2014 Critics’ Choice TV Awards Red Carpet Rundown – Part 1

Posted on June 20, 2014

We’ve got a shit-ton of attention whores to run down, kittens, so let’s do this Quick n’ Dirty-style!

Matt Bomer
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Or, y’know, Slow n’ Dirty-style. That would be good too.



Allison Janney
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 BAM! Miss Lady is FEELIN’ IT!

Unfortunately we are not feelin’ her accessories.



Danielle Brooks
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 Serving up DIVA.

And perfect 3/4 pose.



Annet Mahendru
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It’s a black sheer gown that we don’t hate. That can only be considered a win.



Christina Applegate in Mikael D
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 Matronly as hell. Girl, what were you thinking?



Uzo Aduba in Vintage
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 The hair and makeup look great, we dig the jewelry and the purse, and we like the idea of her in a gold metallic. We’re just not loving this dress.



Diane Kruger in Elie Saab Couture
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 Very pretty. We try and refrain from saying this, because it can so easily become overused, but it looks like a painting.



Freddie Highmore
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If you’ll just fill out this form and have a seat, someone from Human Resources will be with you shortly.



Bellamy Young in Honor
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 The skirt’s kinda cute but Sweet Oprah, those shoes. They’re hideous.



Wendi McLendon-Covey in Roland Mouret
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 Don’t like the hair at all, but the gown’s pretty spectacular on her.



Kat Graham in Escada
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Fun to see a pantsuit, but it needs a little oomph in the styling.



Ted Sears
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Cute guy desperately in need of contrast.



Mayim Bialik in Tadashi Shoji
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‘HORRIBLE. Is she some sort of freedom fighter in lace?

A rare misfire from Tadashi Shoji.


Natasha Lyonne in Chloé
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 This all looked great to us until we got to the skirt. Dammit. Shoulda lined that thing, girl.







[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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  • Uzo Aduba might be better served in a less yellow gold – the pewter/bronze bits of the dress look a much better colour for her.
    Mayim Bialik should get an apology from Tadashi Shoji – that dress turns her into a lace-wrapped brick.

    • Lori

      Are we sure that Mayim isn’t in some way to blame for the lace-wrapped brick? I ask because Tadashi Shoji is almost always good and Mayim almost always looks lousy, no matter who she’s wearing.

      • YoungSally

        Mayim does choose to dress very conservatively as part of her Judaism….so maybe that resulted in too much lace on that dress – but who knows.

        • Lori

          This is my thing with Mayim. I understand her religiously based clothing requirements and I fully support them. It’s her choice and I would never give her a hard time about it. I don’t expect her to sex it up or something. Her religious requirements are not the reason she almost always looks dumpy though. I saw her episode of What Not To Wear. It is possible for her to cover what needs to be covered and still look really good. She just doesn’t and that’s taste related, not religion related. In this case it may be Shoji’s fault, but if I was betting the odds I’d put my money on Mayim.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            Girl is smart as a whip but has zero style instincts, possibly even less than zero.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            She needs a style infusion; I remember that episode of What Not to Wear, and I think that Mayim could find designers that would dress her appropriately in regard to her beliefs but look really good at the same time. I don’t think there is a dichotomy between being religiously observant and stylish. It might take more time and thought, but it could be done.

          • marlie

            Exactly. THIS was not the right dress for her, even if it did meet her modesty criteria.

          • P M

            She was on WNTW? I’ll have to look for that one now.

          • Lori

            She was. I don’t remember what year it was, but she got the full Clinton & Stacey treatment. They were really good about taking her religious needs into account and they found her stuff that looked great on her. And it all apparently went in one ear & right out the other.

          • Fuchsiaforever


        • P M

          Conservative doesn’t have to be dowdy, though. And I say this as a Brahmin, who are also known for being conservative.

    • Tobey

      In other news, Lace-Wrapped Brick is a great band name.

      • “Lace-Wrapped Brick” made coffee come out of my nose.

