Cate Blanchett versus, Nicole Kidman: who looked better at the AACTA Awards?

These are some photos from last night’s (today’s?) 2nd AACTA Awards (The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award) red carpet in Sydney. The red carpet got a decent turnout, especially because my lady Cate Blanchett made an appearance! Cate wore Armani Privé, one of her favorite labels. I can’t say I’m totally in love with this, but I like that she tried it and that she makes this bizarre, stiff-looking design look so regal. I miss her on red carpets, don’t you? Maybe she’ll come to the Oscars this year. PLEASE?! Also: Cate’s boobs look awesome, right? I hope my girls hold up so well.

Nicole Kidman in Erdem. This is a weird color for her, right? Granted, very few women could pull this off, but does Nicole? She comes close to pulling it off I think. As for the Botox and lip-injections and her hair… disaster.

Here’s Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner (they’re starring together in that Hansel & Gretel movie – they were at the Aussie premiere just hours beforehand). Gemma is wearing Vivienne Westwood. Here’s the thing about Gemma: I love her and I think she’s beautiful and she has a gorgeous, curvy figure. “Curvy” being “stacked like a brick s—thouse” not as some kind of code for “heavy”. She’s a beautiful curvy girl. But I kind of think Gemma has style issues, maybe because of her body and maybe because she just has kind of weird style. Anyway, I’d like to see her improve! Because if she starts getting it right, people will pay more attention to her. Also: that lipstick & hairstyle will need to go.

Bonus Hugo Weaving! Because I know you like him.

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  1. Anguishedcorn says:

    Wouldn’t even have to look at pictures to know the answer to this one…

  2. Ms Kay says:

    Between Nicole and Cate I pick HUGO!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  3. RocketMerry says:

    Kate looks God-like!
    I mean, I’m kinda certain this is what the Great-Spirit up there looks like.

  4. lucy2 says:

    Cate Blanchett is just amazing, and makes just about anything look fantastic.
    I kind of like Nicole’s dress. Gemma’s is a disaster.

  5. mia girl says:

    Blanchett – Fierce b*tch. Love you and you looks amazeballs..

    Kidman – Love you, but your current face breaks my heart.

    Renner – I see you are taking shoe tips from TommyBoy… Not sure if those are lifts, but you are definitely sporting the “wear two sizes bigger shoes to create the illusion you are taller” AKA Clown Shoes. Not good.

    Weaving – Fierce b*tch. Love you and you looks amazeballs.

  6. bea says:

    As weird as it is, I kinda like CB’s dress. I like how plastic-y it looks. Very futuristic. Flatters her figure too.

    I LOVE NK’s dress!!! Very vintage looking. The cut is good and the colors are very unique. NK def likes embroidery and unusual colors in dresses.

    That Vivian Westwood dress is a disaster. And you’re right, that gal has a great body – she really needs to figure out how to dress it.

  7. Cidee says:

    Cate, as usual, is a glorious alien from the planet Perfectia. Love her. Now and always.

  8. Aiobhan says:

    Cate ftw! But Nicole does get an A for trying; I loved Erdem’s last collection

  9. Hautie says:

    I am gonna have to take Renner!

    I like Nicole’s dress. But either the flash was too much. Or the dress is a really odd color.

    As far as Cate’s dress goes. It is interesting looking. Hate the cap sleeves. And those shoes look painful.

    • Meredith says:

      Cate is beautiful but that dress makes her look like an alien – a beautiful alien with a bad shiny dress. Nicole looks OK but that dress really flattens out her breasts (or at least does nothing to make them look good). Not a look that any woman wants IMO.

  10. Jay says:

    There’s a reason Cate is my fantasy wife.

  11. M3l says:

    Cate! I saw some red carpet bits and she just looked stunning. Dress looked amazing as she moved.

    I forgot to watch the awards though because they stuck two eps of Glee in front of them and I got distracted. Have to catch a replay because I’m interested in how Russell Crowe went as host.

  12. carrie says:

    i prefer Kidman’s dress and Gemma’s face

  13. MonicaQ says:

    Hugo Weaving = Every nerd’s road dog. The Matrix, LotR, V for Vendetta, Transformers, the Hobbit–he’s got it on mad lock.

