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.
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.