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By Kaitlyn Mitchell 

The 85th Annual Oscars ceremony itself was mediocre, but the fashion spoke volumes in muted tones. Here are the major highlights and a few recurring themes from the night.



Jennifer Lawrence was chosen as best dressed of the night by many fashion critics, and understandably so. J-Law won her first academy award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for “Silver Linings Playbook” and tripped over her enormous skirt on her way up to the stage – luckily the dress looks just as amazing horizontally as upright! Though the gown might remind some of upholstery fabric, it is so tastefully done with such a flattering and unique silhouette that Lawrence’s stylist deserves significant praise. And the witty backwards necklace is just so Jen.


Naomi Watts opted for a tastefully futuristic look in her sleek silver sheath – just enough Gaga-esque structure at the neckline to make it an interesting (not tacky) conversation piece.


Continuing the metallic trend, Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta-Jones (and apparently the lady behind CZJ as well) both opted for shiny fit-and-flare gowns with baroque beading. Catherine’s works better on her figure, though she does look a bit like an Oscar trophy (perhaps on purpose?).


Kristen Chenoweth and Kelly Osbourne, both Oscar pre-show hosts this year, also sported similar frocks. Kelly is the clear winner here, with that intricate neckline, subtle sparkle, and lovely pleating fitting her (and her purple coif) so nicely. Cheers!


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Daniel Day-Lewis, Winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Lincoln” and Jamie Foxx (pictured with his lovely daughter), star of “Django Unchained” both had contrasting lapels on their formal jackets. Gents, what do you think – is this trend a hit or a miss?


AHO13Anne Hathaway, who won her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Les Miserables” wasn’t a hit with her Hepburn-inspired Prada red carpet look, but her onstage dress worn during the performance by the cast of the film was stunning with her short brunette bob. Again, nude tones and metallic sparkle ruled the night.


The ravishing ladies in red Valentino gowns (one of the few colors seen on the carpet last night) were Jennifer Aniston with her classic girl-next-door Americana vibe and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for her role in “Lincoln,” Sally Field in. Both actresses stood out in a sea of neutral tones.


Jennifer Hudson also followed the metallic trend on the red carpet, but injected some electric blue into the look with her peep-toe heels. The sheer long sleeves worked nicely with the sleek bangs and straight hair, but the sparkly clutch made the look a tad too busy – do you agree?

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Salma Hayek’s look was a total success! The dress compliments her statuesque visage amazingly – it wouldn’t look nearly as good on anyone else. Kudos to her stylists for choosing a look that exudes baroque Spanish flair.


Jennifer Garner (she attended with husband Ben Affleck, whose movie “Argo” won Best Picture) looked great presenting in her ruffled purply Gucci gown onstage, but it isn’t as impressive from the front. Kudos to her for sporting one of the few brightly colored gowns, though (and for looking incredible no matter what she wears).



Samantha Barks’ red carpet black v-neck dress was rather drab; however, she redeemed herself in the rich teal gown that proved stunning on her petite figure during the Les Miz cast’s ensemble Oscar performance. The brooch enclosure and high neck are a tad grandma, but we adore the skintight sleeves. Amanda Seyfried rocked two different high-necked gowns, though the red balletic stunner stole the show.


Charlize Theron’s look was one of the most-praised of the night, despite the fact that her Christian Dior haute couture peplum gown was reminiscent of a two-piece ladies’ suit from the 1990’s. Her short haircut and flawless make-up are the true winners here.

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Ah, yet again…two neutral gowns that completely wash out the beautiful redheads wearing them. Amy Adams one-ups Jessica Chastain (nominated for Best Actress for “Zero Dark Thirty”) because Amy owned the carpet with dramatic volume (even if it is a tad muppet-looking). This is the second time during the 2013 awards season that Amy has opted for a neutral gown (see here) – is an emerald gown too much to ask for?

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Adele’s frumpy over-embellished dress (was this taken from the 1990’s as well?) completely loses her figure. But from the the bust up, she had the best make-up and hair of the night! Her chilling performance of Skyfall was one of the highlights of the entire evening, culminating in her win for Best Original Song for “Skyfall”. She has officially won all the major awards a musician/writer can possibly win – what an incredible woman and mum she is (okay, we admit we just wanted to say “mum”).


To end on a cute note, here’s Quvenzhane Wallis, the yougest Oscar nominee of all time (for the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) at 9 years old. Kudos to Quvenzhane’s stylists for allowing her to strut her colorful personality during this big ‘dress-up’ moment.

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