Salma Hayek in McQueen & Halle Berry in Versace: who looked better at the Oscars?

Salma Hayek and Halle Berry. Two ladies with crazy bodies and beautiful faces. Two ladies with Oscars/Oscar nominations under their belts. Two ladies who were on the knife’s edge of being total disasters and totally pulling it off last night at the Oscars. Let’s start with Halle Berry in this Versace gown. Was anyone else expecting Halle to announce that her gown was Zuhair Murad and that she had hired Jennifer Lopez’s stylist? If Jennifer Lopez had been invited to the Oscars this year (Why wasn’t she? She almost always comes), J.Lo would have worn this gown. Is that bad? Like, should Oscar winner Halle Berry be wearing something that looks so J.Lo? I guess it’s okay because it’s Versace, maybe? This gown would have been a total disaster on someone else, but Halle comes close to pulling it off maybe.

Salma Hayek wore this Alexander McQueen gown – I think only Salma and Amanda Seyfried were wearing McQueen last night. And neither gown was a very good example of the label (or maybe they were good examples of how the McQueen label is faltering under Sarah Burton’s leadership). Obviously, Salma’s body is crazy and she looks poured into this gown. But the whole high-neck thing is very drag-queeny to me, and I’m not sure about the black and gold combo. Also: her hair was a MESS. Is that a Q-tip in there? Did anyone else see Salma’s bitchface during the Oscar telecast? She was not pleased about her seat.

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  1. kaligula says:

    They both were kind of boring. Halle was flawless yet somehow not amazing. Salma looks like she’s losing her touch! She used to be the ultimate head-turner on the red carpet….

  2. I actually really liked both of these looks! Salma looks expensive and glam and Halle looks like a futuristic Bond girl.

  3. yael says:

    yes please, to both of them.

  4. lady X says:

    Halle Berry is BEYOND Gorgeous … always … She never looks bad… She is the perfect example of how well black women age
    Salma looks flawless as well … I think women in their late 30’s and 40’s are the epitome of class and beauty …

    • FassDaActor says:

      Halle never looks bad. And yes, we do alright in the age department when we take care of ourselves.

      I have no problem with the art deco dress with shoulder pads. She can pull it off.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Halle is clearly genetically blessed. However, I think she’s had some help in the facial department. Specifically fillers around the mouth area and some forehead Botox.

      • FassDaActor says:

        @MorticiansDoItDeader Yeah, well not everyone needs fillers. I don’t see it at all.

  5. Kevin says:

    Versace should do a straight jacket for Berry next year. Selma looks gorgeous as usual.

  6. Aiobhan says:

    Halle looks like an extra from Dynasty.

    I actually like the dress on Salma but it should be on someone who is much taller. Why was Salma at the Oscars again?

  7. Len says:

    I dont like how you can see Halle’s shoulderpads.

  8. YummyMummy says:

    Halle is so beautiful but her stripes were awful like something from Dynasty in 1985

  9. Cherry says:

    How is Salma’s hair a mess? It looks stunning. Very dramatic. They both look striking, IMHO.

  10. Lisa says:

    I thought Halle pulled it off. She looked stunning, and while the dress looked like Dynasty meets a trippy sci fi movie, looked great on her. Wasn’t really into Salma’s look, but can’t really put my finger on why.

  11. Marta says:

    HORRIBLE!!!! BOTH of them!

    • cherryberry says:

      Halle looked like she stepped out of Star Trek but in the most fabulous way possible. Stunning!

      Salma’s hair was a mess. It looked like she got busy with someone just before she went on stage to present. I hope she did.

  12. LadyMTL says:

    Yeahno, I don’t like either one of these dresses. Halle’s does indeed look like the dress JLo wore last year (the beige one with the deep V and the maybe nip slip) and the high neck / collar on Salma’s makes it look like the dress is swallowing her…where’s her neck?

  13. SimSara says:

    I thought they both looked fantastic and pulled off these looks like very few women could. I think overall last nights award was very good fashion wise. A lot of good surprises and good dresses, with only a few exceptions.

  14. nofkksgiven says:

    I love Salma’s look!

    Halle gets it right 95% of the time.

    They both look great!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Why would Salma Hayek get a good seat? She’s hardly a big movie star. Be happy to be invited sweetheart. I think it may be one of your last invites!

  16. Rachel says:

    Holy cow: they are so beautiful. Two quibbles: 1) please, Halle, don’t bring shoulder pads back. pleasepleaseplease! It’s probably too late. 2) Salma’s hairstylist didn’t finish! He or she was all like: “Well, I’m late for Elton John’s party and Salma can’t see the back, soo….” I actually don’t mind the neckline because Salma is usually tumbling out the tops of her dresses. This was a nice change.

