Jennifer Aniston in Giambattista Valli at the LA ‘Cake’ premiere: too cutesy or fine?


Let the Cake wash over you. Just lay back and accept it. Here are some photos of Jennifer Aniston and Chris Messina at last night’s LA premiere of CAKE. Jennifer wore a Giambattista Valli dress (it looks like a two-piece, but I guess it’s a dress), Louboutins and Jennifer Meyer jewelry. Jennifer’s been doing a lot of ponytails and updos for her Oscar campaign, hasn’t she? I don’t mind it. I get tired of the hair-in-the-face look, so high-fashion ponytails are a welcome reprieve. As for her Valli look… I’m not a fan. It’s way too cutesy. But it’s nice that Cake is finally getting a real premiere, I guess.

As you can imagine, Jennifer is probably a ball of nerves right now, as we speak. The Oscar nominations come out this morning – the first round will start at 8:30, then all of the big awards will be announced at 8:38 am (EST). We’ll have the nominations up shortly after that, so no threadjacking, mmkay? Jennifer has spent a lot of money – probably her own? – to get an Oscar nomination and many believe it’s going to happen for her. But at last night’s premiere, she was playing coy. She told E! News that she wouldn’t watch the announcements. She said: “I’ll be in bed. I’ll be in bed with my beloved and my dogs dreaming wild little dreams. I’m not going to torture myself. My phone rang yesterday at five o’clock in the morning and I was like, ‘What’s happening? Who’s dead or b, is today Thursday?’” Do you believe her? After shelling out that much money to get a nomination, don’t you think she’ll be up, doing a wake & bake and watching?

If you’re online at 8:30, you can see the live stream of the Oscar nominations here.



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  1. Abbott says:

    I’m going to go ahead and uninstall the internet before these nominations come out. You all be excellent to each other!

  2. Frida_K says:

    It makes her look square and flatten, like she’s literally dressed up as a piece of white bread toast. White bread toast with currants in it, or raisins, maybe, on the lower piece.

  3. Aussie girl says:

    Well it’s not a black dress and this is by far the best in the way of different hair styles, I’ve seen on her in a looooong time.

  4. I like the skirt part–the blouse part is hideous. It looks like it’s trying to be cutesy schoolgirl and sexy all at once.

    And are you guys going to cover what her first love’s widow said??

  5. The Wizz says:

    She shoul either be showing arm OR leg, not both.

  6. Loopy says:

    That outfit is more appropriate for those executive luncheons they have not fit for a premiere.

  7. Dani2 says:

    She looks nice here, oh and I don’t believe for one minute that she’s not going to be watching the live stream – it’s not even a criticism, it’s just a natural thing to do, the Oscars really mean something to her this year.

  8. Josephine says:

    Oh boy, this outfit is awful. I don’t get it at all and she looks uncomfortable. But this time her hair being up is more flattering than the other day. It’s softer and the ponytail is cute.

  9. Blythe says:

    Jennifer, Kiernan Shipka called.

  10. PunkyMomma says:

    The dress is too young for her. Just because you can fit into something doesn’t mean you should wear it. It belongs on a twenty-something.

  11. Lilacflowers says:

    The top looks like a bib of some sort that you put on before a salon treatment.

  12. Kiddo says:

    I like the skirt, but hate the scalloping, crop element and bow detail of the top. I guess I just don’t like he top. lol

    I believe her. I wonder if she genuinely thinks she has a shot?

  13. spaniard says:

    Not a fan of this one either. Lately she seems to insist in choosing unflatering dresses, At least her hair keeps being fabulous.

  14. Erm says:

    Her hair is super cute like this. I really prefer a side part on her (as well as most people). The outfit isn’t flattering on her.. Really makes her look boxy and hides any waist she has. I do like that she isn’t wearing a lbd though.

  15. Rosalee says:

    I want her to nominated just for the pure entertainment of reading the posts of the usual suspects going bat crap crazy.

