Oscars 2016: Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

Posted on February 29, 2016

“Mad Max:Fury Road” actress Charlize Theron attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.


This lady sure does know how to turn it on when she wants to.

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Now that is a frigging MOVIE STAR. The drama rating is off the charts.

But we have to say, we don’t love the shape of the neckline, which is a bit too broad up top. Also, the bust transitions into straps at a point just a bit too high for our liking. But we LOVE the pendant. It’s a great way to set the whole look off and just rare enough on the red carpet (we’ve been asking for years when they were going to come back) to make it stand out. And the hair and face are, as per the uzh, flawless.


Style Credits:
Christian Dior Red Gown Featuring Plunging Neckline, Spaghetti Straps, Open Back and Train Detail
Harry Winston Jewelry
Jimmy Choo Sandals

[Photo Credit: Getty Images, KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, INFPhoto.com]

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  • Kim Elmore


    • happygolucky7

      Is there any other word for the way she looks? I can’t think of it. GODDESS (in all caps) indeed.

    • ArchaicSmile

      Yep. Exactly. Head to toe Hollywood Goddess. What amazes me is how effortless it all looks.

      Theron “rides eternal, shiny and chrome!”

    • Call me Bee


    • Kim Elmore

      Last night I txtd my best friend ‘ridiculously beautiful’ but this am I came around to GODDESS

    • Dandesun

      Absolutely. She’s so magnificent. I want to be AND do her. But not in a crass way, you know? I really feel there should be some golden statue of her in a temple somewhere… holding a falcon on one hand and olive branches in the other… with a crown of stars.


    • StrictTime

      And not just because of her looks–the fact that she took a role on “Arrested Development” forever placed her on my RLL!

    • 42Sh

      Yes. How can anyone look like that? There are plenty of gorgeous women in the world and especially in Hollywood, but she really is otherworldly

  • Lucía Gavello

    Love the pendant and she is a godess, but I hate the neckline and the straps too much, it ruins the overall effect for me.

    • evave2

      I just have one question about the pendant: is that what also used to be called a lavallier? Is there a difference between a pendant and a lavallier or is it the same thing just with a fancy French name?

      • Sarah

        Fancy French Name.

      • tereliz

        A lavalier usually has a drop coming off it, like a dangly pearl or crystal.

    • Geoff Dankert

      Yeah, I was not a fan of this neckline, but she’s just breathtakingly gorgeous. A Great Beauty Of Our Time, for sure.

    • Tatiana Luján

      It looks like she’s wearing an outdated swimsuit with a skirt.

    • Bernd

      That dress is not worthy

    • kimmeister

      Yeah, her whole torso looked too blocky in this thing.

    • livesarah

      I feel I’ve seen this dress with this exact neckline before, and I hated it then too.

  • M_E_S

    STUNNING. The perfect way to make sure everyone spends the whole night talking about you and why you weren’t nominated (Fury Road’s technical sweep was a TRIUMPH but George Miller was ROBBED). FURIOSA IS MY QUEEN

    • PlethoraofBooks

      Agreed, he was utterly robbed of best director. And I’d make the argument they were robbed Best Picture too.

      • PirateQueenEtta

        Preach. I was hoping that the fact it was even nominated meant the Academy was embracing genre films but alas.

    • JasmineAM

      i want to be furiosa when i grow up. such an amazing, powerful character.

    • Iroqhard

      YES HE WAS. So so robbed. Fury Road was one of my top 5 movies last year. So so good.
      As for Charlize- FLAWLESS.

    • cocohall

      I didn’t see the movie, but from all the clips shown at the ceremony, it was pretty clear that she was snubbed – she was going toe-to-toe with Hardy from what I could see. Mr. Miller looked completely like the patient father who was there to celebrate the success of his children and was content to see his crew be acknowledged. The academy just doesn’t give big awards to this genre of film. Just ask George Lucas. Or Spielberg.

      • Luca

        Max is almost a supporting character with respect to Furiosa.
        It is incredible how different she is in the movie from her usual image, but she manages to retain royalty even in dirt and with shaven hair.

