Red Carpet Report Card: The Best (and Worst) of Awards Season 2014
By Julien Sauvalle
RED CARPET REPORT CARD
We GRADE This Year's Fashion Choices
Red carpet season is officially over: Now it's time to look back on the main events and see who had the best looks this year. Though one young Hollywood star seems to have consistently shone brighter than the others... Can you guess who?
Hands. Down. Lupita Nyong'o was virtually unknown last year, but now she has Hollywood (and the entire fashion industry) infatuated with her. She started strong with a caped Ralph Lauren gown at the Golden Globes (right), and kept on wowing us on her road to the Oscars, where she emerged as a new Tinseltown princess. We can't get enough...
Lupita Nyong'o: A
More looks from Lupita: Your entire summer wardrobe, sorted.
Cate Blanchett: A-
Cate Blanchett is always a strong contender on the red carpet: Her choice are both high-fashion and elegant, and she's not afraid to take a risk.
Sandra Bullock: B+
Her bold fashion choices might be the secret to her youthful looks: Sandra Bullock had another big year on the red carpet, and though she's only a few months short from celebrating her 50th birthday, she's never looked so beautiful.
Amy Adams: B
Amy Adams took inspiration from her character in American Hussle and rocked a '70s-imbued wardrobe throughout award season, minus the hoochie. Looking good, girl!
Meryl Streep: B-
No need to overdo things when you are such an award season fixture: Meryl and her classy, less-is-more approach to red carpet fashion seems to say "I just thought I'd stop by on my way to brunch with the girls." Always effortlessly chic.
Jennifer Lawrence: C+
We weren't sold by her Ariel-the-Little-Mermaid gown at the Golden Globes (right), but JLaw has pulled out the big Dior guns and almost made up for that faux pas. We just wish she had more fun with fashion and stopped trying to look so grown up: Her Oscar gown (left) made her look at least 10 years older.
Sally Hawkins: C
We weren't very kind with Sally when we first saw her outfit at the Golden Globes (right), but we're starting to get it: The star of Blue Jasmine simply has a pronounced taste for quirky, vintage-inspired gowns, and it's working for her. Still, the overall impression remains very turn of the (20th) century. Dust off that wardrobe, Sally!
Julia Roberts: Fail
The Valentino dress she wore in 2001 when she won Best Actress for Erin Brokovich still goes down as one of the best fashion moments in Oscar history, but Julia's comeback year didn't translate this season: Between the tuxedo dress that she had on at the Globes, her pink '70s catsuit at the SAG Awards, and the pile of lace that she wore last night, we're trying to find a place to rest our eyes --but it's hard.
Michael B. Jordan: A
The early Oscar buzz around his performance in Fruitvale Station didn't materialize into a nomination, but Michael B. Jordan is one to watch nonetheless: Wearing impeccable designer suits (from left: Givenchy, Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton, and Louis Vuitton again with Prada lace ups), he's made every best-dressed list this season. See more of him in That Awkward Moment, out in theaters now.
Jared Leto: A-
Wherever he went, Jared Leto stayed true to his rocker core, dressing up or down with a great sense of detail, as evidenced by the sparkling diamond buttoning on his tuxedo shirt at the Oscars (left), or the loose scarf worn around the neck at the Globes (right).
Chiwetel Ejiofor & Sari Mercer: B+
The star of 12 Years a Slave and his girlfriend Sari make a fine-looking couple. We also love Chiwetel's ability to switch to a blue suit at the more casual Independent Spirit Awards, a nice change from his perfectly-tailored black tie options.
Matthew McConaughey's Blazers: B-
Matthew McConaughey dazzled the red carpet of every award show, always in a different color. We loved the green velvet blazer he sported at the Golden Globes (right), but it wasn't always a homerun. We're still questioning that brown silk number.
Bradley Cooper: C
Bradley Cooper always gets the cut of his suit right, but only gets a C because of his lack of diversity on the red carpet: He wore virtually the same outfit at the Oscars (left) and the Golden Globes (right). Did you think we wouldn't notice?
Fail: Leonardo DiCaprio
It took a while, but Leo seems to have finally taken in his pants before the Oscars: Other than that, he dragged along some baggy trousers with bulks of extra fabric sagging at his ankles. His suit options are also very limited. What happened to the heartthrob we once knew?