Kate: It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!
Erica: Tonight, we will be joined for a few looks by my resident fashion expert, Zoe. She drew some pictures of outfits, and of the hairstyles and jewelry she thinks they ought to have worn. I will present them below, but first, since we’re not including them in the official look, here are her drawings of Kelly Osbourne’s dress:
Zoe: The back of her dress could use a little cut. It could just take away one frill. The shoes should be a high heel.
Erica: But they are a high heel.
Zoe. I mean like a total high heel. And less black.
and Giuliana Rancic’s:
Zoe: I feel sort of weird that her body shows. I think it needs to be a little more covered up. It could be a little trimmed, a tiny bit, but not too much. Her hair should be in a bun braid. The earrings should be a little fancier and longer.
Erica: And also Jason has a comment or two to make.
Kate: Ian does too, when he’s not having an aneurysm watching Illinois basketball. My favorite Oscars ever is still the one Billy Crystal hosted when Titanic was nominated 30000 times.
Erica: Was that the same one where Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were nominated for Good Will Hunting and he sang, “Matt and Ben/You are so young” to the tune of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”? Because that was my favorite, too.
Kate: I believe so.
Erica: Also, one quick question for the evening: Am I the only person in the whole wide universe who sees Bradley Cooper and goes, “Fine”? “Fine” as in, “I mean he’s nice looking and all, but does absolutely nothing for me,” not as in, “Fiiiiiine.”
Kate: Stop it, he’s sexy. And awayyyyyyyyyyy we GO!
Zoe: I think that wherever it needed to be sewed or patched, there should be a gemstone line, silver, like the middle of her dress.
Erica: I think the dress is really, really lovely. I am impressed.
Kate: Really? I don’t like it at all. I’m not completely sure why, but I don’t. Her hair looks like Katharine McPhee’s at the Grammys, a.k.a. half up and bad.
Kate: Oh this is just so sparkly and pretty. She looks like a twinkly glass of champagne and stardust.
Erica: Yeah? I mean, I think she looks nice enough but I’m not enamored.
Kate: I don’t like her hair that much, but the dress is so freaking adorable I almost don’t care. (Almost.)
Erica: I like her a lot, but I feel like her hair always looks a little meh.
Erica: Damn, she looks good.
Kate: GORGEOUS! OMG I love this. It’s kind of Ancient Grecian/Egyptian? Love!
Erica: I think it’s more modern than anything else, but it is really flattering on her.
Zoe: I think there should be an opal-studded belt at the middle and a silver necklace with an opal at the end, with a gold frame around it. I think there should be another opal at the top of the neck triangle.
Kate: Too much opal, Zoe, and you know how I feel about belts. In some pictures the dress looks pink/coral, in others it looks more red/orange, and the red/orange looks better. The hair is a little more structured than I like hers to be, but she probably had to do that because of the neckline of that fabulous dress. Best Dressed nominee?
Erica: I’m not actually as enamored of this. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it (except that the color looks weird with the red carpet). It looks flawless on her. I just…I don’t know. I don’t love it.
Kate: Giuliana Rancic and Khloe Kardashian were discussing this dress on the pre-show and Khloe said it’s not an “Oscar color” and it looks like she’s “going to a dance”. DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON WHAT YOU WEAR YOU EFFING HORRENDOUS DECREPIT PIECE OF GARBAGE! I’m back on my I-want-to-kill-a-Kardashian rant.
Erica: Oh, I am fast-forwarding but I thought I heard someone say that. It sounded to me like someone looking for something negative to say.
Kate: Well I’ve got lots of negative things to say about the person who said it!
Kate: Not my favorite from Ms. Blanchett, but she might be close to if not already in that “I don’t give a f*ck” category with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep.
Erica: I kind of love the statement necklace.
Kate: The boring dress would look a lot worse without the statement necklace, but I think the statement necklace itself is more “I’m going to brunch” than “I’m going to the Oscars”, so I’m conflicted. Don’t like the hair and makeup.
Erica: I think her lip gloss is flawless and I think, once you put the necklace with the dress, you’ve got Oscars.
Kate: Remember Er, she didn’t write 50 Shades, and she is not actually Anastasia Steele. She just chose to be in the movie. Let’s leave that aside and be objective in our judgment of her outfit.
Erica: I can put that all aside (although, if she wanted me to put aside her 50 Shades connections, maybe she shouldn’t have worn a silver rope on her dress). I still feel like, meh.
Kate: I think this is a little too night-out-on-the-town and slinky for the Oscars. Also, that ponytail? That’s what my hair looks like when I’m in my apartment and I know no one else will see it (minus the bangs, thank God I got rid of those).
