Kirsten Dunst vs. Charlize Theron: who got the better Dior at the Oscars?

89th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Personally, Kirsten Dunst was one of my choices for best-dressed woman at the Oscars. At first I was like “that hair though…” but honestly, the wacky, messy hair saves the whole look from veering off into musty and too-perfect. Kiki was one of the women in Dior, and how is that Jennifer Lawrence never gets anything this good, huh? Of course, this dress would be completely different on J-Law. Anyway, I love all of this. The dress could have veered into The Widow Dunst territory but she saved it and now she looks classic and timeless. I love the necklace too.

89th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

89th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Charlize Theron also wore Dior, because she’s one of the faces of the Dior brand. I feel like Dior didn’t give Charlize the best dress though? That being said, I don’t completely hate this. The color is so strange – it reads as green-metallic in some photos and a grey-metallic in others. Is this a better Dior than Kirsten’s? I can’t really decide how I feel about it, so probably not. Also: Charlize’s crazy doorknocker earrings are Chopard. She was wearing more than 50 carats on her ears!

The 89th Annual Academy Awards Arrivals

The 89th Annual Academy Awards Arrivals

Felicity Jones also wore Dior and it feels like Dior just sent her one dress and she shrugged and went with it. This is a nothingburger dress. It washes her out, it’s not particularly flattering and it should have been a brighter color. Her hair isn’t great either.

Oscars 2017 Arrivals

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  1. Daisy says:

    Kirsten looked amazing, but her makeup was too harsh. She nas small features and fair colouring, doing the eyes and Lips this heavy was too much.

    Charlize looked bad, her dress is ugly, the hair is meh and the jewellery too big

    I love Felicity’s dress, but not her hair

    • Tulip Garden says:

      Kirsten does look amazing. I didn’t recognize her at first due to the aforementioned makeup but I like all of it on her. The makeup color palette is just not what I’m used to with Kirsten.

    • LadyMTL says:

      ITA about Kirsten’s makeup, I didn’t notice it when I was watching the arrivals but in the pictures it does look harsh. I love the dress, though, to me it smacks of classic Dior with the nipped in waist and full skirt…I’m drooling, lol.

      Charlize’s look disappointed me. I normally really enjoy her fashion choices but this one was kind of boring. Also, I found the earrings didn’t work well with the dress, though IMHO they are spectacular. The fact that they’re two different shapes (heart on one side, teardrop on the other) keeps it a bit quirky.

    • DeniseMich says:

      We expect Charlize to look like she fell off the run way. Remember she gained all that weight for some movie. Well she hasn’t lost it yet.

      • HeidiM says:

        Is that what it is? TO me her face looked a little saggy around her mouth.

      • ctgirl says:

        I thought she looked like she was embracing fillers and didn’t go to the best doctor.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        She looks perfectly lovely, it’s the styling that sucks. The dress is ugly and the hair too.

      • Sarah says:

        I think it’s the dress – it makes her look wide. I don’t think she still has that weight on.
        I hated all three dresses – all of them. Yeech. I thought these were the plainest dresses of any Academy Awards in years. I didn’t love one gown.

      • Danielle says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Maybe she’s heavier than she is used to being (although still thin) and she’s uncomfortable and picked a too loose dress that didn’t flatter her. Also, her hair was AWFUL! Reminded me of Scarlett- not a look many can pull off.

    • Dee says:

      I thought both Kirsten and CT looked great. No reason to need to pick one in my book.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      It’s also the very harsh blush/contour on Kiki. It’s too much of everything.

  2. Jeesie says:

    Kirsten’s dress is awful. The shape is lovely, but look at the close up of the bust. It looks like it was put together by a amateur sewer on short notice.

  3. teacakes says:

    Kiki got the better Dior, or maybe it’s just that she carries it better? My favourite part of her look isn’t even the dress – it’s the fact that the shoes are her own! (go look at pics of her at the Spidey 3 Rome premiere and her Cannes Best Actress win in 2011 if you don’t believe me – she’s had them for literally a decade. Or multiple pairs of the same style, which is even better)

    I wish Felicity would pull it together on the red carpet. She’s like a British Jessica Chastain – talented, gorgeous and bound to follow every instance of nailing it on the red carpet, with a miss that makes you want to have WORDS with her stylist. That said, I appreciate that she at least tried to experiment a bit and I suspect this ballerina affair is growing on me much like her pink Gucci at the Golden Globes. And her face looks exquisite, at least they gave her some bright lipstick to liven this up.

    • nemera34 says:

      I was going to comment on the shoes too. I think people here talked about the shoe some time back. Maybe when she showed her engagement ring. and yes there are lots of pictures of her wearing those shoes.

      I love her dress and necklace. It is a very OSCAR dress.

