Who was the best-dressed lady nominee at the Oscar Luncheon?


The annual Oscar Luncheon is far from a major red carpet event, although in the past decade or so, the luncheon has become more of an “event”. Nowadays, there actually is a red carpet and all of the nominees pose for the photographers, etc. But it is much more low-key, and the fashion reflects that. Most ladies wear suits or simple dresses and the men tend to go with suits-no-tie. Some ladies can pull off a more casual-business look and some cannot.

For what it’s worth, I think Rosamund Pike is my pick for best dressed of the luncheon. She’s been such a disappointment so far on major red carpets, but this fun Vionnet dress is lovely. It’s girly and whimsical and yet very clean and simple. Perfection!


I think Reese Witherspoon went too safe in this Giambattista Valli. She made a classic Southern-girl mistake: everything is too matchy-matchy. White and black dress, white and black sandals, no jewelry, blah. Nothing pops. Nothing says “look at me, I’m an American citizen!”


Felicity Jones wore this Dior dress. It’s… um… well, it sort of stands out. The way a muddy green apron over a sequined turtleneck stands out. I’ll give her this: it seems more “fun” than anything else she’s worn so far.


Julianne Moore in a red, peplum’d Prabal Gurung. It’s fine. I hope she’s getting this crap out of her system. Go ahead, Julie. Wear all the peplums you want before the Oscars. But if you DARE wear a peplum on the Oscar red carpet, WE ARE FINISHED.


Marion Cotillard in Dior. She wears Dior to most major events, and it would be news if she did NOT wear Dior to the Oscars. I hope she makes Raf Simons make her something really stunning, rather than picking something straight off the runway. Personally, I don’t think this particular Dior look bodes well.


If the structure of Laura Dern’s Roland Mouret dress looks familiar, that’s because Victoria Beckham regularly rips off Mouret’s designs. It’s a really weird graphic, not entirely unpleasant. She stands out in a sea of solid colors. I wonder if I would have liked this more on Julianne Moore?


I don’t have an ID on Oprah’s dress. I love her in the color purple. GET IT?! She does look amazing, but those shoes need to go.


Emma Stone in Michael Kors with Christian Louboutin heels. Sigh… I feel like Emma Stone mixes her prints too often. Like, that’s her style crutch, her shorthand for showing how avant-garde and “fun” she is. “LOOK AT ME, I’m mixing prints! I’m a woodland fairy!” I don’t like the outfit in total, and the sweater in particular has a terrible cut. It makes her look thick in the middle and there is nothing thick on Emma at all.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. jinni says:

    Those Dior outfits are ugly.

    • bella says:

      the diors are my favorite!
      but marion can do no wrong in my book and emma’s style is always spot on.
      just realized something…
      emma reminds me of marion…i 1st noticed this about a year ago when emma hosted SNL…i tuned in late during a skit and i swore emma was marion and was surprised that marion was doing SNL…
      anyone else see the resemblance?

    • Megan says:

      Why is there a giant Easter egg on Marion’s dress?

    • Kasia says:

      They are hideous. Monstrosity.

  2. helzbelz says:

    I actually think Laura dern looks great, apart from the hair, and also Reese Witherspoon.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Laura looks good but she needs better shoes.

    • Josephine says:

      I agree on both women, and don’t even mind the hair on Dern. Oprah is working that color, too – it’s a fabulous color! Reese has been nailing it this entire award season. She is very true to her style.

    • sooz says:

      laura dern looks amazing!!! if she had work done, and it looks like she did (just saw jurassic park for the first time this weekend), her doctor needs to be given a gold star and pat on the back!

      • Anne tommy says:

        Never mind Laura’s dress And face, look at her damn figure. So jealous. I’d do anything to have that figure – apart from eating healthily and exercising obviously…

    • qwerty says:

      Reese “Safe” Witherspoon looks meh as always.

  3. capepopsie says:

    Oprahs outfit is the only one not hurting my Eyes.
    Just saying. .

    • joan says:

      Rosamund Pike looks great — simple but elegant, and it fits her so well.
      Unlike some of these others.

  4. Lindy79 says:

    I have such hair envy for Julianne Moore. Its the kind of thing I wish I could do but mine always ends up flat

  5. kitty-bye says:

    I like Laura’s dress the best 🙂 Not into the lamp shade styles at the top 🙁

  6. savu says:

    OPRAH FOREVER. I know it was a joke but seriously that color is beautiful on her.

    In theory I hate Laura Dern’s dress… but I think the tailoring makes it. It’s simple ish enough and with the color I really like it. I actually wish I had more like this, I’m a really simple dresser and I usually rely on classic lines and solid colors. But that one would stand out!

  7. Tig says:

    Rosamund Pike strikes the weirdest poses on the red carpet- this looks like she’s about to fall over. I am no fan of pseudo-mullet hemlines, so this is a not a winner in my book.

