With so much build up for the Academy Awards, we go into the red carpet coverage expecting to gasp aloud at every, single, gown choice. The truth is though, not every dress tonight was "gasp-worthy," but some certainly were. Let's get into it, shall we?
As expected, Lupita Nyong'o elicited the first truly stunning gown of the evening, an ice blue, custom Prada with a plunging neckline, and a gold headband and on-trend ear cuffs to accent. Cate Blanchett continued her run of flawless red carpet choices in a nude, embellished Armani Prive dress with short sleeves—a killer fit—and finished her look with classic old Hollywood waves and white, statement drop earrings.
Simple, strapless dresses were a theme of the night, thankfully with a lack of over-the-top full skirts. Jennifer Lawrence looked predictably lovely in a strapless red Dior gown, which reminded us of her Oscar debut in that sleek Calvin Klein dress. (And, in case you missed the red carpet coverage on E!, she managed to nearly fall down again shortly after getting out of her car.) Also fitting this theme, Jessica Biel in Chanel Couture (another dress we hoped to see), and Amy Adams in navy Gucci (with peplum-like hip details). All safe choices but beautiful nonetheless.
Naomi Watts wore a fully-beaded, white Calvin Klein gown with cap sleeves, adorned with a sparkling diamond necklace. The high-neck dress certainly didn't need the adornment, but on her it totally worked. Julia Roberts (looking so blonde) wore a black lace v-neck dress by Givenchy, and also in black, Anne Hathaway in armor-like Gucci with a high, halter neck and Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel (close to the green one I hoped someone would wear).
Check out our full slideshow of looks, including Portia de Rossi, Meryl Streep, Margot Robbie, Kerry Washington and Sandra Bullock.
Who got your vote for best-dressed? We're torn between Lupita and Cate Blanchett!