Academy Awards Red Carpet 2011


It's Oscars time! As is well known, the 83rd Academy Awards were Sunday night. Congrats to the winners, but more importantly congrats to the 11 ladies (Anne Hathaway x2) featured above, as they are Les Deux's best dressed of this year's Oscar ceremony. No time for small talk about who won what; continue on below the jump for larger pictures and critiques.

Here we go!

Gwenyth Paltrow in Calvin Klein
Paltrow was literally a stunner in this pearly silver, embellished gown. The super sleek look was something like a sexy cross between Cleopatra and a crusader in shining armor. Paired with glossy, middle-parted hair and fresh, bronze skin, Paltrow was a knockout.

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang
Despite the 2010 Best Actress' steely appearance at the award show, she looked elegant and fresh in this bright red gown. Minimal hair, makeup, and jewelry went perfectly with this floor-sweeper that gave Bullock the hourglass figure every woman dreams of having. One thing she was missing? A real smile on the red carpet.

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott
I'm halfway speechless about the gown that Adams wore to the Academy Awards. Halfway because I'm 50% stunned by how gorgeous this dress is on her; the blue is a perfect shade for her milky skin and fiery hair, the fit is amazing, the eye-popping emerald jewelry, the slit up to there, the head to toe embellishment(!)...need I say more? But then there's another 50% of me that knows this look could have been executed better. From the bust down, Adams looks great, but at the top she looks so covered up. Adams should have pulled her hair back, at least part of the way, in order to avoid hiding so much of her neck and face.

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier
Moore was dreamlike in this sparkling gown. The thick band of sequins that ran across her middle section was akin to the milky way in a clear night sky. Combined with classy hair and makeup, Moore's look had an ethereal feel that was hard not to notice. Despite some thoughts that Moore "blended in with the crowd", I have the opposite opinion; Moore shone like a star.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte
Staying true to the designers who collaborated on the costumes for her Best Actress movie, Portman looked stunning in a plum Rodarte gown that draped beautifully over her baby bump. Glowing skin, flowing curls, and tassel earrings complimented this off-the-shoulder dress. The entire look was very soft and romantic; perfect for a soon-to-be mom.

Anne Hathaway in Valentino
The first of the co-host's eight award show dresses was this popping number from Valentino. Simple and sleek until the rose-like ruching at the thighs, this gown was elegant and classic with a modern twist. The color and fit were perfect for Hathaway's long frame and creamy skin. Ruched gowns like the one above always remind me a little from Belle's yellow gown in Beauty and the Beast (yes, I'm 7 years old), and because of Hathaway's resemblance to the Disney character, this one really did.

Camila Alves in Kaufman Franco
No, look away from Matthew McConaughey; he looks alright, but it's his lady I want to focus on. Alves truly rocked this crazy-elegant black gown. She looked so stately and graceful, like an ethnic Grace Kelly. Had this gown been a creamy white color, she would embody all that I want to look like as a bride.

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa
Always age appropriate, always fresh, always stunning Hailee Steinfeld showed up to the Oscars in yet another red carpet stunner. Probably the most youthful she has ever looked, Steinfeld was like a princess in this fantastic tulle Marchesa dress. I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible for Steinfeld to have a styling mistake, but I don't think it is. Either way, I'll continue to look forward to seeing more looks from her.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture
So long now I have waited to see a celebrity wear a dress from one of Givenchy's Fall or Spring Couture collections and finally the day has come. While the hair didn't necessarily compliment this very avant garde look, I was still so happy to see someone wear this piece of art that it is one of my favorite looks from the ceremony all together.

Anne Hathaway in Giorgio Armani
Out of all Hathaway's looks during and before the award show, this one felt the most right. It was so spot on. The shape and cut were sleek and sophisticated while the color and texture were hyper-modern. Truly a calculated risk that paid off and paid off well.

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab
Are there words? This is one of the best red carpet looks I've seen in years. This racy look was stunning on Kunis, and I can't think of anyone who could have worn it better. The look was a sexy juxtaposition between demure lavender lace and the leaves-little-to-the-imagination peekaboos on the lower half of the dress. A+++, no more to say.

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein
Another sexy stunner was Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence, who looked like a ball-gowned Baywatch babe in this curve-hugging dress. Unlike Kunis, Lawrence had absolutely no detail, yet was still stunning. The lack of accessories other than one simple bracelet and a small, sparkling clutch allowed Lawrence to showcase her killer body and fantastic voluminous hair without any clutter getting in the way.

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