Oscars Fug Carpet: Emma Stone


Emma Stone should be an Amway salesperson. Because by the end of her charming segment with Ben Stiller, in which they presented the Visual Effects Oscar and she totally stole the show from just about everyone, even I was almost ready to buy what she was selling — I, who when she first hit the red carpet, groaned audibly and shouted, “EMMA, NO.” I who bemoaned that it was too similar to what Nicole Kidman wore in 2007, a dress I didn’t particularly itch to see again. I, who upon seeing it ran out onto Jessica’s balcony shaking my fist at the heavens and hurling Pringles into the night air while screaming, “BETRAYYYYYED.” (Note: No Pringles were harmed in the making of this post.)

But in the end, I still just don’t like it. Turns out Emma Stone’s personal magnetism can’t do everything. And that’s probably as it should be. No mortal should wield that kind of unchecked power.

[Photos: Getty]

react:
Leave a reply

Comments (103):

  1. Kristen from MA
    0

    So close! the color is great, as is the silhouette (I LOVE a halter dress), but that stupid bow!

    • Clarence Beeks
      0

      I loved the dress, except for the bow that makes her look like she is hanging herself.

  2. Willow
    0

    call me crazy but I absolutely loved this and I think she has enough sass and personality to pull it off, much like she pretty much saved the entire ceremony from dying at one point.

    • Fawn
      0

      Agreed. I loved this one too.

      • Chasmosaur
        0

        I thought this was a little more flattering than NK’s back in the day. At least on this dress, the bow looks like an organic part of the dress – all the pleating flows into the big bow. On NK’s, it just looked weird because the rest was such a tightly fitted column, and the material made the bow look so droopy.

        However, it is still a head-eating neck-bow. I don’t understand the appeal.

    • Dru
      0

      then I must also be crazy, because I love it too! It’s sassy and young and fun on her, with THAT face and that hair, and I love the raspberry shade of it way more than Nicole’s orange-ish one.

      And it really helps that Emma looks so perky and alive because Nicole’s look was so off that night, her bow looked like it was about to decapitate a Madame Tussaud’s waxwork and not the head of a person.

      • neiges
        0

        This is sadly funny.

      • Amanda
        0

        Exactly! There is a huge difference between this and Nicole Kidman’s. When I saw Emma I was thinking “This is what Nicole Kidman was hoping for, but didn’t pull off.” I thought Emma looked great.

      • Leary
        0

        Nicole was a vision. The look is iconic. While Emma didn’t wear the dress, the dress is wearing her.

      • Leary
        0

        “This is what Nicole what hoping for, but didn’t pull off.” Really Amanda? All I see was Nicole owned the Red Carpet and shut it down the minute she walked in. It was one of those dress so iconic that anyone wears something a little bit similar, will always be compared. This is no contest. Emma is struggling to own her moment.

    • Kristan
      0

      Completely agree about the dress and Emma’s personality! But her bit with Ben Stiller wasn’t a homerun for me. It was on the edge of funny, and kind of fizzled out.

    • Amanda
      0

      Completely agree. It’s ballsy to wear red on the red carpet, but I think she nailed it.

    • Sandala
      0

      Agree! just because Kidman wore a red bow 5 YEARS ago, this is bad?? Is there a statute of limitations??

    • Wilma
      0

      Completely agree: Emma Stone is wearing the hell out of this dress because of her charisma.

  3. maryse
    0

    i agree with willow. i like this dress in spite of myself. even with that crazy ass bow. the color is fantastic and she looked so wonderfully tall.

    • Wendy
      0

      I’m with you. I can’t believe I like a dress with such a huge bow, but I thought she looked amazing. AND she was a terrific presenter. Future host, maybe?

  4. Chelsea
    0

    I shan’t lie, I loved this. But I am completely and totally blinded by my fervent admiration for Ms. Stone, so there’s a chance that had something to do with it.

