie34

          Pailettes forever! (I still use them in stitching sometimes.) I would love to see the embellishment on this dress close up in real life. I suspect it’s exquisite and didn’t read that well on camera. But I did like the dress – it fit her perfectly, the way the fabric in the hem area moved was really beautiful, and the raw edges of the tulle were an interesting touch. I didn’t care for her 1950s Sylvia Plath hair, though. On the fence about the earrings!

          • Sunraya

            Sylvia Plath hair!! Haha!!

      • Carrps

        Heh, I remember my mom wearing a knit hat with paillettes to church in the very later 50s/eary 60s. I hated that hat!

  • It’s FINE but not actually fab. I’d prefer the earrings if she had her hair up.

    • decormaven

      Yes! The hair swept away would have been a nice touch. This gown is acceptable, but it’s not a jaw-dropper. I’ll remember her speech – “The world is round, people!” – more than this look.

  • Betsy

    I like it (don’t love it) and I think she looks great. That said, I really hate dresses with bobbles and things that hang off of it because all I can think about when is the snagging.

  • Lolo Andre

    Meh so bland

  • Evan

    Love it and I don’t think the applique was overdone. Werq worthy as far as I’m concerned. But with the flood of nude and champagne gowns last night, I do wish it was in a color. I think it would have looked amazing in a mint green or pale blue or pink.

    • demidaemon

      I’m with you, Evan!

  • SewingSiren

    Those magnificent OPALS provide enough color to suit me.

  • Blair Sylvester

    Hate the illusion netting on the shoulders and this dress look is just so done . I don’t think this is one of those oscar dresses that people will look at in 10 or 20 years and say pretty. But that hair that face and those earrings . But she can and has worn so much better than this

  • Laylalola

    It looked to me like a front desk clerk’s inventory of keys — all those key clips. Beautiful dress, but that’s all I could see.

    • Kate

      My reaction: “It looks like earring from Target hung all over a sheath dress from American Apparel.”

  • Carly Clement

    I think that is this dress was to be in a bold colour like a emerald green or a bold red it would loose the appeal. It has to be this neutral skin colour to show off all the detail in the beading. If it was the bold colour the gems would just blur into the dress and would loose the appeal. I think that this dress is pretty memorable because of they way she wears it. there have been countless soft basic metallic tone dresses at the oscars which have been memorable with the big one being Anne Hathaway in Armani in 2009. Yes this dress is a safer choice than she has previously wore, but why bother going outside the box when you can get a win in something so Elegant and breathtaking as this dress. Plus her acceptance speech was amazing! Go Australia!!!!

  • mommyca

    It pains me to think that she went the safe route… It could have been magnificent but we are just in the “beautiful” territory…

  • CO Gal

    When you know you’re going to win the award — and her speech certainly had the self-assured tone that comes with a known winner — you wear a winner’s dress. This ain’t it.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I didn’t like it, and it made me sad. I thought the earrings were actually a bit too far with all the embellishments on the dress. I don’t think it will be memorable. Lupita most likely is the one we will remember for years to come.

    • marlie

      Lupita’s will be memorable simply because it’s not one in an endless line of beaded/sequinned/embellished champagne-colored dress that ladystars have been wearing to red carpet events for the last 10 years.

      • Jessica Freeman

        And it wasn’t beige with embellishments. Snore.

  • jw_ny

    Obnoxious earrings aside, I absolutely love this look & gown…and color.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    IT may not be memorable, but she is. Look at that dress on the model: she’s all straight waist and too low breasts. Now look at it on Cate. She has said in interviews that she can look hard and angular. Last night she wanted to look soft and beautiful, and she did. I love it. And yes, the earrings really do make the whole thing sing.

    • demidaemon

      Totally agree. This dress was meant for her body.

  • Kate

    The sleeves and neckline are awful and look poorly made (close-ups showed that they were fraying, which, while possibly intentional, just looked cheap). Without that, the dress would have been pretty if not completely boring (especially for Cate).

    • ballerinawithagun

      I posted a similar comment apparently while you were posting!

  • Judih1

    She and Lupita should have switched dresses. Actually I think almost all the A list women at the Oscars wore safe, boring choices. For people who are actors – they do NOT bring the drama when it comes to their Oscar Red Carpet dresses. Give us something to talk about, not snooze

  • ballerinawithagun

    Like the over all dress and she does like to wear flesh tones. The part that bothers me is the neckline and sleeve area. Bunching tulle in the armpits…how uncomfortable would that be? And then that boat neckline of tulle cutting right across her collar bones. The model behind the model appears to have more of a halter, which would have been much better.

    • I am glad she didn’t wear the belt that the model is wearing.

    • You’re likely thinking of the plebe tulle us poors have to wear. Cate’s tulle probably feels softer than the best silk I could afford.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    oh great, another boring column of beige and beige related tones. yawn. earrings are killa though.

  • styrch

    It’s like Gozer the Destructor decided to get all swanky for a gala. That’s not a bad thing – I sort of dig it on Cate.

