Nicole Kidman v. Naomi Watts: who had the best metallic gown at the Oscars?

Metallics were a big trend at last night’s Oscars, and I’m including some of the best examples of the darker metallics in this post. I see a lot of people loved Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts’ asymmetrical Armani Prive gown, but I just wasn’t into it. Her body looked beautiful, I liked her hair, jewelry and makeup and I love that she seems to be aging naturally. I also loved the color – like a pewter-blue metallic. But I just didn’t love the design of the dress. It feels like the kind of gown that Cate Blanchett – and ONLY La Blanchett – could really rock. On Naomi, it just seemed… “off”. I would have liked it better (on her) if it had a symmetrical design on top.

Nicole Kidman wore L’Wren Scott, a designer which Nicole has been wearing a lot of lately. I’ll admit it – I really liked this gown when I saw it in motion on the red carpet, but the still photos are leaving me cold. The gold swirls at the bottom are amazing, but now that I’m really looking at it… the gown is too small. Nicole stuffed her bolt-ons into it. And while I love that Nicole seemed “looser” on the red carpet, her hair was WAY too loose. She had some of the worst hair on the red carpet (along with Aniston).

And here’s poor Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan, with her Oscar date George Clooney. They did not rule over the red carpet or the ceremony, which was nice. It was like George was making the effort to not overshadow Ben Affleck. I didn’t really get Stacy’s whole “flapper” styling though. Did the dress really call for it? Not really. So, while I kind of liked the dress, I thought the styling ruined it. PS… Does anyone else think she looks like Giuliana Rancic?

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. ruby says:

    I think Nicole had the best metallic gown by far.

    Also why the hair Stacy ? Very strange. It kind of ruined things, when her dress was looking good. She has an enviable body.

    • T.C. says:

      Nicole Kidman won the metallic dress off. I hate her hair but that dress was rocking on her. Second best was Stacy Keibler I didn’t like the black belt at the waist but everything else is fine including the hair.

      Naomi Watts. Did not like the asymmetric top thing. It looks too informal and not the right type of edgy for a formal event. I like the bottom half of her dress. Hair and makeup were good too.

  2. Ms Kay says:

    Ah no, actually Naomi pulled it off she has a stunning body.

    Nicole Kidman hair looks fine to me.

    George Clooney contract girl is just bland as hell in that dress.

  3. marie says:

    Naomi Watts looked fantastic..

    • Oops says:

      the dress is perfect for her, she looks beautiful and natural. stacy looks weird, something strange with her face perhaps the make-pu, the hair, I can’t find

      • taxi says:

        +7 for Naomi. Perfect fit, great mu & hair.

        Nicole’s dress overstuffed her bosom & cheapened the look.

        Stacy has a lovely figure but the dress color isn’t flattering & this hair color isn’t her best.

      • Su89 says:

        Desperate times leads to desperate measures, hence Nicole’s jacked up bolt-ons are purposely on display.

    • minime says:


      She is stunning and it is nice to see a dress that actually presents a professional cut and it’s not ill fitted specially around the bust. Watch that Anne!

    • kaligula says:


      Now *that* is some excellent dress/body synergy. She was by far the best dressed of the night, IMO.

    • L says:

      Yup, Watts was awesome.

      A dress like that is super hard to pull off without the collar pulling on your collarbone or your boobs looking smooshed. It’s tailored to perfection and looks AWESOME. And it’s not boring like 90% of the other dresses from last night.

      Other than her hair I loved Kidman to. Keibler needed to lose the belt.

    • i'm french don't kill me says:


    • momoftwo says:

      +3! She looked amazing and Liev Schreiber is crazy hot!

      • Dirtnap says:

        + 4! Naomi rocked it. I looked at her and thought, “SHE is someone who actually remembered she was dressing for the Oscars.”

    • Lizzie K says:

      Naomi is one of my favorites from the night — she looked fabulous!

      I read this somewhere else, but it’s true … Nicole looks like she fell in a tar pit on the way to the red carpet.

  4. smartyparty says:

    I am melting over Stacy’s dress, it’s a dream dress to me. It looks like a goddess. BUT then she or the stylist added that black belt and ruined the overall look, which makes me very sad. I would have loved to see a silver belt, or maybe a pop of color, or no belt… basically anything other than the black belt which is ruining a stand-out dress.

