Cannes 2015: Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts

Posted on May 19, 2015

We are absolutely living for Miss Naomi’s facial expressions here.

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It’s the teeth-sucking in the last pic that really sells that “I don’t like my co-star” tension. A thing of beauty, really.

Style-wise, they look pretty good. We like her dress, but don’t like the hem. His scarf is pretentious as fuck, but it’s Cannes so a little pretension is to be expected.

But they really nailed it for the premiere:


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That’s the kind of dress where, regardless of whether you like it or not, you’re going to strain your neck trying to get a good look at it as it passes by. It’s interesting without being too attention-seeking, which strikes us as perfectly within her style wheelhouse. We don’t like the back at all, though.

He’s fine. Shiny tuxedos are kinda his thing. Yeah, he looks like a meth addict who won the lottery, but we’re assuming everything north of the neck is for a role.

We find it impossible to believe that a 45-year-old man has a thick beard with not one gray hair in it. Someone’s been brushing his Just For Men on his face before going out.
[Photo Credit:, Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • Bernadette

    Did anyone else notice the movie is “Sea of Trees” and Naomi’s dress has a leaf motif, or was that just me?

    • Liliter

      Yes and I kinda love it, or the front of it at least. It’s a tricky dress and she’s wearing it quite well.

  • WHY wouldn’t you carry the floaty silver spiral all the way around the dress?

    I don’t think there is any coming back from douchedom for him now.

    Having seen the kerfuffle about the women’s dress code for screenings at Cannes including high heels, I now demand high heels for all the men, not just Tom Cruise.

    • MilaXX

      wait wut? Women’s dress code for Cannes? I think I need to go work out and burn some energy before googling this mess.

    • Lucía Gavello

      And RDJ, and Lenny.

    • tallgirl1204

      Plain black on the back of an embellished front screams discount store to me. I’m not sure how it could ever look chic.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        the back of the dress screams “PR designer who didn’t buy enough fabric to make a complete dress and then found some cheesy black polyester at the last minute”.

    • Buellie413

      The Tom Cruise joke came so unexpectedly that I choked on my coffee.

    • Glam Dixie

      Yes, the plain back looks ‘chip in a chip way’.

    • Starts with K

      I’ve always described dresses such as this, “coffin clothes”. You can’t tell there’s no design to the back of the dress when you’re lying down.

  • Jessica Freeman

    His beard is just gross. I wished the back of her second dress wasn’t just…black.

    • ireneY

      It’s like a stage set that loses its magic when viewed from behind. And the seam down the side is so puckery.

      • Rhonda Shore

        The side view is pretty atrocious but love the front.

    • Natalie

      It’s a total pube beard.

  • Lucía Gavello

    I like both of their looks better on the first outing, the stitching on the side of her premiere dress looks terible and I hate the lenght.

  • MilaXX

    She looks lovely and I don’t blame her for sucking her teeth at her dude-bro costar. He strikes me as the type of guy who thinks his farts are funny.

    • Diane Bellora

      MilaXX, perfect description of him. I’ve never been a fan of his for just that reason.

    • EveEve

      He strikes me as they type who thinks his farts are profound.

      • Nerka2

        They aren’t? Crap!

      • DuBey2

        I WISH I could like this x 1,000.

    • RidgewayGirl

      Considering she’s usually next to Liev on the red carpet, I think she’s entitled to suck her teeth twice as hard.

  • Agent Sculder

    God help me, I am kind of digging his look at the photocall. Somehow the scarf just works here. I’m not sure if it’s the setting or what.

    • Janet B


    • Me too. I think he looks perfect for the setting.

    • jen

      Me too!

  • steph

    She looks stunning. I really, really want to send him to a barber for a shave and a haircut, cause this looks so bad.

    • Chickadeep

      The Neckbeard that Ate McConaughey.

    • Aurumgirl

      It does look very, very bad. But it is “THE” look for men right now. Young men especially. I’m hoping it’s for a role because I can’t believe anyone would willingly adopt the look because they like it (other than the young’uns, cause they’re more likely to follow what everyone else is doing).

  • Tanya Wade

    That next to the last photo…Now with extra teeth sucking!

