Jessica Chastain versus Renee Zellweger: who looked better in gold?

Everyone was talking about Jessica Chastain’s Armani Prive gown last night, did you notice that? I think it’s because Jessica was one of the first big names to arrive on the red carpet, and she made sure she got photographed a lot on the red carpet. I think people were also talking about her because she got it mostly right last night, and that’s unique because Jessica has been completely underwhelming (if not downright awful) throughout this awards season. I had two complaints with this look: one, the gold/bronze shade was too light for someone so pale, and Jessica’s ginger extensions looked kind of cheap. But other than that… victory!! Her side-part with soft waves looked great, the dress had a beautiful cut, she looked comfortable and beautiful and I was genuinely sorry to see her lose the Oscar to Jennifer Lawrence. Sorry, Jessica!

Also wearing a shade of gold: Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera! Is it just me or does she look… healthier? We can debate whether or not she got bolt-ons (I think she did), but I think she’s just gained some weight overall and it’s throwing me off. Don’t get me wrong – the weight looks AMAZING on her and we need to encourage her. As for the bad stuff: the ruby-encrusted cuff doesn’t really work with the gown, her hair looks greasy (and the style sucks) and her face still looks really pinched. But overall… an improvement.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. kaligula says:

    Not a fair contest at all. Jessica hit this one out of the park. One of the most gorgeous red carpet looks in recent memory…..

  2. Aiobhan says:

    Jessica was one of the best dressed of the night imho. This is the best she has looked all season and may be even better than what she wore last year.

    I agree that Renee does look like she has gained some much needed weight. She looks great here. I see no reason to throw shade at her this morning.

  3. Janet says:

    Chastain had the better dress; Zellweger has the better body. Her body is incredible.

  4. Lisa says:

    Liked both looks. Renee’s ass looks great in that dress.

  5. Erinn says:

    I can’t say I like either of these looks. Renee looks awkward in the dress… her posture in that first full length shot just looks uncomfortable like she’s sucking her stomach in or something. She looks amazing from behind though.

    How old is Jessica Chastain? There’s something about how she’s photographing lately that she seems quite a bit older than I can imagine she is. Not sure if it’s the styling or what… maybe the red lipstick with the shape of her mouth when she smiles… it reminds me of one of my great aunts.

  6. minime says:

    Renee Zellweger should just fire whoever made her hair look like that. That color is also horrible for her skin tone and IMO she should wear something that doesn’t emphasize her large shoulders (she looks like she makes a bit of bodybuilding). On a brighter note, it is nice to see her looking not as skinny as before. I would have loved to see her dressing something a bit darker and a nice hairdo.

    • Esmom says:

      Seriously. Her hair looks like she just got back from the gym. Which isn’t all that unusual for her, I don’t think I’ve seen her hair look good in years.

      You’d think that if you’re going to wear a beautiful, high-end designer gown, you’d invest in a professional to do your hair.

  7. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Love that Renee has a booty again, I really hate that neckline on her though, she wears it time and time again and I think it throws her shape off balance. The gown is clingy and cheap looking imo. And her hair is just busted, she really needs a new stylist. Chastain on the other hand, the more I look at it the more I like it. I think she just about pulls off the colour, and the cut is divine. Armani always tailors to perfection, Jodi Foster always looks great in Armani I think. I like the soft waves, not crazy about her jewellery.

  8. elkiddo says:

    Gosh Renee looks amazing. So sexy. She really should keep the weight on her.

  9. ruby says:

    Who looked better ? Jessica without a doubt. I love her, she’s so talented, and it’s really nice to see her get it right for once. Great dress, great hair.

    Renée looks so pinched all the time, like she’s got a permanent squint and sourface… And her dress looks rather trashy to me. Also, what’s up with her hair ?

  10. marie says:

    why is Renee standing that way? it looks weird.

  11. Post-It's says:

    I hate that strand of hair hanging in Renee’s face. Her make-up never looks good to me.

  12. LadyJane says:

    Rene just needs to RELAX. I can feel the tension in every molecule of her being and it is coming out of her hair! Good lord woman, just breathe. It’s OKAY.

  13. Amanda says:

    I thought Jessica looked incredible. She makes me wish so bad I was a ginger!! As for Renee? Meh.

