Charlize Theron versus Anne Hathaway: who looked better in Berlin?

The Berlin International Film Festival is in full swing, and lots of Hollywood stars have made the pilgrimage to Germany to shill their films and pick up awards and raise money for charity and all of that good stuff. Charlize Theron appeared (unexpectedly) in Berlin for the annual Cinema of Peace Gala. This is her first red carpet in a while – maybe since last summer…? I feel like it’s definitely her first red carpet since she shaved her head for Mad Max last year. While Charlize has been spotted out and about in LA, we’ve seen that her buzzcut has grown out long enough to be made into a fauxhawk, and I for one loved that look on her. I’m not as crazy about this look here – slicked-back, darker, almost too sleek? Don’t get me wrong, she’s one of the few who could successfully attempt this hairstyle. But wouldn’t it look cuter if she had done a fauxhawk on the red carpet?

As for the dress, it’s Gucci and it’s perfection. This is seriously one of my favorite dresses on her of all time. One complaint: it’s too tight in the bust. It just needed to be let out one inch. Or two, maybe.

Also in Berlin – the stars of Les Miserables. Anne Hathaway wore Chanel for the premiere, and OMG HER HAIR. WTF? Okay… first off, I don’t like the Chanel mullet dress. The “party in the back” part is super-cheap-looking, and it seems like such an afterthought of what could have been a decent little cocktail dress. As for the hair… NOOOOOO. I thought her hair and makeup had reached a “perfect level” in Paris last week, and now she’s ruined it. I can’t. Oh, but Hugh Jackman looks nice, doesn’t he?

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  1. Elceibeno says:

    Charlize Theron’s dress wins. She looks statuesque.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Charlize is like a perfectly shaped bronze statue herself; she makes everything look amazing! Sigh… girl-crush.

      AnnE… ugh. Why?! Who is her stylist? How do these hideous things manage to crawl on her tiny figure, all by themselves? ‘Cause she ain’t putting them on herself, right? Right?! Ugh.

      • Aiobhan says:

        I think her stylist is still Rachel Zoe but I am not 100% sure about that. Zoe loves Chanel and would try to put everyone of her clients in Chanel if she could. I think the brand is over-rated but I like Karl Lagerfeld for the grumpy old bitch that he is.

        Why is this even a contest? Charlize wins hands down.

      • Az says:

        Is Rachel Zoe still dressing Anne? Because a lot of what she’s worn is very un-Zoe so I’ve been wondering.

    • Mom says:

      Both beautiful, but look at Hathaway’s 4th row of gathered fabric, after her midline. ??

    • mimi says:

      The color is too light and strapless is not right for her body-shape (her shoulders for example).

      She is very beautiful and the dress is very pretty.

      That has nothing to do with anything.

      I did find her expression very sad, disappointed or beat.
      I felt for her. I would imagine she is not in the best time of her life now, regardless of her imense beauty.

      • giddy says:

        …ummmm…very perceptive comments… she looks very, very butch… tough… like she just finished chopping a cord of wood… then showered… combed back her inch cut hair… threw on a gown… and walked down the carpet… she lacks any connection or human emotion… NO feminine qualitites… she’s fearsome… and beautiful in a cold and empty way… but there’s no warmth…or soul…

  2. Christina says:

    Charlize looks like a goddess, as always. I don’t think the dress is too tight at all – in fact, it fits her to perfection.

    As for Anne…. that is a Chanel? Seriously? I mentioned on another thread that they seem to have lost it as regards choosing ‘spokesmodels’ (Giselle? Brad Pitt? Blake Lively?) but now, more importantly, it seems they’ve also lost it as regards the clothes themselves.

    • Mila says:

      True! Coco is turning in her grave.

    • Ramona Q. says:

      CT’s dress is a lil tight. You can see under her armpit, her upper back pudge is pinched and spilling out, and girl doesn’t even have back fat to pinch.
      She is ridiculous beautiful.

      AH usually has it ALMOST right. Brush the bangs out of her eyes, tone down the black eyes, take that peacock thing off her dress, add 6 inches to her dress and much better.

