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Friday, March 4, 2011

Academy Awards 2011

I have finally found some time to complete my post on the Academy Awards. I was very excited about the Academy Awards this year, much more than I ever had been about a red carpet event in the past. I wanted to attended the live screening of the event at the cinema but that was at 11.00am on a Monday in our time so I couldn't because I was at university. I caught up on everything when I arrived home and watched the presentations and red carpet reviews. Overall there were many red carpet looks that I loved from this year's event and there were very few gowns that I could fault. My favourite looks were Mila Kunis, Hailee Steinfeld, Mandy Moore and Halle Berry. Here is my review:

Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis

I am so extremely impressed by this dress and I think it is stunning and perfect in every possible way. The colour is beautiful and a welcome change from the more common red and nude tones of the event. I love the decorative nature of the chiffon and lace, the panelling and the low cut design. Her hair, makeup and jewellery was just right. I cannot fault this dress and it is one of the best I have ever seen. I am totally in love with this dress. I, like many people, have been very impressed with Mila Kunis' looks this red carpet season.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman

This is another look that I thought was very beautiful and I especially love this particular shade of purple. I love the detailing of the dress, the cut and the way it sits off the shoulders. I adore the tassel earings and, although many people were disappointed by the extent to which this look matched, I did not have any issues with this and I always love a look so coordinated in this way. I have been impressed by Natalie Portman;s looks this red carpet season. I was also pleased to see her win the Oscar and give such an appropriate speech.

Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore

Word cannot describe how much I love this look and it is absolutely perfect in every way. I cannot fault this because it is put together so well and Many Moore looks so elegant and classy here. I love the nude tone, the sparkles, the little sleeves and the overall shape of the dress. I thought her makeip and hair were just right and complimented the look. It reminds me of a glamorous princess and this so consistent with my style. This is definitely one of the best dresses I have ever seen and it would take something very special to beat this look.

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

I love Anne Hathaway's look here and I think that red is the most perfect colour on her because she is a such a classic beauty and looks so elegant. This dress made her stand out for all the right reasons. I love the detailing on the dress and the bold shape and her makeup and hair complimented the dress. It was interesting to see Anne host the Academy Awards this year. I may be the only person who believes this but I think that the amount of outfit changes she had throughout the night was excessive. While I liked most of the outfits it just seemed unnecessary. Plus, eight different outfits meant that we didn't get to see each outfit for very long and I think it would have been better to showcase less gowns but for a longer time period each. My favourites were the gorgeous blue dress, the white gown and the fringe dress.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon

I simply love Reese. I think she is such a lovely person with a great personality and I like to see all of her movies. I'm not entirely sure what to think about this look. There is nothing paticularly wrong about it but I think it is a little plain. Black and white is a safe and reliable choice but at the same time there was nothing that jumped out at me here and I would have liked to have seen something more impressive from her. I did, however, love her hair and the style was amazing.

Amy Adams
Amy Adams

Overall I liked this dress but there are certainly some changes that should have been made which would have yielded vast improvements. I love the colour and sparkly nature of this dress and there is something about the combination of this blue in sparkly material that I have adored for a long time now. I like the shape of the dress as it appears flattering on her. The issue I have with this look is the jewellery. I dislike the green jewellery with the blue dress and, like many others, I think the necklace was completely wrong How can she not have realised that a pair of statement earings would have been a much better option?

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson

It seems like I am the only person who didn't love Jennifer Hudson's look but this time I feel the need to divert from the majority opinion. While I believe there was an element of confidence and beauty to her look and I loved her hair, makeup and jewellery, I did not like the dress. I have disliked every shade of orange for a very long time now. Also, I disliked the cut of the dress and think she revealed far too much cleavage. Sorry everyone!

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

I have heard some negative opinions about Scarlett's look but I actually liked her dress. I love the different shades of purple, the lace floral design and the high neckline with the cut out back. I thought it was a very sweet and pretty dress. However, her hair totally ruined the look and I cannot comprehend how she would attend the Academy Awards with it in that state. It is far too messy and unstyled and it actually remind me of my hair when I have not yet had a chance to straighten it. A different hairstyle would have improved this look tremundously.

