Kate Beckinsale in Julien MacDonald at the Critics’ Choice Awards: too much?

Kate Beckinsale was a presenter last night, and she was over the top as is typical for her. Hecate just covered Kate’s fashion at a Golden Globes after party, and I came away from her post with more of an appreciation for Kate. She wants to bring it every time and she tries, but it ends up being predictable. Imagine if she went for a classic and understated look instead. That would be unexpected, but this is not. Kate was in a peach Julien MacDonald with sequin beading and a giant goofy poof on one shoulder. When she came out on stage she had to push the long side train out of the way. There was something dramatic about that, but this was just the Critics Choice Awards. The venue didn’t seem suited to this. If this didn’t have that giant vomiting orchid on the shoulder it would be lovely.


Whenever I use Billy Porter as the headliner the posts get less comments, maybe because he always brings such looks to the red carpet that people expect it from him. So I used Kate Beckinsale instead, since more people know her and will want to comment on her. Billy is the real star here, as he’s the one who takes actual fashion risks. In this case he veered from just a gown or suit and wore little temporary butterfly tattoos as his main accessory. Billy was in a Hogan McLaughlin gown in two shades of green with a contemporary angular bodice. I’m not sure about his silver jewelry, he could have toned that down a little, but at least he’s not completely matchy with his body art. It would have been weird if he wore butterfly jewelry too. I think the jewelry and gown are meant to contrast with the butterflies.

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We’re not doing comprehensive posts with all the nominees and attendees, because it doesn’t seem like people really watched the Critics’ Choice Awards and we’re phoning it in a little, for us. Catherine O’Hara stood out to me on stage and I wanted to talk about her. She was in such a classic and elegant Romona Keveza, with perfect gold jewelry. This is a striking and thoughtful look.



Mandy Moore had on an Elie Saab jumpsuit with gold chains at the neckline and bust. I would like this more without the tie at the neck. It’s very Little Red Riding Hood. Her hair and makeup are beautiful though and overall this is a win.



Merritt Wever doesn’t get enough credit for just turning in incredible work year after year. She does have two Emmys, for Nurse Jackie and Godless, but I saw one of our photo agencies identify her as “Brie Larson” recently. Merrit does have Brie Larson’s type of energy. She was nominated last night for Best Actress in a Limited Series for her work in Unbelievable, which went to Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon. Look at her in this awesome velvet suit.


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Susan Kelechi Watson was in a formfitting white and metallic Galia Lahav gown with a teardrop cutout along the front. The front of this dress is a big boring but the back has see-through netting in a geometric pattern! You can see her underwear through it. Susan was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for This Is Us, which went to Jean Smart.



Here’s Jean Smart! She won for Watchmen, and that was nice to see because she also plays like fairy godmothers on Hallmark romcoms. She got played off last night and it seemed like other people who won in their categories got a lot more time to speak. I saw comments on Twitter that Jean was underdressed, but it’s just the Critics Choice Awards. I liked her matching shoes.
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  1. MyNAME says:

    Billy Porter just… owns it. Always. Such an amazing person.

  2. Sasha says:

    Billy’s gown was a pants jumpsuit and I would like 7. What a wonderful look.

  3. Annaloo says:

    Never too much with Kate. I expect her to go to her mailbox in a ball gown. I love her extra-ness. More ruffles,. Kate!

    • Sugarrbunny says:

      Love this post!! For I too see her at the post in floor length Dior

    • sa says:

      I love that Kate Beckinsale is always a little extra. She clearly knows who she is and goes for it.

      My mom had a friend who used to say something along to the lines of “there’s always someone who’s over-dressed at every event, it may as well be me.” I feel like Kate Beckinsale also lives by this and it might be my favorite thing about her.

      • Carol says:

        @Sa- i love that saying. I also love how beckinsale like to go full throttle at these events. But I dont usually think she is over the top. Also, does anyone else thinks her dress look like The Baroness’s (Eleanor Parker) dress at the ball in The Sound of Music?

  4. Lucy2 says:

    Billy looks amazing!

    Kate wears stuff like that for even talk show appearances, so at least this is slightly more event appropriate. I would love it if it didn’t have the shoulder thing too.

