When it comes to cinema, there’s one day that celebrates the pinnacle of aesthetic accomplishment. Translation? The Academy Awards, affectionately known as the Oscars, are pretty much the Super Bowl of the movies. Yet, besides vying for titles like “Best Actress” and “Best Supporting Actor,” there’s another element of fierce competition.
The red carpet, of course!
We love playing fashion police and giving out our own accolades. Here’s our list of celebs who made the A-list in the wardrobe department at the 2014 Oscars. Or, jump to our 2012 best dressed list here.
Best Looks from the 2014 Oscars
Despite the rain, there were plenty of stars shining bright at the 2014 Oscars. A glam fest, packed with the A-list who brought their A-game of fashion for the night.
As metallics shimmered, the bling popped revealing stellar ensembles from head to toe. This year seemed especially happy with Pharrell’s shorts, Ellen’s tux (all of them!) and Jared Leto’s ombre perfection. But it was the top notch gowns on our favorite actresses that truly lit up the house. Here are our picks for the best dressed at this year’s Oscars.
With her poised posture and flawless face, Angelina Jolie exuded every ounce of the true beauty that she is.
Dressing for two never looked so chic as it did on OliviaWilde.
Meryl Streep is an institution at the Oscars, and on the red carpet she embodied total class.
Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o was elegance in a dress. Her fashion choices and acceptance speech marks the making of a major superstar.
It’s true, Jennifer Lawrence fell getting out of her limo. But her recovery was smooth as silk, and she looked fantastic.
This is Dior done gorgeous. Of course, we would never expect anything less on Charlize Theron.
Naomi Watts knows how to work a red carpet — charming and full of grace.
Though she claimed her gown felt heavy, we think she looked fab. Cate Blanchett radiated like a winner.
Ladies, this is how a Hollywood star should dress! Kate Hudson nailed it.
The curls, the gown, the exquisite drapery all added up to one gorgeous Sandra Bullock.
Amy Adams takes a sophisticated stance in a classic, navy number.
Which were your favorite looks from the 2014 Oscars? Let us know in the comments!
Best Looks from the 2012 Oscars
We expected the Best Actress nominee in something classic, daring, and black, but she surprised us when she traded in her signature color for another classic hue- white! The Givenchy gown is STUNNING, and we love the entire package: plunging neckline, dramatic makeup, and blunt bangs. It’s Old Hollywood meets Lisbeth Salander goth all in one, and it works.
Gwyneth has been rocking the “best dressed” lists since her accessories included a certain somebody named Brad. With a name like Gwyneth, can we expect anything less than regal? Ms. Paltrow shines in this Tom Ford number and shows us that, sometimes, less is more. No fancy sequins, frills, ruffles, dramatic makeup.
Michelle Williams has come a long way since the days when she was vying for the attention of a humble filmmakin’ teen by the name of Dawson. (We know. It’s weird to think that Michelle once played that girl… the pretty cheerleader in a teeny-bopper tv show with a pre-Tom Cruise Katie Holmes.)
Michelle is absolutely gorgeous in this Louis Vuitton gown in a color… well, we’re actually not sure what to call the color, so we’ll just say that it’s stunning.
It was HER night, and when Octavia Spencer accepted Best Supporting Actress with a standing O from the audience, she stole the night in a stunning, stunning Tadashi Shoji white gown.
The dress, the hair, the makeup, everything just fell in place for Octavia during the Academy Awards, and she has a little gold man to prove it.
Was there some sort of clandestine committee that mandated all best dressed celebs don white because we’re noticing a blatant trend here? Regardless, Milla looks amazing in this Elie Saab couture gown. It’s Old Hollywood at its best, and we love, love the hair/makeup. It completes the look.
Her Help costar may have nabbed Best Supporting Actress, but Jessica’s up there with Octavia when it comes to the fashion awards. Her hand-embroidered Alexander McQueen gown is gorgeous, and frankly, it stands out even more in the sea of white gowns.
We know her as, hands down, one of the funniest women in Hollywood, but Tina’s also carving a niche for herself as a fashionista. Ms. Fey nails it again in a Carolina Herrera strapless black number that’s timeless. We love the simple up-do bun and the bare neckline.
E’s host Giuliana Rancic held her own with the stars in a Basil Soda couture gown, and yes, she’s also wearing white. (More and more, we’re convinced that all the best dressed ladies conspired to wear white…) We love the elegant capped sleeves, and the form fitting bodice that’s reminiscent of a swan. Well done, Giuliana!
What do you think of these most fashionable women of the red carpet?
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.