Jennifer Lawrence vs. Charlize Theron: who had the best Dior at the Oscars?

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Jennifer Lawrence was, I believe, one of the very last people to arrive at the Oscars. Everyone was like “where is she?” and “Pray for J-Law, she must have fallen down again.” I actually think her absence from all of the red carpet shows was on purpose – she might feel like people are tired of her and that she needs to take a break. So she posed for photos, barely spoke to any red carpet outlets, then quickly went to her seat, I think. Her gown was Dior – this isn’t my favorite, but it’s far from the worse. I think it would have looked amazing if the entire gown was made from the top part, like a whole gown made of delicate-looking black lace with an ivory underlay. How pretty would that have been? Instead, the skirt was this black ruffled nonsense.

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It feels like it’s been forever since Charlize Theron has been to an Oscars, right? Like, seeing her on the red carpet was like seeing an old friend after a decade’s absence. But she was actually at the 2014 Oscars, so it was a misplaced feeling. Maybe it was just good to see her back in fashionista-form. This red Dior was dramatic and stunning and she looked amazing. She had a face like thunder for the most part, but that only added to the drama of the gown.

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  1. Kate says:

    I actually think they both win.

    • Alex says:

      I loved both dresses as well. And I was bracing myself for Jen but she looked great. And her VF two piece outfit was knockout as well. I haven’t liked an awards look from her since she won her Oscar

    • JudyK says:

      Agree.

      I don’t like the sheer business, but Jennifer pulls it off…her dress is actually gorgeous.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      I think they both lose. This is the worst Dior JLaw has ever worn, and there has been some strong competition. It might have been better if the entire dress was black. Her hair looks very nice.
      Charlize’s dress is ugly. I hate the straps/neckline.

    • me says:

      Like i said the other day, Charlize and Marion(when she’s there) always wins the dress competition with Dior.

    • Sunglasses aready says:

      Charlize Theron, fabulous as always. Next Saoirse Ronan

    • nikko says:

      I like both of them, but Charlie knows how to work the dress..the way she stands and walks in it makes it look even better.

  2. als says:

    It’s so fitting to put JLaw and Charlize in the same post because they have the same statuesque presence, same queen-like air.

    • ell says:

      and they both wear dior.

    • ShinyGrenade says:

      But Charlize looks regal, and JLaw never looks classy.

      • als says:

        Charlize is more experienced, give JLaw some time, she’ll catch up.

      • ShinyGrenade says:

        Not sure. She will have to grow up out of all her antics. And get better styling.

      • Deedee says:

        JLaw does look classy. She’s making the most of that Dior. If anything, she looks better with one color and minimal fuss, like the red Calvin Klein from 2011. But if she wore the same look every time, we would say that she’s boring.

      • jinni says:

        Well Charlize is a former dancer which give one a regal graceful bearing / makes them look elegant (ex. Naomi Campbell). Throw in the fact that she’s also a former model, she just knows how to carry herself better than most and would make most people look less poise when compared to her.

        I think JLaw could look very polished and looks nice here, but her public persona does stop one from being able to readily associate her with the word classy.

      • perplexed says:

        I think Charlize’s level of elegance is rare in general (even the winners this year, who are supposed to be the belles of the ball, look lame next to her), but I think J-Law looks good here. They seem to appeal to people in different ways. I don’t know if I think of J-Law as classy, but I’m amazed at how good her face looks here, since she looked so ordinary in the denim shorts and “perv” jacket pap photos.

      • lower-case deb says:

        JLaw should probably consider enrolling to Ravenna School of Queenly Things:
        http://brennayovanoff.tumblr.com/post/45121528815/charlize-theron-how-to-walk-like-a-queen-this

      • net22 says:

        Charlize wins. She’s beautiful and elegant and so forth. Her dress is gorgeous compared to Jennifer’s

    • Truthful says:

      LOL! I find the comparison very funny! They’re not in the same league JLaw doesn’t belong anywhere near the word “queen” even if it’s “queen-like”; She is cute but a bit vulgar ….and theron is stunning with ice-cutting attitude and embodies pure class.

      It’s like comparing a fish and a bird

  3. Marty says:

    J-Law’s dress was Marchesa level awful. Her hair and makeup looked nice though.

    • PinaColada says:

      +1 we all know she has a nice body, but this made it look bad. And her b00bs look smashed down. Not good at all.

