It drew the awards season to a glamorous close, with the predicted winners being awarded their trophies. Meryl Streep won Best Actress, Jean DuJardin Best Actor, Christopher Plummer made Oscar history as the oldest winner for Best Supporting Actor, Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress and The Artist won Best Film and Best Director went to Michel Hazanavicius. A pretty obvious bunch considering the mountain of awards each winner has racked up in all the other ceremonies.
The red carpet is the favourite part of the ceremony, will an actress take a risk or will they play it safe. It was a safe and pretty year this year, with many actresses choosing to change into a second dress for the after parties. That’s cheating if you ask me. But that also meant that the rumour that Victoria Beckham was dressing a major celeb was true after Cameron Diaz rocked up to the Vanity Fair after party in a full length orange gown and signature exposed zip, I really liked it and it suited Cameron’s California looks down to the ground.
My favourite Oscar red carpet was Gwyneth Paltrow, her Tom Ford full length fitted white dress was worn with a full length cape that I thought was so refreshingly original. I’ll forgive her for the fact it was detachable because it was that beautiful.
As one of my style crushes I have mixed feelings about Michelle Williams’ choice of a coral peplum Louis Vuitton. The colour was a welcome change, but the peplum doesn’t have that bounce that it needs, I would have really loved it if she wore something Marilyn inspired but I suppose after channeling the icon for so many years in preparation for the role I guess she wanted to giver a wide berth.
Emma Stone has had so many red carpet moments but I was let down by the Giambattista Valli Couture dress she chose, out of all his collection this was the most similar to the Gucci 2011 dresses that everybody seemed so fond of wearing last year. Her after party Chanel dress was so much more original.
Everybody loved Penelope Cruz rocking the vintage Hollywood look I personally found it boring and the colour very washed out. Stacy Keibler worked the red carpet well as George’s plus one in Marchesa even if she did look like the Oscar statue itself, and everyone is wondering when George is going to dump her and move onto his next ‘Award Season Girlfriend’ Stacy did well but time for a change!
After Rose Byrne’s amazing turn at the Golden Globes in that Elie Saab jumpsuit she went for more sequins this time in Vivienne Westwood, it was sparkly and nice but nothing really amazed me about it apart from how skinny she looks.
Honourable mention has to go out to Angelina Jolie and that right leg, there was so much buzz about it that someone created a Twitter in it’s honour. The black velvet custom Atelier Versace dress was nothing to shout about, I wouldn’t have even paid her any attention had it not for the pose.
The joint best look at the after parties is split between Elizabeth Banks and Heidi Klum. Elizabeth in a unique polka dot and feathered look by Chadwick Bell at the Vanity Fair after party, and Heidi Klum rocking that body in Atelier Versace at Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party.
Not forgetting my favourite lady Diane Kruger looking stunning in Calvin Klein. Red really is her colour.