but let's be honest, the grooming and the gowns are half the reason we watch. so here are my picks. (sorry, no pans ... i'm not a hater ... i'll leave that to the twitterhaterati)
my best dressed...
cameron diaz in oscar de la renta & meryl streep in chris march
*cameron's always on my list. plus i love team zoe. i kind of want to wear this to my eventual wedding.
*is meryl a closet project runway fan? i love that she's been supporting the PR alum all awards season.
carey mulligan in prada & sandra bullock in marchesa
*carey's dress was age appropriate & the goth detailing full of personality. isn't her hair totally mia farrow in psycho?
*sandra's onto something - dress like an oscar, get an oscar?
vera farmiga in marchesa & jlo in armani prive
*va-va-volume. do you think when they designed the seats at the kodak theatre they took oscar dresses into consideration? 'cuz that could be 3.5 miserable hours...
kate bosworth & jessica simpson
*my favourite after party look belongs to kate bosworth & jessica looks so classy. suck it john mayer ;-)
victoria beckham & cameron diaz #2 - both in victoria beckham
*victoria beckham as fashion designer - who knew she could do more than overpriced denim? two bananas looks.
olivia wilde & kristen stewart in monique lhuillier
*olivia is after party perfection & i can't believe i like k-stew. so twihard of me...
rachel mcadams in elie saab & gabourey sidibe in marchesa
*i adore rachel's dreamy watercolour dress, but i'd prefer it on a magazine cover than on a red carpet. just saying... (ps. twitpic)
*gabourey is the s**t. she's so full of joy & sass. this dress is so flattering on her.
helen mirren in badgley mischka & miley cyrus in jenny packham
*helen has a drunken tattoo on her hand, which makes her amazing. also, i saw her in the west hollywood target a couple months ago buying an ironing board and wearing leisurewear and she still looked amazing.
*miley looks adorable & her hair/make-up are perfection. i love all the sequins this season. note to self: get out bedazzler. go to town.
demi moore in atelier versace & katy perry in zuhair marad
*i wasn't a huge fan on demi's dress on the red carpet, but it moved beautifully on stage. so romantic!
*katy looks like a little minx in this number. i really love it for some weird, twisted reason.
maggie gyllenhaal in dries van noten & sarah jessica parker in chanel
*i was on the fence about these looks, but i like risk takers, so props ladies.
ok, just one more...
zoe saldana in givenchy
*speaking of risk takers, you go girl. so beautiful from the back, but i must say it reminds me of the martha stewart crafts pom-poms and pulls focus from her gorgeous face. c'mon - i'm so right about the poms...
and now for the gents...
tom ford in tom ford & zac efron in calvin klein
*shh... don't speak, just look.
ryan reynolds in tom ford & robert downey jr
ps. my favourite joke of the night...
steve martin: "gabourey and i have something in common: in our first movies we were both born a poor black child."