The Academy Awards are for the stars. While award season is a time to flaunt fashionable flair and exceptional talent alike, the Academy Awards sets the stage for regal gowns, performances of a lifetime and shiny statues to hoist above even shinier smiles. This year’s 88th Academy Awards was no different.
While we’re sure you’ve heard by now which stars took home their well-deserved gold (see: LEO), it’s almost a requirement with our name to give you our best and worst of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
Best Moment of the Night: Anytime Jacob Tremblay did Anything
The interview with Seacrest. Showing off his Star Wars cufflinks and socks. Peering over the seats in front of him to catch a glimpse of R2-D2, C3PO and BB-8. His nod to Chris Rock for hisMadagascar performance. The high-five with co-star Brie Larson. Pretty much everything Jacob Tremblay did had us all, “I CAN’T.” If there were a category for “Most Adorable Actor in All of Hollywood” this kid is a Darth Vader sock in.
Best Speech: Alicia Vikander, Best Supporting Actress, “The Danish Girl”
Dressed like a princess (Belle from Beauty and the Beast, to be exact), Alicia Vikander’s speech takes the cake for “best speech.” The first-time nominee and now winner kept it short and to the point, and every word seemed to have a genuine thankfulness behind it. Her nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl (alongside our Best Suit nominee Eddie Redmayne, see below). We are sure that she wished her speech could have been longer, as she mentioned in a red carpet interview that she feels as though she can never thank enough people!
Honorable Mentions go to: LEO! Listening to his inspiring speech with who else but Kate Winslet nearly crying out of joy, “I thank you all for this amazing award. Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take tonight for granted.” Now that’s what we are talking about.
Worst Dressed: Heidi Klum in Your Childhood Bedroom Curtains
Heidi Klum is no stranger to taking fashion risks. Who could forget her 2014 Creative Arts Emmys dress created by Project Runway designer Sean Kelly? Or her 2012 Golden Globes Calvin Klein sheath dress with a pop of turquoise statement necklace. In our minds, she’s one of the great head-turners of our time.
Occasionally, though, even style greats choose ensembles that turn heads for the wrong reasons. This gown felt more like the curtains you made your mom throw out when you turned 11. We still love you, Heidi!
Best Suit: Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen
The chiseled men of Hollywood tend to play it safe on the red carpet. Eddie Redmayne did quite the opposite, looking dapper in his Alexander McQueen velvet suit jacket. Although he admitted, “It looks great but is incredibly hot,” his fashion choice and performance in the The Danish Girl were on fire.
Honorable Mentions go to: host and all-around funny man, Chris Rock, wearing Burberry, Kevin Hart in a bedazzled Dolce & Gabbana, and America’s sweetheart, Ryan Gosling donning a white bow-tie from Gucci.
Best Dress: It’s a Draw
With enviable tresses and jewels that are the size of small countries (usually thanks to Lorraine Schwartz), the women of the red carpet are nothing short of chic. From nominees to presenters, these stars know how to strut their stuff.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein
Two words: STUNN.ING. Is it the perfectly done mismatched earrings or the smoky-eye-beachy-waves combo that has us feeling like this was one of the most complete looks of the night? Though there were a variety of styles on the red carpet, sequins and lace are two trends we can’t get enough of. Between this Calvin Klein being a tribute to her Irish heritage and looking fabulous on the Best-Actress-nominated beauty, you’ll find us searching for anything in that deep emerald shade for the next several weeks.
OK, we’re torn.
Looking like an angel in off-white Valentino Haute Couture, Olivia Wilde does the unthinkable and makes accordion pleats look sexy. Bearing the right amount of cleavage, her look was effortless, even after she mentioned “Not being able to hug anyone for the rest of the night,” due to the fear of a wardrobe malfunction. The best part? The dress was almost even better from the back.
Honorable Mentions go to: a glowing, baby-bump-bearing Chrissy Teigen in a cranberry Marchesa gown and best braid to boot, and Priyanka Chopra in a Zuhair Murad white lace gown that pairs perfectly with her dark features and plum lipstick.
What did you think of this year’s Awards? Who had your favorite look of the night?
– Deanna Haas & Linnea Kennison