Cate Blanchett in Lanvin at the Critics Choice: sack-fug or sack-fabulous?


Queen Blanchett deigned to win the Best Actress Award at last night’s Critics Choice. She looked magnificent, per usual, and she also managed to be utterly occasion-appropriate. The Critics Choice went from a super-casual event five years ago to a lower-tier “dress up” event where most of the ladies wore full-on gowns. It’s a difficult event to get it “right” fashion-wise, and Queen Cate shows us how it’s done. She wore a full-length gown by Lanvin, but she wore it casually, like it was a beach cover-up. It’s basically a sack dress (Angelina Jolie is totes jelly) that Cate rescued with a fabulous belt. Cate styled it wonderfully too – simple hair kept down and a slash of orange-red lipstick, a shade that very few women could work.

I’d just like to say a word about Cate’s speech and her awards victories thus far – Cate brought her youngest son Roman to the show and when she won, she gave him a big mom hug that he gleefully squirmed away from. When she accepted her speech, she cussed in front of him, saying something like “thank you to my sons who couldn’t give a s—t what I do for a living.” It was cute and I thought it was great that she brought one of her boys as her “date”. Roman even got to mingle with big celebs like Sandra Bullock (Sandy seemed jazzed to meet him too). As the Oscar race firms up, I think Cate’s chances are looking better and better, don’t you? And bringing your adorable son to an awards show definitely helps! I love that Cate’s campaigning this year.


I think Cate’s biggest competition will be Amy Adams, who is the only lady in the Best Actress category who doesn’t already have at least one Oscar. Amy wore this hot-pink Roland Mouret gown to the Critics Choice and… I don’t love it. But I don’t hate it either. I think the instinct is right: choose a well-constructed, clean, flattering style in a bold color. That should work. But the execution on the dress is kind of blah. I like her hair down though. So pretty!



I felt sorry for both Oprah Winfrey and Emma Thompson last night. I give the credit for showing up and having fun even though both women got snubbed HARD with the Oscar nominations yesterday. Emma wore a Christmas-y Alexander McQueen ensemble and she brought her daughter Gaia Wise as her date. Oprah wore a great dress by Azzedine Alaia – the shade of green is matchy-matchy with Cate Blanchett, right? I really liked Oprah’s whole look, and she was one of my picks for Best Dressed.



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  1. Kiddo says:

    I love that dress on Cate. But why is everyone else shot through a funhouse mirror? Oprah looks like she weighs 100 lbs there. Maybe it’s just my computer?

    Editing: okay, they are no longer stretched out.

  2. MaryBeth says:

    LOVE Amy Adam’s dress! LOVE!!

  3. Nicole says:

    Cate Blanchett and Clare Danes are the same person.

  4. Renee says:

    Cate looks amazing and so does Oprah, but I don’t like Oprah’s hair. I usually don’t like Oprah’s outfits when she is super dressed up but she looks great here, she even nailed her accessories!!! I hope she truly was having fun at the ceremony.

  5. clolune says:

    Cate=perfection…that’s it!

  6. serena says:

    Love Cate’s whole look, stunning as usual! But I hope Amy Adams will win at the Oscar this year, it has been years and she always got snubbed or something.

  7. AG-UK says:

    Love Cate’s dress. She looks lovely. Like Amy’s too but they all are long sort of full with a belt

  8. Frida_K says:

    Ooh, love the dress…! And the photo of her son politely shaking hands with Sandy is really cute–what an adorable kid he is!

    Oprah looks pretty but yes, she certainly does look unusually svelte here (good for her?).

    Amy’s dress is pretty but the color doesn’t do her lovely hair any favors.

    Emma’s coat is… interesting-bless-her-heart. It’s just so Christmas-y. I do like her dress though.

  9. blue marie says:

    While I like the dress, it almost seems too plain for Cate.
    I like Amy’s dress, but maybe a different color?
    Oprah looks cute, but also like if you threw a cowboy hat on her she’d be ready to two step.
    Love Emma, hate the fug coat.

  10. smee says:

    Normally, I hate that round neckline, but of course Cate B makes it look incredible. She looks comfortable and her hair is perfect.

    The fit and color of Amy’s dress are outstanding – the capelet is a bit too bizzy.

    Emma’s look is very vintage and flattering.

    Oprah looks great in these fitted v-neck tops with the big skirts – evens out the proportions perfectly. The color is just o.k. on her – I think she looks best in bright oranges, pinks and reds.

  11. Aims says:

    I really love cate’s look her. I love that color onher, it makes her eyes pop. I’d wear that dress. Really really love it.