    • Fuchsiaforever

      Lace-wrapped brick! I love it! Lol

  • Julie Chase

    Allison Janney should at least SHARE her stash of unicorns’ blood that makes her get hotter every year.

    • marlie

      I hope someone is cataloging all of the great band names that this site generates.

    • whaddami

      Oooooh, this is definitely her “be me” look — that’s a fabulous dress on her, and she looks like she’s having a great time….I’d love to be her.

    • Leah Elzinga

      I love her more than any human should. Every time she’s on “Mom” I laugh to the point of falling off the couch, and her turn in “Hairspray” is one of my favorites. She can do no wrong. And seriously, Google “Mom” Son of Preacher Man. SOLID GOLD.

  • Constant Reader

    Christina Applegate needs to send her dress to Helen Mirren, who would rock it like no other.
    Danielle Brooks looks stunning.
    Matt Bomer looks dreamy.

    • marlie

      Agree about Christina. This is also not the right shade of gold/yellow for Christina.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Wow – ok…where to start. There are some seriously poor choices going on here. Mayim Bialik – the worst by far and in RED lace no less. WTH?!? And Diane Kruger… I really don’t like the way it makes her look thick with a belt cinched wayyyyy too tight.

    • Glam Dixie

      She looks like when you have a ring that’s too tight and your finger swells. Someones going to have to cut that belt, quick like.

      • Imma Mäder

        I’m currently living in Bolivia, where the Aymara girls (cholitas) favor this look – the bigger your hips and butt look, the better. made me chuckle to see the same thing on Diane.

  • Lori

    Diane Kruger’s dress is really pretty but it seems like it’s sitting on her funny. Am I the only one who wants her to hoink the top a little to her right? It seems like she also needed to loosen that belt a little or something. The skirt is poofing out in a way that doesn’t seem flattering.

    • kbshee

      It looks almost like she has a bustle on under it, which I don’t imagine was the goal.

      • marlie

        I think it’s *supposed* to look like a bustle. I like it, but it could have been a little more pronounced to really show that off.

      • Imasewsure

        I think it’s one of those hideous square bubble styles which is like having a bustle on both hips… or your own built in drink tray (which I’m not saying is a bad thing of course)

    • AnnaleighBelle

      And her face makes it seem like it’s very uncomfortable (acknowledging that it might just be the pic, but still).

  • Frank_821

    What happened to Christina Applegate? that dress makes her look kind of lumpy

    But that jacket on Ms Graham is is uber fun. She probably should have paired it with white slacks though or something contrasting

    slow and dirty for Matt…lol

  • hughman

    Sorry to disagree but I am living for Uzo Aduba’s dress. Granted, I would add a turban. But it’s the kind of dress worn on the album cover of a “Cocktail Jazz” record that Dad listens to when he wants to get Mom frisky.

    • Thomas

      I love it too.

    • Denise Alden

      Oooo . . . a turban! Yes! Yasssss . . .

    • I’m with you. I love it.

    • PastryGoddess

      Agreed, that dress if faboosh.

      My grandfather listens to Smooth Jazz all day long. drives me nuts

    • AnnaleighBelle

      And I love how happy and glowing she looks.

    • AudreysMom

      “getting Mom frisky” – my new t-shirt. Thank you.

    • You remain the wisest of us all.

  • MilaXX

    Danielle Brooks for the win. Wendy McClendon rapping to Poison by BelBivDavoe is only part of why I want to see Think like a Man2 this weekend.

    • Thomas

      Taystee’s gone high class.

    • Ragnarockette

      Danielle Brooks is the only one of this bunch that doesn’t make me want to set myself on fire.

      I love when rando celebrities bust out with good style instincts, putting all the a-listers to shame.

  • Thomas

    I actually like Uzo Aduba’s dress, and Diane Kruger is serving impressionism realness.

  • Danielle

    I have a lot of warm fuzzies seeing Uzo on the red carpet. She always looks pretty fantastic at events. Danielle Brooks shutting IT DOWN.

