Scarlett Johansson in a Dior pantsuit at the Césars: elegant or too severe?

39th Cesar Film Awards
These are photos of Scarlett Johansson at last night’s César Awards in Paris, for achievements in French cinema. Scarlett was there with her French fiance, advertising executive Romain Dauriac. The two posed on the red carpet together and were seen holding hands inside the ceremony. This is the first time we’ve seen them pose at an event together, and they looked very much in love. He’s so pretty with all black suit and jaunty hair. Scarlett was in this Christian Dior pantsuit accessorized with Cartier jewelry and an awesome clutch. At first I thought the suit was all black, but brighter lit photos show that it’s a navy jacket paired with black pants. This works somehow, although I personally try not to pair navy with black. I’m not too fond of her styling with that tony pony but she’s so happy and relaxed that she pulls it off.

39th Cesar Film Awards

39th Cesar Film Awards

Johansson was given an honorary César, presented by Quentin Tarantino. Deadline has more details of the ceremony and a winners list if you’re interested. They mention that Tarantino said he “really wanted to vote for [for Scarlett] for Best Actress [at the Oscars] in Spike Jonze’s Her” but was “robbed of that satisfaction.” I just saw Her yesterday and I agree. Scarlett was so good in that voice-only role, as was Joaquin Phoenix as the writer who falls in love with Scarlett’s sentient operating system. I’m surprised that neither of them was nominated, although Joaquin kind of burned his bridges. I do think Scarlett should have received a nom.

E! lets us know that Scarlett, 29, is the youngest actress to receive an honorary César and that she “joins an extraordinary list of past Hollywood recipients, including Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet and Kevin Costner.” Scarlett currently lives in Paris and she said “thank you for giving me this cultural refuge” when she accepted her award. She’s previously called Parisians rude so it’s not like she’s always gushing at how much better it is over there.

Here are a couple of other attendees including Berenice Bejo in structural Maxime Simoëns (I don’t think this works), and Quentin Tarantino with his new girlfriend, Courtney Hoffman. She’s a costume designer who worked on Django and Magic Mike. That second one sounds like a dream job to me. She looks so young!

39th Cesar Film Awards

39th Cesar Film Awards

Also, I’m so sorry to have to say this, but Polanski got best director, for Venus in Fur. (I’m not including that pic.)

39th Cesar Film Awards

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  1. hunaw says:

    I saw Her yesterday too,and she was good in it.But I also think she is extremely overrated.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Actually, I think she was the best she has ever been in Her…I’m not a huge fan of SJ, but she was perfect in that role…loved JP and AA, too…

    • mercy says:

      I liked the story and Joaquin was great, but I never forgot for a minute that it was Scarlett Johansson reading a script. The friend I saw it with, however, thought she sounded like one of those phone sex performers lol (I asked how he would know haha! ;))

  2. Claudia says:

    She has the look of someone who supports illegal settlements on occupied land.

  3. Lahdidahbaby says:

    Looks like a republican club woman off to lunch with the ladies. As for pairing a navy jkt w/black pants: Idgi. Who wd do tht? All that said, she looks sleeker than usual.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I love navy and black together. Very chic, although, in this case, kind of boring, I agree.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Really, GoodNames? Guess I need to open my mind a bit. I do pair black accessories with navy, navy accessories being too matchy. But pairing a navy jacket or sweater with black pants or skirt?–that confuses my eyes, for some reason.

      • The Original G says:

        Yeah, I think navy and black is definitely a “thing”. I used to feel it looked like you made a mistake and grabbed the wrong jacket, but no, now I think that the right pieces are chic.

        The gold toe pumps are off here I think.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, you make a good point. I usually pair black accessories with a navy jacket, not a navy jacket with black pants. I see what you mean about that, actually.

      • Mel says:

        It has to be just the RIGHT hue of dark blue – and this is not it.
        Not to mention the jacket is too short and oddly tailored for those pants.
        The pants, though, are beautiful.

    • mercy says:

      Maybe the colour didn’t photograph well. I like the outfit, but the jacket looks matronly on her. The pants are perfect, however. Very slimming and lengthening. I like the hair, but the lipstick looks garish. Maybe a slightly darker tone wouldn’t have been so overpowering.

  4. Kiddo says:

    I like the jacket, I’m not sure about the pants with it. Yeah, I guess I like it, it’s retro again. She looks like Christina Applegate in the photo, doesn’t she?

    BTW, cool graphic on Oscar dresses, have you seen it?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Love the graphic. Thanks. Interesting how much more formal the gowns have become over the years.

      • Kiddo says:

        But some of them were dresses and not gowns, which I find interesting. Today, that would be unusual and refreshing.

      • LAK says:

        You can blame the formality on the rise of the stylist in the 90s, and the world wide attention that Uma Thurman’s Prada gown received for the 1996 Oscars. That was the first truly successful oscar as red carpet for fashion moment.

        Prior to that, everyone wore what they felt like and mostly people didn’t really care. It was much more individual and you could really see the glamour of the person. And oscar fashion was truly fun, quirky and surprising. Some people tried to be fashionable, but it really wasn’t a thing nor did the designers collaborate the way they do now.

        After Uma’s triumph, the following year, everyone had hired a stylist, made special arrangements with designers etc and the rest is history.

      • Kiddo says:

        Thanks LAK, interesting.

        OT: I wish I had bookmarked it, but I was looking at costume designer nominees, yesterday, in a slide show that had sketches to the screen result. The sketches are such incredible works of art even before the costumes are created and realized. I wish I could link it.

