Halle Berry wore Dolce & Gabbana and had Lord Farquaad hair for the 2021 Oscars

93rd Oscars, Academy Awards

I’ll give Halle Berry some credit – she was easily one of the “big moments” of what was otherwise a rather dry Oscar red carpet and ceremony. Halle attended the Oscars as a former winner and presenter, and she wanted to shake things up. She posted this photo about an hour before she arrived on the red carpet, in what would be a preview of her new look:

Halle’s been wearing her hair long/longer for so many years, people forget how iconic her short hairstyles were 15-20 years ago. She really did rock some really cute short hair back in the day. But this was not that! Her hairstylist gave her one of the worst Oscar haircuts in recent memory. There were baby bangs and back teasing and full-on helmet hair. It was a mess! But it was also kind of fun, because at least she really went for it, even if her face said “oh God what have I done” throughout the night.

Halle’s dress is Dolce & Gabbana. Beautiful color, but I hate the half-peplum/weird sack of fabric at her waist. And people just need to start boycotting Dolce & Gabbana, the designers are terrible people. She also brought her boyfriend Van Hunt as her Oscar date. This was their red-carpet debut!

93rd Oscars, Academy Awards

93rd Oscars, Academy Awards

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  1. Léna says:

    Oh no, the hair is so bad I can’t focus on something else

    • marehare says:

      Halle looked awful. Her hair and makeup were horrible. So many ugly dresses on most of the women. I wonder if the designers hate the women.

      • kelleybelle says:

        Agreed, I think her dress just looks messy at the front. The hair? Awful.

      • AnnaKist says:

        She looks awful – the dress, the hair, the face … The best thing about her Oscars look is her boyfriend.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I think the current make-up style that goes heavy on eye shadow, but light on liner, makes the eyes look tired. I think she is totally beautiful, but the make-up did her such a disservice.

    • shurrr says:

      She’s so stunning & God said not t’ worry, ’tis a wig

  2. Sandii says:

    I always thought Halle Berry can do whatever she wants and pull it off….. well, I was wrong.

    • Lemons says:

      I really hope this is just a wig. Because the cut was awful. She can always go back to the short hair my mom was obsessed with in the 90s.

      • tempest prognosticator says:

        I think it’s a wig.

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        It looks like a wig to me, too. She’s trying to make waves, I guess it worked. But even her face can’t carry this mess off.

    • Kersplasha says:


      • Soupie says:

        Agreed. That isn’t her hair. It looks like a helmet. I do believe she cut some of her hair. The dress is off somehow. I don’t like the deep bodice. Or the big bow. I wonder if Halle is cringing at the photos this morning. She just doesn’t look good.

      • Poisonella says:

        She looks better than 90% of the people in the room. Dress was okay- should have amped up the make up. I think Chadwick Boseman’s widow looked great- don’t usually like Versace but she looked great, and someone took a lot of care with the fit. She’s my #1 along with Regina King.

    • Ronaldinho says:

      I thought she looked weirdly masculine.
      At.one point I thought she was the beautiful woman on the planet

  3. Libellule says:

    OMG it looks worse than my bob and I did it myself!

  4. milliemollie says:

    Wasn’t there a short D&G boycott, but then stylists started to dress their clients in D&G again?

    • SarahCS says:

      Make some noises to appease the people shouting, waiting for the fuss to die down, return to the status quo. Repeat.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      They need to jump on that wagon again because all I can see with that f#ckery at the waist is a very large breasted women without her bra 😳. And then comes the hair, the horror…..

  5. Lauren says:

    That is bad. Just bad.

    • Gruey says:

      Unfortunately, I think there are also some Botox/fillers not sitting quite right contributing to this mess. Her looks heavy and, no, it’s not just the makeup. PSA: get your injections updated at LEAST two months before an even like this, no closer!

  6. Cecilia says:

    The hair is awful.

  7. Aurelia says:

    If the fringe was just longer I could have been on board with the Louise brooks Bob. Great pink dress though.

    • Esmom says:

      I was thinking it might be okay with no bangs. So bad. Also, her face looks quite different to me close up, but I can’t put my finger on exactly what.

