Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace at the Oscars: striking and/or try hard?

People were gaga over Jennifer Garner’s bright blue Versace gown last night, which could have been a home run with the right styling. I love the long chiffon train, fitted bust and asymmetric neckline. The gathering at the waist and side of the skirt are perfection. Her hair hung loose with too long but very well done extensions. In her red carpet interview on ABC Garner gushed about working with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, she has a show on HBO coming up with them, and I was reminded of how extra she is. Still, she looks so much better after ditching 230 pounds of dead weight. (Credit to the Twitter userwho wrote that.) Her arms looked so toned and strong too, you can tell she’s been training for a starring action role. Garner introduced the In Memoriam segment. Jennifer Aniston had that gig last year, just saying.


Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd walked the red carpet together and were there to represent the MeToo movement. Ashley and Salma Hayek appeared on stage with Annabella Sciorra, whose career was ruined by Harvey Weinstein after he raped her. (I’m not using the qualifiers “allegedly” or “accused” f-k that.) Mira appeared in the video montage which the three women introduced celebrating diversity in film. It was the best video of the night. In terms of fashion, Mira is in Romona Keveza and Ashley is in Badgley Mischka, both gorgeous gowns. I would have liked to see Mira in a brighter color, but washed out pastels were on trend last night.




I know that Phantom Thread is somewhat controversial in that it’s a weird film about an abusive relationship but I absolutely loved it. Lesley Manville, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, gave an incredible performance that should have received more attention. She was in Anna Valentine, a couturier from London whom she also wore to the BAFTAs. While I don’t like the color or cut of this dress and find the puff sleeves overdone, the craftsmanship is exquisite. This is a nod to the film and the design is much different than the BAFTAs gown she wore. This may not be wholly flattering, the contrasting stripes are strange, but it’s a thoughtful gown with risky details. Also, I just learned that Lesley was married to Gary Oldman from 1987 to 1990. That’s probably ancient history to her.



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  1. Jussie says:

    The hair and make-up ruined the look for me. It’s so 80’s, and not in a fun way, just in a really outdated way.

  2. greenteaandrosehip says:

    Jennifer Garner’s dress is absolute perfection. I have adored her since Alias, and will always adore her because of Alias!

    • SK says:

      I thought she looked amaze-balls! I loved the dress, the colour, the fit and the big vavavoom hair with the sexy make-up. I don’t get the critiques of the hair and makeup being too much, bad or 80s – Angelina does this hair and make-up all the time and people fall all themselves praising it. I thought to myself: take that Ben Affleck! The woman looked FINE. Her arms look amazing. She looked confident and sexy. Good for her!

      I’m not in love with Ashley or Mira’s dresses but the colours were great with their colouring and they both looked lovely so that’s nice.

      Lesley’s dress is bizarre but I like it when people with eccentric fashion taste own it and so I give it a thumb’s up. the colour looked beautiful on her, the sheer bits were elegant and pretty. I also think a lot of women over a certain age want dresses with sleeves and those can be hard to find (Helen Mirren has bitched about this before).

    • Char says:

      She looked amazing! It’s the effect of losing the dead weight.

    • Breen says:

      I think she looks so fabulous!!! The hair is not big enough to be 80′s (I say this as someone who lived the big hair, aquanet of the 80′s) she looks wonderful, great color, great dress, great make up!!!

    • jenna says:

      I agree! I’m also so happy she’s gone back to action with that Peppermint movie coming out.

      But gosh separation looks good on her. It’s like a weight has been lifted.

    • Beatrix says:

      I ADORED her in Alias. So much so that I began to resent her real-life persona of doting soccer mom and obsequious wife. Sydney Bristow would NEVER have put up with scumbag Affleck. Bristow was such a badass.

    • Jenn says:

      Honestly, when I saw this outfit I suddenly remembered that yeah, I DID love Alias! It’s true: The one thing I really disliked about her these past few years really WAS Ben. This Oscar look is a RELIEF. Go get it, mama!

      • Jenn says:

        P.S. Also, I loved her hair on sight. I like how the “extreme hair-part” takes it from Everyday Jen to Glamorous Bombshell Jen. I’d love to see her with some fingerwaves, but I can definitely get down with the loose “moveable” waves too

  3. Inas says:

    When I first saw her I did not recognize her, she looks so different and harsh. She looked much softer before.

  4. Honest B says:

    Was there something weird going on with Garner’s eyes? Botox misfire maybe?

  5. Other Renee says:

    I thought she looked stunning. But her gown was the same color as the backdrop for the In Memorium segment, which looked strange.