      • Pandy says:

        I thought both dresses could use boob support. Neither really worked. Maybe switching dresses might’ve helped?

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      I was scrolling down & saw the top part I was “well not bad” till I saw the bottom of it. Her makeup artist I’ve been saying deserves all the awards, she’s been having some of the best looks out there.

      • Kimmy says:

        Hair, make up, and that necklace are incredible. That dress is way too fussy for her. Why do they keep giving her these big ball gowns?!?!?

  4. ichsi says:

    Both dresses are pretty and both women have insane bodies I’m not envious of at all *cough*

  5. paolanqar says:

    i didn’t like Charlize’s dress at all. the straps and her flat chest make her look like she’s wearing a swimsuit. but for the first time ever i thought that J law was stunning. Her hair looked good, makeup was on point and the dress fits her like a glove.
    I can’t stand her persona but she looked amazing.

    • Bridget says:

      I’m glad it’s not just me. That red Dior is such an unflattering cut, what’s it doing to her belly?

    • felixswan2 says:

      Yep, I agree. Jennifer’s dress for the win. I usually hate her Diors and her styling, but I thought she looked great last night. I’m just not crazy about Charlize’s dress. The straps and the top of the dress are really throwing me off.

    • Tara says:

      Agree. JLaw all the way.

  6. qwerty says:

    It’s Dior we’re talking about. The question is not “who had the best Dior”, it’s “whose Dior was less terrible”. “The best Dior” is hardly a win btw, that’s like being happy you’ve got fewer warts than other people. You still have warts though…

    • vauvert says:

      That was my feeling too. I think Charlize is beyond gorgeous and she did elevate the dress but it’s still not a good dress. I hated JLaw’s ruffled affair, it could have easily been tons better with a different bottom.

    • Vizia says:

      How sad is it that this has become the way we think about Dior?

  7. Ethelreda says:

    Is this even a question?

    JLaw’s dress was wearing her, as usual.

    Charlize, however, looked as though she’d descended from the heavens. The very definition of a goddess. The only slight flaw was the unneeccessary necklace, but I’m happy to overlook that.

  8. jeanpierre says:

    Hate both dresses.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I agree. I don’t care for either. Can’t stand these mesh illusion dresses- a trend I wish would die. Charlize’s dress, while not unattractive in itself, gives her massive man shoulders- a triangular upper body, and makes her waist seem disproportionally thick (I know it isn’t). It’s just not flattering on her.

    • Katie says:

      Yup, but love both faces. Charlize always looks lika a godess, but Jen, who I often think
      looks rather underwhelming also looked stunning , facewise.

  9. Lora says:

    Charlize!!!

  10. Mimz says:

    Not a fan of Charlize’s dress but she makes everything look amazing on her. Such a stunning woman… Jlaw looks ok, I think without the ruffles the dress would have been too boring and would wash her out. She seems to have lost quite a bit of weight as well.
    Good thing she didn’t make a splash and was discreet. I was not looking forward to endless posts about her farting during the Oscar ceremony.

    • Runcmc says:

      This is funny, because my immediate thought when seeing JLaw was “how does she maintain that beautiful figure without going up or down any?” She doesn’t look like she’s lost weight at all to me, her figure is still lovely. (The only reason I thought of this is because I recently hit my goal weight and realized I actually look too skinny at this size so now I have to figure out how much to gain! Weird problems lead to weird celebrity observations)

      • Mimz says:

        I think it was the hair, it made her face look a bit narrower to me. It’s possible she looks exactly the same.

  11. CornyBlue says:

    I mean how is this even a question ?? Charlize looked like a goddess. How does Dior come through for Charlize but not for Jen ?? Like that dress is a goddamn mess. Her hair and makeup is perfect though. I cannot believe she got DOR as her date.

    • SKF says:

      Yeah I don’t get this either. Charlize always looks great in Dior? Does Jen just not know what to pick from their collection? Or does Charlize terrify them into making her something flattering? Or maybe it’s that she is so good at elevating a look? Her dress would have looks great J-Law too. I actually like the top half of Jen’s dress and her hair looks great, but the bottom half of the dress is a mess.

    • Trillion says:

      Jen’s looks like an ice skating dress with stuff added to the bottom. Charlize is untouchable – rules the red carpet every time.

  12. ell says:

    charlize is gorgeous, but i just don’t like this dress at all, it’s boring.

    jlaw’s dress i like a bit more, but still hardly a favourite.

