2014 Tony Awards Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on June 09, 2014

It’s the Nerd Prom of the entertainment world, darlings! The TONYS! Where everyone dresses VERY safely, because attention-seekers are looked at as assholes!

Hit it, troupers!



Idina Menzel in Zac Posen
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Adele Dazeem is here to provide you with FACE.

By the way, is there an Adele Dazeem drag queen yet? There really should be by now. And this is what she should look like.

Why does she looks like she’s trying to sit down?



Audra McDonald in Escada
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Loved the bright boldness of it, in a sea of safe style choices. Not in love with the hair, though.



Sutton Foster in Reem Acra
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The color – and the fact that she can pull it off – is what makes it.



Leighton Meester in Antonio Berardi
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 We wouldn’t have credited her with being able to work such a literal Old Hollywood look this well. She looks great.



Matt Bomer in Tom Ford
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Your moment of perfection.



Lena Hall in Zac Posen
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Clearly, she didn’t want to be cookie-cutter. We think this is an instance where it only really works in black. Any sort of color and it becomes… we don’t know … a cucumber, a banana, a tube of toothpaste, some sort of eel. Depending on the color, of course.



Anna Gunn in Jenny Packham
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 We really like this for being slightly unusual. It’s true that the fabric comes off a little like upholstery, but it’s nice to see something different on a red carpet like this. The only part we really don’t like is the embellishment around the neckline, which seems unnecessary to us.



Anika Noni Rose in Badgley Mischka
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 LOVE. Everything is perfect.



Zachary Quinto in Thom Sweeney
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 Cleans up well.



Kelli O’Hara in Narciso Rodriguez
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 All right, there’s conservative Tony Awards style and then there’s neutral colored prom dresses. You can step it up a little, hon.



Beth Behrs in Carolina Herrera
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Is it us or does it not look like she’s in the middle of getting dressed and hasn’t put her top on yet?  Beautiful skirt, though.



Fran Drescher in Mark Zunino
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We really should hate this, but we feel like Divine is looking down from heaven and nodding with approval.

But okay. It’s not good. We can admit that.



Sophie Okonedo in Sophie Theallet
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 Pretty, but the sheer part at the waist is shaped a little oddly.



Orlando Bloom
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 This would’ve been fine – if a little shiny – with a white shirt. As it is, it’s kind of awful.


Patricia Clarkson in Dolce&Gabbana
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Always hits her mark. She’s a pro.

The dress, however, is as basic as it gets.


Courtney Reed in Carmen Marc Valvo
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 Pretty, but it feels a little overblown to us.



Vera Farmiga in Stella McCartney
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LOVE this. You WERQ that “Kiss of the Spider Woman” realness, Vera.


Emmy Rossum in Ralph Lauren Collection
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It was a very satiny, somewhat ironically “Old Hollywood” kind of night, no? All the kudos in the world to her for managing to remain largely unwrinkled. We’re so-so on the skirt, but we love the bodice. The shoes are enh.







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  • misstressofsylar

    Vera Farmiga is everything to me. And wow, a Stella I actually love!

    • kimmeister

      Whoa, I didn’t even see that it was Stella! Who’d have thunk?

      • demidaemon

        I know! It’s like she actually got a clue!

    • zelavie

      I was shocked to love a Stella – that dress is killer!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It’s within the realm of statistical probability that Stella will ocasionally create a great dress,and this one is really working on Vera-well done.

        • demidaemon

          True. Even someone who strikes out nine times of ten will occasionally hit a homerun. Some day. They hope.

          • kmk05

            it’s the same sort of thinking behind a broken clock being right twice a day.

          • demidaemon


    • CelandineM

      Usually it’s ‘Oh, a Stella I don’t hate.” But holy sign of the apocalypse, I LOVED THIS on her! I think it’s a personal best for Vera and I am so glad because I adore her.

  • Why people persist in wearing Zac Posen is a mystery to me.

    • CKMia

      His dresses always look like the winner of a Project Runway “Western Saloon Madam” challenge.

    • misstressofsylar

      The only time I’ve liked his designs was during the most recent Met Gala when Maggie Q wore one of his ballgowns.

      • Kent Roby

        Yes, surprisingly he had several wonderful (and theme-appropriate) gowns there.

  • Jarethee

    Aw. Bless. I may just have a soft spot and been happy to see her again, but Fran Drescher looks great to me here.

    • Bad Idea Jeans

      Where else but the Tony’s is the right place to channel Divine in layers of tulle? She also looks like she’s attempting to sit.