  5. Jill
    0

    When I first saw this, I thought the bow was on her shoulder which I didn’t like. Then when I realized it was growing out of her neck I REALLY did not like it! The dress actually would have been fine without the humongous bow. It’s a great color and style. And I loved her up on the stage! Unlike you guys, I haven’t seen her in too many movies and am not familiar with her personality. She was funny and she sings good too!

    • Sajorina
      0

      She is a great comedic actress & she can sing too… Love her!

      • Softwear
        0

        I have to agree with all of these. I really loved this. It is SO much better than Nicole’s for reasons which our mere mortal minds aren’t capable of discerning. It just has a…quality that Nicole’s doesn’t. Or, as some have mentioned here, Emma has that quality, that Nicole doesn’t. It’s a great dress, fits her like a glove (and scarf – ha!) and she rocked it. Does it ombre to pink? I think it does. Great dress.

  6. billie
    0

    It’s cute I guess. However, her stylist should get a big slap on the wrist for knowing EVERYBODY would say ‘oh, this is Nicole Kidman’s dress ….. but different’. I highly doubt that is what Emma was going for.

  7. Beks
    0

    When I saw this, I thought, “Wow, I actually love this, but the Fug Girls are going to hate it.” (I love being right.) I think she pulls it off, actually, and I love the cut of the rest of the dress. For me, it works.

  8. ellenderavenous
    0

    You LOVED the Chastain Rorschach dress and abhor this?! I just… I don’t understand.

  9. leah
    0

    I loved it too. It was elegant, the fabric was beautiful and she looked 1 million feet tall. I think she carried off the bow in person — the first picture in the slideshow is an awkward angle.

  10. Rachel
    0

    Normally I totally agree with y’all, but I loved this! I thought it was really cute and fun and pretty. She’s my best dressed choice.

  11. Eva
    0

    I wouldn’t say it’s great but as many others here, it kind of works. The material is beautiful, the cut, the colour… I forgive the bow and give it an ok played :)

  12. Robin Robinson
    0

    Last night on NPR they said she was dressed like a brand new Lexus. And now I can’t help but picture her parked out in the driveway.

    • GFY Heather
      0

      I know, that’s the best line. I so wish I’d thought of it.

      I stand by thinking that it overwhelmes her completely. And that face is hard to overwhelm.

  13. neiges
    0

    I love me some big bow! And this one is particularly fantastic. She is not showing her neck but she is showing her beautiful fair skinned shoulders. The colour of the dress is beautiful, great jewellery and make-up. Plus the smile… One of the ( if not the) best dressed.

  14. Jean
    0

    I love her, she is adorable, but it looks a bit like someone just glued her head to her body. She still manages to look awesome.

  15. Miss Tee
    0

    I really liked it. I totally forgot about stupid Kidman’s dress…probably because I hate Nicole Kidman with a fiery passion that I cannot explain. BUT I feel like this dress, while the same general IDEA as that dress, is totally different. NK’s dress was stuffy and structury while this is young, flowy and a little whimsical. Just like my beloved Emma. Who I love no matter what. (Yeah, biased much?)

  16. Sajorina
    0

    I have to disagree… I LOVE THIS! I love the edginess of the dress, the boldness of the color and the statuesque quality it has! She looks REGAL! Her hair & makeup are delightful and her clutch & jewelry are a mixture of classic/demure & in-your-face/bold! WANT! One of my favorites of the night! FAB!!!

  17. klp
    0

    In the Emma Stone /Nicole Kidman face-off, I vote Emma Stone. Look how tall she is in this! (Is she on stilts?)

  18. Bella
    0

    Not loving it. The bow eats her neck and shoulder and makes her head look like it just was plopped on top. The color is gorgeous, as is the rest of the dress. She doesn’t need something like that bow to take attention away from how pretty she is.

  19. Ariel
    0

    I actually really like this dress, though I agree a dark lip (preferably a matchy red) would have been better. But there’s no way this dress is worse than the SAG disaster.

    Also, side note: why does it seem to be so irresistible for redheaded actresses to wear bright red dresses with side-neck-bows to major red carpet award shows? In addition to Ms. Stone and Ms. Kidman, the lovey Ms. Christina Hendricks sported the same exact look to the 2011 Golden Globes. I just. Don’t. Get. It.

