Jessica Chastain in Nina Ricci at Critics’ Choice: pretty or weird color?

Jessica Chastain was in a long green sleeveless Nina Ricci gown at the Critics’ Choice Awards last night. In some photos, like the one above, I got the impression that the dress was seafoam green, a lighter green color. On camera, when Chastain presented Best Actor (which went to Matthew McConaughey), the dress was a darker green and looked prettier. It also flowed better in motion, and the ruffles near the neckline were striking on video. I don’t love this dress, but it doesn’t translate as well in photos.



Chastain’s styling was amazing, I really loved her copper eyeshadow, coral lips and braided updo. Check out her hair from both angles. This is a Pinterest-level 1 aspirational style. Although he didn’t pose with her on the red carpet, Chastain brought her model boyfriend as her date, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. (That’s really his name.) We got to see him sitting next to her, and he was very pretty.

Also in green we have Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Comedy category, for Enough Said, which went to Amy Adams for American Hustle. Louis-Dreyfus was also there to support her late co-star, James Gandolfini, who lost out in the Best Supporting Actor category to Jared Leto. Many people thought that Gandolfini should have scored an Oscar nom for that role.

Julia is in Reem Acra. Her styling is very pretty, but I would have liked to see a more daring dress on her. This is a very classic cocktail dress in both cut and pattern. Still, she looked amazing and I would wear this dress.



Julie Delpy was lovely in a royal blue sleeveless Romona Keveza gown with a full skirt. I really like the thin gold belt on this dress. Delphy, her co-star Ethan Hawke, and their director Richard Linklater won the Genius Award for their ongoing series of films Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. The speech the three of them gave was probably the funniest of the night. They pretended to talk over each other and made a bunch of quips about how their movies weren’t popular.



Melissa McCarthy was in a custom dress that she designed along with her stylist George Kotsiopoulos and dressmaker Daniela Kurrle. McCarthy went to school for fashion design, and is branching out on her own after wearing designs by David Meister for the last awards season. I liked this abstract dot pattern gown much better than the black and gold self-designed gown she wore to the Golden Globes. Her styling was also so pretty, with loose hair as opposed to the puffy updo she was sporting at the Globes. McCarthy was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy, for The Heat.



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  1. bns says:

    Someone in Jessica’s camp needs to tell her that you don’t have to say yes to every event.

    And Melissa McCarthy looks beautiful.

  2. Christo says:

    While the sea foam-colored fabric and red hair pairings have been used frequently in the past and done so successfully, I prefer to see Jessica in a darker color such as royal purple or a deep burgundy. As I look at the photo with more scrutiny, I think her hair should have been down to distract from that ruffled mess that sits atop the dress. With the hair up as it is, she is left looking like an anemic, milkmaid-mermaid hybrid.

  3. MsGoblin says:

    My, my, my. Yes, Gian IS pretty.

  4. Kiddo says:

    In the profile pix with the braids, Jessica seems to be morphing into Amy Adams.

  5. Sullivan says:

    I love Jessica’s hair.

    Julia gets better looking with age. She was always pretty, but the combination of glamour and the confidence that comes from experience makes her hotter than ever.

    The detail in Julie’s dress can probably be better appreciated in-person.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I love Jessica’s hair too! I really disliked the “slicked back” look that she, Hayden Pana(mumblemumble), and even Jolie sports sometimes. For whatever reason, I have yet to see one person be able to pull that style off.

      Also, spot on about Julia on how she has become sexier with age and confidence.

      Lastly, I think Melissa McCarthy looks really good here. I love the colors of the dress.

  6. NYC_girl says:

    Melissa looks really pretty – I love her makeup and shiny hair. I liked how Julia looked better in the actual movie vs this cocktail looking dress but I’ve always liked her.

  7. Anna says:

    FINALLY. Melissa looks really pretty, and not like she got caught in a tent. Maybe she should stick to designing for herself. I like the dress’ romantic yet graphic color-cut choices. And her accessories are perfect.

  8. shellybean says:

    I love Julie Delpy. Jessica is beautiful.

  9. Nicolette says:

    Love Julia’s dress, and Melissa looks great.

  10. AG-UK says:

    I like Jessica’s hair, looks must better than straight back.

  11. lily says:

    I really love the color of Jessica’s dress. It looks so striking on her pale skin and red hair.

  12. Tig says:

    This is really a winner’s line up- they all look great!

  13. Cro-girl says:

    Melissa looks ridiculous, she could have rocked something a bit better than that I think! I know there aren’t many options for plus sized women but I’ve seen 2X, 3X and 4X women look amazing in form fitting dresses… but that was on a website for retro clothing.
    Just saying she has options! And why couldnt she have done something with her hair? That’s what mine looks like when I let it air dry and she has way better hair than I do!

  14. Kristen says:

    Melissa McCarthy’s eyes are gorgeous!! Such an unusual color.

  15. Lucy says:

    Beautiful ladies, all of them!! And I didn’t know Melissa studied Fashion Design! I love that she created her own dress!

  16. lucy2 says:

    I kind of like all of these looks.
    Wow, Melissa has beautiful eyes!
    And I have always been envious of JLD’s hair.

  17. Marianne says:

    I loved Jessica Chastain’s dress from the back. I just didnt like it from the front mainly because of that seam that goes straight across her stomach area. But its definitely a major improvement from the Globes. Her hair was a lot better.

    Julia was too underdressed imo.

    Melissa was a big improvement as well.

    Julie looked nice, but nothing special.

  18. Ginger says:

    “Pinterest-level 1 aspirational style” Ha Ha! So true!! I will bet I see her hair style pinned on there today. But really those braids on Jessica are fantastic! I like the dress but agree it would be better a darker shade of green. And speaking of green, Melissa McCarthy’s eyes are gorgeous!

  19. StaCat1 says:

    Loved Melissa. She looked stunning and very natural. Works perfectly for her.
    The color on Jessica works for her. She is usually so well styled- sometimes too much so….;)

    I love JLD–but she does look underdressed in comparison. This is a crazy week though…so many events to dress for in such a small timeframe.

  20. meh says:

    If Easter was a person, it would look like Chastain.

    JLD is so gorgeous and I will never not love her <3 <3

  21. LilyT says:

    I am NOT loving this orange lipstick trend.