I Have Two Words to Leave You with, Tonight: Rita Moreno: The 2018 Academy Awards Fashion Review

Let’s get right down to business, shall we? The 90th Academy Awards were held last night and while the accolades were mostly predictable (except, shoutout to JORDAN PEELE for his Best Original Screenplay!), the fashion was less so. With women, #metoo, #timesup and inclusiveness at the forefront of everyone’s minds, somber dress was definitely not the order of the night. Rather, the explosion of color seemed to indicate a celebration of this moment in time, when Hollywood’s not-so-hidden inequalities and abuses have begun to be exposed and the call for change — #inclusionrider — continues to ring out. So, let’s join in cheering the Oscars’ fabulous finery … and having a little fun with the highly subjective less-than-successfully-dressed.

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This:

GTFO of Rita Moreno’s way, because this amazing actress has been working for over seven decades, and she is wearing her (slightly modified) 1962 Oscar gown — the very one she donned to take home the Best Supporting Actress award for West Side Story

and once again, she won the night.

Best Dressed:

Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot in Givenchy — I love everything about this gown.

Lupita Nyong’o in Versace — Lupita never misses, and this golden gown reflects her inner luminosity.

Allison Janney in Reem Acra

Jennifer Garner in Versace

Zendaya in Giambattista Valli

Frances McDormand

If There Were an Award Solely for Posing:

Danai Gurira in Gabriela Hearst

Doug Jones


Tiffany Haddish in traditional Eritrean dress (zuria)

Fine. These Dresses Are All Just Fine (The Women Wearing Them Are Beyond … ):

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Helen Mirren in Reem Acra

Octavia Spencer in Brandon Maxwell

Meryl Streep in Dior

Kelly Marie Tran in Jenny Packham

Viola Davis in Michael Kors (I love this color on her. Kept thinking her hair was in pigtails!)

Sandra Bullock in Louis Vuitton

Mary J. Blige in Versace

Greta Gerwig in Rodarte

Taraji P. Henson in Vera Wang

Phoebe Waller Bridge in Vionnet

We Don’t Get It, But You Do You:

Salma Hayek in Gucci

Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé

Whoopi Goldberg in Christian Siriano

Margot Robbie in Chanel

Betty Gabriel in Tony Ward

Lesley Manville in Anna Valentine

Adam Rippon (Moschino harness) with Mirai Nagasu

We Fell Asleep Whilst Looking, aka You Can Wear So Much Better Than This:

Sally Hawkins in Armani Privé

Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein

Allison Williams in Armani Privé

Elisabeth Moss in Dior

Laura Dern in Calvin Klein

Laurie Metcalf in Christian Siriano

Gina Rodriguez in Zuhair Murad

Color Us Disappointed:

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton (No gown is fine; bad cocktail party attire is … not so good.)

Um … Worst Dressed, No Contest:

Saint Vincent Saint Laurent

Best of the Boys:

Tom Holland Hermès  — Dead, I am.

Fiercely Fine Fellas:

Mahershala Ali

Common in Giorgio Armani

Lakeith Stanfield in Ermenegildo Zegna

Winston Duke

Michael Stuhlbarg

Armie Hammer

Jordan Peele

Timothée Chalamet in Berluti

Christopher Plummer

Not Our Favorites:

Gael Garcia Bernal in Dior Homme (Sleeves too short?)

Daniel Kaluuya (These pants are short and that jacket color is just not good.)

Power Pairings:

Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

Daniel Kaluuya and Timothée Chalamet

Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti

Dee Rees and Sarah Broom

Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb

Tiffany Haddish in Alexander McQueen and Maya Rudolph in Valentino  (who I might nominate for next-to-worst outfit if I didn’t love her so much)

Maya and Paul Thomas Anderson (the way he’s looking at her!)

Timothée and Armie

Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne

Gary Oldman and Gisèle Schmidt

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine Bryant

BJ Novak and Mindy Kahling

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Richard Jenkins and Sharon R. Friedrick

Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell


Angela Bassett

Janelle Monáe

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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