Brie Larson in blue Gucci at the Oscars: incredible or missed opportunity?

The 88th Annual Academy Awards Pressroom
Brie Larson of course won best actress last night, and if you haven’t seen Room you should rent it, it’s available to rent this week. I thought I was going to be bummed out by Room but the film is the perfect balance between heavy subject matter, a compelling plot and the kind of everyday joy that comes with raising a child. Brie was pretty much a shoe-in for best Oscar and her fashion this season has been hit or miss. She really brought it at the Golden Globes in metallic gold Calvin Klein, she wasn’t as spot on at the SAGs in ill-fitting blue Versace, and she was in a too-busy Chanel dress for the Spirit Awards. You can’t really pinpoint Brie’s typical look. This Gucci is interesting but not a showstopper. The color is great and I like the bodice of the dress, but the belt is too busy and heavy for this gown and the ruffles along the skirt are a little much. So it’s a decent dress but not amazing.

88th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

88th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

Also in bold blue we have Patricia Arquette in Marina Rinaldi. Last year’s Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia was a presenter, and unlike her speech last year, or her Spirit Awards presenting duties on Saturday (when she recognized Mya Taylor of Tangerine) she didn’t make any political statements. I like this dress, it’s a great bold color and it’s a flattering fit.

88th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

88th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

Olivia Munn was in bright orange Stella McCartney. I thought the cut of the dress was inspired, especially for Stella, and I like that she went bold. Her lips were too orange though and while she was presenting I kept watching her face to see how those magic potatoes somehow only made her mouth move. I have to get some of those purple potatoes which change the shape of your face.

88th Annual Academy Awards

88th Annual Academy Awards

Here’s Emily Blunt, very pregnant in light peach Prada. She was one of the few women in a pastel color. I only remember seeing Jennifer Jason Leigh in a light pastel like this, those shades were not popular this year. I don’t like the sequins on this gown, they don’t make sense at all, they’re just kind of there like polka dots.

88th Annual Academy Awards

88th Annual Academy Awards -Arrivals

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  1. Luciana says:

    As I said before, Brie looked amazing. In motion the dress was so beautiful. Gucci is to die for lately.

    • JFresh says:

      True, true, and true.

    • LadyJane says:

      For the first time in my life, I am lusting after fashion – and Gucci is doing it to me.

    • ell says:

      agreed with everything.

      • VELOURAZURE says:

        Didn’t agree with Patricia’s dress having a “flattering fit”. Really more of a awkward fit.

      • coconut says:

        Patricia looked better than she usually does on the RC, but do not really like this look on her. Would so like her to get a professional stylist, not her friend. I have a similar build and height as her and no way I would wear all that voluminous business above the ample bust.

    • Alex says:

      True true. Loved her dress and the styling for Brie. No complaints

      • Sarah01 says:

        All these ladies looked beautiful and elegant, I agree Julianne Moore had the one of the best looks of the night!
        Another look I loved was the winner for short documentary film and she was from Pakistan. Her dress was my favourite of the night. A black long slip with a beautiful embroidered coat. Loved it!
        Brie’s dress didn’t need the belt, the belt would have looked great on a white simple gown. She looked beautiful and graceful.

    • Sarah(too) says:

      Yes. So true. I thought Brie looked lovely. It also looked like a comfortable dress.

  2. tifzlan says:

    I love Brie’s gown but i think she should have styled her hair differently. What the heck happened to Olivia Munn’s face? Looks painful.

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      Agree with both of your statements. Brie’s hair should be looser/curlier to match the romantic dress and Oivia has gotten some serious work done on her face (especially her lips!)

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Agree re: Brie, dress is lovely but hair is “meh”, needs to be softer.

      • Kitten says:

        Lip injections. For sure.

        I’m obsessed with Brie’s dress!

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, good call on Brie’s hair. Her hairstyle was oddly schoolgirl or sister wife for such a glam dress.

      • Bridget says:

        I kept trying to figure out if Olivia had done something to her teeth, because her speech was slightly off too. She needs to stop with whatever she’s injecting into her face, because it is not working.

      • mp says:

        Yes, i came here to see if womeone mentioned her teeth, they looked so weird to me!

    • Elsie Otter says:

      Munn looks like she just came back from the dentist with her face numbed. I saw her interview with Ryan Seacrest, and she looked BAD in motion. Her eye work hadn’t settled and the botox made it difficult for her to talk. She was also extremely skinny. My boyfriend came into the room and asked, “What happened to her? She looks terrible.”