  5. AnnaKist says:

    That black velvet pantsuit is gorgeous. I want that one.

  6. Ariel says:

    There should be a channel devoted to following Billy Porter around award shows. He is our queen. And his every award show move should be documented.
    I would pay for that coverage.

  7. Amy Too says:

    Susan Kelechi Watson looks like she has a spot or stain on her dress. I noticed someone else (ETA: Lupita) also looked like they had two stains or spots on their dress. I wonder if it’s the lighting. The whole red carpet “set” looks really low budget to me. The colors are ugly, the carpet looks sticky or dirty, and I hate the little dots on the floor that tell people where to stand—they ruin the pictures and look tacky.

  8. Jackie O'Glasses says:

    Jean Smart is wonderful in everything I see her in. Just re watched Season 5 of 24 and Fargo. She can literally play any role. Love her!!

    • Skyblue says:

      Jean is the best. I recently rewatched Frasier and I forgot how hysterical her role was. So sexy then she would bellow and scare the crap out of everyone including the viewer 😂

    • Josephine says:

      I agree, terrific in everything. And she looks wonderful here as well.

    • Renee says:

      Jean was great in Dirty John too.

      • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

        If you asked me in 1990 who out of the Designing Women cast would be a successful character actress in her 50s, I Never would have said Jean Smart. But she kills it on every level.

  9. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Kate Beckinsale is always too much.

  10. naomipaige99 says:

    Ugh! That dress is way too much. Kate’s such a beautiful woman, and she doesn’t need that much of a dress to show off her beauty.

  11. Some chick says:

    Love the draping on Kate’s dress. I think she could have gotten away with the shoulder pouf without the cape/sleeve. That did make it too much. You could take the front drape around to the back and hang it off of there if you want a little train. (I mean, follow the lines of the front draping and attach the sleevey part to the back.) I will say, as she was an award presenter, going glam is perfect for the occasion. So she walked the carpet in her stage look. She’s fine.

    Billy… *sigh* always. LOVED the butterflies. Loved the gown, loved the colors, loved the little cutout and it was hemmed to the correct length! He also had flawless makeup & hair. A+++++
    Moar Billy please! I will always comment (as soon as I stop fanning myself over here).

    Mandy’s gold chains matador look seemed to me like what Christian Siriano was doing like two years ago, but with no train/skirt, and some gold chains – a little Versace touch? (I know, meow, but remember when everyone was wearing those pants with half skirts that were long in back?) Her makeup, hair, and pose are on point tho. She looks beautiful.

    Merritt Wever’s velvet pantsuit. GURL. Now I want one! Her shoes are perfect too. And she is posing up a storm, without being extra. She should give lessons.

    Personally, I loved Susan Kelechi Watson’s sassy look. She owns it, the color is great on her, and she looks amazing. I’m also glad to see anything other than granny panties under a sheer look. You’d almost think Marchesa was trolling us all.

    Loved Jean Smart’s rainbow look. It’s perfect on her. And she looks so happy to have won. Yay, Jean! She proves that you don’t have to be OTT to be red carpet ready.

  12. S says:

    I’m clearly in the minority, but I thought Beckinsale’s dress made it look like she was a mannequin missing one arm, and that was, by far, the worst look I’ve ever seen from the usually flawless Porter. Nothing worked for me. Not the jewelry, the stiff bodice, the color, nor the butterflies.

    But, like I said, obviously YMMV.

  13. amiloo says:

    Kate posted a pretty funny clip to her Instagram in prep for the CC awards. She never disappoints when she includes her cats…


  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Kate sure does love herself. Don’t like Porter’s green frock, do like the butterflies and jewelry. Love Wever and everything she does, and she looks awesome here. Moore looks great, so does O’Hara.

  15. a reader says:

    I guess I’m the only person who thought Billy’s look was a miss. It’s awful. Wrong color, terrible faux butterfly tattoos, jewelry that doesn’t connect with the look….

    I adore Billy but this was a big fail IMO.

  16. vertes says:

    I’m so tired of seeing underwear! Looking at Susan & Kate. Susan overdid the sheer/nude stuff & looks trashy.
    Too many butterflies on Billy & what’s with the slit front bodice?