Keira Knightley versus Rooney Mara: who did “pale girl in black” better?

At the National Board of Review Awards, lots of the ladies were in black. Obviously, they’re not going to pull out their show-stopping gowns for a critics’ awards show, but I do wish that some of the girls had tried a little bit harder. First up: Keira Knightley in Nina Ricci. Much like Duchess Kate, Keira has a lace problem. Keira loves lace, and her lace dresses often fall into the “doily” category for me. This dress is just… it’s too precious and not flattering enough for her. Meh. Also: what’s up with her face? Her eyes and mouth look super-weird to me.

Compare Keira to Rooney Mara in this Miu Miu dress. Rooney consistently chooses dresses that do very little for her slender, petite figure. It’s the weirdest thing. She basically has the same body as pre-pregnancy Natalie Portman – you’d think that Rooney could find some stuff that would really flatter her. I do like Rooney’s hair and makeup here, but only by comparison to how underdone and corpsey she looked throughout the promotion of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

And here’s Helen Mirren, showing those little bitches how a real bitch should wear black. OWN IT, HELEN.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Marianne says:

    If it werent the tights I would say Keira.

  2. Anne Elliot says:

    What has K done to her face. She is a beautiful woman. WTF?

    Dame Helen – gorgeous as usual.

  3. brin says:


  4. Asli says:

    I don’t know what it is but Rooney always have a blank, porcelin doll-look in her eyes. Keira looks possesed and Helen is rocking that dress. Work it, Helen!

  5. Asli says:

    I don’t know what it is but Rooney always have a blank, porcelin doll-look in her eyes. Keira looks possesed and Helen is rocking that dress. Work it, Helen!

  6. Hanna says:

    Keira will always look better than Rooney. Always.

  7. Yael says:

    i think keira’s makeup is the problem.

    also, rooney’s eyelashes are bothering me.

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    See? I told people that Mara could do aomething about those bangs!! So much better. I dislike both of them but I actually prefer Mara here. I hate Knightly’s dress and the face is just….like, what is going on there??? Regardless, KK is still holds the title for Most Overrated Actress of All Time.

    • Marianne says:

      Throughout Rooney’s whole “Dragon Tattoo” campaign, she has either sported that side swept look, or the bangs in the front. She’s had 2 hair looks all season.

  9. LadyAnne says:

    Dame Helen has such a great sense of style. And I love Keira, no matter what. She’s so beautiful.

  10. Blue says:


  11. Kayleigh says:

    Keira Knightley. She looks flawless as usual..

  12. Sara says:

    Keira all the way.

  13. Franny says:

    their eyelashes are getting close to Kimmie lengths.

  14. T.C. says:

    What’s wrong with Keira’s face? Is she sucking on a lemon between snaps? Rooney’s dress could not be more plain if she tried. Horrible choice. Helen is looking awesome, it’s all about attitude girls.

  15. Jessica says:

    Keira’s fake eyelashes were the first thing I noticed. Yikes.

  16. MerryHappy says:

    Keiras been doing pale and glum before we even knew what a rooney mara was.

  17. mika says:

    I think Keira looks lovely, I really missed her too! Helen looks f*cking HOT.

  18. Elizabeth Rose says:

    What’s up with Keira’s eye makeup? She looks like an alien.

  19. mia girl says:

    Keira, no contest.

  20. HoustonGrl says:

    Dame Helen. She’s truly talented, classy, and just overall amazing.

    I think Rooney is starting to be a caricature of herself, not that I don’t like her look, but sometimes I want to shake her and say “you’re not actually Lisbeth Salander!”

    Keira, oh dear. I wish she’d stop tweaking her face, she’s starting to look stiff. I do, however, admire her choice of clothing. She always picks creative and interesting dresses.

  21. Ashley says:

    Rooney Mara is creepy and I hope that I never see her again.

  22. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Rooney looks like the tall olsen sister with Zooey Deshanels blank expression.

  23. meme says:

    Like kiera but rooney looks amazing. Helen worked it! She’s a smart, sexy, sophisticated dame. A legend.

  24. Debby says:

    First place to Dame Helen. Second to Kiera. Third to why is she here anyway Mara

  25. Love all the comments ladies, Dame Helen is rockin’ it true!

  26. Green_Eyes says:

    Hands down as if any room for doubt??Dame Helen! The woman is a total classy, comfortable in her skin, and she always wears the clothes..the clothes do not wear her catagory unto herself…. Helen owns that dress… The dress does not own Helen:)!

  27. Girl says:

    Hey. At least whatzhernutz Is hiding those awful bangs :)

  28. Annie says:

    Keira isn’t what I’d call pale but olive skinned…but her and Rooney do have a similar body type and can rock this style to perfection.

  29. normades says:

    I hope I have Helen’s body at her age. She proves that older woman can look sexy and classy at the same time.

  30. foozy says:

    kiera looks the best out of the two. don’t like mara, prefer her sister

  31. the original bellaluna says:

    And it’s Dame Helen for the win!

  32. Maria says:

    How good is england´s food?? this girls looks sooo thin!

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Other than the fish & chips, it’s pretty inedible, or so I’ve been told by my gourmet-cook/nutritionist mother.

  33. Ally says:

    Helen schooled them both.

  34. UKHels says:

    Obviously my first name twin Helen wins hands down

    I don’t like Rooney Mara much but I can’t get over Keira’s jaw and mouth, I just find them weird and can’t stop staring

  35. Amy says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Winona Rider (not sure on spelling?) and Keira Knightley could be sisters??

