And If the Stars Ever Fell One by One from the Sky: The 2017 Academy Awards Fashion Review

Best Dressed:  2017’s Best Supporting Actress winner also wins flawless look of the night.

Viola Davis in Armani

Gorgeous Gowns:

Ruth Negga in Valentino — on anyone else this could easily be too twee, or too something, but Ruth can carry off any and everything.

Scarlett Johansson in Alaïa — onscreen, the color was just stunning; her hair and make-up are perfection.

Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti — can you feel the sizzle?

Emma Stone in Givenchy — photos don’t do this gorgeous beaded number justice.

Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta — I wish she’d done something else with her hair, but for having to present that particular award, we can forgive her anything.

She Did It Her Way:

Janelle Monáe in Elie Saab — this is entirely too much for my taste, but Janelle worked it to perfection.

Halle Berry in Versace Atelier — likewise, there’s a lot going on here, including The Hair (personally, I grew to love it), and Halle rocked it all. The bottom of this gown is my everything.

Cynthia Erivo in Paolo Sebastian Couture — I don’t even know, but she clearly loves it and therefore, it works.

The Good Gowns:

Isabelle Huppert in Armani Privé — *coughTrueBestActresscough*; classy and gorgeous.

Octavia Spencer in Marchesa — This color was lovely, but I do wish the top was more flattering.

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph and Russo — this was one of those that looked a million times better onscreen.

Looking Lovely, But We Can’t Help Thinking You Deserve Better: 

Kirsten Dunst in Dior — figure flattering and with pockets!

Ava DuVerney in Ashi Studio — as with Ruth Negga, on anyone else this might be too something, but Ava somehow makes it work. Stunning color on her.

Amy Adams in Tom Ford — Have we seen this before?

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton — bo-ring, but pretty. I don’t love the unflattering cut at the waist.

Charlize Theron in Dior — it’s a’ight.

Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé — gorgeous beading, but Nicole requires color. Her red lip is stunning, and if she’d had her natural hair color and that gown was green, blue, red … any color, it would be perfection.

Meryl Streep in Elie Saab (following a row with Lagerfeld) — Gorgeous color!

Laura Dern in Rodarte — The top could be pretty and creates interest, but overall this is boring, and the straps just look tacked on.

Erm … Just Say No to These Dresses:

Dakota Johnson in Gucci

Busy Philipps in Elizabeth Kennedy — the velvet is lovely, but something about those dots just doesn’t work. It’s somehow like a racetrack?

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton — saddest flamenco costume 5EVA.

Salma Hayek in McQueen — I, um … just no.

Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein — You deserve so much better. This reads casual day wedding.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Zuhair Murad — This is what happens when the lacy, twee thing doesn’t work, and that severe make-up and hair is all wrong.

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph and Russo — Is this a purse in dress form, because I don’t understand it.

Emma Roberts in vintage Armani Privé

Felicity Jones in Dior — Somebody needs a stylist and color, STAT.

Perfect Pairs:

Lin-Manuel Miranda in San Marco, with his mother, Luz Towns-Miranda in Escada

Dev Patel in Burberry, with his mother, Anita Patel

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon

Leslie Mann and Judd Aptow — for a hot mess of a dress, there’s still something so wonderful about the bottom that I might like it.

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad and John Legend in Gucci — these two …

David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana, and Jessica Oyelowo

Matt Damon and Luciana Bozán Barroso — Her dress is gorgeous (I’ve yet to see the designer named).

Chris Evans in Ferragamo, with his sister, Shanna Evans

Not the Best Fashion-wise, But We’ll Still Stare All Night Long:

Denzel and Pauletta Washington — Did you all see him cry when Affleck won? Heartbreaking …

Terrence Howard and Mira Pak — where exactly did Terrence think he was going?

John Cho and Kerri Higuchi — That tux is a hot mess.

