Zoe Kazan in Oscar de la Renta at the Critics’ Choice: award-winning or runner-up?

21st Annual Critics Choice Awards - Arrivals

Zoe Kazan hit the red carpet at last night’s Critics Choice Awards with boyfriend Paul Dano, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the young Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy (which he lost to Sylvester Stallone…pity.) She debuted a cute new blonde bob on the red carpet – which I think really works for her. On the other hand, her dress, by Oscar de la Renta seems to have a split personality. It is giving me a “sample sale at the fabric store” vibe. It’s just too busy. I think she’s probably going for “twee”, since she does get cast quite often as the manic pixie dream girl, but I think she’d look better in something different. Points for the cute clutch, which does nicely match the top part of her dress. And, she and Paul do make a cute couple, don’t you think?

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt definitely plays to her strengths, fashion-wise. After dazzling in a periwinkle blue gown at the Golden Globes, she once again opted for a blue hue, this time, in a strapless gown by Roland Mouret. From the front, it’s lovely, from the back, not so much. It reminds me of a model at a photo shoot wearing a dress that’s too big for her and the stylist just clips up the extra fabric in the back that the camera can’t see. She does make a great entrance, however, with her elegant low ponytail, lovely earrings and silver toned clutch.

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

Carrie Coon, who earned Best Actress honors for her role on HBO’s The Leftovers, brought a pop of yellow to the red carpet in her dress by Rubin Singer. It is nice to see such a bright shade on her, as the yellow hue complements her hair and skin tone, but the whole look just lacks that “wow factor.” I do love her accessories, the amber earrings look great with her short haircut and those shoes are pretty amazing.

21st Annual Critics Choice Awards 2016

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

Eden Sher, a nominee for her work on the sitcom The Middle, looked positively glam in a black and white strapless gown by Rubin Singer. Even though she lost the award to Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik, she was a winner on the red carpet. I can’t believe she is the same woman we see as the frumpy Sue Hack every week. I adore this dress. It’s classic and elegant and the whole look works for me, from her layered bob and diamond drop earrings from Doves by Doron Paloma all the way down to her strappy stilettos. Forget about the middle, she’s the top in my book.

21st Annual Critics Choice Awards 2016

21st Annual Critics Choice Awards - Arrivals

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  1. kri says:

    Paul Dano is an acting genius, okay? And Eden’s dress wins it all.

    • Nope says:

      Not sure if youre in the UK but if you are, are you watching him in War and Peace? If not, you must! He’s brilliant.

  2. lisa2 says:


    I love that black and white dress. I think it was a bit much for this event; but I do like it a lot.

    This would make a killer Oscar dress.

  3. embertine says:

    WOW do those two fabrics not complement one another at all. I like the simple shape on her though (although nothing can be better than her stripey dress)

  4. catwoman says:

    Love Joanne, but all I can hear singing in my head is, ” She wore blue vulva”.

  5. Lama Bean says:

    Eden looks fantastic!

    Carrie Coon is giving me Hilary Duff vibes in the face. (I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I think both of them are beautiful.)

    Not feeling anything about Zoe’s dress.

  6. QQ says:

    No To the first Stiff Dresses , Also that adorable girl looks like she cut her hair in a fit of rage in the bathroom

    Also I adore Carrie Coon, This dress it’s Hurtful Yellow

    • Just me says:

      Thank you! That ‘bob’ is tragic. Did a 6 year old cut her hair? And why didn’t she style it? Didn’t anyone tell her she would be photographed?

    • Esmom says:

      Lol, totally agree on Zoe’s haircut. The idea is cute but the execution is terrible.

    • Alyce says:

      I agree. She looks like she got dumped then cut it with kitchen scissors while slamming back tequila and listening to a breakup mix. It is that bad.

  7. Murphy says:

    I guess the length is ok but that bob looks choppy and sloppy to me.

  8. Lucy says:

    It makes me happy to see actors like Paul Dano and Adam Driver making it big in Hollywood. Two men who are far from being conventionally handsome by HW standards, yet still get recognized because, well, they can act their asses off. PS: Love the b&w gown!!!

  9. anne_000 says:

    Somebody went to a thrift shop, bought two different outfits and had them put together by the seamstress at the dry cleaner’s.

  10. Wooley says:

    Zoe looks like she is about to burst into tears.

  11. LAK says:

    Currently loving Paul Dano in ‘War and Peace’ on BBC.

    Love all the dresses, especially the black and white one.

    • Betti says:

      Me too – out of all the young male casts members, he’s the standout thou my internet welsh boy toy Aneurin Barnard (plays Boris Drubetskoy) is a very very close 2nd.

  12. minime says:

    Zoe Kazan is not only an incredible actress, but also a promising screenwriter! I like her dress because it actually seems to fit with her personality. They are a cute, good looking (intelligence also has its charm) and extremely talented couple! Both of them don’t seem to play the Hollywood game so it’s really cool to see them being recognized anyway (or at least him in this case).

    • Anne tommy says:

      War and Peace is so good with Dano outstanding. Zoe and Paul are so cute and seem so into each other, the Chris Pratt and Anna Faris of the younger generation… . Zoe wrote and Paul took the lead in Ruby Sparks, a quirky film that’s well worth seeing.

  13. ell says:

    i like zoe kazan’s dress, but the make up is all smudged, like something you’d have after a night out.

    joanne froggatt has never worn a good dress.

    • Esmom says:

      I think this is one of Joanne’s best dresses, the color is flattering and the back doesn’t look bad to me. Her hair, though, is tragic.

  14. Locke Lamora says:

    I love Zoe’s dress! And she’s been having that bob for a while. It suits her.

  15. Betti says:

    LOVE the dress and i kinda have a lil crush on Paul. Been watching him in Auntie Beeb’s War and Peace mini series and he is fab! He’s totally rocking a nerdy, 18th century Russian aristocrat vibe which i find oddly sexy. I’ll see myself to the cold shower.

  16. Magpie says:

    Shoulda been nominated for an oscar. Dano was excellent as brian wilson.

  17. Patricia says:

    Did Zoe sleep in her makeup and then come to the event? Looks awful and it makes her look tired.

    Joanne, hate the hair. Hate it!

    The only look I like is the last one. I’m not really aware of that actress but wow, what a fabulous dress. At least somebody got it right!

    • Esmom says:

      I mentioned above that I dislike Joanne’s hair, too. It’s like an 80s sorority girl hairstyle.

  18. TreadStyle says:

    Omg to everything going on w Zoe. Her hair is a mess: style, color, cut, dried out (from that horrible color I would say!), her makeup is just what, and the dress maybe would have been just ok w better styling. the rest of these dresses are awful too!

  19. Yabby says:

    zoe and paul make a perfect couple. although i’m not loving her hair, auburn suited her better.

  20. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t watch The Middle so I don’t know that actress, but that black-and-white dress is everything!!!