    Re Reese’s look- in comparison to these other monstrosities, will take “matchy-matchy” any day of the week.

  8. michelle says:

    I love Laura Dern’s dress. Regardless of the matchy-matchy aspect of her look, I hate the silhouette of Reese Witherspoon’s dress.

    I like Emma Stone’s pieces separately, but not together. I like mixing patterns, usually, but it’s not working for me here. The sweater would have been fine with a more form-fitting skirt or pant or vice versa.

  9. minx says:

    I really love Laura Dern’s outfit–so different and fresh looking, and she has the tall slim figure to show it off.

    The rest, meh, particularly Julianne Moore. She looks dowdy with the length and that silly peplum; the shoes do her no favors. smh

  10. Kiddo says:

    Oprah for the win. I usually like Marion Cotillard’s style, but that dress is a prank being played on her with the giant teardrop. Emma Stone doesn’t look bad. The cut of Laura Dern’s dress is great on her, but the pattern reminds me of cheesy airbrush paintings on the side of vans.

  11. PunkyMomma says:

    Love everything about Laura Dern’s dress.

    Has Reese Witherspoon done some pre-Oscar tweaking to her face?

    Oprah looked as if she’s finally choosing comfort over corsets. Good for her.

  12. Stacie says:

    It’s probably because I’m a Southern girl and all…but Reese wins thins round for me.

  13. CM says:

    Rosamund looks good.
    Love Reese’s shoes.
    Marion looks like she’s wearing a plastic toddler’s bib. Maybe she’s a messy eater?
    Emma Stone looks like she’s worked very hard on making that look like she hasn’t worked hard.
    And GOOD GOD Julianne – NO NO NO NO! If someone picked that for you then please never speak to them again!

  14. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’m not bowled over by any of them. I think Rosamund’s dress is unflattering.

  15. Debbie says:

    Lauren Dern looks the best.

    • QQ says:

      i agree that really is the best look of this thing.. is interesting, flattering and Cute for what she usually wears

  16. notpretentious says:

    Touche Kaiser, I agree with all you said, lol!

  17. Tiffany says:

    Julianne would not have looked good in Dern’s dress. She is taller and longer in the torso and on that dress would have made Moore look stumpy.

  18. jen2 says:

    I do wish someone would design nice shoes. Witherspoon’s though matchy are at least cute. Those pointy things that look too small, with the toes almost spilling out of the shoe and seem uncomfortable are just ugly. Moore’s shoes are to big and clunky for her soft outfit, Dern’s dress is at least interesting and fits her well (wind blown messy hair aside) and Pike shows she can wear fitted clothes just fine, though not a fan of the wonky hem. It makes that black tent monstrosity she wore the other day even more of a head scratcher. Oprah at least looks happy and not squeezed into this dress and it is a perfect color. Jones looks like she is wearing something from junior high school in a really ugly color. Cotillard-uh, just bad. This year there is no perfect Lupita, that is for sure.

  19. scout says:

    I am looking at legs, Marion Cotillard’s and Emma Stone’s are the best and none of those dresses are attractive. Somebody burn all the Mullet dresses, PLEASE.

    Egyptian Canadian Journalist Fahmy will be out today, without his Egyptian passport.YAY! One more journalist left. Guess who will be in the news taking all the credit. 😀

  20. bella says:

    the dior outfits are my favorite!
    then again marion can do no wrong in my book and emma’s style is always spot on.
    just realizing…emma reminds me of marion.
    i noticed this last year when emma hosted SNL.
    i tuned in late and thought emma was marion and was surprised marion would be hosting SNL.
    any one else see the resemblance?

  21. LAK says:

    Love Rosemund Pike’s entire look. Ditto Oprah except for the shoes.

    MC always dresses better for the Cannes red carpet.

  22. minx says:

    I’m tired of that unflattering high crew neck that everybody wears now. Notice that Oprah is the only one with an open neckline, because she is dressing for her body, not fashion. I never wear a crew neck because I have broad shoulders; if I don’t wear an open neck, either V or U, I look strange.

    • LizLemonGotMarried says:

      I am with you. I almost always wear either a V neck or a square neck-I even prefer zip front hoodies because I can unzip them a bit. I love the structure a shaped neckline gives an outfit, and it makes your neck look long and lean instead of chopping it off at the base. That’s what I feel like these high-crew necks do.

      • minx says:

        I almost always wear some kind of light cardigan, sweater or jacket, with an open necked shirt or top underneath. It cuts the line of my shoulders and I feel comfortable and trimmer.

  23. vauvert says:

    I actually like Emma’s skirt (refreshing to see a longer hem) and Laura’s dress. Oprah’s would have been nice if a deeper shade, that particular mauve… Meh. But a very flattering cut! Everyone else gives me the “what the hell were they thinking?” Does no one own a mirror to check their shoes, hair, clothes?