  20. MzStilletto
    0

    I gotta say, after her bit with Ben Stiller I actually said out loud to my TV, “I just decided that I love Emma Stone.” She was adorable! Even with the regrettable neck bow.

  21. Sarah
    0

    Hate the bow. She would have been perfect without it.

  22. Annie E
    0

    I don’t love or hate this dress, but what I do love is that she didn’t appear to be wearing anything resembling a bra or tape underneath it. If I could get away with not wearing a bra, I would do it all the time.

  23. Trish
    0

    Was one of my favs of the night. Either b/c it really is awesome, or b/c I have a wicked girl-crush on her. Or both.

  24. Christy M
    0

    I knew from reading your Twitter feed that you guys didn’t like it and I was close to agreeing. I think she pulled it off though. Honestly, the thing that bothered me way more than the bow was the slit/cutout/whatever on the chest. I kept thinking if there’s going to be a slit, why not ACTUALLY have one instead of making me wonder if it was even intentional.

  25. Stefanie
    0

    I may be blinded by my love for her but I loved it.

    And I liked Kidman’s back in the day too. SO THERE!

  26. Kit
    0

    Yes, when I saw her from the back I squealed at spouse “OMG, Emma looks AMAZING!!!!” and then a few minutes later they did a segment with her and I said “OMG Emma looks AWFUL.”

    lol

  27. Barbara
    0

    I thought she looked adorable, bow and all. But I predicted the Fug GIrls would hate it.

  28. CJ
    0

    I loved it. One of my favorites of the night as well. She is adorable and smart and funny and natural, and she has utterly lovely taste. And her intro stole the show. Brava, Emma.

  29. Chantel
    0

    I gotta disagree, Fuggirls. I’m totally buying it.

  30. TaraMisu
    0

    As soon as I saw her I was said “the fuggirls are gonna be all over this one”…. and I agree. She is SO adorable and funny and charming…. say no to neck bows!!!! If the bow was gone I’d give it a pass.

  31. ChristieLea
    0

    Apparently, I’m the only person on the continent who found Ms. Stone’s presentation skills to be charmless and grating. I kept hoping they’d keep with the old-timey theme and yank her off the stage with a hook.

    As for the dress: beautiful colour and fabric, but the neck bow is too much. And considering I usually love extra embellishment, that says a lot.

  32. Jasmine
    0

    Emma Stone is great, but my God that bow was terrible. The dress would be so perfect if it didn’t have the bow. It moved so beautifully on stage! I even liked the little slit in the middle of her chest that was mostly hidden. And yet, there was the stupid bow.

  33. Sarah
    0

    I think she looks great! I don’t think it’s such a big deal that it’s similar to what Kidman wore FIVE YEARS AGO. Sheesh. Is no one ever allowed to wear a neck bow again? I think so.

  34. Jill
    0

    I didn’t like it either. She’s 23, she should dress like it.

  35. M.Amanda
    0

    While I did not particularly like NK’s dress, I thought she pulled it off. Emma seems to be suffering from a case of the dress wearing her rather than the other way around. It’s a lot of dress. I’m actually wondering if it was perhaps a size too big for her. Also, I do not like that color on her.

  36. corriner
    0

    SHE was absolutely charming during her presentation, but I have to say, this was the biggest miss of the night for me. And she was doing SO WELL leading up to this!

    The colour is great, but I’m not so sure it doesn’t clash with her hair colour. (as a fellow red-head I notice this!)

    I still love her! My girl crush has not been effected!

  37. Stephanie Haley Williams
    0

    Despite the fact that I love her … I mean love.her. … she “just gets me” … and that I’m no fashionista myself, I audibly gasped and asked (the universe, apparently) “what is she wearing?” No matter, “let’s dance Jonah” made it all worth it.

  38. Verodemort
    0

    I disagree- I love this! The color is faboosh, the shilouette is super flattering and she has enough personality that the bow doesn’t overpower her look. Or maybe I’m just girl crushing? IDK but this is on my Best Dressed List for sure!