Jeff and Susan Bridges

Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford, and Jessica Biel in KAUFMANFRANCO

The Rock and Lauren Hashian

Sting in Brioni, and Trudie Styler

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Michelle and Busy

Let’s Hear It for the Boys: Riz and Mahershala KILL IT.

Riz Ahmed in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture — WHOA.

Mahershala Ali in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture — Cannot breathe.

You Done Good:

Andrew Garfield in Tom Ford

Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert and Ashton Sanders in Calvin Klein

Lucas Hedges in Dior Homme

Dev Patel in Burberry

Chris Evans in Ferragamo

 

 

Viggo Mortensen in Dior Homme

Sunny Pawar

Eh …

Gael García Bernal in Dior Homme

Jackie Chan, Panda Protector

Ryan Gosling in Gucci

 

Favorite Picture of the Night:

Runner up, because Renner knows he’ll never be …

And finally, Dom Cooper cuts a rug with Lucas Hedges:

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • AbbySaurus

    Taraji and Viola were my favorites. I didn’t like Ruth’s dress. Too nightgowny, but she gets a pass forever. I think @TatianaTorres posted her party gown later in the night. Much better. Loved Charlize too.

  • Kala

    -I loved Ruth’s dress. So romantic.

    -Chris Evans, you need to quit it with your perfect damn self. Jk never stop.

    -Best fashion-related event? New Twitter account, “Halle’s Wig”: https://twitter.com/HalleWig?lang=en

  • emmalita

    I hated Ruth’s dress. She’s beautiful and the diadem was perfect, but the dress was all kinds of no. The bodice made her look like she had no boobs and the waistline made the rest of her torso look weird. I hated the lace turtleneck on her and on Ginnefer Goodwin, whose red lace concoction was even worse. Ruth even looked uncomfortable. Cynthia Erivo is how you look when you know you look good.

    Janelle Monae was a goddess from beyond our galaxy and knew it.

    • ZbornakSyndrome

      Janelle Monae can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants and I’ll be here for it. I adore her.

      • emmalita

        Truth!

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    OK, this is probably super unpopular, but Scarlett’s dress read like a really pretty shower curtain during the broadcast. I hated it. Her hair was super cute, though.
    Taraji was just absolute perfection and everything good in the world. I loved her. My runner up would be Huppert, who is my aging goal. She is the most effortlessly glam person in the world.
    My favorite man was Mahershala, because sweet baby cthulhu did he rock the shit out of that all black tux.
    As far as Denzel, I was super confused by his look, I feel like if that jacket had been tailored a bit, it would have completely changed his body shape. I looked too big and off the rack. That gorgeous, talented man deserves so much more than that.
    Finally, I’m starting a petition to keep Dev Patel from cutting his hair short or losing the beard. Anyone want to sign it?

    • AbbySaurus

      In agreement about Scarlett’s dress. Not even like a good shower curtain.

    • emmalita

      I will sign your petition.

    • Count me in on that petition.

      I really liked Scarlett’s dress on the red carpet and then really didn’t like it when she was presenting.

      • ZbornakSyndrome

        I didn’t watch the red carpet, so I only saw it onstage and my immediate thought was it looked like the shower curtain my best friend bought off Etsy for our dorm room.

    • #wouldsign

  • I think Isabelle Huppert’s dress is my favorite. Not my favorite look, but my favorite dress. Look might be a tie between Taraji and Viola

    • ZbornakSyndrome

      Huppert is just so damn cool. She can do whatever she wants. I loved that dress on her.
      But you’re right, Taraji KILLED it.

  • CHRIS BROUGHT HIS SISTER?! Ok guys. I am worried that some deep dark secret will come out because IS IT POSSIBLE HE IS PERFECT??

  • AHEM https://www.instagram.com/p/BRA8KuCAHn4/ .

    SIDE BAR : dear Dom,

    i love that you want to make sure that Ruth is not in anyway overshadowed on her night. But babe, you look so happy in the 2 pics out there. Please more of yourself sometimes too k?

    Dear Ruth,
    You are perfect never change.

    k thx bai