  • marlie

    This is a beautiful dress, stunning even, but there were so. many. champagne-colored dresses last night. At one point Seacrest interviewed four ladystars in a row in that color, including Cate. She certainly looks gorgeous, but I wish she’d gone for a different color.

    • Nita

      I actually tweeted about the parade of nudes last night. Unfortunate.

  • wisdomy

    I am completely over spangled illusion netting. Stop it! You’re actresses, not ice dancers!!!

  • Anna

    Oh Cate. THRILLED that you won and I so wanted to like this, but all I’m getting is foundation garment with paillettes.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Would it hurt to sit?

  • RescueMe23

    The dress compliments the gold statue she took home quite well. Her dress doesn’t need to be memorable because her performance was.. BAM!

  • bizarro

    The looks like she has fishing lures tacked all over her dress. She does look lovely, but I’m pretty sure that “this will snag a large mouth bass” is not what she was going for. But she did snag and Oscar so I’m certain she doesn’t care what I think :).

    • EJ

      Exactly what I thought watching last night! When she stood up to get her award, all I could see was the prettiest was to show off your fishing lure collection ever.

  • MaryMcClelland

    Who would have thought Cate is such a figure skating fan, because this is reading I just can’t accept the fact that the Olympics ended last week. And it’s too busy and too illusion netty.

  • Rachel Carroll

    All I could see was skin disease unfortunately. From the neck up, I think she looks lovely but the dress gives me the willies.

    • AnneElliot

      It also looks really uncomfortable. I can’t imagine sitting in it for hours with all those paillettes digging into your skin. Ouch.

      • Rachel

        I am not sure she did sit down. Maybe she just bent her knees and leaned…

  • I didn’t like this very much. She looks all sparkly and haute couture but it was just another example of why pale white girls shouldn’t wear ecru colored gowns, no matter how many paillettes are there to distract you. This would have looked better on Lupita. I don’t think it’s memorable for any reason: not because it’s shatteringly bad, and not because it’s breathtakingly good. Just meh. Those earrings, on the other hand……I’d cut someone for those. Just extraordinary.

  • Susannah

    All of the little hanging dealies make me think of the key desk at my music school where we’d go pick up our practice room keys. Wheeeeee, hanging tags!

  • B_C_J

    She is a golden goddess & this dress is beyond beautiful on her. It speaks of a powerful, in control, self-aware woman who on a night as important as this one, wants to be noticed yet also wants to be remembered for more than what she wore. Despite the embellishments on the gown, your eye travels to her lovely face.

  • NMMagpie

    Not very memorable but it sure does look a whole lot better on Miss Cate than it did on the runway.

    Still, it’s a beautiful woman in a dress that does not take away from that beauty. Well done.

  • Hrfe

    I think the biggest pieces are what is pushing it over the edge into “meh”. Its just a little too… crafty because of them. And I realize that this isn’t really a “crafty” dress so that’s odd to say but that’s the vibe I get. Maybe if they were sewn down at the bottom? Whatever it is, it just isn’t quite right.

  • Anne

    I’m not sure that Cate Blanchett needs to wear a history-making dress to win an Oscar. As she would probably point out, nobody remembers what various men wore to win Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor.

    That said, I think this is beautiful on her (though man, there were a lot of nude-colored dresses on the red carpet this year!) and the earrings are to die for.

    • MilaXX

      The men mostly wear a tux. Typically black, occasionally white. What’s to remember about that? Sure she doesn’t need the dress to win, the question was is this an iconic dress? My guess is no.

      • Anne

        I agree, it’s not really an iconic dress. And that feels like a conscious decision to me, given her history of jaw-dropping adventurous iconic gowns. I hope that she looked the way she wanted to look when she won the Oscar for Best Actress.

  • SewingSiren

    Aside from the earrings (which I obviously love). The dress was one of my favorites of the night (but not of all time). It appears to be made of alternating bands of horsehair nylon which give it a buoyant bouncy quality , I agree about the scaly effect of the palettes, but I like it.

  • @Biting Panda

    Ethereal is her safety zone.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    They look like a bunch of fishing lures in pantyhose. I want to like it, and I actually love the actual shape of the dress, including the neckline and sleeves, but this color doesn’t do anything for her.

  • newidentity

    I feel like she’s wore it before. LIke that exact dress.

  • Adriana

    I can’t say that the dress looks bad, but it is beige and has illusion netting so I’m not loving it. But her hair, face, and earrings are so beautiful!

  • LJCdoc

    I love it. She looks gorgeous, full stop. I’m sure I’ll remember this.

  • Coleen

    It is way too much like the one that Reese Witherspoon wore when she won for “Walk the Line.” I am disappoint.

  • Lilyana_F

    From the neck up she’s perfection! The dress is alright, I guess, but I’m not a fan of nude on pale blonds. And the applique is not helping. Anyway, I deserving winner, for sure.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I was definitely underwhelmed when I saw this last night. It’s pretty, but I just don’t like the color. Maybe it looked better in person?

  • kmk05

    You hit it nail on the head (right on the head? What’s the right expression…) because yes, she’s beautiful and this suits her, but it’s not very memorable. But her face is memorable, which is what makes this look really stand out.

