Was Julianne Moore the worst dressed ‘Best Actress’ at the Palm Springs gala?


Proving that there’s still a lot of hustling left to do this awards season, this weekend’s Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala was chock full of potential Best Actress Oscar nominees. Reese Witherspoon has been campaigning since September, basically, and she’s been in our face for the better part of four months. But what’s interesting is that Julianne Moore, Felicity Jones and now Rosamund Pike are doing some major events too. We haven’t seen Rosamund in months – she went back to England to give birth to her second child, and in her absence, she’s been pretty much guaranteed a spot at a Best Actress nomination for Gone Girl.

Anyway, let’s talk fashion. Apparently, everyone at the Palm Springs event was talking about Julianne Moore’s awful dress. This is Delpozo, a label I first saw on Cate Blanchett. They do a lot of weird, graphic designs. And yes, this is awful. I love Julianne, but she doesn’t have that Blanchett-quality of elevating even a mediocre or bad look into something interesting. This is just BAD. It’s also way too “young” for a 54 year old woman. I wish I could style her – I would put her in darker, minimalist gowns with impeccable tailoring.


Reese Witherspoon wore this polka-dotted Michael Kors cocktail dress which… it’s not my favorite. I actually haven’t liked much of anything Reese has been wearing on red carpets lately, but I have been enjoying her casual street style. Her daywear is WAY cuter than whatever her stylist pulls for her for these events.


Felicity Jones – a presumptive Best Actress nominee for The Theory of Everything – wore this simple Monique Lhullier dress. It’s boring and she’s not very noteworthy in it.


Rosamund Pike didn’t want to wear something skin-tight because she just had a baby, so she wore this swinging McQueen minidress. I kind of love it. She looks great! The only thing I would change is maybe making the dress just a few inches longer.


And finally, here are some pics of non-Best Actress hustlers: Laura Dern (still hustling for a Supporting Actress nomination) in a terrible Matthew Williamson (she looks like a moldy carrot) and Eddie Redmayne making his first post-wedding appearance with his wife Hannah Bagshawe.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Charlie says:

    I would love the dress if it didn’t have the pink ruffle thing at the bottom. But it looks good.
    Felicity and Rosamund look amazing, I especially love Felicity’s dress.

    My God, Eddie’s wife is so beautiful.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah, the ruffle and the peach color (whatever color?) ruins it. Otherwise, not the worst thing I’ve seen.

    • icerose says:

      that is what I thinker Eddie’s wife and natural as well and that is not even a good picture of her,
      I loved his comments about how weird but nice it was too say wife when he thanked her in his award acceptance speech.
      I really am beginning to like that mam a lot, He is just so natural ,affable and self effacing and it is lovely to watch him in interviews.

    • Judyk says:

      Felicity is gorgeous and her dress is fabulous.

      Cannot STAND the way Reese dresses. Ugh.

    • Charlie says:

      How tall is Rosamund? She’s listed as 1,74, but in the picture with Felicity they appear to be almost the same height, yet Felicity is listed as 1,60?

    • Sarah says:

      Agreed. But at the end of the day, Moore could wear a paperbag and still look gorgeous. She’s going to win, too.

  2. Lilacflowers says:

    Was this a competition for “Weirdest Dress?” Didn’t they know Comet Sophie would also be in attendance? Were they trying to make her feel welcome?

    • icerose says:

      I think Julianne she was in competition with Sophie. They ought to create a special Comet Sophie award for worst dressed women on the catwalk it would give the potential nominees a chance to really have some fun on the red carpet

  3. Lindy79 says:

    Without the arm band floatation devices it’s not the worst.
    Rosamund Pike had a baby a month ago…a MONTH!

    (are we only counting famous folks because I think we all know who was really the worst dressed….)

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Those “sleeves” are a thing now. Don’t they look uncomfortable, like you’d be tugging at them all night to keep them in the right place? But I agree with you, I’ve seen her wear a lot worse.

      • Joy says:

        I have broad shoulders, and I feel like one bad move and I would just Hulk out of those things.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      It seemed to be a night for bad sleeves. Reese’s look like somebody forgot to sew the seams together.

      • Kiddo says:

        Reese seems to have a nice figure, you can tell in her casual street clothes. But somehow on the red carpet she tends to find the least flattering, most block shaped frocks imaginable.

  4. Renee says:

    I feel like that’s Julianne’s thing now – she can’t dress…no one should expect anything different from her. She is a beautiful woman with a great smile and supposedly is a good actress (I haven’t seen her in anything except for Benny and June). Expecting her to look good is like expecting Tom Cruise to behave like a normal person: at this point, it’s just not going to happen.

  5. olly says:

    Have to give this round to Reese, she looks really pulled together. But what was the dress code? Half are in cocktail dresses and the other half in full length gowns.

  6. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I like Laura Dern’s dress! And her hair looks amazing. I really liked her in “The Fault in Our Stars.” She’s one of those actresses I kinda forget about and then see them and think, “Oh yeah! I like you!”

    Now Eddie Redmayne’s wife’s hair…did she even comb it when she woke up that morning?? Ew.

  7. Hautie says:

    I don’t find the dress on Julianne that heinous either.

