Academy Awards

Stars shine in color on the Oscars red carpet


Fashion watchers weren’t sure what style maven Lupita Nyong’o would pull out for the big night.

The 12 Years A Slave star didn’t disappoint, because she never does. The Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress practically floated into the Dolby Theatre at Sunday’s Oscars in a (probably too) plunging powder puff blue gown by Prada. “It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, and I wanted to have a little bit of home.”

“Magical, ethereal,” said presenter Piers Morgan of the breakout actress’ custom made dress. But the tiara on her shortly cropped hair was a big no-no. Go commando or go home!

Viola Davis told E!’s Ryan Seacrest the reason she chose her emerald Escada was simple: “I put it on and it fit. I didn’t bust a zipper.”

The color green worked for Nebraska grande dame June Squibb, in an age-appropriate Tadashi Shoji.

Though the most famous movie stars on the planet were in the house, the volume gallery went up to max when Liza Minnelli arrived. A bit wobbly from hip, knee and other medical issues, the entertainment legend gleamed in a cobalt Halston pantsuit and a matching blue streak in her hair.

No glimmer, just glamour from American Hustle sex kitten Amy Adams, who was a class act in a navy Gucci Couture. “It felt like me,” she said. But where was the wow necklace? Big earrings? Something.

Julie Delpy sort of, kind of, channeled old-school glamour, but the Before Midnight star looked a little full in that Jenny Packham dress. Are those pregnancy rumors true?

No one can do red like Bette Midler, in a floral number by Reem Acra. Jennifer Lawrence toned it down in a blood-orange Christian Dior and a hip, backward necklace. Sandra Bullock entered as the Hollywood royal she is in an indigo-ish Alexander McQueen.

Rocking beige were big-screen beauties Sarah Paulson (12 Years A Slave) in sparkly Elie Saab, Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) in prim Valentino and her leading lady costar Cate Blanchett in a pailette-happy Armani. “It’s heavy, but I love it,” said the mega-talented Aussie.

No stranger to the Oscars or red carpets is Julia Roberts, who should know better than to have worn that black webby, witchy Givenchy Couture. Her August: Osage County costar Meryl Streep fared better in her two-toned, mother of the bride ensemble.

In purple and way pregnant: Kerry Washington. How refreshing that her Jason Wu gown didn’t accentuate the baby bump like Elsa Pataky’s Elie Saab disaster. Note to Elie: Stay away from the maternity section.

Men’s circle

Many of the guys worked a Rat Pack vibe with their old school tuxes. Leading the way: Chiwetel Ejiofor, in classic black ; Leonardo DiCaprio in navy; Matthew McConaughey and Dallas Buyer’s Club costar Jared Leto in white (though the rock star/actor may want to grab some conditioner next time). While we’re at it, someone toss Bill Murray a brush and Jeremy Renner a razor.

A big shoutout to Happy singer Pharrell for ditching the Ranger Rick hat from the Grammys, but the Lanvin shorts didn’t quite say Academy Awards. You’re not in Miami, dude.

Madeleine Marr

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