Oscar Picks…In Brief

First of all, I can’t believe I feel guilty because I’m posting this a whole day and a half after the Oscars.  Sheesh!  Shake it off…

Was it just me, or were this year’s Oscars were ultra glamorous?  Somehow, I have managed to narrow down my choices to five favorites and five honorable mentions, based on the following criteria:

  • Silhouette – how the dress shapes works on the body
  • Color – how the dress looks on the wearer, and on camera (which is how most of us see them!)
  • Style/design – how the details of the dress design enhance the dress
  • Magic – what the dress does for the wearer


Top Oscar Picks

From left to right, let’s start with the obvious.  Sandra Bullock knocked it out of the park.  I was thrilled when I saw her – she looked phenomenal and so ready for her moment.  The way the dress shimmered, the elegant pattern all over the top, the hair, the lips…she was the whole package.  And don’t even get me started with her speech…!

Next up, Queen Latifah looked statuesque and flawless.  I loved the simplicity of the dress and embellishments, along with the color and the shape, which looked great on her.  When the camera did a close up, her make up was so natural.  She always radiates confidence and presence and I loved her dress choice.

Third on my list is Mo’Nique.  Her dress was so beautiful on her shape – the way the fabric wrapped and crossed, the asymmetrical neck line and the fact that it wasn’t overdone with embellishments.  It was a flattering design with a meaningful color choice – a tribute to Hattie McDaniel, the very first African-American Oscar winner who also wore blue the night she accepted her 1940 Oscar.

I decided to promote Elizabeth Banks to my top picks because, despite not liking how the color came across on camera, it was a beautiful silhouette with figure flattering detailing on the front.  Most importantly, though, was that she didn’t lose herself in the dress or on stage.

My last pick really surprised me.  Demi Moore’s dress was just plain pretty in an unexpected peachy color.  I loved the fabric layers on the top and the soft ruffled layers on the bottom.


Honorable Mention Picks

To begin with, I was pleasantly startled to see Molly Ringwald, one of my teen idols, on stage during the fantastic John Hughes tribute.  I did not love her hair style, but I was pretty captivated by her dress design and color, which looked beautiful against her skin and hair color.

Helen Mirren looked elegant, completely age appropriate and sparkly in her look.  She’s always such a class act.

Third on my honorable mentions list is Kathryn Bigelow – who is NOT an actor!  She looked statuesque in a simple silhouette with a feminine tone-on-tone pattern on the top half.

My initial reaction to Anna Kendrick’s dress, watching her on stage as a presenter, was that she nailed it.  The color was a great choice for her creamy skin and dark hair.  Looking at photos, I think the skirting is a bit fussy with all the texture and trim, but of all the younger actresses, I liked her the best.

Lastly, I was captivated by the carefully shaped lapels on Tom Ford’s jacket.  It was a great example of making a very classic item special.

Though it only includes the women, New York Times has a no-nonsense photo gallery of the Oscar Red Carpet celebrities.  Enjoy!


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3 Responses to “Oscar Picks…In Brief”

  1. teahon Says:

    When I saw Helen Mirren onscreen I actually said, “wow,” out loud (and I was the only one in the room at the time). I thought she was absolutely breathtaking. She and Mo’Nique were the ladies who stood out for me.

    I agree with you on Tom Ford. He was the best dressed man.

  2. fabuliss Says:

    I was also really impressed with the variety of color and shape this year. It seems like I may have Oscar amnesia, but it seems like in recent years there hasn’t been the individuality displayed this year. Perhaps it’s because we had non-traditional front runners like Sandra and Mo’Nique and newcomers like Carrie and Gabourey. Regardless, it was a stellar year for style!

  3. teahon Says:

    Yes, there did seem to be a little more variety. Especially coming after the 2010 Golden Globes, which seemed like a parade of somber black dresses.

    Also want to comment that Cameron Diaz actually looked tasteful and really put together. I know a lot of people were disappointed by that, but I thought it was refreshing.

    Side note: What was with all the frizzy hair? Is that cool now? If so, then I can stop fighting nature and embrace the local humidity.

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