The best and worst Oscar dresses.

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March 8 2010 7:31 AM

Oscar Fashion Report Card

Zoe Saldana's "ornamental kale," George Clooney's shaggy new look, and why we missed Tilda Swinton.

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Who did you guys think looked worst?

Tina Fey. Click image to expand.
Tina Fey

J.G.: As I said before. Sarah Jessica. Yikes. But I also was sad about Tina Fey's look. The styling was unfortunate—her hair looked like it was teased into a plateau. Her dress was not abysmal, but I've seen her look much better.

S.D.: I agree it was not Tina's finest moment. But Fey as Jane/Betty Paige in spangly black leopard was better than the tweed Zac Posen she wore to the Golden Globes any day! I wanted to like SJP in her Dusty Springfield look—I mean, I got it, and I love a yellow gown—but in the end, it just wasn't purty.

H.R.: This breaks my heart—but my worst of the night might have to be Tina Fey. The dress gave her a sort of off-kilter butch look. Her hair was not pretty. I hate to judge her that way, because she doesn't play this game. But because I love her so much, I always want her to come through with something cool.

J.G.: Now can we speak about the men for a minute? What did everyone think of Robert Downey Jr.'s blue bowtie and matching tinted glasses? And what about George Clooney's shaggy new look?

H.R.: Well, the blue bowtie was silly but I always appreciate any kind of humor, even bad humor, in Oscars fashion. There are only so many ways to wear Tom Ford, after all.

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I mostly just want to think about George Clooney's girlfriend. She is such a fox, even though she insists on posing for various European magazines in sheer underwear. And to answer the question, I always prefer shaggy to clean cut

S.D.: Without Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel Jackson, where would we be? In a tedious forest of tuxes with long ties? Bravo, eccentrics!

May I say that I liked Tom Ford's gardenia? And that he sounds surprisingly like Point Break-era Keanu Reeves?

J.T.: What was your overall take on the dresses of the night? A strong crop? A weak one? I thought the field was weakened by the absence of three always-interesting dressers—Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, and Marion Cotillard—and by the spate of uninteresting ingénues. And Cameron Diaz, who usually wears something offbeat, went straight down the middle in glitzy Hollywood gold.

J.G.: I also lamented the lack of oddballs. I can't believe la Swinton wasn't there to spice things up a bit. Makes one more sympathetic to Zoe Saldana, whose produce-inspired dress might not have worked but was at least trying for something original.

H.R.: I was counting on Kate Winslet, and she disappointed. Usually there is one iconic look—Sharon Stone in a Gap T-shirt and Valentino, Björk's swan—something that stands out. I'm not sure what that would be here. As for overall memorable trend—maybe the metallic glamour? I really liked the different variations on iridescent.

S.D.: There was eccentric (Saldana, SJP) and elegant (Sandra B., M'onique) but not a lot of the two combined. On the other hand, I loved that we saw a few prints out there and some beautiful textures where there were no prints (Seyfried, Kate Winslet). In the end, though I think Sandra Bullock had the most spot-on dress for her big moment.

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