Everyone lets their hair down a bit for the Grammys, and the Golden Globes are just a warm-up, but the Academy Awards are where the stars try to really outshine the others, while dressing for the most part like grown-ups. The 2011 Oscars were no exception, so let’s get to the red carpet excitement!
Everyone expected Best Actress nominee and winner Natalie Portman to look lovely, particularly now that she’s expecting, and she more than lived up to expectations in a plum-colored Rodarte dress that was simply perfect.
Another red-carpet stunner was her co-star Mila Kunis who looked lovely in a lilac confection by Elie Saab.
Maria Menounos reflected old-Hollywood glamour in her black velvet one-shouldered creation.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld was pitch perfect in a youthful Marchesa dress.
Michelle Williams looked lovely as ever in champagne-colored, jeweled Chanel
Halle Berry in a ruffled column gown by Marchesa.
As for men, it wasn’t hard to find great looks. Most ceded the spotlight to their dates or to the female stars, but many of them looked oh-so-handsome in their tuxes. Javier Bardem was one of the “classic tux” guys, but it’s probably impossible for him not to look good.
Hugh Jackman went classic and looked outstandingly handsome.
Geoffrey Rush looked marvelously distinguished in his tux.
Justin Timberlake was especially adorable for having brought his mother as his date.
There were, of course, disappointments on the red carpet. The always-beautiful Kate Blanchett wore an oddly constructed Givenchy gown that looked like vaguely like the playing card costumes from Alice in Wonderland.
Marisa Tomei wore what appeared to be a vintage black bedskirt.
Nicole Kidman, usually picture-perfect, wore a strange, stiffly constructed Dior Gown.
Russell Brand wore an odd military-inspired suit with skinny pants.
Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale looked scary in all black accompanied by heavy facial hair.
So, as expected, a little bit of everything, raised to its highest standards, was the theme for the evening at the 2011 Academy Awards, and for the most part, the expected fashion favorites lived up to expectations.