    But the dress seems a bit… tired, no? Like we’ve seen versions of it for a few seasons already (Elie Saab comes immediately to mind, and probably many others). it just doesn’t feel very modern.

    OTOH, her jewellery is inspired with it.

  • ralish

    I think it’s lovely from a distance. The silhouette is perfect, and the color actually makes it look like she’s sparkling. I don’t like it at all up close, but since this was a dress to be seen on camera and from the stage, I think it works. Not so memorable though.

  • Bozhi

    This is the dress Lupeta should have worn.

  • MilaXX

    I agree it’s pretty. In fact I like it better on Cate than on the model. That said, I find these blush/champagne/nude colors often don’t hold up well in photos. I find myself wishing t was powder blue or more pink toned. I think she’ll end up on a few best dressed list, but no I don’t think it’s an iconic look. I’d also like to add, her makeup team knows how to do a minimal face without giving her dead lips, something I think too many fail on.

  • Eh, it’s gonna be as memorable as Reese Witherspoon’s. Remember that? There you go.

  • enid soto

    On the red carpet it doesn’t wow, but when she was up there giving her speech she was just magnetic. The sparkles were perfect for the moment and the mood.

  • gorenlj

    The earrings are amazing and take the whole look to another level. She looks beautiful and when she came up to accept her award, she was clearly extremely comfortable in how she felt she looked. At the same time. Halle Berry’s gown when she won remains one of my all time favorites, full stop.

  • altalinda

    Not a bit.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like it a lot, but it’s not a show stopper. What was a show stopper, for me, was that both of the Top Girls (Ms. Blanchett and Ms. Nyong’o) shared a little perspective on the industry and the process in each her own way.

  • Lori

    Pretty, yes of course. Memorable, no. I think that in a week almost no one will be able to remember was she wore beyond a vague sense that she looked pretty.

  • Karen Belgrad

    It reminds me of Britney Spears bodysuit from the Toxic video. Try as I may, I can’t spin that into a compliment.

  • supri_supri

    I love that the nude actually matches her skin but it reminds me too much of Britney’s bedazzled nude catsuit from some performance yeeeears ago. Like this dress is the grown up version of that. Also getting an odd Mama’s Family vibe from the color palette, skirt silhouette, appliques, and ruffles.

    ETA: but the earrings are divinity.

  • For me, memorable, only because she’s always been a woman who’s never been afraid to be defined by more than mere beauty. A brain, wit, talent and unique physical qualities. Her win was very well deserved.

    Oh yeah, the dress: I really, really like it. That waistline is perfect. I think she actually looks better than the model in it. The earrings were gorgeously noticeable, but not distracting. It’s in IN, along with the win.

  • MarissaLG

    Not iconic but definitely beautiful.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I was really disappointed in this dress (not in Cate, of course). I have never felt that nude was her best palette and those appliques look kind of itchy and uncomfortable. Can you imagine sitting on those for several hours?

  • MartyBellerMask

    It won’t even be as iconic as some of Cate’s own previous Oscar looks.
    And I aplogize if I’m repeating what someone else has said; Disqus won’t load the comments.

  • Also, for as pretty as Amy Adams looked, I didn’t really feel the “give me the Oscar” vibe from it. Navy can be so regal, but she looked a bit understated, for my tastes.

    • demidaemon

      To be fair, I think most stars are so afraid of getting on the Worst Dressed List that they end up playing it safe. This, however, was beyond playing it safe, to me.

  • Kelly

    I don’t care for this dress. It looks like one of those valet boards, where car keys with round white ID tags are hung on hooks. Too much going on, too ruffle-y and busy for chic Cate. It’s not terrible, just uninspired. No, I don’t think it’s going to be turning up on any “memorable Oscar gowns” lists.

  • jilly_d

    I will never like a band aid colored dress. Come on Cate, everyone knew you were going to win. This was the time to knock it out of the park and you let us down.

  • In_Stitches

    I think I’d like it more if it was strapless. The whole mock neck and half-split sleeve treatment really irks me.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Not exactly memorable, but I’m a sucker for a beaded nude dress.

  • Danielle

    It’s a very nice dress but pretty forgettable after Lupita, Sandy, and JLaw’s use of color.

  • Perfect ending question. Will it be memorable. And the answer is no. Of course she looks pretty but flesh colored anything does not stand out on the stage and lovely as it it, it’s a let down.
    Great tweets last night guys! Had the same thoughts about Pink and Judy Garland. Wha??????

  • It’s pretty, but I think she’s worn more show-stopping things. The earrings make it, you are right.

  • Alfred Cox

    Mmmmmmmmm. Its a disappointment. I mean, this is her moment, HER time to win Best Actress and she gives us a pretty yet basic gown she can wear in her sleep. She probably does wear gowns like this in her sleep, because she’s Cate Blanchett.
    I don’t know….she gorgeous, the dress is gorgeous and it IS a showstopper, but its just another one in a long line of “pretty but not memorable” Oscar gowns. *Sigh*

  • queen b*tch

    Maybe she doesn’t want her dress to overshadow her win?