  12. hadleyb says:

    I love both Amy’s and Cate’s dresses.

    Oprah didn’t get snubbed – she was never in the running in my opinion. She needs to stop acting and enjoy her wealth and go away. She is a horrible actress, horrid.

    • Christo says:

      She was good in The Color Purple and, arguably, Beloved, but I agree with your assessment of her performance in The Butler. Her performance in The Butler seemed like an exaggerated version of Oprah herself. The problem is that she worked with Lee Daniels, who has admitted in interviews that he was hesitant to give her direction—unlike more seasoned directors she has worked with such as Spielberg and Jonathan Demme. For that reason, her performance came across as ham-fisted and obvious rather than nuanced.

  13. ahoyhoy says:

    Amy is finally, after all her nominations, starting to look confident (and sexy) on the Red Carpet. I hope she wins the Oscar this year.

  14. Lopusta says:

    I know everyone loves Cate on this site but I just don’t get the fuss over her saying she is flawless and a goddess. There is nothing special about her yea she looks good for her age but she is plain, isn’t an exquisite beauty and has a boyish look well to each their own. I hope I don’t get burned for saying it. Oprah looks great I love the dress on her.

  15. Bianca says:

    Cate is seriously awe-inspiring. I really wish she’d gone for a different shade of lipstick – this orange-y one looks way too harsh on her fair complexion (I should know).

    In my wildest dreams, I have Amy Adam’s hair. Sigh, so pretty. I would have liked the dress better if it were another colour, but I’m not mad at it.

  16. Nicolette says:

    Love Amy’s dress, absolutely love it! And I’m also loving Emma’s coat and red dress. Beautiful.

  17. Thunderthighs says:

    Love, love, LOVE Amy’s dress!

  18. Ice Maiden says:

    Great dress – on Cate. Not sure about the orange lipstick though. The only nice thing I can say about Amy’s dress is that the colour is beautiful. Oprah looks fab. Emma looks like Emma.

    Oh, isn’t Roman Cate’s middle son, not her youngest?

  19. elo says:

    Great Cate! She is absolutely my favorite actress right now, this dress is amazing, and I love the fact she took her son.

  20. lower-case deb says:

    her son is a mini Andrew Upton!
    glad Roman has some fun at the event. he looks well brought up, so kudos mama!

  21. OriginallyBlue says:

    Amy looks fab. I love the dress and I love Oprah’s dress as well.

  22. Lucy says:

    Cate’s so winning another Oscar! And I want her dress!!! Amy’s dress reminds me of something JLaw wore a couple years ago, for the GG I think. I like Amy’s better, Jen’s was too bright.

  23. Jayna says:

    Cate is perfection from head to toe for the night.

    I also love Amy’s look. She wore the hell out of that gown. Gorgeous. On someone else they might not have carried it off, but it was perfect on her figure. The lines to the gown on her were beautiful, tailored to her body perfectly..

    I think Oprah’s dress was so flattering on her and loved her hair.

  24. Grant says:

    I’m kind of over Emma Thompson, to be quite honest. We get it. You’re quirky and off-the-wall. I didn’t love her in the Mary Poppins movie (which kind of sucked) and those shoes are disgusting.

  25. lucy2 says:

    I like all the looks here, but Cate looks divine. She has such incredible presence.

    I still haven’t seen AH, but I always root for Amy Adams, who is long overdue for a win. But pin her against Cate…tough call. Both amazingly talented actresses.

  26. Ginger says:

    Cate is a goddess as always! And I can relate to the big Mom bear hug that your son squirms away from (or makes a face as my son does). I like the color of Amy’s dress as well but I can’t figure out the part around the shoulders…is that a shrug? And her hair is to die for but that’s not a surprise. I have serious hair envy whenever I see her.

  27. Mara says:

    Cate is so beautiful no matter what she wears.

  28. heartdoc says:

    Cate can do no wrong in my eyes! She’s lean and tall and pulled off that full length full bodied dress effortlessly (I’m actually very jealous..all 5ft me. Lol)

  29. Tatiana says:

    Aww, Cate was so sweet and cute with her son. She looks really great and appropiated considering this awards are held at an airplane hanger. I love her make up and her accesories, very effortless and chic. My favorite of the night as she did not overdressed as many others did.

  30. moon says:

    Cate is so regal! Don’t think Emma cares about noms, and she’s already won two. Oprah though….

  31. pru says:

    The Goddess Cate looks as perfect and ethereal as ever.
    And even though I’m not loving Amy’s dress, I think the color is great on her!

  32. shellybean says:

    OMG! I think Cate looks fabulous!!! I LOVE her hair like this.