    As for the widow, she has my sympathies. But, Aniston simply stated in the past there was another love in her life. We’ve all had regrets, that someone who slipped though our fingers. But, it doesn’t diminish the love we once had for them, we move on but the regret lingers, I read the New York Times article and found nothing disrespectful from her comments. The question was asked why wasn’t she there, my response why would she be? If my partner’s ex showed up I’d feel she was infringing on my moments, our lives. To mention a past love is not disrespectful just an acknowledgement there was a relationship we lost, that we regret we may have been stupid, too immature, too young to appreciate the relationship.
    Now let the madness begin!!

    • Kiddo says:

      You forgot to escape down a dark alleyway.

    • cat1 says:

      Rosalee, I agree. why his widow got so defensive.. I guess too much prying from media ? but that wasnt jennifer anistons fault. also agree re: nomination.

      • pleaseicu says:

        Yeah, I feel for the widow but I think her blame is misplaced. The media really is to blame on this one, including his identity leaking.

        IIRC, Jennifer never even mentioned this man’s name in the interview. It was the media who went and dug up his name and information about him and spun it into something it’s not.

      • Josephine says:

        @ pleaseicu – I get what you’re saying, but did she seriously think she was going to mention the love of her life dying young and no one was going to follow up on that? My guess is she didn’t think about the repercussions at all, and while she wasn’t being malevolent, she was just more thoughtless about how the comment would affect others.

    • Luca76 says:

      Aniston whether intentionally or not should have never hinted at that story. Not because she doesn’t have a right to grieve privately but because it put undue attention on that family. I’ll be generous and say she was trying to be candid but the timing (in the midst of an over the top Oscar campaign) is icky. What she said was inconsiderate to the widow and it was careless of her not to realize the press would hunt down and publicize the family considering how much the tabloids use her personal life for fodder.

    • Josephine says:

      I don’t know. If the “love of your life” was dying – slowly – wouldn’t you get in touch? Even if he were married, I would definitely at least send my sentiments to the widow. I think the widow feels like Jen completely forgot about this guy until it made a nice story for her Oscar campaign, especially since she has not apparently mentioned this true love of her life before. I don’t feel strongly about, but I get the widow’s feelings.

      • Kiddo says:

        I can see your point, but I have also experienced situations where the epiphany of importance was not realized until a person was gone and then looking back retrospectively. I’m not one to reestablish myself into a past lover’s life either, if he moved on with someone else and we lost touch. If I had been in communication all along, that might be different. Maybe she didn’t know about the death, until after. You know, missed opportunities and all.
        People move to different dance steps and paces so…
        I feel sympathy for the widow, maybe Aniston will contact her. That would be the right thing at this point.

      • Luca76 says:

        @ Kiddo but why did she have to make an epiphany like that to a NY Times reporter?

  16. Virginia says:

    I’m a fan of both Jen and Angie (for different reasons having nothing to do with their personal lives).

    That being said, I just really don’t think Jen’s going to get an Oscar nom.

    Can’t wait for 8:30!

  17. cat1 says:

    did anyone see the instyle photo shoot (jennifer aniston on cover)? whoever styled her for that (i dont have the mag handy – sorry!) did a fantastic job and put her in clothes that made her look great. (the cover shot was actually not representative.) the short outfits are actually less attractive than longer ones on her.

    If the top had been the same material as the skirt and had short sleeves, sort of vintagey, I think it would have been really cute. I dont dislike it tho .. it is a bit different.

  18. MrsBPitt says:

    This dress looks like something Taylor Swift would wear! I like her hair MUCH better in these pics, than at the Golden Globes. The little pieces of hair softens her face. That severe, greasy, pulled as tight as possible “do” at the Globes was bad!

    I must say, I have watched Jen since Friends, and have watched some of her movies (if I liked her co-stars, never JUST for Jen) and she is a one-note actor. Always the same…I haven’t seen Cake, so I can’t really comment, but if its anything like her past performances, and she gets an Oscar nom….then I truly believe she bought and paid for it!