  • janierainie

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I love her dress and earrings. Like someone else said “it read better on stage”. It’s done so well.

  • I totally agree. The ‘match to my skin tone look’ puzzles me to no end.

  • Alyssa

    Beautiful on her, great earrings, unmemorable.

  • Lilithcat

    Not memorable at all. Despite the shiny bits, which are way too big, it’s “blah”. And those earrings look way too crafty, despite what I’m sure is their insane cost.

  • artgirl9

    Earrings are the bomb. She is beautiful as always but the dress looks like it has a bunch of key tags hanging all over it. I couldn’t stop seeing that.

  • Gatto Nero

    Very Old Hollywood glamour. I think she’s gorgeous.
    And I like the monochrome effect with her skin and hair.
    Maybe she feels she’s already proved her fashion chops with other recent choices. She has said that dressing for these events should be fun, or what’s the point? And maybe this is expresses what she was feeling this time around.

  • teensmom99

    Not memorable. A lot of people could have worn this and at Cate’s level, you want it to be something that only she could wear.

  • BobStPaul

    Simply stunning.

  • Here’s the thing. There were a TON of champagne same-color-as-white-people-skin dresses last night, good ones and bad ones. I don’t like the color, but she wore it well.

    You’d have to say that champagne was a real RC trend last night, as was big, interesting jewelry (THANK GOD), and she hit both perfectly.

    • demidaemon

      To big, interesting jewelry, I say, “FINALLY!”

  • SugarSnap108

    I think she looks beautiful *despite* this dress. I don’t really like anything about it, from the non-color to the awkward sleeve. It did look better on stage than up close, though.

  • mshesterp

    To me the top half of the dress reminds me too much of her black Golden Globes gown, also Armani, which was more striking. Don’t bore us by being repetitive, Cate! It was pretty, but no, not memorable.

  • TheLaurenJean

    The problem I have with it is it looks like something I’ve seen a 100 other actresses wear. It is STUNNING, but it’s been done so often.

  • Latin Buddy

    I simply don’t respond to BEIGE…even when it’s handcrafted, tons of jewels, and the wearer is fierce as shit. I’m sorry but when you have the fashion world as your feet and you have a history of rocking the shit out of anything/everything…you don’t wear BEIGE on your big night.

  • sarah

    Pretty, but not memorable. I’m tired of non colors. The earrings were the look.

  • Verascity

    Even though I’m not much a fan of her right now, I have to admit, I was really struck by this. I think it’s stunning on her in a way it isn’t on the model. It works for me because she’s working it.

  • crash1212

    It looked beautiful on stage. Guess that counts for something.

  • kduffin7

    She looks absolutely ethereal, like the goddess she is. Love Cate.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    My problem with this dress was that Cate was sitting next to an actress with a dress with the same colour.

    • altalinda

      Those two dresses looked so similar from afar that I wondered for a long time whether Sally Hawkins was her sister.

  • FrigidDiva

    I actually don’t like the earrings, on the close up shot. They look really cheap and crafty, like they got the design off Pinterest. I do agree that they pretty much make the look, and that isn’t a compliment. I have such high expecations for her that I was really expecting her to hit this look out of the park, and then we got this stumble. Just not a great look.

  • theblondette

    I think she looks exquisite.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I was a bit disappointed in this, although I can’t deny that she looked exceptionally beautiful. The gown itself is just a bit boring.

  • empath

    Cate looked elegant and ethereal and even relatively comfortable. I see this as a successful deployment of the looking like the Oscar to get the Oscar strategy. It may have resulted in a safer choice of gown, but she did indeed capture the prize.
    I did feel a little bad for Sandra, she managed the polite pleased look when the winner was announced, but looked like she was fighting back tears when the camera panned by her after Cate’s speech.

  • Pennymac

    Way too much “non color” on that carpet last night. Although, having said that, I think this dress is almost ethereal. The pailettes gave it some shimmering movement, and don’t seem scaly to me at all. I kind of love it, actually. Not her best, but a stunner none the less.

  • Geoff Dankert

    Completely agree. I was ever so slightly disappointed with this look, but only because it was Miss Blanchett.

  • aahlife

    I do not like what is happening with the sleeves, they look unresolved.

  • CPK1

    beautiful hair, make-up and earrings. I love the dress but it is so very beige

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Maybe not the most “striking” but I think it’s a beautiful gown. I’m glad she didn’t join the “color” sweepstakes and try to out-glow everyone else.
    The pailettes are marvelous and add just the right touch of sparkle. It was perfect for the Best Actress.

  • MaggieMae

    Not my favorite color, but I bet it looks beautiful in motion.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Her Golden Globes’ gown was way more interesting.

  • purpleprose78

    She looks like her dress is specked with oysters. And I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

  • ovarB

    To much of neutral palette on the RC for this to stand out and be memorable.

