The Academy Awards are a smorgasboard of all things good and tasty for fashion enthusiasts, amateur and professional alike. Here’s a peek at what caught my unskilled eye – for reasons both good and bad – on the Oscars 2010 Red Carpet. Click each star’s name to see a photo of their best dressed list worthy attire.
Oscars 2010 Red Carpet Best Dressed Candidate #1: Cameron Diaz. Cam was old Hollwood glam in her long, sleeveless and delightfully sparkly golden gown by Oscar de la Renta. Her blonde tresses fell in loose waves (which, to be completely truthful, could’ve used a dab of gel to fight the frizzies, but I digress) and she carried a beautiful Roger Vivier Haute Couture clutch. The whole outfit had the effect of making stick-thin Cam look less skinny, and for her, that’s a great thing.
Oscars 2010 Red Carpet Best Dressed Candidate #2: Helen Mirren. The Best Actress Oscar nominee looked stunning in a silver tulle gown with long matching sheer sleeves. Her white hair looked soft and elegant, pulled into a lovely, natural-looking updo, and her make-up was fresh and very soft. She capped her look with a thick glittering necklace and a pair of small, subtle drop earrings. Mirren was absolutely everything a Hollywood maven should be: Classy, elegant and naturally beautiful.
Oscars 2010 Red Carpet Best Dressed Candidate #3: Anna Kendrick. I had very mixed feelings about Up in the Air star Anna Kendrick’s Oscar get-up. I looked at it for a long, long time before finally deciding that what I liked about what I saw outweighed what I didn’t like. The good: Her blush-colored off the shoulder Elie Saab frock was gorgeous with its lace-trimmed edging and flattering slit. The not as good: Anna’s porcelain skintone in said gown. She’s just white enough that the dress made her look rather washed out. However, it was still a beautiful selection and I have to give credit where it’s due.
Oscars 2010 Red Carpet Best Dressed Candidate #4: Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried successfully walked the wavy line between ‘party’ and ‘bridal’ in her strapless Armani Prive ballgown. The long white creation, adorned with oodles of glittering Swarovski crystals, featured a very full skirt – the kind that’s the stuff of little girls’ dreams. Her blonde hair was twisted into a classic chignon, finishing what can only be called an elegant overall look.
Oscars 2010 Red Carpet Best Dressed Candidate #5: Penelope Cruz. The Best Supporting Actress nominee was stunning in a strapless deep burgundy Donna Karan gown with assymetrical neckline. The Los Angeles rain did a number on her updo, though, rendering it a bit frizzy, but an A for the dress regardless.
I refuse to create an official worst dressed list for the 2010 Academy Awards because I fully realize that what looks good is largely objective, and that it’s mean-spirited to disparage someone’s outfit, even when she’s made a flagrant fashion faux pas.
That said, I want to explain why I’ve intentionally omitted certain celebs from my best dressed list, in light of said ladies gaining praise from other writers around the net. Teen queen Miley Cyrus may have chosen a mostly age-appropriate cut, but the bustline was frighteningly reminiscent of Madonna’s conical bra from the 80s and better suited to the boudoir than, well, public. As for Sarah Jessica Parker, the term ‘potato sack’ came to mind, and her dark eyeliner was much too severe, giving her the look of a glammed up raccoon. But points for the updo! Finally, it turns out that there is indeed such a thing as too much junk in the trunk, as Jennifer Lopez demonstrated in her tight-fitting bright white creation.
So there you have it. Who made your personal Oscars best dressed list in 2010?
2010 Oscars Photos, Just Jared
Oscars 2010 Red Carpet Photos: Who Stunned? Who Shocked?, Popeater