Awards season has officially begun, and I couldn't be happier! I love this time of year - the rush to see all the nominated movies, the gathering with friends to cheer on our favorites, and the merciless judging of the red carpet fashions.
Last night, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg co-hosted the show, and I hate to say it (because I love Cristina Yang) but they tanked. Their opener was forced, and not even Sandra's glamorous costume changes could save them. In fact, when Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph came out to present two awards, I found myself wishing they would take over.
I clapped with glee as Mahershala Ali won for Green Book, Christian Bale was honored for his transformation in VICE, and Regina King received praise for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. I welled up as Sandra Oh thanked her parents while accepting her trophy for Killing Eve. Did you catch that her dad stood up and gave her a standing ovation?
While watching the winners get revealed is fun, the main event for me has always been the red carpet. Before each awards show, I settle into my favorite corner of the couch and hum with anticipation as the first round of limo doors open.
This year there were some spectacular looks, as well as some incredible train wrecks. Read on for my picks for best and worst dressed from last night's festivities.
1. Charlize Theron - I had been watching E! for over a half hour before Charlize Theron appeared on the screen. I said to my fellow viewing party gals, "Now there's a gorgeous dress." This is Dior (no surprise, Theron is a brand ambassador) and it fits her perfectly. The black and white is simple, but the plunging neckline and the sleek hair make it mega glam.
2. Regina King - First of all, I love Regina King. I feel like she is finally get the attention she deserves after decades in the business. Last night she sparkled in a pink, strapless Alberta Ferretti gown.
3. Julia Roberts - I wasn't sure if Julia Roberts would attend the awards. She's become pretty reclusive, spending almost all of her time at her family's home in New Mexico. The moment the camera turned towards her, she lit up the screen. When people talk about "the glow," this is what they're striving for. Her hair and make up is perfection, and this Stella McCartney outfit really suits her.
4. Connie Britton - Texas Forever. Connie Britton looked lovely in this ice blue Christian Siriano dress. Let's be honest, the dress is an accessory to her flawless hair.
5. Dakota Fanning - Is it just me, or does Dakota Fanning not age? She still looks effortlessly young. Though it's simple, I loved the cut of this Armani Privé dress, and I think the hair, make up and jewelry compliment the dress wonderfully.
6. Michael B. Jordan - I think the whole world has a crush on Michael B. Jordan. Is it his humility? His signature smile? His perfectly chiseled body? All of the above? No surprise, he looked dapper last night in Burberry.
Now onto the folks who had a serious lapse in judgment.
1. Lucy Liu - Oh, Lucy. What were you thinking? This Galia Lahav look is insane. I can see how the dress underneath could have been pretty (maybe), but that sheer overlay? No, no, no.
2. Darren Criss - I have loved Darren Criss since his Warbler days on Glee, however, this look is a total miss. The jacket is completely over the top and looks more like horrible wallpaper. While he was on stage, accepting his award, all I could think was, "I can't believe the biggest moment of your life is happening in that jacket!"
3. Timothee Chalamet - Oh, sweet Timothee. Do you have a stylist? If so, he or she should be fired for letting you wear this bizarre Louis Vuitton get up.
4. Claire Foy - It is well documented how much I adore The Crown, so it truly pains me to put Claire Foy on this list. That said, her Miu Miu gown was so ill fitting! It was way too loose in the chest, especially on the sides, distracting for anything else redeeming about it. It also looked too lose in the back as she walked down the stairs after her interview. Epic fail.
5. Constance Wu - I thought the bottom of this dress was dreamy, but the flesh colored top was terrible. At certain angles it looked like she didn't have on a top at all. I wish it had been a slightly bolder color, because the shape of the dress was beautiful.
6. Melissa McCarthy - Melissa McCarthy frequently winds up on my worst dressed list. While I did love the royal purple color of this Reem Acra gown, the silver stars on the side were tacky and looked like a late night bedazzling project. Melissa, please go see Christian Siriano!
You may be wondering why I didn't put Lady Gaga on either of these lists. That's because I can't decide where I stand on her look. At first I hated it, especially the blue hair, but then I was told the dress was an homage to Judy Garland, who played her role in an earlier version of A Star is Born, which is a thoughtful tribute. I'm still thinking on it.
Tell me, who were your favorites?