    I like that Naomi took a risk, that’s not easy when you are short. I mean, it’s not as easy to pull off dramatic gowns without the height.. but she did it.

    Nicole… yawn. I feel like we have seen this before…

    • Eileen says:

      Ugh-I can’t STAND SK but I absolutely LOVED LOVED that dress!! It was my favorite of the whole night and possible period. I want it, I want to marry it and make babies with it.

    • mia62 says:

      +1 I thought Stacy’s dress was by far the best of the metallics last night. Her hair would’ve looked better if she had it done like Reese Witherspoons, but god the dress rocked! I would’ve liked to of seen it on Nicole instead.

      Also, I absolutely hated Jennifer Garners chiffon ruffles on the back of the dress. She would’ve looked amazing without all that fuss.

    • MaiGirl says:

      I agree. LOVE Stacey’s dress, but without the belt, and I don’t like her hair or makeup AT ALL. I get that she was trying to work with the era of the dress, but it looks washed out and half-assed.

      I think Naomi’s dress is seconds away from a left-cup wardrobe malfunction, but the color is amazing.

      Does anyone else remember when Nicole had unassailable fashion mojo? What happened??!? She hasn’t looked good in a loooooong time for me. I like the dress a lot, on someone else. Why does it look so mumsy on her? And the hair–HATE IT!

  5. PHD Gossip says:

    Completely unrelated- where was Brange last night?

  6. Guesto says:

    Naomi Watts for the win. Absolute perfection. So clean and uncluttered and perfect for her colouring.

    Agree re Nicole’s hair but I do love the dress and think she looks really good here.

    Keibler – oh dear. And Clooney looks squat and fat. But if there’s a prize for the most mis-matched couple, then yeah, they win that one.

  7. T.Fanty says:

    I actually loved them both, although I agree that the bottom of Nicole’s dress isn’t as good in retrospect. Naomi for the win! And yes, Cate would have rocked this dress.

  8. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    I know everyone around here hates Kiebler, but that dress is FANTASTIC.

  9. Jaq says:

    Naomi Watts looks great!

  10. mandy says:

    Stacy has a really strange head. George always looks so far of stacy no alchemy it is terrible I find. I love the dress of naomi watts and with her husband it is very glamour!! Nicole is a siren. Stacy, in the middle of these women ,really makes spots, idiot .

  11. Hannah says:

    I like the idea of Nicole’s dress. But the gold on her stomach and the weird pattern at the hem just kinda ruins it.

  12. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Best metallic dress: FLOTUS.

  13. Pixie says:

    I actually think Stacey looks stunning, I love that dress! And, oh, Naomi definately wins, she looks beautiful.

  14. Hausfrau says:

    The fit of Naomi’s gown is _flawless_.

  15. Toniko says:

    Naomi! Not only she had best metallic gown, she was best dressed of the night along with Charlize Theron.

  16. bea says:

    What in Bugs Bunny Bucktooth Hell is going on with Nicole Kidman? Her face looks crazy, but she does know how to pick out a good dress. I really love her dress.

    I also like Naomi Watts dress – I think she did pull it off. I usually hate one-shoulder dresses (that’s what her dress reminds me of), but the fit and color is SO good…

  17. kristen says:

    Ok I have to say that I love love Stacy’s dress! I think it was perfect for her – and the styling worked perfectly. Naomi had the second best metallic dress. And Nicole, nope sorry not a good look. 🙁

  18. I think Naomi looks pretty but the gown is ugly.

    Nicole looks good but I agree about the hair. She looksed less tweaked than usual though.

    Stacy’s dress was gorgeous but when she was on screen my eyes were looking at Geourge only – he looked SO hot last night!

  19. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Naomi wins it for me. I think she is slightly too petite for the drama of it (Nicole would have looked amazeballs in Naomi’s dress), but she is just so lovely I give it to her. Nicole’s dress looks too 80’s for my liking, especially the swirls. Kiebler, it’s a nice cut dress but her shoulders are too much for the halter (I speak as a broad shouldered gal, halters can be great for us but we also have to be careful not to look like a manimal).

