Best and worst of the 2012 Oscar red carpet

By Sydney Moyer, Muse Editor

Sunday night’s red carpet featured a dizzying bevy of diamonds, gowns and even the faux ashes of Kim Jong-Il. Here’s a breakdown of the highs and lows of the night’s fashions.

Best Dressed:

1. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford: Gwyneth looked like an angel in a long white Tom Ford gown paired with a simply elegant hairstyle. Additionally, she’s probably one of the only stars around who can pull off a white cape on the red carpet and still be taken seriously.

2. Jessica Chastain for Alexander McQueen: It’s been a big year for Jessica Chastain, and she certainly lived up to the hype in this stunningly intricate Alexander McQueen gown. “Most little girls dream of their wedding dresses; I grew up dreaming of my Oscar dress,” Chastain told the Hollywood Reporter. In this case, I’d say dreams pretty closely resemble reality.

3. Rooney Mara in Givenchy: Rooney Mara has received some criticism this awards season for her coldly simple, almost always black monocrhome attire. For the red carpet finale, she switched it up on us with a flowingly gorgeous white Givenchy gown. And for not having much of a haircut to work with after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, her bangs looked phenomenal.

Worst Dressed:

1. Jennifer Lopez in a sequined Zuhair Murad: J-Lo was busting out of this dress like a convict busting outta Shawshank, and the overall effect was, shall we say, not cute. Moreover, minutes after her presentation, a Twitter account was created called @JLosNipple with the inaugural tweet, “DID YOU SEE ME!?” Not a good look, Jenny. Not a good look.

2. Emma Stone: Emma’s Giambattista Valli couture gown looks a little too familiar…because Nicole Kidman rocked it at the 2007 Oscars! Well, she rocked a slightly better version. Sorry, Emma!

3. Bérénice Bejo: I hate to say it, because Bérénice gave a stunning performance in The Artist, but the mint-colored Elie Saab gown paired with the extremely orange-ish ‘do was just not doin’ it for me. If only the Red Carpet coverage had been in black and white as well.

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