Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was Bad

Pretty darn horrid, in fact.


Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadLet's start with what's sure to be a controversial pan: Dame Helen, in what to me looks rather more mumsy than is her wont. And in Vivienne Westwood, less!

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadRather less questionable? Rita Wilson's exercise in maximalism.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadAnd I don't know if it's better to think that Emma Stone worked with a stylist...or not.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadCan we all applaud Cate Blanchett for taking an all-too-rare Oscar risk, while still admitting this Givenchy couture is just awkward-looking?

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadAnother swing and a miss? Nicole's aggressive Dior.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadOkay, from certain angles Anne Hathaway's Valentino is stunning indeed. From others, there's a distinctive "tumor-ish" look to it — never a good thing.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadSpeaking of gratuitous fabrication! Naomi Watts' Chanel.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadAnd also in the Black Swan camp, this Cruella DeVille-ish turn from Sharon Stone.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadAnd this immense Charles James is not the most flattering look we've ever seen on Marisa Tomei.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadBy far the most epidemic trend was the "sheer black" thing, which came in many unfortunate forms. Exhibit A: Sofia Vergara.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadJena Malone.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadA Kiss of the Spider Woman-inspired Madonna.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadEva Mendes.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadA 60's-inflected — not in the good way — Zooey Deschanel.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadJessica Szohr, apparently dressed by Pretty in Pink's Andy.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadBy now you've probably seen Melissa Leo's infamous killer doily attack.

Oscars 2011: And When It Was Bad, It Was BadAnd in Dolce and Gabbana, I think Scarlett sells herself short in this too-revealing bow to the odious lacy tyranny of 2011.