It’s basically a re-do of last year: hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, while Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty take round two after #EnvelopeGate.
It was a tight race amongst some stellar films including “The Shape of Water” by Guillermo Del Toro, “Three Billboards” starring Frances McDormand, and the long shot (but rightly an audience favorite), “Get Out” starring Daniel Kaluuya, known for “Black Mirror”, “Sicario”, and his latest film, “Black Panther”. Something tells me that if this isn’t his year to get the award, next year might be Kaluuya’s chance to get some shiny new metal.
For the leading ladies, we have
- Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird”
- Frances McDonald for “Three Billboards”
- Meryl Streep for “The Post”
- Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya”
- Sally Hawkins” for “The Shape of Water”
- Octavia Spencer in “The Shape of Water”
- Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird”
- Allison Janney in “I, Tonya”
- Leslie Manville in “Phantom Thread”
- Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound” (Seriously, did anybody recognize her?!)
And this year, did you notice that several Olympic athletes showed up? Ski pro Lindsey Vonn looked almost unrecognizable in her bombshell getup, and figure skater looked like a 10 in that blue sheer Tadashi Shoji number. This guest list is definitely getting more interesting.
So let’s get serious. It’s fashion time! Let’s take a look at the best and worst dressed for the 2018 Oscars and shop the red carpet!
Paz Vega ~ Gown: Christopher Bu // Shoes: Casadei // Jewelry: Chopard
The artist buried in everyone should love this dress. From the romantic cherry blossoms to the geometric off-the-shoulder sleeves and the graph print underside of the train, it is all just fantastic visual eye candy. I love the way this moved, and it’s a refreshing and modern response to the traditional ball gown.
Lupita Nyong’o ~ Gown: Atelier Versace // Shoes: Alexandre Birman
Fresh off the premieres of The Black Panther, Lupita must be flying high. And what better opportunity to celebrate by looking like a golden goddess in this Versace gown, pulled off perfectly with a black and gold woven shoulder piece that flows down the front to her waist. The shining golden bust looks like armor, making Lupita look like the goddess ready to go to war. Simply stunning.
Jennifer Garner ~ Gown: Atelier Versace // Jewelry: Piaget
How could you miss Jennifer Garner on the red carpet in this bold cobalt blue. Her silhouette is sultry while the sheer skirt and train add that romantic touch, finished by just a pop of modern edge with the asymmetric neckline.
Viola Davis ~ Gown: Michael Kors // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Clutch: Roger Vivier // Jewelry: Norman Silverman
Ok, so the dress is not really what put her on the “best dressed” list. Yes, I’m breaking the rules, but I run this show, so…. DId you notice how much younger she looks here? This look took some years off of her. I vote yes, keep doing what you’re doing. I know it has to do with the hair. Probably the makeup. Maybe even the pink against her skin. But it’s all working. Viola looks fantastic.
Gal Gadot ~ Gown: Givenchy // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Y’all know I’m a sucker for a good vintage. Give me a drop waist, some jewel-toned sparkle, and some fringe…and girl, I’m all in. Gal’s hair could have been a little bit more extra, but you know just keep staring at the movement of that dress and the bling on her neck, and you won’t notice much else.
Nicole Kidman ~ Gown: Armani Prive // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Jewelry: Harry Winston
This sculpted gown takes the sweetheart neckline to new heights. And the cobalt blue looks amazing against her skin. Nicole is like me – pale to the point of whitewashing photos (sad face). But this is definitely her color. I go back and forth on those giant sculpture bows on the front, but overall, the dress is fabulous.
Saoirse Ronan ~ Gown: Calvin Klein // Jewelry: Cartier
This is an interesting one, because at first glance from the front, Saoirse was about to go on the worst dressed list. A simple strapless dress cut at ankle length with a wide bow at the back. Of course, when they walk the red carpet for photo stops, it’s crowded and they don’t get the full effect like they do when they are normally walking. But oh, when she actually had the space to walk more than a few steps at a time, this gown came alive. I saw it from the back, and I was a believer.
SHOP THE RED CARPET
Leslie Mann ~ Dress: Zac Posen // Shoes: Neil J. Rodgers
Allison Janney ~ Gown: Reem Acra // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Clutch: Roger Vivier // Jewelry: ForeverMark
Salma Hayek ~ Gown: Custom Gucci // Jewelry: Harry Winston
Girl. They made that custom for you?? Salma, you’re a gorgeous woman, but you literally look like you rolled out of bed and walked through the curtain to give a palm reading from Miss Cleo. You’re better than this. So is Gucci.
Taking the concept from Lupita’s gown and applying it in a costume way. And unfortunately, this is what you get. It feels more like a Renn fair gown than Oscars.
Maya Rudolph ~ Gown: Valentino // Earrings: Irene Neuwirth
What is happening here. You do know you’re on a red carpet, right? At least the earrings are on point. (Heads up: You may choke when you see the price tag of those earrings.)
Andra Day ~ Gown: Zac Posen // Shoes: Christian Louboutin
I love a good piece of drama, but this just goes sideways fast. I have a feeling this one is going to be hot/cold, love/hate for reviewers. But for me, it’s a hard pass. Between the in your face brocade fabric that can read antique draperies, the ruffle puff sleeves, and the crazy weird pick ups and bustle at the front of the skirt…it’s just a lot to take in. But I’ll give her one thing, that face of makeup is 100% gorgeous.
St. Vincent ~ Dress: Saint Laurent
Ok, so Saint Laurent and I have had a tumultuous relationship these last few seasons. I mean, when you base your entire collection around bad 80’s fashion, you’re bound to lose a few people. And when your dress basically includes a pointy muff cover…forget about all the rest of this look. That’s enough to sink the whole thing right now.