  3. Victoria1 says:

    Why Anne??? The dress, the hair!!! Ugh. No me gusta

  4. Ellie66 says:

    Charlize is lovely, the dress is beautiful she would look good in anything. I’m so sick of Anne Hathaway she is just so annoying she is up there with James Franco in the “I do it for my craft” bullshit! She is a meh actress very bland…and her bangs are too long. 😉

    • Nina says:

      ITA with everything you said in your post… wouldn’t it be funny if she was upset at the Oscars? Say, by Sally Field or Helen Hunt? She’d probably throw a fit in the lobby if it was Amy Adams… ahahahaha

  5. Eleonor says:

    Charlize hands down. She looks Gooddes-like, and Ancient Goddess. I could totally go lez for he!

  6. T.Fanty says:

    I’m not feeling the hair/make up on Charlize, but she’s still streets ahead of Anne. She has naturally what Anne works SO hard to achieve.

    • MW says:

      I was ready to hate on Charlize’ hair, but I like it! Anne is still playing the “little waif” card, and I was over that a year ago.

  7. judyjudy says:

    I like CT’s hair casual but not a fan of the formal, slick look. She IS perfection though, and if anyone can rock it it’s her.

    Hugh Jackman always looks so handsome.

    Anne? I’ve got nothing to say about that…uh…situation going on here.

  8. Shaz says:

    The slicked back hair jumps out at you as the one wrong note. Now, I have to choose between the sleek, satiny, bejeweled, beige number and the furry, wrinkly, mullet dress…hmmm…can I get back to you?

  9. Lolly says:

    Bite your tongue Kaiser. It’s sacrilegous to even mention annE in the same sentence as Charlize. It’d be like comparing a sewer rat to a Swan. Totally unfair. I did a side by side of both & annE basicness totaled by computer screen!

  10. Hahahaha says:


    Even if Charlize was wearing no makeup, fresh off a 3 day coke bender dressed in a gunny sack, she would still be better looking than Hathaway. Hathaway is the definition of basic

  11. Deb says:

    Don’t like Charlize’s hair/makeup but she looks magnificent in that dress. Anne should just send a pic of herself in the pink Prada to all future red carpets because she will never look better than that.

  12. Charlize should have added big earrings and she would have been a perfect 10!

    I like Anne’s dress too but not her hair.

    Hugh always looks awesome.

  13. Ms Kay says:

    Charlize Theron hands down, no contest!!!!

    AnnE Sam Sheepdog hairdo no thanks!

  14. V4real says:

    Charlize wins by default b/c I dispise Anne. Anne is not attractive and she looks hideious in that trampy getup

  15. bns says:

    Call me crazy, but Anne >>>>>

    Charlize looks gorgeous, but that goes without saying. I hate the way her hair is styled here.

    • Toot says:

      I agree. I thought Anne looked cute and happy.

    • Zoid says:

      CT wins for dresses but I think Anne’s hair is cute. And looks wise, of course CT will win, she’s naturally drop dead sexy. Still mean of some of the other posters to call Anne ugly though in comparison. She’s cute in my opinion.

  16. j.eyre says:

    Charlize’s dress is just gorgeous. I think you might be right about the bust – either that or weird posture is causing something strange with her back shoulder.

    I like her hair. It’s appropriate for the event. She looks like Garbo. I would have loved it if she had gone full Garbo with an elegant tuxedo. Oh could she have worked the hell out of that.

    Does Hugh Jackman look nice? I feel like this is a trick question.

    • Ericka says:

      i love her hair here. the only style that would work for this kind of look is slicked back. i notice how so many on here form their opinions based on the majority! sometimes this blog can remined me of hs..

  17. David99 says:

    Charlize Theron wins huge!

  18. Annie says:

    Charlize looks like an Art Deco Amazon straight out of a glamorous version of Metropolis. East Berlin revolutionary art. Kudos to her stylist!

  19. poppy says:

    what in the gd biz wax??!?!?!
    herr karl’s brains ist kaput.
    maybe his kitten sucked what was left of his talent out through his pony tail?

  20. T.C. says:

    Charlize Theron looks like a goddess from head to toe. The dress fits her like a glove. Love the slicked back hair. Girl is rocking that short hair cut like a Boss.

    AnnE’s dress is embarrassing. Channel put their name to that mess? I like her hair and makeup. The top half of Hugh’s suit is perfect it’s the pants that look too tight.

