Academy Award Red Carpet Top Picks 2010

Academy Award red carpet top picks
Oh, how difficult it is to pick just a few! Whilst watching the 82nd annual Academy Awards I released a steady stream of cries such as ‘Ooooh, I LOVE that’, and ‘Isn’t she fabulous?’ directed at whoever would offer me a patient ‘Mmmhmm’.

However, I have managed to narrow the many fabulous gowns to a manageable list of ten. Ten women who, whether they won an Oscar or not, have nonetheless won style points in millions of fashion-lovers’ hearts worldwide.

10. Tina Fey was no joke in a shimmering Michael Kors, one-shoulder dress. Her look was classy, pulled-together and memorable.

9. With a well-deserved Best Actress award to match her golden Marchesa gown, Sandra Bullock looked every bit the Hollywood starlet that she is.

8. Anna Kendrick was a radiant Academy Award nominee in flowing, pastel Elie Saab. The beauty of this piece; also featured in Elie Saab’s Spring 2010 couture collection on the catwalks, is the detailing: delicate lace, cascading layers, thigh-high slit, tiny buttons and a flower corsage to complete the look.

7. Cameron Diaz dazzled like a true Hollywood starlet in Oscar de la Renta. Diaz’s sleek, tumbling locks and red lips made her radiate on the red carpet.

6. Ribbons and ruffles were perfectly proportionate on Demi Moore. This Atelier Versace was somehow flirtatious, modest, sexy, simple, glamourous and edgy all at the same time. Bravo!

5. The little black dress is still alive, and able to be worn in fresh new ways, as demonstrated by Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan, in this Prada number. Sprinkled amongst the embroidered black flowers were miniature forks, knives and scissors. Cute, cute, cute! As if the pixie haircut wasn’t cute enough to win my vote!

4. Best Supporting Actress nominee Vera Farmiga said of her Marchesa dress: it “reminds me of a flower in bloom”. For me, it conjures images of a coral reef, but whether flower or coral, this beautiful piece could almost be better described as art than dress.

3. One of my favourite Maggie Gyllenhaal ensembles, this Dries Van Noten strapless sheath dress exudes part peacock, part artist’s strokes. A bold choice compared with the multitude of pastels and metallics featuring on the red carpet, but the perfect choice for Gyllenhaal.

2. Elizabeth Banks was a vision in Versace. The steel-coloured gown, figure hugging and geometric in the bodice, then falling in waves of tulle from a low waistline was demure and stunning.

1. Another gown featured in Elie Saab’s Spring 2010 runway collection, this dreamy and floaty gown worn by Rachel McAdams captivated me from the moment I set my eyes on it. McAdams created a look that was exquisite, romantic and glamorous. No amount of adjectives could do it justice.

Honourable Mentions:

OK, OK, so I couldn’t fit my selections into 10. These two extras deserve honourable mentions for style:

Sandy Powell – winner, Best Costume Design (The Young Victoria)

Sandy’s eclectic outfit is bright, edgy, and very well pulled-together. I love the multitude of shiny bangles, complimenting the palette of her dress. Even her long, manicured nails match.

Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD)

No matter what your thoughts on the dance performance itself, you can’t deny the beauty of the ethereal dresses worn by the female dancers, who performed to each of the nominated Best Musical Scores. This was the best picture I could find; not great; but I suggest you find a video of the dance so you can see the full effect.

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