The Academy Awards are like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals to me; I stay glued to the TV from start to finish with nary a pee break, while stuffing my face with way too much food and drink as I anxiously await the results. The main difference, however, is that helmets and hockey sticks aren’t nearly as interesting as the haute couture gowns that walk the Oscars red carpet.
Last night, while I did find the sartorial choices of the Hollywood elite to be a tad on the safe and boring side, there were still a handful of red carpet standouts that showed up looking like true movie stars.
Best dressed, in my humble opinion, goes to Diane Kruger. Her ensembles had been falling flat throughout this year’s awards season, but she apparently saved the best for last. Diane and Chanel are a match made in couture heaven. Of all the Oscars gowns I’ve seen since I started watching so many years ago, this is the one I’ll be daydreaming about for many years to come.
Zoe Saldana, however, had been consistently fabulous at every awards ceremony, and she did not disappoint last night. In fact, Zoe took things to a whole other level. Not only did she show up in an exquisite purple Givenchy gown, but she managed to change the minds of naysayers who weren’t fans of the gown when it was presented on the Spring 2010 haute couture runway. Zoe took a risk with her daring choice, but it definitely paid off.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is a red carpet regular who will never be accused of donning something boring. Her printed sapphire Dries Van Noten was a breath of fresh air in a sea of largely bland gowns. I hadn’t truly appreciated Maggie’s seemingly effortless sense of style until this awards season, but now I finally get what all the hype is about.
Meryl Streep, who’s probably walked more red carpets than the other 4 ladies combined, was the epitome of class and elegance in a white Chris March gown that suited her absolutely perfectly. From her chic ‘do all the way down to her Jimmy Choos, Meryl let it be known that 60-year olds can kill the red carpet too. I can only hope to look half as good as Meryl when I’m that age.
And with that, this year’s awards season draws to a close. Till next year!
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