      • Little_Olive

        It’s like she’s regretting having taken that prunelax, but wants to work through it like a pro. She can be annoying as hell, but I have a soft spot for her.

    • River

      I love her here. Rocking the curves and a welcome blast of color and not giving a damn.

    • I love it. It’s totally her and she looks great.

  • ellabob

    Loved Vera – best of the night… So happy Sutton Foster dressed up – put on make up and did something with her hair – unusual for her, but she looks great..

  • kbshee


    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Now I have masking tape stuck in my beard.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      He is perfection here-love.

    • Kent Roby

      He is clearly not an X Man!

  • kbshee

    Anna Gunn is channeling Nefertiti in one too many ways.

  • kimmeister

    I was expecting Idina’s dress to be by Westwood.
    Love the color combo on Audra’s gown.
    The only thing imperfect about Matt Bomer is his aim for the mark. He’s clearly got company though.
    Ew, Orlando, who wears a navy shirt with a navy jacket??
    Patricia’s dress is basic, but it’s emphasizing her rockin’ bod so I get why she chose it.
    That is definitely the best I’ve ever seen Vera look. Yes!
    Emmy’s bodice is reminding me of a fishtail braid.

    • Adelaidey

      Idina’s dress looks like like somebody combined the heavy corsetry and necklines from Westwood and the symmetrical frippery from Posen… and I don’t hate it.

  • Danielle

    I can’t look at Zachary Quinto without blushing now. Thanks, Buzzfeed.

    • misstressofsylar

      do share!

      • Danielle

        I’ll post the link but it will get modded. In the meantime, hop on over to Buzzfeed and search for a list about bulges.

        • misstressofsylar

          I laughed out loud at the 0-5 Hamms rating. And almost spit out water at the monitor with Prince Harry’s. oh my indeed!

  • Reine Bron

    loved Vera she looked flawless, also loved anika and sophie – they are so beautiful and of course the meryl streep of the Tony’s Audra Mcdonald

  • MilaXX

    Congrats to Audra for her record breaking win (first woman to win a Tony in 4 different categories & 1st woman to win 6 Tony awards)! I loved her look, but I think she looks better with her hair natural. No major complaints about the rest. Although I do Orlando would look better with a white shirt and both Indina & Fran are bordering close to drag queen looks.

    • RussellH88

      You mean Fran Drescher isn’t a drag queen?

      • MilaXX

        ha! you bad. Someone on fug girls said she looked like a butterflied shrimp.

        • Sarah

          True that! Haha

        • Alloy Jane

          LOL now I’m tempted to photoshop her shut and add some tentacley legs. Honestly though, I love her look, it’s so exuberant!

        • Danielle

          Church giggles!!

    • misstressofsylar

      and she’s only in her mid 40’s! That’s consistency for you.

      • River

        She’s 56.

        • misstressofsylar

          my bad. I actually meant Audra who’s only 43 😀

  • RussellH88

    I though of Divine as soon as I saw Fran Drescher.

    There wasn’t too much ugly going on, and I never thought Vera would win a red carpet.

    Anna Gunn looks kinda frightening.

    • KinoEye

      She doesn’t look well, does she? It worries me a little. I hope it’s just the combination of that weird neckline and the bad hair, but she’s looking kind of… sunken? Hmm. I hope she’s ok!

  • Billie_Dawn

    Does anyone else really not care for the kind of vest that Zachary Quinto is wearing? (I’m sure there’s a technical term for it, but I have no idea what it is.) It always makes a guy look like he’s dressed all in black but wearing some kind of weird white bib.

    • kimmeister

      Totally. It reads “waiter” to me.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    I want a three-martini lunch with Fran so bad.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      I think Fran’s already HAD the three martinis.

  • decormaven

    Anika Noni Rose is my pick of the group. Thanks for the moment of perfection with Matt Bomer.

  • LeelaST

    Vera Farmiga. Gorgeousness defined. (Gah! I like a Stella McCartney dress!)

  • FuhUgh

    WAY more good than bad here. And you have to hand it to Fran Drescher – “the Nanny dresses for Broadway.” She’s true to herself, and you gotta love that.

  • Tanya Wade

    Patricia Clarkson is the definition of perfection to me. What a dame! You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be happy for Audra, but yeah, the cocker spaniel ears last night were pretty bad. The dress was lovely on her, though.

    • Loramir

      I have the biggest girl crush on Patricia Clarkson. She’s gorgeous and steals every scene she’s in. I wish she got more/bigger parts. The only time I’ve ever seen her in a lead role, in the gorgeous indie film Cairo Time, she was just radiant (and the whole thing’s on Youtube, by the way!).