    That first red dress reminds me of a Star Trek dress uniform. It’s nice and everything but I can’t unsee it. And Nicole Kidman’s dress looks like one of those really expensive looking vases that shouldn’t be expensive but it is just because some old dude with a mustache said so.

  14. Jackson says:

    I generally think Nicole is near-perfection, botox and all, but not in these pics. I’m thinking these are generally bad shots of her but still, overall, just no. Not so great on this night. Cate looks good but I’m not liking the dress or her hair.

  15. claire says:

    That’s seriously not even a legit contest: Cate all the way. Now if it was between Cate and Tilda…hmmm, that I’d have a hard time with.

  16. BooBooLaRue says:

    Cate is amazing! What’s up with Nicole’s dry awful hair?

  17. LAK says:

    All hail, The Lady Cate Blanchett!

  18. Miss Kiki says:

    Cate looks amazing, as always. As for Hugo Weaving, I think I would get on that.

  19. marie says:

    Cate, always Cate, her dress is absolutely gorgeous.

  20. La Calabaza says:

    La Blanchett reminds me of Kate Winslet with that dress. Love them both!

    I like Nicole’s dress but the hair is so damaged that it’s painful to look at. She used to had the most amazing hair. Too much bleach I guess.

  21. CS says:

    Always Cate, and bonus Hugo Weaving? Awww yiss

  22. Ms Kay says:

    That Vivienne Westwood dress and shoes, put it on Helena Bonham Carter and it has another effect…

  23. TQB says:

    I love Cate’s dress! It’s different but also flattering. She just radiates… god I love her. Plus the round toe shoes and the earrings are perfect. Amazing. Just amazing. I’m going back to the top of the page to stare at it some more.

  24. I Choose Me says:

    Cate. The answer is always Cate.

  25. Barbara says:

    How can Cate be so flawless all damn time? I’ll never understand.
    I love Nicole’s dress, but not on her. Her skin is too light for that shade of yellow. I’d love to own it though.

  26. Ellen says:

    Cate for sure. But I’m a tiny bit worried about her face. Please let the stiffness in that first photo just be the makeup/angle. (And she’s had three kids, so either there is a lot of tape happening there or she’s had very discrete work done on the boobs. It wouldn’t bother me either way. If I had the cash and knew my surgeon was excellent, I’d do my boobs in a minute.)

    • Christina says:

      I scrolled up the page to compare notes after reading this and I think you’re partly right. I think Cate has had some work done around the eyes, and it’s quite apparent in the first photo – I don’t think it’s just the dramatic make-up. Not sure about the boobs though. You can’t see much of them and I don’t doubt that dress has some heavy upholstery under it or built into it. But yeah, she does appear to be having facial work done.

      BTW I appear to be in the minority here, but I think Nicole looks really pretty, and less botoxy than normal.

      • Joanna says:

        yep, i’m 37 and i have creases on my face and she has none? good surgeon and/or dermatologist. both her and nicole have good doctors.

      • monalisa says:

        It’s called foundation and make-up people, especially when you’re on the red carpet – they hide any imperfections you may have. And if you’re a celebrity, you probably have access to a stylist or a make-up artist to help you look even better in front of the cameras. See pics of Cate with her family outside of red carpets and you’ll see she has fine lines round her eyes and lips. Too me she looks like a beautiful 40+ woman who has really looked after herself without going overboard. She’s aged well, something I wish for myself too.

  27. booboocita says:

    There was a series of photos on another website of Nicole and her two youngest daughters dashing through an airport (look for the Daily Mail), and a great chunk of Nicole’s scalp is showing. The recent hair issues may be due to something more than just bad styling, as it appears that she’s losing hair big time. The off do’s may be just the result of her stylist trying to hide the bald patches.

  28. afrotastic says:

    I think Cate looks stunning. I love the dress, but not so keen on the bottom bit of it. As for Nicole she just looks old and plastic. It’s a shame because she was a fresh faced pretty girl now she looks like a cast member of the Real Housewives franchise. Shame.