    • littlestar says:

      I actually just watched Office Space for the first time ever a few nights ago. She was so young in that movie, but anyway, my point is – she played the typical “Rachel” character that she always plays. I do enjoy some of her rom-coms, but she is very one-note.

      I’m hoping Moore finally wins an Oscar!!!

  19. Amcn says:

    She does look much better than the globes. Softer. I wish she would get over the super short skirts though, I don’t think they look very good on her.

  20. Gwen says:

    I can’t help but admire her hustle. We all know it – and they – are all about the hustle so I don’t know why she especially gets called out for it. That being said I don’t think she should get a nomination, let alone an Oscar. Her talent worked so well for tv but in movies she’s not very impressive.

  21. Lahdidahbaby says:

    The dress is too young for even a twenty-something, though I like the skirt. The top is just dreadful. Hair: surprisingly cute. Make-up: check. Do I care if she gets a nom? Emmmm, well, if she’s that good in Cake (I haven’t seen it yet) I’d be glad to see her get one. And maybe then she could begin her life as a grown woman, because I really think she hasn’t done that yet. I think she’s still back where us SoCal beachgirls were in our twenties. I’ve had a hard time growing up, too, mainly because I didn’t want to. Surf was always up for me. Now I live somewhere else and have no choice. I grew up. I still let my inner beachgirl have her say sometimes. I just don’t give her an exclusive on my life. I think if Jen deserves a nom (which I dunno), then it would be for her the kind of love, respect, and professional acceptance that might change her life and let her want to grow up. This post makes no sense, I guess. What the hell do I know anyway? Give her a nom, take away the dress, and let’s see what she makes of it.

  22. obsidian says:

    She’s doing the fake humble/flattered thing again by pretending not to be interested in the Oscars nominations. Well, at least no fake baby bump this time around.

  23. Belle Epoch says:

    Article in Slate says she was able to elbow her way into the Oscar race because there were so few good roles for women. Don’t the Golden Globes disprove that? Anyway their description of Cake is very blunt!

    • LAK says:

      Everybody has been saying this for the past 5months. Since Toronto. Very few roles for women AND very few good nee oscar worthy roles for women in this year’s batch. They’ve really struggled to come up with 3, let alone 5, for any of the award shows.

      By contrast, it’s been a festival of riches on the men’s side. Struggling to cut down to 5 as there are so many contenders, giving good, oscar worthy performances in good, oscar worthy films.

      BTW, though I think she’s long overdue, I hate that Julianna Moore may finally get her oscar simply because the rest of the field is sub par.

      • Bridget says:

        The Golden Globes fields were weak, too. And to say that this year was a weak year on the women’s side isn’t just that there aren’t a lot of great roles for women, but also that some of the successful roles this year weren’t the ‘right’ roles, ie dramatic, ‘independent’ but backed by a big studio, kind of movies. No comedy, no sci fi, independent but no too tiny.

  24. TheOnlyDee says:

    I don’t really like that fancy baby bib top, but the skirt part is pretty.

  25. Mean Hannah says:

    Hair looks good, makeup is fine, but the dress is awful. I hate saying that women should dress their age, because I think women should wear whatever they want, but that’s the first thing that popped in my mind. This should not be on anyone over 22.

    I’m 40 and while I look younger than that, I would not want to look like I’m in my 20s or for people to think I’m in my 20s. It’s not a compliment for a grown woman to be thought of as a young woman.

  26. Guesto says:

    I don’t understand anything about that dress. It’s like something you’d make when you’re learning to sew and your ambition way exceeds your creativity and abilities.

    But I’d fine with her getting a nomination. Why not?

  27. scout says:

    I am willing to watch Cake only if it comes on for free someday on TV just to see what’s all the fuss was about. I am waiting for the Oscar noms today, waiting and wanting to hear “Unbroken” for any award, keeping everything crossed!

  28. TheOnlyDee says:

    And none for Jen Aniston… goodbye!

