Celebs Dare To Be Different At The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

February 28, 2011 • Celebrity Style, Yahoo

With the presence of young hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, we were told Oscars producers were catering to a young demographic. But all we knew is that these two Academy Awards headliners were under an extreme amount of pressure to succeed. Much in the same way celebrities are pressured to succeed in their wardrobe every year when they make appearances at the show. 

So how did the 127 Hours star and the former Devil Wears Prada actress fair? Pretty well, except for the fact that there were no Aha! moments and no major surprises.  I'm making this observation because this is the same thing that happened in the wardrobe department. I wouldn't say that stars did badly–many of them looked utterly gorgeous! But again, there were no Aha! moments and no major surprises. 

That is why I must first mention the stars that did try to take risks although many of them underwhelmed. Here are the stars that dared to be different along with other stars who looked stunning, even when they didn't leave us starstruck.

Dare To Be Different

Daring to be different at this year's Oscars mainly meant unique textures, interesting detailing and distinct shapes which made each star stand out from the usual crowd of lavish ball gowns, sparkly metallics, and bold jewel tones. 

Cate Blanchett, Givenchy Haute Couture

Every time Cate Blanchett puts on a garment, she evolves into a work of art. So is the case with this Givenchy Haute Couture gown with sculpted boxy shoulders.

Florence Welch, Valentino

I do love a girl in yellow–especially when it includes lace and tiers! Now if only Florence Welch was a film actress and not a music star…

Scarlett Johansson, Dolce & Gabbana

Amy Adams, L'Wren Scott

Amy's sparkly blue L'Wren Scott gown was my favorite of the evening because it added together all the elements of a top Oscar look. The bold color choice was perfect for her red hair. It sparkled, which an Oscar gown must do if it doesn't have a princess ball gown bottom, and the short sleeves gave it that little bit of stand out risk taking that we didn't see on other major stars. 

Melissa Leo, Marc Bouwer

Hailee Steinfeld, Marchesa

Perfect for Hailee! She looks like a petite fairy ballerina with just a bit of distinct beading to factor in the princess element.


Minimalism is back with a vengeance, in the form of long column gowns that make a stark statement in their simplicity. We saw it at the Golden Globes when celebs like Emma Stone chose Calvin Klein column gowns in bold colors rather than over exaggerating in princess ball gowns. Column, most commonly associated with Calvin Klein, also made a statement at Calvin Klein's Spring '11 show where uber celebs Kate Bosworth, Zoe Saldana, and Kerry Washington all made appearences, each in their color interpretation of the trend. And now, this stunning trend, Calvin Klein or not, has returned to the red carpet with mighty prowess in metallics, silvers, and a bit of color thrown in.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Calvin Klein

Jennifer Lawrence, Calvin Klein

Annette Bening, Naeem Khan

Celine Dion, Armani Prive

Michelle Williams, Chanel

Classic Old Hollywood

I'm excited over the fact that celebrities are back that when celebs aren't taking ultimate risks with their gowns, they're embracing the Old Hollywood glamour of the past. Whether this means Veronica Lake waves in their hair or a twist to their gown (Swarovski beading on Natalie Portman or Hilary Swank's feathery frock) A-listers are all about ruffled trains, voluptuous hemlines and intricate detailing.

Reese Witherspoon, Armani Prive

Sandra Bullock, Vera Wang

Anne Hathaway, Valentino

Did you know that Oscar host Anne Hathaway had seven outfit changes throughout the night? She looked glamorous every single time (even in that Lanvin menswearish tuxedo during the show!) What do you say, the perks of being a woman or totally not ideal? James Franco only had to change once and that was to appear in drag!

Hilary Swank, Gucci Premiere

Nicole Kidman, Dior

Halle Berry, Marchesa

Camila Alves, Kaufman Franco

Sans jewelry, Matthew McConaughey's partner Camila Alves likes to keep things basic with lack of loud color and accessories. She let's the large ball gown bottom speak for itself!

Natalie Portman, Rodarte

Mila Kunis, Elie Saab

Mandy Moore, Monique Lhuillier

Helen Mirren, Vivienne Westwood

Worst Dressed

I'm sure most people probably won't agree with me (at least Lauren probably won't) but these are the ensembles I felt took top spot in the worst dressed category and yes, we do have a few surprises here.

Jennifer Hudson, Atelier Versace

I know some of you are saying, "Why her?" Several sizes slimmer and a gorgeous color right? Well there's something that's very off about the dress and it's the height of the halter around her neck (and the way it cuts just under her bustline) that seriously throws the whole thing off, gorgeous train and all. I didn't like this look.

Marisa Tomei, Lily et Cie

Usually formal trains work. In the case of Marisa Tomei's ill-fitting corset top and asymmetrical ruffled mermaid hemline, it really, really doesn't!!

Penelope Cruz, L'Wren Scott

Many of you were probably fans of this flame accented L'Wren Scott gown. Kudos to Penelope Cruz for looking so slim one month after giving birth! But she does so in a red detailed gown that makes her look more like a Spanish flamenco dancer than a new mom. With hubby Javier Bardem on her arm, though, she doesn't seem to mind!

Helena Bonham Carter, Colleen Atwood

No, you're not seeing things. That is a tattoo of the British flag on Helena Bonham Carter's ankle! Did you know she originally wanted to wear the British flag. Yes, you heard right–the British flag draped around herself. Luckily, someone told her it would be too much (Helena Bonham Carter? Too much? Never!) and she decided against it.

Sharon Stone, Dior

What is that fur thing on her shoulder, is that a Chia Pet? Someone on Twitter put it best when he Tweeted, "It appears that Sharon Stone killed the Black Swan & is wearing it to the Oscars."

Photos: Wireimage, People

–Simona Kogan

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