While none of last night’s gowns made me go weak in the knees, there were a number of lovely dresses on the carpet. And this year, lovely was enough to make the list. Think of it as grading on a curve.
Michelle Williams in Chanel
This dress really couldn’t be simpler, but the look is sublime. Flawless skin and an adorable short hairstyle mix with the lightly-colored, sequin gown to create a lovely ethereal look.
Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein
I disliked her Globes dress, so I wasn’t expecting much from Jennifer Lawrence, but this brightly-colored frock is really fabulous. Because when you have a rocking body, less really is more.
Hilary Swank in Gucci
At first, the feathers on this dress left me cold. Then I noticed that they were colored in this dramatic gradient-effect, and I was sold. What can I say? I’m a sucker for ombre.
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab
I really loved this dress. The Parisian draping on the skirt, the lace embellishments on the bust, and the lilac color make the dress sexy, ladylike and pretty all at the same time.
It would have been my Best Dressed, but every time I look at the photo, I see Taylor Swift. Even the hairdo is pure T. Swift.
Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang
After the bang fiasco at the Globes, Sandra Bullock is redeemed in this wonderfully classic and bold gown. This, ladies, is how a movie star dresses.
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
This dress was the closest that I came to a wow-moment, and no one is more surprised by my adoration than I am. This dress should be too strange, too pastel and too armor-like for me. But every time I look at it, I like it more.
This gown walks the fine line between interesting/cool and just plain weird. Cate took a chance and it paid off in a big way.
I also love that she kept the hair simple. An intricate updo would have ruined the whole thing for me.