Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab at the Oscars: traditionally pretty or just boring?

Michelle Yeoh at arrivals for The 91st A...

I said this on Twitter last night and I’ll say it again: I’m a fan of Elie Saab’s traditionally “pretty” gowns for events like the Globes and Oscars. Elie Saab is never going to make you gasp in shock. Elie Saab is never going to be the worst or the absolute best. But they churn out very pretty, flattering and old-school gowns for awards shows. I really like the Elie Saab gown Michelle Yeoh chose – it shows off her slim waist, it’s super-flattering, the detailing on the fabric is interesting and pretty. It’s just a nice gown.

91st Academy Awards (Oscars) - Arrivals

I sort of liked Jennifer Hudson’s Elie Saab on the carpet, in motion. It looked as she was walking. But in photos… it doesn’t look that great. Plus, I absolutely hated her scream-singing that song from RBG.

91st Academy Awards - Arrivals

91st Academy Awards - Arrivals

I wondered who would be the “big name” to come out to present Best Picture, and I wasn’t surprised to see Julia Roberts. Julia was actually supposed to be the centerpiece of an Oscar campaign for Ben Is Back, remember that? And that film went nowhere critically, and so Julia wasn’t around for the awards season. But she still had to show up at the Oscars! She wore this bright pink Elie Saab gown which… there was a lot of pink on the carpet. It was fine. She was on trend. It was sort of boring.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    They all looked gorgeous. Not cutting edge, not exciting, but gorgeous, with Michelle looking the best.

  2. Lulu says:

    Julia is, well, Julia, but can we all admit that she looked INCREDIBLE? The hair, the smile, that dress. 🔥

    • fishface says:

      I think the dress really suited her – her stylist could have taken it up a notch – say, with a contrasting orange or red belt.

    • Millenial says:

      She does look really amazing here. I wouldn’t have minded a Julia Roberts Oscar campaign. I thought all the women nominees (minus Gaga) were a bit of a snooze.

    • Carol says:

      Not a fan of Julia but she did look amazing at the Oscars. I loved her dress and shoes.

  3. BaeBae says:

    Michelle is a queen! Amazing dress.

    There are a few black blogs that call her Screamifer Hudson… yikes! Even so, she was blessed with a powerful voice and that’s just the way she sings 🤷🏽‍♀️ I do think she was pretty controlled and held back a bit last night instead of her usual extreme runs. Also, her makeup was perfect!

    • a reader says:

      She’s SUCH a talented woman and her voice is incredible but maybe she shouldn’t have held back because that last note was pitchy af. She didn’t hit the right note until the last 10 seconds.

      • Pandy says:

        Agree, I thought I was hearing things! Nice dress though, she looked great.
        All of these dresses look great, even Julia’s. There, something nice.

  4. Lily says:

    Michelle is very elegant, inside and out, I think that helps elevate the look

  5. JanetDR says:

    I absolutely adore Michelle’s dress! She looks marvelous.

  6. Lightpurple says:

    Michelle’s dress was my favorite of the night, absolutely gorgeous, and it looked different depending on the lighting. When she was presenting, it looked like some of the detailing was lit up.

    Julia Roberts looked good for Julia Roberts but she made her presenter gig all about her, as she always does.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    I really like all three of these. Michelle‘s looks like a Cinderella dress to me, but in a great way.
    Jennifer has such a gorgeous voice, and while it does have a lot of power, I wish she wouldn’t push so much.

  8. Case says:

    Elie Saab is consistently my favorite designer. This was a beautiful look.

  9. Lala11_7 says:

    Julia walked out and me and mines was like…

    “WHOA”!!!!!

  10. Lizzie says:

    jennifer hudson is sweet and charming but her singing makes me plug my ears. QUIT SCREAMING.

  11. Marianne Hord says:

    Michelle’s dress was my favourite of the night!! It was so pretty.

  12. mosi says:

    unpopular opinion: I hate all those princess dresses that Michelle tends to wear. I would love or her to be more of a kick-ass lady, that she is, also on the red carpet.

  13. Avamae says:

    I made the EXACT same dress for my Barbie Doll when i played Designer at age 10. Lots of tinfoil and my Moms safe kept Wedding Veil.
    It was such a gorgeous dress.
    Sadly though, Mom didn’t agree with me.
    Nice to see that Ms Michelle and i have the same taste.

    JHud irritates me.
    Her Voice more than her dress though the color is nice.

    The skin tone doesn’t work with the Pink color.

  14. Renee says:

    I guess I’m one of the few who thought Ben is Back was a good movie. I thought Julia’s portrayal was one of the best of the year. I loved Courtney B. Vance as her husband too.

  15. Anare says:

    Hated that dress on Julia Roberts. Not a good color on her plus her hair is awful. The color is so bad on her.