Just off the heels of the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, held annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) to honor the best in film, came and went Thursday night
Major stars like Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams who all won awards Thursday night donned their best to walk the red carpet in Santa Monica, Calif.
But were these winners victorious on and off the red carpet? Here’s a full recap of who wore who and our best and worst dressed picks at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony.
We thought it was impossible for Lupita Nyong’o to outdo herself after her red caped-Ralph Lauren gown from the Golden Globes. Seriously, we are waiting with baited breath to see what this gorgeous Kenyan actress will pull for the 2014 Oscars, where she’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress. And if the Critics’ Choice Awards were just a preview of what’s to come, we might need to keep Nitroglycerin handy during the Academy Awards.
Anyway, the “12 Years a Slave” actress was hands down the best dressed Thursday, wearing a perfect white dress with small side cutouts by Calvin Klein. Her skin was absolutely flawless and so was her simple makeup. This girl may be a rookie in Hollywood, but either she has the greatest fashion sense ever or a really, really good stylist.
We did some research, and it appears her stylist is Micaela Erlanger, who also dresses Michelle Dockery and Winona Ryder. The Parsons grad admitted she loves “making it fun” to get ready for the red carpet, so it’s no wonder her clients are always the best dressed.
We have to give the runner-up spot to “Wolf of Wall Street’s” Margot Robbie, who looked stunning in Elie Saab. Also a red carpet newbie, the Aussie actress has been dressing like a long-time veteran for her appearances in simple, tailored and sophisticated outfits that will no doubt keep her on the best dressed lists, like she was for our Golden Globes recap.
Next, we’re going with Amy Adams who was pretty in pink in Roland Mouret. This minimalist look, with a simple black belt and off-the-shoulder silhouette, made us nearly forget about her disaster dress at the Globes. Well-played, Amy.
Not everyone will agree, but another honorable mention for best dressed was the winner for best young actor/actress, Adele Exarchopoulos in Louis Vuitton. The “Blue is the Warmest Color” star took a huge risk wearing the ultra-high fashion gown with sheer mesh panels, feathered sleeves, sequins and beads. The only faux pas violation will give her is the black bike shorts she wore underneath. But hell, for his last collection ever for Vuitton, Marc Jacobs paired blue jeans underneath the couture gown, so bike shorts really were a step up.
The ladies in red also wowed, including Juliette Lewis in a perfectly-tailored red dress by Zac Posen, Christina Applegate in an off-the-shoulder red lace cocktail dress by Marchesa and our favorite redhead Jessica Chastain in a teal Nina Ricci gown.
Kristen Bell also looked in a drapey black halter dress with a cutout by Pamella Roland. Leslie Bibb also stunned in a black illusion dress by House of Ronald. From the front, the gown had a cutout to separate the white crop top and a black high-low dress. But in the back, the top half was made of sheer mesh with a vine rhinestone motif covering the back center zipper. Genius. Julia Roberts also wore black-and-white, but this gown by Juan Carlos Obando was not a disaster like her Dolce & Gabbana shirt from the Golden Globes.
Lanvin was all over the Critics’ Choice red carpet with Sandra Bullock in a plum ruffled dress and Cate Blanchett in a dark teal cap-sleeved dress she belted to showcase her slim waist. Interesting fact: both ladies, who looked nice enough but nothing special, have the same stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, according to Hollywood Reporter. Matthew McConaughey and Pharrell Williams also wore Lanvin, too.
Speaking of the men, well-played gentlemen. We’ll give Jared Leto best hair and second best dressed of the night after McConaughey, though we really missed the man bun. Also props to, starting with the next best, Bradley Cooper in Bottega Veneta, Ian Somerhalder in Dolce & Gabbana, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cuba Gooding Jr.
As my mother told me growing up when I was cut during high school basketball tryouts, “not everyone could be the best.” Fashion, of course, is no different.
Without further ado, here are the biggest losers of the night.
Melissa McCarthy, what on Earth are you doing? We know it’s difficult for a full-figured woman to get dressed, but you were gorgeous in 2012 for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, both in Badgley Mischka. What happened?
This grey-and-white dress is atrocious. Not to mention, it was made CUSTOM for her, which according to Just Jared was made by Daniela Kurrle and styled by George Kotsiopoulos of E! “Fashion Police” fame. I think that fashion police officer needs to be handcuffed.
Abigail Breslin also made our worst dressed list wearing an icy blue Badgley Mischka dress that completely washed her out.
And the final victim, Mark Wahlberg. Get a steamer, pronto.