    • ell says:

      felicity’s stylist is the same as keira knightley and zoe kazan, who are always dressed rather nicely usually. so i don’t understand what’s going wrong with felicity’s style, but it’s just not working for her. she used to have the same stylist as ruth negga, and in fact her outfits were so much better.

      • teacakes says:

        She had a couple of really lovely dresses for the Rogue One LA/Mexico City premieres and an interesting one for Tokyo but after that….. if Leith Clark is still her stylist, it’s not working.

        The funny thing is she looks great at daytime events, press and such. But red carpet is real hit-and-miss for her.

      • ell says:

        yeah, it’s leith clark. it’s funny, because i usually like clark’s style. it’s kinda romantic grunge, and especially her editorials can be so beautiful. i think part of the problem is that it takes a certain body type to pull off those outfits e.g. slim and possibly tallish, or at least long legged. felicity is very short, and looks swamped by some of the outfits.

      • teacakes says:

        @ell – I love Leith Clark forever for Lula but as a stylist, I really think she is not the best.

        Felicity clearly seems to be ok with experimenting, given some of the stuff she wears – but they can’t nail that and nor do they even go for the obvious and capitalise on the Audrey Hepburn thing.

  4. felixswan2 says:

    I love Kirsten’s dress. She definitely won over Charlize. I actually really like Felicity’s dress. I just wish it was in a different color.

  5. teatimeiscoming says:

    Charlize looks fantastic; her dress definitely is worlds away improved from Kirsten’s.

  6. Trixie says:

    Kirsten Dunst all day. Her dress, jewels, everything is perfection.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. Her hair was perfect, too, imo.

      • KLO says:

        My favorite part of the outfit is the way her boobs are finally getting the right treatment. In my opinion her nice natural breasts often dont get enough support in her dresses so I was happy that they did now. 😀

    • G says:

      She looks incredible! A tad too heavy on the makeup, but with that dress and that hair and that attitude — who really cares?

      I adore Felicity Jones and I think it’s a lovely dress, but could have been nipped in more at the waist.

      Don’t have anything particularly nice to say about Charlize.

  7. Margo S. says:

    Dior is pretty fantastic. Love their designs.

    Now, I don’t want to be dissing my fellow woman, but I just don’t understand how/why felicity Jones is famous… what is the appeal? Am I missing something?

    • Mannori says:

      You’re not alone. Most insignificant actress Hollywood is trying to shove us as the it girl. NO charisma, not talent, not relatable, likable nor empathetic on any level.

      • Amide says:

        And who says being in People mag, or any other publication, is the measure to finding an actor relatable?
        Spot on Mannori.

      • teacakes says:

        Let me make it very clear – I think complaining about an actress who by all accounts is professional, isn’t a famewhore and has never said anything offensive in a public forum for, of all things, not being “relatable”, is utterly ridiculous.

      • Amide says:

        I find it also ridiculous to decide the conditions to which posters ought to apparently find a person or thing ‘relatable’, as long as they match your own.

      • teacakes says:

        …..Amide, I don’t know whether you have trouble understanding what I just wrote, but I do not care about an actress being ‘relatable’ in any way because I think the idea of ‘relatable’ is utter nonsense by any standard, and I am not ‘deciding’ any conditions for anyone, merely stating my own views.

        I only care what they do on the screen/stage i.e whether THEY CAN ACT.

      • Amide says:

        That is good for you. Likewise good for others to be free to find relatabilty important to them without owing others an explanation. Doesn’t matter what or why THEY find it relatable. Same way some add how an actor dresses as life and death, as a part of their appeal and others don’t give a toss. People mag, Sheeple mag, paps e.t.c. It’s not for anyone else to justify their own taste or reasons cause others decide what’s important.

    • teacakes says:

      re: why Felicity Jones is famous – maybe a breakout Best Actress prize at Sundance for a largely improvised performance? Or the fact that she’s the first-billed name on the credits of a billion-dollar grossing movie?

      And going after any actress for not being “relatable” is a bit ridiculous, sorry. So she’s not peddling narratives in People magazine or calling the paps. Big deal.

    • slowsnow says:

      I don’t understant this comment either. She doesn’t choose the kind of film I like so I haven’t watched the many movies she’s in but in the ones I did she is great. Very understated, present, with a lovely voice whose inflections she uses a lot in her acting.
      She is just very Brit I think, not too in love with being famous, generally comes across as someone quite simple. Maybe that’s why she seems so undeserving to you?

    • Lucy2 says:

      I like her as an actress, she’s been good in everything I’ve seen her in. However I think she is a bit quiet and introverted- sort of a good actress, bad celebrity situation? Which I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing.