      • Kayceed

        That is a great movie!

  • Glam Dixie

    Several of the ladies are posed in such a manner as to appear to be getting ready to sit down. It’s very odd. I don’t like most of this but Matt Bomer for obvious reasons steals the red carpet. ETA, because it’s not several of them, it’s just two, Fran and Idina.

    • smh4748

      They’re trying to show off/manufacture some curves/butt. It’s a tough pose to pull off, obviously. 🙂

      • Grumpy Girl

        I wonder if some of it is because they are stage actors, so they are thinking of the audience as farther than the photogs?

  • IAmJ

    The skirt portion of that Herrera on Beth Behrs is gorgeous.
    Thoroughly unimpressed with Emmy Rossum’s look, especially the hiddy shoes and the choice of eyeshadow.

  • GeoDiva

    Matt Boomer was born to wear a Tom Ford tux!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      and then take it off in many, many fantasies….

      • BKagainwiththesweatpants

        I wish I could up vote this 1000x! I’ll be in my bunk. kthxbye

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I suspect this photo of Matt sent many BK’s to their bunks with smiles and saucy thoughts.

      • Jacob Bowen

        I mean, he doesn’t HAVE to take the top half off…

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          true…so true

        • Kristin McNamara

          But it makes it that much better if he does….

  • FibonacciSequins

    I’m so happy for a Tonys red carpet rundown, and I basically agree on everything.

    Fran as Divine – SPOT ON and she must know it.

    I can’t believe I love a Stella McCartney dress!

    The fabric and collar treatment Anna Gunn’s dress are clashing. It would be a perfect detail for the dress’s cut/proportion if either one or the other was a different texture than flat/shiny. Still like it but would have loved it.

    • Lisa_Co

      At least Ethan looked like he showered and shaved. That’s a lot for him:(

  • smh4748

    I’m not sure that I like the Zac Posen dress, but I am intrigued by it and would like to see the back of it.

    I like Audra’s dress, though the giant florals make it seem a smidge too casual to me.

    Patricia Clarkson’s dress may be “basic,” but she is killing it. Ain’t nothing wrong with wearing the shit out of a gorgeous red dress, in my book!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Yes, when Patricia is working the shit out of that dress, I have no complaints.

  • SuzyQuzey

    If a flamingo were somehow tranformed into a dress, that is what Fran Drescher is wearing.

    Very Farmiga won it for me.

    • Gatto Nero

      But the Divine reference made my day.

  • hughman

    I helped a friend who was presenting pick a dress for the Tonys last year and you’d be surprised at the number of rules they have re: color, etc. I don’t know how many of these ladies were stage-bound (didn’t watch after that silly “hopping” open by Jackson) but you have to admire the versatility here compared to the recent Oscars.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Do you know the purpose of the rules? I wasn’t aware they had any, that’s interesting.

      • hughman

        I don’t. I assume it had something to do with the set background, etc.

        • warontara

          Whoops you beat me to it! 🙂

      • warontara

        It’s usually to do with the background, as far as I know. I have no idea how the rules compare to other awards shows, but hughman is right, the rules are kind of extensive. And some of the attendees still do their matinee shows before they go to the awards, so styling is also a bit tricky.

        • FibonacciSequins

          Makes sense. This is just the kind of thing I love to know!

        • lunchcoma

          Wait, these folks are doing matinee shows and then getting dolled up for this? I’m going to give major props for them all looking pretty good, if a bit safe.

          • Lisa_Co

            Yup. I know a guy who does hair for some of these shows. The show (matinee in this case) must go on!

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Sutton Foster. Sigh. God how I miss Bunheads.

    Courtney Reed’s dress looks like it was made out of my parents’ bathroom drapes when I was growing up.

    Orlando Bloom looks skeezy.

    • Violina23

      Have to pipe in with the Bunheads love… I thought it was a great show. I saw Sutton live in “anything Goes” and she blew me away, from the second took last row of the theater. I’m not in love with the bust of her dress, but agree the color makes it.

      So nice to see all the fabulous Broadway gals representing. So much talent this year, and they look great.

      Matt Bomer… thanks for that 🙂

      I knew NPH was going to win (and from what I’ve heard and seen, it’s well deserved kudos) but I have to add a shout out to Ramin Karminloo in Les Miz… saw him about a month ago and he was spectacular.

  • saywhat

    Love the typo in Idina Menzel’s name followed by Adele Dazeem jokes. And seriously…why does she look like she’s starting a set of squats?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Idina is a striking woman, and she could have done so much better than this dress.

