Sunday 21 December 2014

The real winners (and losers) at the Oscars

Cate Blanchett  best actress winner for her role in "Blue Jasmine" arrives on the red carpet. Reuters.
Cate Blanchett best actress winner for her role in "Blue Jasmine" arrives on the red carpet. Reuters.
MISS - Sally Hawkins
HIT - Kate Hudson
HIT - Jared Leto
MISS - Lady Gaga
OK - Jennifer Lawrence
MISS - Liza Minelli
OK - Penelope Cruz
HIT - Lupita Nyong'o
OK - Julia Roberts

There was no defying Gravity at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Alfonso Cuarón's space spectacle led the way with seven Oscars, including Best Director, but it was Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave that nabbed the big one, Best Picture, as well as two other awards on Hollywood's glitziest night of the year.

Outside the Dolby Theatre in LA, there were few upsets either, as Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong'o both put their best foot forward, while Jennifer Lawrence repeated history – not by winning another award, but taking her second tumble in two Oscar appearances.

There was disappointment for Irish hopefuls Michael Fassbender and U2, who at least scrubbed up well for the star-studded bash.

Here we reveal all our red carpets winners and losers, and the ones that still have us scratching our heads.

HIT...CATE BLANCHETT

There were no awards for guessing that Queen Cate would rule the Oscars, predictably bagging a gong for her mesmerising turn in Blue Jasmine, and topping all the best dressed lists in the process. So let's just pause for a moment of silence to drink in just how incredible the Australian star looks in her Armani gown and Chopard jewels. Swoon — that is all.

HIT...Lupita Nyong’o

Girl of the moment Lupita Nyong'o is a little quacker in duck-egg blue. Custom-made Prada with a gold and diamond Fred Leighton headband, don't you know. And let's face it, we expected nothing less from the 12 Years a Slave star, who's been dazzling on the red carpet all year. Happily, she saved the best for last as she beat J.Law to Best Supporting Actress.

HIT...JARED LETO

Best Supporting Actor Jared has divided the critics with his risky Saint Laurent tux. But, come on people, it's Jordan Catalano looking hotter than ever at 42!

From the burgundy bow-tie right down to the diamond buttons on his shirt, we  ‘heart' the whole thing.

The actor-turned-singer-turned-actor again is |even giving us serious hair envy.

HIT...KATE HUDSON

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Kate Hudson looking angelic in a caped Atelier Versace gown and Neil Lane bling. Glee star Kate took to the stage with Jason Sudeikis to present Best Action Live Short Film, which went to Helium. And mum Goldie Hawn, who was also presenting an award, didn't look too shabby either.

OK...JULIA ROBERTS

Granted, August: Osage County star Julia would look good in a black sack. And maybe that's exactly the point the actress was trying to prove in this passable Givenchy frock and unremarkable updo. But it's the lace modesty panel on the front that's making us yearn for the Pretty Woman star to dust down those thigh-high boots. As Vivienne herself would say: Big mistake. Huge.

OK...PENELOPE CRUZ

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