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Emmy Awards Well Played: Viola Davis in Marchesa


This dress isn’t a world-stopper or a fire-started, but let’s be honest, here — they don’t all need to be. What it is, is fantastic on her:

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(With bonus points to Julius for the matching bow tie.) She looks gorgeous, comfortable, and elegant. I often say that Viola Davis is a great example of an actress who I never really worry about when it comes to the red carpet. No matter what, she is not going to show up wearing something totally terrible, and that is relaxing. I trust her implicitly, because she always looks like a beautiful adult professional and if that sounds like damning with faint praise, it isn’t. Beautiful adult professionals are in far too short a supply in the world, and I deeply appreciate them (this is the same reason I find cute men in reading glasses, like, changing your light bulbs without being asked incredibly sexy). She looks great in this, and also like a person who knew she probably wasn’t going to win, so there was no need to turn everything up to a 10 when she could show up and slay at about a 7. Conserve your energy. It’s what beautiful adult professionals do.

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Fugs and Fabs: ABCs TCA


You know a cast is charismatic when you can look at just still photos of their TCA panel and think, “I want to watch that show RIGHT NOW.” That show is Black-ish. Also involved in these particular shenganians: Viola Davis! Hayley Atwell! Stan from Mad Men!

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Unfug or Fab: Viola Davis in Vivienne Westwood at the Suicide Squad Premiere


Viola CLEARLY wins at the lipstick and bracelet games.

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The dress itself is more of an almost, for me. I love the color and the texture — I REALLY wish I could reach into my computer and touch it — but something about the draping seems off. I think it’s an optical illusion, but I keep thinking her left boob is being shoved higher than the other side, against its wishes. And I’m not sure the asymmetrical hem flatters her. Would it be better knee-length?

And then we get down to the blue velvet shoes and my feet start to feel hot and I long for a bracing winter wind, the likes of which you only get in L.A. if you, in fact, completely leave L.A. In sum, I guess this all feels a bit heavy for the climax of summer movie season, and I might go stick my head in the freezer.

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Fugs and Fabs: The Suicide Squad Panel at Comic-Con


I saw this and cursed, “MONSE!!!!” I was right.

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Better Played: Viola Davis in St. John at the NAACP Image Awards


This reminds me of the Antonio Berardi that Julianna Margulies just wore to the SAGs.

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Her wrists seem under accessorized, but the gown is lovely on her — and so much less aggressive than the violet thing that engulfed her so throughly last week. It’s also rather astonishing to realize this vibrant, exquisite person is the same woman Annie Leibowitz made look so tired and bothered on that Vanity Fair cover. I like to think this entire look — a simple but elegant dress, and that flawless face — was a quiet rebuttal of that entire affair.

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SAG Awards Fug or Fab: Viola Davis in Zac Posen


This one might be a scrolldown for me in the vein that Sarah Paulson (coming up) also is: a FANTASTIC head over a big ol’ HMM of a dress.

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This is neither as bad as I keep fearing it is, nor as good as I want it to be. It’s the closest I’ve ever seen her come to being overshadowed by a garment — the problem, I think, being that the bodice looks clumsy. It’s folded such that it creates an illusion of each boob being shoved to the center. And the thing that often undoes Zac Posen is that this fabric has no room for error. It hides nothing, but nobody seems to remember that, so the wearers are stuck with the marks of a dozen tiny sins of handiwork: bunching, overdone darts, all of it. So it’s close, but still can’t get its fingers on the cigar.

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Fugs and Fabs of the Rest of the Producers Guild Awards


Come for Viola Davis, stay for Michael B. Jordan and some really bad wig work on Lady Gaga.

The surprise here was The Big Short winning Best Picture, which muddies what everyone thought was The Revenant‘s clear path to the Oscar, as the PGAs have predicted that winner eight out of the last ten years. (Does that mean the majority of Academy voters are producers?) I don’t think that will upset Leo’s apple cart; that award, sadly, seems written in stone. If Bryan Cranston somehow took home that statue because everyone was like, “GET THAT WALTER WHITE GUY ON THE WAY TO AN EGOT,” I would enjoy seeing the look on Leo’s face.

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