    • StrongFemaleCharacter

      It was one of the Oscar snubs I was most gutted over, along with Idris Elba. But for sheer ferocity and feral rage her performance was stunning. What she captured in that movie, I have never seen in any action hero before, male or female, with such a perfect balance of poise and fury. Compared to Jennifer Lawrence’s weak and irritating Joy, it was a total snub of the worst kind, one that was pushed out by a far less deserving performance.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    I wish it had just been a halter, or just straps. Not a fan of the combo.

    • Constant Reader

      I can’t deny that it’s a head-turning look, but I don’t like the neckline, either. It’s not doing nice things for her spectacular figure.

    • Pafuchi

      It reminded me of Rosamund Pike’s nightmare Vera Wang from last year’s Golden Globes. This is much better than Vera’s attempt but it made my eye twitch.


  • Karen B

    I’m wholly distracted by the arm tattoo. Is it always that faded, or is that a poor attempt at cover-up?

    • lundibleu

      I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed it before, so maybe a bad cover up job?

    • anonylind

      Pretty sure it’s the latter.

  • steph

    I wish I could see a straight on shot, cause one side of the bodice looks like its sliding or is off center, and I can’t tell if its her poses or the dress.

    • alyce1213

      She’s so perfect, but that little thing bugged me. It’s more open on her right side, causing a mild titscrepancy. It just needed a little adjustment, maybe tape – but I get the impression that she dgaf and she doesn’t do tape.

  • Anna


    I will never know what it’s like to wear these types of dresses without a bra, so I’ll live vicariously through Charlize. STUH-NNING. The pendant is everything.

    • Kim Elmore

      For real. Her boobs look great!

    • PinkyAndNoBrain

      Do you think her nipples hurt? I can’t go braless more than 20 minutes without feeling like they’re tenderly being caressed by sandpaper. Do ladystars just buy out their local CVS’ collection of aloe?

  • Tanya Wade

    What always gets me about her is how effortless it seems for her – like the dress was just picked up off the closet floor and thrown on. Which I realize it wasn’t, but there’s not a whiff of try-hard about her.

    • Pato

      i really imagine her leaving her house just like in that “j’adore” spot. Stomping by nonchalantly while people around here help her get dress like it’s no big deal. she really oozes movie star quality. not sure about the dress but frankly, she’s the star, not the dress.

      • Tanya Wade

        Yes! Exactly. She has “it” in spades. She could have come in full Furiosa drag and still looked better than 97.5 percent of the attendees.

  • AnneElliot

    Best of the night, by far. Bowing down!

  • Nika E

    Everything appears to be in tip top shape here…

  • JasmineAM

    wow this is a dior? is it vintage?

  • Janet B

    I can hardly believe this is Christian Dior.

    Charlize looks gorgeous, which is pretty much standard for her on the RC. Especially love the pendant.

  • Cranky Boo Sez

    I’d tap that.

  • PirateQueenEtta

    Agree with TLo’s quibbles on the dress but gosh she’s flawless and fierce. That pendant is stunning.

  • Don’t love the hair, and agree on the straps, but goodness she looks gorgeous. I am reminded of why she has always been one of my red carpet crushes.

  • While she is completely gorgeous, I hated seeing that much sternum. The pendant is all kinds of fabulous, though.

  • Belle239

    I think she is simply the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Well done, m’lady……well done.

  • Tee

    Why couldn’t they put a bodice on this dress instead of boob pouches? You look STUNNING from behind though.

  • Frank_821

    She looks great overall but the straps bugged me

    but yes to the jewels

  • Byodo-In

    I generally hate these sternum baring dresses as they remind me of disco fever guys with their shirts unbuttoned down to their belts, but if you gotta do it THIS is the way to make it work. The antique Fred Leighton jewels are killer!

  • OneRing

    I am so lukewarm on the dress. She stuns, as usual, the hair, the makeup, the jewels, but the dress is just kinda basic to me.

  • GemFemme

    I immediately thought, “Suck it Sean Penn!”.

    • DinaSews

      Is that (thankfully) over?

      • StrongFemaleCharacter

        Yes. Praise be.


  • Tavvi


  • Anna

    Reminded me of Scarlett O’Hara’s red vixen-bitch dress in GWTW. LOVE. I don’t think too many actresses wanted to stand next Charlize last night.

    • Catherine

      Emily Blunt was literally a pale imitation presenting next to Charlize.

      • Anna

        Unfortunately true for poor Emily. Her dress choice (style and color) was so dull she seemed to recede into the background next to Charlize.