      And that tweet with the cat photo made me lol.

      • Molly says:

        I’d argue that her makeup is almost as bad as the hair. (It’s just that the hair is SO BAD, that it’s getting a pass.) Her face lacked color and definition and sparkle. It was her (original) face that was striking enough to pull off any hair. As others have mentioned, that’s no longer the case.

  8. Heat says:

    Once, when my daughter was 4 years old, she got her hands on a pair of safety scissors and created this exact same look on herself!

  9. HandforthParish says:

    The incredible has happened.
    That haircut has managed to make her look old.

  10. Ninks says:

    OK so it is possible to make Halle Berry look bad. That’s something new I’ve learned today.

    • LaurenMichelle says:

      Halle is still gorgeous. Is she trying to look like a flapper from the Great Gatsby?

  11. Becks1 says:

    Halle Berry is so gorgeous, it takes a lot to make her look….not gorgeous. And yet somehow her hairdresser succeeded. Those bangs were just the worst.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      I was about to say the same thing. How hard is it to make a gorgeous woman look this bad. The dress color is fab the rest oh heavens.

  12. Seraphina says:

    Halle, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Damn, imagine who bad it would loom on us if Halls can’t even make it look good.
    Not a fan of the dress either, she needed to move the dress around because it was no bueno.

  13. TeamAwesome says:

    She can still get it “fixed” into a pixie.

  14. Digital Unicorn says:

    Nooo – oh Halle that haircut is bad and does nothing for you and you can pretty much pull anything off.

  15. Sofia says:

    I love the dress but that haircut is not good.

  16. ABritGuest says:

    The hair ruins the look& not crazy about her eye makeup here either.

    • Darlene says:

      I’m pretty sure the hair is a wig, but the makeup – especially the eye-makeup – is HORRIBLE. She looks ill, and she is one of the prettiest people around. She deserves better than what she was given to serve last night.

  17. Watson says:

    Ramona Quimby inspo

    • AMA1977 says:

      LMAO, I know nobody will see this, but YES!! My 8 year-old daughter and I just finished reading “Ramona and Beezus” and that is 100% a Ramona. :’-)

  18. happyoften says:

    The hair is NOT great, but the real evil is the makeup artist that forgot to blend her contouring. In some of those photos she looks like Skelator…

  19. Gk says:

    The hair is distracting so hard to appreciate anything else. It is really unflattering.

  20. Chaine says:

    Poor Halle! She is both too old for that haircut and also not old enough for it, if that makes sense. Anywhere between seven and seventy, just no,

    • My3cents says:

      This haircut is really only suitable for one digit year olds, beyond that it’s just ridiculous, and if the gorgeous Halley Berry can’t pull it off no one else should even try.

  21. Mel says:

    That hair!!! Someone snatch the scissors out of that hair stylists hands!!! What have you done???!!!!!!!

  22. Ctgirl says:

    I really hope that it’s a wig.

  23. MsIam says:

    Beautiful dress and color. The hair? Halle, girl why?

  24. Hell Nah! says:

    YiKes – no, Halle Baby! Your hairdresser really messed you up for Oscar night.

    No matter, no matter…once it starts to grow out, it’ll look a lot better (she said to herself).

  25. Margot says:

    Earlier in the lockdown my 9 year old gave my 6 year old this exact haircut with craft scissors while I was out picking up groceries. It was quite a shock, but it actually grew out beautifully!

  26. Mimi says:

    Lord farquaad lmaoooo

  27. nicegirl says:

    It’s not a great look

  28. MF1 says:

    I mean… I don’t *hate* it. I like that she went for something new and surprising but I think it would look a lot better if the bangs for half an inch longer.

  29. Amelie says:

    My family didn’t even recognize her at first, the haircut was so discombobulating. I kept thinking she was cosplaying as Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago but Catherine manages to pull that look off with her different face shape. Unless you’re going for full 1920s flapper, that cut only looks okay on anyone under the age of 7. I didn’t like the dress either. At least her boyfriend is really hot.

  30. Velvet Elvis says:

    That hair cut just screams Dora the Explorer. Seriously, wtf.

