Best Dressed At The Oscars

Our favorite time of year is here! We’re talking about the 2012 Oscars, aka the Academy Awards, also known as the closest thing fashion stylists get to competing in the Olympics. Watching the nominees and Hollywood royalty waltz down the red carpet in all their fairy-tale princess glory is our sport of choice, and we’ve been glued to the pre-show proceedings ready to decree the fairest of them all. We were captivated by giant crimson bows, voluminous blood orange confections, lace trains, and a particular prince who broke the black tuxedo spell with some swoon-worthy velvet panache. It wasn’t easy *wipes sodden brow* but here, without further ado, are our Best Dressed looks of the night.


Emma Stone at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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Dear Emma Stone, YOU WIN. In the category of Best Vivid Oscar Dress of Classic Feminine Delight, you get the imaginary MTV Style golden button statue. Not only was this crimson Giambattista Valli gown a triumphant choice due to the gargantuan halter neck bow, elegant silhouette, and undulating floor-grazing hem, we were particularly taken with the poise in which you wore it. Look at the relaxed arms anchored by that single diamond bracelet, the subtle makeup that highlights the skin yet doesn’t detract from the gown, and the side-swept hair that is at once classic and crowning in a complementary strawberry hue. We’re smitten, bowled over, and utterly transfixed by this ensemble. BRAVO to one of the most stunning gals of the night.


Angelina Jolie at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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SHAZAM. Angelina Jolie in darkest of night black Atelier Versace with a zigzag neckline, exaggerated peplum of bionic structure, and the most dramatic thigh slit of the night made even more pronounced by that leg thrust. Um, holy moly mother of Zahara, this dress SLAYED US, rendered collective speechlessness, and might have induced a few primal screams. Just look at this mirage! The cascading hair, red lips, absence of jewelry (except for a strategic bit of sparkle embellishment on the back of the dress), and perfect black peep-toe platforms. This is how it’s done, folks. Do we ever doubt Angie? NEVAHHH.


Rooney Mara at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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We heard so much red carpet commentary gasping at Rooney Mara’s choice to wear white Givenchy as if she only ever chooses a noir-esque wardrobe of Death Eater cloaks. Not only has this Best Actress nominee favored alabaster Givenchy before, she also enjoys emerald from time to time and actually said word-for-word, “I like to wear white.” We love the tulle straps, plunging neckline, and accentuated bazooms on this dress, not the mention the body-conscious contours and long lace train. Kudos again to the Louise Brooks fringe and dark red lips. This is as close to goth as we’re gonna get.


Michelle Williams at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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Another vivid color standout was Michelle Williams in blood orange Louis Vuitton. First of all, this is a GORGEOUS dress. From the corseted bodice and demurely sparkling bow at the waist to the tiers of ruffles down to the floor, Ms. Williams dazzled when she emerged on the red carpet. We’re huge fans of her blonde pixie—which has become her trademark hairstyle—and the choice to accessorize with a simple diamond necklace and somewhat clashing pink clutch. Kudos on the matching red lips, too, which are a gentle nod to her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.


Jennifer Lopez at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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OH, J.LO. No surprise here, but Jennifer Lopez KILLED IT in Zuhair Murad. When this vision of tawny beaded paradise swanned onto the carpet with pursed nude lips, a high bun, drop diamond earrings, and the most insane bananas va-va-va-VROOM glamour-tasia beauty FORTITUDE, we didn’t know what hit us. You guys, look at this magic. Beaded stripes that follow every bombastic curve of this blessed genetic milkshake, exposed upper arms, a deep V-neck that rivals that down-to-there Versace number she wore way back when, and the perfect fanned train giving it total Oscar dramatude. It’s unfathomable how she even exists. The fact that she had something of a “wardrobe malfunction” while she presented does little to detract from her awesomeness. In fact, it’s J.Lo’s hint of nip. It only ADDS to the wonder.


Judy Greer at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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Let it be known that we here at MTV Style ADORE Judy Greer. One of the best comic character actresses around, we’re thrilled to have her on our Best Dressed list. I mean, it was a no-brainer with this black and gold Monique Lhuillier body-hugging column gown. Simple yet graphic, modern yet just the right amount of glam, this was one of our favorite dresses of the night. Also? We love the crimson hair, highlighted cheekbones, and hip-sass.


Shailene Woodley at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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Shailene Woodley in bright white Valentino was unexpected and also refreshing. This is a young woman COVERING UP, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. When we first spied this dress on the carpet, we couldn’t help but feel that the bodice was slightly reminiscent of a rattan chair or op-art painting. But this is what we like about it! We also like the slightly drapey sleeves, cinched waist, and structured length. As Shailene said on the carpet, “Some people are gonna go why did she cover herself up? I feel comfortable and elegant.” And we couldn’t agree more.


Jessica Chastain at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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A standout red carpet fave this year was Jessica Chastain’s black and gold embroidered Alexander McQueen gown paired with delicate Harry Winston jewels. This is a GOWWWWWN. And it’s McQueen, so it’s all about drama, which seems befitting to this Best Supporting Actress nominee and all-around acting powerhouse. You know what’s great about this look? It’s one of those dresses you’d think would need some sort of chignon bun action or super intense updo, but it works with lose tendrils and delicate makeup. “I needed a dress that was a big moment dress,” Chastain said,”This dress is how I’m feeling right now.” We’re guessing that feeling is ornate filigree FIERCENESS.


Milla Jovovich at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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We just need to get this out, YESSSS. YES, Milla Jovovich, YES. One of the first looks out on the red carpet, Jovovich brought it old-Hollywood style in this white beaded Elie Saab number from his fall 2009 collection. OK, how awesome is it that Milla J didn’t care that this dress was from a few seasons ago and not technically vintage. She liked it and knew it was perfect, so who cares, right? “This is my first time at the Oscars,” she said. “I wanted to sparkle and keep it demure, modern, and beautiful. This fit my vision of what I wanted to look like tonight.” With a gorge brunette bob tucked behind one year, a one-shoulder bodice, mermaid hem, and Jacob & Co. jewels, everything about this is OSCAR OSCAR OSCAR. #LoveIt


Pharrell Williams at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 26.
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Like we said before, there was a prince at the Oscar ball this year and his name was Pharrell Williams. SWOOOOOON. There’s so much that goes into the prince formula. He has to be dapper (check), handsome (quadruple check), and look like he’s gonna sweep you off your feet (um, duh, look at the gentle smile and relaxed insouciance going in his red carpet stance). Not only was Williams one of the heroes of the night—he helped score the telecast—he was one of the best dressed men in a three-piece black suit with piping and a huge black velvet bow tie. Pharrell? We’ll lose our glass slipper for you EVERY TIME.


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