The only part of the Oscars that’s more exciting for many than the awards themselves and the palpable anticipation about who will or won’t win, is the famous red carpet. Every woman there wonders who their competition will be wearing and who’ll be arriving on the red carpet with whom. It’s kind of a grown-up, glammed-up version of the senior prom.
So, let’s have a rundown of who’s wearing who. JLaw arrived on the arm of David O. Russell wearing a gorgeous sheer Dior Haute Couture gown in black lace. Let’s face it, she looks great in anything, but especially in Dior. Best Supporting Actress nominee, Kate Winslet, showed up on the red carpet on the arm of the night’s big winner, Leonardo DiCaprio. He wore Armani, Kate wore Ralph Lauren, and they complemented each other perfectly.
The plunging neckline on Charlize Theron’s flame red gown by the same design house made her look even more captivating than usual. And Best Actress winner, Brie Larson, wore Gucci and it fit her to a “T”. Louis Vuitton was the designer of choice for Best Supporting Actress nominee for “The Danish Girl”, Alicia Vikander. The fabulous Ms. Rachel McAdams was absolutely stunning in a jade green August Getty Atelier designed backless halter dress that showed off her curves to perfection.
Fans of the small screen were thrilled to see two of their favorite TV leading ladies arriving on the red carpet. Priyanka Chopra, from the new and exciting series, “Quantico”, showed up wearing a strapless white gown by Zuhair Murad. And, the always gorgeous fashion trendsetter who stars as the brilliant Olivia Pope on the ever-popular “Scandal”, Kerry Washington arrived wearing Versace.
Now, talk about sexy, the exquisite beauty of Olivia Wilde was further accented by a houte couture dress from Valentino with what can only be described as the queen of plunging necklines. The only dress that could possibly rival hers was Jennifer Garner’s haute couture gown from Atelier Versace. And, the talented Reese Witherspoon also wowed in Oscar de la Renta, as did the always controversial Lady Gaga in a beautiful white Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit. No meat, no crazy stuff, just classic Gaga style. But, when it comes to power couples, nobody could beat John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The blissfully expectant beauty, wearing a Marchesa gown of red lace, arrived on the arm of her handsome hubby, smooth crooner John Legend, wearing a tux by Paul Smith.
So, now that we know what everybody was wearing, on to the winners among the many talented ladies who were nominated. Cate Blanchett was nominated for her role in “Carol”, Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn”, Jennifer Lawrence for “Joy”, Brie Larson for “Room”, and Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years”. And the winner was Brie Larson for her role as a woman held captive in a tiny cramped room, who is raising a young son who was born as a result of violent rape by her captor. It’s a difficult psychological study to view, but quite worthwhile even if only for the brilliant performances.
And, in the Best Supporting Actress category, the nominees were quite noteworthy as well. They included Rooney Mara in “Carol”, Rachel McAdams in the winning picture, “Spotlight”, Jennifer Jason Leigh in the gritty western directed by Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”, Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”, and the winner, Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl”. All the ladies gave very special inspired performances, but again, only one can win.