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Kristin Booker • March 8, 2010

Fashionable Awards Show: The Best (And One Slightly Questionable Choice) of Oscar Fashion

I just arrived home from a VERY LONG Academy Awards celebration (not the party, the telecast). 3:37:05, people. So while the winners and attendees hit the Vanity Fair party and Elton John’s legendary soiree, I’m here to give you my top picks for Oscar fashion.

Before we get to the fabulousness of the telecast, I have a bone to pick with E! Television and their red carpet coverage. Ryan Secrest, you have worked the red carpet countless times and you KNOW that we are all watching the red carpet arrivals for one thing and one thing only: the fashion. Your “crack journalism” skills are unnecessary in this situation. People do not donate $100,000 gowns that took fifteen people three weeks to make so you can brush them off. ASK ABOUT THE DRESS, SEACREST. Oh, and asking the camera to pan back for a “wide shot” when talking to Gabourey Sidibe was unnecessary and uncalled for. Shame on you.

OK, now back to the fashion! Let’s just go with the best of the best, shall we?

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Best Red Dress
This one was really hard because there were so many but we’ll have to give it up for Penelope Cruz in Donna Karan. The scarlet hue looked amazing on her and the draping was impeccable.

Oscars 2010 - RED CARPET

Oscars 2010 - RED CARPET

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Best Metallic Dresses
This has to be a tie. I’ve got to go with a tie between Sandra Bullock in Marchesa and Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent. Two distinctively different silhouettes and fabrications but both glowing and gorgeous.

Oscars 2010 - RED CARPET
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Best Throwback to Old Hollywood Glamour
Hands down, I’m giving this one to Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta. Cameron owned this Veronica Lake-inspired look down to the sweeping curl of her hair and the uber-glamorous red lip. She was a confection of style and I ate it up.

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Best Risk-Taker
There are always those who are willing to throw caution to the wind and take a risk. Love it or hate it but you’ll be talking about this dress over the watercooler come this Monday morning. I’m giving it up to Sarah Jessica Parker channeling a 60’s Anne Bancroft in Chanel.

82nd Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet Arrivals
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Best Sophisticated Style
You had to hand it to Meryl Streep, people. Classic, age-appropriate and sexy, she looked drop dead diva in Project Runway-alum Chris March.

Oscars 2010 - RED CARPET
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Best Evolving Style
This dress drew a lot of back and forth at the Oscar party I attended but I’m going to have to go here and say that I really thought Elizabeth Banks looked gorgeous in Versace.

Oscars 2010 - RED CARPET
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Questionable Style Choice
Again, I don’t really do negative reviews but I’m going to have to say that I didn’t really understand the rosette placement on Charlize Theron’s Dior gown. I mean, she’s on camera and we’re staring at the rosettes on her breasts? Not so great.

So tell me: whose style did YOU love on the red carpet? Dish, people!

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