  14. Shelley says:

    Jessica Chastain. No contest. She is so beautiful and that dress makes being pasty not such a bad thing. Renee only looked nice when you ignore her face and upper body, and how cheap the fabric looks.

    • deehunny says:

      ITA. The color on Jessica washes her out but that’s the only complaint.

      My husband and I were watching at a friend’s house and he and his friends couldn’t believe it was Zelwiger. They all couldn’t believe how much she messed with her face.

  15. Nicolette says:

    Love Renee’s dress from the back, and she looks so much better with a little weight on her, healthier. She was too boney for a while. Jessica’s dress I love, it’s one of the only strapless that fits right at the bust line. It doesn’t look like it’s ready to slide down and have her girls pop out.

  16. Shira says:

    But I’m sorry, Renee scared the shit out of me. Something about her was very… non-human last night.

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE Chastain’s whole look, but for me the hair was the best part (cheap, what the hell?). She looked like a Rita Hayworth/Veronica Lake hybrid.

  18. tracking says:

    Jessica got the whole look right–she killed it at last! Though my first thought was “Jessica Rabbit!”. Renee missed on hair, makeup, and odd facial expressions.

  19. yael says:

    i have to know how jessica maintains such an even pale… i’m super pale too, but my skin gets slight tans in various places, making me kinda multi-coloured. i want to know her secret!

  20. bagladey says:

    The lack of style of Renee’s dress even makes Gold look blah, and that shade of gold just faded into nothingness against her skin colour – or lack thereof so I guess JC wins this one.

  21. lucy2 says:

    I LOVED Jessica’s. After a lot of bad looks this season, her knocking it out of the park here was the best surprise. Beautiful.
    Renee is looking good, but the hair and dress are terrible. And she always has such strange posture, I wish someone would teach her how to pose in a way that doesn’t involve arching her back or whatever she does.

  22. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    I like both dresses very nice, but what happened to Renee? I’m sorry I don’t want to be mean but she could hardly talk, or see.. My husband was shocked at how she looked.

  23. Bird says:

    I must be the only one who was completely underwhelmed with Jessica Chastain’s dress. I hate the color on her – it’s too much like her hair and there is not enough contrast or something. I would have loved the dress in a different color on her, or the exact dress on someone with different coloring. The cut of the dress is absolute perfection, though.

  24. GoodCapon says:

    The dresses are awful. Both of them could do better.

  25. Marianne says:

    If the dress didnt look so wrinkly, Jessica would have gotten n A+ from me.

  26. bethany7726 says:

    I think Renee is putting on the weight for another Bridget Jones’ Diary film. Unfortunately, she looked like she had a little (bad) tweeking done to her face.

    Jessica looked beautiful, but she always looks like she’s got thinning hair to me.

  27. Dani says:

    Jessica’s hair isn’t extensions. It might be dry and dull but it’s definitely her hair.

  28. truthful says:

    Renee seemed drunk at the podium and her eyes were wonky and out of wack and she looked so oily.

    still love her though.

  29. T.C. says:

    Jessica Chastain finally got it right last night. The dress fit her like a glove and was very sexy. Hair and makeup perfect.

    Renee Zellweger’s outfit, hair and makeup I did not like at all. She was a fail.

  30. Aqua says:

    This is how a strapless dress should fit.She looked incredible.

  31. Patrice says:

    Oh, Idk…I’m gonna have to majorly disagree with you on just about everything-except the hair-when it comes to Chastain :D I mean, look at her in that last picture down: that’s pure, STUNNING 1930′s screen siren right there!

    Sigh. I’m so disappointed that she lost the Oscar to J. Law too. I mean, what more could that woman possibly do for the Academy to realize that she is a complete force of (acting) nature to be reckoned with? She more than gave her all as Maya and if they didn’t give the Oscar to her now…I just don’t know what the hell it is that they’re looking for.

  32. I Choose Me says:

    I’m just happy to see Renee on the red carpet. I miss her and boy does her body look banging but Jessica takes it no question. She looks amazing here.

  33. NeoCleo says:

    Zellwegger’s build and veiny arms remind me of Madonna at her worst. I don’t know what happened to this woman but she used to be nice to look at.

    I hate to be hard on my own sex, but those elbows are awful. Overall, she puts a hurt on my eyes.

  34. suzanne says:

    Jessica wins this. Renee looked oily, awkward and the hair in her face. YuK! So unpolished.

