Jessica Chastain in red-pink Prada at the Critics’ Choice: unfortunate or lovely?

Here are some of the “Best Actresses” from last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, also known as the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association Awards. While Jennifer Lawrence seemed to sweep in category after category (Bedhead will cover her in a moment), there was some early movement in the Best Actress Oscar campaigns. While Jennifer Lawrence got Best Actress awards for “Comedic Actress” and “Action Actress,” many feel that the real contest is between Naomi Watts for The Impossible and Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain won! And Naomi looked disappointed when they cut to her too. You can see the full list of winners here.

Jessica’s dress was Prada, and it was fussy, which I think we just have to acknowledge is Jessica’s default style, sadly. Her “date” was her grandmother, and she often looks like her grandmother is picking out her red carpet looks – and no disrespect to grandmothers, but NO. Sure, you could make the argument that Jessica doesn’t want to go too big too fast, and the Oscar campaign is a marathon of fashion (for the next seven weeks). But I still want her to go bolder and more interesting. The only interesting thing about this gown is the bejeweled detail at the back, but even that’s kind of meh. PS… I loathe her earring choice.

Marion Cotillard might have been licking her wounds after failing to get an Oscar nomination for Rust & Bone yesterday. Many thought she would definitely make the short list, but she didn’t. I feel kind of bad for her, but not enough to say that I like this fug Zuhair Murad dress. I’m sorry, but this whole look is a mess. And THAT HAIR! She didn’t cut it, it’s just pulled back in a swoopy, unfortunate little bun.

Naomi Watts wore this black Emilio Pucci, and the cut and style was definitely reminiscent of what Jennifer Lawrence wore at the same event, although I really like Naomi’s dress better. It’s simple, elegant, and it’s suits her so much more than what she wore at the People’s Choice Awards, that Alexander McQueen mess which looked like Marchesa. Like Chastain, I guess Naomi is saving her show-stopping fashion for the bigger shows, like the Globes. Here’s the thing: Naomi is pretty much in a fashion groove these days (if you ignore that McQueen) – she’s been looking amazing lately, hitting it out of the park time after time. So I have faith she’ll deliver throughout the award season. I do not have the same faith in Chastain.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Suze says:

    Like Naomi’s dress, hate the others.

    Can no Hollywood hair stylist do a decent updo anymore? Poor Marion looks frumpy and the other two have defaulted to tucked behind one ear on one side and shaggy cocker spaniel on the other side look that has been on the red carpet forever.

  2. Melymori says:

    Jessica Chastain Stylist seems to hate her all the time, I’ve never seen her dressed in something that actually looks good on her, NEVER!
    But I think she’s a great actress and the one to beat at this Oscars.

  3. daz says:

    Marion Cotillard is so beautiful

  4. says:

    The fit of Jessica’s dress seems to be a little off, especially in the bust.

    I actually like Marion’s dress! Not with those shoes though.

    Naomi Watt’s is ok, boring. But her husband is mighty fine.

  5. mkyarwood says:

    So her and Bryce Dallas Howard still aren’t the same person? It seems like they are!!

  6. Jenny says:

    I think I would like MC’s dress if the top was just plain black. The waist of JC’s dress is unfortunate. I think if it were lower the fit would be better.

  7. Denise says:

    I love that dress on Marion Cotillard! It looks so fresh compared to the usual floor-length dresses the rest are wearing, although Naomi is looking well.

  8. Diane says:

    Did Jessica shop at a Mother of the Bride shop? Ugh. I agree with mkyarwood that she and Bryce are one and the same.

    Marianne is her usual high fashion self and carries it off beautifully.

  9. Marianne says:

    I hate Jessica’s dress. It just looks so budget and cheap. I love Marion’s though. My sister hated it and said it looked like a glue gun threw up it on, but I thought it was interesting and different and really suited Marion’s shape. Naomi looked pretty good, but nothing really “wow” about it.

  10. annabelle says:

    I really like what Marion is rocking.

    It’s got interest and attitude. It’s a great dress for a girl who’s just there to drink champagne and hang out like it doesn’t bother her to be overlooked.

  11. Jenny says:

    Jessica’s looks like a bridesmaid special from David’s Bridal shop. Budget at best. I hope the body language improves between Naomi and Liev during the season as that pose is cold at best.

  12. Jenna says:

    Ugh. Jessica I love you, but that dress is so blah!!! Step it up girl!

  13. Kayla says:

    Naomi’s earrings are incredible – I just want to know where to find a pair!

  14. lucy2 says:

    Naomi looks great and that dress was perfect.
    Marion is so pretty she almost pulls that off. I kind of like the skirt, but the whole thing, no. But she’s sort of Cate Blanchett-like in her ability to make me almost like weird dresses.

    Jessica’s looks so generic and amateur. She has sort of washed out coloring, she needs a stylist who can work with that.

  15. Ri says:

    I feel bad for Chastain, her stylist is obviously trying to sabotage her. There is no other explanation for her awful style.

    Naomi looks beautiful.

  16. QQ says:

    Why is Jessica Chastain doing this to herself constantly? Ill fit, bad colors? Blah stuff!! She is so so pretty!! :(

    Idk Minus the shoes I kinda think i love Marion’s Steeze all over, hair makeup an the work on those flowers!!!

    Naomi Looks Like a BossLady!

  17. s says:

    jessica looks demure. It’s ok, not crazy about the bow thing in the back. Naomi is a bombshell.

  18. JM says:

    I disagree about Jessica! She always looks great . . . and in any case, her beautiful smile makes any outfit look good.

  19. tracking says:

    Wow, Naomi looks va-va-voom drop-dead gorgeous! I appreciate that Jessica doesn’t do the vamp thing, but she doesn’t seem to have much of a sense of style. These big bejeweled gowns and lace insets have got to go!

  20. taxi says:

    Jessica’s dress is neither flattering nor stylish. Did it come out of the trunk in the attic?

  21. Diana says:

    I love jessica, but that dress is not for her; it looks so big and has nothing interesting. Girl needs a new stylist right away.

  22. StaCat1 says:

    They all look great! Love Jessica’s dress..the back is stunning!

  23. Nina says:

    Jessica’s choice leaves a lot of room for improvement. Cut doesn’t flatter her, nor does the color. She needs a smashing red dress that would blow everyone’s socks off… oh well.
    Not a fan of Marion’s dress, but she pulls it off. Naomi looks elegant, cool, gorgeous! I LOVE to see strong, talented women together. Let’s celebrate them!!

  24. The Original Genevieve says:

    WHOAAA!! Unfortunate, NOT lovely. Adore Jessica, but since when is her stylist shopping for her at Pea in the Pod?

  25. Mazunte says:

    I absolutely love Marion´s dress. I fint it amazingly beautiful and original and it looks perfect on her. She is so beautiful.

    Jessica is pretty but her style is always too boring.

  26. MisJes says:

    Jessica Chastain’s look here is a complete miss. The colour, the ill-fitting cut, the fussy v-neck detail – it’s all wrong! Also, her make up is badly done, the no-eyebrow look is unflattering in the extreme.

    I’m not a fan of Marion’s look, but it is a far sight more interesting and put-together, even if it is a bit off.

    Naomi looks lovely, the cut and fit of her gown is very well done. Her hair and make up looks fresh and pretty – she looks great!