  6. kiddo says:

    Jennifer Garner get her Sydney Bristow’s body back again kuddos on ditching the deucebag

  7. Ally says:

    Très Jennifer Lopez as a look, I thought. The Vanity Fair party must be like a speed dating event when you’re single, so frouffing up I guess.

  8. Aang says:

    Her arms look great. Was prom dress shopping yesterday and my daughter refused to entertain that color. She said year everyone wore it and she called it “basic Betty blue”.

  9. tina says:

    I thought she looked stunning. She is very thin now and I think it really shows in her face.

  10. Jayna says:

    The hair did not work with her forehead and shaped face. The gown was breathtaking, and looked great on her.

    • EMc says:

      When she was presenting she kept tilting her head to the side, like her hair was so heavy she couldn’t hold it up. Or if she held her head straight it would fall into her eyes. It was distracting.

      • KBB says:

        Yes, the head tilt! I think the head tilt is what threw the whole look off for me. I assumed it was because she had such an extreme side part she was worried the part wouldn’t hold if she held her head straight. She needed confidence to pull this look off and the head tilt ruined that.

        Aside from that, the color is fantastic and her body is insane.

  11. Nicole says:

    Dress was amazing but the styling was a miss. And Ashely and Mira looked great.
    Also over Hollywood because they awarded at least two known abusers with big awards. So I guess time is not up for a guy who paid off a rape victim and another that beat his wife with a telephone.

    • SMDH says:

      Mira is a beautiful woman but I thought the flouncy pink flowers were too ingenue-ish. Would have preferred to see her go bold and strong in her fashion choice this year.

      • Ksenia says:

        I really disliked Mira’s dress. Generally, I’m not much of a fashion maven, I just buy clothes I like (well, ones I can afford) and I couldn’t be less interested in, for instance, things like shoes. That said, I can appreciate the allure of a dress that really complements a woman’s body/coloring perfectly, and I thought Sorvino’s dress was completely off. It was too voluminous, I thought, almost dwarfing her, so that there seemed to be less person than fabric inside it. Also, on her pale skin, that drab, moth colored dress seemed to wilt all around her, and to drain her of much needed color. Ashley’s solid violet dress was vibrant, and in contrast to Sorvino, she looked younger and charismatic, and bold. Sorvino looks more like she wanted to blend into a room that’s partitioned with dull curtains, to fold them around and all over herself, and disappear…Though perhaps I’m projecting, a bit. Certainly my dislike of Hollywood—such a bright, thin shiny veneer above such intractably deep rooted cruelty and ruthlessness and misogyny–leaves me cold. And so there seems something eerie and odd about a bunch of its women being paraded around, trying to look as beautiful and desirable as possible, under the still-coveted and powerful, objectifying and condensing male gaze.

  12. Scarlett says:

    I thought this was a pretty generic red carpet look

  13. Pix says:

    Jennifer Gardner’s dress made her breasts look insane. One was way higher than the other. Ashley Judd overdid the Botox a bit but looked great. Mira Sorvino looked beautiful. I hope we see a lot more of her.

  14. xdanix says:

    I think Jennifer looks STUNNING. Best she’s looked on the red carpet in a long, long time, for my money, and probably my favourite look of the night.

    I haven’t actually watched the ceremony yet, so I don’t know how it looked on screen in motion, but I did see some pictures of her presenting, and the overall look of her being in the same colour as the backdrop actually looked AMAZING in the pictures I saw- the lighting and angles and stuff probably helped, but it was just a beautiful colour effect. (At least in photos!)

  15. Neelyo says:

    Garner looked like Melissa Rivers.

    That dress reminds me of something she would have worn pre-Affleck. It would have been better to go a bit more modern instead of rehashing the past.

  16. Lucy2 says:

    I love Jennifer’s gown! Especially the gathering at the waist, and the color. I think she looks gorgeous.
    I like Ashley‘s too, though it’s a bit bridesmaid-ish.

  17. Henlo Fren says:

    They all looked great. I liked some better than others.

  18. Jess says:

    I think Jennifer looks great, and I want her arms, damn!

  19. Tig says:

    Jennifer looked fab- loved everything about the dress. I want her arms!!
    I didn’t recognize Mira S at first. Her gown is lovely.

  20. Esmom says:

    Manville’s dress is beautiful and very unique but it seems too loose on her overall. I think if it were more tightly fitted it would have looked more chic.

  21. grabbyhands says:

    I loved the cut and color of her gown, but her hair was putting me off. I wish she had pulled it back of her face.