    • SRQkitten

      Yes,last night I felt sorry for Emily Blunt, who’s a good looking actress but honestly, WHO would want to stand next to Charlize in full RC regalia? Did Emily draw a short straw somewhere or annoy the show producers in a prior year?

  • Lauren

    In a weird way, SHE’s so stunning and SHE’s so impactful that I never really remember what she wears. My jaw drops every time and then, when I see it in a picture later, I think, “Oh yeah … that dress. The black one with the weird strap things, right.” I wonder if, for all the drama of this look—the practically navel-grazing pendant is killer—the drama is really Charlize Theron’s alien beauty and charisma.

  • Diane

    I usually don’t love such a deep neckline, but she just totally rocks this. That pendant is so beautiful. This is a total Movie Star look.

  • ovarB

    I love all of this!! The proportions of the dress and details just elongates her already 5’10” frame. I will say it is missing something to take it to a level of WERQ. Maybe it is the shoulder straps?? Regardless, this was one of my favorite looks of the night.

  • I LOVED this look, and I’m usually a big critic of Too. Much. Breastbone. But no one carries it off like Charlize. The pendant is spectacular.

  • Pamdela

    Charlize looked amazing. And with her strong shoulders and neat head, she actually resembled the statue.

  • She really should have been nominated for Mad Max. Her performance was beautiful.

    • StrongFemaleCharacter

      She should have had it over Lawrence. It was kind of weird they sat them right next to each other inside too.

      • yeah, jennifer lawrence has been so low-key this awards season that i kind of feel like she didn’t think she should be nominated, either.

        • StrongFemaleCharacter

          I forgot that movie even existed until last night. Then I remembered how much I hated it. Felt the same about Eddie Redmayne this year too, with that snub for Idris Elba. 🙁

          • I didn’t see “Joy” yet — I will catch it on iTunes sooner or later — but I do love JLaw. I just want her to do her own thing for a while — make a few blockbusters, make a few indies — and stay away from David O. Russell. Dude creeps me out.

          • StrongFemaleCharacter

            Joy is a real mess of a movie full of horrible characters. It had a troubled production I hear, which is why I wasn’t happy to see it nominated in any category at all, especially not Best Actress. But I feel like I’d like JLaw more if she wasn’t so horribly miscast in a good 80% of the parts she’s played, so yeah, staying away from weirdo creep David O’Russell would definitely be a start.

          • yeah, i liked her in silver linings playbook and in american hustle, but neither performance holds a candle to winter’s bone or even to her performance as katniss everdeen.

  • penguinmom

    For me, it’s a WERQ. She looks fabulous and she knows it. Those eyes! Her hair and makeup are flawless. The jewelry is fabulous. The dress is stunning. What’s not to love?

  • boweryboy

    I agree about the pendant. That and her head are perfect. I’m meh about the dress.

  • Ssquared1105

    She’s one of the only celebrities where a neckline that low doesn’t reek of “Try Hard.”

  • Lily


    I can’t even complain about the deployment of sternum here, because THIS, ladies, is how you do sternum. BOW THE F*** DOWN.

  • Latin Buddy

    Those are the LEAST flattering straps EVAH!!!

  • glanor mandy

    Queen of oscar red carpet drama. Respect.

  • kalisa

    Charlize is pretty much the only actress/celeb who looks just like the models do in the dresses.

  • what’s that on her right arm – a tattoo? tattoo being removed?

    • Stacy King

      I was wondering the same thing! It looks like a tattoo covered with not enough concealer, or a waterproof marker that’s only partly scrubbed off.

    • StrongFemaleCharacter

      It’s a tattoo. I was watching an interview that she did a couple of weeks ago and it was way darker. I think it’s a couple of roses with thorny stems. They’ve done a really bad job trying to cover it up when they should have just left it.

      • agreed!! why get a tattoo if you’re going to cover it up? show it off!

        • StrongFemaleCharacter

          It’s not like it’s a tacky tattoo that needs covering either (looking at you Afleck!), it’s a pretty one. Very tasteful.

  • ashtangajunkie

    That pendant is spectacular. I don’t love the straps of this gown, but she wins for impact alone.

  • jenno1013

    Really digging the angled panels that prevent sideboob, leaving all the drama in the center. Unlike Olivia Wilde’s, which seemed like a high wire act of coverage.