  39. fritanga
    0

    Eh. My only complaint was that the dress was more suitable for someone in their 40s, such as Kidman. This is not the sort of statement Stone should be making now (“I’m…mature”). It’s the same complaint I had about Shailene Woodley’s dress – not age appropriate.

    Flaunt it while you’ve got it, girls – don’t cover everything up or make like

  40. Julie
    0

    Must have been one giant hickey to cover up. Why, Emma, Why!

  41. Kat
    0

    i think she looks great and she’s so effing cute that it doesn’t really matter what she wears. if you ask me, she pulled this off

  42. Erica
    0

    I need to see a photo of Emma Stone’s shoes! She is 5’6 and Ben Stiller is 5’8 and she easily looked 3-4 inches taller than him when they presented! What kind of stilts was that girl wearing?!?

    • Jessica
      0

      If Ben Stiller is 5’8, I am seven feet tall.

      • Sajorina
        0

        I’m 5’8″ and with high heels I’m as tall as my 6′ brother! So, he’s either the same height as her or he’s wearing lifts on his shoes!

  43. The Other Molly
    0

    I love Emma Stone.
    But this dress is a tragedy.
    She has looked so nice at other awards shows.
    WTF happened here?

  44. Curtis
    0

    It appears to me that the predominance of Oscar watchers enjoyed the dress. I love it. Fug Girls, how about a Fug or Fab vote? I’d be interested to see the turn out.

  45. wendallyn
    0

    FUG? Oh h*ll no! This was one of my fave looks of the evening. She nailed it in this MAJOR dress!!!

  46. Chrisa Dieterle Hickey
    0

    I tweeted it last night and I’ll say it again. I loved this dress. It is perfect for her personality – fun, playful, a bit quirky, but overall, elegant.

  47. living in bham, al
    0

    WHAT!! sadness. i thought this dress was amazing and i gasped when she walked out onto the stage. she was also hands down hilarious. i also thought it was easily better than that terrible velvet curtain with a – bc-it-is-so-boring slit – of a dress angelina wore (i know, no addressing the weight issue … but it doesn’t help to keep well-playing her – that was NOT cute last night … the dress, the leg, any of it … well, except for maybe brad :) )!

  48. CranAppleSnapple
    0

    I loved it! It’s my fave along with Penelope Cruz.

  49. Beret
    0

    I thought she was stunning, best dressed of the night. But what do I know, I thought Viola Davis looked devine as well. :)

  50. Liz_bee
    0

    Oh man Emma. I am totally buying what you are selling. And you are selling yourself wrapped in a giant bow. I need some consumer ed.

  51. Amanda in Austin
    0

    Emma stole the show and she stole my heart (AGAIN!). She should be the Oscar host next year! I didn’t hate the dress, and I thought the color was lovely on her.

    I had to giggle that her lovely naturally pale flesh next to Ben Stiller’s orange head made him look like an Oompa Loompa.

  52. DW
    0

    Oh Fugnation – I salute you.

    I was all ‘but this is FABULOUS’ whilst looking at Chastain thinking ‘I don’t get it, it’s….yeah, I mean it’s black, it’s OK’ and I thought I must be mad (or exhausted) but I’m not alone – huzzah.

    It is fabulous, the colour, the draping, how ruddy happy she always looks in a completely not smug but utterly charming way.

    Marvellous.

  53. Kitty
    0

    I LOVE THIS DRESS!
    I love the color and the shape of this gown on Emma. I sort of see where you’re going with the similarity to NicKid’s awful bow dress from 2008 or whenever but Emma’s Valli dress is FAR superior to that travesty.
    I rarely disagree with you guys, so I feel weird right now.

  54. vandalfan
    0

    At least there’s no peplum, illusion netting, or leg curtains with granny pants. Or a thong. Still, this is bad on her and was worse on Kidman.

  55. Deborah
    0

    I would have so loved this dress without the bow.