    Mira Sorvino is too beautiful to be wearing that washed out color (I just can’t stop whining about how much I hate it when this trend keeps turning up like bad penny). The cut is good on her though.

    I love Lesley Manville and she is an amazing actress, but she looks like she’s wearing a shiny version of her gran’s wallpaper here.

  22. Kate says:

    Her Oscar dress looked amazing, contrary to her gushing over Lena Dunham’s rape apologist self. Is she really going to work with that awful woman?

  23. Blonde555 says:

    I think she looks absolutely gorgeous here. Inna weird way I think Jen and Lindsey look strikingly similar, just different coloring.

  24. Meggles says:

    Why is Garner even at the Oscars? Does she even still act, or is her entire career just dragging out her marriage for tabloid headlines and calling the paps to come take photos of her playing soccer mom?

    • Esmom says:

      Ouch. I think she’s still pretty A-list. And she does still act, lol.

      • magnoliarose says:

        She is considered B list and always has been about there but with a higher profile because of her marriage. She isn’t someone the studios think of first when they greenlight a movie. She’s never had a HUGE hit, and her career has been spotty.
        However, I think she is fine with that because I think she chose to be there with her children as much as possible. I can appreciate that because I made the same choice. I work some, not much but I enjoy motherhood, so it is a tradeoff I am happy to make.

    • xdanix says:

      She has a movie coming out this month called Love, Simon. I don’t think she has a giant part- she and Josh Duhamel play the parents to the main character- but it’s had good buzz around it, and been getting some really good early reviews. I think it looks like a lovely film, and I hope it does well.

    • KBB says:

      I’ve got mad respect for Garner’s hustle. The disconnect between her acting work and her level of fame is crazy. She leveraged her husband’s fame and her Mom likability to make herself a high profile celebrity. Looking at her IMDb, she would never be in the same room as most of these people and yet somehow she is thought of as A-list.

  25. carole says:

    I thought Garner looked like a mess. One boob is higher and smaller than the other. She pretty clearly got a boatload of botox recently and the wonky eye was super wonky. Her face even looks crooked. The extensions look ridiculous and in no way natural, which is the point of them. Whoever said that she looks like Melissa Rivers now was right. And seriously, must Ben Affleck always be mentioned in every Garner post? He wasn’t there, doesn’t have anything to do with anything, why even bring him up? Is that the only way that she clings to relevancy on here, her connection to him? Move on.

  26. The Original G says:

    I’ve been observing that 80′s swoop coming back in celebrity styling for a while…….it’s coming back.

    Jen looks great. I think this is a home run for her fan base.

  27. T says:

    What 230lb deadweight has Garner ditched? Last I checked she was still married to him and refusing to move on. He’s the only thing that has kept her remotely relevant over the years and the proof of that is this CB post and everything on social media for continuing to mention him. She is apparently nothing without him.

    As for the dress, I thought it was wasted on someone like her. Half her foot is hanging off of her shoe in the top pic FFS. I did LOL when I realized that she was doing the In Memoriam segment. Of course, like her film career.

  28. Beth says:

    Jennifer looks beautiful! I love the color and the style. It’s really rare to see such pretty dresses at award shows these days, and I sometimes wonder if people try hard to find the ugliest dresses

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah, Gary Oldman is one of those guys like Sean Bean who’s been martied a whole bunch of times.

  30. Mia4s says:

    I admire her hustle more than the actual look. Thumbs up for the dress, other styling is meh. But it is definitely a look that says: my Oscar winning husband cheated on me and is legitimizing his side-piece and I’m no longer an A list wife but I’m aware I have to up my game and get back to work and I didn’t skip arm day and people will love my dress and check out my upcoming projects and I’m fine…really! No really!

    Good for her. Hate the game, not the player.

  31. Chaine says:

    I wish Ashley would leave her face alone and let all the injectibles dissipate. They are so aging.

  32. GATy says:

    Gorgeous dress but not good choice make up and hairstyle

  33. Claire says:

    Thought that was Kate Beckinsale

  34. Play it Again says:

    I loved Jennifer’s gown and thought it looked great on her.

  35. JoJo says:

    I thought her Red Carpet interview was the most Garner moment. They asked her to comment on her past Oscar dresses, specifically one that was asymmetrical and she said it was an anomaly since asymmetrical shapes make her “nervous” and she likes things to “all be the same.”

    Although the baby voice was out in full force, I did think the color was a great choice for her but the styling was off. It all just seemed a very curated effort to try to relaunch Garner.