  • Glam Dixie

    Kat Graham looks like her face is floating over someone else’s body. Matt Bomer, you win again. ETA, Diane Kruger looks like she has an inflatable lifesaver just under the waist of her dress. Weird.

  • For a second I thought Bellamy Young was wearing Christmas socks.

  • Denise Alden

    I don’t know why, but I am LOVING Natasha Lyonne’s look, head to toe. Why doesn’t that sheer skirt bother me? Don’t know, don’t care: LOVE!

    • FibonacciSequins

      I don’t like what she’s wearing at all, but I love her attitude.

    • Tina M.

      Agree!! She is so endlessly cool to me, I am blinded to my usual hatred of the naked skirt.

    • I’m delighted by how much it looks like something Nicky would wear to a formal event, if she got the chance.

  • I teared up when I saw Uzo–she is the sweetest person, and I love seeing her look so happy, so pretty, and so excited to be seeing deserved success.

  • throwslikeagirl

    Saw a film from 1957 the other night with Jeffrey Hunter. Holy cow! Matt Bomer looks almost exactly like him.

    • Constant Reader

      Wow, you’re right!

  • James

    So sorry but I permanently parked at the first photo (also how lovely he won! fantastic performance so well deserved)

  • kimmeister

    I like the top half of Annet’s dress, but hate the bottom half.

    Wow, Freddie Highmore grew up. I haven’t seen him in anything since he was little.

    I must have Wendi’s dress. That is my color and my neckline, dang it!

  • Terri Terri

    Natasha Lyonne’s expression is the best!

  • t bell

    I don’t know who Ted Sears is but he’s giving handsome Matt some competition. If life was fair bitter kittens would be able to make a judgement about them as they both modeled for us in mesh g strings.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      He’s in Masters of Sex, in which he’s usually hardly clothed and having hot hot sex. He makes me feel things.

      He was also Zachary Quinto’s boyfriend in the first season of American Horror Story.

      • t bell

        I hit the vote down by mistake. I think that he would make a lot of folks feel things.

  • marlie

    Matt Bomer never disappoints. I like Allison Janney’s dress, and I LOVE Diane Kruger’s. The dress has a little too much volume at the hips, but it’s still a stunning dress and looks great on her. I love Uzo Aduba’s dress, and I like it on her, but I’m more concerned with the slightly too-tight fit in the bust. Her hair and makeup are gorge. Natasha Lyonne and Mayim Bialik are just tragic.

  • Imasewsure

    Nothing good to see here really except maybe Wendi’s dress. No love for any of the rest (especially poor Mayim – at least she is loving it)

  • FibonacciSequins

    Matt Bomer and Danielle Brooks are the winners here. Diane Kruger’s dress is pretty, but makes her hips look a mile wide. I don’t know who Ted Sears is, but I’d like to see more of him. Someone, please help Mayim and Natasha!

    Have a good weekend, uncles!

  • LadyVimes

    My brain stopped at Matt Bomer.

  • Candy Kane

    When did Freddie Highmore grow up?! He was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory like yesterday.

    • Vegas Girl

      He is so awesome in Bates Motel! I highly recommend it!

      • Candy Kane

        He’s Norman Bates, now? Christ, I feel like I’ve traveled through time.

        • Vegas Girl

          Norman Bates in modern day high school! And Vera Farmiga is his crazy ass mother. Season 2 just ended, and it’s totally crazy in the best possible way!

          • Candy Kane

            It’s on Netflix! This I’ve gotta watch.

          • Vegas Girl

            You will not be sad that you took the time. I was hooked on the very first episode and have gotten several of my girlfriends hooked as well. Highmore is fantastic in this creepy, creepy role and his performance in the season 2 finale actually has me wondering if he was mentally stable in real life. LOL!

    • smallgirlsaretrouble

      And I think he is actually growing up well – ie mad props for being a child star and growing up what appears to be not too cray

  • colleenjanel

    Diane Kruger’s tightly cinched waist is giving her puffy diaper hips. Naynay!