  29. Jess says:

    I love Cate and I love her in this dress, although the earrings are just okay and I don’t like her hair. Also, I think the comma in the title (after versus) is incorrect (I’m anal so mis-placed commas can drive me nuts!).

  30. Reece says:

    Cate- Everything except for the shoes. O_o
    Nicole- Needs something more. Can’t put my finger on it.
    Gemma- Was NOT expecting that.
    Hugo- Of course I love Elrond!

  31. Micki says:

    Generally speaking I like how Nicol dresses but Kate looks better here.

  32. HadleyB says:

    Cate looks great but in these pics it finally looks like whatever work she has been having / had done is showing .. doesnt look bad but it does show she has had something done – minor, injections, etc whatever.

    I just dont believe unless you are Jamie Lee Curtis has any female in hollywood had NOTHING done ( botox, fillers, laser, surgery NADA).

    • monalisa says:

      Cate’s not from Hollywood. She’s a mother of three, a theatre actress and was a fulltime theatre director until recently… so unless she was hiding her plastic surgery or botox under a bushell while still fulfilling her workload… and still escape the scrutiny of media hounds in Sydney… I’ll probably attribute her health and fitness and great looks to make-up, foundation, suncream, expensive creams, access to the best make-up artist and stylist money can buy, and a healthy lifestyle… btw, she does have wrinkles – in casual pics with her family, she looks like a well maintained 40+ female who has aged very well and beautifully.

  33. mkyarwood says:

    When I saw Cate I said “Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.” so, I think she wins.

  34. Vivian says:

    Cate: love her fashion and yes, missed her so much on the red carpet. She eclipse everyone by far. Nicole’s dress is the best but it fits her weird below the bust. Gemma is a beautiful lady but I pray she gets a new stylist stat. Although I like her purple Erdem dress at the premiere.

  35. Esti says:

    It looks like Nicole has really damaged her hair — she’s a naturally curly redhead and has spent almost a decade going primarily straight and blonde. That is going to do some serious damage. I’ll never understand it, the blonde has never looked as good as her natural color.

  36. annabelle says:

    Aside from the hair, Cate is perfection!!

    Nicole isn’t looking *that* bad, but I feel like at this point she gets graded on a scale.

  37. Nanz01 says:

    Is there anything better than Cate Blanchett on a red carpet? Of course, there is. But she ranks pretty high up there. Hate the material of the dress (too shiny/looks like rubber), but LOVE the design and the fit. She is stunning.

  38. Julia says:

    Bow down, the Queen Blanchett has entered.

  39. tabasco says:

    As for Nic, like the dress, but the shoes are total snooze and considering Cate showed up like a BOSS, there’s no contest here.

  40. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I love Nicole Kidman and I love Cate but come on: CATE!!!!!

    She is such an icon. Stunning, talented and stylish.
    She epitomizes beauty to me.

  41. NeoCleo says:


  42. Maritza says:

    I like Nicole’s look better.

  43. N-Bear says:

    Cate is divine. I want her to go back in time and have little alien babies with Cumby.

  44. belle says:

    Nicole looks nice but very safe. Cate looks stunning and unique. Both are beautiful women but this is a no-brainer: Cate wins.

  45. Sachi says:

    Cate is perfection.

    Nicole looks better now than she did a few years ago. Thank goodness she’s scaled down the cheek fillers. She looks less plastic.

  46. StaCat1 says:

    They both look stunning..but I gotta side with Cate on this one. I’m totaly biased for Cate- great actress- grounded…seems to have her priorities in order. Besides being gorgeous!

  47. MST says:

    Both women look great, but I don’t like either of their dresses. Cate’s looks like it was made of some kind of huge recycled sequinned container and the color combination in Nicole’s dress is rather strange, but she always wears off shades.

  48. Boromir's Bytch says:

    Definitely Cate, the whole look is flawless. Nicole’s face is getting into the frightening range but the dress and jewelry are fab-u-lous.

    Hugo W. is amazing seeing his picture here makes me want to go dig out my old Elrond-inspired butterfly hair clip.