  • Diane Bellora

    I like the Peter Pilatto dress on her. She looks fresh and summery. Although, the toe nail color jars with the sandals.
    As for the Armani Prive dress, it looks like it is suffering from multiple personality disorder.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It must be a sign of the apocalypse that I rather like the Peter Pilotto dress, but somehow this one is working on Naomi. And yes, her facial expressions make this post.

  • LilyVanessi

    That Armani dress reminds me of the cape Porthos wore in “The Three Musketeers”. It looked great until you saw what was underneath, or in her case, what’s in back. Was the fabric too expensive to do the whole dress in it?

  • Anna

    I like the first dress better and she looks lovely overall but…HOLY HELL I NEED TO GO BACK HOME AND SHOWER, I AM JUST SO GROSSED OUT BY HIM RIGHT NOW.

  • Radish

    The first looks are far better.

  • Kent Roby

    Matthew Lebeouf is scaring me a little, but I think both of them look good otherwise.

    • decormaven

      Snap! Dying here…

    • Lurker

      SPEW. ALERT!

    • Laura

      Snorted. Me-OW!

  • Karen B

    He’s wearing his signature scent, Eau de Used Car Dealership

    • Sekhmet6

      He does look *swarmy*.

    • 3boysful

      Appropos. I think he looks like the leader of some weirdo religious cult.

  • Nicholas

    I really can’t with the Jidenna beard.

    Fellas, huddle up, it’s time for me to teach you about beardacceptance. Some of us just don’t grow good beards AND THAT’S OKAY. But please shave that dead ferret, before something nests in there.

  • GorgeousThings

    Looking on the expressions on his face, I’d say the dislike is mutual.

    And yeah, what’s this about women’s dress code? Whut, women must wear French couture?

    • ballerinawithagun

      French couture would not include Armani or Pilatto.

    • Whever

      Women aren’t allowed on the red carpet unless they’re wearing high heels, and that includes elderly guests and those with medical reasons for not wearing them. There were apparently a good number of women turned away for wearing formal flats.

  • Lilithcat

    I loved her second dress until I saw the back of it.

    • higgledypiggledy

      When a design feature or embellishment abruptly stops at the sides, and the back is just plain, it just looks cheap to me.

      • cocohall

        I agree. It gives off a distinct Forever 21 vibe, no?

        • Shawn EH

          Is it that hard to continue the fabric all the way around? Especially in a dress of layered ruffles, it’s kind of the idea?

          Wraparound Back Fug!

    • Sam Smith

      Really striking design, color and sparkle. Its a shame that it stopped so short on the back.

  • I love how she is leaning away from Matthew in (nearly) every shot. Naomi’s proving my theory that you can smell him a mile away, even on film.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Gawd she just can’t stand him! Or at least that’s what those “smiles” in the first set of pics suggest. Yikes!

  • “meth addict who won the lottery”….too funny! Hate the black back on the silver floaty dress…total tack…..

    • Wink

      I was thinking that McConaughey looks like a handsome street person who found a trunk full of D&G suits. But “meth addict who won the lottery” is way better!

      • Imasewsure

        Reminds me of that movie way back when… Cher is the DA (of course) representing a homeless guy on trial for murder… a shave and a haircut later and it’s LIAM NEESON of course …. just like real life….

        • Wink

          “Suspect” is the name of the movie. Loved it. (And yes, a shave and a haircut work wonders for men in movies… the same as when a woman takes off her glasses and lets her hair down!)

  • majorbedhead

    ‘scuse me while I squeeeeee a little. That man on the right in the 4th pic from the bottom? That’s my friend’s husband – he’s the screenwriter. I’m just so thrilled for both of them.

    Right. Clothes. A Peter Pilotto that I don’t hate. That’s a plus. Matthew’s beard is gross but I kind of love that scarf. I’m not sold on the Armani. It’s pretty from the front, but from the back, it’s kind of fug.

    • Grumpy Girl

      The screenwriter looks notably sharp in his tuxedo. Makes a nice contrast between traditional and what MM gravitates toward–I’d argue to the benefit of the screenwriter. (And congratulations to him.)

      • majorbedhead

        He’s a very handsome guy. You can actually find images of them on Getty, at the after party. His name is Chris Sparling. (Hopefully it’s OK to put his name here – he did write the movie, after all.)

        • rumsey

          I wondered who that man was. He’s the real deal. Ignore Matthew, Naomi, and smile at your screenwriter.

