The Best And Worst Dressed Ladies At The 2017 Academy Awards

The Best And Worst Dressed Ladies At The 2017 Academy Awards

The Oscars are not just a time for rich Hollywood folks to call themselves migrant workers to shame Donald Trump, they’re also a time to let our inner judginess shine. Without further ado, the best- and worst-dressed stars at the 2017 Oscars.

Best Dressed

Nicole Kidman is a red-carpet star for a reason! Her pale pink Armani Prive column gown with beautiful beading matched her coloring perfectly.

Sometimes, nothing beats a classic. Kirsten Dunst looked stunning in a simple black Dior ball gown that snuck in a pop of modernity with its high-low hem, showcasing the actress’ pointy pumps.

Olivia Culpo channeled the spirit of the jazz age in her fringed white gown. A thin ribbon tied in a cute bow at the actress’ waist completed the fun look.

Brie Larson’s dramatic Oscar de la Renta gown featured an exaggerated neckline and acres of black velvet ruffles that swished around her feet. She balanced the drama perfectly with simple sandals and a swipe of red lipstick.

Taraji Phenson glowed in a perfectly-fitted dark blue velvet mermaid gown that showed off her shoulders and décolletage.

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Worst Dressed

Fashion insiders swooned for Janelle Monae’s modern take on Elizabethian dressing, but the absurdly exaggerated silhouette struck a costumey note rather than an elegant nod to the past.

THIS DRESS!! #JanelleMonae better #slidethru like a #drivethru #beeebaeee ! #Oscars : Jeff Kravitz (@gettyimages)

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Scarlett Johannsson’s gown did nothing for her famous figure, and swamped the five-foot-three actress under piles of gauzy saccharine fabric. A strange shorts-like understructure peeking through the layers of her dress further undermined the look.

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I wanted to like Dakota Johnson’s silk yellow Gucci confection. The color, silhouette, and long sleeves suited the “50 Shades” actress, but the exaggerated bow on the front looked too much like an apron and brought down the look.

While Naomi Harris’ art deco earrings were swoon-worthy, her odd dress was a flop. The short, bodycon dress was too casual for the event, while the attached train moved less regally and more like a roll of wallpaper. She completed the off-kilter look with mismatching shoes. Not a winner.

Better luck next year, gals!

Inez Feltscher Stepman is a senior contributor at The Federalist. She is also a senior policy analyst at Independent Women's Forum and the Thursday editor of BRIGHT, a women's newsletter. Find her on Twitter @inezfeltscher.
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