    • lady mary. says:

      @ T.C.agree with everythin that u said i think its been a long time since anyone has come this close to being so statuesque on the red carpet this year as charlize here

    • Ericka says:

      I’m so happy she doesn’t seem to be botoxing anymore!!!

  21. Jaq says:

    Hathaway FTW!!!!

  22. Nicolette says:

    Charlize is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Perfect face, but I hope her hair grows out.

    As for Ms. Ann with an E, where do I start first? The back of her dress looks like a long piece of toilet paper that became caught in her stockings upon her last trip to the ladies room, and is trailing behind unbeknownst to her. And the eyes? Please. Is she going for the ‘goth’ look now? Someone with big Liza Minnelli eyes shouldn’t be doing the heavy eyeliner. Once again, annoying! Best part of her look is Hugh Jackman.

  23. HouseofBeatrix says:

    Charlize is perfection, with the exception of the lip color. That woman is beyond fierce.

    The first photo of Anne made me think of Lena Dunham. Doesn’t she have that same traumatic haircut?

  24. Turtle Dove says:

    Don’t hate me for saying this, but I think that Charlize, who I adore, bulked up a little for Mad Max. I love me some Charlize, but I prefer her long and sinewy.

    I like her with short hair, but I prefer her with a longer length.

    • Jayna says:

      That ad (I can’t even remember who for, maybe Dior) with her in a gown and jewels and walking and stripping down, she was a goddess. Her legs are amazing. The best ad with a movie star ever.

      • Becky1 says:

        Yeah, I agree. Every time I see that Dior commercial I’m just in awe of her beauty and presence.

        I’m not a fan of her current hairstyle, though. Too severe.

    • LAK says:

      i’ve been thinking that CT looks bigger recently, but i thought it was just my imagination. i am glad someone noticed it too. It’s also the only explanation for the back flesh you see spilling out in the picture above.

      She is perhaps a size up from her usual size.

      She looks good though.

      • Turtle Dove says:

        @LAK – Agreed. Just maybe one size up.

        @Jayna – I ENVY her in that ad. She’s absolute perfection in that ad and everything is working: dress, hair, makeup, physique, all.

  25. Lucy2 says:

    Charlize looks gorgeous, but then again she always does.
    I don’t mind the top half of Anne’s but the mullet part has to go. Her hair would be fine swept to the side just a bit, straight down isn’t good.

  26. Mara says:

    Charlize is stunning!!!

  27. Hoya_chick says:

    Lol, is that a real question? Charlize. By a mile. Look at her! Gah. Total perfection. The dress, the hair the minimal jewelry, it all just works.

    I never like anything AnnE wears and I don’t like her and this is no exception. The hair is terrible (oh Kaiser, speaking of hair LR got bangs! lol. I know how much you love bangs I am looking forward to your post on it! ha). The dress is terrible. Nothing redeeming about this look at all. I’ll say something nice, it’s not as bad as that ill fitting pink prada catastrophe she had on a few days ago. She really should get a new stylist. Rachel Zoe is terrible and all of her looks this award season have either been way off or barely okay.

  28. mimi says:

    Of all today’s actresses Charlize is the best throwback to old hollywood goddesses with her classic beauty, elegance, sass, poise, and effortlessness. I agree that this is one her greatest gowns. A faux hawk would not work with the dress though kaiser. Come on. Can’t wait to see what she wears to the Oscars too. Hopefully it is better than that rose boobs dress from 3 years ago.

    Anne Hathaway? Who cares about her when you have pictures of Charlize.

    • Bubbles says:

      Anne is prettier than Charlize to me. I love her.

      • mimi says:

        You have weird taste then. That’s like saying Liza Minnelli is prettier than Grace Kelly.

      • Annie says:

        I totally see the resemblance to a young Liza but I think Anne is much cuter…kind of like how people say Keira Knightley and Rumer Willis have a certain resemblance yet Keira is beautiful but Rumer…isn’t.

  29. Marianne says:

    I loved Anne’s dress till i scrolled down and realized it was some sort of mullet dress. Therefore, Charlize wins this round.

  30. GiantGlohearts says:

    CT’s mouth reminds me of Kim K, it has that weird line thing either side. Like the Joker from Batman.