  13. Chinoiserie says:

    Charlize looked nice but her dresses are often so similar I was not terribly excited and the straps of her dress looked pretty strange.
    Jennifer looked different and amazing imo, even if the dress was not the best ever. It was still nice but it was the color, her make-up and hair really made the look.

  14. Jegede says:

    Funny enough, JLaw’s dress reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous Alexander McQueen at the Oscars.

    https://mondomoda.org/2016/02/28/oscar-piores-looks/oscar-2002-gwyneth-paltrow-veste-alexander-mcqueen/

    • ell says:

      jlaw’s much better. i don’t think you can get as ugly as the early 00′s in terms of fashion. hopefully we’ll never go back to that.

    • LAK says:

      I’m of the opinion that GOOP didn’t do that dress justice. The droopy posture and goth styling didn’t compliment it at all.

      I’ve seen this dress twice in real life. Once at the McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, and the second time on an ordinary woman who wasn’t model proportioned. Both mannequin and ordinary woman had perfect posture and styled it away from it’s goth implications, and it looked incredible.

      On top of the detail of the dress being incredible and awe inspiring.

      Going by photos of JLaw’s dress, it looks like a cheap ‘inspired by’ knock off made with cheap fabric

      • Jegede says:

        I think the goth style, make up and the whole car crash of her ensemble was kinda deliberate.

        Goop seemed desperate to show her ‘versatility. And this dress was a complete 180 of the bubblegum pink Ralph Lauren, she wore exactly the year before.

        From sweetheart princess to err, punk goth princess?

  15. Jayna says:

    Charlize, there are no words that are enough. How did she ever let the likes of Sean Penn near this perfection?

  16. Micki says:

    Charlize.

  17. Luciana says:

    Charlize for the win. She always gets the best Diors.

  18. MacScore says:

    Charlize. Hands down winner – she looks amazing. And, although both Jen’s and Charlize’s dresses are revealing in the bust area, Jen looks as if she’s going to boob out – it just looks awful. Didn’t she look in a mirror? Hate lace anyway so not a fan of her dress at all.

  19. SM says:

    Charlize gets my vote for best dressed at the Oscars

  20. Sisi says:

    imo Charlize looked shapeless in that dress, while she isn’t, so it’s a bad dress.

    Jennifer has looked worse but her to also looks poorly tailored because it flattens her boobs instead of suporting them.

  21. Gill G says:

    I think they both look stunning – not seeing the criticism of J-Law’s dress at all.

  22. Tara says:

    I realize that some times at these things it’s not the fact that what Charlize wears is so amazing. It’s that she is so amazing she elevates the simplest dresses. Plus she’s so elegant she looks so classy even with a plunging gown. She really is one of the most beautiful actresses ever. Grace Kelly and Kim Novak combined.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree, she makes pretty much everything work. I don’t really love that dress, but when she walked out on stage in it, she was breathtaking.

      I don’t hate Jennifers, but it just seems kind of dreary and overdone. I wish she would get a contract with Calvin Klein instead, she always looks much better in their fashions than Dior.

    • Dee Kay says:

      Agreed. Theron is a stunner head-to-toe. She is the kind of actress who knows how to model with every step and every look. When she’s on the red carpet or on the awards stage, she doesn’t just look like an ordinary person who got really prettied up for one night (and yes I think a number of actors look that way). Theron looks and walks and poses and talks like a go**amn Movie Star when she steps out.

  23. TheGrandSophy says:

    I don’t think that either JLaw or her stylist have any idea what suits her or flatters her figure – seems to be a common problem in Hollywood. Or maybe because everyone’s so slim or statuesque, they think that anything will flatter them?

    I can’t believe that someone in JLaw’s position doesn’t have her pick of Dior’s current fashions or having something designed for her (not to mention the vintage stuff in their vaults). This is the best they could do? Really?

    The new platinum blonde hair doesn’t help either. Most celebrities who dye their hair don’t know how to pick a colour that works in harmony with their existing skin and eye colour, and just end up looking a little off no matter how attractive they are.

  24. Marianne says:

    Charlize looked AMAZING!

    JLaw was kind of meh for me. Like, not the worst but definitely not in a top 10 look for me.

  25. alexc says:

    I was mesmerized by Charlize’s necklace. It was perfect for the dress and her long, beautiful neck/chest. She’s not the warmest person but the woman is stunning.