      • Shawn EH

        The brown tone in the sharkskin fabric looks like coffee stains.

  • beebee10

    Vera for the win!!! I love it when someone as talented and smart as she is, nails it on the fashion front as well. Triple threat!

  • Frank_821

    I would like some fo these better with a different background. Some fo the photos are unflattering or the background is a bit obscuring

  • SugarSnap108

    There might be a lot of safe choices, but unlike the crowds at other awards shows, most of these theater people look good. Nice work, nerd prom.

  • Gatto Nero

    Kudos to Vera F for finding the only red carpet worthy Stella McCartney dress ever. Fabulous.

  • throwslikeagirl

    Matt Bomer is an alien. It’s the only explanation. Also, not merely content to be simply handed expensive clothes, he clearly cares about tailoring.

  • greymain

    Miss Vera……just FAB-ulous !!!!!!

  • LadyVimes

    Idina went full opera diva on her styling.
    Matt Bomer needs to give lessons.

  • Denise Rambo

    I was SO waiting for the critique of Tina Fey’s dress. 🙁

    • FibonacciSequins

      TLo did Tina’s dress in a separate post.

  • Emmy Rossum IS The Satin Skeleton

  • in a pickle

    Clarkson’s dress may be basic, but dayum- she’s rocking that dress and bod at 54 years old. She gets ten stars from me 🙂

  • MartyBellerMask

    Personal best for Vera.

  • Anna

    -squee* Sutton Foster! Loved her in Anything Goes and especially loved her as Bret’s girlfriend in Flight of the Conchords, great to see her on a red carpet. I normally am not a fan of that shade of pink, but it’s working like gangbusters for her.
    -Matt Bomer is the Prom King of Nerd Prom.
    -Pleasantly stunned by Vera Farmiga and love Leighton Meester and Anika Noni Rose.
    -Adele Dazeem jokes will probably never get old.

  • t bell

    Matt Bomer should be Ken’s anatomically correct gay friend. He really is too good looking to be real.

  • Sara Hottman

    Fran: That dress is vajazzle incarnate.

  • understateddiva

    I think I would have enjoyed Fran Drescher’s dress in anything other than that color – as is she looks like she’s about to sing a number about shrimp cocktail.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      LOL…”Shrimp The Musical”. Coming to Broadway this fall. 🙂

  • DuBey2

    Hated that Ralph Lauren dress when I first saw the collection, and nothing’s changed for me. NOT the usual Ralph Lauren, IMO.

  • littlevase

    Leighton Meester looks amazing. Sorry I can’t come up with anything more pithy than amazing. But it’s true!

  • Lisa_Co

    Love the Divine reference guys! Anika Noni Rose & Patricia Clarkson FTW. I thought Audra looked pretty bad overall; hated the dress, the hair & (what I perceived to be fake) tears.

  • Little_Olive

    All in all, a very, very decent bunch. Most are dressed according to the event and to their persona, which is already a lot.

    Beth Behrs, we need to talk about your hair.

  • JennaMarieS

    Having been at the Tony’s this year (dream come true!) I caught a glimpse of Kelli O’Hara in the lobby and was taken aback. It’s a shame the dress doesn’t photograph well because she was truly breathtaking in person. Also, even though Rosie wasn’t featured here she looked really good at the awards. Her outfit was classic Rosie but from the audience it actually looked properly fitted, etc. for a women’s suit!

  • peter.v

    What about Anna Gunn being waaay too thin?

    • bluefish

      She does look very very thin indeed.

  • DeTrop

    Anika Noni Rose for the Win.

  • altermyego

    I don’t live in New York and don’t get to the theater so right now I am thrilled to see Patricia Clarkson again. Where has she been? And she looks amazing and happy. Love the shoes.

  • Big Bear

    Emmy Rossum’s dress is like a fashion quadruple axel – she didn’t quite execute it perfectly but mad applause for attempting such a difficult jump.

  • I love that Anika Noni Rose always looks like she’s having a blast. Orlando Bloom looks like he’s auditioning for the role of Tommy Wiseau later.

  • ktr33

    Adele: what’s with the hair? Audra: cute dress for fancy evening poolside party. Lena: I like the postmodern take on Morticia Adams. Aniki: spot on. Beth: agree with TLo – where’s your top? Fran: kind of awful but kind of ok anyway. Also, again with the squat pose like Adele? Vera: THE WINNER!