      • Mia4S says:

        She doesn’t strike me a second someone who is comfortable with the celebrity thing at all but she’s a good actress. She’s better in interviews when she has someone to draw her out, like Graham Norton on his show. See also her solo Rogue One interviews versus the ones paired with Diego Luna (who could charm the paint off the walls). Really engaging. Some actors are like that, it’s no crime.

        But DAMN girl get a new stylist. 😕

      • teacakes says:

        yeah, a couple years ago her artist ex-boyfriend (whom she’d been with for 10 years) did a show featuring drawings of her and three fantasy children that they’d never have because, well, they’d broken up by then. He didn’t name her but literally anyone with google and eyesight could figure out who the ex-girlfriend was.

        I’m not surprised she’s uncomfortable with exposure, and I agree she needs drawing out – Diego definitely helped, but even solo she was fine with Rogue One interviewers who played silly little pun games with her.

    • Lucy says:

      Well, she is (in my opinion) a very talented young actress. She never plays the same character twice. I guess she’s simply not interested in the celebrity aspect of her job, which may make her seem a bit boring.

  8. Mannori says:

    Imma be mean:
    Kirsten is boozing again.
    Charlize needs to change her botox Doc because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    • Amide says:

      You’re on fire telling it like it is👌👍

    • kiddo says:

      Charlize’s dress looks radiant but Charlize,shes just looks weird not her usual fabolous shelf, as for Felicity why so much hate in this comments, i think she looks whimsical , i just love her

    • Anna says:

      It’s not the Botox. Charlize got tearthrough fillers.

  9. Elisa the I. says:

    IMO Kirsten Dunst wins best dressed of the night. She looked incredible.
    Theron’s dress was ill-fitted at the bust and her pony-tail hair looked bizarre. Also, earrings that big look cheap.

  10. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    I have to give this one to Charlize for the sheer fact that she is wearing a color.

    Kirsten look is fine for her, but she has worn so much better. There were better dresses from the Dior couture show that she should have worn instead.

    Felicity is boring.

  11. slowsnow says:

    I love Dunst’s dress but with two tweaks:
    – as someone said above the bustier is all kinds of badly put together
    – another colour. that black it too harsh on her skin tone and blonde hair.

    Just for laughs: I love how cranky Charlize always looks. You can see she is probably a difficult person and not an immensely talented actress. But because of her crankiness she was superb in Mad Max and Young Adut.

    • ell says:

      i look cranky all the time as well, but i’m not cranky inside. in fact it bothers me that people always think i’m in a bad mood, because look, it’s just my face lol.

      • slowsnow says:

        I’m apparently serious and a bit scary as per my kids when in fact I am usually in a pretty good mood and quite joyful inside. All their friends are afraid of me and when I crack a joke they look disarmed. It bewilders me.

        Buuuuuuut I have a feeling from interviews that our Charlize may look and be cranky… Just for the sake of gossip of course.

  12. OSTONE says:

    Kiki looks incredible!!!

  13. EliSunday says:

    Kirsten Dunst looks great. Her dress, hair and accessorising is perfect. The make-up looks good from a distance, but is too heavy and “luminous”/shimmery up close. But she was my favourite of the night.

  14. lightpurple says:

    Kirsten was my best dressed of the night.

  15. Lennox says:

    Felicity’s dress makes me (unreasonably) angry – what is the point? You’re at the OSCARS and you wear that? I get that she’s not nominated or anything but ugh.

  16. Shambles says:

    Are Kirsten’s boobs that big?! Is her waist that tiny? Is there padding? A corset? So many questions!!!

    Charlize doesn’t look like herself.

    • slowsnow says:

      I find her a bit aged. Alert!: I am not saying this as a bad thing. We all age and so does Charlize and kudos to her for letting it happen without too much tweaking.
      Also, she had to gain a few pounds for a role and thanks to McConaughey (aarrggg spelling?? too lazy to look) we all know it affects your features past a certain point in one’s life when you get your figure back.

    • original kay says:

      I would think corset of some sort, just for the silhouette, but also she is just that tiny.

      She looks incredible.

      I know Charlize got paid to wear those stupid earrings! Thanks to CB 🙂

    • Mannori says:

      she’s a gorgeous woman who lacks of one of the main qualities that usually allows a gorgeous woman, or any human regardless their beauty, to age well: bone structure. that face is collapsing and the fillers ain’t helping at all, not well executed. Change Dermatologist girl.

      • KLO says:

        I think the main problem here is the excess weight she gained for a role. Once that is gone, our lives can go on. 😀

  17. ell says:

    they’re all ugly, especially kirsten’s. the bodice is all weird looking.

  18. QQ says:

    Kristen got the Better Dior full stop, Is Just that Charlize got 50 Carats and is Grown and sexy enough to make do with any dress… Felicitylooks like she is at an old Timey Bat Mitzvah

  19. Onerous says:

    The three women wearing black – Kirsten, Taraji and Brie Larson – they all hit home runs. They looked stunning. Simple and elegant. And by contrast everyone else looked fussy and overwrought.