  29. BadAssCompass says:

    eh, it’s not so much the question of age appropriate as the build/frame appropriate, she is just way too muscular for cutesy ensembles like this, the top seems like a size too small on her. It wold be better suited on more frail shape or someone who gives that girly-lady appearance, like I don’t know, Keira, Michelle Williams etc.
    I think she should earn some indie cred first before considering serious awards, she’s a smart girl and a businesswoman, so that would be a good transition for her, and maybe we live long enought to see her bury her Rachel demeanor once and for all.

  30. minx says:

    Whatever happens this is her last hurrah for “serious” movie roles. She’s not talented enough to compete in the small pool of roles for over-40 actresses; she can’t go back to the no-makeup-wins-nominations well again. She’s way too old for the ingenue/romantic leads. She’ll do smaller comedic parts in movies or, most likely, end up playing a mom on a CBS comedy.

  31. Lilacflowers says:

    Stay in bed, Jen, no phone call is coming!

  32. kri says:

    Chris Messina is lovely. She looks like her usual self. And hell yeah-girlie probably couldn’t get to bed last night, I’m sure. I wonder if the Brow stayed up with her while she tried on her Indian jewelry. Still, good on her for her hustle.

  33. The Original G says:

    She’s got a great body and that dress makes her look like an orange midget wrestler.

  34. db says:

    Maybe I’m so color starved by JA’s usual choices, but that’s the cutest she’s looked in a while, if a mite, um, young. It’s a cute dress though.

    Not to start anything — no really! — but have you noticed JA, AJ and Goop all favor black-to-drab colors? Dear god, why?

  35. capepopsie says:

    At this Point I find her extremely tiresome.

  36. Jayna says:

    No one has seen the movie it seems, not me, but I highly doubt she deserved an Oscar nom for it. Nothing against Jennifer, but her dramatic acting leaves me cold most of the time. I did really like her in the Breakup, where it was a mixture, drama and dark comedy.

    I thought the indie movie where she played the pot-smoking maid she was horrible in, lifeless in the part.

    • daughterofjean says:

      Wasn’t there another Love Happens or something like that? Awful movie! I think all actors have made bombs at one time or another. I stayed at the same hotel when she made that movie and saw her in the lobby. Pictures do this woman no justice. She was so gorgeous in person! Everyone was staring at her.

  37. Annie says:

    I wonder why most of her co-stars were not in the premierre? I guess, maybe because she seems never included them in her promotions, it was all about her and her ” supposedly great acting” and where are her supposed many friends in HW? Anyway, even the BF was not there, probably got tired of being a paid escort.

    So no OSCAR nomination for her after all the hard campaigning including bringing up dead ex BF. Wow that was so crass of her. Not surprised, it seems her real persona is that of a potty mouth crass woman from that TMZ video.

  38. FingerBinger says:

    From the waste up she looks good, but the skirt looks like a lampshade.

  39. kendra says:

    LOL Jennifer it does not look like your week is going very well. KARMA, KARMA could not happen to a more deserving person.

  40. daughterofjean says:

    I like her hair but the dress is tragic. Kudos to her for going out of her comfort zone with Cake. I admire both her and Jolie for putting on one heck of a good campaign for an Oscar.

  41. Bliss says:

    I think the whole outfit is horrible !

  42. Carol says:

    I kind of like the dress, but the skirt needs to be a tad longer. Must suck to be waiting for that nomination and not get it…..Aniston, Chastain, Adams, Gyllenhahl etc.

  43. Camille (The Original) says:

    The hair and shoes are good, but I really hate that dress! So awful! I don’t think it would look good on anyone. Well maybe someone under the age of 25 possibly.

  44. ROBYNSING says:

    Look…I’m not a fan of her acting, but I havent seen Cake and she really looks great in the trailer. No matter. She’s not a classic beauty, but she looks really cute in this and I like it. And she is just cute and cool in general. Loved her GG dress. Her taste is pretty impeccable in clothing in terms of a career. My 17 year old son says she’s hot and has good boobs. My husband always said she has a potato nose. I’m sticking with my 17 year old son. She’s just cute