Oscar Fashion: Natalie Portman is glowing in Rodarte

Pregnant Natalie Portman really nailed it at the Oscars in a draped eggplant-colored Rodarte gown that emphasized her gorgeous cleavage without revealing too much. I was surprised to see Natalie looking so red carpet-ready when she was a big yellow fail in a babydoll dress at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. Plus who can forget her pink and red rose gown at the Globes? She recovered well at the SAGs, though, and she brought it last night at the Oscars.

Some people criticized me for disliking Portman’s effusive Oscar speech. I expected her to be a lot more polished, especially because she seemed very practiced in her interviews with Ryan Seacrest and Robin Roberts on the red carpet. I get the comments that she’s pregnant and hormonal and was overwhelmed in the moment. She’s been in the business long enough not to blather on like she did, though, and I honestly thought she would self correct a little after some of her earlier speeches.

Still, she looked gorgeous and so well put together. I love her wavy sideswept hair and she has on just the right amount of perfectly flattering makeup. Her dress was tailored so well and showed off her cute strappy shoes. The earrings were a little weird, but they were probably meant to mirror the subtle vertical beading around her bodice. Overall she was lovely.







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  1. Brittany says:

    She was my best dressed of the night.

    Did anyone see when she was in the press room and they asked her why she didn’t wear Dior and about Galliano’s anti-Semitic remarks? It was about to get REAL awkward, and then her handlers told her not to answer.

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    Much, much better than the melted chocolate-banana bomb-pop. Nice recovery, Nat. Congrats!

  3. lisa says:

    She looked pretty. but I really don’t see this as some memorable dress that people will be talking about. Nothing really special. Just pretty.

  4. Terry says:

    The dress is as boring and unimaginative as she is.

  5. Jackson says:

    She looked fabulous and totally radiant. I did not like the earrings but even they didn’t bring the overall look down. Great cut, great color, glowing makeup. Beautiful.

  6. sasa says:

    Nice dress. I didn’t care for shoes nor earrings with it.

  7. spinner says:

    The color is gorgeous on her. Do not like the style…there’s way to much going on. Natalie is a goof-ball.

  8. Terry says:

    Her forehead is botoxed and the nosejob is obvious too.

  9. devilgirl says:

    The dress was a nice choice.

  10. Cherry Rose says:

    It’s regal and looks good, though nothing that stands out among the other lovely dresses.

  11. Amanda says:

    I like how she put the kibosh on her fiancee getting any real face time, especially not letting him comment.

  12. Venus says:

    @Brittany — I didn’t see the press room, but I read on TLo’s that she was supposed to wear a Dior dress (she is the new face of Dior) but after Galliano’s arrest, etc. she switched at the last minute to this by Rodarte.

    And, I do think it is a lovely dress for her — and lawd knows I’ve been dogging her style choices with her refusal to wear maternity for the last 2 months — but at least the hem on this dress was meant to be higher in the front. Hate the earrings & shoes, though. Also, hate the hair on principle — I don’t like the “lopsided” hair dos.

    Which brings up the shoes — they are reportedly Jimmy Choo, but I thought she only wore shoes from Target & Stella McCartney (and now her own “vegan” line) because she insists on “cruelty-free” shoes? Maybe that report is inaccurate or maybe the baby is bringing out the carnivore.

  13. photo jojo says:

    Loved the dress. Laughed my @ss off when Baby Daddy got halfway up the stairs to accept the Oscar *with* her and then figured out that he prolly shouldn’t famewhore right at that exact moment.It was a good color for her, though.

  14. beth says:

    this is the colour mila shouldve worn.
    but nat looks great – her earrings nailed everything together. the woman deserves the oscar.

  15. x says:

    gorgeous as usual!

  16. courtney says:

    um she’s only the face of one of Dior’s fragrances Ms Dior Cherie not the entire label get your facts straight. not every woman has to wear maternity clothes while their pregnant. she looked amazing but didn’t deserve the award. Nat’s never going to be in the league of Patricia Neal or Vanessa Redgrave both of whom are Iconic beauties talented actresses ect.

  17. guesty says:

    *looks for cankles* *feels guilty*

  18. brin says:

    She looked beautiful and radiant….good job, Natalie.

  19. Hautie says:

    “Maybe that report is inaccurate or maybe the baby is bringing out the carnivore.”

    Oh wouldn’t be great for her to get caught eating a burger.

    “But the baby wanted In and Out!!!”

  20. carrie says:

    nice colore

  21. Solveig says:

    Amazing dress, amazing colour on her fair skin, beautiful hair, perfect make-up, the earring looked like those things you pull to open and close the curtains, tho.

  22. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    She looked nice.

  23. Cat says:

    @guesty Damn you! You made me go back & look too!! LOL

    Pregnancy agrees with her. Dress was fairly simple, but pretty. I thought I’d scream if I heard her say “um” one more time. If any college students needed an excuse for a drinking game! smh

  24. Deven says:

    Beautiful young girl, very pretty dress on, stunning shoes!

  25. DGO says:

    I know the dress is more aubergine than purple, but all I could think of when I saw her was Barney. The tassle earrings were awful, too. That said, I’m glad she won.

  26. Wendy City says:

    The earrings and the shoes just throw the whole thing off. The earrings look like curtain tossles. Huh? The shoes are not attractive. Did anyone notice her toes? Why are the pointing in opposite directions?

  27. ordinarygirl86 says:

    I thought her dress was very blah and wished she had worn that gorgeous white one with the sparkles(from weeks ago)instead.

  28. JustBored says:

    She looked like she was on the brink of tears in that Red Carpet interview. I kept wondering if she was feeling sick, sad or just nervous.