  20. Lucy2 says:

    I love Christians luck, though I agree the make up maybe a tad bit heavy. But the gown and her hair are just very glamorous, and I like the necklace too.
    I didn’t mind it Charlize’s dress, and the earrings are amazing, but together they are an odd combination.
    Felicity looks like she is in an ill fitting ballet costume.

  21. Kcat says:

    Charlize looks like Kim Cattrall. Not her best look.

  22. I Choose Me says:

    Love both women’s dresses. Kiki’s in particular but their styling is not great. Agree with those who say Kirsten’s makeup needed to be softer and Charlize’s makeup makes her look pinched and dour.

  23. serena says:

    Kiki looks majestic! Her waist looks so small in that dress, but I can see it’s wanted. I liked Charlize’s look but her hairstyle was really blah and it kinda ruined it for me.

    Finally, what the heck was Felicity Jones wearing? Girl, it’s the Oscars, wear a gown (I hate so much that over-the-ankle lenght in dresses for formal cerimonies), do something more with your styling! Honestly, it’s a damn shame because she is beautiful and talented but she disappears in that outfit.

  24. Chaine says:

    Kirsten’s necklace is perfection. Anyone know the designer for that?

  25. Frigga says:

    Charlize’s dress is better. Kristen looks beautiful though.

  26. smee says:

    Kirsten’s dress is fantastic – the waist is so flattering and I love the hem line. And the pockets. My only diss would be the shoes – they’re not bad but the shade of black is off. I might have go with a more exciting pair since the dress is very understated.

    Charlize favors the goddess dress, which is usually a good thing. Where the shoulders fall on this dress makes her appear “wide” at the top and it’s not super flattering.

    As for Felicity (I thought it was Dakota Johnson at first) – man, that looks like an ill-fitting dance recital outfit. It makes her waist look sloppy.

    Two of the best looks last night, imo.

  27. Shutterbug99 says:

    Kiki nailed it. Best look of the night!

    Felicity’s dress is so boring.

  28. Paisley says:

    The best look Kirsten has ever presented. I adore her necklace.

  29. DianaB says:

    Kiki was Sooooooooooooooo pretty! her dress and THAT neckless. Like I said, Soooooooo pretty.

  30. Abbess Tansy says:

    Kirsten was beautiful and one the best looks of the night.

  31. Rocio says:

    I might be in the minority here but I hated Kirsten’s whole look. She’s usually one of the best dressed but that monstrosity made her look frumpy and the hair and makeup gave her a hangover look. Fire whom ever is styling you, Kirsten!

  32. Blackcat says:

    Kiki’s dress yawn fest. Seen this silhouette many times over. Makeup is garish.

    Charlize looked awful. Dress looked a foil cupcake liners, earrings proved even diamonds can be ugly, and her ponytail! needs deep conditioning stat.

  33. Twinkle says:

    Charlize’s face looks puffy and weird. She should have done the injectables last month.

  34. Erica_V says:

    Kiki’s dress needs a small yank to the side to straighten out that bust. But that is old school Dior to a T. Love the necklace!

  35. Jess says:

    Kirstin looked amazing – that was one of my favorite dresses of the night. I hated Charlize’s dress, on the other hand. And Felicity is just not made for the red carpet, which is fine, she’s great as Jyn!

  36. poppy says:

    kiki sort of almost rocked that vampy styling she went with to counter that extreme late 1950s silhouette. almost. dress boring.
    whuck for theron’s styling. hair and makeup. boring dress.
    and the horrible fit of that last dress. yikes.

  37. Naddie says:

    Kirsten. I hate her but she looks flawless. Charlize looks meh, and Felicity looks like a porcelain angel, only missing the wings. Bland for Hollywood, but lovely to me (I like her a loooot).

  38. Tig says:

    Kiki’s dress in motion was amazing. She can really work a frock. The necklace is just perfect.
    I liked Charlize’s dress, but the earrings were nuts.

  39. Sammy_dog says:

    Charlize Theron has forgotten how to smile the last few years.

  40. Juliet- says:

    Kirsten looks amazing. Her make up was to die for and she carried this mature, womanly dress very elegantly. Same with Brie Larson.

    I thought it was impossible to make Charlize look bad but they’ve done it. This style is so not her. This is Kate Hudson or J.lo. I do like the fact she was trying something different but it’s a shame this is all they came up with.

    The problem with Felicity is that she’s the personification of the color beige. Yes, she is very pretty, a good actress and seems to be a nice person. But she has ZERO charisma and none of that special something that makes you look twice at someone.