  • Renee

    Not into it, and primarily for the same reasons you guys said. The appliques are a little much and the lack of color trend is just getting old to me. Especially in the last shot from the back, it just looks like she has an extra layer of skin 😐 The earrings definitely save this, but yes, of course she looks gorgeous.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    It was okay until the close up and then I kept saying,”What the hell is that?”. It was okay, but it was beige. I’m really tired of pale complexions wearing beige. It does nothing for you. I would have loved to have seen her in a flaming red dress. That would have been amazing.

  • Katt Gill-Smith

    It’s too much like an arts and crafts project with all of the little sequins dangling off of it. I thought it was the worst of the night.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    It doesn’t look memorable in pictures, but in motion it was quite a vision, and I love that she went for the “quietly dramatic” look. So no, it’s not memorable like Halle Berry’s or Julia’s or Jennifer’s, but I think we’ll remember her as a glittery vision, even if we won’t be able to describe the dress without looking for pictures.

  • lockmm

    Honestly, out of the four acting winners, she was destined to be the least remembered to begin with.

  • sherrietee

    I like it the further away from the camera she is. This dress does not lend itself well to close inspection of details. But on camera, in motion, she looked amazing.

  • DagnyReardon

    It’s an absolutely gorgeous YAWN.

  • kategs

    Oh those earrings! Australian opals, how perfect. I think she looks splendid.

  • Granny panties

    I thought it was pretty and interesting, but that I had seen this dress many times before. 6 years ago maybe this would have been amazing. In general though I say wear what you love, and I can see why she loved this.

  • bertkeeter

    I was surprised that it was Armani. It’s more in the style of Ellie Saab! I’m over this “fairy princess” beaded look!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • numenah

    I’d have preferred this dress on the red-headed Emma Stone. Although Cate looked very pretty, the color washed her out a bit.

  • Lexistential

    I can’t call this my favorite. I’m over champagne nude tones. BUT, she pulls this off beautifully with a very grounded ethereality. I am not sure anyone else can come close to wearing or working this dress.

    Love the earrings, especially since they’re opal.

  • Jeremy Thomas Porta

    She looks like the queen of the fairies.

  • Qitkat

    One of my very favorite dresses last night. And I normally am not a fan of the nude look. Or so many sparkles. But I thought she looked so gorgeous, and then when she won, and those blue eyes stared straight into the camera and then she gave that confident, lovely, personal speech, I just fell in love with her more than ever before. And the earrings are beyond stunning! It just goes to show that the wearer does indeed bring that something intangible to the look. I don’t care for the dress on the model at all.

  • Janet B

    I love the opal and diamond earrings, but I don’t like the dress.

  • TigerLaverada

    I’m not a fan of champagne/nude dresses, but this looked ethereal on her, particularly in motion. The earrings are fantabulous. LOVE Australian opals.

  • MasterandServant

    I was watching some sort of Fashion Panel Police-y review, as this was all going on…and they had Kristin Cavallari on (why? I don’t know)….but while everyone else was cooing over this, she was all, ‘I think I’d like it in a richer color’. EXACTLY what I was thinking.

  • boweryboy

    I love the beading and applique, but the dress itself is too beige and too close to her skin tone. IMO there’s nothing to make it stand out for it be an iconic Oscar dress.

  • Judy_J

    I loved it. On someone else, this might be boring, but on Cate, it just looks stunning. I agree about the earrings….they are the perfect accessory, and I love her hair….very old school Hollywood.

  • cocohall

    I think she knew what she was doing when she picked this, and this dress goes perfectly with her new bit of mantle dressing. The dress is a lovely backdrop to the Oscar. Which I suspect she knew she was going to win, as her speech was quite well crafted. There is also a timeless quality about it, which is clever, as the photos of her in it holding her Oscar will be around for as along as she is.

  • Little_Olive

    She can wear bold, complicated, colorful pieces like nobody’s business, so I’m really not on board with this one. I’ll be having those earrings, thankyouverymuch.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Moulin Rouge Part 2?


    I think it is a lovely dress, looks great on her and yet….. I am still just a touch bored. I adore her, one of my favorite actresses ever and she rarely looks anything but striking. This one was just a hair dull for my taste.

  • She already had a history-making Oscars dress with that butter-yellow Valentino she wore when she won a supporting actress award for The Aviator. (Also, though she didn’t win, that embroidered Galliano dress she wore when nominated for Elizabeth is one of my favorite Oscar outfits of ALL TIME. So while this feels like a slight disappointment, she already has two (arguably) iconic Oscars dresses–she could afford to just go for “pretty” this time.

  • April Goff

    It sort of reminds me of the time that I inadvertently walked through a swarm of moths and they just alighted all over me. I can say it’s beautiful, but it just seemed like bugs crawling all over the dress to me. Pretty bugs… but still bugs.

  • enchanted216

    I think it’s gorgeous and memorable! She was a winner the moment she stepped on the red carpet. I think this is the perfect gown for her, and it looks infinitely better on her than it does on the model. This was my favorite gown of the night.

  • Mona_Visa

    The photos here are lovely, but the first pic I saw of this dress (on another website) looked *really* bad. I was so upset that I had to come here to make sure this dress wasn’t a total mistake.

