By JAMIA JORDAN
While it’s always fun to witness the tears of joy an Oscar award brings to its recipients every year at the film industry’s biggest award ceremony, the real Oscar excitement happens on the red carpet right before the show even starts, with celebrities’ flamboyant sense of styles in competition for who can turn the most heads.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony kicked off at 7 p.m. on ABC, Sunday, Feb. 26, but the coverage of the event began long before this.
Apart from months of physical preparation some actors and actresses put in to making sure they looked good for this special night, journalists were right there to capture their fashion do’s and don’ts. Hundreds of television and film actors graced the red carpet in an assortment of garments, all trying to avoid the humiliating distinguishable honor award of “worst dressed.”
However, of course we had a few nominees in the running for this category. Coming up in third place the award goes to Angelina Jolie and her attempt at “the little black dress.” Wearing a long black Atelier Versace gown with a thigh-high slit, the dress did nothing but smother her noticeably thin frame. The fact that she felt the need to extend out her leg and give us the leg-flashing pose to show off her high slit was not only annoying, but also comical as it was mimicked by screenwriters Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash after she presented the Best Adapted Screenplay award.
In second place for worst dressed of the night the award goes to actress Lea Thompson. The “Back to the Future” star did not skimp on the glitter as she walked down the red carpet sparking more flashes then the paparazzi. The glittery empire-waisted gown did everything but show off her amazing figure, which was such a pity. The star boasted on Twitter of how she sewed her own shawl for the event; however the outfit was a metallic-looking mess.
Last, but certainly not least the number one worst dressed award for the night goes to actress Melissa McCarthy. Designed by Marina Rinaldi, McCarthy looked far from a Greek goddess in this Grecian-inspired gown. Plus size fashion should be flattering and compliment the unique body type, but instead this one showed now mercy with its flowy attempt to make this young actress appear larger then she actually is. The pale pink color of the dress did not add much to compliment her fair complexion as well.
On a brighter note some stars got it right for the night. Actress and Oscar award winner for best supporting female role, Octavia Spencer, looked breathtaking in her long white sequenced Tadashi Shoji evening gown. For me, this was the best she has ever looked. The gown was simple yet elegant, and the cut of the dress showed off her curves in all the right ways. However my favorite dress of the night would have to go to Maria Menounos. She wore a dreamy minty colored Maria Lucia Hohan gown, worn with Jacob & Co. diamonds. She pulled her soft brown highlighted hair back in a loose bun to show off the low plunging neckline of her dress. She looked angelic.
All in all, the Oscar awards is one huge fashion runway. Whether you are viewing the fashion do’s and don’ts from your living room couch or physically there witnessing the fiasco, everyone who is anyone watches – and trust me when I say we all criticize. I know next year’s show will bring its fair share of surprises as well.
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