Jessica Chastain v. Rachel Weisz, who looked cuter at the NYFCC Awards?

Here are some photos from last night’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards – the pics are actually from just outside of the ceremony. The dress code for most of the critics’ awards is business/cocktail – men wear suits (and they can go tie-less) and women wear suits or cocktail dresses for the most part. This year the NYFCC recognized Zero Dark Thirty as their Best Picture, which is why Jessica Chastain showed up on (presumably) her one night off from her Broadway show, The Heiress (Mondays are usually Broadway’s night off).

And here is my problem with Jessica: I like the girl, but I want her to grow a set and either stand up to her current stylist or fire her stylist and hire someone who knows what the hell they’re doing. I’ve been paying attention to photos of Jessica as she comes to work at the theater every day, and she looks so, so cute when she styles herself. But when her stylist comes in, this is what we get. A lacy, fussy Oscar de la Renta party dress and a big, diamond “statement necklace”. It’s just TOO FUSSY. If she wanted to do the lace party dress, do it modern with a loose chignon and no necklace. If she wanted to do the necklace (which looks antique), she should have gone modern and sleek with her dress. Jessica consistently looks like her grandma dressed her.

Rachel Weisz was also in attendance – she won Best Actress for The Deep Blue Sea. She wore this simple Prada dress which is absolutely perfect for the event, and she styled it perfectly. This isn’t a “look at me in a fancy ball gown” event. You can be understated and elegant, and Rachel wins. Also, Daniel Craig was there to keep his eye on his wife – you can see photos of them here.

I’m also including pics of Matthew McConaughey (he won Best Supporting Actor) and Michael Shannon (just because I LOVE HIM and I would hit it so hard).

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Astrid says:

    I like Jesica’s dress better (without the necklage). Rachel’s dress seems to be bunching up and three-quarter sleeves always seem awkward to me. Matthew looks very dashing!

  2. bns says:

    Michael Shannon <3

    I hate both dresses on Rachel and Jessica.

  3. smartyparty says:

    All I can say is I LOLed at Matthew McC. I love the guy – he is an awful actor and keeps getting parts, has a beautiful family and always looks happy, and hot dang that is a GOOFY looking smile on the guy. He always shows gratitude for his life and so, regardless of the history of bad acting, I’m a fan :)

  4. Vivian says:

    Both are beautiful, talented actress. Jessica looks great above the necklace; I agree it’s too much and it and her hair doesn’t suit the dress. Rachel looks lovely as always and while the outfit/styling is better; I don’t like those red and black patchy things or design on her dress. Nice red shoes though. Happy she won for this role!

  5. Jenna says:

    I don’t think either of them look cute. I dislike both looks. :(

  6. Dani says:

    I can’t with Matt Mc, seriously love him, both as a mediocre actor and the person he comes off as. Michael Shannon!!!! I thought I was the only one who likes him!

    Hate both of the dresses but they look pretty regardless.

  7. Amy says:

    Jessica’s dress looks like that Target dress from the Neiman Marcus collection. Pretty ugly.

  8. Kate says:

    Rachel looks beautiful even when she’s over 40 and the reason is that her face isn’t gaunt like it’s usual for the other actresses her age. Fuller face is better as you get older.

  9. Jayna says:

    David Letterman had Jessica on last night. He absolutely raved about her new Osama bin Laden movie, Zero Dark Thirty, last night. He said you’re glued to your seat the whole movie. Now I have to see it. I love that there is a strong female lead in this movie who was instrumental in the tracking down of bin Laden in a good old boys network like the CIA.

    • midnightmoon says:

      Just as long as you realize the movie is total, complete bullshit (the CIA, who are NOT my favorite people, had words about the inaccuracy of the film, and for once I believe them!) and they give you a lovely, traumatizing dose of what torture looks like. Not for me, thanks.

  10. Miss Kiki says:

    Jessica’s middle parting is making my eyes hurt. I can never say a bad word about
    Rachel or Matthew.

  11. Amanda says:

    Both of their dresses are fug in my opinion, but at least Jessica’s fits properly. Rachel’s looks like its too tight or something. Matthew looks handsome. I don’t even know who the other guy is.

  12. Mara says:

    Both are beautiful women ,but Rachel is stunning!

  13. lucy2 says:

    Jessica’s look is too fussy for me.

  14. Sweet Dee says:

    I think Rachel looks better overall, but I am biased toward her in everything always. I still feel Jessica is oatmeal though I think she’s gorge and I love love LOVE that necklace. The dress doesn’t work :-/

  15. Bread and Circuses says:

    I don’t much like either dress, but I find Rachel’s more flattering on her.

    I love Jessica’s necklace. Put that with a different dress and I’d swoon.

    I could girl-crush on either of these women very easily.

  16. Claudia says:

    I agree that the combination of the necklace with the dress is wrong. In general though, the cut of the dress is not at all flattering on Chastain. She has no waist, and apparently a very square torso and the dress just highlights that. The shoes are terrible as well; they’re clunky and awkward and just add to the overall grandma appearance. Awful stylist.

    On its own, though, I think the dress is quite lovely. It would look miles better on someone with more curves and a smaller, defined waist.

  17. Helvetica says:

    Rachel for the win, although I do like Jessica’s dress.

    Goodness, Rachel is 7 years older than Chastain and looks younger than her. Rachel is HOT.

    Matt, hope you start eating soon after you wrap up your movie. you do not look so hot.

  18. j.eyre says:

    I love Jessica’s necklace and Rachel’s shoes…

    … although I recognize just wearing a necklace and shoes would perhaps be too casual for this event.

  19. KellyinSeattle says:

    They’re both lovely, but I hate both the dresses. Matthew and Michael both look super!

  20. alons -y alonso says:

    Rachel. I will always choose Rachel. The only woman on my freebie 5. XD

  21. Ella says:

    How did JC’s hair grow so quickly from that crop she had? Or are they really good extensions?