    Seeing her here, I breathe a sigh of relief. I am a wee bit disappointed, but just the tiniest bit. Mostly I’m so thrilled she won her Oscar! Long overdue.

  • Stubenville

    Utterly washed out, but props for wearing it better than the model.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Agree that the earrings are fab. It’s a beautiful dress, but I too wish that Cate had gone for something with more color.

  • Maya

    i’d already forgotten what she’d worn.

  • Pat Garrett

    My friend’s hubby said it reminded him of a key wall at the locksmiths’…….and I can’t unsee that…..

    • MsC

      I joked elsewhere that she looked like a walking key party. Glad to know someone else saw the “key” thing.

  • Stefan Hurray

    She looks beautiful and I think this gown is successful because it makes her the center of attention, not the dress.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    She owed the house a solid clearly. To me it’s a load of nothing with some great earrings and hair.

  • Enferdame

    See, I loved this look on her, which is weird, because I don’t normally love a nude look. She’s just so striking in it, and she owns it. I think that the stones and pailette make it more interesting for me. It sort of reminds me of Daisy’s dress from the The Great Gatsby. Then again, I’m a bit of a magpie, so I’m all about shiny things. I think it’s a great look for her. I know when I saw it in the background on someone’s interview, I immediately was obsessed with it.

    It’s totally differrent from Lupita’s princess moment, but Blanchett is a queen.

  • Christopher

    Classic and ethereal….not memorable though

  • Courtney

    This is an Impressionist dress – it looks really good from further away, but doesn’t quite look “right” the closer you get.

  • RuthGo

    Its not memorable. She looks beautiful because she’s Cate Blanchett and her hair, makeup and jewelry is stunning. But I think both she and Lupita burned through better dresses earlier in the awards slog and kind of were a let down last night.

  • Synnae

    Pretty but dull. And dull is not the word I should be typing when discussing the outfits of Cate Blanchett…

  • AMartel

    Looks better on her than on the model. Dress makes her look like has some sort of terrible skin condition.

  • brown-eyed girl

    Kept looking at the spangles last night and wondering if they were fluffy, like she had little bobbles hanging off the dress. Agree that the earrings were terrific as were her hair and make-up.

  • Violentcello

    She looks pretty, but that’s because Cate Blanchett is pretty. She’s the one doing all the work. I think “let down” is the perfect way to describe it. It’s pretty enough, but not that exciting.

  • SylviaFowler

    I hate pale clothes on pale people.

  • Melissa Bumbs Grant

    I can’t possibly read all these comments so maybe someone can tell me if anyone else thought “fishing lures”?

  • Shawn EH

    Nope, boring. She went a very safe route. Maybe still trying to deflect attention from the whole Woody Allen brouhaha.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Totally agree, Uncles. I was really disappointed when I saw Cate in this dress. Pretty, of course, but so very drab. Thank God for her personality and beauty!

  • ampg

    It’s a very pretty look (and the earrings really are killer), but if you’re grading on a “Blanchett curve” this gets about a C for being safe and colorless.

  • Cassidy Olsen

    I was really disappointed looking at this on the red carpet, but was kind of enamored of everything from the waist-up throughout her acceptance speech. Good allusion netting, beautiful earrings, hair, face…I think she nearly saves it with those alone. But in the end, this is a snooze.

  • Keeks

    Beautiful, not memorable. And I hate to say it, but doesn’t it look like a neutral version of the Monique Lhuillier Drew Barrymore wore to the Golden Globes?

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s beautiful and makes an impact for the night of the event. It makes it clear that she’s in the running for the statue. Will we remember it next year? I think so. Will we remember it in five or ten years? That’s less certain.

  • Akemi

    She looks beautiful, but literally the first thing I said when I saw it (I only saw the top half at first) was ICE DANCING!
    But it looked really nice on stage.

    • Sabin

      That wouldn’t even work for ice dancing. Her partner would get hooked on the lures.

  • Twostarzz

    Just beige…

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Out. I’m not a fan of barnacles at a black tie event. She looks like she needs to be scraped off.

  • Mim McDonald

    I wish more of the colours within the opals had been present within the dress.

  • PeaceBang

    It’s lovely but when compared to so many of her gasp-worthy looks, it disappoints. I mean, where’s your Alexander McQueen drama, lady? Or something along those lines?

  • Aidan B

    I confess myself…disappointed. This is lovely, but I wish she had chosen something a little less classic and expected. But oh, the things I would do for those earrings…

  • Anathema_Device

    This was so much better on TV when she was moving. I loved the way the white or silver beading/paillettes caught the light when she walked. The color is very close to her skin tone, but that makes the other detail pop more. I liked this a lot, though it isn’t up there with other killer looks she’s worn.

    • 1964edithgrove

      You are right — it comes to life in motion. Thought she looked gorgeous. And her speech was great.

  • Call me Bee

    Best of the night for me.


    Beautiful dress but it’s a wash-out on her. Some color is badly needed here, whether it’s hair, jewelry, SOMEthing.