    What I find heinous, is her lack of hose. Good grief. A pair of hose and a better shoe…. would have made a world of difference in her finish look. Bare pasty white legs with boney knees. Is not the look. Ever. A pair of great hose would have work wonders on those legs.

    Bare legs are rarely a good thing in cocktail dresses. Reese is pulling it off since her legs have a nice fake tan. It softens the look of the over all leg.

    You what I have not like about Reese’s red carpet looks…. her dresses have looked too small. Too tight about the upper body. As if she could not reach about her head with her arms… without busting a few seams. She is a tiny girl… wearing dresses that appear tightly fitted to her body. So the red carpet dresses have looked odd on her.

    I do like that orange dress of Laura Dern’s too. I am thinking it is the length that I find odd. But the dress may look better when she is walking.

  8. icerose says:

    My favourites were Laura Dern, Eddie’s wife and Felicity Jones. They all wear classic dresses they could pull off and I love that brilliant orange. It is so unusual to see a gown in that colour and she rocks it., I admire people who can pull off bold colours.

    Eddie’s wife just looks so natural and relaxed that you warm to her right away. But the picture above is not a great shot. In all the others I have seen she is happy and smiling/laughing and it adds to her natural beauty

    The swing dress has a nice pattern but it makes her look like a kindergarten reject.

  9. Tig says:

    I agree that RP’s dress would have looked better a few inches longer. However, I loved Laura Dern’s dress- dramatic but not too over the top. JM’s dress- ugh. Did she make Tom Ford mad? She never looks better than when he works with her- with Oscar season here, she needs to get with him STAT!

  10. Rosamund is GORGEOUS. I’ve loved her since Pride and Prejudice……she looks great.

    Laura Dern looks like a wax figure–I think it’s the makeup…..not a good look.

  11. Lisa` says:

    Maybe she’s looking for an Oscar pity vote

    • Dońt kill me i'm french says:

      Please ….it’s obvious that Julianne’s stylist hates her! Myself I can’t than to hate her .Julianne ,I want your hair so badly !

  12. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t really like any of these dresses. I like to see them all get nominated though, especially Julianne. Laura and Reese were both really good in Wild too.

  13. scout says:

    I like Julienne Moore in whatever she wears,but this dress is a bit frumpy though.

  14. Erykah B. says:

    I agree, Reeses street style is way better than anything she wears on the red carpet which is kind of annoying.

    I only like Rosamund and I love Laura for wearing a dress in a colour other then black/navy.

  15. Janet says:

    ROFLMAO @ “moldy carrot”. That dress looks like a vegetable that sat in the bin too long. And poor Dern looks like a spavined mule.

  16. Sam says:

    Is the dress horrible? Not really. The fringe is off-putting, but it’s not terrible.

    But her makeup! First, why does she sort of look sweaty in some of those pics? And her makeup around the eyes is sort of giving off the impression that she has pink eye. I’m not sure I get why she even tries this – she’s a natural redhead, so the palette of stuff open to her isn’t really that wide. This does not flatter her.

    Personally, I don’t really think any of them above are totally deserving of the Oscar. I saw a couple of the films and really wasn’t that impressed. Just give the Oscar to Amy Adams already!

  17. mememe says:

    When the bottom of the dress is cropped out of the photo, the dress is cute. Lovely color -vermillion? – and the sleeved are interesting and cute. Would be a great spring look with delicate gold sandals.

    I think Reese looks good in that dress, and perfectly styled for it.

  18. Ginger says:

    Rosamund looks so beautiful! I wish I could get away with a short dress like that. Her legs are fab! Julianne looks good for makeup and hair but I don’t find the dress flattering on her at all. I wholeheartedly agree that Reese’s street style is awesome.

  19. tracking says:

    Moore has a quirky fashion sense for sure. For me, I think the issue is that these ‘avant-garde’ looks don’t sync with her classic beauty. It’s easier to appreciate them on a less conventional beauty a la Tilda Swinton.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      You hit the nail on the head! I feel the same way about January Jones–the two of them are so classically lovely that they can’t pull of more modern & daring looks. Julianne Moore looks amazing in very clean lines, like slinky jersey gowns.

      Julianne’s dress would look really cute on someone WAY younger. Like Chloe Moretz or Haylee Steinfeld.

  20. Cupcake says:

    Julianne is so gorgeous. I think she could wear a paper bag and it wouldn’t matter.

  21. j.eyre says:

    I can find not one fault with Rosamund’s look: the dress is marvelous, the shoes compliment it well, her hair and makeup and lovely – she looks smashing.

    If the sleeves were moved up on Julianne’s dress I might like it better. Reece’s I feel similarly – “okay” about.

  22. Kat says:

    Reese’s dress is super safe and thus super boring. I am sad Julianne’s dress is so awful.

  23. CK says:

    Yeah, Julianne Moore is never going to be a on best dressed list. Even when she was hustling for her Palin Emmy, the outfits were terrible terrible, and not Tilda Swinton high fashion alien hit or miss terrible. The most atrocious things in this post however are Eddie Redmayne’s pants. Whoever designed that crotch should be barred from fashion design.

  24. Penelope says:

    Love Julianne but the woman cannot dress to save her life.

  25. Katie says:

    Eddie Redmayne’s wife looks delighted with life