Even though I haven't seen even one of the nominated films (oops), that doesn't stop me from giving my opinion on the gowns! For the most part, there were no looks that were totally offensive, just a few that were disappointing.
First, some favorites:
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace. Very 1930's old Hollywood and I'm a sucker for a cape.
Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan. Love the high neckline and elegant shape, with the intricate pattern to add interest.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Every girl's BFF nails it. The color is gorgeous and the cut and the fit are flawless. Can I just say that my OCD is having a hard time looking at this juxtaposition of colors between her dress and the carpet?
Most people are talking about the fact that Catherine Martin (Baz Luhrman's wife, winner for costume design for Great Gatsby) took her thank you notes out of her bra, but I couldn't stop looking at her dress. The print, the cut, the color, the embellished shoulders, the deco-ness of it - and it's very flattering. Anyone know who made it? I couldn't find any info - is it possible she did?
Olivia Wilde in Valentino takes "Best Pregnant Look" for me. Minimal, classic, pockets, well accessorized (by which I mean, simply accessorized). I loved it when I saw it live, but unfortunately this photo shows that the dress doesn't fit well in the bust - not her fault, but her stylist's.
Meryl Streep in Lanvin might be a surprising choice to land on a favorites list, but the truth is that I'm so used to seeing her in horrific mother-of-the-bride dresses that this one is a lovely upgrade.
Karen O in Camilla Stærk. Apparently, Karen O and I went to Oberlin College at the same time. I never met her, which isn't surprising since she was clearly way cooler than me! This dress is absolutely stunning, more Hollywood glamour. Maybe my favorite of the entire night.
Kristen Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli. I love the sparkle, the flattering pattern, and that she kept her accessories simple. I also love that she didn't throw in the extensions, she looks great with this pixie cut.
There were a couple of looks that I wanted to love, but just couldn't.
Julie Delpy in Jenny Packham. I'm so torn on this one. I love, love, love Julie Delpy and I love, love, love Jenny Packham, but it's just not working too well - it's not the most flattering and the color is too close to her skin tone (although I love the pop of red lips!). Sad face.
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada. I know, I know, I'm a bad person for not loving this. I just love her so much more in the really saturated bright colors she's been wearing for most of awards season. She is adorable and her thank you speech was eloquent and heartfelt.