Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Dresses: Photos, Live Commentary

March 2, 2014 5:50 pm Last Updated: March 3, 2014 12:22 am

It’s the red carpet runway, the fuel for fashionista gossip for days to come. 

Epoch Times reporters Marcus Alexander and Kati Vereshaka, are our scrutinizing eyes on the Oscars fashion scene, with occasional commentary from Epoch Times reporter Kristina Skorbach. 

 

Overall Impressions:

Kati:  Beige rules the carpet, but Lupita Nyong’o is the red carpet winner with her light-blue gown!

Marcus: This year’s dresses were not so daring, as most stars went with skin-tone dresses and kept to slim and subtle, figure-enhancing styles. Also popular were backless and strapless, floor-length gowns. 

My favorite dress of the night was Sandra Bullock’s Alexander McQueen inky, midnight-blue dress. With the elegant, draped cloth, her shoulder-length and side-swept locks, and a confident air, she is the red carpet winner. Lupita Nyong’o was a star on the red carpet and on the Oscars stage. 

 

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Marcus: Sandra Bullock’s carpet-sweeping black Alexander McQueen dress and Lorraine Schwartz diamond bangle stole the red carpet, but will she steal the golden man?

Emma Watson

Emma Watson
Emma Watson arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Marcus: Emma Watson’s style was subdued. She wore a long, silvery-black gown, high-necked and sleeveless, by Vera Wang .

 

Bette Midler

Bette Midler
Bette Midler arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kati: Bette Midler joined Jennifer Lawrence as one of the few people to wear a daring color this evening.

 

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Julia Roberts in a classic Givenchy black-laced number.

 

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Marcus: Last year, Kerry Washington was bright and vivacious in a coral, satin, strapless gown by Miu Miu.  This year, her custom-made, violet gown suits her calm, maternal look in her pregnancy. I love the simple, sparkling detail on the bust, which adds a touch of glamour. 

Kerry Washington at the 2013 Oscars:

Kerry Washington
FLASH BACK 2013: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party on Sunday, Feb. 24 2013 at the Sunset Plaza Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

 

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kati: Charlize Theron glided onto the red carpet in a black gown with tulip-like decolletage detail—simple and somber, but very statuesque. She is always beautiful and impeccable in her fashion choices, but it’s time for Theron to take some chances. There is something in her style that’s ready for an attitude overhaul. We’ve been pleasantly surprised, now we’d like to be amazed.  

 

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kati: Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for Supporting Actress in “American Hustle,” continued tonight’s parade of body-hugging gowns, but in a tomato-red that stands out among the popular neutral colors. Her simple, short haircut and up-swept bangs underscored the simple elegance of her look.  

Marcus: Lawrence took command of the carpet in her red strapless Dior. Her newly cropped hair with its highlights shined along with her smile.

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Oscars:

Jennifer Lawrence
Flashback to 2013: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Her Dior Couture dress earned her credit as the best dressed on many social media platforms. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Marcus: One of last year’s Oscar favorites, Naomi watt’s pearl-drop, nude, neck-to-toe dress was a classy choice for this year’s awards. Here’s her dress from last year:

Naomi Watts
FLASH BACK 2013: Actress Naomi Watts arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

 

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

Jada Pinkett
Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Marcus: Jada Pinkett Smith’s custom Givenchy pink dress brought out her youthful glow.

 

Amy Adams

Amy Adams
Amy Adams arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kati: Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for “American Hustle,” Amy Adamas walked the red carpet in a simple and sculptural indigo dress—the antithesis to her 1970’s wardrobe in the movie. It really highlighted her updo and the tame red color of her hair.

 

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Marcus: Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave” walked the red carpet as if parting the sea, arriving in a light-blue Prada Greek goddess number with a newly cropped hairdo with a thin silver head band. 

Kati: Nyong’o really wears block colors well; very striking and dramatic, but somehow still quite demure and lady-like. She has that great combination of grace, beauty, and strength.

Kristina: From the waist up, she looks like she’s going to attend a marathon in Greece, but I like her pale-blue flowing gown better from the waist down.

Kati: Regardless of the winners of the gilded Oscar statue, my verdict is that Lupita Nyong’o still rules the red carpet. Is it that her stylist is the best or is it that Nyong’o has a keen fashion eye? The other stars need to take a leaf out of Nyong’o‘s book and take some chances with their choices of red carpet gowns. Hands down she is the winner so far (7:45 p.m. EST). 

 

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell
Actress Kristen Bell arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Kristina: Kristin Bell’s gown is similar to Amy Adams’s swan-like dress from last year’s Oscars. Here’s a look back at that dress: 

Amy Adams
FLASH BACK 2013: Actress Amy Adams arrives at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

 

Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins, left, and Cate Blanchett arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kati: As Cate Blanchett, nominated for Best Actress in “Blue Jasmine,” and Sally Hawkins, nominated for supporting actress in the same movie, met, their respective gowns joined beige forces and patterns. The take-home lesson: beige rules.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a sea of beige, black, and shimmery whites in the ladies’ gowns. Jessica Biel continued the beige parade with a beige shimmer gown.

 

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

 

Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh

Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh
Pharrell Williams, left, and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)