          • majorbedhead

            It’s still gobsmacking to me that I know someone who was on that red carpet. Like, I’ve met him, hung out with him and his lovely wife, who’s a friend of mine. So weird.

  • higgledypiggledy

    Aside from the tragic facial hair situation and his permanent air de douche, I think these are pretty great looks for McConaughey. The day suit fits nicely (though I wish he’d button it) and the scarf is somehow working. His evening look manages to find a happy medium between Classic Movie Star and his preferred Florida Organized Crime black tie look.

    • Gatita

      Yeah, he looks sleazy but sleazy is his thing and he pulls it off well.

  • Bill Craven

    Her facial expression looks like a political wife’s the day after her husband’s affair with a teenage skateboarder (pick your gender) was leaked to the press. Why, oh why, has the mullet returned? He pretty much defines skeevy-looking.

  • altermyego

    Is he trying to sub for Pixie Jesus while Jared Leto grows his hair out again?

    • Lisa Roberts

      If so – he’s failing miserably 🙂 Remember when he used to be cute? What happened?

  • Cathy S

    I wish the back of that gown was the same as the front–it’s just beautiful. I loved the first dress too. He looks way too greasy.

  • Tension, darlings, can you taste it???

  • reebeemoon

    Gorgeous dress front. The back looks like a Project Runway contestant ran out of time and material and scrounged up someone else’s extra lining, hand-stitching it in a panic as Tim shoos everyone out the door.

  • Belle239

    He doesn’t bug me, and not sure why. And her gown was a major disappointment after scrolling down to see the back view….front is beautiful. I don’t like her hair, either, but then I rarely do.

    • random_poster

      He doesn’t bug me here, and I’m also not sure why. Usually he does. Maybe it’s the setting where, as TLo said, pretension is expected. He’s in his element.

    • KateM

      Ever since True Detective I’ve been kind of in love with him… Don’t tell anyone.

      • conniemd

        I think he gets a bad rap for being a southern good ole boy, which he certainly appears to be in his public appearances. But he’s married to a south/central ? American latina and their son is intentionally being raised bilingual, which says a lot to me about his respect for other cultures. I have loved him since “A Time to Kill.”

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love the Peter Pilatto dress, which is unusual lately. The pattern mixing is done quite nicely with the black grounding the different colors that still call back to each other.
    The Armani looks like they hired part of the Pilatto team and said let’s make a trendy Armani! Armani is classic and should never do trendy.

  • MissMariRose

    He is soooo high.

  • dk6

    oh that beard thing is lame. I am a 42 year old man & when I grow a beard it’s covered in gray-it’s the first thing to go! Now that you mentioned it I can’t stop looking at the differences in color between his beard and his hair.

  • Wink

    Whatever he’s filming that requires that horrible beard and hair — for what seems like the last two years — had better be damn good!

  • “Meth addict who won the lottery” – PERFECTION!

  • Nerka2

    Looks like they just came from a homeless shelter where they picked up an old man and torn old dress

  • DinaSews

    Is there a reason that he can’t just pull his hair into a ponytail without greasing the hell out of it? He would look less smarmy.

  • nycfan

    I’ve been hoping he is cultivating this look to play the Walking Dude in The Stand, but I don’t think they’ve started filming yet, so who knows. Must stink to parade around pole dancing for a movie that was roundly booed at Cannes.

    • LittleDebbie

      Why was it booed?

      • nycfan

        Because Cannes? Apparently, it was the weakest entry ever by the director. By all accounts, McConaughey was quite good but the film’s heavy handed, meandering narrative did not please the crowd. But things get booed there every year, it is sort of a tradition, and I guess you haven’t really made it until you get booed at Cannes. Many of the great directors have also suffered such a fate with little to no after effects.

  • jilly_d

    I get when stars have to grow…..unflattering hair for roles. But there’s no reason he can’t wash it! Gross!

  • Lurker

    2nd look on Naomi: That is literally a half assed dress.

  • marlie

    I love her dress in the first look, and I think the shoes were perfect with it. I’m really not a fan of Naomi’s second look. I don’t like the tiers, and I hate the way the dress looks from the side.

    As for Matt… I do like the first suit, and the scarf works, even if it is a little douchey (and not weather-appropriate). And I guess the second one is fine, but I hate the shiny jacket.