Erica: Yeah, I’m not super-excited about the hair or anything to do with the outfit.
Kate: I am overall a little bored by her, I just don’t think she’s that pretty or interesting. But her mom is Melanie Griffith, apparently?
Erica: Yeah, I know that. Her and Don Johnson. She actually looks a lot like Melanie Griffith.
Erica: Oh, man.
Kate: Hate it.
Erica: I don’t hate the hair but I hate the dress A LOT. She continues to be a charming and pleasant person, though.
Kate: Hate the hair, hate the color, hate the silhouette, very upset about the downhill-ness of her red carpet looks from year to year.
Ian: She’s wearing the wedding cake from Seinfeld.
Erica: So, it’s interesting. And, like I said in our Grammys coverage, I’m into not boring lately. But…I don’t know. I don’t like it. But it is interesting.
Kate: Let’s see. I like the color on her. I think it’s a beautiful and dramatic gown that looks expertly made — very Alexander McQueen — but something about the overall look is just not doing it for me. I’m sad about having that feeling because I love her.
Erica: You know what, maybe I do like it. The more I see it, the more I think, you know, it’s glamorous and well made and a little cutting-edge and I am looking forward to her red carpet future.
Kate: That was my exact reaction upon seeing the first picture of this dress: EW. You can do better, Gwyneth!
Erica: My first reaction was, Heehee!
Kate: That shade of pink looks nice against her skin and hair but it’s so yay-we’re-having-a-girl, I can’t stand it on the Oscars red carpet. And that SLEEVE? No.
Erica: I do not like it but I am massively entertained by it. She’s looking kind of orange, no?
Kate: Orange and wearing ice blue eye shadow. I canNOT with you right now, Gwyneth.
Kate: Well this just knocks it out of the park now doesn’t it?
Erica: Very sexy.
Kate: I love it. I don’t love it enough to give her a Best Dressed nomination because I wish she had done something else with her hair, but I love it.
Erica: I feel like it’s a little too boring for best dressed, but I like her hair. It’s her, you know?
Kate: It must be tough to show up after getting a nomination snub. #TeamJen forever. Why is the world so out to get her?!
Kate: Holy cow. Now that’s an Oscars dress!
Erica: For real.
Kate: I sort of wish one of the nominees had worn this — maybe Felicity Jones, or someone with flat boobs — but it looks great on J. Lo. I really like her high bouncy pony. Makeup is a little too neon.
Zoe: That’s a winner for the night, don’t you think?
Kate: I like it a lot, Zo!
Erica: Me, too. And you know, I like that she usually looks like a sex goddess, and this is more princessy (albeit with a lot of cleavage), but it also looks amazing on her. And it’s my kind of dress, you know? I like Elie Saab. Although Emma Stone is in Elie Saab, too, and I hate that.
Kate: Ooooh I like. I think?
Erica: I love. I really really really love. She looks fantastic. I already love that color, and I thought I loved it best on blondes but it looks damn good with her red hair.
Kate: It’s very sexy and flattering, and yes the blue looks great on her. Very Christina Hendricks. But the hair and makeup may be a bit too casual/plain, and I do not think she needs the necklace.
Erica: No way, no way, no way. This is in the top five for me.
Kate: There’s something about that curved strapless silhouette that is very flattering. I just wish it only had the embellishment on top and bottom and not near the hips; the one near the hips breaks up the dress in a weird way.
Erica: Oh, I think the embellishment at the hips is very flattering and glam.
Kate: I am not so into this color on her, but the sleek low bun with the deep side part might make up for that. Yeah, I think the hair is making up for the color. #Weddinghairpossibility
Erica: I totes think your hair should look like that for the wedding. I mean, except, yours should be brown.
Kate: Her Golden Globes gown was atrocious, then she almost redeemed herself with the SAGs frock. Now she’s back to sucking. I hate this whole entire situation.
Erica: Really? I like this one. It’s romantic and pretty. I would like it if the color were just a little more fine-tuned — it looks like Silly Putty, a bit — but I love the look. I like romance and floral and embroidery. Also, pregnancy is looking good on her.
Kate: Completely disagree.
Kate: Oh I’m so glad the peplum is back on the red carpet, said no one ever.
Erica: The thing is, she looks great, even if the dress does not.
Kate: This dress is half mother-of-the-bride, half quilt. Hate it. I feel like Anthony Marantino on that episode of SATC when he goes wedding dress shopping with Charlotte: “HATES IT!” I like her hair, though.
Erica: Yeah. I don’t like the dress. But her hair and makeup and general personality are flawless.
