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Friday, March 5, 2010

Oscar Weekend

In the midst of an extremely bad week, I am off to Chicago for a family emergency.

Which means there is a good chance I will miss the Oscars. Family is far more important to me, so I am not too upset.

I thought, however, I would go ahead and do my Oscar post this year anyway.

One of my favorite aspects of the Academy Awards is the gowns...each year the red carpet is sprinkled with some of the most gorgeous fashion creations and some of the most horrific.

I thought I would share with you my top five favorite Oscar gowns from the past decade and also the ones which made me cringe.

Enjoy!

And the Oscar goes to...

Kate Winslet, 2002



There is only one word for this Ben de Lisi gown: ADORABLE!


Sarah Jessica Parker, 2009



Last year, this gown took my breath away. I want to wear this Dior Couture gown! I want to be a fairy princess too! Sigh...


Julia Roberts, 2001



I will never forget this vintage Valentino gown. Ever. I will be 90 years old and still thinking about this dress.


Penelope Cruz, 2007



Penelope is one of the only actresses today who still has that ol' Hollywood glamour. She is mysterious, glamorous, and breathtakingly beautiful. Just like this Versace gown.


Halle Berry, 2002, Elie Saab



Halle made history in this Elie Saab dress. And this dress made history on her because it is STUNNING.


And now the worst...

Uma Thurman in Christian Lacroix, 2004



I adore Uma Thurman. She is so insanely fabulous and gorgeous and stylish. So, I can only imagine that she was simply double-tasking here by attending the Oscars but also auditioning for a Sound of Music remake at the same time. Any other reason for this outfit doesn't make sense.


Ziyi Zhang in Valentino, 2007


Would anyone like a slice of cake?


Tilda Swinton in Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, 2008



Before the Snuggie, there was the Trashbaggie...


Gwyneth Paltrow in Alexander McQueen, 2002



Something about this dress gives me the creeps. And not in the fabulous Tim Burton creepy kind of way. Just...creepy.


Whoopi Goldberg, 2009


???????????


I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.

52 comments:

Alexandra Hoover said...

That Kate dress is absolutely fabulous. And I completely agree about Penelope Cruz!

Nikosmommy said...

I'm totally with you on the worst dress list. Tilda Swinton is an amazing actress but her dress makes you wonder if she fell down and knocked her British noggin before she picked that dress!?!?!?

Berlin said...

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michelle_ said...

i love ziyi zhang's valentino frock !
thx much for the comments in my blog .
have a great weekend !
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Leah said...

SJP is my all-time fave... that gown remains to be my dream gown.

Vintage Vixen said...

In full agreement with your choices. Beautiful post.
Sending best wishes and good vibes to you and the family.
Vix
xxx

COCAMIA said...

I so agree with your choices! I hope everything is ok with your family...xo

ElodieVeryPetit said...

SJP's dress is just amazing !

Harriet said...

SJP and Penelope Cruz are dressed exactly how I would love to be if I ever went to the Oscars. Yes, I love some of the more edgy gowns, but it's the *oscars*! Why give up the chance to dress like a pink frufru-y princess?!

Audrey Allure said...

Can't wait for the Oscars. I hope you have a good weekend!

English Rose ♥ said...

Oh Uma, what the HELL were you thinking?!

Love all the other pics, SJP looks too gorgeous for words.

Hope your family (and you) are okay darling!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
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Noble Beeyotch said...

Ooohh...The Oscar season gets me so excited...I love hopping from one blog to another reading their fav and not-so-fav Oscar gowns!

The Trendy Fashionista said...

Penelope's dress is so stunning. Great post!!!! Have a wonderful weekend

-The Trendy Fashionista
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lauren lanza osias said...

haha, the worst were pretty close...but you forget celine dion's backwards tuxedo and bjork's swan dress!!! classics!!!

my favorite dress ever is nicole kidman's in that chartreuse john galliano for dior in like 97... to die for!

and don't worry about missing the oscars i will have my giant day after post to catch you up!!!

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Julia said...

Love this post and can't wait for the Oscars! Some of your favorites are my favorites to, especially SJP and Kate Winslet.

xoxo
FashionEye

pilgrimchick said...

Wow--quite a spread. I wonder what people will be saying about these kinds of fashions in another fifty years.

Some Girl said...

JEALOOUSSSSSSS
Have a fun weekend!!

Josie said...

Agree on your picks... Love SJP in that amazing dress.
I hope all is well -- you've had a rough week! Regardless, I love your blog -- I've passed an award along to you :)
xxoo Josie
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Charmalade said...

As enthralled as I am with the awards themselves (too bad a good amount of politics are involved), you gotta salivate over the fashions! I think that Tilda Swinton isn't for everyone, but I really give her kudos for her aesthetic. And I do adore that SJP gown...

(I usually make do with no photographer and tripod, either. It's all about the self-timer, baby.)

