Meryl Streep, Berenice Bejo & Shailene Woodley: who did long sleeves best?

Last night, Meryl Streep won her third career Oscar (after a record seventeen nominations) for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Her acceptance speech was gracious and humorous as well: “When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no! Oh come on, why her? Again!’” It was an unanticipated win since Viola Davis previously took both the Golden Globe and SAG honors this season, but it was nice to see Meryl be formally recognized as a threepeat winner.

As for Meryl’s dress, she wore a custom-made, gold lame Lanvin gown that was worlds ahead of her country-western shirtdress from the Golden Globes. Here, she’s impossible to pick apart, for the hair, jewelry, and makeup were all quite appropriate for the Oscars occasion.

Meryl also took a few moments to admire (and get busy with) the hot Oscar statue in the winners’ room:

Berenice Bejo, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Artist, chose a beaded, bottle-sea green Elie Saab dress. It looked … ice capadey. Her hair color was also a bottled orangey red as well, which is a change from the dark ash brown she sported at the Globes. Such an unnatural looking hair color didn’t do any favors for Berenice’s skin tone, but she did as well as possible in the makeup department.

Young Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), age 20, also chose long sleeves for her Oscar debut with a white Valentino couture gown and described her look as follows: “I love this dress because it’s so different and it’s so incredibly me. I love that it’s long sleeved and classy and simple.” Shailene also noted that she’s studying to be an herbalist and is “just super stoked to be here.” Elegant and classy indeed.

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. hateonit. says:

    who is that last girl? she’s famous? for what?

  2. eileen says:

    Love Meryl-she owns the gold fabric much better than George’s Barbie. I don’t hate the sea-foam green but it would have looked better with hair down, not the orange red color and different jewelry and more dramatic makeup.
    I LOVE the white dress! Its so different. And good for her taking fashion risks so young. Most girls in her position would have gone pagenty.

  3. Ravensdaughter says:

    Naughty Meryl-she is a goddess! The other dresses-

  4. Amanda says:

    uggggggghhhhhhh Shailene’s dress was the WORST!

    • hateonit. says:

      Meryl Streep can do no wrong. ever. but I’m not trying to be mean. I’m being honest. can you tell me who the last girl is?

  5. paola says:

    I love Meryl and i’m so happy she finally won the oscar again! She is rocking that Lanvin, even if i’m not sure about the bottom part of the dress, it looks a bit towel-y, but the top part was really beatiful with her skin tone and jewelry.
    I also love Shailene, i’m sure she’ll be around for a while and she’ll be such an amazing talent, which to be honest she already is..and so humble and bubbly, love her!

  6. gloaming says:

    Apparently Meryl signed up with Colin Firth’s wife Livia to wear an eco friendly dress, I though she looked lovely but I have issues with gold dresses at the Oscar’s. But she looked really comfortable in it.
    Shailene was gorgeous, but Bernice looked washed out and she needs a new hair colour.

  7. Maguita says:

    Did not like Shailene’s dress. That girl has a fantastic to die for figure, and is hiding it in a rather matronly dress. Also, the sleeve caps looked at time like they were coming undone. Thought really she was losing threads.

    Meryl, is no fashion plate. She dresses… Blah. But I so love her, and her attitude on anything film. The way she had truly kept friends in Hollywood throughout her career speaks volumes.

    Bernice’s dress looked ok on the runways, and it was features on quite the skeletal model. So on a real woman, the transparent sleeves did not look elegant at all. It really looked “Ice Capades-y”.

  8. Aiobhan says:

    The dress is too old for Shailene. She is so cute and young for this dress. Valentino is the go to place if you want to look your best.. if you are an 80 year old Italian grandmother. The color is nice but the buttons down the front or oddly placed and the high neckline with the boobs peeking through is just weird. I don’t know a thing about herbology but do it and do it big Shailene.

    Meryl looked amazing. That is all.

    Berenice has gotten it wrong all season. Which is sad because she is French and has access to some of the best fashion houses in the world and she wears that. I refuse to believe that there were not three other dresses that she could have worn from the same collection. Her jewelry is nice though and the color is great. Her hair is bad.

    • normades says:

      Agreed Berenice has given French style a bad name. So many bad red carpet choices.

    • Tapioca says:

      Seconded! It’s the hair. That horrible, horrible orange dye that somehow also made its way onto the head of Viola Davis.

      In the first OSS117 film she wears slinky black (with pink stripes) and long satin gloves and looks AMAZING – she should have gone super dark & sultry tonight.

  9. The.princess.leia says:

    Bedhead, Meryl actually took home the Globe, not Viola.

  10. normades says:

    Sorry, Shailene Woodley wins WORST dressed in my book. Like others state this dress is just too old for her. Does NOTHING for her young figure or fresh features. This was her chance to impress, but it was a big fat fail.

  11. Marianne says:

    None of them. Meryl’s dress is so ill-fitting. And it looks like stole some curtains from the Oscars. Yuck.

    Berenice is probably the best out of the 3. But I still dont think its a great look for her.

    Shailene’s dress is too matronly for her. The girl is 20…have some fun.

  12. mia girl says:

    Meryl looked lovely.

    I really like Woodley’s dress, just not on her, and not on an Oscar red carpet.

  13. Asli says:

    Don’t really like any of them.

  14. Jill says:

    Woodley’s dress was too matronly for her. Streep needs a new stylist. She’s a marvelous actor but her red carpet look is godawful. She always looks like she’s wearing the living room curtains.

  15. Shelly says:

    Meryl looked fabulous! She was absolutely radiant. What a beautiful woman!

  16. gladshewon says:

    Did I hallucinate reading, maybe two years ago, that Meryl and her husband Don were getting a divorce? Does anyone else remember that? For a few years, she was always showing up to events with only her daughters. I was surprised to see them together this awards season, and am now really questioning my sanity. Anyone?

  17. TXCinderella says:

    Meryl needs Spanx or some kind of shapewear. She’s got bulges everywhere and gold lame’ just doesn’t look good like that. She is a fantastic actress though.

  18. GoodCapon says:

    Up until I wiki-ed her I had no idea that Berenice Bejo was the same girl from A Knight’s Tale!

  19. irishserra says:

    I totally read the blog title to include “Benicio Del Toro.” Derp. I’m still trying to wake up this morning.

  20. Princess Lizabeth says:

    I hope Oscar doesn’t mind Meryl getting so touchy-feely…it’s bordering on awkward in photo four.

  21. Camille (The original) says:

    Meryl looked fabulous.

    I don’t care for the other 2 dresses at all.
    Berenice is a pretty woman but she looks awful here.

  22. Maritza says:

    Meryl needs to wear spanx, but other than that she looks great. I loved her speech,she was so sweet. At least actresses won’t have to fear again losing an Oscar to her anymore because I doubt she will ever win again.

  23. Jane says:

    I LOVE Shailene. She did an unbelievable job in The Descendants and I think she’s adorable as well as gorgeous.

  24. Jane says:

    Meryl won the Golden Globe this year too. Not Viola. So Meryl was looking more set up to win with both the Globe and the BAFTA.

    Good on her. She looks great here

  25. Megan says:

    Did Shailene borrow that dress from Princess Leah?