  31. Amanda G says:

    Hugh Jackman looks better than either of them. ^ ^

  32. Agnes says:

    Charlize is perfection here. Anne – a big, fat NO. Especially on the black sheer pantyhose. Yuck.

  33. Lucija says:

    I love love love Anne’s hair. It seems a bit darker and looks great. I also like the dark blue colour on her, but the dress isn’t pretty.

    As for Charlize, if I was asked before who could rock hair that short, I would have said Charlize, but, not so much. It just doesn’t suit her. The dress is nice.

  34. Bijlee says:

    Like Charlize thereon. She looks okay, not stunning, but okay.

  35. Bijlee says:

    I think Anne’s hair looks fine…the dress is ugh though. This is the first time I’ve ever followed celebitchy through awards season or any season really and I have to say this is exhausting. The lives of these celebrities just seem so boring. Endless parties, premieres, festivals, interviews, award campaigns, ass kissing, dress fittings, working out, worrying about fashion, constantly being “on”, endless photos and then seeing yourself age, being pushed out by a new batch of stars, trying to get longetivity, etc, etc, etc. wash risne and repeat every year. sounds god awful, boring, and dull. No wonder these people do drugs or become assholes. Their lives suck.

    • Moore says:

      I am sure it is repeditive but our life is most likely more so.
      I go to work and do my job everyday, over and over.

      • Bijlee says:

        Yeah, I guess that’s true. Different strokes for different folks. I would just be miserable having to get dressed up all the time. There’s just too much pressure there, it’s not something I could handle.

  36. Hannah says:

    I think I am the only person in the world who thinks Charlize is not that beautiful. I don’t think she’s unattractive or anything but I just don’t get the whole “Oh my God, she’s stunning”-thng. At all.

    • Bubbles says:

      You are not the only one.

      • giddy says:

        …she’s technically beautiful… but empty… she looks soul-less… maybe she’s just unhappy… maybe she’s world-weary…maybe she’s tired of living a lie… who knows…she does remind one of Garbo… and we all know what happened to her…

    • another nina says:

      Hannah: And whom do you consider really beautiful?

      • Hannah says:

        Amy Adams, for example. Or Elizabeth Olsen. Thandie Newton, Rachel Bilson, Rihanna, Kate Moss, Zhang Ziyi.
        Again, I don’t mean to be rude or offend anyone who thinks Charlize is stunning. I just don’t get it and I seem to be the only one, which is weird.

    • mimi says:

      She has the kind of classic beauty that looks like she stepped out of a Hitchcock film. If she’s not stunning, then who is in Hollywood?

  37. savedbykittylitter says:

    to me is Anne, her dress is weird, Charlize gorgeous dress but that hairstyle does not suit her, so it’s Anne.

  38. LovestoGossip says:

    Anne Hathaway looks absolutely hideous!!! I will be sooooooooo glad when she wins her Oscar and goes the hell AWAY!!! Hugh looks great as usual. I wonder if he is still “friends” with his former business partner?

  39. Gabby says:

    Charlize looks amazing although I wish her hair was slightly less slick and like you said, the bust is a tad bit too right. But I love her no matter what!!

    AnnE’s hair looks like a mess. I thought shaggy dog when I saw it an how annoyed she must have been to have that fringe in her eyes all night. I dislike the dress but I like the black and navy blue look together.

  40. Gabby says:

    I meant tight not right! 🙂

    And I saw Charlize in burning plains. Weird movie and the time frame is out of order but still amazing and really showed how great of an actress she is!!

  41. RHONYC says:

    Charlize looks like a goddess as usual. the ruby red lip is very daringly different for her. i like to think she just devoured a male minion in the limo and didn’t have time to wipe his blood from her mouth. 😯

    Anne is very *showtunes-y voice* LIIIIIIZZAAAAAA!
    i like want her and Hugh to do jazz hands and break out in song right there, lol. the bangs and dress are very young and fresh. 🙂

    both equally rocked it in their individual way. work!

  42. rjennica says:

    Charlie wins hands down. I saw her many years ago at a live taping of Oprah. Pictures just do not do Charlize justice. She is truly the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I love how she is rocking the shaved head. She owns it!

  43. dcypher1 says:

    Charlize will always win against anne in everything pit them together against anything acting, and fashion. I find anne annoying and desperate and insufferable. Charlize even does short hair better than her ha.