  56. Ana
    0

    I’m sorry but to me Nicole Kidman pull it off better It’s nicole to me one of the best dressed most fabulous divas on the red carpet

  57. HAW
    0

    It would be perfect if the bow was smaller, it was just too large on her and took attention away from her face.

  58. ceecee
    0

    She looks like she is being throttled by her own dress. The color was fabulous and without the bow would have been a winner. And that silly bit with Ben Stiller was cringe-inducing.

  59. am
    0

    I don’t know, I think it’s cute. I don’t mind the bow.

  60. Leanne
    0

    This reminded me of Kim Richards’ Blouse of Doom that she wore in her confessionals all of this season. It should go without saying that Emma Stone should never, ever, ever dress like a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills.

  61. Sandra
    0

    Did her head fall off backstage? For the life of me, I’d swear that it did and the wranglers just picked it up and tied it back on with the train from her dress.

    On the plus side, it’s a great color and her face is lovely.

  62. Chrissy
    0

    I actually really like this one. I didn’t remember Nicole Kidman’s dress until I clicked the link. It’s not that much like hers, and I really like this one better. I think these particular pictures make the bow look overpowering, but I saw a picture on another website where it didn’t look as intrusive.

  63. croma
    0

    Must fall on the side of the cruelly disappointed. The bow is terrible! I think she is charming and lovely, but even she can’t pull that off.

  64. Shiitake
    0

    The color is lovely on Emma…that’s it.

  65. mepe
    0

    It’s not my favorite dress she’s worn but it’s definitely not a FUG. It’s a great color and she’s actually pulling off that giant bow. Plus she looks so happy in it!

  66. Em
    0

    Listen, I love Emma and think she is completely adorable. This dress, however, is awful. That bow, just… no.

  67. Megan
    0

    I loved it! I really did. I HATED her after-party outfit though. If you look at it, it makes this one look positively divine.

  68. Moi
    0

    I’m with the non-haters here. One of my fave looks of the night and so NOT NK’s dress! The color is fabulous on her, the shape fantastic, the fit perfect, and the bow, instead of being stiff and weird like Nicole’s, is cool in an architecturally drapey kind of way. Okay, so that’s not a real sartorial term, but you know . . .

  69. Charlotte
    0

    I actually liked this dress except for the over-the-top bow. I’d rate it a Fixer-Upper, not a pure Fug. (The Kidman dress, OTOH … pure fug.)

  70. Rubee
    0

    Yeah, terrible!!! Nicole Kidman wore something like this… five years ago? This dress and tons of botox and blonde hair, and the whole bunch gave gave her the odd appareance of an albino bat. But even if I’m a current non-supporter of the “Emma Stone Overrating Operation’ carried out by the media, I do have to say she totally pulled off the dress, bow included.

  71. Guerra
    0

    Hate this!!!!

  72. essex
    0

    Loved the color and for the most part it worked. Maybe could have had some of bulk of neck bow area tamed a bit, but it was pretty delightful and was nearly there. I’d day overall it was a success, though I’m not a fan of the red hair esp in such a severe style with a rather buttomed up dress. I liked her as a blonde better.

  73. NYCGirl
    0

    It looks slightly better in the pictures than it did on TV…not as, well, head-shrinking.

  74. Mahastee
    0

    All I could see was Nicole’s old dress… I can’t judge it on its own merits.

  75. Cynthia
    0

    Nicole Kidman wore it better. 100 times better. Emma was just drowning in that dress. The dress was wearing her. She didn’t have the statuesque frame to pull it off.

  76. Jordan Goslin
    0

    I do miss her neck, especially in close ups but I can’t fully hate this dress.

  77. Kate
    0

    Late to the party, but I love this dress! I think she’s rocking that neck bow! It’s a little different, and I think she’s nailing it. Love = ) I’m not even a huge Emma Stone fan, and I love this dress, sooo. I would personally wear this if I had an event to wear it to and could afford it, of course, haha.

    That last little white number is great too.

  78. Cat
    0

    I love this dress and I think she looks great. I love her hair and makeup– I thought she look great. The color is gorgeous as well.

    I do agree that she is losing her neck in some shots, but I still can’t hate this.