The Awards Season: Red carpet wrapup 2014

Kirk McKoy | Los Angeles Times | MCT
Lupita Nyong’o
Screen Actors Guild Awards

If it were possible to showcase all of her award looks in one picture, Lupita Nyong’o would be the only focus of this column. Never before has such an undiscovered talent dominated awards season in such stunning fashion (pun intended). She was in the running for best dressed at every event. My personal favorite of her many looks was her vivid turquoise gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she triumphed in the best supporting actress category. The color choice was daring and refreshing, her makeup complemented the dress perfectly and the ornate floral designs that made up the straps of the dress were intriguing rather than distracting. Hollywood should cast this Oscar winner in everything for her immense talents in both acting and fashion.

Jennifer Lawrence
Oscars

Unsurprisingly, Jennifer Lawrence wore a Dior dress to the Oscars, but surprisingly, after being incredibly hit-or-miss this season, she absolutely dominated the red carpet—following yet another tumble. Her haircut has finally found a style that screams iconic, and her makeup was natural but stunning. Lawrence memorably arrived on the red carpet scene at the 2010 Oscars wearing a Calvin Klein, girl-next-door red dress. That dress was hotter than haute couture, but this dress is both a smoldering callback to her first red carpet nomination and a reminder that Lawrence can pull off runway looks as well. Although she did not win her second consecutive Oscar this year, she continued to provide her adoring fans with endearing moments and breathtaking photos.

Wally Skalij | Los Angeles Times | MCT

Cate Blanchett & Sally Hawkins
Oscars

These “Blue Jasmine” co-stars were both nominated for Oscars for roles in which they played sisters, and they looked like sisters on Oscar night in matching dresses. Though their dresses were by different designers (Armani Prive for Blanchett and Valentino for Hawkins), they could easily have been two pieces from the same collection. Both dresses were floor-length nude numbers with jewel embellishments, creating a classy and intricate look. Sadly, only Blanchett would take home an award (for best actress) that night, but both women deserve an award for best matching co-stars.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Golden Globes

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus went full bombshell at the Golden Globes, where she was nominated for two different awards. She was also a memorable part of the show, accessorizing with both an e-cigarette and a hot dog. Plenty of stars wore red on the Golden Globes red carpet, but no dress was more daring than Louis-Dreyfus’ skin-tight, floor-length Narciso Rodriguez number. It’s hard to believe Louis-Dreyfus is more than twice the age of Jennifer Lawrence when she can pull off a vibrant red dress just as well.

Angelina Jolie
BAFTAs

The Oscar winner and humanitarian reminded viewers at the BAFTAs that being best dressed does not mean you have to wear a dress. Jolie eschewed a boring gown for a sleek and form-fitting custom Saint Laurent suit. She even matched with her partner Brad Pitt, who sported a tux. The undone bow tie has always been a questionable, drunk-at-prom look, but Jolie made it high fashion. Her smoky-eyed makeup and flowing hair all added to her refreshing and beautiful look.

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