Red carpet fashion: Oscar nominees fail to steal the show

Gwyneth Paltrow

By Kim Palacios A very pregnant Natalie Portman got a pass, but what of the other nominees? Melissa Leo took home the Oscar but few kudos for being the best dressed—though her necklace was lovely, the gold and white of her Marc Bouwer was excessive. Amy Adams got mixed reviews for her royal blue high-collared L’Wren Scott, which was stunning but perhaps ill-fitted for somebody so young.

By and large, the only big category nominee who was widely commended for her attire was lead actress Jennifer Lawrence of “Winter’s Bone”. In a red Calvin Klein, the young actress could not have been a farther cry from the young, tomboyish character who Lawrence played in the film.

So, who did steal the show? Anne Hathaway, for one, who looked stunning on the red carpet in a vermillion Valentino and through each of no fewer than six costume changes during the show. Jennifer Hudson wore an Atelier Versace that got attention for its tangerine hue, but the real star was Hudson’s great new body. Gwyneth Paltrow was resplendent in a silver Calvin Klein with a neckline that few other stars would be able to pull off. And Marisa Tomei, despite the imperfect fit of her classic garment, won points for her 1950s couture Charles James dress from Lily et Cie.

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