2013 oscars best dressed

My 2013 Oscars best-dressed list

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 44 Comments

It’s all about the glamour here at SY HQ, aka my lounge room.

So, I pulled out all stops for the 2013 Oscars broadcast this morning … this involved kicking off my soaking wet shoes and making a big pot of tea and hunkering down on the sofa for the duration.

Watching the Oscars

I must say kudos to Channel 9 for actually televising the coverage as it was happening. So frustrating in previous years to get all the news on Facebook and Twitter before seeing it on the TV. It takes away the emotion of it.

Can I talk about that emotion for a minute?

This morning I graduated from everyday crying over cute baby wipe ads through to full-on sobbing when the cast of Les Miserables took to the stage and raised the goose-bump barometer while belting out a mix up of three songs from the movie.

Oh, and don’t get me started on Ben Affleck and his acceptance speech for Best Picture for Argo (and incredible movie BTW and well worth the win). There he was rattling off the 600 people whom he wanted to thank and I’m screaming at the TV, don’t forget about Jen, don’t forget about Jen.

Of course he didn’t forget about his wife, Jennifer Garner. No, he made every woman in the world melt with his words of wisdom on being married to Jen: “It’s work, it’s the best kind of work … and there’s no one else I’d rather work with.”


Now, speaking of Ben. He was not the only handsome Hollywood hunk sporting a beard.

What’s with that? Our own Hugh Jackman? Bradley (Bad Boy) Cooper? George (Nespresso) Clooney? I know it’s so hipster right now to beard it up but really? Beards for men older than 23? I’m not so sure it’s Hollywood. Unless it’s for an upcoming role, in which case, I guess all is forgiven.

In contrast, the women did not disappoint with more than a nod to old-style movie glamour … in the frocks, the hair, the jewels.

There were bursts of metallic goodness, lots of cream/ivory bridal inspiration and the odd splash of colour to make us sit up and take notes.

I know it’s not solving world peace or anything but this is one annual frockfest I really look forward to.

Here is my 2013 Oscars best-dressed list. Tell me yours …

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton

Jessica Chastain in Armani

Jessica Chastain in Armani

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott and Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott and Keith Urban

George Clooney in Giorgio Armani and Stacey Keibler in Naeem Khan

George Clooney in Giorgio Armani and Stacey Keibler in Naeem Khan

Adele in Jenny Packham

Adele in Jenny Packham

Charlize Theron in Dior

Charlize Theron in Dior

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Jacki Weaver in Rana Salam

Jacki Weaver in Rana Salam

PS. That moment when Jennifer Lawrence tripped up the stairs to collect her gold statue for Best Actress? Loved it. Because it’s so something I would do.

Photo credit: Madison Mag (check out their full red carpet gallery)

Comments 44

  1. I loved that tripping moment too- not because she embarassed herself, but because apparently it was Hugh Jackman who as quick as a wink jumped up to her aid- now that’s a true Aussie bloke! Not too good to get on the ground and lift her up! I wouldn’t have knocked back the helping hand, I would have even faked a huge hurt leg so he could have lifted me up and given me a big cuddle and carry!!!!!!

  2. Jackie weaver is a gorgeous woman, but her body looks like a thick tree trunk wrapped in expensive material. NOT FLATTERING in any way. My fave was Octavia Spencer in a gorgeous peachy dress that flattered her curves in the most delicious way. And Amanda Seyfried looked totally amazing!

    1. Thanks Mandy … I have to stick up for Jackie as I don’t think this photo is the most kind shot. While the dress might not be perfect, when I saw her being interviewed ont the red carpet by Richard Wilkins, I thought it looked beautifully flattering on her.

  3. Sorry Jackie Weaver, can’t say I loved your dress, colour or style, as when I first saw it it reminded me of a cushion I helped Mum make when I was a kid a long time ago. So guess I was biased.

  4. Halle Berry was pretty much up there for best dressed too I reckon. I sadly missed some of those speeches over here in S.A. – couldn’t stay awake! love your post x

  5. Oh, I love hearing all the different opinions on the looks. I can only imagine how much thought (and stress) goes into choosing not only the dress but all the add ons – hair, make up, accessories, shoes, fake tan! I am so jealous, it would be so much fun! Oh well, you never know, I might become an Oscar going actor one day, probably not, but I guess just never know. ha ha!

  6. I loved all the art deco inspired metallics! Stacey Keibler, Naomi and Nicole, Norah Jones and even Halle Berry. Very New York skyline.

    I wasn’t hugely fond of Jackie Weaver’s frock…I think it made her look too short… Maybe she decided to go for the comfy shoes. Kristen Stewart looked like she’d just climbed out of bed and pulled something off the floor.

  7. Completely agree re Jennifer Lawrence on the stairs! I think she recovered very well too. And hehe yes I was willing Ben A. to mention Jennifer G. too! 😛

  8. Loved Naomi Watts, she was my favourite. That dress is just stunning!

    Anne Hathaway… not a fan at all. I don’t like the colour of the dress on her and let’s not even mention the pointy nipples!

    I love how everyone has such varied opinions. Makes red carpet chatter all the more interesting!

  9. Charlize Theron looked amazing and so did Anne Hathaway and I loved that Armani dress on Jessica Chastain,and Nicole and Keith HOT as usual and I don’t mind a beard on a man epecially the silver fox Mr Clooney,and Did you see Channing Tatum another fine specimen of a man in a suit!!

  10. Loved Jennifer Hudson in whomever she was wearing during the big musical number, I’d just come home from spin class, exhausted but hungry, flopped on the lounge. She rocked.

  11. “Jackie Weaver in Rana Salam” .. More like Rana “Salmon” she looks like a fish .. Anne Hathaway’s dress looks like it has built in nipples ! Reece.. Blue and Black .. Please .. Nicole Looks INCREDIBLE and so does Naomi and Adele, George really should have shaved .. These are some of the wealthiest people in the world .. Oh dear ..

  12. Can’t quite say yes to Jackie (party on the top, mermaid on the bottom?), Reese (she is such a ho hum dresser) or Adele (who looks at least 60)… also, not certain what’s going on with Naomi’s right boob or both of Anne’s… Um… My pick was actually Jennifer Hudson’s long sleeved blue number. Divine!

  13. Love the bearded men – but I’ve always been a sucker for a beard (neatly trimmed of course) ever since Benny from Abba many years ago…

  14. Totally agree with all the best dressed!! Charlize got my vote…. oh but Anne Hathway – it just reminds me too much of something I wore in the 90’s to my semi-formal.Didn’t love.
    I had goosebumps when the Les Mis cast sang and had a giggle too when poor old Jen tripped (only because I would TOTALLY do that too!) great wrap up Nikki xx

    1. It’s just keeping it real when you see a girl fall over her big frock in excitement. Makes me not feel so clumsy. I get what you’re saying re Anne too … I do like its minimalist style because being a teen of the ’80s, for me school formals were all about the puffy, not streamlined!

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