Oscar 2011 Fashion Recap: Best, Worst, and Everything in Between

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In all honesty, I watched the 83rd Annual Academy Awards just to see if Banksy was going to make an appearance. Sadly, he did not, nor did he win for best documentary as I had hoped ...but since I'm here to do a fashion recap, I'll get straight to it.

My pick for Best Dressed of the night, HANDS DOWN, goes to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar 2011Gwyneth Oscar 2011 side view
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...and coming in a very close second and third, Cate Blanchett and Reese Witherspoon.

Cate Blanchett Oscar 2011Reese Witherspoon Oscar 2011
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Cate's dress was so intricate and so different and so gorgeous I found that I just wanted to stare at it forever to take it all in. I just loved it. Reese's look was very classic, but with her big '60s hair and bright green earrings, she just looked stunning.

I find that it's easier for me to really sort through all the gowns by grouping similarities together so I will do so here and now by color. Without further ado, the color trends on the Red Carpet were:

Red Gowns:

Worn by Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence (who looked SMOKIN' HOT), Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Hudson.

Sandra Bullock Oscar 2011Jennifer Lawrence Oscar 2011
Anne Hathaway Oscar 2011Jennifer Hudson Oscar 2011
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White Gowns:

Worn by Michelle Williams, Melissa Leo, Nicole Kidman, and Celine Dion (I actually loved Celine's dress).

Michelle Williams Oscar 2011Melissa Leo Oscar 2011
Nicole Kidman Oscar 2011Celine Dion Oscar 2011
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Purple-y/Plum/Lavender Gowns:

Worn by the lovelies Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Mila Kunis.

Scarlett Johanssen Oscar 2011Natalie Portman Oscar 2011Mila Kunis Oscar 2011
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Deep Grays:

Worn by Annette Bening and Helen Mirren.

Annette Bening Oscar 2011Helen Mirren Oscar 2011
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Sparkly Metallics:

Worn by Mandy Moore, Hilary Swank, Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry.

Mandy Moore Oscar 2011Hilary Swank Oscar 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar 2011Halle Berry Oscar 2011
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Navy Blue and Black:

Worn by Amy Adams (who would have been a top contender for me had she not worn that necklace), Marisa Tomei, Helena Bonham Carter and Reese Witherspoon.

Amy Adams Oscar 2011Marisa Tomei Oscar 2011
Helena Bonham Carter 2011Reese Witherspoon Oscar 2011
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Best accessory of the night? YOUR MOM!


Russell Brand Oscar 2011
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It seemed like everyone had their mums on their arm tonight, which is just adorable! But the most stand-out trend of the night seemed to be bright jewels, specifically green drop earrings worn by Reese Witherspoon, Annette Bening, Busy Phillips and a few more randoms I spied in the audience.

Reese Witherspoon earrings Oscar 2011Annette Bening earrings Oscars 2011
Busy Phillips Oscars 2011
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I have to say that I really loved the pop of green but it was all too reminiscent of Angelina Jolie a few years ago in that drop-dead gorgeous black gown and those stunning emerald green drop earrings? Deja vu, no?

Angelina Jolie Oscar 2009
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I'm just going to lump all the men in one group and say they looked ravishing tonight but the few who stood out, in my humble opinion, of course were Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford (but I am biased towards Justin and Tom) and Russell Brand for looking like a rock star on the red carpet ... even though he isn't really one.

Justin Timberlake Oscars 2011
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Admittedly, I loved all but one of Anne's dresses (the red one) and thought her tux for her little song and dance number was just adorable. That blue gown towards the end and the lace Tom Ford at the finale just took the cake for me, but I still choose Gwyneth as overall Best Dressed.

As for Worst Dressed -- it's a bit strange to say, but I don't really have one. My one pet peeve was with Jennifer Hudson's halter dress, which did nothing for her cleavage. It just wasn't flattering ...and I think she's lost too much weight now to boot.

All in all, I thought Anne Hathaway and James Franco did a pretty good job. The faces James was making throughout the night made me giggle and wonder if he was sneaking off to the green room to puff on fat blunts with Snoop Dogg in between appearances all Pineapple Express style. I thought he did a good enough job to come back and host again next year -- but hopefully bring his boys Danny McBride, Seth Rogan, and Jonah Hill with him instead. Methinks THAT would be a fun show!

What did you think of the Oscars? Who was your pick for best dressed?

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