      • Lizzie McGuire says:

        It’s the “potatoes”! I think Nicole Kidman will use this excuse for next time. Seriously Olivia looked fine before now she’s looking like Megan Fox 2.0, who wanted to look Angelina. There’s lip injections & cheek fillers too something done in her jaw area as well, I think also the combination of losing weight & the “potatoes” hasn’t settled well in her face.

  3. Goats on the Roof says:

    I like Brie’s overall look, but the overlapping sheer panels on the bodice are playing tricks on my eyes. They make me feel like my vision has gone blurry in a way.

  4. vauvert says:

    The blue is gorgeous. I would have skipped the Ruffles and used a thinner belt. What I really didn’t like was her hair.

    • zinjojo says:

      Agree on all counts. The dress is a fabulous color, and could be amazing, but the ruffles are unnecessary and the belt was too much. And her hair would have looked better if it were softer.

      There was a lot of the too severe hair trend last night. I’m not a fan of big hair either, but seems like there’s a happy medium.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      The only thing I like was the colour. The ruffles look bad and the belt is so incredibly tacky. Her hair is alos completely flat.
      This must have been the worst Rc when it comes to fashion in years.

    • Carol says:

      The dress was fabulous but the belt was too distracting. It just took away from the dress’s simplicity and added nothing to the look. Hated the belt. Otherwise I thought she looked lovely.

      For the first time I didn’t think Patricia Arquette looked like a total disaster. She looked great and loved the color of her dress.

      Emily didn’t even look pregnant to me. She looked pretty as well.

      I thought Olivia Munn looked strikingly beautiful and that dress was to die for. LOVED the orange color. I don’t see the over-botoxed look that everyone else seems to see.

  5. Josefina says:

    For such an obvious winner, it really was a missed chance. But Brie’s not a fashion girl, so I wasn’t expecting much.

    Olivia looks lovely in that color and I see nothing wrong with her face?

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      I think Olivia’s face looks like she’s had some work, but she’s still beautiful and it was her choice to make, so…

    • Esmom says:

      Olivia is really pretty and I love the orange on her.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      Yeah, I think it was a fine dress not an Oscar winner dress. Brie is not a fashion girl so I can forgive that, I’m more offended by Alicia Vikander’s dress because she has a contract with LV.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    I loved the blue on her, but disliked the look. Actually, without the belt, and without the netting on the top that makes every photo look out of focus, it might’ve been very pretty.
    Patricia looked good, and I surprisingly really liked Olivia’s.

  7. Chinoiserie says:

    The color of Emily’s dress did not really suit her.

  8. Marianne says:

    I don’t know if I like the underlining of Brie’s dress. It sort of makes her look like the camera was out of focus. And I didn’t like the belt. I think her Globes dress might have been better suited here. However, I did like her hair.

  9. D says:

    I usually don’t like orange or Stella McCartney, but this dress is pretty nice. But she almost looks like a different person, what did she have done? First I thought it was the eyes, but now I’m thinking maybe the chin? She really didn’t need to have anything done, it’s kinda sad actually.

  10. Amanda says:

    Her articles are the least discussed of all the winners. If she isn’t interesting now that she won I think she will be forgotten very soon

    • ell says:

      what do you mean she isn’t interesting? i gladly welcome an actress who’s famous and wins awards for her work, rather for the gossip surrounding her or the stupid things she says (like jlaw). she’s a very good actor; she’ll be fine.

    • Jess says:

      i don’t know what you mean by interesting but I dont see how Elizabeth Olsen or Alicia vikander is more interesting than Brie? They sure get a lot of comments don’t they?
      To be fair Brie got lots of comments for a brief moment when hiddlestoners tried to pair her off with Tom not realising Brie has a long term boyfriend.
      So that just makes it seem as if you are mostly interesting if you’re associated with one of those Irish/uk actors that is all the rage in this site, that is unless you are a kardashian or scandalous in some way. I dont really think that’s necessarily a cool thing.

      • Amanda says:

        “So that just makes it seem as if you are mostly interesting if you’re associated with one of those Irish/uk actors that is all the rage in this site, that is unless you are a kardashian or scandalous in some way”
        LOL I’m not interesting in those people but an actress who won an Oscar and there few people who wrote about it in every site isn’t a good sign. Her victory will be forgotten soon and even people in the industry said that she is likely not become a star. People just don’t seem interested in her

      • Jess says:

        Lol all you want Amanda. Brie just won an Oscar which is more than most people who are covered and commented intensly on this site.
        Interesting is whatever is interesting to the each and every one of us I guess, in this site I suspect it mostly has to do with controversy or high profile celebrities coupling or some such. To others it may be the quality of someone’s work.