    • Isa says:

      Yes, I really dislike those exaggerated shoulders too. That I can actually see the shoulder pad itself because the opaque fabric doesn’t fully cover them makes it that much worse.

  17. Ellery says:

    Is this the same salma Hayek who declared she was on the verge of chubbiness at all times? She is super super tiny!! Her dress had potential but no.

  18. Faye says:

    Halle is pulling off that dress, but only because she’s naturally beautiful.

    I think Salma’s dress is actually a beautiful design, it’s just all wrong on her. It would look great on someone tall, thin, and smaller-breasted. Don’t blame the designer for what was her poor choice, IMO.

  19. ruby says:

    I think Salma looked better. She’s such a snob, and her style is very hit or miss, but this is definitely a hit.

    What’s incredible is that Halle is wearing one fug dress, but she has such an amazing body it still looks kind of good.

  20. gatinha says:

    i looove salma’s look! her body is insane here and i like that she went for sexy

  21. Maddie says:

    Halle told Donatella she wanted a Bond Girl dress and all I have to say is Mission: accomplished! 😉

  22. JL says:

    Is that Octomom or Demi Moore in the 1st pic staring at Halley with “Mouth wide open” like a fool?

  23. Miss Kiki says:

    Halle get’s point for wearing removed from her usual style. It looks good but when you have *that* face nearly everything will look good!

    Salma’s hair is a MESS, I can’t get beyond that to even comment on the dress.

  24. L says:

    Horrible the both of them. Shoulder pads and a ugly high neck dress? NO

    And Selma’s hair was awful. Messy and with that gold clip just looked terrible. And you’re right, she was pissed about something. Every time they cut to her, she wasn’t clapping or had serious bitchface. It was almost as bad as kristen stewart with her ‘over it’ attitude. Why was she there again?

  25. Walice says:

    I am a fan of neither one of them. I don’t care for the kind of press either one of these “ladies” garner. If I have to pick, Berry!!

    Charlize was BACK!!!! Blonde and beautiful. Jane looked a little dated but still A-mazing and ‘new’ for me JLAW looked every inch a winner, especially after her HEADER into the staircase, she recovered perfectly.

  26. Ms Kay says:

    Wait… Halle didn’t bring famewholivier Martinez with her? He usually loves them big events where he can squint his eyes even more.

    Funny Halle Berry reminds me of Christel Carrington in Dynasty, she was wearing those kind of dresses either for dinner with Blake or before a bad event occurred or then a catfight with Alexis Colby Carrington. Still love the dress though, she pulled it off.

    Salma Hayek dress put her curves back on the scene, but not a fan of the golden neck nor hairdo.

  27. Janet says:

    Wasn’t crazy about Halle’s dress but the totally owns that haircut.

    Hayek — no. Just, NO.

  28. pretty says:

    Salma Hayek presenting was so cute!!

  29. Ranunculus says:

    Hayek’s head is too big and her neck and overall stature too short. The whole styling is just very stupid!

    Why doesn’t she come at all to these award shows, saves the money for her bad styling to give away for charity. She could make some less privileged folks really happy and save herself some embarrassment.

    Halle although I don’t really like her, I think she can rock a dress.

  30. lucy says:

    Salma looked monstrous.

    Halle’s dress has more presence than she does, yet still managed to underwhelm.

    Really bored with Halle’s makeup (and hair), too.

  31. Nicolette says:

    Salma’s body is slammin’, she looks great.

  32. Jess says:

    Halle looked good in spite of the dress. She has the body for it, but she can’t pull off avant garde so it just looks like she raided a pile of old Dynasty rejects.

    Salma’s too short to do the high neckline thing. That dress would have looked amazing on Nicole Kidman or Cate Blanchett. Also her body is incredible (though she’s clearly had a breast reduction and lift), but her face is suffering for it. She’s starting to get that gaunt, hard look.

    Why weren’t all these celebs wearing McQueen to these do’s when McQueen was alive and the brand was amazing? McQueen on the red carpet used to be pretty rare, now it’s everywhere but it’s all as dull as dishwater.

  33. Jane says:

    Halle’s dress would’ve looked so much better if it was strapless or with spaghetti straps that would show off her nice shoulders and arms. I love the middle section as it shows off her body nicely. I also like the lines and material of her dress. She looked gorgeous on camera. When the camera panned to her face during the Oscars, I just wished I was that beautiful.

    Salma’s dress is horrid.

  34. lucy2 says:

    I don’t really like either dress, yet they both sort of make it work.
    I’ve always thought Halle was so beautiful, but her inner crazy is starting to overshadow that. Now when I see her I just think ugh.