Kate: Theeerreeee’s the Gaga we all know and love. She looks quite out of her mind.
Erica: No, but for real, what is going on with her face? I know she’s never been stunningly pretty or anything, but something is happening that looks severely unhealthy.
Kate: I think she has just gained weight, she was alarmingly skinny before. Alas, I hate the gloves. Way to start a stupid trend, Amal!
Erica: Please. On Amal, they were classy and glam. Lady Gaga’s are just…Well, whatever. She’s Lady Gaga. That’s what she does. Most of the time.
Kate: I just don’t like the looseness — elbow-length gloves should fit you right.
Kate: Wow! This is much more interesting than what she usually wears. We never even include her in these posts even though she is at every single award show, but I felt like we had to include her tonight because she is nominated.
Erica: That is interesting. I don’t like it, but it’s interesting.
Kate: I don’t think she needs that big necklace with so much going on all over the dress, and the clutch is too matchy-matchy. Hair also a little too casual, very Jennifer Aniston, but this is overall a good look. Not the BEST, but good.
Ian: She looks like she’s going into a joust match. She’s dressed in a medieval suit of armor.
Erica: In that case, she’s leaving a lot dangerously uncovered. I actually like her hair. I mean, yes, I guess it’s casual, but it also looks really nice.
Kate: She would be the one to wear a dress made partially of pearls, and I would be the one to say I do not like it, not one bit.
Erica: I want to like it, I do. I like the concept. And I love stark white on very dark skin. And I like her. But yeah, no.
Kate: There’s a scene in the truly amazing film Burlesque during which Christina Aguilera’s character performs a sexy routine in a shorter version of this. I like the Burlesque dress better. Worst Dressed nominee.
Erica: I can’t do it. I can’t give her worst dressed. I like her too much.
Kate: Smoke show.
Erica: She looks like sex walking.
Kate: This dress could be too old-ladyish, but I think the hair, makeup, necklace and deep V actually prevent that and make it pretty hot.
Erica: Yeah, totes agree with all of your points.
Kate: I think you cannot look like this if you are American. There is just something about Europeans, they have an extra layer of elegance and chicness Americans can never even hope to achieve. Maybe that’s why Audrey Hepburn was so perfect.
Erica: She looks amazing and perfect. The dress is daring and interesting and high-fashion. It looks great on her and it’s interesting and glamorous.
Kate: This dress is actually pretty extreme couture — like, it would be great on an American at the Met Ball, but on Marion Cotillard at the Oscars? Effortlessly striking perfection. Best Dressed nominee!
Kate: Her usual flawless black-and-white, I-don’t-give-a-f*ck elegance. Could do without the belt, but Meryl does not give a f*ck what I could do without.
Erica: She is the Grand High Duchess of Not Giving a F*ck.
Kate: I do NOT like that it looks like she’s wearing a bandeau under her dress. I hate bandeaus. If you’re wearing one, you’re wearing a shirt you bought knowing you couldn’t wear a normal bra under it, and that’s just too silly for me to approve of. I get that the bandeau may just be part of her dress, but I still don’t like it.
Erica: Is she at all comfortable? Like, isn’t she awfully itchy in that? I was reading something regarding what to dress little ones in for weddings (for no particular reason) and it advised that a whole bodice with sparkles, while pretty, was going to itch under their arms like crazy. And that’s all I could think about looking at this.
Kate: I don’t like the dress at all, and I really don’t like the dark purple lipstick against her fair skin and light blond hair. It doesn’t even match the ugly dress!
Erica: Naomi Watts is very pretty but I hate all of this.
Kate: So I still really enjoy her long bob, but I cannot help but wonder if she has worn this dress before?
Erica: I don’t know. I don’t think so. I don’t much like it.
Kate: I’m also not sure if it’s white or gold or iridescent or all three? The hideousness of that clutch is making me very angry. I blame Covet for my noticing the clutches more than I usually do.
Erica: Blame? Or thank? I really hate the color on her.
Kate: But WHAT COLOR IS IT?
Kate: This dress is nice and she looks fine, but I was really hoping for something else from her. She knows she’s going to win!
Erica: But I think her thing is to look, basically, fine. I get the sense that she just tries to look appropriate for the occasion, and not, like wildly sexy and glam and amazing. That said, her hair? Not really acceptable for the occasion.
Kate: Agree on the hair. This is actually a very Meryl dress, and Meryl she is not.
Zoe: I think there should be better silver earrings. I want the purse replaced with a necklace and a bracelet. I think there should be a repeating frill on the higher sleeve.
Kate: I am not sure how I feel about “repeating frill”.