  20. elkiddo says:

    Yup i think Naomi looks best

  21. Miss Kiki says:

    Naomi’s dress is A-mazing.

    Nicole’s dress is decent, her bolt-ons look…interesting

    I don’t hate sward season Barbie’s outfit, especially in comparison to what she wore last year.

  22. Janet says:

    I couldn’t get Watts at all. It looked like something from It Came From Outer Space. Kidman was too Vegas glam. Keibler didn’t look bad at all. Best of the three IMO.

  23. spinner says:

    Naomi — FTW!! Her gown is absolute perfection. Love.

    Nicole really looked like she was trying too hard & Keith was at a precarious motorboat level, given Nicole’s height.

  24. freya says:

    I like Naomi Watts’ dress. And the fit is great!
    Normally, I like L’Wren Scott dresses, but this one just seems meh.
    I love Stacy Keibler’s dress! I agree, the styling is completely off, but thye dress itself I would love to have.

  25. Merman says:

    Naomi looks great,my favorite so far.But why Liev Schreiber looks so pissed? 🙂

  26. bagladey says:

    I luuuuved Naomi’s dress the instant I spotted it and she wore it well; fabulous. Nicole’s dress also is beautiful. Stacy’s hair styling is a recurring issue and it wasn’t good last night.

  27. Shira says:

    Naomi’s dress was best of the night for me.

  28. ataylor says:

    All three ladies looked amazing in those dresses but I absolutely ADORED Stacy Kiebler’s dress. Best dress of the night. Hands down. Yeah, I said it…Stacy Kiebler.

  29. Xera says:

    Kidman’s dress isn’t too small, L’Wren Scott dresses always seem designed for her own strange body proportions with either a very broad scoop neck like here or some kind of ruffles/turtle neck covering up the whole neck.

    Klieber’s dress is perfect for the part she has to play, and her hair is fine too, it’s unpretentious and different

  30. Nicolette says:

    Stacy’s dress is AH-MAZ-ING! Love it and the hair, she looks gorgeous. Her body is incredible and this dress really shows it off perfectly. I like the whole ‘flapper’ vibe, it’s vintage and fabulous.

    The other two, meh, not so much. But Keith Urban looks damn good.

    • Lorenzo says:

      Stacy, is that you?

    • pandora's box says:

      Stacy Keibler is not in the league of the other two screen goddesses. She’s bading, has an ugly face with a busted nose, and butch, sturdy dude’s legs.
      PLUS, she’s broader than a lineback.
      Everytime she wears haute couture, she ruins it.

      Ugly broad.

  31. Marianne says:

    Naomi Watts hands down was amazing!

  32. BeachBelle says:

    Loved, loved both of these two ladies’ dresses. They were two of my very favorites.

  33. Abby says:

    Loved all these dresses, especially naomi.

  34. Sachi says:

    Naomi was vavavoom last night.

    Nicole also looked great. I just can’t stop talking about how she looks so much better without all the botox and whatever cosmetic treatment she was getting before. Her face looks fresh and ‘younger’ lately without looking frozen.

    Stacy’s dress was very pretty.

  35. Lorenzo says:

    Oh, I’m late for the Keibler love fest of her PR-team here *sigh*
    To me she looks like a Gladiator with grandma’s wig.
    How can she be compared to Watts and Kidman, this is way out of her league?
    She was only there because she’s banging Clooney not for her looks or her talent or her work.

    • pandora's box says:

      is that you, George Clooney? or Kirstie Alley?

      best friends forever?

      If Clooney is banging something as huge , bald & ugly as Stacy Keibler then, I’m convinced he’s a frustrated homosexual.

  36. Thiajoka says:

    I think they all wore the gowns well, but I adore Stacy’s gown.

  37. Dingo says:

    Naomi looks great – I just love her on the red carpet. Nicole I don’t love here – but she always kind of brings it.

  38. I Choose Me says:

    Love all three gowns but Naomi wore it best!

  39. NeoCleo says:

    I think Stacy looked classy for once.