      • Amanda says:

        @Jess
        I don’t write about this site. It’s all Internet: Just Jared, People, Us Weekly. She has very few comments on her articles and this shows a lack of interest in her. Sorry if you’re so pressed about this but it’s the truth

      • aki says:

        @amanda pray tell, Amanda, who these industry types are who are writing her off just as she’s won an Oscar. Ridiculous. Some actresses are celebrities. Some actresses just, you know, act. She may be the latter, but those are the ones that tend to work steadily and consistently. They may have no name cachet, but they always have a good body of work. But it is nice for those industry insiders to drop you a line on the day after the Oscars.

      • Marr says:

        @amanda What I find more interesting right now is the fact that you bothered going through every article about her on the ‘whole internet’ and then gloat that nobody cares in the comments section. You sure seem interested in her to me.

  11. Loris says:

    Her speech was so bad. Really underwhelming

  12. Nancy says:

    I loved Brie’s dress, but thought her hair look Little House on the Prairieish.

  13. Jenns says:

    I liked Brie’s dress, but I hated her make-up.

  14. CornyBlue says:

    I thought the dress was OK . the hair and makeup was a mess. Emily Blunt looks amazing. how come Olivia Munn was aske dto present an award but people like Domnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac were not ?

  15. paolanqar says:

    Brie’s dress was beautiful. she looked amazing in it but her make up and hair aged her big time.
    I loved her in United States of Tara and I am so happy that she won this year.
    She truly deserved it.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah I agree about the hair and even more the makeup. Her makeup was totally unworthy of that gorgeous dress.

  16. Kate says:

    Emily needed to wear a more saturated color. She’s got such lovely pale skin and that peach color did nothing for her at all. She’s lovely though.

  17. anna2222222 says:

    On stage, Brie looked incredible in that dress. But when Olivia and Emily appeared, both of their faces looked effed up. I didn’t even notice their dresses, because I was so shocked by how different their faces looked.

    • Claudia says:

      I think Emily’s face looks different because she is pregnant with her second child though…

      • anna2222222 says:

        I know she’s pregnant, and she looks beautiful, but her face looks different. I’m not sure if it’s because she’s stopped the injectables for the pregnancy or if the hair/makeup were doing her a disservice, but she didn’t look like herself.

    • Rade says:

      Thank you! Seriously, I was thinking we’re here talking about Olivia Munn’s face but not Emily Blunt’s? She’s been subtly tinkering for a while now, but last night it looked way more obvious. perhaps her pregnancy is messing with what she’s had done.

  18. littlemissnaughty says:

    Sh*t, I can’t deal with all these beautiful people messing with their faces. Olivia Munn was gorgeous before, there as NO reason for her to get anything this drastic done. Her eyes were perfectly fine but okay, if she really wanted them done … But now her lips look all kinds of insane. If you put this pic next to one from about 3-4 years ago … Christ.

    • elle says:

      Olivia’s face REALLY looks different in the 2nd pic… it’s top heavy from the cheekbones up, like she had her jaw narrowed or something. Surely not, but that’s what it looks like. She doesn’t look like herself at all anymore.

      Emily’s face looks weird, too, but it could just be pregnancy hormones.

  19. Maum says:

    Brie’s dress doesn’t photograph well.

    In person the blue was deeper and a gorgeous shade of midnight/Prussian and the belt looked stunning.
    I thought she looked beautiful.

    Emily Blunt’s dress was nice but a bit too pale. And Olivia Munn looked ok except she matched her lipstick to the dress.
    She reminded me of the UK Tango 90s ads with the orange man.

  20. Lindy says:

    I think Brie’s dress was one of the best of the night. Incredibly beautiful and bold color, the belt was perfect.

  21. Micki says:

    I don’t know, I found Brie’s dress underwhelming. Her hair was also too much schoolgirl-ish.

  22. alexc says:

    Hated Brie’s whole look. Her hair is horrible, the dress color is nice but the belt, ruffles and fit of the bodice is bad. She’s lovely and could have done so much better.

  23. Karen says:

    I don’t like the ruffles or the belt. The color is awesome on her.

