The 84th Annual Academy Awards took place this year on February 26 and, as we all know, the red carpet fashion is half the reason any of us tune in. We wait for awards season all year, but what we really wait for is the ultimate awards show — the Oscars. It’s where celebrities bring out the big guns — the best designers, the best jewelry, the best gowns. Here’s a look at the incredible fashion at one of fashion’s biggest nights.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

Of course we all know Angelina Jolie is always spectacular. She is beyond gorgeous and I hardly see her in anything less than outstanding. However, even though I do love this dress, I also feel that she could have done more. The “daring” slit isn’t so daring on someone like Angelina, and while I love her in classy black, I wish she’d done something more original. We haven’t seen her in something truly different in a while. Of course, at the end of the day, Angelina looked beautiful and classy.

Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab Couture

Oh, no. No, no, no…. I really wanted to like this. But the truth is…there’s almost nothing I can pick that I do like. Between the color clash of the dress and her hair, the weird Pick Up Stix beading, and the too-thick waist band, I cannot get behind this dress. I especially hate those sleeves, though. What was she thinking? Sigh.

Cameron Diaz in Gucci

Wow is all I can say! When was the last time anybody even saw Cameron Diaz on a red carpet? And the more important question, when was the last time we saw her looking this good?! While the fit of this dress is slightly too tight for my taste, I think it needed to be to balance out the largeness of the bottom which, by the way, is out-of-this-world beautiful! Also, I have to say I’m loving that the dress matches her hair. It doesn’t wash her out, but makes her look just glowing. Gorgeous!

Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive

Again, wow. Just wow. How can I even describe this look without simply saying stunning, gorgeous, and spectacular over and over again? Like Cameron Diaz, this beautiful bedazzled bronze gown matches Ellie’s hair and it works! I love this color against her skin and I just love how different this dress is. She was definitely the only in this color on that red carpet. (And look how sparkly it is!)

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

Emma Stone has come to be known as a leading lady of fashion excellence recently. She never fails to look gorgeous and classy and while she does look classy in this flowing red gown, there is a part of it that makes me hate it just a little. That part is, of course, the giant and unnecessary neck bow. Again, sigh. I have never liked this side neck bow thing on anyone and I especially don’t like it on Emma Stone where it overwhelms her entire frame and just ages her. I love this color on her and I love the little twist it’s put on a classic red dress, but there is  no one who could make me love that hideously large neck accessory.

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa (with George Clooney in Armani)

Oh…my…GOD! Clearly, Stacy Keibler knows what she is doing here. She has looked nothing short of perfection at every awards show this season and definitely saved the best for last. She is rocking this super-shiny gold dress and instead of looking cheap or trashy, she looks regal and well, golden! She literally looks like a life-size Oscar on George’s arm. The one sleeve completely works on this dress and the fit is amazing. That bunched up hip flower is a hard, hard look to pull off, but Stacy is pulling. It. Off. She may have been my favorite dress of the evening and…dare I say it? One of my best dressed ladies of the evening! So. Good. 

Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward

Well, Giuliana Rancic, you lil’ fashionista, you! Who would’ve thought Giuliana was capable of such insanely beautiful high fashion as this? Between the cut of this dress, the gorgeous detailing and embroidery and the gorgeous tulle train, I literally cannot say enough good things about this gown! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! So completely outstanding it makes the seasoned red carpet walkers look like complete nobodies. My only critique of this is her hair because while an up-do was definitely the way to go, I wish she’d opted for a looser ‘do rather than something that made her look so severe.

Glenn Close in Zac Posen

I am completely in love with this whole look. Now, while this gown and blazer photograph black, they’re actually both a deep forest green and, I have to say, I like seeing it better in black. Aside from color, though, there is nothing negative I can say about this look! The dress is stunning, her body is incredible and the blazer makes this completely age appropriate. Way to go, Glenn!

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Gwyneth looked absolutely flawless on the red carpet. Her hair was so pretty and completely matched the style of this dress. This is elegant, understated, classy and classic. I could have lived without the cape, but she did take it off to present and it’s not like it even looked weird or out of place. It looked completely normal and completely fashion-forward! Loving the minimalist jewelry too (and coveting that diamond cuff)!

