2009 Oscars Fashion Round-Up

There were a lot of beautiful dresses tonight so it’s hard to pick a best. Even the “bad” ones weren’t horrible. But Nerdies need to be given out so here goes:

Best Dressed—Female: (Tie) Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei. I usually don’t like “no-color” dresses like beige or silver but these two dresses were magnificent.

Hathaway’s Armani Prive’ looked like a fluid, light-emitting column of tiny mirrors, making Hathaway the fairest of them all.

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards

I’d never seen such intricate pleating like on the skirt and train of Tomei’s Versace gown.


Best Color: Natalie Portman’s pink dress. The color was so soft yet striking in a theater full of neutral colors. Alicia Keys’ dress was of a similar color and style but I liked Portman’s just a little more because it had more interesting tucking and details in the bodice.


Best Dressed Male: Daniel Craig. He ain’t just Bond on screen. He looked lethal-weapon sharp on the red carpet, too.

Actor Daniel Craig (R) and Satsuki Mitchell arrives at the 81st

Most Improved from Previous Award Shows This Year: Robert Downey Jr. He looked like a bum at the SAG Awards, chewing gum, sporting sneakers and dirty hair. Look at him here. Damn! Somebody got a facial and full makeover.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. and guest arrive at the 81st Annual Acad

Oldest Gown: Penelope Cruz. Her 60-year-old vintage Balmain was older than most people there. It’s held up remarkably well, though, and makes Cruz look like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

Actress Penelope Cruz arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards

Best Jewelry: Angelina Jolie. I couldn’t take my eyes off her green dangling earrings and ginormous cocktail ring. I don’t know why she looks so pissed here, though.


Most Resembling a Bridesmaid Dress: Amanda Seyfried. C’mon, doesn’t this look like it escaped from 27 Dresses?

Actress Amanda Seyfried arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Award

Most Unfortunate Bow Placement: Tilda Swinton. The top half’s draping is pretty, but look where the giant ruffle is on her skirt. Unless you’re Cher circa 1987, you should never wear a gown that calls attention to your crotch to the Oscars.

Actress Tilda Swinton arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards

Most Age-Inappropriate Dress: Sophia Loren. She’s still hot but what’s with all the ruffles? Twenty-four-year-old Freida Pinto may have been able to pull it off but it’s all wrong for Ms. Loren. She should take style lessons from Helen Mirren on how to look sophisticated and hot.

Actress Sophia Loren arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards h

Baggiest Mess: Jessica Biel. She looks like someone draped a towel down the front of her dress. She could hide a couple of the Slumdog kids under there.Actress Jessica Biel arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards h

Who were your favorites? Who looked like they made their own clothes? Discuss!



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    February 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Inside scoop: Tilda Swinton’s bracelets are from the ’60s and had been previously owned by her grandmother!

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      February 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm


      Are you her grandmother, by any chance? 😉

      Thanks for the scoop. I don’t think that was mentioned anywhere.

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    February 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    PCN, as usual, I agree. {Boring, aren’t I?!}

    I also thought Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli looked stunning … and such a pretty ‘flower’ necklace!

    Strapless or monostrap gowns certainly were ‘the go’. And who knew there were so many different shades of beige? Very elegant, though.

    Robert Downey Jr looked fabulous! And really healthy. Was it just me, or did Cuba Gooding Jr look unwell? I was worried when I saw him.

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      February 23, 2009 at 6:04 pm

      Taraji P. Henson did look great. I just couldn’t include yet another no-color dress in my recap because I was boring myself.

      I didn’t notice if Cuba Gooding Jr. looked unwell, but I could’ve been distracted. Was he gaunt or sickly-looking?

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    February 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    {Yes, the no-colour thing was quite prolific!}

    To me, CG Jr appeared to have huge dark rings under his eyes and looked like he was more than just tired. Hopefully it meant nothing.

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    February 23, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Mind you, he was paying tribute to Robert Downey Jr., so you’d be utterly forgiven for being distracted …

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      February 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm

      Yes, let’s hope he had just gotten a head start on Oscar-weekend partying or something.

      And you’re right. I was mighty distracted by how fine RDJ looked (I’ll have what he’s having) and wasn’t paying much attention to Cuba!

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    February 24, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Crotch bow or not, I thought Tilda Swinton looked like the hottest extraterrestrial on the red carpet. I know she’s weird looking, but that lady rocks my world…

    And I loved how she crossed her chest and looked all “Narnia” witchy when welcoming Penelope Cruz to the Best Supporting Actress club. Awesome!!

    Oh yeah, and I hated that towel on Jessica Biel’s chest as well, but, man alive, did she look awesome! Whew…hottest host of the nerdy ass Oscar scientific and technical awards ever! 🙂

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      February 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      I like Tilda because she’s unlike anybody else in Hollywood (or Mars, for that matter) but she always wears such weird outfits! At least this one was half-good because the top was pretty but she’s bordering on Bjork territory, fashion-wise. But yes, she’s awesome when she got all Ice Queen on PC!

      I beg to differ about Jessica Biel being the hottest chick to ever host the technical awards. I’d have to give that title to Jennifer Garner. She can kick Biel’s ass!

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    February 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Oooo…you’re right, Sydney Bristow rocked that award show in her day!

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