    • numenah

      The entire shape of this dress is weird. Her torso looks twisted, and how on earth did she wind up with heart-shaped hips?

  • TheBoo Stress

    Danielle Brooks’ look is SPECTACULAR.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I’m kinda loving Natasha Lyonne’s look. Maybe the eyebrows are making it for me.

  • alyce1213

    Matt Bomer sets the standard again.
    I, too, can’t believe how much I like Annet Mahendru’s sheer black dress. It’s really very pretty, not vulgar at all, and the embellishment is beautiful and well-placed. Shock. Allison Janney just knocks me out, almost every time. Wendi’s dress is perfect for her as is Danielle Brooks’.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Thanks for leading off with Matt Bomer-that’s always a winner in my book.

  • Star Jones Quotes

    Did anyone *not* just google Ted Sears?

  • Trickytrisha

    Having just finished a marathon Orange Is The New Black viewing (go, Miss Rosa, go!), I really enjoy seeing some of the stars getting some red carpet time. Uzo deserves an Emmy nod, closely followed by Danielle, who looks super here.

  • GeoDiva

    Sorry… Never made it past Matt Boomer….yummy!

  • Mr. J.

    Gary Cooper: “Did anyone ever tell you you’re a very pretty girl?” Ingrid Bergman: “Yes. Isn’t it lucky?”

    Heavenly Matt always looks as if he’s saying: “Yes. Isn’t it lucky?”

  • kerryev

    I would like Uzo Aduba’s dress a lot with better fit up top and less conservative hair.

  • Julie

    Wendi McLendon-Covey looks like someone stuck a large cobalt post it on her chest.

  • “Freedom Fighters in Lace” would be the perfect name for a rock band.

    Alison Janey is gorgeous.
    Diane Kruger looks like she’s sucking her gut in… very uncomfortable looking.
    Ted Sears should go out with me. We’d make a good contrasting couple! Ha ha.

  • Jay

    Matt Bomer is too perfect for me to be attracted to (I know, he must devastated by this.) At least have a slight flaw, like crooked teeth or a lazy eye or something.

    I think Uzo Aduba looks gorgeous. So happy about her win!

    • Lena L.

      This is how I feel on every Matt Bomer post. I see the BKs going crazy over him and I just see Ken doll… Granted, I’ve never seen him act, so maybe that would help.

  • Is Matt wearing Tom Ford again? I love the color of that Roland Mouret dress, but pose is ruining it.
    I didn’t immediately recognize Freddie, he’s so grown-up.

  • quiltrx

    I think Mayim’s main problem is that the waist is WAY too little-girl’s-dress HIGH on her. Plus where the x-straps hit her shoulders is so widening. LOVE Mr. Shoji but this needed some more thought. Maybe the fitting didn’t get customized enough.
    Glad Wendi’s face has settled down (things were weird for a while) and that dress is killer.
    And I don’t care for Diane Kruger (or her style much of the time), but I love Saab designs and this one is gorgeous.
    Confession…we watch very little ‘series’ television and don’t have the premium channels, so I’m a bit clueless on these folks’ shows. I have just now absorbed that Norman Bates is Charlie of Chocolate Factory fame!

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Mayim’s face looks like a Guy Fawks mask, seriously. And with that dress all she needs is a cape and the hat.

  • LambeeBaby

    Diane Kruger looks like she is holding her breath because her belt is cinched too tightly.

    • amaranth16

      I find that she looks that way to me a lot. In photographs it always looks to me like she carries herself very stiffly.

  • LJCdoc

    Taystee for the win!

  • Emily Roach

    Oh god, if that Shoji on Mayim Bialik (thanks for underlining all that, Spellcheck!) isn’t on your year-end WORST list…. wow. So so obviously terrible. I’m amazed she can smile in it.

  • ckokopuff

    Whoa! When did Wendy McLenden-Covey get that rocking body?