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

The minute I looked at this dress, I knew it had to be McQueen. The print and the colors of a McQueen piece are so distinctive and it takes someone special to be able to pull it off. Jessica could not have looked better in this gown. She paired it with simple, gold jewelry and pulled her hair back exactly the right amount so as not to overwhelm the overall look of this dress. I often see McQueen pieces wearing the woman in them, instead of vice versa, but Jessica is definitely wearing this and wearing it well. Definitely a standout of the evening.

Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier 

Love it! Finally, finally, finally I get to see Judy Greer on the red carpet! After watching this woman play the best friend in every chick flick rom-com ever made, it is incredibly satisfying to see her looking so amazing, in a gorgeous gown, on the Academy Awards red carpet! I do wish her hair had been pulled back, though. Oh, well. She still looked awesome!

Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel

OY. Kristen, will you please, just please, do us all a favor and put on something attractive for once? I know, I know, you’re a comedian and you’re a woman (insert deadpan gasp here), but that does not mean you shouldn’t be able to look fierce! In fact, isn’t that kind of the point? The truth is, I think she is trying, but with this dress particularly the problem is that it just creates this blah feeling in me whenever I look at it. I like the bustier cut on her, but I hate, hate, hate the color and the clashing prints of the fabric, not to mention where one fabric print weirdly stops at her hips (the most unflattering cut on anyone) and then explodes into feathery tulle. No, Kristen, NO. Her hair looked, pretty though, and I’m glad she wore it down. See? Trying to stay positive here….

Maya Rudolph in Johanna Johnson

Okay, not too shabby, Maya! Actually, very nice. I always expect way less from the likes of Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph, (Amy Poehler sometimes… basically all my funny women out there), and I’m always pleasantly surprised! (Except in the case of Amy Poehler. I am always disappointed by that woman’s fashion.) I thought Maya looked just lovely on the red carpet! The color was subtle and complemented her skin and the cut was very flattering along with the gorgeous embellishments on the sleeves, waist, and back. My only complaint is that this fabric is a little bit clingy and even with what I’m sure is shapewear armor under that dress, I can still see some lines and lumps. Perhaps a different fabric would have hidden those areas a little more. Other than that, I loved it!

Melissa McCarthy in Marina Rinaldi

Ah-mazing! I love everything about this! Literally, I have no complaint or critiques. I’m not going to be that person who’s all like, “It’s hard to dress for her body” and “She looks amazing for someone of her size.” No, she looks amazing by any standards and for any body type. The color of this dress complements her skin tone, the cut and draping is stunning and flattering, and the waist and neck embellishments are gorg! I absolutely love this look and I am over the moon to see Melissa looking as good as she did. LOVE!

Meryl Streep in Lanvin

What’s so funny about Meryl Streep is that she is always the worst dressed so it’s almost like she saves her best worst outfit for the Academy Awards because it’s, you know, the Academy Awards! She has to look her best worst. I don’t know what kind of fabric this is, but it looks like cheap, tacky gold lamé and I — no. Just NO. I know I’ve said that a lot in this post but really… someone has to tell these people no! The good things about this look: Love the plunging neckline and love how radiant her face looks. I mean, it is Meryl. At this point it’s more like, “Oh, she’s wearing a hideous dress and she’s been nominated for 17 Oscars and won three. Oh, okay then.” I mean, really now.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Yay, I love Michelle Williams so much! She always just looks so freaking good! This dress looks amazing on her. I am completely obsessed with it and it’s literally been all I can talk about. The peplum works amazingly on her, the coral is stunning against her skin and she, of course, just looked simply pretty and classic. Also, how cute was it that she took former Dawson’s Creek co-star Busy Phillips as her plus one? Love!

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab

The infamous Pick Up Stix beading makes an appearance in another Elie Saab gown tonight, but somehow on this gown the beading looks insanely gorgeous and chic. Loving the color, loving the one shoulder, loving the sparkle! The only thing I’m not loving is the drag queen makeup that Milla’s sporting. Entirely too overwhelming and severe for her.