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

I love Sandra Bullock's look here and I adore the colour red on her especially against her dark hair. I think this is a beautiful dress and really stands out and makes a statement. The red makes this dress very classic and elegant. I love the strapless style, the bodice and the way the dress flows. This is one of my favourite dresses I have ever seen her in and I loved it almost as much as the gown she wore to last year's event. This is a stunning and well put together look.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwenyth Paltrow

I must admit that I wasn't so sure about this look when I first saw it but having reviewed it afterwards I can't believe how I ever thought that and I totally love it. I adore everything silver, gold or sparkly at the moment and with her beautiful long blonde hair she is so stunning. I love the style of the dress with the deep neckline and it reminds me of something that Miranda from Sex and the City would wear. This is definitely one of my favourite dresses of the Academy Awards.

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams

I did not like this look at all and it was one of my least favourites of the entire event. In my opinion it was far too simple, plain and boring and I was very underwhelmed. It was mainly the style of the dress that I disliked. I didn't like the combination of a long dress with such a conservative round neck and those sleeves. The neckline reminded me too much of a t-shirt. The colour was average but didn't make much of a statement. It would have been good to see something a little more glamorous from her.

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Overall I am not a fan of this look but I didn't totally hate it either. I think that with a few adjustments I would have liked it just not in its current form. I liked the skirt part from the waist , the back and even some of the beading but I disliked the cutout in the middle and the three dimensional effect. It reminded me of a photoframe and this was too unusual for my liking. I also did not like the rigid and structured sleeves, they didn't seem right and I wasn't a fan of such a high neckline for this dress either.

Florence Welch
Florence Welch

I would also place Florence Welch in the worst dressed category of the event. While I love vintage style and lace, this is taking it too far because there is just too much lace and too many frills. Again, I disliked the high neckline and long sleeves especially with a long dress, I believe it covers too much. For long dresses , I personally prefer shorter sleeves, a lower neckline or a low back. Also, the colour was completely wrong against her hair colour skin tone and washed her out too much.

Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld WOW

Words cannot desrcibe how much I love this look and it was my favourite of the Academy Awards. It is also one of the most stunning dresses I have ever seen in my whole life. From my past reviews you have probably noticed that I love Hailee Steinfeld's fashion and I thought her looks for the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards were flawless too. I also think she is a very lovely and sweet girl. This dress is beautiful. I love the colour, the sparkles and detailing, the transperant part at the top, the way the dress flairs out just the right amount and the adorable length. I am probably going to be thinking about this dress for a very long time now because I believe it is perfect. I know many people have written about it being age approriate for her but I believe this look goes beyond that. I am seven years older than her and it would be my perfect dress too.

Halle Berry
Halee Berry

I am not usually a fan of Halle Berry's red carpet looks but this was certainly an exception. I was extremely impressed by her look her and I think the nude tone was fantastic on her. I adore the nude dress trend at the moment so much. I love the decorative bodice, the tulle and the sparkles and the detailing at the top. It fits her so well and I love the material and the way the dress flows to the side when it reaches the bottom. This is another perfect dress which I could not fault. It is an outstanding dress.

Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter

I am not a fan of Helena Bonham Carter's style and this look was no exception. I just think her personal style is too crazy and far out for my liking and not in accordance with my taste at all. There was nothing terribly wrong with this dress, as there was with her look at the Golden Globe awards of this year, but at the same time there was nothing I particularly liked or that stood out to me either.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman

Again, this was another look that wasn't completely terrible but that I ddin't particularly like either. I loved her hair and I believe it is such a beautiful colour at the moment. However, as many people would agree, constantly seeing her in white and black is boring and it would be great to see her in some colour and a different style of dress (which is why I liked her Grammy Awards dress so much). I dislike the necklace and I think a statement pair of earings would have looked much better. As for the dress, I don't like the pattern or the parts that come out of the sides.

Celine Dion
Celine Dion

I am a huge fan of Celine Dion and she has been my favourite singer of all time for as long as I can remember. I was so pleased to see her at this year's event. I loved this dress on her, primarily because of how well it fitted her and how it showed off her figure. I think she has an incredibly body and the neckline is just right. Her necklace was very beautiful and went well with the dress. I think the colour with the shimmer is lovely on her too.