  • hillmeredith

    that dress is lucky to be on Charlize; who literally could have rolled down the red carpets in Laura Ashley bedsheets and outclassed most of the ladies last night. Her head is everything.

  • VCR1

    The necklace really is gorgeous. Totally agree about the neckline. It does show off the beautiful pendant but it’s way too wide. Charlize Theron looks gorgeous as usual but I feel like I’ve seen her in this exact dress before.

  • Molly Flores

    Maybe my least favorite look of hers. A lot of it due to wonky fitting. I would also love to see something more dramatic with the hair and makeup.

  • The Real Mean Girl

    My girl crush can do no wrong.

  • OldTownGail

    She was my favorite of the night. By a long shot.

    Just fucking stunning.

  • OrangeChia

    She would have trumped Miss Cate for me if the bodice had fit a teensy bit better. This is an excellent look though.

  • teensmom99

    Of course she’s a goddess but wearing straps as a top is just not flattering.

  • tereliz

    That hair is on fleek.

  • Valdri8

    She is a goddess, bit I am in total agreement on the straps. They make her look too wide on top.

  • Judy_J

    Old School Hollywood glamour, big time.

  • Froggae

    That is a “I’m never going to win another one but you will NOT FORGET ME bitches!” gown if I ever saw one.

  • SewingSiren

    I feel like Ive seen her wear this dress many times before. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look good every time.

  • carlatheviking

    There was only one thing (non-male human) that I lusted for last night and it was definitely this necklace.

  • semigeekgirl

    I really really don’t like the strap treatment for some reason. It gives it a swimwear vibe, I think. But Charlize is a goddess as usual.

  • aslish

    Obviously she looks gorgeous, but isn’t the upper part too much like a swimming suit? I wonder how it looks when she’s sitting.

    • cousinelizabeth

      Precisely. It’s pure beach wear.

  • littlemac8

    True Hollywood glamor. Once I saw her, she was the standard against which everyone else was measured.

  • Stubenville

    I think the amount of sternum on view has crossed the line of “Hollywood goddess” and is getting dangerously close to “high priced Las Vegas hooker.”

  • pasdebourree

    Was her hair short in the back or in a French twist or what? I thought her hair was beautiful from the front…

  • julie_k

    Ageless.. down to the skin on her body and neck. Fire your Dermablender.

  • Lisalady161

    Too beautiful to be human.

  • Aunt Kiki

    Only a Movie Star Goddess such as herself can manage to look this stunning and this effortless at the same time. Just the most beautiful on the carpet last night.

  • Andrea Gómez

    She looks gorgeous! But… what is that in her right arm? is that a tattoo? a scribble? I’m confused

  • crash1212

    The only thing I really liked about this look was the jewelry. Her face is always stunning, but her hair is weird and I flat out didn’t like the dress. I’m over these plunging necklines and the strappy situation is weird and I hate the back. The color is nice.

  • Cheryl

    Don’t like the 70’s swimsuit vibe of it, but man that head is so perfect, that it can be easily overlooked. I wish whoever tried to cover up the tattoo, did half as good of a job as they did with her face. Mind you with a face like that, how can you go wrong.

  • StrongFemaleCharacter

    If anything, that dress looks like it’s doing it’s damnedest to keep up with how great she looks. Like it can’t quite believe it’s luck, that it gets to grace her form, and is dropping the ball in a few small areas because of it. There’s something about the top front part I’m really unsure of, but I can’t quite place what. It’s not the straps, because I actually quite like those, but maybe it’s something to do with the width of them? It’s probably silly to nitpick anyway, when the dress is really just a backdrop for her and those stunning diamonds!
    But damn, she really does keep getting more beautiful every year. And it’s a powerful kind of beauty, like, recently her features have sharpened into something altogether more show-stopping and unusual. She looks like an apex predator cat taking a chill stride across the serengeti, all cool repose and lazy confidence. Or yeah, the usual “goddess” as well I suppose.

    Oh, but whoever did that cover job on her tattoo, be gone! They should have just left it! Her tattoo is cool and it would have been a nice contrast with the vintage Dior.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • Susan Collier

    All I see are twin snails acting as boob coverage.

  • Kimberlini

    With that face, she would still look like a screen goddess while wearing a garbage bag.