  26. Eleonor says:

    Like Charlize, the gown reminds me of one of Nicole Kidman’s amazing red carpet ages ago

    • LAK says:

      Nicole used to dress very well and each year was frequently stunning and memorable. Sadly those days are behind her. Or perhaps no one, meaning current hubby, expect her to dress UP or even be best dressed. She’s RC outfits these days are very mundane.

      Say what you will about TC, but he has the best stylists for his partners. They all dress amazingly, with usual design details as long as they are with him. It was also a very clear sign that the relationship was over when Katie started to dress badly during that final year.

  27. SusanneToo says:

    I like both actresses and think both dresses are quite ugly.

  28. Kitten says:

    CHARLIZE! I like J Law but I just don’t see her as this great beauty the way everyone else seems to. That dress just does not work on her and the hair is terrible and unflattering.

  29. QQ says:

    Charlize was On fire!!

    Jennifer truly and well phoned it in and Im not mad

    • mia girl says:

      Jennifer looks good and I liked that she phoned it in. I think she played it smart and maybe even was gracious to Brie Lawson. It was clearly going to be Brie’s night. I think JLaw had nothing to gain by being all over the red carpet (if anything more backlash).

  30. Diana B says:

    Charlize is always perfection. J-Law had amazing make up but that hair. I don’t know what it was but it looks weird to me somehow and that color does nothing for her.

  31. serena says:

    1) Charlize is amazing but I expected more from her look. 2) JLaw dress is so fug I have no other words.

  32. Tig says:

    Charlize can work a dress- her moment on stage was breathtaking. And that necklace is just amazing.

  33. Marny says:

    Dresses aside, bc i don’t love either, am i the only one who feels like charlize has NO charisma? she’s a good actress but at things like this she just seems so flat and like she sucks the energy out of the room.

    • Tara says:

      I think she has tons of charisma. She’s very witty and has a strong, no nonsense personality. Everyone talks about when she walks into a room she has a strong, powerful presence. Her charisma is why her Furiosa performance is already iconic. She’s just not a Jennifer Lawrence type of charismatic where she acts like she wants to be everyone’s best friend. She’s more old Hollywood, untouchable charismatic.

    • Naddie says:

      I think she does have charisma, but she also has an icy and emotionless thing around her, like a goddess, which is good and bad at the same time.

    • Josefina says:

      I think she has a very strong and mysterious pressence. I’m not sure if “charismatic” would be the world since I don’t think she’s likeable in the way someone like Dwayne Johnson is.

      The other day I read someone comparing her to Bette Davis and I can understand why. Bette wasn’t exactly a sweetheart, either, but she had such an alluring pressence that just drew you in.

    • perplexed says:

      I think she has a bit of an untouchable quality to her, which might make her seem somewhat distant and possibly cold. Is she like Julia Roberts or Jennifer Garner? No. But I think she fills a certain void in Hollywood in terms of having a certain amount of mystique. You know you’ll never see her being photographed in a pair of leggings with terrible hair (and even if she were, she’d still look better than the other starlets while doing so).

  34. Grant says:

    Love, love, love JLaw’s dress. I’m really feeling the platinum blonde hair too.

  35. Josefina says:

    Charlize is such a goddess. I don’t like the dress but she looks good in everything.

    I love JLaw from the neck up. There’s something about the dress that really bothers me but I can’t figure out what.

    • tigerlily says:

      I like JLaw’s hair style and not sure about the color. But I do think she’s done something to her face….something subtley off

  36. Lola says:

    I think they both looked beautiful.

  37. Nives says:

    JLaw was trending topic and actresses that won weren’t. People are really obsessed with her

  38. ReineDidon says:

    Charlize would wear the hell out of a sac ! She’s statuesque and stunning. She brought elegance and glamour to the red carpet. Very few did !

  39. Farhi says:

    Charlize is stunning , she is on many covers today. I like the bold red on her but I don’t like the cut. Jennifer’s gown looks too much like a lingerie. Nope for Dior, but these two are gorgeous women.

  40. perplexed says:

    J-Law is a chameleon. One minute, she looks kind of ordinary. The next minute she looks eerily beautiful.

  41. drnotknowitall says:

    Charlize for the win! And I mean for the whole night. She is the winner for her dress, her styling, all of it. Just wow!

  42. Lotta says:

    What does the tattoo on Charlize arm say? I’ve never noticed it before?