  35. anonymous fan says:

    I can’t believe she didn’t mention how drunk/crazy/high Rene seemed onstage with the cast of Chicago reunion.WTF!My sister and I were debating if she was going to fall down or into Gere’s arms.And where the hell are her eyes?She was squinting so hard they weren’t even open.She hasn’t come to an awards show in years and she comes back acting like a drunk mess without even getting her hair done?What happened to this woman.

  36. Victory says:

    Bridget is back!!! Love it/her! wooot

  37. taxi says:

    Jessica looks ghostly.

    @ Renee – get that hair out of your mouth, stop standing sway-backed & don’t drink so much.

  38. Diana says:

    Jessica was perfection last night. On tv that dress looked a lot more salmon than gold and she was glowing. The red lips prevented her from looking whased out and her body looked banging. She knocked it out of the park and it was a crime she didn’t win. Renee looks weird, like very muscular weird and that hair was so slopy.

  39. Kelly says:

    I wish Jessica would have won Best Actress!!

  40. mkyarwood says:

    OMG, Renee has happy, having sex all the time with someone who actually loves me weight!

  41. valleymiss says:

    Jessica’s entire look (dress, makeup, hair) was va-va-voom and by far my favorite of the night. She looked like Jessica Rabbit crossed with Marilyn Monroe. As a fellow Pale Girl, do I wish her dress had been darker? Yes…but I don’t think her look suffered too much for it.

    I am thinking that Renee needs glasses to see that far, and she was too embarassed to say that on stage. However, the Chicago cast should have worked out those details ahead of time. Jeez.

  42. anonymous fan says:

    Also I love the way Jessica Chastain’s figure looked.And her dress was lovely.I feel like I’ve seen it before on the red carpet, but so what it fit her great figure.I don’t understand how Jessica is a vegan who always looks healthy and radiant but Goop is a vegan and always looks too pale and sick.Goop needs some advice from Jessica on how to do it right.

  43. Jm says:

    Jessica killed it. Renee is incredibly uncomfortable to watch. And given how important it is to her to look like a stick (maybe she makes weird faces b/c of all the sucking in her stomach?), it’s so odd that she added those ridiculous bolt-ons.

  44. apsutter says:

    Jessica Chastain is a goddess. Plain and simple! Renee’s body looks much better but the hair was terrible and she’s been fucking with her face.

  45. poppy says:

    that armani is nicely made, the spider web like overlay is lovely. the wrinkled satin underneath is not. the red lip was too much for all the pale but she looked good despite the ghostliness.

    holy hell wtf carolina herrera?!?! an a$$ crack/tramp stamp highlighting dress? doesn’t seem like herrera style at all. to tight on top and too low in the back
    -so awful but that kid in the first picture is enjoying the view of her assets.
    she definitely should keep weight on. looks much better. she still looks bad. her lemon sucker squinty face, ugh. the posture.
    she looks extremely uncomfortable and very very masculine chested with a boob job.

  46. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Jessica was my best dressed of the Oscars. I think she looked amazing from head to toe. Stunning. I’m also a bit bummed that she didn’t win Best Actress.

  47. Tig says:

    I was so upset Jessica didn’t win – I did like JenLaw’s performance in SLP- but it didn’t hold a candle to Jessica’s. Pls someone find out how Harvey dials in Oscar wins!!!

  48. meh says:

    Jessica is beautiful but the colour is all wrong for her. It makes her skin look blue.

  49. Itsa says:

    I think I’m the only one that didn’t like Jessica’s look last night. She looked all one color. Her hair was awful. The curls weren’t done right and everything looked different lengths, too thin, etc. I like the dress and I like her,I just didn’t think it was the best choice for her.

  50. Itsa says:

    Oh, and why oh why would they let Renee on stage when she was so drunk she couldn’t even open her eyes. TWO times she was unable to read the card that was right in front of her face. Someone should have stopped her. What a loser.

  51. Maggi says:

    Say what you will about Renee–that is a great ass!

    Don’t know about bolt-ons, she’s one of those who gains in the chest, notice her Bridget jones weight fluctuations always involved major changes in the chest region.

  52. Melissa says:

    Did anyone else notice that Renee Zellweger looked completely out of it when she was presenting? She looked SO stoned or doped up or something! Her eyes could barely stay open.