    There’s also the meme circulating about her concerned face in the audience. I personally think it’s just the moment when she realized the camera was on her.and she was attempting to put on her typical “oh gosh, isn’t that heartwarming” expression.

  36. kk2 says:

    I don’t like the dress much – it’s dated and has a bridesmaid/ prom kind of feel. But I love how fit she looks and she looks like she’s feeling herself, which is always nice to see.

  37. jas says:

    I thought she looked great. Loved it.

  38. psl says:

    Thought she looked great, gorgeous dress – great hair and makeup….but on my, her VOICE is SO annoying! I had to mute her!

  39. Spring says:

    I think she looks gorgeous, and, even better, she looks like she FEELS gorgeous. I’m getting a little bit of a Kate Beckinsdale vibe here, which is a compliment to both women.

  40. Harryg says:

    Lesley Manville is so great! She was fantastic in Another Year.
    Ashley Judd looks a lot like Gal Gadot.
    Jennifer Garner looks great but as if she’s starring in Dynasty. But she looks really good.
    I think everybody looked quite lovely.

  41. smee says:

    I hate the cups on the bust of that dress – looks like a super-padded bathing suit top. Honestly, I didn’t recognize her – it’s a very other-the-top look for her.

  42. Ash says:

    Jennifer looks so so SO much better all dolled up, than in her frumpy mom clothes. She should get her hair and makeup done more often. Don’t get me wrong, she’s naturally beautiful, but this just accentuates her looks a lot more and makes her look confident

  43. Carmen says:

    Loved Ashley Judd’s dress. The color, the style and the fit were all perfect.

  44. hogtowngooner says:

    I loved Garner’s dress (that colour – wow!) but I thought the neckline was a bit hidden by the mop of hair. If it had been styled a bit more, like a Veronica Lake side part or something, it would have been a home run for me.

    Ashley Judd looked fantastic in that purple gown. The necklace was a great choice.

  45. Joannie says:

    Jennifer looked gorgeous, dress, everything!

  46. Pandy says:

    It dies something weird to.her boobs but I think she looked great anywsy. I like Lesley dress a lot. It was pretty on camera. Mira’s washed her out but Ashley’s looked great. I like Annabelles too what I could see in camera.

  47. Dani says:

    I don’t know. I thought JG looked a little too tan and sinewy and the neckline combined with the hair looked suffocating. Also, she did a terrible job presenting the in memorium, too fast/rushed and shocked to be on live. It was disappointing.

  48. elle says:

    Wow. I didn’t recognize Ashley Judd… or Mira Sorvino, until I saw the 2nd pic with her trademark side-eye pose.

    Jen is giving me Elle MacPherson in her heyday vibes.

  49. hkk says:

    Better than in past years. I’m just not a fan of J Garner. Can’t relate to her and I’m a parent so there’s that… If she is feeling herself good for her.

  50. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I lived the 80s. Stop and google 80s hair and makeup images right now. Garner’s look isn’t that. She looked better than she has in a very long time.

  51. Token5151 says:

    I was amazed at just how spectacular she looked!!

  52. Maryrose says:

    The earrings were outstanding. A giant sapphire with descending diamonds. Who saw the dress?

  53. Carolnr says:

    This was the 90th Academy Awards. Her dress was Old Hollywood glamour! The color looked great on her! ( She should wear more jewel tones).
    Unfortunately, I had to go to bed so I did not see who presented in place of Casey Affleck.
    Who was his replacement?

  54. Meh says:

    This dress makes her boobs look like they live on different floors of the same apartment building.

  55. BobaFelty says:

    I’m just glad she’s trying and not in a hideous pair of loafers.

  56. Sarah says:

    Ashley needs to step away from the fillers, stat.

  57. Layla Love says:

    Best she’s looks in YEARS!

  58. april says:

    Jennifer looks stunning. She looks similar to Jolie. Ashley’s face looks terrible from too much tweaking. Her purple gown is beautiful, however. Sorvino and Leslie look beautiful.

  59. Shannon says:

    I think she looks great! I love that dress and that color on her – is it even possible to be too try-hard for the Oscars?

  60. K-wall says:

    I had to google search her age. 45? I bow down girl you look fierce!

  61. bella says:

    I’m am here to comment on Phantom Thread. I could stand it, and thought it was boring! I thought it was going to be a movie about fashion, but it was the farthest thing from fashion. About this one man who was obsessive compulsive and a horrible person! Really do not like this movie. Worst movie ever!

  62. Rae says:

    Stunning. She looked stunning. You need to check your eyes if you think she doesn’t.