    I like that dress on her though..

  29. LolaBella says:

    Natalie looks beautiful; love the dress.

    The earrings look like nipple tassels that you would see on Burlesque dancers in Vegas.

    She resembles Kate Winslet so much in these pics.

  30. guesty says:


  31. Yael says:

    Like i said in the previous post she got those earrings from the drapery in my living room. Yes, so she won an oscar…good for her…NEXT please…

  32. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Love the dress. Meh on the shoes & eyeliner. No to the earrings. Brown diamonds would’ve worked better.

  33. mexican girl says:

    like someone said, the way she stopped her babydaddy @ the stairs was the funniest moment of the night!! what was he thinking??

    CB you should let Kaiser make a post just about that, i love the “snarky” humor (i don´t know if it´s the right word) that she puts stuff like that hahahahaha

  34. Ruby Red Lips says:

    @ Courtney – ‘she didn’t deserve the award’ – ummm, well the people who decide thought she did so your opinion is kind of pointless…

    NP is stunningly gorgeous and the colour is fabulous on her and I give her huge marks for being that pregnant and walking around on heels for so long – its not easy!

  35. Az says:

    She looks good but she’s no Catherine Zeta-Jones who set the gold standard for looking gorgeous while pregnant at the Oscars.

  36. Cheyenne says:

    Anything would be an improvement over that banana-chocolate horror she wore at the ISA. The purple dress is okay, that’s all. It’s still not a maternity dress because it’s riding up six inches in the front. And the earrings look like curtain tiebacks.

  37. Cheyenne says:

    @az: Catherine Zeta-Jones would look gorgeous in a burlap sack with three X’s on it.

  38. Andie says:

    I didn’t hear her speech, and I’m not a fan of hers. I’ve never seen a movie with her in it, and for some reason I don’t like her much. BUT…she looked amazing in that dress. Everything about it was gorgeous. Congrats to her stylist on that one!

  39. Anon73 says:

    now i am NOT a Natalie fan. BUT she is a beautiful woman. she looked pretty and overall well styled, esp given she’s so pregnant. the earrings seemed a bit too heavy though, really pulling her lobes down.

    for her speech, given i do not like Natalie, i did not like it. she “looks” more intelligent than she sounds. seriously, i think Harvard compromised their admit standards to take her. when speaking off script she never comes across as particularly intelligent / articulate / insightful / etc.

    also : her comments about the set workers seemed contrived to counter criticism that she is a snob.

    @jojo — me too !! Ballet K-Fed is SUCH a famewhore !! 😉

  40. Carol says:

    Like the dress well enough; HATE the hair.

  41. HRH says:

    I HATE the dress, earrings, shoes, hair- everything. She’s a crap actress, too.

    The dress looks like something a drag queen would wear.

  42. RJ says:

    I thought her speech might go on too long as well but she managed to wrap it up without blathering on too long. Her dress looks nicer in these photos than it did on TV. It’s perfect colouring for her.

  43. Cheyenne says:

    @Anon: I think the Ivies and other elite colleges sometimes compromise their admissions standards to accept a famous name.

  44. Camille says:

    I didn’t like her earrings, but she did look pretty and that colour suited her.

    I’m glad I didn’t get to see the awards show as seeing another painful speech made by NP might have done my head in 😆 .

  45. tinydot says:

    Most of the unkind comments here reflect that it is very, very easy to say something nasty. Very easy. I’m sure if I saw the pictures of the nasty commenters here, I could say something far more nasty about them than they can came up with about Natalie. Drapery tassles? How amateurish an insult.

  46. Venus says:

    @ Courtney– excuse me, where you talking to me with this?

    “um she’s only the face of one of Dior’s fragrances Ms Dior Cherie not the entire label get your facts straight. not every woman has to wear maternity clothes while their pregnant.”

    Because if you were, then I don’t appreciate your rudeness. And I have my facts straight — you don’t.

  47. Becky says:

    I thought she looked great. I wouldn’t normally like the earrings but I thought they worked with the dress.

  48. munchies says:

    the only Best gown in a pregnant woman ive ever seen was the green gown of Angelina Jolie. that was unforgetable.

  49. lucy2 says:

    I really liked the dress, especially the color. From the side it’s very flattering too, for a maternity gown.
    Didn’t care for her hair or earrings though.

  50. Liana says:

    Drapery tassles? How amateurish an insult.


    Well none of us are professional insulters. And her earrings did look like drapery tassels.

  51. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Terry: “Her forehead is botoxed and the nosejob is obvious too.”

    No one is going to botox while they are pregnant. I highly doubt Natalie has any botox in her brow at this time, although please do enlighten us if you know better.

    So, Natalie switched designers? I guess it’s safe to say she won’t be signing any ‘free Galliano’ petitions, eh?

  52. Luci says:

    she looked AMAZING

    if this was a last minute dress, then WOW!

  53. Lia says:

    I didn’t get the impression that her boyfriend was trying to go up on stage. It looked to me like he was just making sure she got up the stairs ok. It would not be wise or safe to let a heavily-pregnant woman try to navigate stairs alone in a long, flowing dress. People like to read drama into things where it really didn’t exist.

  54. JQ says:

    The dress is indeed a lovely dress for a pregnant gal. I wince in pain at those lovely but high shoes though. And I feel like she’s one of us when I look at her pregnant arms. I have mostly gained in my belly but my arms show it too so it makes Natalie seem a little more human and likeable, ever so slightly though.

  55. Liana says:

    I really liked this dress (I even liked the drapery tassel earrings). She’s been such a miss lately that it’s nice she had a hit on an important night like this.