Pizza, selfies, and statuettes; the 86th Annual Academy Awards lived up to its reputation as Hollywood’s biggest party. Pharrell Williams’s dance-inducing performance of “Happy” has been stuck in my head ever since. The evening was magical, but before all of the cheering, crying, and winning, there was the red carpet posing. Here is my list of this year’s best dressed at the 2014 Oscars.
1. Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o was this year’s sweetheart and fashion icon all rolled into one. The Best Supporting Actress winner wore a gorgeous ice blue Prada gown. She looked fresh, free-spirited and fun, especially when she hopped up to dance spontaneously with Pharrell during his performance of “Happy”. When asked about the colour choice, she explained that it reminded her of growing up in Nairobi near the ocean, surrounded by lots of blue. Girl after my own heart. She also gave one of the most eloquent, heartfelt and inspiring speeches of the night. “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” I’m in love with this woman.
2. Cate Blanchett
The Best Actress winner arrived in this stunning nude and sequinned Armani dress. To complement it, she wore a pair of Chopard earrings consisting of 33 carats of opal set in white gold with diamonds. (What, these old things?) I was delighted to hear her champion female driven films in her acceptance speech, rebutting the myth that they don’t make money at the box office.
3. Sandra Bullock
To further (and entirely) refute that myth, enter Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock. Sandi is set to earn a cool $70 million+ from her film Gravity, as it heads toward taking in $750,000,000 at the box office. Her out of this world gown is from Alexander McQueen and is accented by Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. This stellar look lands her on my annual list for the second time.
4. Charlize Theron
Charlize looked super polished in this black mermaid number from Christian Dior Couture. The biggest splash came from that necklace, universally touted to be the statement jewelry piece of the night. It’s a diamond cluster drop necklace from Harry Winston valued at $15 million.
5. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer makes the list for the second year in a row, with this this playful and glamorous frock. The fringed, flapper style gown is from Oscar de la Renta. It’s silver shimmer came alive with movement as she sashayed across the stage to present.
6. Camilla Alves
Humble and gorgeous, Camila Alves is a model and the wife of Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey. She was the picture of elegance, choosing a custom Gabriela Cardena gown. She stated that she didn’t want to stand out or detract from the nominees, so opted for the modest look and kept herself covered up from neck to toe. The result had her looking ten feet tall and perfectly framed her beautiful face, yet she succeed in keeping the focus of the evening on her husband. The two shared the most tender kiss of the evening and completely melted my heart. What’s not to love?
7. Portia DeRossi
I loved this unique choice from Portia de Rossi. The wife of Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, she turned heads in this ivory toned Naeem Khan design. It featured cut outs, a halter neckline and some seriously amazing bead work. Click the photo for a closer view.
8. Kerry Washington
The Scandal star was glowing in her purple Jason Wu gown that beautifully flowed over her growing baby bump.
9. Jennifer Lawrence
Another veteran of last year’s list, Jennifer’s arrival in Dior came as no surprise after the two just signed a 3 year, $15 million deal. Her red peplum strapless dress was topped off with a Neil Lane diamond necklace that she wore down the back, valued at $2 million. As an aside: if there are any designers out there who’d like to strike a deal with me, feel free to click on that little “contact” button near the top of your screen. I’d love to chat with you. :)
10. Jada Pinkett Smith
I loved this pink Versace gown that Jada selected! It hugged her curves in all the right places and had a train that dreams are made of. She looked like radiant Hollywood royalty.
Robin Matthews took home the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling (along with Adruitha Lee) for her work on Dallas Buyers Club. They achieved their remarkable character transformations with a total hair and makeup budget of only $250. Well earned, ladies! I couldn’t find out any info at all about her lovely dress, as no one seems to care because she’s crew and not cast. Sigh. (I care, Robin! I care!)
I don’t know what any of these kids were wearing either, but student filmmakers Zaineb Abdul-Nabi, Jean Paul Isaacs, Tayo Amos, Nathan Flanagan-Frankl, Mackenna Millet, and Bryson Kemp must have been having the time of their lives. Their skills won these talented college students the opportunity to be a part of Team Oscar, and among other benefits, they got the chance to hand the awards to the presenters, and escort the winners from the stage in front of bazillions of people. You’re looking at the future of filmmaking. I thought they cleaned up pretty well for their first Hollywood appearance. Guys, if you’re reading, I’d love to work with you on something. Let’s talk. ;)
So those are my picks for the best dressed at the 2014 Academy Awards. What do you think? Who did I over credit, or leave out? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to vote in my poll! I love seeing what you guys are thinking. You can pick as many choices as you like; it just takes a few clicks!
One last look from Lupita; wow!