I had told Lee that I really wanted to watch- and if it was okay with him that we made sure we were home in time so I could watch and take notes. (As I have previously mentioned, seeing the dresses live helps me to see all angles of the dress that still photos simply can't portray.) But, I ended up making dinner because I was feeling a little guilty about my lack of dinner making lately, and decided to make Lee one of his favorite dinners, that also happens to be really complicated and requires me to stand over the stove for the duration of meal prep/cook time. While he told me multiple times I didn't have to make it, I wanted to make him happy (poor guy has had to put up with a grumpy pregnant lady who has stopped making consistent meals for him each week). So while I was starting to make dinner, I put the show on and figured I would just watch while I cooked and catch as many looks as I could. While I had my head down flouring the chicken, my incredibly sweet husband was turning our TV and TV stand so that I would be able to see it very clearly while cooking. I may or may not have teared up (that man loves me even on days when he has no reason to). Anyway, that long story to say that I missed quite a few looks live. So a lot of my opinions were formed from still photos with tidbits from what I saw live.
Overall I found almost all of the looks to be flawless. There were so many elegant, timelessly beautiful looks that made me wish I had a red carpet event to attend so I could steal their looks. I had a hard time finding very many looks I didn't like- I really liked almost everything I saw. One thing I did notice though was that I felt like some of the looks were very similar to others that I had previously seen at other award shows this season. But, seriously, overall, I loved so many gowns- from how they were styled, to fit- everything was so nicely put together and the stars looked amazing. Here are my thoughts on some favorites and the few looks I thought missed the mark by a tad.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has had a lot of buzz about her lately, and rightfully so. She is a very talented actress and she is absolutely beautiful! I loved her entire look- her gown was amazing and fit her perfectly. I loved the shape of it, so much so that I am seriously trying to come up with an event that I may ever need to attend in the future where I can where a dress like this to (since I have already gotten married- I am pretty much out of luck, but you never know!). I loved the simplicity of her hairstyle and accessories- she looked incredibly elegant and is one of my favorites from the night.
2. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is insanely gorgeous- just look at her complexion! I don't love her pixie cut and while the gown is beautiful and fits her perfectly, all I could think about was Anne Hatheway's gown at the Golden Globe awards. Both are very pretty gowns- and very simple.
3. Jennifer Aniston
I love Jennifer Aniston. But I feel like this dress is too big for her- she looks like she is drowning in it. I also wish she would do something with her hair once and a while. She always leaves it down- and usually I don't mind it. But I feel like she needs to mix it up every once and a while- especially for the Oscars. She does look amazing in red though.
4. Sandra Bullock
I loved her dress, I loved all the beading and how it fit her. I also loved the shape and the high neck and the sheer bottom. She looked absolutely elegant.
5. Jessica Chastain
I got to see Jessica live on the red carpet and this picture does not do her dress justice. She looked beautiful- everything about her look was perfect. The gown, her hair, her makeup- it was all so radiant. She looked like old Hollywood- it was a perfect look for the Oscars.
6. Anne Hatheway
This dress has sparked a lot of negative attention- and I can see why. It doesn't flatter her bust- at all. I think the soft pink looks really pretty on her and I also love her hair and makeup, but the dress was just a huge flop. Some people said the back made up for the front- but I disagree. I don't like any of it- front, back, side, I am not a fan. This is my least favorite look of the night. (The shape of the top of the gown reminded me a lot of Taylor Swift's gown at the Golden Globes too. The high neckline is what makes them similar- but seeing Taylor's next to Anne's makes me like Taylor's a whole lot more.)
7. Kristen Stewart
I know grungy, bed head is Kristen Stewart's thing but seriously? For the Oscars? Come on stylists- get it together! I didn't care for her dress either. I didn't like the color on her and I really didn't care for the tulle at the bottom that, according to this picture, looks like there's no rhyme or reason as to why/how it was sewn into the gown. This is also one of my least favorites of the night.
8. Bradley Cooper
Is it just me or does Bradley Cooper's tux look too small? His pants look too short as does his jacket. How adorable is his mom though? And I love how proud she was of him (I saw them live).
9. Reese Witherspoon
I am a little obsessed with Reese Witherspoon. She is so beautiful- it's insane! I loved her look- her hair was by far my favorite part. I wish I could style my hair that way! I loved her gown, her makeup- everything! Her gown did remind me of Jennifer Lawrence's from the Golden Globes- the tops especially.
10. Renee Zellwegger
I didn't see this look live- and obviously this is not a flattering photo, but I feel like she looks like an Oscar instead of a guest at the event.
11. Amy Adams
This is another gown I saw live and this picture is not doing it enough justice- at all! I really liked it. She looked gorgeous. The only thing that bothered me about her look was her hair. It looked like it was falling out- not in a pretty wispy sort of way but rather in a "my toddler pulled it as I was getting out of the limo" sort of way. But I loved everything else about her look.
12. Zoe Saldana
The only part of this dress I really like is the embellishment at the top. I really don't like the belt/bow and I don't love the different colored tiers at the bottom either. The shape is pretty, but there is just too much going on. If it only had the embellishment at the top, I think I would like it more.
13. Mark Ruffalo's wife
I probably shouldn't add her to the list- but I couldn't not. Her dress was AWFUL. Who made it? Why did she think it looked good? It is clearly too big and the cut is all wrong for her- that waist line is not hitting her where it should be. This looks like maybe she made it? Out of a burlap sack. Horrible.
Here are many other gorgeous stars that I think nailed their looks (if I keep listing them all, this post will be pages and pages long!):
What did you think of all of the red carpet looks? Who did you love? Hate?
PS I got all of my photos from Yahoo