If you’re like me, the Oscars are a display of Hollywood royalty, a public appreciation for cinematic craft, and a sign that sleep is once again a possibility once the festivities end. This award show season has seen many striking ensembles and a plethora of fresh faces, but this year’s 86th Annual Academy Awards win the unofficial award for best dressed all-around. There were seldom unfortunate looks and plenty more that deserved high honors. Here are a few of my picks for the best dressed stars from film’s biggest night.
The Kenyan-born starlet has been taking over the red carpet all season long and last night was no different. She shined in a pale blue Prada gown (which she helped to design) and matching headband, becoming the real-life Cinderella as she graciously accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “12 Years a Slave.”
A leading lady and the newest edition to the Best Actress list, she left viewers in awe while wearing a nude Armani Prive gown with shimmering embellishments. I’m not sure how she does it, but she seems to always capture the spotlight, and I’m not complaining.
A true vision in a royal blue Alexander McQueen gown, she won over the crowd and made up for past looks by dazzling the red carpet. Her side-swept locks and diamond earrings also added to her glamorous ensemble, making her one of the highlights of the night.
A silent stunner in white, the actress looked radiant in a textured Calvin Klein gown and sparkling jewels. Though she was not nominated this year, her outfit deserved an award of its own.
Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde
Glowing mommies-to-be, both Hollywood actresses showed off their best accessory with style. Kerry Washington worked the carpet wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown in mauve with matching plum lipstick, while Olivia Wilde looked gorgeous in a black Maison Valentino gown with white back detail and accessories.
A welcome addition to this year’s Oscars, Jolie was the embodiment of elegance in a nude and gold-embellished Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. Though it wouldn’t have been my first pick for the actress and philanthropist, she still wins extra points for sophistication.
With Goldie Hawn as a mother, it’s impossible for her not to look beautiful, and she definitely has my vote for best dressed star of the night. The actress looked striking in a low-cut beaded Atelier Versace gown, stealing the spotlight from the Oscar nominees themselves. The matching cape and jewelry along with her signature golden waves topped off the look and guaranteed her spot as best of the best.
The white Saint Laurent suit and contrasting red bowtie were winners in their own regard, although I wish the man-bun had made a second appearance.
A woman who has been nominated for an Oscar 18 times in her career is bound to look beautiful, and Meryl Streep is that woman. She was a living goddess in a black and white Lanvin gown.
Though her cherry red Dior dress was a less bold choice than award shows past, she still left onlookers in awe. She also managed to stay positive after falling for the second year in a row.
He may have been snubbed yet again for Best Actor, but at least he looked handsome in the process, wearing signature Armani. He does gets my vote for Best Sport, though.
Oscar host Ellen Degeneres should also take home her own award for Most Outfit Changes. From a blue velvet blazer to a all white suit, to the Good Witch costume from “The Wizard of Oz”, she did not take her job lightly and proceeded to keep the stars entertained and well fed. If only she had ordered pizza for the rest of us.
All in all, Hollywood made the fashion world proud this season. A big thanks should be given to their stylists as well, without whom much of their looks would not be possible.
Gianna Collier-Pitts is the Violet Vision Editor of the Washington Square News. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org