The Five Most Red-Hot Red Carpet Looks At The 2011 Oscars
Save for The King’s Speech nabbing both the Best Director and Best Picture awards, the 87th Annual Academy Awards telecast was short on surprises. As expected, the extraordinary Christian Bale nabbed the Best Supporting Actor award, while brilliant character actress Melissa Leo scored the Best Supporting Actress prize, a very pregnant Natalie Portman won the Best Actress statue, and the debonair Colin Firth nabbed the Best Actor title — all well-deserved and widely predicted wins.
Similarly, the red carpet was littered with safe looks that, while pretty, failed to make our jaws drop in fascination and pure fashion delirium. Fortunately, a handful of actresses restored the glamour to Hollywood, with dreamy gowns that could make any viewer’s eyes widen in excitement. Here, our top picks of the evening.
1. MILA KUNIS
Nina who? Though she was the Black Swan counterpart to Natalie Portman’s White Swan in Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic masterpiece, Mila Kunis was the epitome of grace, not aggression and carnal passion, when she appeared on the red carpet in an ethereal lavender chiffon Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. The effortlessly criss-crossed draping, deep scooped neckline, and lace detailing along the bustline lend the bodice a seductive, lingerie-like effect that feels delicate and intimate, while the tiered lace along the skirt feels like a coquettish game of fashion peek-a-boo. The grosgrain ribbon cinching the waistline seems to toy with ballerina motifs, a fitting touch for this tiny dancer.
Gwyneth Paltrow proved that a simple, understated dress can make a bold, dynamic statement. Her sleeveless, white gold Cavin Klein Couture gown perfectly hugs the contours of her body, and the column-style gown magnifies the sleek, statuesque silhouette. The plunging neckline, meanwhile, is such a narrow rectangular slit that it looks demure rather than scandalous, and the slit’s geometric shape adds a hint of ’70s chic to the look.
3. SANDRA BULLOCK
Last year’s Best Actress winner looked even more stunning and relaxed this year, sashaying across the red carpet in a red satin Vera Wang dress. The strapless gown shows off Bullock’s toned arms, while the ribbing along the corseted bodice and the seams running diagonally along the fitted hip area, all create a flattering optical effect, accentuating her hourglass shape. The elegant train, meanwhile, works as the exclamation point to punctuate this fashion statement.
4. MARISA TOMEI
At 46, Marisa Tomei has the type of figure most twenty-somethings dream of, and she flaunts it in this vintage Charles James dress, which features a corset-like, midnight blue, satin bodice and a fishtail-shaped skirt with layers and layers of purple and dark blue tulle sewn across the skirt in a diagonal slant for added volume and a playful effect worthy of a Can-Can dancer.
5. MICHELLE WILLIAMS
When Michelle Williams appears on screen, she dazzles because of the tender vulnerability she infuses into her characters, the way she manages to capture the emotional nuance of every look, gesture, and tone of voice. Her performances aren’t always operatic — sometimes they’re gentle whispers that linger in your mind and heart well past the movie’s closing credits. Her silvery white, short-sleeved Chanel gown, with its embroidered floral details and clear stones, fits Williams’ acting style perfectly: soft, beautiful, translucent, and angelic.