  • Betsy

    I audibly gasped when I saw her.

  • Imasewsure

    At first I thought it was somewhat off but then I saw everyone else and gave it a huge rethink…. FABULOUS and that necklace is everything

  • BlackCatBitch


  • Corsetmaker

    It’s a bit.. lacking.. but it doesn’t matter because it’s just a frame for the pendant.

  • Akemi

    LOVE. HER.

  • tryinnottobetoojudgy

    Note to Rachel McAdams – honey, THIS is how you do sleek and simple while blowing the effin’ doors off. Divalicious perfection.

  • AlisonHendryx

    I kind of hate everything below the neck, except the diamonds. I think it’s terribly unflattering and not well fitted… and I think we’ve seen it before, in black maybe? And it was bleh then too.

  • gattita

    everything is perfect except that helmet hair

  • WashieWash

    I don’t like that neckline, but unlike so many other red-carpet looks, this dress fits her PERFECTLY. Kudos to her stylist for making that happen.

  • conniemd

    Still first on my list of most beautiful women. This outfit matches her rich and elegant looks in the Dior perfume ads.

  • Mr. Ellie Pooh

    Beautiful. Great posture too, which is why I think this silhouette looks so good on her.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    While I am on record as not loving this kind of neckline, damn, but does Charlize know how to pull off the Hollywood Goddess glam. Charlize got the GOOD Dior.

  • kittyvscupcake


  • RutGot

    It’s a good dress and the color is fantastic but I can think of at least two other dresses she’s worn that were more memorable. S’alright.

  • Manuel Machado

    Mirror mirror on the wall …. swallow this Kristen Stewart

  • Kaonashi

    Stunning. The pendant is a nice touch. Makeup and hair is flawless.

  • A_guy01

    Bitch turned it out. Like a Tart Tatin on the Food Network – flawlessly.

  • DuBey2


  • All that Glitters

    BAMM … No topping this ever!!

  • lifeisastory

    Gorgeous. I have nothing bad to say.

  • boingboing

    My favorite look of the night.

  • Little_Olive

    Apparently I am nothing but the cheese that stands alone here. Hate the hair. Too much damn sternum.

  • pornolaughs

    I couldn’t pull off the straps that begin in the front, but on her I think they’re another gorgeous geometric element of a beautiful dress. I also think the back of Saoirse’s dress should have been constructed more like this, if at all possible.

    Does anyone agree that the cool tones of her makeup, especially the black around the eyes, is not the most flattering? But of course, she still looks incredible, and the lack of warm color on her face contributes to that easy elegance.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I don’t even like the dress that much, I call that a claw hammer neckline, but she’s just so regal here.

  • Lauren

    She’s such a gorgeous woman, and real too. No fakery.

  • Tenley

    Dresses with a half foot or more of space at the cleavage make no sense to me —

  • Bsquared41

    She looks amazing, no doubt. And red dresses are always my fave. But I don’t know, it reminds me so much of the black Dior one she wore two years ago — same elements are there. V-neck line (even if this one is deeper) and big wow diamond necklace.

  • AutumnInNY

    Stunning. That is what a movie star looks like.

  • JynxTheCat

    If only she was better looking

  • rhymeswithorange

    Looks a tad awkward in pictures but she was flawless on tv presenting. The camera does love her! What a beauty.

  • NG

    There were a lot of great contenders. Classy options like Tina Fey’s regal sapphires and Cat Blanchette’s and Kate Winslet’s icy chandeliers. Alicia Vikander provided some whimsy with delicate snowflake chandeliers. And there was the brute force sparkle of the massive rocks sported by Priyanka Chopra (pear drop diamond earrings), Heidi Klum (diamond rings) and Lady Gaga (90-carat emerald cut earrings).

    But there could be only one and this was it: the 48.8-carat diamond pendant from Harry Winston adorning Charlize Theron’s plunge.

    Thank you, ladies, for bringing it.

  • quiltrx

    In recapping the red carpet stuff briefly to my hubby (whose interest levels in fashion AND ‘serious film’ AND awards are much lower than mine…this IS the only award show I watch, mind you), I told him “and your Miss Charlize showed us all how perfect she was. AGAIN.” We both love her, and I love that she seems to enjoy representing what a “movie star” still means to me.

  • °-°

    she is so elegant… a pure beauty