Kate: The hair, the makeup, the jewelry and the dress are all so very Reese. It’s interesting that she chose to wear white to every award show this year, white is a bold choice.
Erica: She really looks flawless.
Kate: Many will say this is boring, and maybe it is a little bit, but she still just looks so good. I love her. I can’t wait to watch Wild.
Erica: I don’t know, it’s just so smooth and perfect. Her hair, her makeup. It’s not a remarkable dress, but it’s a really great look on her.
Kate: I do like me some red on the red carpet.
Ian: I likes it!
Erica: Holy moly she looks AMAZING. Very, very, very tiny, but I FREAKING LOVE THIS DRESS. And this whole look. LOVE.
Kate: Agree, she looks fantastic. I like that the dress is less “out there” than most of her other choices, and her body looks hot-damn incredible. I also really like the very simple makeup and hair. Another Best Dressed nominee! (So far it’s Anna Kendrick, Marion Cotillard and Rosamund Pike. Just so we’re keeping track.)
Erica: So for me, it’s Rosamund Pike, Jessica Chastain and Marion Cotillard. And maybe Jennifer Lopez, though I agree with you that the makeup is a little much. But I have to say, I feel like these ladies brought it tonight.
Kate: The color and silhouette are fantastic on her. I cannot figure out what is happening on her neck.
Erica: The neck thing looks weird.
Kate: The neck thing is probably too much for me, and the hair is way too punk for the Oscars, but if I just focus on the dress, it’s perfection.
Erica: I don’t know. It’s a good color but the neck and the neckline just look super-weird.
Jason: She looks like an alien.
Erica: And Jason usually loves her.
Ian: Ooooh! What’s she in?
Kate: She played Chris Kyle’s wife in American Sniper, and we like her better as a brunette, remember?
Ian: Oh yea.
Kate: I like the dress and her extremely fierce makeup — holy cheekbones. The multiple bows are a little much, but it’s overall nice on her. I HATE the hair — what is this, Little House on the Prairie? When they zoomed in on it during the pre-show it was either a) still wet, b) hair-sprayed within an inch of its life or c) both, and that irked me. A lot.
Erica: I’m not sure why I can’t stand her and have, like, visceral euch reactions to her every time I see her. I might be a bad person.
Kate: When do you see her besides at award shows? But that’s how I feel about all the Kardashians. And Miley Cyrus. And Rihanna and Beyonce. Hmm…
Erica: I think you are carrying a lot more anger towards all of those people than I am towards Sienna Miller. But there is something about her that just makes me go bleh.
Erica: She looks amazing.
Kate: The color looks absolutely beautiful against her skin, but the detail on the hips and the necklace and the hair are extremely unflattering. The spaghetti straps make it look like lingerie.
Erica: Really? I think this is so flattering on her. She doesn’t look as twig-like. This is actually on my Best Dressed list.
Kate: No, we have to remove it from that list. She is not twig-like because she just had a baby.
Erica: Oh really? Mazel Tov! The extra pounds look GREAT on you, hon!
Kate: So, Best Dressed?
Erica: Rosamund Pike! And I say this without really knowing anything about her. I didn’t (and probably won’t) see Gone Girl and I don’t know anything else she’s done and I have never read an interview with her or anything. I just love, love, love her dress.
Kate: I am ok with that, but can Best Dressed be a tie between her and Marion Cotillard?
Erica: Yes. Absolutement.
Kate: Yay! Worst Dressed?
Erica: You know, I really feel like they all stepped up their game tonight. I’m not giving it to Lupita, partly because she has too much credit with me and partly because, yes, I don’t like the dress, but, I feel that the dress accomplished what it meant to accomplish. I don’t want to give it to Gwynnie because, as stupid-looking as it is, it makes me laugh. Kerry Washington has done worse, and her hair and makeup are perfection. I think that leaves Naomi Watts for me.
Kate: Or Emma Stone?
Erica: Yeah, but I like Emma Stone’s hair and makeup better than I like Naomi Watt’s hair and makeup. It should be noted, though — the credit Emma Stone has as my dream BFF DOES NOT COUNT toward red carpet looks. And she has ZERO credit there.
Kate: Well then who do we give Worst Dressed to!?
Erica: I want to give it to Naomi Watts. You can give it to Emma Stone if you like. Or we can have another tie.
Kate: Ok, I can give it to Naomi Watts. That does it for us for award show season, folks — sad face! But don’t you worry, the dynamic duo will be back this summer for So You Think You Can Dance season 12 — auditions are already under way!
Erica: You guys, I’m doing Zumba now, so by May, I might think *I* can dance!