    Anyone else think he looks like Christian Bale here (also, I hate the beard and hair)?

  • Nancy Arseneault-Heald

    I kind of hate the fact that male actors get to dress from head to toe, while female actors are expected to have some major part of their body exposed, thereby forcing them to be in better shape then the men. I’m getting a whiff of double standard here.
    That being said, I still like to look at pretty clothes.

  • Terri Terri

    What’s the deal with the movie? I read that the audience in Cannes booed.

    • Samantha

      I had to look it up and found this quote from critic Justin Chang “Almost impressive in the way it shifts from dreary two-hander to so-so survival thriller to terminal-illness weepie to M. Night Shyamalan/Nicholas Sparks-level spiritual hokum, this risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan’s famous Aokigahara forest for all it’s worth, while giving co-lead Ken Watanabe little to do other than moan in agony, mutter cryptically, and generally try to act as though McConaughey’s every word isn’t boring him (pardon the expression) to death.”

      Can’t wait to see it!

  • This is the first time I’ve seen Naomi in quite a while without JBF written all over her. It’s making me uncomfortable.

  • susan6

    Hate the facial hair. Would that suit be considered “marsala”? That color looks good on him, even if it is too shiny. Her dresses are nice, from the front.

  • I like the first dress better.

  • Bea

    The only good use of ‘Marsala’ I’ve seen so far – and it’s on the bedamned naked shoe! The back of the Armani makes it look very 90s-home-sewing-project, but these are good looks for her, so long as she can prevent the bile from rising *sympathy wince*

  • JauntyJohn

    Honest question – genuinely curious:
    Given that the beard is for a role (or even if it’s not, it’s his face, do with it what you want I suppose) what would the reaction be if it was (lightly) oiled, combed and drawn down into a little… chin pony tail? Braid? Sort of a Middle/Far Eastern thing? (And I choose those regions only because for longer beard grooming I am unfamiliar with options from the West. We’ve always just let ’em flow, I think.) In other words, if it’s “got” to be there what is its best option?
    Also: She looks pretty great.
    Also also: That shiny tux is such a rich, sumptuous hue that it is REALLY working for me.

    eta: I think his scarf in the first look is really sharp.

  • LibKat

    Wow, the side seam on the Armani looks like it was stitched by someone with hand tremors and ADD. Makes me hate the Frankendress of it even more.

    • Sarah Walsh

      That’s exactly what I was about to type. The plain black is bad enough, but that tortured seam is extremely distracting and unprofessional.

  • Imasewsure

    I really like the tux in spite of the wearer…. hate the hem on that somewhat overwrought Pilotto… too bad about the plain back on the second look but it’s a great look overall. Props to you Naomi dear for attaching to your co-star in spite of the fumes!

  • 3boysful

    I am in love with the earrings she’s sporting with the Armani.

  • fromanotherplanet

    These are the faces you make your movie gets booed at Cannes.

  • I like both of her looks, except for the black back that looks like it’s been safety-pinned on, to me. I am over Matthew’s slide into douche land, something I never thought I’d say!

  • baroquediva

    First off Matthew McConaughey looks kind of creepy the way he has his arm around her. Second, it alarms me the way her bone stick out in that second dress.

  • Tea

    Oh I haaaaaaaate that second dress. Ugh. Is something wrong with me? Am I supposed to love it?

  • 60Gal

    The second dress, front-yay. Back-nay.

  • Tina Power

    That is not a beard. That is lichen.

  • Greenlee Rose

    Those are the faces I make when I have to stand by someone who stinks.

  • quiltrx

    Well, at least she looked really pretty while they were getting booed.

  • ktr33

    Is the back attached with safety pins? Eye-catching dress, yes, without being all look-at-me.

  • Modeniete

    He looks like one of those guys who kidnaps young girls and holds them hostage for 20 years.

  • Shyla

    He’s greasy and creepy. I would avoid him if I saw him on the street. How do you manage to show up at Cannes looking like the local sex offender?

  • Ashleigh

    From the side, the dress looks pinned together – badly.

  • Susan Crawford

    He looks like the recently indicted leader of an ayahuasca cult.

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  • OffToSeeHim

    LOVE every comment about Matthew SO MUCH. God, what a giant douche. He just exudes it, like fumes.