Gorgeous garbs to remember, failed fashions to forget

By J’na Jefferson

Sacha Baron Cohen, prepared with a devious plan to ruin Ryan Seacrest’s evening, struts his stuff in his Dictator regalia with body guards tight to his side.


The red carpet portion of an award show is always a colossal event in its own right and this year’s red carpet at the 84th Annual Academy Awards was no different.  Superstars from movies, television and music appeared in their most sophisticated threads to celebrate the most important night in film.

Always the red carpet stunner, Angelina Jolie wore a daring black velvet dress by Atelier Versace. Stacy Keibler and beau George Clooney did not disappoint with their designer wear. Keibler wowed the crowd in metallic Marchesa and Clooney looked dapper in Armani.

The Help may have not won the Oscar for “Best Picture” (it lost to The Artist), but its cast of lovely ladies deserved recognition for “Best Dressed Ensemble.” Jessica Chastain wore a unique black and gold embellished gown by Alexander McQueen, and co-star (and this year’s “Best Actress in a Supporting Role”) Octavia Spencer demanded attention in a gorgeous silver-sequined number by Shoji. Fellow nominee Viola Davis electrified the crowd with a shocking green gown designed by Vera Wang. However, there were some stars that didn’t quite get it.  Known for judging the stars on their attire, E! Fashion Police star Kelly Osbourne should have taken her own advice. Her black and green Badgley Mishka dress did not work well with her signature purple/grey hair color. Cougar Town’s Busy Philips could have chosen a busier dress, as she opted for a rather boring and plain strapless number. Modern Family star Sarah Hyland wore a drab lilac gown by Alberta Ferreti, which looked more like a prom dress instead of a gown appropriate for the Academy Awards.

This year’s awards also saw trends with color, especially red and beige. Emma Stone, Jane Seymour, Natalie Portman and Ellie Kemper of The Office all looked ravishing in red. Cameron Diaz, who donned a shorter, more sophisticated hairdo, looked dazzling in a form-fitting nude-colored Gucci dress.  Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig rocked a simple yet stunning nude frock by J. Mendel. Plunging necklines, as displayed by Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, were also a big hit this time around. No other red carpet get-up, however, was quite as memorable as Sacha Baron Cohen’s. Promoting his upcoming film The Dictator, Cohen (as Admiral General Aladeen) pushed the envelope by walking the carpet in character with two statuesque models on each arm. What was even more boundary-pushing was an urn carrying the “ashes” of recently deceased dictator, Kim Jong-il.

But perhaps the most shocking moment of the entire evening was when Cohen insisted on dumping the “ashes” on red carpet commentator, Ryan Seacrest. The stunt was unexpected, and Cohen was forcibly dragged out by security, leaving a visibly distraught Seacrest behind. However, he had a spare suit jacket. “I was red-carpet ready!” Seacrest told E! News. According to reports, Cohen may face charges for criminal battery and if convicted, he may face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Whatever the result may be, Cohen’s stunt (paired with stellar fashion) gave us a show to remember.

Overall, the Academy Awards was a night of hot and flashy fashions. There will always be those who aren’t quite up to par with on the red carpet style, but the majority of stars succeed when they dress to impress.

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