  24. QQ says:

    Brie looked fine but just that.. Fine, like the hair and makeup are what failed her and she is too cute and too much of a shoo in to not have had an actual style Load To Blow Last night

    Also we really are gonna act like Olivia munn’s lips and veneers things aren’t happening ?? Really #japanesepotatoes (but good color on her)

    • I Choose Me says:

      The lips and veneers are so obvious. Japanese potatoes my ass.

      That said, her gown was one of the best last night imo.

  25. serena says:

    I love Olivia Munn’s dress, but I think it’s not fancy enough for the Oscars. Also, Emily Blunt needs to change hairdresser, they always looks awful.. but this time they do look dirty and flat.
    I liked Brie Larson’s look, very beautiful, but somehow.. underwhelming? I mean, it’s not the kind of ‘woah’ I was expecting (in general, not from her).

  26. Shelllley says:

    Brie Larson’s dress didn’t translate in still photography but when in motion – it was ethereal. Gorgeous.

  27. anne says:

    big disappointment. brie looked like a prom queen from ohio. bad dress. bad hair. BAD makeup. and there is a dead expression in her eyes. hmm. still, she seems to be a thoughtful, talented woman – style isn’t everything.

    i think olivia looked gorgeous in orange. she’s going overboard defending her changing face, though. make your choices, own your choices. don’t protest.

  28. Armenthrowup says:

    Brie and her dress – absolutely gorgeous! What the hell has Olivia done to herself???? MIndy is stunning as always

  29. Diana B says:

    Missed oportunity for sure. She was a shoe in for the win and she chose that blah dress to get the biggest award of her career? and don’t even mention that hairstyle, ugh, I had such great expections and was thoroughly let down.

  30. Grant says:

    Love Brie Larson’s exquisite dress but I hated her hair.

  31. Lola says:

    I loved Brie’s dress!

  32. felixswan2 says:

    I LOVED Brie’s dress. One of my favorites. The color was gorgeous and I actually really liked the belt. I really like Olivia’s dress as well, but her lips…

  33. GreenieWeenie says:

    oh, I didn’t realize purple potatoes are called “Japanese” potatoes. I eat those all the time. There’s like 52 varieties of potatoes where I live. I have yet to morph into Olivia Munn, though.

  34. Farhi says:

    Brie has a severe face, it reminds me of Goop actually. This dress is gorgeous but doesn’t go with her face.

    I think with her face she needs more structured/ military uniform influenced clothes. Goopy gets that right, imo. She wears a lot of suits and streamlined dresses. Frills and bare shoulders are not for this type of face.

  35. perplexed says:

    I didn’t realize she was that tall until I saw her standing next to Leonardo DiCaprio.

    From the clip they showed on the telecast, I did come away with the impression that she’s a good actress with some kind of emotional intelligence necessary for interpreting on the big screen. But for the red-carpet, her face is kind of dull. Maybe she’s one of those people who will become more beautiful to me once I see more of her acting.

    She’s probably one of those people I’d probably like if I met her in real life, but knowing very little about her she does come across as sort of boring for this kind of event. Maybe my opinion will change in the future as I get to know her better.

    • elle says:

      I agree… I have a hard time picturing her face. She’s kind of plain.

      ETA: Just occurred to me… she reminds me a bit of Julia Styles.

  36. Naddie says:

    Oddly, blue doesn’t suit her as it does with Jessica Chastain. But it’s a beautiful dress and I loved the sheer trick at the upper part.

  37. Camille says:

    Such a missed opportunity for Brie. The dress is ok, but her styling, hair and makeup don’t work with it.

  38. What's inside says:

    I think every lady in these pictures looked wonderful.

  39. Kate says:

    I’m amazed some people like the dress. It’s a tacky bridesmaids dress. As in my cheap ass local bridal store has an extremely similar dress in their window, down to the ruffles and the over-sized blingy belt.

    The bodice was clearly not meant to be worn by anyone with even a hint of boobs, it makes Brie’s look huge and saggy in comparison to the rest of her, which they aren’t at all. The colour looked basic on TV, like a prom dress. The ruffles are extra, and if you can look past that, they aren’t well done at all. The belt is just hideous. A disaster all round.

  40. Twinkle says:

    Brie’s dress was bland and that stupid bridal WWF belt was heinous. Olivia is butter face.

  41. Thisfacebelievesyou says:

    It’s a sad day for Stella McCartney when Olivia Munn’s dress is considered an inspired cut for a her.