Oscars Well Played: Cate Blanchett


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A caveat: this is admittedly crazy.  But I think it’s also very HER. And on a night when everyone else looked, honestly, kinda dull, it was nice to get a little crazy up in this bitch. Let’s take a closer look.

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  1. Amanda C.
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    This dress is a seriously awesome Man Repeller.

  2. rosemary
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    Lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve it. Hair & make up perfect. xx00 Team Swinton

  3. Lina
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    This is so delightfully weird! I’m really unsure about the lavender–I kind of wish it were a deep red instead, but whatever. I’m just so glad to see SOMETHING (ANYTHING!) completely unusual and risky on this red carpet. Yay her!

  4. Metschick
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    Cate looks amazing. It’s simple – she has the attitude to pull off almost any dress.

  5. rosemary
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    true dat Amanda C but love it anyway. woke me the keerist up.

  6. Emshaw
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    My favorite of the evening. Super interesting and lovely. She looked absolutely radiant, as usual. Yay Cate!!!

  7. Cristina
    +1

    Love it. Best dressed of the night.

  8. val.
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    I hate it. Seriously, this dress is too crazy for even Cate Blanchett to pull off.

    The back and the shoulders are interesting, but that cut out in the front is just so unflattering and dumb.

    Thumbs way down!

  9. cara
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    I made my five-year old sons watch the red carpet with me and this was their favorite dress…not sure what that says. i was unsure about the circle frame of her bodice, but it was interesting and very Cate and a beautiful color.

  10. Cat
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    I’m not in love with the dress, but it was certainly one of the more interesting and unique looks on the red carpet, which to me seemed kind of meh. Plus, Cate is wearing the hell out of the dress and the beading is gorgeous. And I love her, so I can’t hate it, even if it isn’t really my thing.

  11. Nathalie
    +1

    This was the best dress of the night. In fact, I love it so much that it is becoming #5 on my all-time-favorites list of Oscar dresses.

  12. What what
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    Only Cate could pull this off and make me love it. Favorite of the evening!

  13. Erin
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    Love this. Such a refreshing break from a strapless princessy dress (cough-SandraJenniferAnneHalle-cough-cough).

  14. Fernanda Trupiano
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    This looks like a 2nd grader’s craft project. It’s much like those macaroni picture frames that they make their parents, ESPECIALLY the back.

  15. Sally
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    Dislike the color and HATE the boob frame. And, Fernanda- macaroni crafts? You rock. The side photo is awesome, though.

  16. Naomi
    +1

    When I saw her appear on the screen, I actually screamed. I turned and look at my friends and everyone had their hands covering their mouth in utter shock. She looks absolutely fantastic. I can definitely see how someone might not love this dress, but it is hands down one of the best all-together looks I have ever seen on a Red Carpet. In fact, it has now become my #3 Oscar gown of all-time behind Michelle Williams in marigold Vera Wang + Cate the Great in pale-yellow Valentino. Don’t even start with that haircut; she is to die for!!!!!

  17. TaraMisu
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    I guess I’m in the monority, this is hideous. She is such a beautiful woman why on earth she would wear something that looks like my stoner cousin put it together? Ugh, not well played.

  18. Cecily
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    Wow. You guys have jumped the shark this year. You must be overtired or something. *pat pat* The telecast wasn’t that bad (especially compared to last year’s cringe-fest) and Cate Blanchett’s dress looks like the top half is made of carpet padding. And yet she’s well-played? Hm.

    I’m not sure how you can say everyone else was boring this year either. There was more color this year than I’ve ever seen and people actually wore dresses that looked nice on them. But, whatev. I enjoyed the whole thing.

  19. Nina
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    Sorry, but I can’t give this a pass, even for the lovely Cate Blanchett. The skirt is the only thing I like about the dress, but the top is a no-no.

    I keep thinking that her chest is supposed to be framing something, and those back straps look like mold creeping up her skin. As Cate so eloquently put it: “That’s gross.”

  20. TonyG
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    I so hated this one.
    My partner said the top shoulder area looked like it was fashioned after a hospital bib.

    He then added that the mustard and lavender beading looked like a fungus had attached itself to the dress.

    After that, I could not see anything else.

    Plus I really hate the cut-out portion. I had such an aversion to the whole look.

  21. MissJacobs
    +1

    To me this dress separates those that know high fashion and those that know prom dresses.

  22. Richard
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    The whole thing looks like a huge cameo brooch that’s missing the ladyhead. On a doily. Pass.

  23. melissa
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    i love the zipper around the waist, and the wing pulls. i can’t believe the strap on the side view looks like it is tearing from the dress! wth? i love cate. love that she wore this.

  24. Sally
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    I just figured out what has been bothering me (besides the boob frame)- the pilgrim-y shoulders make it look too casual, too much like a pinafore especially from a distance.

