I’m not going to do a full-on Oscar’s gowns round-up, partly because the likes of The Nod do it so much more thoroughly than I could, and partly because, if I’m entirely honest, very little actually blew me away this year!
I thought Carey Mulligan looked wonderfully quirky (sorry Amber – but knives, forks and cogs!!) and elfin in a way that she should definitely be playing up to while she’s young – a sort of chip off the Cameron Diaz block! Meanwhile, the tone of Molly Ringwald’s purple gown was absolutely perfect for her colouring and held true regal depth. And I felt Kristen Stewart actually got it right for, well, the first time EVER! I think the moral of that story is that she’s quite classically beautiful, and trying to capture her youth in “edgy” (sorry again Amber!) style choices is less effective than tapping into her natural fresh-faced vibrancy. Other favourites included Amanda Seyfried, Cameron Diaz, Rachel McAdams and Tina Fey.
But Marvellous Maggie took the biscuit for me! The colours in this dress, the column shape, and the easy elegance with which she is standing – she’s absolutely glowing here! She looks comfortable in her skin and her heels and just effortlessly divine!
For the record, I thought Sandra Bullock looked amazing too – and I’m not usually a fan of her red carpet choices. But if you’re going to get it right once in your career, the night on which you win Best Actress is definitely the one to go for!
UPDATE: I’ve just looked back over this post and realised how refreshingly untanned everyone looks (except for Cameron, but she’s a California girl)! Not pale or ill, but porcelain doll-like (not the scary type).