Toast with Charmalade

Heather Taylor said...

I hope everything is okay with your family. Love, love, loved Halle Berry's gown and Tilda...oh good lord, what on earth was that?

Denise said...

i think gwyneth could have pulled the mcqueen off with a nipplets on.

Oh tilda! she's.....interesting.


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FashionHippieLoves said...

lovely dresses

X

Imogen said...

I totally agree with you! I especially like Kate Winslett, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker the most. That gown is truly amazing. I just don't know what to say about Whoopi Goldberg. I want to do a post on the Oscars sometime reasonably soon. I hope everything is ok with you and your family.

MJ said...

I dunno, I kind of love Tilda Swinton because she is mental and awesome...

Savvy Gal said...

hope the situation with your family is taken care of.... I will look forward to all the fashion and style.

Christen said...

I hope your family emergency isn't too terrible and will soon be resolved. Good luck!

The Style Rider said...

Baha, you make me laugh. I love you top looks!

This is Jade FM said...

oooh the Oscars! I am not really in to that but i am definately in with the gowns haha :)
I love the gown of Sarah Jessica Parker, such an icon!

Anyway helping someone feeling upset is a pleasure for me! Any time!
xoxo Jade

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh hun I hope everything is okay with your family!! *hugs* My grandfather is sick so I understand dropping everything.

I love watching the Oscars but my cable provider just pulled ABC from the line-up so I can't watch it. =( Hopefully bloggers will put up pictures!! =)

lexyht said...

Aww. I hope all is okay with your family.

I'm actually watching the oscars right now as we speak (type?) -- but no worries for you, Oscar buzz goes around for quite awhile! The SJP dress is one of my all time favourite looks of hers!


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OceanDreams said...

I'm sorry you'll be missing The Oscars and hope your family is ok! I'll keep you in my thoughts.

I love the dresses that you chose, so beautiful! I forgot that SJP wore such a gorgeous gown before. :)

Stephanie said...

Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz can do no wrong. Ever!

trishie said...

Kate definitely looks fab in that red number!

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

haha Jen I had fun watching the worst dresses as much as I enjoyed your top five picks. Love the Ellie Saab dress that Hailey is wearing! I loved JLo's this time! :)

Dallas Shaw said...

last night was a great collection of dresses. loved maggie g
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Jamie said...

I LOVE the one Sarah Jessica is wearing in this. I wish she wore something this fab last night!

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Amy said...

Hope everything is ok with your family!

xoxo
Amy

Kristin said...

Oh dude yes. SJP's Dior was outta this world. I hope everything is ok sweets!!

SabinePsynopsis said...

And they didn't disappoint, did they?! Halle Berry in Elie Saab was fabulous, but my favourite has to be Julia Roberts in vintage Valentino.

Patricia Snook said...

Oh I hope everything is okay! Fab selection xoxo

Damsels said...

oh no .. i hope everything ends up all right .

as for the oscars i was more interested in keeping avatar from winning the best picture ..im pretty happy it didnt .. i love hurt locker :)

also check out SJP's chanel couture gown ..i loved it

Haute World said...

Adore the Kate and Penelope gowns as well. Oh, I still remember that Gwyneth dress... I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her (especially the top half of her) on stage with it. Horrible, horrible... I adore McQueen, but this dress was clearly not meant for her.

Phoebe Rose said...

Great post! Loved SJP's dress the most.
Hope your okay :)

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Ela said...

Hey Jen, I gotta admit, I completely scrolled right by the pics. I just hope your family is OK. That you're OK.

xoxoxoxo

Barry said...

Jen, I hope all worked out okay with your family emergency.

Been thinking of you a lot, I hope things are going well or you're at least in a good frame of mind.

Love you always (but you know that).

xo

Melanee said...

Hello, Ms. Fabulous~

I wish I could actually give you a sincere, supportive hug right now, and throw in a new laptop, healed relationship, and a incredible new job too.

You are not alone. You are not alone. Oh yeah, I already said that. :) You really aren't though. You love so sweetly and are loved back so enormously by so many. I'm sending you a little basketful of hope glimmering with light. Let us know how it goes.

Tink in My Closet said...

Some dresses are just plain wrong aren't they? I've missed ypur blog in my busy absence!!

I hope everything is okayxx

OneCraftyFox said...

Sorry to hear about the family emergency, I was hoping your string of bad luck would have turned around by now. The dress is gorgeous, and don't worry about the Oscars you'll get more than enough follow up from the media and fellow bloggers :)

Hope to see a cheerful you soon.

Iva said...

Kate dress was super!!! as was SJPs!!

~KS said...

You totally picked the best of the best gowns... Halle's and Julia's will be burned in my mind forever... in the very best possible way!

Aron said...

Sorry to hear about your family. My wife and I had a competition on who could guess the Oscars. I got destroyed.

elledee said...

wow I had forgotten about that Kate Winslet dress. Just gorgeous!