Missi Pyle in Valentina Delfino

I have to say for being a award-winning dress (Suzy Amis Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Fashion” design competition), this is actually quite pretty. Her makeup and hair looks incredibly pretty and the color of this dress against her skin is stunning! The rest of the dress is pretty average, in my opinion, but it is a contest winner… what’re you gonna do? She looked pretty good overall.

Natalie Portman in vintage Christian Dior Haute Couture

Now, some people were saying they didn’t like the print of this dress and that if you’re going to do a classic red gown, you should do just that — keep it classic. However, what most people don’t know is that this dress is actually from 1954 and she’s definitely channeling an old-Hollywood, Grace Kelly type of look here. I think it completely shows through and more than works. The dress is outstanding as is her hair, makeup, and those drool-worthy rocks she’s wearing around her neck. A+ in my book.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

I have to say, Octavia knows what works! She’s worn a similar cut dress as this one throughout awards season, and she has looked similarly outstanding as well. This dress may be her best one yet. It looked absolutely breathtaking on her and the detailed embroidery and embellishment throughout the dress is to die for! Who wouldn’t want to wear this dress? It’s completely fabulous and chic! And I absolutely love that she’s been loyal to Tadashi Shoji throughout this awards season. He obviously knows how to dress her and the results are always amazing.

Penelope Ann Miller in Giorgio Armani

As a young woman I absolutely adore this dress! It’s pink, it’s sparkly… it’s clearly meant for a younger woman than Ms. Miller, right? The halter cut of this dress is way too young for her, as is the color and the fabric, not to mention the way-too-tight fit and the Hailee-Steinfeld-at-last-years’-Oscars inspired hair-do. All in all, definitely a miss for me.

Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani

I’m sorry but, um, does Penelope Cruz ever look anything short of absofreakinglutely amazing?! No. No, she does not. The color, the fit, the hair, the full ball gown skirt, the jewels… there was nothing not breathtaking about this look. She’s just so beautiful.

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

I’m so, so thrilled to see Rooney in Givenchy! Let’s be honest, Givenchy is completely made for waifish, pale, skinny little things like her. And she completely pulls it off. This dress is stunning (and, shocker, white) and she looks so great! Her red lip is the perfect (and only) accessory and, I’m sorry, I’m just so thrilled to see her in something other than black! I love this look. And did everyone see her finally smile? She smiled a few times! Who knew she had those muscles in her face?!

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood

Okay, so I read that some people were saying this dress was ill-fitting on her. Um… wha-who-what?! This dress looks phenomenal on her! It’s totally old Hollywood glam and so chic! I love that she wore black sequins and she is working this dress! Oh, and I absolutely loved her deep side part. Total inspo. Another great look for Rose.

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

That’s quite a bib you’re wearing there, Sandy! Have some lobster there, didja? Hate the white and black blocking in this dress and I’m not so crazy about the weird hip embellishment either. Total miss for me.

Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture

Hey, remember last year when newcomer Jennifer Lawrence wore that insanely amazing simple, classic, red Calvin Klein dress and it killed me with it’s amazingness? Yeah, go back to that and then look at this. What the hell is up with that weird circle/dot pattern? She looks like she’s wearing an Amish wedding dress! Oh, you know what? Until I just wrote that I didn’t realize that’s what she was in. Yes. An Amish wedding dress.

Viola Davis in Vera Wang

Is anyone else having trouble not staring at her boobs?! God, they’re like all I could look at! They’re doing that weird Jennifer Hudson thing where they’re pushed up super high and look kind of smushed together and flat. Not attractive. Also not attractive? When your dress looks like it’s been cut open and that it’s dress-guts are spilling out of it. Literally, at the bottom of that dress, the frill looks like the wound and the pleats look like the guts of this green mess spilling out. What the f***?! So bad. Just… just so bad. I didn’t even like the color.

Wendi McLendon-Covey in Simin Haute Couture

Why the hell is she wearing a blush wedding dress? This looks like a tacky prom dress. Completely not age appropriate, completely unflattering. And that drop waist is terrible!

What did you think of the red carpet looks?