  43. Katenotkatie says:

    Charlize was so stunning. I loved Tina Fey’s comment before the show- she was like, “I just started clapping when I saw Charlize, she’s just so beautiful.” Agreed!

    I was getting Wild West saloon vibes from Jennifer, although I like the idea of the dress being sheer all the way down.

  44. Susan says:

    Goth bordello is not working for me.

  45. kimbers says:

    Char looks elegant and makes me like her dress when I normally wouldnt.

    Jen is all hunched over and not sophisticated. Her personality isnt Dior and she cant act well enough to trick the public. She seems like the gal who has a tallboy in her bag….which makes me hate a dress I normally would love. ..She’s still young. She’ll figure it out.

  46. MissB says:

    They should have swapped dresses with eachother!

  47. Naddie says:

    I think it’s interesting how Jennifer’s features pop out whenever her hair is too blonde light or too dark (Katniss). Most women fall for only one side, like Margot Robbie with blonde and Katy Perry with dark.

  48. CornyBlue says:

    They both sat together aww.

  49. Nancy says:

    Charlize can’t lose. Jlaw has at least a decade to try to catch up if she ever does.

  50. maggie says:

    Charlize wins the night. So beautiful.

  51. danielle says:

    Charlize, hands down!!! She looks stunning!!!!

  52. kay says:

    I like them both, they look like movie stars in timeless dresses.
    But there’s got to be way to give Charlize at least the idea of having a waist. She always looks spectacular, her heigh will always make her look good in anything, but for the love of god, she always looks like a waistless fridge.

  53. Camille says:

    Meh. I feel like I’ve seen it all before with these two looks. Yawn.

  54. Cdoggy says:

    I am SO OVER the slit to the belly button. JLo did it first. jLo did it best.

  55. dj says:

    Charlize all day & night! Charlize knows exactly what works for her and how it looks on camera. JLAw does not quite have that knowledge yet. JLaw is being underserved by her stylists and Dior. IMO that Dior contract is holding her back from becoming a true fashionista (due to lack of choices). I do not how long the contact is but she really needs it to be done. IMO she does not usually look comfortable in Dior but this is the most comfortable she has looked.

  56. Sylvia says:

    Charlize is a goddess, but she’s a goddess who lacks a well-defined waist and this dress only emphasized that, making her look a little boxy. Which should be a crime, to make Charlize Theron look more “boxy” than “foxy”.

    I actually really liked JLaw’s dress, especially compared to some of the atrocities Dior has put her in over the years. They did well this year.

  57. What's inside says:

    Charlize’s dress kind of reminded of something in tangerine that she wore several years ago, but the woman can look like royalty and has a flawless face. Now if she could just get her love life sorted out — no more Sean Penn types. J-Law’s look was okay, but I do not get the platinum hair and the cut on her. The dress did remind me of that horrible thing GOOP had on years ago, but J-Law’s was still better than that.

  58. Anare says:

    Charlize Theron is just so regal and elegant. No one can effortlessly strike a pose like she can. Perfection! Please don’t try to say J Law can compare. Sorry no. Just no. The red Dior dress is beautiful on Charlize but honestly she rarely has a misstep fashion wise. Why wasn’t she nominated for Mad Max? Talk about Oscar snub! I like J Laws hair and make up. The dress is just ok. I don’t love it.

  59. Magnoliarose says:

    Charlize looks good for Charlize but fantastic in comparison to most everyone else. She is so enigmatic and gorgeous. She is pure Hollywood glamour x 1000.

    JL is ok. Nothing more and nothing less.

  60. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Yeah, I’m with everyone who thinks both of these are underwhelming. J.Law particularly so, Charlize could wear a paper bag and make it look good, so it’s not like she looks bad, but the more you look at it the more blocky/less flattering the dress becomes. It makes her mid section look thick. The colour almost saves it but no. It actually reminds me of a poor man’s version of J.Law’s best Oscars look so far, the Calvin Klein orange dress. J.Law’s dress is just tacky looking and ill fitting.

  61. siri says:

    I don’t get the idea behind Charlize’s dress. She has wide shoulders, small breasts, and is very tall and thin. That dress does emphazise all that, and she looks like an Olympic swimmer. I also think the long necklace is cheapening the look. She has a beautiful face, and can strike a pose, but all in all, this is a disappointingly unsophisticated look. JLaw lacks the personality for this dress, that otherwise isn’t too bad, maybe except for the sheer part.