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2011 Oscars: The Best and Worst Dressed

Poor Anne Hathaway. She scored a prime job, along with James Franco, hosting the 2011 Academy Awards and she worked hard, singing and dancing to breathe some life into the ceremony. But her co-host, James Franco, seemed to be under sedation and barely smiled. And her dress? Oh dear!

This year’s ceremony was about contrasts. Almost all the women wore virtually no jewelry as predicted in a global recession. Colors were deep blacks, vibrant reds or nudes.

The dresses may be expensive designer originals, but that didn’t stop some fashion foul-ups. Let’s have a look at some of the best and worst dressed women at last night’s Oscars ceremony.
The Beauties

Scarlett Johansson’s simple burgundy lace D&G dress has been applauded but her so-casual-it’s-hardly-brushed hair was a let-down. Had she mistaken this for dress down day at the Oscars?
Hale Berry’s sparkling nude Marchesa was beautiful – nothing else needs to be said.
Natalie Portman showed how to dazzle in maternity wear. Her purple Rodarte dress stunningly disguised her baby bump, even more impressive because she only recently changed designers from John Galliano, suspended from Dior for anti-semitic comments.

The Beasts

Anne Hathaway’s overly fussy red dress divided critics. The shape nicely silhouetted her beautiful figure but all those frills and at the bottom were just wrong!
Cate Blanchett’s lavender Givenchy dress with the bizarre front cut-out was almost as bad as Sharon Stone wearing what appeared to be an ostrich on her shoulder.
Many people liked Gwyneth Paltrow’s ultra shiny Calvin Klein but it had too much of a 70s sci-fi look for me.
Helena Bonham-Carter’s patriotic Union Jack garter gains her some points but isn’t she over the Gothic thing by now?
So that’s what we thought of this year’s Oscar dresses. No doubt you had your favorites and those you hated too. Tell us about them.

2 Responses to “2011 Oscars: The Best and Worst Dressed”

  1. Emma says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about regarding Anne Hathaway’s dress. She looked stunning.


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  2. Jo Wilkinson says:


    I think I disgree with some of your choices:
    I think Scarlett looked beautiful because it was a very pretty dress and she is a sexy girl but I think the dress was not “dressy” enough for the Oscars. It is not the hair, I think the hair style perfectly matched with the dress.

    My favourite so far is Gwyneth, she looks stunning, nothing else to say because it was just perfect. Metallic can be tricky, especially choosing jewelery and shoes.

    Cate is always a big surprise at the Oscars and she is fashion forward that’s why I like her. It is a beautiful dress but not too many women could wear it.

    I don’t think Anne Hathaway’s dress color was the most flattering for her.

    I also found a little boring Reese’s black and white dress.

    Nicole Kidman: ugly dress, bad choice.

    And leave alone Helena Bonham-Carter, I think it just her and like Cher, love her or hate her!


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