10. Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive
I know this was one of those love-it-or-hate-it dresses, but I was in the former's camp. I loved the coloring, the way that Blanchett is constantly just going for broke in terms of fashion (name me anyone else who could pull off a dress this complicated so well on the red carpet), and her continual push to break up the solo-shade, strapless army of dresses that cascade through the red carpet.
I'm going to be honest here, I don't recall ever putting Tina Fey on a best-dressed list, as usually her red carpet looks aren't my style, but this va-va-voom dress (of course from Versace) is a treat and a great way to stand-out since it's so a-characteristic of Fey's usual. Bonus points to making the necklace pop with an up-do.
8. Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren
The other love-it-or-hate-it dress that I was enamored with, Kate Winslet's "oil-slick" dress, as others were calling it out, was eye-popping and may have been the first time in years that an unadorned black dress on the red carpet actually worked for me. I love the long tresses in a year where up-do's were everywhere, and the color in the earrings popped nicely against the neutral coloring of the gown.
7. Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad
Chopra made a splash in her first Oscars appearance. The white translucent gown is gorgeous and ties neatly with the costume-jewelry style rings, but I think what really sets this apart for me is the belt. I'm not wild about belts and gowns intertwining, but it's so striking and doesn't feel added-on but as part of the dress that it was a big win for me.
6. Margot Robbie in Tom Ford
I'm in love with this Margot Robbie gown. Combining "hey Oscar notice me!" gold with a gorgeously sexy cut ala Dynasty, and then tied together with a handbag that has a sleek black trail. Black-and-gold is such a tough combo to tackle without looking gaudy, but for me this was a romping success.
5. Brie Larson in Gucci
I know some have called this a prom dress, but teenage girls should be so lucky. The skirt is elegant and I love the way it feathers, the belt ornaments the dress nicely and keeps it from not being washed out, and I like that we actually get straps here as I feel like no one goes there anymore.
4. Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace
Looking good is the bet revenge, and every year we see at least one jilted actress on the red carpet get a chorus of "what was he thinking?" and this year it was Garner, who looked sexier than I've ever seen her in an asymmetrical Versace. Bonus points for the jewelry, which make the look even more regal.
3. Dev Patel in Burberry
Proving that, yes, men should also be asked whom they're wearing Chris Rock, Dev Patel took male-best-dressed in this sleek and modern Burberry. I didn't quite think that I'd love the suit not matching the shoes, but the tie keeps a great balance and I'm obsessed with the more unkempt hair and beard. I have no idea why Patel was at the ceremony this year (does he have anything to promote coming up?), but he at least looked the part.
2. Isla Fisher in Marchesa
Gorgeous. The makeup is perfect, easily the best of the night, and I loved the vintage-meets-princess sort of styling of the dress, which matches Fisher's rom-com sort of persona. Bonus points for going with a pattern in a night where almost no one else attempted one successfully.
1. Naomi Watts in Armani Prive
Perfection. The chic box handbag with the intense diamond necklace are grand accessories to Watts' flowing indigo-and-magenta gown. If you're not a nominee or a presenter and want to stand out on the red carpet, take a risk, and that's what Watts does flawlessly here.
5. Amy Poehler in Andrew Gn
Every year there's at least one person who wears a dress that makes it look like it was made from your Great Aunt Ruth's curtains. That would be Amy Poehler this year, who also picked a dress that made her look heavier than she is, which is hard to do for someone so pixie-like.
4. Olivia Wilde in Valentino
One of my most-hated morning-after dress comments is "she looked beautiful" because this is Hollywood-everyone is beautiful in an almost impossible way, and that's more than true for Olivia Wilde. However, the dress is hideous and looks like it is put on backwards with the high-waist and J. Lo-style decolletage.
3. Kevin Hart in Dolce & Gabbana
Kevin Hart looks like he borrowed this from an old Siegfried & Roy act. The shiny shoes on-top of the shinier lapels is a gigantic swing and miss.
2. Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Klum, no stranger to worst-dressed lists went for a prom dress that looks like it went through a deli slicer when it was tailored. Even the coloring is bad, considering how it washes out the blonde supermodel.
1. Jared Leto in Gucci
Never, ever, EVER should a tie be substituted for a fake mum. Never. This is the most hideous thing I've seen a guy wear on a red carpet since...well, probably Jared Leto last year. The hair is also a gigantic miss, as it is pulled back so tightly it calls into question his botox usage.