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren looks fabulous here. I liked the colour of her dress, the fit, the shape, the bodice, the puffed sleeves and everything really. I liked the necklace and, although I was surprised that it wasn't shorter, this is only a minor detail. Overall, I believe it was an elegant and glamourous look and a perfect choice for her. I was very impressed.

Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz

Overall I loved this dress. I adored the beautiful red colour, the pattern and design, the sparkles and the thin straps. Her hair is so gorgeous and she is just so incredibly gorgeous. I, like many others, am amazed by how good she looks just a short time after having her first child. However, I did think that the top part of the dress was far too revealing. With a few minor changes here this dress would have been taken to the next level, in my opinion.

So what did you think? What were your favourite and least favourite looks of the Academy Awards 2011?

15 comments:

Chrisy said...

You clever thing...what a wonderful roundup and I agree with your comments!
ps I had no idea that Keith Urban was sooo short...

She's Dressing Up said...

Great roundup! My favourite was Cate Blanchett and least favourite was Penelope Cruz :)!

thesydneygirl said...

i had so many favourites. this year they did well with the dresses!!!

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the sydney girl

Rose said...

I adored Mila Kunis dress as well. Such a beautiful colour. Also I adored mandy moore, Hailee Steinfeld and Scarlett Johansson's dresses.

Rose

jess said...

Natalie Portman looked so stunning.

Sherin said...

Mila's dress was definitely my favourite. She looked amazing in it. I also really liked Reese's 60's style!

She is Sara said...

I didn;t get to watch but Mila and Mandy have to be my favorites! They both look stunning!

PinkBow said...

you know, this is the first glance i've had of the awards. but i actually really like florence's outfit!

Lottie said...

totally agree! mila's dress was stunning...everything about it spot on :)

Winnie said...

Oh wow, Mila looked stunning didn't she? She totally outshone all the other looks that you chose for this post. Beautiful colour on her and her make up was incredible too!

Fashion Profiles said...

Loving Natalie Portmans dres... =)

ana b. said...

All these purple and nude/pale pink dresses are amazing. Love those colours. And different as it is, I do like Cate's dress with all the details on the bodice. It's a bit edgier.

dotie said...

Mila Kunis and Cate Blanchett were my favorites. i'm kind of tired seeing the same old dresses walk down the carpet. honestly they're either way sexy, puffy or sparkly. So I was extremely glad when I saw both Mila and Cate wore something refreshing for a change. I actually respect Cate's choice of dress, she doesn't dress for the public but for fashion. so it's pretty understandable that not everyone might get it :)
great review though!

eclectic du jour

QueenDesi said...

Natalie Portman of course is the queen of the night (i don't know, every woman that got oscar always look more beautiful and stunning than the other like Kathryn Bigelow or Sandra Bullock last year)

another favorite is Mila Kunis (since Alexander McQueen in SAG award 2011) she keep continue to rock every red carpet that she attended..she looks so fabulous in this Elie Saab gown. yes! Elie Saab symbol of feminine.

Jenifer Hudson looks so skinny,,wow!! i was amazed by her :)

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy S/S 2011 couture?? well i have to say nobody can rock any couture dress like her. Hey, couture almost seems so weird (like what the hell with that dress? or is this dress made for us to be wore?) but Cate..i think she did such a great job!! she still looks like an angel with these dress.. huge fan of the lavender colour :)

Nicole Kidman, i have to agree with Andrey Leon Talley..her hair style didn't go well with these dress. OMG!! i love these Dior couture since the first time i saw it in runway, but totally Kidman styling it in the different way. it's like take a big risk when an actrees decided to wear a couture gown, they will look terrible when they styling it in wrong way but they will turn in to a goddes when the wear it in perfect way.

last but not least, the last year winner Sandra Bullock looks absolutely classy with these red gown..

what a long comment ha? i never bored to make my comment about celebrity style,,LOL:))
great post honey..


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QueenDesi said...

LOL:)) i just realized how long my previous comment.. i should make a post not a comment..haha