BEST DRESSED OF THE NIGHT
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton: This dress looks red in pictures, but the frock is actually a coral hue. The peplum silhouette is everywhere right now and Williams has the figure to pull it off. The bow brooch, contrasting pink clutch and subtle frills are feminine and suit Williams' personality. She knows what she's doing.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford: Not many stars could pull of this white look, but Gwyneth understands high fashion. This will definitely go down as a major Oscar fashion moment.
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace: The fact that this Versace gown is velvet is icing on the cake. Work it, Angie.
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji: Octavia elegantly demonstrates how to dress a curvy body. The ruching and draping is expertly tailored and she instantly appears slimmer.
BEST DRESSED - OLD HOLLY WOOD GLAMOUR STYLE
Penelope Cruz in custom Giorgio Armani: Penelope is breathtaking. This is how a movie star should look on the red carpet.
Mila Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture: Stunning and statuesque.
Missi Pyle in Valentina Delfino: The Artist actress rocked a strapless gown with the right amount of pleating and a tiny fishtail. She took a risk and opted for color. The risk paid off.
BETTER ON THE RUNWAY
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Couture: Emma played it a little safe with this gown. It's matronly for her.Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen: A beautiful dress, however this McQueen number is rather editorial and doesn't scream Oscars.
Stacey Keibler in Marchesa: Everyone seemed to love this, except me. I can't pinpoint the exact reason, I'm just not impressed. It almost feels like a bridal gown of sorts.
Rooney Mara in Givenchy: With all the hype surrounding Rooney, I expected to see more effort. The Givenchy choice seemed like something she would wear to any other award show. It would have been nice to see statement accessories or a new hairstyle.
Viola Davis in Vera Wang: I like the color on her skin tone, but wanted glitz.
Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture: Up close the Valentino gown is beautiful, but it's frumpy for Shailene and too casual for such a big night. I thought she would be a shoe-in best dressed nominee.
WORST DRESSEDJennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad: Hello Jenny from the block. This is better suited for the Grammys.
Natalie Portman in Vintage Christian Dior: A nice try, but the polka dots don't work.
Kristen Wiig in J.Mendel: Wiig has been wearing a lot of neutral tones. It doesn't work with her complexion. The gown would be fabulous in another color.
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