    • Annie says:

      I hear that all the time – personally I don’t see it. Keira has altogether stronger bone structure – squarer jaw, higher cheekbones, stronger brow ridge/deeper set eyes. Plus Keira is an A cup and Winona is like a DD! I think perhaps they just have the same dress sense?

  36. ruby says:

    I think Keira and Helen own it, both of them. I quite like Keira’s dress, and her mouth has improved compared to a few years ago and her hairstyle is nice.

    Rooney is a train wreck, but I’d just be repeating myself here.

  37. whatevs says:

    well i love keira as usual but rooney needs to get rid of the a cow licked my hair thing. not flattering for her big boney face

  38. Funnylilou says:

    Keira is so beautiful! I adore her, as a poster said it’s all in the attitude, and Keira is so poised and chic it totally make it up for the thights! and of course dame helen!
    Well it seems like England wins!;D

  39. Princess Lizabeth says:

    Helen Mirren looks better than Keira or Rooney, IMHO. Keira looks like she’s lost weight again, doesn’t she?

  40. Rachel says:

    I prefer Keira’s from the waist up, but what is with the bottom of that dress? The way it’s poofing in the top pic, it kind of looks like shorts — not good. I like the lacy detail, though, precious or not.

  41. anne says:

    If Keira wasn’t such a good actress I think people would see how physically flawed she is from top to bottom – by Hollywood’s standards.

  42. joxjooze says:

    I actually don’t like keira, I find her acting so annoying in most movies- but I really have to say in “a dangerous method” she wasn’t bad at all. also she has good sense of stayle- I like her dress a lot!

    As for Mara, can’t wait until she fades back into oblivion.

    Helen is just gorgeous as always!

  43. Heather says:

    Are you kidding? Keira looks the same as she always has, face and body.

  44. ladybert62 says:

    Helen – you knocked this one out of the ballpark!!

    Kiera looks weird and I hate her hair

    Roma for once has no bangs and looks better but not great.

  45. doodle says:

    Kiera looks lie a frikkin alien! What the hell is going on there???

    So gross.

  46. Kimlee says:

    What’s wrong with Keira face did she do something to it or did she just loose weight.

  47. Lauren says:

    Helen is very womanly and confident. Rooney & K. are frightening. Helen is pure class.

  48. wow says:

    Don’t think Keira had anything done – she has the very annoying habit of making duck face in all of her pictures – she basically makes duck face all the time. This narrows her nose in a weird way (if you purse your lips slightly it will narrow your nose if you have that kind of nose), creates the hollow under her cheekbones and makes her lips look bigger.

  49. wow says:

    Making duck face also creates the weird lines around her lips like she has.

  50. Jane says:

    The black is so absorbing it looks like limbs sticking out of 2-dimensional silhouettes.

  51. ViktoryGin says:


    I’ve sat for the last ten minutes analyzing these red carpet pics and comparing them to previous pictires of Keira because I have no life at the moment.

    And it’s definitely her makeup.

    She’s wearing very long false lashes both top and bottom which gives her eyes a general more “open” appearance, and it seems as if the lashes are chiefly adding that length at the outer corners of her eyes which always gives a person a more uplfted cat-like appearance. She typically does not wear falsies on the red carpet, so I’ve seen from a few of her photos. What adds to the severity is that she is not wearing any eyeshadow, just a slightly-smoked out liner. This look would have looked ALOT better had her makeup artist just done a traditional smokey eye, because it would have made her eyes recede a bit and given them depth rather than having her look like a extraterrestrial with a bad face lift.

    Regarding her mouth: she obviously didn’t reapply her lipstick before she hit the carpet because you can clearly see her lip liner. This especially looks bad because it makes her lips look two-dimensional, pinched, and thinner than they actually are. And on her face it’s disastrous because her bone structure is already very angular.

    She really needs makeup looks that soften her features because she already has a tendency to look “hard”. And generally, “hard” does not age well.

  52. Megan says:

    What is going on with the no accessories? Helen Mirren pulls it off because she is so hot she could pull off a burlap sack. But Keira and Rooney need some earrings.

  53. anna says:

    Rooney Mara is seriously gorgeous.

  54. Roscoe says:

    Keira – I love the dress, but y’all are right, her face looks weird. It seems like she went to the doctor and said “Turn me into Winona Ryder, plzkthnx”. I mean they were similar already, but now it’s just creepy. But, I love her, and love the dress, so I’d pick her.

    Rooney – she has such a beautiful face, but her dresses are almost always bustedly fug. Oy! This is the most misshapen sack of a dress I think I’ve ever seen. It’s totes weird.

    Helen – I hate her dress, but I love her so much it doesn’t even matter. She’s amazeballs.

  55. Kimberly says:

    is it me or does Kira look exactly like wynona ryder ?

    I totally misspelled wynona on this one, but oh well.

    can we get a split screen w/ wyno from her prime days of reality bites?

  56. Alexis says:

    Keira looks a little weird/tweaked around the eyes.

    Helen Mirren looks great.

  57. MissM says:

    I sooooo wish i would age like Helen… wahtever work she’s done, it’s done well and just the right amount! The woman is absolutly gourgeous and has that confident atitude! Learn girls! Don’s try to look like perfect plastic dolls…