    • Shawn EH

      Adele is giving us BOOBS as well as face; Audra is giving us extensions; Beth looks chic to me, I really like her taste.

  • SistaT

    WERK, Mma Makutsi!

  • SistaT

    Idina looks like she’s sucking it in for all she’s worth. Like if she took one serious exhale, her dress would explode right off her.

  • MarissaLG

    I saw that pic of Vera the day after and thought she might earn that WERQ from you guys. She is SHUTTING IT DOWN.

    I feel like Emmy is serving me Yara Sofia for some reason.

  • Sam Smith

    A Stella that I love, wow! And Emmy is always so consistent, but I feel like this is a miss, comes off way too cheap.

  • ojosazules

    I love it when Vera brings it.

  • sherrietee

    Wait … a Stella McCartney dress I actually LIKE? ~looks around for four men on horses~

  • Jennifer Schiller

    Vera Farmiga is killing it in Stella, who knew. Also, I normally hate leopard print (it will almost never not scream tacky when deployed by mortals), but Anika Noni Rose is working it to perfection.

    I just love Sutton Foster. She can wear Barbie’s dream prom gown and I will still never stop missing Bunheads. In fact, I now miss it more.

  • formerlyAnon

    Just validation that my tastes are sedate: if I were casting “beautiful people” on a purely visual basis, for a party to which all should covet an invitation, I’d approve all in this lot but Courtney Reed.

    Leighton Meester’s ENTIRE look rests on that fabulous hair, IMO.

    ETA: Only fair to acknowledge Ms. Farmiga is looking great in a Stella McCartney. Oh, and Ms. Dresser’s dress is so fun that all is forgiven.

    • Shawn EH

      Love Fran’s face and hair, but that dress belongs on her old sitcom.

      • formerlyAnon

        Can’t say you’re wrong. On her, though, I think it’s fun tacky rather than tacky tacky.

  • TLJezebel

    Patricia Clarkson looks fantastic!!!

    • Shawn EH

      Those shoes look almost better than the dress, and the dress is killer!

  • suzq

    A Stella McCartney I love? I LOVE IT! Vera looks fantastic.

    • Shawn EH

      Little wrinkly around the bodice, I just wanted to run up and straighten that out when she was presenting!

  • Violentcello

    Vera Farmiga = Fierce. I want to fight her, and I mean that in the best way possible.

    Zachary Quinto needs a comb, but he’s a cutie pie.

  • marlie

    Idina Menzel needs to unclench and exhale. Anika Noni Rose was my favorite. I LOVED this when I saw it on stage. Vera Farmiga’s is also gorgeous. Bomer and Quinto look perfect. Fran Drescher… is in a class all her own. Overall, most of the ladystars did a decent to excellent job. Safe, sure, but no clunkers.

  • melanie0866

    I think Anna Gunn wins.

  • fitzg

    Didn’t Zac Posen tell Lena Dunham to “shape her body like an S” when in his dress for the Emmys and then she had this really weird posture on the red carpet? Maybe he told Idina that this dress looks great mid-squat. I fell like if you have to tell someone to contort herself to make your clothes look good, you, you should make different clothes.

    • MilaXX

      Yup. That type of posing only works if you are a model or a celeb like Cate who knows how to wear a dress. Otherwise, awkward!

  • conlakappa

    Gunn’s dress looks like the classic wedding gift wrap at every department store in the 1970s! Courtney Reed looks like Paula Patton’s better dressed sister.

  • altalinda

    When I saw Fran Drescher, I thought of Ethel Merman.

  • MsMajestyk

    My moment of perfection was Kenneth Branagh presenting. Yes, his suit was shiny, but the ginger beard and nerdy glasses are my kryptonite. He fine.

    I love Patricia Clarkson. Anika Noni Rose looks gorgeous. I love how she and Alan Cumming look completely different from their Good Wife characters. Lipstick on the nipples does that.

  • JynxTheCat

    I;ve seen about a 100 images of Sutton Foster and every time I think “Oh, that’s what Sutton Foster looks like.” hmm.

  • Raspberry2012

    Thank you for calling her Adele Dazeem. That will never not be funny!

  • Lily

    Funny. The Anna Gunn piece looked GLORIOUS on the tv cameras. Must have been the lighting. Here it appears washed out and overblown, but under the Broadway lights, it just sung with glamour! Loved.

  • LJCdoc

    My six-year-old just provided numerical rankings on a scale of 1 to 100 for these. She gave Anna Gunn, Anika Rose, Courtney Reed, and Emmy Rossum 100. Fran Drescher got 5. Can’t really argue with that.