By: Serena Elavia ’14
Let’s cut to the chase: this year’s Oscar dresses were disappointing and just shameful. It’s shocking that any of those women stepped out onto the red carpet with confidence, except for Stacy Keibler, but I would too if I were George Clooney’s date. Here’s a rundown of the worst gowns at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Worst Dressed 1: Gwyneth Paltrow
When I saw this dress, I thought, “Finally, this is what I’ll see before I die!” After being in Hollywood for years, Gwyneth Paltrow should understand that capes are only for superheroes, not the red carpet. Was she preparing to fly away? Everyone in Hollywood is allowed one fashion faux pas, and Paltrow had hers at the 1999 Academy Awards when she wore a fluffy pink dress that made her look like Princess Peach from Mario Kart. Usually, Paltrow has a keen fashion sense, but something went seriously wrong this year.
Worst Dressed 2: Shailene Woodley
When your movie is nominated for multiple awards, you should dress like a star, instead of someone who’s about to be embalmed. Shailene, you are a beautiful 20 year old girl—stop dressing like a 90 year bride. There are only so many years in a woman’s life where she can dress sexily and take risks with her clothes, and the Secret Life of the American Teenager star is in the prime of those years. While the dress may be attractive on Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep, the Descendants actress had a major fashion flop this year.
Biggest Let Down: Sandra Bullock
When Sandra Bullock won the best actress award for her role in The Blind Side, she wore a gown that resembled the Oscar statue. This year, however, her gown looked like a family of starfish had invaded her waist. If Ariel from The Little Mermaid were human, this is the kind of dress she would wear; Marchesa may as well have retailed this dress to the Los Angeles Aquarium. Bullock could have salvaged this dress by having it fitted to her body instead of having it hopelessly draped across her chest. While she may have been Miss Congeniality in the past, Sandra Bullock was Miss Biggest Disappointment at this year’s Oscars.
Most Over posed: Angelina Jolie
Angie, I understand that there aren’t any more husbands for you to steal, but did you really have to steal Jennifer Aniston’s thigh-high-slit-stick-your-leg-out-look? Usually, Glee star Lea Michele wins for being an over posing pain in the neck, but superstar Angelina Jolie claimed that title at this year’s Academy Awards. When you’re an accomplished actress, humanitarian, U.N. ambassador and mother of 400 children, you don’t need to be showing off what looks like a prosthetic leg. Angelina Jolie is one of the ultimate fashion icons in Hollywood, especially during the awards season, and sadly she failed during the ultimate fashion show of Hollywood. Put your leg back under the folds of your dress where it belongs.
Best Dressed: Stacy Keibler
One would think that a former WWE wrestler could never walk a red carpet with such grace, ease and beauty as Stacy Keibler does, but this woman could made a trash bag look like couture. With her flowing blonde hair pinned to the side, Keibler walked the red carpet in a stunning gold lame gown, and looked just like an Oscar statue. Surprisingly, this dress was taken off the runway and it is amazing how the fit is perfect. During the 2012 Oscars, she expertly played the role of model, sex symbol and most importantly superstar George Clooney’s date. She may never win a rock from Mr. Clooney, but Stacy Keibler certainly wins best dressed at this year’s Academy Awards.
Best Body Fit: Octavia Spencer
In Hollywood, being a plus sized woman is incredibly difficult, but best supporting actress winner Octavia Spencer makes it look so easy. Instead of wearing tight gowns that would make her look like a sausage, Spencer has always dressed according to her body type and knows the silhouettes that complement her figure. Staying faithful to designer Tadashi Shoji, Spencer ruled the red carpet in an off white short sleeved gown with expert and exquisite beading. By bringing all of the beading to Spencer’s waist, the dress accented her curves and made her one of the best dressed stars on the red carpet.
Bitch Stole My Look: Emma Stone
When Emma Stone walked out onto the red carpet, everyone’s first thought was “Didn’t Nicole Kidman wear that to the 2007 Oscars?” Any stylist would have told her in a heartbeat that if you wear that dress, people will compare you to Nicole Kidman, and let’s be honest, Kidman wore the dress better. But if you’re going to steal someone else’s look, at least look good while doing it; the bow appears to be swallowing Stone’s neck and her jewelry is underwhelming. Stealing a look is a talent, and clearly Stone does not have that quality.
Biggest Surprise: Rooney Mara
The girl with the dragon tattoo managed to look like the girl who looks normal at this year’s Academy Awards. During this awards season, Rooney Mara always wore dark and scary colors that made her look like a real life Lisbeth Salander. However, the best actress nominee took a chance this time and wore a brilliantly white gown that raised her likability factor and allowed her to look like a woman for once. While the dress itself is beautiful and fits perfectly to her body, Mara could have looked spectacular by adding jewelry and hair extensions. Come on Rooney, at least give viewers a smile!