  40. RHONYC says:

    remember when Angelina used have that sly smirk getting loved up on the red carpet by Billy Bob & turns out they just got finished stupping in the limo.

    yeah…i TOTALLY get that vibe from Nic.

    like her husband just ‘did’ that only moments ago.

    hot. 😉

  41. Victory says:

    Naomi looked amazing last night! love her

  42. Aqua says:

    Who knew Nicole has such a slamming body!As for Stacy her shoulders appear to be not only a bit wide but has anyone else noticed who skinny she looks or is becoming?

  43. Diana says:

    Smoking hot body that Naomi has. That dress was like liquid poured over her skin, so beautiful. I liked Nicole’s dress but I get so distracted by those wonky lips, they’re hard to ignore.

  44. Madriani's Girl says:

    Why were people making fun of Nicole’s gown? I think it (and she) looks beautiful. What am I missing?

  45. Madriani's Girl says:

    Okay, maybe not. With all of her money, why does she have washerwoman hands? It’s as if she put on pink gloves. Creamy white skin fown the arm and then BAM! Rough, red skin.

  46. d says:

    Naomi Watts, no question. Dress, makeup, hair, everything.

  47. Memphis says:

    Nicole’s dress looked gorgeous! Naomi looked beautiful but I’m still not sure how I feel about the shoulder strap..One minute I loved it then next I wasn’t sure… Stacy looked pretty and while the dress wowed me, her overall look didn’t.

  48. anonymous fan says:

    Even though I liked the dress I refuse to compliment that arm candy Keibler.I bet next year she’ll be watching the Oscars at home like us.I agree with Kaiser the structure of Naomi’s dress was off but that is why I loved it.Atleast she took a chance and gave us something to talk about.She could’ve wore a boring white dress too but I’m glad she didn’t.Nicole Kidman:perfect.

  49. Jayna says:

    Naomi’s dress was fantastic, and she looked fantastic. But I couldn’t help thinking how much better it would have been on Nicole, who is so much taller.

    Stacy looks the best I have ever seen her. I loved her hair instead of the same ‘ol same ‘ol thin hair. But it is almost like no one even pays attention to Stacy. We all know her days are numbered. It’s like a faceless girlfriend, in a way, on George’s arm. I saw George in an interview on the red carpet. He is the only one who can make it seem effortless with wit.

    Nicole was beautiful from head to toe.

  50. Mara says:

    Naomi is simply stunning and Nicole always looks beautiful.

  51. apsutter says:

    Naomi was my favorite dress of the night, by far!! It was visually interesing and she looked amazing in it. Loved her hair and makeup too.

  52. claire says:

    Naomi and Stacy are definitely my two faves. Nicole’s was too dark, IMO. Just bland and boring.

  53. Aurelia says:

    Nicole’s dress looks like if Darth Vader and CP30 had a love child.

    Man alive Naomi always brings it at the oscars. That dress is perfection on her. I can see her saphire eyes sparkling all the way from here in new zealand.

  54. serena says:

    I love Naomi’s dress!! And I like Stacy’s too, but Nicole.. really LOL put your bolt-ons to sleep. Her dress was simply ridiculous.

  55. Amelia says:

    Nicole went WAY too big when she got her breast implants. They look as though they’re coming out of her neck.

    • Jayna says:

      I saw her in nude scenes in the recent Hemingway movie and her boobs are small. I almost forgot she had a boob job they looked so natural and close to her pre-boob job nude scenes, just a tad fuller.

      Her boobs are really pushed up in the Oscar dress, probably a little padding also.

  56. Patrice says:

    Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain were my absolute favorites of the Oscar red carpet-and maybe even the whole awards season if I remember the dresses correctly 🙂

    Naomi was an absolute DREAM from head to toe here and I think she just completely-and kind of unexpectedly-knocked the whole thing out of the park 😀 The makeup and hair were almost ethereally flawless and her body was insane! I loved everything about the dress itself too though Kaiser does make a good point about it being very La Blanchett in nature 😀 Side note: Where was she last night?? Now that I think of it, did the great Cate not have any new movies out this year? Bummer.

  57. Gemini08 says:

    I LOVED Naomi’s dress- she and Nicole were honestly the only ones who did something different. I like that Nicole did something a bit different from what she normally would wear.