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Oscars 2012 Best Dressed

by habituallychic

02 . 27 . 12
It was a bit of a boring show but the Oscars didn’t disappoint in the fashion department.  I knew Meryl Streep was taking home the Oscar statuette when she showed up in a glittering gold Lanvin dress above.  It was a perfect match but there were a few other lovely ladies who get my vote for best dressed. 

Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help and looked absolutely gorgeous in Tadashi Shoji.  The beading and draping could not be more perfect.  
Absolute best dressed goes to Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford.  It was cold in Los Angeles and the cape/coat was the perfect touch.  She removed it for the ceremony and after parties and still looked like perfection. 

Not everyone liked this Valentino dress on Shailene Woodley from The Descendants but how many strapless dresses can you see without being bored.  I thought the sleeves were lovely. 

I’m not a fan of Milla Jovovich but I loved her white sparkly Elie Saab gown. 

I thought Rooney Mara looked like a bored teenager on the red carpet.  Would it kill her to smile once on a while?  The Givenchy dress is “high fashion” and interesting but I wish they could do something with her hair. 

Her sister Kate Mara on the other hand looked beautiful in this pale pink Jack Guisso dress.

Not everyone on twitter liked Emma Stone’s red Giambattista Valli dress but I thought she looked pretty.  She’s also such a fun breath of fresh air that I would like her in anything.

I’m not a fan of peplums but the red Louis Vuitton dress worked on Michelle Williams.

I couldn’t cover the Oscars without a gratuitous photo of Colin Firth.  I just love that Mr. Darcy. 

Christopher Plummer won for his role in Beginners and if you haven’t seen it, watch it tonight.  You will laugh and cry and realize why he won. Such a class act. 

I have no idea what film Gary Oldman was nominated for but thought he looked very dapper in Paul Smith. 

I didn’t love Bernice Bejo’s braided hair but her seafoam green dress was beautiful.  She also has the handsome director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, who won for Best Director last night. 

The Artist won many awards including Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. 

If you missed Sean “P.Diddy” Combs get out of his car and have his jacket lint rolled by a personal lint roller assistant, you missed the best moment of the night on the red carpet.  He also won an Oscar as a producer on The Undefeated.  I still think I’m a little more jealous of the lint rolling assistant than the Oscar. 

I only saw Tom Hanks on TV but he just keeps looking better and better. 

Chris Rock and his fabulous hair should have hosted the show. 

Rose Byrne looks like she needs to eat a cheeseburger or twelve but everyone was unanimous in their love for her hair.  

I didn’t see Anna Faris until this morning but think she looks amazing in her black sequined Diane von Furstenberg dress. 

Busy Phillips is Michelle Williams’s best friend and accompanies her on every red carpet.  I liked her lace Dolce & Gabbana gown with a peep of lilac shoes. 

Tina Fey also looked lovely in her navy blue Carolina Herrera gown. 

I’m not sure what Leslie Mann does for a workout but I am going to find out and then do it.  She always looks amazing. 

Not everyone loved Sandra Bullocks’ Marchesa two-tone gown but I didn’t mind it.  She looked pretty but maybe should lay off the Botox for a little while. 

Reviews were also mixed on Jessica Chastain’s Alexander McQueen gold embroidered gown but she seemed to be having so much fun with her Nana on the red carpet that I can’t fault her. 
Jennifer Lopez changed out of one plunging neckline gown and into another for the Vanity Fair Oscar after party. I guess that’s what having a young boyfriend does.

I love the yellow color that Rashida Jones wore to Vanity Fair.  Gorgeous!

Cameron Diaz changed into this Victoria Beckham dress for Vanity Fair and it seemed to compliment her beachy surfer girl hair a little better than her first dress. 

Salma Hayek also looked lovely in red. 

Emma Stone changed into black peek-a-boo Chanel for Vanity Fair. 

Only Sofia Coppola could get away with a jumpsuit.  

I loved Felicity Jones black leather looking gown too. 

Not sure for what film Bradley Cooper has grown a mustache but I’m not gonna lie.  It’s a little bit sexy. 

How could I not end on a cute note with Uggie, the dog from The Artist with Jean Dujardin.  

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  1. Sara February 27, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    I loved Gwyneth’s dress!

  2. christy February 27, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    I did like seeing a lot of white, but do not agree about Gwenyth. I thought it was OK, i liked the simplicity and long lean lines but the cape was odd looking and her hair/makeup was lacking. I do agree that Meryl looked great, Milla knocked it out of the park, Shaileen Woodley also looked fabulous and overall I would say there were a few standouts, not many. We were a group of 8 women, 6 in the fashion business of some kind and we all agreed the fashions felt a bit flat this year.

  3. christine February 27, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    Thank you for this most comprehensive account of the red carpet ! I fell asleep after two hours (it was the middle of the night here in France !). Your photos are great !

  4. mwaxter February 27, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    Funny I thought Gwenyth looked so bland was not impressed at all.
    Do think Octavia and Milla and Stacy Keebler looked amazing though.
    Overall it was kind of boring to me and the gowns were fair, nothing that knocked my socks off.

  5. Landi February 27, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    Rashida Jones’ dress looked stunning on her with that color and her skin tone. I also thought Cameron Diaz looked better in her first dress but she’s looking a little too buff for me ha! Her hair did look great though, you totally nailed that one!

  6. ArchitectDesign™ February 27, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Gwenyth Paltrow and Jessica Chastain’s were my favorites – esp Gwen, literally took my breath away! Christopher Plummers blue velvet tuxedo had me GREEN with envy.

  7. ArchitectDesign™ February 27, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    PS -i had hoped the chilly weather would bring some furs onto the red carpet but no luck 🙁 I just was remembering Joan Crawford and other stars arriving with huge flower corsages and furs back in the 40s

  8. Natasha Simpson * February 27, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    I am in love with Meryl Streep and she looked stunning in that gold Lanvin dress but Octavia Spencer was my best dressed followed closely by Gwenyth who was perfection in that structured and simple gown.

  9. Newburgh Restoration February 27, 2012 | 4:27 pm

    ok, i was waiting to see a picture of Viola Davis. She was gorgeous and she looks great for her age! Sad I didn’t see a picture of her.

  10. gluttonforlife February 27, 2012 | 6:17 pm

    Great recap! But please, do not turn into the self-obsessed, eternally insecure Leslie Mann…

  11. That's Not My Age February 27, 2012 | 6:46 pm

    Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer & Livia Firth all look fabulous. And it’s good to see some red carpet dresses with sleeves!

  12. Heidi @ Decor & More February 27, 2012 | 10:18 pm

    Awesome wrap-up, Heather — I crashed and burned during the show, so missed a few of these. Gwyneth Paltrow — hands down the best. 🙂

  13. Bluebells and Lavender February 28, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Great pics seeing as I missed watching the Oscars on TV. Gary Oldman was in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – great British Actor.Thanks for sharing, Sharon

  14. Karena February 28, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    Heather thank you for featuring many attendees that others did not. I actually also liked some of the after party dresses more than what was worn to the Oscars. All in all, so many gorgeous gowns!

    Love the Men pics as well!

    Art by Karena

  15. angelwynx March 1, 2012 | 2:30 am

    Gwyneth got my vote for having such a wonderful gown in the Oscar. Angelina was playing safe in her another black gown with long slit but i did not like her anymore. 🙂