  24. Dawn says:

    I give the best to Reese. She looks perfectly put together. I don’t like the poof in Rosemund Pike’s dress. so she gets second in my book.

  25. I Choose Me says:

    I’ll give a slight nod to Dern’s outfit but I’m as un bowled over by these outfits as GNAT.

  26. MtnRunner says:

    Meh. I’d give a slight nod to Oprah and Dern, but pretty underwhelming overall.

  27. Lucy says:

    This is extremely ridiculous, but ever since I saw Gone Girl, I can’t help but shudder whenever I see new pictures of Rosamund (post-movie pictures, that is), specially the ones in which she’s smiling. Guess it goes to show how damn good (and terrifying!) she was in it.

  28. Ginger says:

    Oprah for the win! Reese in second. The others hurt my eyes, especially the print on Laura’s dress. The cut of it is fine but I don’t like the print at all.

  29. Josefa says:

    Oh God those Dior looks are horrible! They look like clowns. Are they employing at kindergartens?

  30. Mellie says:

    Why the gushing over Rosamund’s dress and then the blahing over Reese’s dress…they are very similar and both ladies look great. I like both dresses FWIW. I love Marion’s dress as well. So unique and pretty.

  31. MumzyC says:

    Long time lurker and first time poster. I am pulled from my cozy dark corner to ask a question that has been bothering me. Why are females in Hollywood now posing for photos standing with legs crossed? I see this pose and think, “Oh dear, someone needs to use the loo!” Is this pose thought to be flattering? Putting your best leg forward? Someone, anyone, please help me understand this ridiculous pose other than “The Potty Dance,” because, as mom to three children, that has always been the universal signal for wetworks ahead.

    • LizLemonGotMarried says:

      It’s supposed to make their legs look trim and make them look narrow. As the mother of a 3 year old, that’s how he stands when he’s doing something he finds fascinating but needs to pee. I am totally with you.

    • Jaded says:

      Great question MumzyC – it apparently gives an impression of a more elongated body and thinner profile. It’s also a good trick to prevent unscrupulous paps who try to take upskirt photos from getting the “money” shot.

    • **sighs** says:

      Yep. Pee pose.

  32. **sighs** says:

    This post should have asked who was the worst dressed. Reese and Rosamund are the only ones that look good.
    Emma in an ugly ill fitting sweater. Laura Dern’s dress looks like it was CGI’d onto her. Marion’s dress looks like a Matisse on his deathbed– you know, the ones where he was cutting out construction paper like a kindergartener and having his assistant paste them randomly. And don’t even get me started on Felicity Jones. That is the worst dress I’ve seen in a long time.

  33. kri says:

    Laura Dern’s dress is really interesting. Oprah’s is really good too. Classic and that color is great. WTF Dior?!! My god, every time I see something vomitus and unflattering my first thought is “DIOR DID IT!!!

  34. MJ says:

    I like Laura’s dress and Rosamund’s. They both look fab! Julianne’s would look way better without those awful shoes, a simple pump would have been so much better. I normally like what Reese wears, but I don’t like this at all. That black band around the middle makes her look wide, and she most definitely is not wide.

  35. GingerCrunch says:

    Looks like Felicity lost a bet. I would want to run and hide if I were forced to wear such a thing.

  36. siri says:

    Laura’s dress is interesting, gives her a fresh look, and is very well tailored. Would have picked other shoes, though. Runners up would be Reese &Oprah, who thankfully doesn’t squeeze herself into some corset style anymore. The strong pink is ok, but I think a warmer shade would match her skin tone better.

  37. Cc says:

    I actually like Emma’s outfit. On anyone else it would look silly, but somehow it works on her.

  38. break says:

    The Hollywood “dermatologists” are in high season!

  39. anonymous says:

    Laura Dern looks amazing!

  40. amp122076 says:

    what is happening with julianne moore’s legs?

  41. perplexed says:

    So many ugly outfits…my eyes!

  42. Reece says:

    I could pick a something on all of them but Laura Dern and Felicity Jones are my favs. Rosamund Pike also , although that’s bordering on wedding dress to me.

  43. CatJ says:

    Saw Julianne’s speech on TV, and if she would just adjust her posture, she would have carried this look off. Her hunched shoulders made it look like the dress was coming off her shoulder…. shame I didn’t even listen to her speak, I was so appalled at the (lack of) posture….

  44. stormie says:

    Laura Dern looks freaking incredible (WINNER!). She is killing, killing, KILLING it.

    Oprah is great in that color. I quite love Emma’s mixed prints, though that would look like s*@t on me and most other people. Julianne’s cut is boring but she looks pretty darned nice in that red.

    Felicity is too pretty and talented to have such bad style. I theoretically like Rosamund’s but something about it is leaving me underwhelmed.

  45. Anare says:

    Laura Dern looks great. Love that dress. I have a pair of blue peep toe pumps that would have looked awesome with that dress. The rest are meh to absolute fug.