  5. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    I would’ve paired the pants and heels with a longer and lighter weight jacket with sharper lines for a chicer look. I feel like Alicia Keys and I believe Rihanna have done this sort of look well. That length and weight jacket with red lips and a blingy necklace just goes way too Ivanna.

  6. Frida_K says:

    Ah, yes. Scarlett the Sodastream gal. Bless her heart.

    Oh, and while I’m here….

    Quentin’s girlfriend not only looks young enough to be his daughter. She kind of looks like him, enough so that–had you not mentioned that she’s his girlfriend–I would have thought she was his daughter.

  7. bettyrose says:

    She used to have such a soft look and genuine femininity. Where’d that go?

  8. smee says:

    The cut of her blazer is terrible and unflattering.

  9. Suze says:

    I actually like this look – she was in Paris and I think she was going for severe chic. I actually covet the shoes and the necklace.

  10. pru says:

    I usually love a pantsuit, but not this one. I’m not fond of the navy/black. And I don’t like her hair or accessories.

    Scarlett’s received this award for “achievement in French cinema”. Am I missing something? I just double checked her IMDB page and still can’t figure out the French cinema connection.

    • mercy says:

      Moving to France for a French guy probably didn’t hurt. She received a similar award in Germany, and a star on the Walk of Fame last year. I know you have to lobby for a star, or have someone do it on your behalf. Maybe she has her agent go after these ceremonial trophies.

      I have to laugh at the “cultural refuge” business. As if her hometown of NYC lacked culture.

  11. TheCountess says:

    I can’t agree that Scarlett should have been nominated for an Oscar. She gave a fine performance, but not of the caliber that should have broken the wall down for voice performers to finally be recognized. I’d like to hear the Samantha Morton rendering of the character (I hope they release some of her scenes as a DVD extra).

    I’m also not sure one could argue that Joaquin burned his bridges; he was nominated for “The Master” after making those remarks. This year was simply bottle-necked with great performances vying for a Best Actor nod – ask Messrs. Redford and Hanks.

    • I think he got a talkin’ to–he’s a lot less grumpy and nicer this year than last year. He’s not dissing the actors, acting bored, getting up in the middle of a panel, etc–this year he’s pleasant and engaged.

    • mercy says:

      Samantha Morton is a very underrated actress in my book. I have to wonder if this wasn’t about getting a bigger name actor for the role.

  12. bns says:

    I love this look from head to toe.

  13. peetalimbs says:

    I do not get her appeal; she is so basic. And good movie has she been in since Lost in Translation?

  14. TG says:

    Scarlett’s boyfriend is not easy on the eyes. She can do better.

  15. Loralei says:

    Scarlet looks pregnant

  16. Santolina says:

    A softer hairstyle might have offset the severity of the outfit.

  17. yennefer says:

    Oh God, I can’t stand seeing Quentin Tarantino’s girlfriends. I feel for their poor feet.

    • Why? From what that Indian chick said–the one who sent out that email about her night with Quentin–he seems like a really decent guy and a good boyfriend/one night stand. He asked her permission for EVERYTHING that he did, he didn’t get aggressive or pull the ‘I’m a famous director’ card on her, he actually talked to her and didn’t treat her like someone just for sex when they actually got to his house (she said that they talked for about half an hour or so, before they actually moved into the bedroom), when it actually came to the ‘sex’ she didn’t even have to do anything (in this same email she says she’s really lazy in bed, so IDK what she’s complaining about–at least he sucks SOMETHING 😉 ), he let her stay the night in his bed, and then drove her home the next morning….wtf? If that’s how he treats his one night stands i.e. chicks he’s never even met before, I’d LOVE to see how he treats his actual girlfriends. I don’t find Tarantino physically attractive at all–but he seems AWESOME and he is one of my director crushes–I’m not embarrassed to admit it, either.

      • yennefer says:

        I don’t know much about Quentin Tarantino’s dating history, but from what you have said, he indeed sounds like a very sweet and awesome guy to hook up with. And I also LOOVE him as a director.
        My point was, he grosses me out with his foot fetish – that fetish grosses me out BIG TIME. Not just in QT. But hey, it apparently doesn’t hurt anybody, as far as there’s mutual consent. So I guess it’s my personal pet peeve.
        Though it’s hard to overlook that he has a thing about feet – “From Dusk till Dawn” had these long shots of Juliette Lewis’s feet. Same with “Grindhouse: Deathproof”. And I know Uma’s feet better than mine since Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

  18. Lux says:

    She looks deranged in the first photo.

    • pru says:

      I thought so too! It’s a ridiculous pose – stupid head tilt and cheesy smile.

      • mercy says:

        One person’s jaunty is another’s cheesy, I guess. I’m with you. It looks forced. Maybe it’s all the botox.

  19. Vee says:

    I love the look of what she was wearing. She always looks beautiful to me.

  20. Isadora says:

    Tarantinos girlfriend looks kind of like a .. less slim Kristen Stewart lol. But good for him, she seems like a woman with a life and a great job, not just someone who attaches herself to a famous director to get a moment in the limelight.

  21. Bloup says:

    Polanski wasn’t supposed to win. Voters got back at Abdellatif Kechiche for calling out on the industry’s bullshit and completely snubbed his movie. La vie d’Adele should have won best movie

  22. Putnam Princess says:

    Turns out ScarJo is pregnant. I think she looks fab. So chic.