  • allisankelly

    My honest first thought last night was fishing tackle gone awry. But she looks beautiful regardless.

  • ojosazules

    It probably is the earrings, but I’m fine with the dress just being a dress, and Cate just looking beautiful instead of “bold,” or “dramatic,” or whatever.

  • AmeliaEve

    It’s all about the shape. I could not take my eyes off of the flared, fluttery hem.

  • Kelly

    I think it is a bit not good. The nude netting and fishing lures are not attractive.

    • Sabin

      Perfect. “Fishing lures” was niggling at the back of my brain, but I couldn’t quite get at it.

  • Michelle Gennari

    She looks beautiful but I just think her hair and complexion requires something with more color.

  • ChristopherM

    I have been bitching for at least three years about actresses wearing dresses the color of a Band Aid on the red carpet. This is the first time I have EVER liked one of them. For some reason she pulls this off the way no one else before her could. I think she looks ethereal.

  • Emily Rose

    She does look beautiful, but forgive me, I am starting a petition for people with beige skin to stop wearing beige dresses, PLEASE. From far away it sort of looks like they just stuck the flowers to her skin.

  • LeelaST

    This was her year and she looked Gorgeous. Loved her speech.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Over all she looks very ethereal, but this is a dress that looks better from a distance. I’m glad she did not wear the belt, love the earrings.

  • altissima

    This is pretty, but there were so many of these ethereal pale beige-ish gowns last night, that it left me feeling a bit ‘meh’.

  • CMSmith1848

    Nice enough on another night, but there were so many dull, nude sparkly dresses that she blended into the crowd. Ms. Cate should never blend into the crowd!

  • Such beige, so shine, such meh.

  • traceyishere

    Those opals on her ears are gorgeous and the dress is very refined. She looks very demure.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Absolutely gorgeous. This was my Best Dressed of the night by far and I knew it the minute I saw her! Ethereal Galadriel Realness. AND THOSE EARRINGS. BAMPH.

  • *crickets*

    Bleccchh and BORINGGG.

  • *crickets*

    Beige sack of netting with stuff stuck all over it. HATE.

  • GeoDiva

    Oh Uncles… I could not agree with you more. I thought I was the only one who is on the fence on this one. We all know that everyone else in the free world will be proclaiming her “Best Dressed”, but there is something off with this. I am however in love with the earrings. I don’t recall opals on the red carpet before. Way to pay homage to Australia.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    she looks like she sprayed herself with crazy glue and then rand through an enchanted forest, where enormous beads of dew and glittering fairy dust stuck to her, and then she ran out of the forest onto the red carpet and … wham. there she is. and that’s not, actually, a bad thing. lol.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      p.s. i think she might actually have gotten a few fairy wings stuck to her, too. poor fairies. how will they fly now?

      • demidaemon

        By being caught in her aura.

  • KT

    I mostly like this. She looks very elegant and ethereal. She is one big beige column though, and this doesn’t feel like “Cate Blanchett winning the oscar for best actress” in terms of DRAMA. This was the time to bust out something really fucking fabulous, and she was the clear choice for the win for some time now, so there was plenty of room for better planning. This Oscar season has been disappointingly meek all around.

  • The whole evening was so BEIGE it hurt. This is not an exception. But I love her hair and earrings.

  • suzq

    It glistened on the podium and that’s what counts, I guess. I was so mesmerized by her earrings, I hardly heard a thing she said in her acceptance speech. Anyway, I’m glad she ditched the belt. And give a gal a break. That couldn’t have been the most comfortable dress to sit in!

  • I didn’t like the seam at the waist – it either needed a belt or to be princess-line or something. And I HATED the back of the bodice. It was kind of like the zipper was saying, “HEY, look at ME!!!!”

  • Glammie

    Beautiful and boring. A real disappointment given that Cate Blanchett has worn some amazing dresses over the years.

  • Carolyn

    The opal earrings were a shout out to Australia and what you focussed on when she was making her speech. I think it was a clever and deliberate choice of dress for that reason. Well played.

  • E. D.

    I like it, and I love the earrings with it.

  • muelonil


  • GorgeousThings

    Sorry, I would give it an OUT. She looks like the key cabinet at a valet parking service. And the color is boooooring. Ms. Cate really missed on this one.

    • “She looks like the key cabinet at a valet parking service” – were I wearing a cap, I would doff it to you, sirormadam. Brilliant!

  • Heather

    Those earrings are amazing. I love them. Opals are my favorite.

  • Kitten Mittons

    It’s funny, when I saw this gown, I immediately thought back to her 1999 gown with the illusion netting and the hummingbird embroidery and thought, “She did this before, and she did it much better then. THAT was a memorable dress” When I went to google that dress, though, they really couldn’t be more different (that was a dark column dress with just touches of embroidery).
    So, my memory is crap. But that definitely contributed to the “meh” feeling I had when I looked at this. It’s beautiful, but it feels not only done, but done by her specifically, and done better than this.