  49. Sue says:

    Kate makes everything look so easy!
    Can’t believe she had 3 kids!

  50. lrm says:

    my god; kate can take the strangest dresses and make them look stunning! or, in this case, NOT a dress I would associate with her….seems more like a bad as*, edgy dress-and she is so ethereal…but she works it and it works! wow. Even t he color looks fab on her; not a color I wouuld think she’d look good in.

    Love Nicole’s dress and the co lor is lovely on her, too.

    I like Gemma’s dress, too. It has a very ‘muse’ ancient Greece vibe….There is something couture about it, that works for me….love the color of it, and she pulls it off, IMO.

  51. Melissa says:

    I’m actually going to have to go with Nicole, here, which is surprising. I don’t mind Cate’s dress, but the shoes look pretty bad – it looks like the side of her foot doesn’t fit in the shoe. Nicole’s face is of course, jacked, but looking purely at the clothing choices, I actually really like Nicole’s dress and shoe combo.

  52. Aqua says:

    I think both women look lovely but I wish Nicole would go back to her original hair color.Red.

  53. Troof! says:

    ALWAYS Cate!
    …and to whomever said it looked like she’d had “work done around the eyes” –I respectfully submit the second pic (enlarged) for your consideration. Look again.

    Also, people, Nicole Kidman is NOT a natural redhead! when she was “starting out” in H’wood, she told interviewers it was, but now that she’s so invested in being blonde, the interviewers are all told she was a natural blonde. Neither is true, except by the loosest of definitions: she was mousy-brown (call it “dark blonde” if you wish…I spent my teens doing the same LOL). Don’t believe me? Here’s an early (80s) pic of Kidman from in style mag:,,20290122_1047720_852348,00.html

    ETA: Hugo Weaving!! OMGSQUEEEE!

  54. Mira says:

    Woot…woot! Cate it is! Love her dress and she’s wearing the hell out of it. I can’t think of anyone else (Tilda Swinton perhaps or Jolie) rocking that futuristic looking dress. I love the color of her dress. The color would probably look like shit on me, I’m not sure because I’ve never tried colors that are not matte/neutral/pale/earth colors – whatever they are called.

  55. lisa2 says:

    I like both women.. but I’m sorry I don’t like either look. Cate loves to push the envelope on fashion, but I don’t like that dress. It fits beautifully, but it is so harsh in a way. And her hair looks so stiff.

    Nicole’s dress is very nice. I don’t like the way it slops under the arms.. and Nicole’s hair looks so damaged. I loved her hair in Dead Calm. It was so gorgeous.. all curly and thick. Now it looks fried and so brittle. Maybe it is thinning or all the dying it blonde. I love her shoes though.. I could see me wearing them.

  56. mimi says:

    While both ladies are gorgeous and talented, they both chose less than OK dresses/ gowns.

    Of the two of them, Blanchett’s dress is more horrendous, while Kidman’s dress is more of a mediocre and unflattering.

    Cate’s makeup is flawless and her hairstyle is great.
    Nicole’s makeup is nice, and hair is plain.

  57. exxo1111 says:

    nicole’s face – and those lips – she really doesn’t even look anything like the girl in Dead Calm

    She was a Celtic beauty – and then she turned herself into a plastic barbie doll – so sad

  58. Barri says:

    Nicole is lovely, but Cate is just the queen! I adore her. Gemma is also exquisite, isn’t she?

  59. Oyn says:

    Obviously they are both very pretty. Although, Cate’s dress is far too tight/small and she looks like she can’t breathe so I’ll say Nicole for now.

  60. Mazunte says:

    I think that Cate always win every red carpet. The way she can pull off fashion-forward dresses is amazing. And she has an amazing body.

    What’s happening with Nicole’s hair? I like her dress but I’m not sure about the color.

  61. janet says:

    you guys claim they all have botox face….I think nicole is gorgeous.

  62. dcypher1 says:

    Cate looks great in everything. She can pull off anything. she does have nice boobs when she brings the girls out.

  63. The Wizz says:

    Oh and Russell Crowe stepped in at the last minute and hosted the event when the original host called n sick.