Academy Award 2012 Looks

I don’t have cable television so we watched the Oscars on Sunday night via streaming behind the scenes online.

Another confession to make is that out of the nominees, I only saw the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. There were other movies that intended to see, but it just didn’t happen with baby. Another confession is that I usually don’t do write-ups like this so bear with me.

I’m glad that I didn’t actually watch the telecast and that the way we watched it was ideal for me.

I’ve got to quickly run through some looks and outfits before I crack the books again. I’m behind on reading almost FOUR chapters for my Human Development class. How on earth did that happen? Well, at least I’m on it in my Business class. Hooray!

Onto the looks:

I am sitting here looking at these pics of all of these “younger” actresses and I’m wondering why they (or their stylist(s) are helping them) to choose to NOT look their best. Just my .02.

Emma Stone is a lovely looking young woman. I’m ok with redheads wearing red. It’s a dramatic color that’s difficult to pull off, so you have to be careful in what you pair it with.

Emma Stone Oscars 2012

Her hair and skin are lovely. I’m really glad that her hairstylist chose to keep her hair up, as it would have been competing with the neckline on her Giambattista Valli dress. I don’t care for this dress on her though and it doesn’t help that she is standing awkwardly in it. Her build seems athletic and I think that it could have been shown in a more flattering ensemble.

Shailene Woodley is wearing a Valentino Couture dress. I don’t know anything about her other than she was in The Descendants with George Clooney and that she is 20 years old. I love her dress, although I think that it’s too “mature” a look for her. Strangely enough, I would have liked to see a bolder cheek color and stronger lip. The hair, meh. Not bad, not good.

Shailene Woodley Oscars 2012

Jessica Chastain was nominated for The Help and is also in The Tree of Life. She’s 30 and I like her Alexander McQueen dress, but I feel that it would be best on a runway in a museum vs. real life. I’d have liked to have seen her wear a bolder lip color, too. Her glowing and magnificent skin almost makes up for it.

Jessica Chastain Oscars 2012

I really hate the term “plus-sized” and I think that it’s a shame that so many designers are elitist about designing for all sizes. The only limit should be with imagination and creativity.

Octavia Spencer was nominated and later won for The Help, and she’s wearing a custom hand beaded gown by Tadashi Shoji.

Octavia Spencer Oscars 2012

The proportion is terrific and the sparkle really emphasizes her figure. She looks both classy and beautiful. Her hair and makeup are perfect and I love her clutch. I would have loved to see a sparkly bracelet on her wrist, but so it goes.

On the flip size of the “plus-sized” debate is someone who is very slim like Angelina Jolie. There have been thousands of Tweets saying things like “she needs to put more meat on her bones”. I couldn’t believe what I was reading on an artist’s Facebook fan page about her. Ugh! Isn’t she doing what society expects her to, emphasizing a trim and lean future that countless fashion magazines proclaim is the “ideal”? You can’t win, at all.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie look the closest, at least visually, to a red carpet glamour couple of yesteryear. Even with his borderline grown-out looking hairdo and facial hair.

Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie Oscars 2012

Angelina is wearing a dress by Atelier Versace and Brad is wearing Tom Ford. Rather than discuss how slim she looks, I’m so utterly curious about her skin and makeup. She looks absolutely flawless and I’m wondering what her secret is, besides a good facialist? I suspect that she is using fillers, lasers and possibly more to smooth, tighten and give volume to her facial features. Work without looking overly done, in my opinion.

Some other standouts last night include the following:

Gary Oldman and his wife Alexandra Edinborough

Gary Oldman and Alexandra Edinborough Oscars 2012

My favorite outfit of the night was worn by Alexandra Edenborough, who is Gary Oldman’s wife. Speaking of good-looking couples, they look wonderful together. She’s wearing a Roberto Cavalli gown and I love everything about this look. A stronger lip would have been too much and I’m glad that she didn’t wear a necklace.

Other standouts include the following:

Glenn Close Oscars 2012

Glenn Close is 64? Crazy. She looks better than ever.

John Corbett and Bo Derek Oscars 2012

I didn’t know that John Corbett and Bo Derek have been involved since 2002.

Penelope Ann Miller Oscars 2012

I think that Penelope Ann Miller looks terrific and her look is what Melanie Griffith should be going for. Whatever work she’s had done looks incredibly natural.

Michelle Williams Oscars 2012

Michelle Williams is wearing a peplum dress by Louis Vuitton and looks like Mia Farrow.

Rooney Mara Oscars 2012

I like Rooney Mara, but I’m still on the fence about watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake. She manages to look elegant and glamorous, even though he look was so extreme not that long ago. She’s wearing a Givenchy dress that drapes her figure beautifully. I’m very surprised that she’s not wearing any jewelry, although it’s nice to keep it simple for a change.


  1. I agree that Emma Stone looks awkward in that dress. The ribbon makes her head look tiny, too.

    I disagree about Chastain’s dress belonging in a museum. I could see her ballroom dancing in it.

    Octavia Spencer does look better! You said it wonderfully. Though her tiny clutch is unflattering to the paw bearing it.

    I disagree about the weight thing- I think it stems from jealousy born from a lazy culture. It’s been scientifically proven that you live longer and healthier from a slim build. Angelina looks good because she’s disciplined, and is listening to her body, not because she’s doing what’s expected of her. It’s not fair to her to belittle her impressive accomplishment by shoving it into a conformity box.

    I think Gary Oldman looks completely amazing! He just glows. You are so right about both of them.

    You’re spot on with Rooney Mara, too! She is incredible, and pushes the boundaries tastefully.

    You should totally see Dragon Tattoo. Don’t consider it a remake. The first was a so-so, unartistic straight adaptation with so-so actors made to capitalize on the popularity of the books upon their release. Fincher’s film is a VISION. It’s incredible in every way it could possibly have been.

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