  31. ooshpick says:

    Halle is looking so pretty and I like her new guy. Her face is soft and lovely…

  32. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    If the bob was SLEEK and not styled as wispy chunks the look would rock. Also: her typical tight, body-con dresses would have more suited the severe bob than this soft dress.

  33. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Lmao!!! Omg I can’t stop laughing. And what’s equally funny is paring that cut with that dress (as if it could soften the image). Knowing she had to wear that helmet, she should’ve gone harsh, bold, linear and in your face designs. Or slick the damn cut to her skull. Hat?

  34. Lucy2 says:

    Wow. The watermelon cat comparison!
    I love the color of her gown but not the gown itself.

  35. TrixC says:

    I actually really like the dress – the colour and the fit are stunning on her. So stunning I will almost forgive her for the hair. Almost.

  36. Soupie says:

    Now that I think about it, Halle did this to make people start paying attention to her again. The dress? OFF. The hair? WAY OFF. Bingo. Lots of social media mentions. Yawn.

  37. Sue says:

    Beautiful dress (I can’t say “beautiful gown” because that’s trademarked to Aretha re: TSwift). That color makes me melt. Hair was very Dora the Explorer.

  38. Ann says:

    I like the way the dress looks when she’s spreading it out like a peacock tail in the first picture, but otherwise the cut is bad. I do like the color though. Her hair is awful. But she’s still gorgeous.

  39. Louisa says:

    All I can think of is the scene from Fleabag…. “I look like a pencil”

  40. Rai says:

    Dress was beautiful. The hair is a wig that wasn’t cut properly. What we need to discuss is her lack of concealer… I bet she did her own makeup and didn’t account for lighting.

  41. Meg says:

    Reminds me of the haircut the sister got on Flebag

  42. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    All of it, ALL OF IT, is a huge friggin mess. That ridiculously overworked dress-
    and FFS, what is going on with the Amalie/Audrey Tatou hair style?

    NO HALLE, NO! Sack your stylist and your hair person, omg.

  43. SM says:

    All I can say is that background in the first Instagram photo with all the plants is amazing.

  44. nutella toast says:

    The haircut is terrible…true. But the dress isn’t better. With the color and the weird bunchy stuff going on in the front all I could think was, “She looks like she has an abdominal hernia” or a bunch of pink denture Poligrip accidentally squeezed out of the middle of the tube. Just…weird.

  45. Lizzie says:

    At least this was the least watched Oscars, that is as positive as I can be about this.

  46. Amando says:

    Now that is some bad hair. The dress isn’t much better. This is a rare miss for Halle.

  47. Mads says:

    This is so bad. This is sooo bad, Meghan “my father” McCain looks better on any given ratchet day.

  48. K says:

    Didn’t even recognize her at first. She looked bad. But almost everyone in the red carpet photos looked kind of bad. Have to admit I love seeing celebrities with awkward haircuts, maybe having gained a few pounds or looking a little beat (like the rest of us) after such a terrible year.

  49. Christina says:

    Could it be a wig? Dreadful!

  50. Mariatia says:

    I wouldn’t have known that was her. She looks sick, like yellow. I never thought I’d see a day HB actually looked bad. They couldn’t even ugly her up in movie parts!

  51. Rnot says:

    Horror! The bangs are wrong. The lipstick is wrong. The weird bow/pouch thing is wrong. The color and swooshiness of the dress is a missed opportunity.

  52. GGRosebud says:

    Wow! That haircut is diabolical. Stylist is not your friend there Halle

    • Mads says:

      Hmm. Maybe the stylist is Gabriel Aubry’s friend. In that case, we’ll played Gabriel. Well played.

  53. Jayna says:

    Worse than the hair is the makeup job on Hally’s face. Horrible. Her eyes appear shrunken in with all of the dark eyeshadow around and under her eyes and also applied all the way up to her eyebrows. The makeup, the lipstick, added with the bad hairstyle, was a huge thumbs down.

  54. Jill says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to mess up her face, and yet, there it is. She didn’t think they could mess it up wither, by her expression. She can go straight back to her super cute pixie and fix that make up and BAM, super gorgeous once again.