  • Nazzzy

    She is a work of art, head to toe

  • Trickytrisha

    Those earrings deserve their own award. Her face and hair are flawless. The dress? I happen to love it so much I’d marry it. Love the dangly bits, the color melding with her creamy skin, the elegant shape. Oh dear, I feel a girl crush coming on.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I was just in love with this look last night. I can’t really explain it but it just worked on all levels for me. Romantic, classy, beautiful, smart, sophisticated… On the model it looks like any other lumpy beige dress. But when she came down the red carpet in it, I was all, WINNER! I think it’s reminding me of Katharine Hepburn around the Philadelphia Story era. I am smitten.

  • Karen Clark

    Maybe now the most memorable, but certainly in my top 5 for the evening.

  • Contralto


  • SorayaS

    It is very pretty but I was disappointed that she wasn’t bolder. I don’t think any dress from last night will stick in my mind but those earrings will!

  • Carrps

    It’s perfectly pretty and utterly forgettable.

    But the opal earrings??? WANT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kbshee

    She looks better than the model, imho, and seems so comfortable wearing what has to be an uncomfortable dress.

  • e jerry powell

    I think the dress reads differently for each wearer and each photographer. I’m having difficulty telling what it’s supposed to be.

  • webslice33

    it’s a winner’s dress…she looks divine!

  • Mojone

    On my tv screen, last night she looked transparent, ethereal and utterly divine. I’m disappointed that this doesn’t come across in the photos. Must be something about lighting.

  • Jen

    Hair, yes. But there was SO much beige and white on the red carpet, not to mention they put Sally Hawkins in a very similar shade which was such a bad idea!

  • jbontrager78

    Hate the color, hate the sleeves, hate the neckline. Would have looked a wee bit better with a belt. Also don’t like the earrings with the dress.

  • Caitlin Rain

    Last night, the straight guy in the room pointed out that she “looks like the board full of keys behind an old-timey hotel front desk”. I can’t unsee it now.

    • pdquick

      Caitlin Rain FTW.

  • guest2visits

    There were several shimmery, faux-transparent shades like this on the RC, but this was one of the best. I guess I just love the fairy lights and sparkle, or the subtle glow from these silver & gold nudes. The earrings were gorgeous…she wore it all beautifully.

  • pdquick

    The “suck it” that she lobbed past Julia Roberts into the laps of sexist producers made her speech so memorable that I really don’t care what she was wearing. But the earrings do rock.

  • demidaemon

    I thought she looked stunning. She is selling that gown way better than the model, and she fills it out in a way the model never could.

  • TLoGuest

    Her yellow Valentino from ’05 was MUCH MUCH better…and far more memorable. Obvi.

  • elzatelzabelz

    She’s a pretty, pretty princess, but overall too safe. It’s Cate! She can also pull off stuff that mere mortals dare not try. I guess I was again, underwhelmed.

  • Joey Melliza

    Her 1999 Galliano was better

  • Gaston

    I loved this gown and the color was beautiful on Cate! She looked curvier and sexier in it than the stick-thin runway model did, and I think it was perfect for Oscar night. Perhaps the spangles & sequins would not have worked for a private event, but for a televised event I thought the gown hit just the right note of femininity and glamour, with a slightly etherial quality.

    The earrings were gorgeous! Someone here suggested that they looked like costume, or cheap. I disagree. Those opals were full of fire and color, truly quality stones. (No blue backpainting on those!) I think the settings had that same quality. The earrings’ size and length were lovely with her face shape and hair length.

    Cate looked beautiful, elegant, sophisticated, and very much a “Film Star” in a classic Hollywood way.

  • livesarah

    Horrible colour, horrible on her. She can pull off some unusual, ethereal-looking stuff, but this just looks like she was emptied out of a vacuum cleaner bag. WAY too much praise being directed at this dress (although maybe it’s just because I’m in Australia and every time an Aussie wins something WE ALL WON IT AND EVERYTHING THE PERSON WEARS/SAYS/DOES IS FLAWLESS FOREVAH!).

    • “but this just looks like she was emptied out of a vacuum cleaner bag”

      Jealous that we didn’t come up with that one. Well done, kitten.

      • livesarah

        *swoon* 🙂

  • judybrowni

    A dress that makes the professional model look like a chubby, disgruntled ’30s debutante, but Ms. Cate makes sing!

  • Sisyphus .

    She beat up Taylor Swift and stole her gown, eh? She pulls it off well, but the gown itself is somehow meh.

  • Zombiepeep

    She looks like she got tangled up in a fishing lure shop.

  • amanda lynn

    I don’t think that we’ll be talking about this dress at all. It’s pretty, yes, but it’s a naked dress with frippery.

  • KinoEye

    My first thought upon seeing this was wishing that it had some color. I was underwhelmed. She has the presence and poise to carry it off beautifully, but I wasn’t wowed like I expected to be.

  • miatamam

    shells on the window screen after a storm at the cape. Pretty but definitely not iconic….and what was that Sandy Gravity dis?

  • peachy

    monochromatic EVERYthing. noisy confetti. perhaps a nice presenter dress, but a winner dress? i think not. blah bland and pablum.