  44. Michu says:

    Come on, people! Charlize looks terrible. She’s a beautiful woman and this haircut made her look like a guy. But her dress is great! Another make up and hair and she’d be the goddess.

    • ~Valkyrie~ says:

      Agree! Charlize is a beautiful woman, but her hair and makeup look like crap. The dress is to die for. Anne looks better than usual…

  45. EscapedConvent says:

    Charlize is so elegant it’s insane. The word “statuesque” was meant for her. I think she looks better, consistently, than anyone when she gets dolled up. When she arrives on the red carpet, everyone else can just go change into their jammies.

    Pretty tired of Anne Hathaway & won’t miss her at all when/if she fades away after this season.

  46. Nina says:

    When’s the last time Anne even looked good? That hair. No shape or body.

  47. bettyrose says:

    I was all prepared to say that Charlize looks better, as always, but this is the first time in MONTHS that I haven’t hated Anne’s hair, so I’m giving her huge bonus points for that. I get that she’s been keeping it painfully short as part of her Oscar campaign, but that pixie styling is adorable and almost makes me forget that she’s deliberately abusing her once fabulous mane of hair.

  48. Charlize is so beautiful. 😀

  49. Tazina says:

    I wonder how long before Charlize develops a smoker’s face with the gravelly voice and phlemy cough. The squinty look, the vertical lines above the upper lip. I guess she’s okay for a few more years but for now she just generally stinks.

  50. Janet says:

    Come on, Charlize could have worn a potato sack and she STILL would look amazing!!!

  51. another nina says:

    I guess Charlize is channeling Marlene Dietrich, which is quite appropriate for Berlin festival…And I personally have troubles distinquishing between AnnE and early pics of Lisa Minnelly. Anyway, I love AnnE’s hair and I have no idea how someone can possibly choose this dress.

  52. Blenheim says:

    I actually don’t like the color of Charlize’s dress on her.

  53. rose says:

    Charlize hands down

  54. Dana says:

    Team Charlize.

  55. ronnie says:

    UGH anne stop dressing like Winona in Beetlejuice.

    We get it, youre bad and edgy. SOOOOO quirky, and dark. Like so NOT disney.

  56. amilu says:

    I’m not sure I even think she looks half as good as she actually could, but…

    Charlize always and forever.

  57. Sam x says:

    Only Charlize can get away with a haircut like this IMO. Dayumn she is one flawless beauty! Gorgeous woman. I like how she manages to do her job and stay low key in terms of her personal life.

  58. bea says:

    I don’t know how old CT is – but, she is at the height of her beauty. I love how they styled her supa short hair, I adore the dress she’s wearing (true, it’s a bit tight in the bust), but the light make-up is flawless – she looks amazing.

    AH on the other hand…….wore the mullet. Unless you’re doing the can-can, there is no excuse for that!

  59. Chelsea's handler says:

    Hahahahaha. Was that a trick question?

  60. Nina says:

    Charlize = elegant, gorgeous, likable. She looks great in this… and, well, almost everything. Anne’s dress would’ve been awesome as a mini, but that train is atrocious. Don’t mind her hair (esp, in the final pic) b/c it’s edgier than usual… but it makes me wonder what bizarre length it will be for the Oscars. Unfortunately, she’s turned into an annoying douche over these past few months and it colors my opinion of her. And her style.

  61. Kloops says:

    Charlize looks amazing. I also think her look could have benefited from some earrings, but she’s stunning and pull off almost anything. AnnE looks like some sort of Tim Burton corpsey character. .

  62. ashley says:

    i love anne’s hair and makeup hate everything on charlize and hate annes dress so cheap looking

  63. allons-y alonso says:

    i detest those damn mullet dresses.

  64. Wren says:

    I actually LOVE Anne’s hair and make up. I assume it’s hard to play with different hair looks when it’s still quite short. But Charlize’s dress wins hands down.

  65. Annie says:

    I lurrrve Anne’s hair and makeup here…but a mullet dress? Hmmm, Not sure about that.

  66. Justine says:

    They both look like little boys.

  67. Stubbylove says:

    Charlize knows who she is and what looks good on her. Therefore, she’s confident, sexy, smart and classy.

  68. bagladey says:

    Of course the winner is CT.