Elizabeth Banks on the red carpet in a grey strapless gown with a frilled skirt

Oscar night again. One of my favorite nights of the year. For whatever reason, I didn’t talk about last year’s Oscars here on the blog, I must’ve been sleeping on the job! But you can see my thoughts on the 2008 Awards here. And of course, one of my favorite parts of the night (other than the montage – because we all know how I love a good montage) is the Red Carpet. It’s always fun to see what everyone’s wearing.

There was not a lot of red this year, which is what I’m typically drawn to. There was a lot of gold though. This year several of my favorites were all in the same color family – grey. While some tended more toward the lilac, and some more toward the dove or blue grey, I found myself drawn to them over and over again. Photo above is Elizabeth Banks. This was a gorgeous gown and my first favorite of the night. Below is Helen Mirren, who always looks amazing, but I think this silvery grey suited her well.

Helen Mirren on the red carpet in a grey strapless gown with sequined tulle overlay

Kate Winslet is a favorite actress of mine, and so I am always curious to see what she’s wearing. In this metallic gown, she looked very old Hollywood. I love her “Veronica Lake” hair. And look at that necklace! What a statement piece of jewelry. It appeared to be canary diamonds and white diamonds. Lovely!

Kate Winslet on the red carpet in a steely silver strapless gown

And Kathryn Bigelow in another beautiful grey. I loved the detailing on the top of a very simple gown.

Kathryn Bigelow on the red carpet in a steel grey sleeveless gown with embroidered detail on the bodice

There were a few that I really loved that weren’t in the grey category. I loved seeing Kristen Stewart in this gorgeous midnight blue dress. She looked amazing and thank God the Joan Jett mullet didn’t make an appearance.

Kristen Stewart on the red carpet in a strapless mermaid-style navy gown

I love Maggie Gyllenhaal and I always look forward to seeing what she’s wearing. I was not disappointed at all and I thought this dress was one of my absolute favorites of the evening. It looked gorgeous on her and the color was so vibrant.

Maggie Gyllenhaal on the red carpet in a strapless dress in a blue/purple and black watercolor print, ruched at the waist on one side

Vera Farmiga also chose a stand out color. I loved this cranberry/fuchsia dress with the beautiful fan pleats.

Vera Farmiga in a strapless asymmetrical ruffled fuchsia gown

And of course I was happy to see some of the stunning purples on this Red Carpet that I loved at the Golden Globes. Zoe Saldana chose this amazing gown with what looked like an encrusted bodice (yay sparkly!) and then the beautiful ombré ruffles at the bottom just completed it. Fabulous!

Zoe Saldana in a purple ombré strapless ruffled gown

And of course, one of my favorite categories of the awards is Best Costume Design. Sandy Powell (who also did The Other Boleyn Girl and The Tudors) won for her costume design on The Young Victoria. She has previously won Oscars for Costume Design on Shakespeare in Love and more recently, The Aviator.

Scene from The Young Victoria of Victoria in a yellow gown walking amongst some cone-shaped trees

Well-deserved, Ms. Powell.

scene from The Young Victoria of Victoria on her throne at her coronation

I hope you enjoyed the night!

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