  35. RHONYC says:

    Halle’s dress was great, but then again she looked like she was competing with 70-something Jane Fonda. she looks good, but in a ‘much-older-gal’ sort of way. i dunno. 🙄

    Salma look emaciated in that getup. i don’t know if she lost a few pounds, or if it was her blush, but i thought she looked ghastly.

    note to Salma: Salma Hayek just ain’t Salma Hayek without the prerequisite big boobs & curves. jussayin. 🙁

    p.s.- her billionaire hubby certainly has some long feet. 😆

  36. truthful says:

    Please Halle looks good, she said she asked Donatella for a “bond girl” dress and she got it.

    flawless and not overdone nor too much skin.

    and I am not even close to being a fan of hers. she irks me to the heavens but I can’t find anything wrong here.

    smooth smokey metallic lines and not skanky

  37. Abby says:

    They both looked incredible. Hope I look that good when I’m their age!!!

  38. Ally says:

    I don’t like either of them but I do like Salma’s look, her waist is weeny.

    Am I the only one who thinks Halle looks a little baby bumpy?

    I agree with whoever said about her face having fillers etc, it barely moved when she was presenting.

  39. judyjudy says:

    Halle bores me.

  40. suzanne says:

    I would of liked Halle’s dress without the futuristic shoulders. I did not like Salma’s look at all. Something is off about her style here. I think its the high neck and severe hair.

  41. Bubbles says:

    I love Halle’s dress, but not on her. Cate Blanchett in that dress, now that would be something.

  42. TG says:

    Whenever I see Halle all I can think of is this woman was involved in a beat down of the father of her child not too long ago, not to mention trying to take their child out of the country. I saw her talking to people after the ceremony and all I could see is crazy in her eyes. I know we all pick and choose which sins to overlook but her and tiny tom, I just can’t overlook any of theirs. Trying to harm the parent of your child whether that by by physical means or physological is just evil in my mind and unforgivable. I will not support either of these two entities as long as they continue in that manner.

  43. Isa says:

    I don’t like crazy Halle but the dress is gorgeous. Why salma always looks so boring. Her man is a billionaire and she is always dressing so boring, safe. Look around salma.

  44. Katherine says:

    I see where Halle was going with the dress – the style is very nice but the material is very unattractive. She is subtly aging but she still looks great. I hope she doesn’t mess with her face because she will still be beautiful in her 60s. Other than that she is a crazy beyotch and I pity that child.

    Salma looks ridiculous – she’s too short to carry that type of neckline. Her hair needed to be smooth and styled and it just looks like a mess – so along with that busy neckline the busy, messy hair is too too much.

    She sure has become the rich housewife hasn’t she? I wonder how much longer this will last?

  45. DGO says:

    They both look dated.

  46. meh says:

    Halle’s skin is ridiculously gorgeous. She has such a beautiful colour and tone and it’s just flawless. I’m in awe of her skin.

    • ParisPucker says:

      I know! was just going to say the same. Does anyone know what she may have done to achieve this look? It’s not just botox or fillers…she definitely has had her skin treated with something….share if you know please! Because I’m 20 years younger than her and my skin used to look like this. I wanna know her secret…

  47. A Fan says:

    They both look great. Fit, colour, style. Great. Period.

    (neither dress is my style but that isn’t the point)

  48. Maritza says:

    They both look gorgeous!

  49. Patrice says:

    I kind of loved Halle’s gown-on her-but you’re right Kaiser: I immediately thought “Murad” when I saw it.
    Side note: Does anybody know why a few of the entertainment shows were trying so desperately to conjure up some sort of faux b*tch fight between Stacy Keibler and Halle because “their dresses were SO similar”? The only thing those two dresses have in common is the fact that they’re both black & silver (I really don’t get it).

    Salma has made it pretty clear since she married her fashion house hubby that she wants to be “high fashion” and “avant garde” now (and who can blame her-she gets all of those damn clothes and accessories for FREE :D). However, as this gown perfectly showcases, the problem is that those haute couture gowns are cut to fit 5’10/5-11 whisper thin runway models and Salma is a 5’1/5’2 gal with (gorgeous) curves for days. Sometimes it works but more often than not-as is the case here-it really doesn’t 🙁 I’m not hating though; I love Salma!

  50. Miss atx says:

    I like her curves but her boobs look smooshed . Her dress might have worked in a different color but the dark dress with high neckline looks dated . It just does nothing for making her look younger . If the neckline had actually shown more of her neck , her head wouldn’t look so big. You cant have the curves that she has, and then cover up completely to the jaw line. I think this dress was made for a models neck, and it just swallows hers.

    I think Halle looks good and is working a difficult to work dress . I wonder if those shoulder pads were a last minute add on . Why would they be so visible ? I do see a harshness in her features, something about her has made her hardened . She is still beautiful but in these pics she is giving a little crazy eye . It is the same hair and make-up that she always has done. Nothing lost or gained here .