The 80th annual Academy Awards are a thing of the past, and by now you probaby know that the big five went to Javier Bardem (Best Supporting Actor, No Country For Old Men), Tilda Swinton (Best Supporting Actress, Michael Clayton), Marion Cotillard (Best Actress, La Vie En Rose), Daniel Day Lewis (Best Actor, There Will Be Blood), and No Country For Old Men (Best Film). I’m no expert, but this could be the first time in 80 years that no American took home a statuette for an acting performance. Right? Anyway…

But what about the red carpet? Read on to hear my take on the night’s big winners and losers (click on the photo to enlarge the image).

Best Dressed, Tressed, with Makeup to Impress

The ladies in red reigned supreme on the red carpet. Heidi Klum looked regal in this custom-made Galliano gown. And I’m absolutely obsessed with her hair! The exaggerated bun is like a crown. Flawless.

If anyone was still questioning Lancome‘s choice for their new spokesperson, Anne Hathaway surely quieted those naysayers tonight. Anne was a grecian goddess, from all angles, in this draped dress by Marchesa. She has the prettiest ponytail I’ve ever seen…it was simple, classic, and glamorous – all at the same time. And her makeup, from the bold brow to the subtle lip stain, is pitch perfect.

The Runners Up

Jennifer Garner was one hot momma in Oscar de la Renta. The dress, as you can see, is anything but basic black. And I’m loving the un-fussified updo, winged eyeliner, and pale lip. No wonder Gary Busey attacked her on the red carpet. This is the best she’s ever looked.

Mommy-to-be Jessica Alba makes third trimesters look terrific, with a little help from Marchesa. Notice the braids in her hair? You’re going to see them everywhere this Spring.

Miley Cyrus looked like an old pro, pouting and posing in her Valentino frock.

I don’t really know who Kristen Chenoweth is (I looked her up on, and turns out she stars on Pushing Daisies) – but she looked stunning in Armani Prive. I really love her understated makeup; her natural beauty shines through. Bravo.

Hillary Swank never disappoints. It’s like she has the magic formula (or a genius stylist). Her body was made for Versace.

Katherine Heigl is another actress I always look forward to seeing on the red carpet. She looks fierce in this red Escada gown, but you can tell that she’s genuinely enjoying herself and she’s comfy in her own skin. And what’s more beautiful than that?

For a while, I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked Penelope’s Oscar 2008 look. Blasphemy, you may say. Don’t worry…as soon as I saw Miss Cruz take the stage as a presenter, I was convinced that this Chanel gown was a work of art. It moved like water. And the feathers? Inspired! As usual, her hair and makeup were perfection.

Photos don’t do Helen Mirren’s dress justice. You probably can’t tell from these pics, but the sleeves of her Georges Chakra gown were made of Swarovski crystals. When she presented the Best Actor Award, she dazzled. It was quite beautiful. And much like last year, Helen gives those young starlets a run for their money.


Cameron Diaz looks like she overslept, threw on her dress, and did her hair and makeup in the limo – without a mirror. Her Dior gown is ill-fitting, wrinkled, and the color washes her out. Yes, she’s a natural beauty. But for the Academy Awards, even former models like Diaz need some cosmetic help. Cammie, what happened? When did you stop caring? I expected so much more.

Marion Cotillard was a winner last night, but I’m not convinced that her Jean Paul Gaultier dress deserves top honors; it reminds me of fish scales. And I’m no makeup artist or hairstylist, but I’m confident that I could re-create her look with drugstore cosmetics and some hot rollers. Bottom line, the look was comme-ci, comme ça.

Normally, Keri Russell is a bohemian beauty – which is why I was surpised to see her in this Nina Ricci gown. It’s a very pretty design, but it almost seems like she was playing dress up in someone else’s closet. I expected something more edgy from her. The color is also quite bland. Perhaps I might be more wowed if she chose the gown in a less safe shade. I’m also feeling a bit blah about the hair and makeup.

Amy Adams. Hmmmm. Where do I start? Well, wasn’t thrilled about her Proenza Schouler dress. The silhouette is nice, but the color didn’t wow me. Her hair and makeup were alright, but at the risk of sounding snarky, I was distracted by the bags under her eyes. I kept thinking, “Why didn’t her makeup artist do something to correct that?” I really wanted to reach through the TV screen and hand her some Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair. Poor thing.

Sorry – but I still can’t get down with Renée Zellweger’s short hairdo. It’s looking a little better now that it’s grown out a bit. Luckily her breathtaking Carolina Herrera gown distracts us from her hairdon’t.

I like Jennifer Hudson’s bangs and makeup (her skin looks especially luminous). But her Robert Cavalli dress looks like it needs to be let out a little. But a marked improvement from last year. She’s getting there.

What Was She Thinking?

What the hell is wrong with Tilda Swinton? She looked like an alien at the SAG Awards, but I didn’t write anything because I figured she was having an off night. Last night, she seared my eyes yet again with this black Lanvin monstrosity and no makeup. Now that she’s won her perfomance in Michael Clayton, this ridiculous look will be immortalized (she looked better in the movie, by the way, than she did at the awards ceremony). Is she thumbing her nose at awards shows? Or is she really so kooky that she thinks this “look” looks good?

Worst Hair

John Travolta. The photo speaks for itself.

5 Comments on Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap

  1. BeautyChick101
    February 25, 2008 at 10:22 PM (10 years ago)

    Ha! My mom called me right after she saw him on TV and said “I REALLY hope his hair is like that for his next movie.” 🙂

  2. Allison M.
    February 26, 2008 at 1:29 AM (10 years ago)

    I loved Heidi Klum’s look — she was stunning. I also really like Jen Garner, too. E! didn’t like her hair, but I thought she looked very put together.

  3. Anonymous
    February 26, 2008 at 2:58 AM (10 years ago)

    Daneen, You hit it on the head on all the dresses! Steve and I were wondering what the heck J Travolta did to his it a transplant??

  4. Jennifer
    February 26, 2008 at 3:15 AM (10 years ago)

    I loved Jennifer Garner’s look. Gorgeous. I love Renee, but I thought that she should have dressed up a the hair a little to match the dress.
    Great post!

  5. eikcaj
    February 26, 2008 at 5:04 AM (10 years ago)

    at first i wasn’t sure if i liked heidi klum’s dress but that was only at a glance. after taking a better look from head to toe i was wowed. she looked so put together and elegant. i LOVE her hair. anne hathaway (someone who i was never a fan of) also stunned me and i absolutely adore her grecian gown. red is totally in! the floral detailing across the side is stunning. grecian dresses have always been my thing. as for jessica alba, it’s no surprise that she looks so lovely! i love jessica alba! miley cyrus looks so grown and omg! i would have never expected it from her. just wow! she really pulled off this new, more mature look of hers!