  25. Genevieve
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    I would really like this dress if not for the boob framing cut of the torso. But in its current state, I’m not quite on board with the cut and the crazy beading.

  26. Chasmosaur
    +1

    I am totally intrigued by this dress. I feel like I’ve seen that massive keyhole in historical clothes somewhere.

    Otherwise – as Jessica noted, the beading is fantastic, her hair is what Michelle Williams should have, and the colour is a lovely pastel that enhances her without washing her out (again, see Michelle Williams and almost everyone else). The mustard pops of color are perfectly executed.

  27. labyrinthine
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    she is skeletal. it’s sad.

  28. Maddy
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    Wretched.
    That is all.

  29. themis
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    Stupendous, genius, inspired. I loved that the touch of yellow pointed up her blue eyes so well. It’s an insane choice, for anyone but her. Top three to best dressed of the night, for me.

  30. jonesa72
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    I think it’s unusual and weird and beautiful all at the same time. I like the cake icing details, but the bodice circle DOES bother me. I think I would have liked it better if it were a square/rectangle shape to mimic the other sharp lines of the dress.

  31. Kristy
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    She definitely wore the hell out of that dress, and her hair & makeup are gorgeous. I agree with the Well Played – she was one of the few to wear something interesting. And I don’t think anyone else could’ve pulled this off like she did. Yes, the boob frame (as my husband called it) was a little weird, and yes, the yellow is very mustardy, but still. Refreshing compared to so much boring on the red carpet.

  32. Heather
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    This looks a lot better in still shots than it did on screen, but overall, agree with Maddy. Wretched fail. Lichens crawling all over her Carol-Burnett-pretending-to-be-Scarlett-O’Hara-in-a-Curtain fail.

  33. Leah
    +1

    I did actually gasp at this one. Totally Wow. Feminine and different and totally cool. The colors are just lovely. I didn’t notice the zipper on TV– can you actually zip this apart and wear it as separates?? I’m intrigued.

  34. Mara
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    Despite the fact that this dress immediately had me thinking of bacteria and fungus under microscope, I like it…all except for the sharp sleeves. They just seem to harsh for the otherwise organic feel of the whole.

  35. Ingrid
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    EPIC WIN! Seriously, this gown is a piece of art and takes someone with serious confidence and poise to pull it off. The only other person I can think of with any hope of doing it is SWINTON.

  36. Anna
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    I think she looks lovely from the neck up and the waist down, but it looks like she has a chair-back strapped to her chest…

  37. kaylee
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    I just can’t get past the fact that it looks like a bird pooped on her shoulders.

  38. fritanga
    +1

    Unbelievable. Classy, poised, weird, daring, beautiful, smart – the dress is sort of an outward expression of who Blanchett is inside. She’s sort of the anti-Anne Hathaway, which probably keeps the universe in balance. I love the color, the gorgeous beading and that bizarre splash of mustard over the pale, pale heliotrope. It was perfectly tailored to her body, too. Fabulous, as always.

  39. Katie
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    You compare dresses to tablecloths but don’t even mention this looks something a seven year old would cut out and make her paper doll wear – if they even do still exist!

  40. LoriK
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    I would have liked this, but the boob frame beading is just bad. Not even Cate can make that work.

  41. Janice Second
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    I love this. And her.

  42. Judith
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    Ughh. I don’t know what she fed that baby, but she should have used a burp cloth.

  43. Maretha2
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    Both Australian women wore unusual dresses. I think Kidman’s worked; this one is a horror. I understand liking Blanchett and deciding to like the dress, but objectively this dress is one of the worst things on the red carpet in years. In 10 years it will make the list on retrospectives of worst Oscars dresses ever.

  44. Holley
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    I love Cate Blanchett, but I turned to my husband when I saw this and said,”Look! She’s got a Hobbit Hole on her chest.”

  45. Della
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    Am I the only one who noticed that hole is the exact shape of a toilet bowl lid?
    And that the pearls are coming down in octopus-style tentacles?

    Still, it’s not a total fail of a dress… I think she pulled it off. I guess that means she’s rocking a toilet bowl cover, which means her fashionistability knows no bounds!

  46. tatiana
    +1

    This is awesome. This is seriously a beautiful, interesting, hard-to-wear dress and Cate pulls couture off beautifully. Love!

  47. anonymoose
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    This is not a flattering dress, but blanchett wore it with an attitude she’ll recover from. Dress looks like one of those maid uniforms with aprons on trains 100 years ago.

  48. Snu
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    All it needs is a mirror on the chest and it’ll look like the pink version of the evil mirror in Disney’s version of Sleeping Beauty. I read somewhere else that it looked like boils….

  49. Marly
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    Cate Blanchett can. do. no. wrong.

  50. Dorothee
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    I think this is a good picture of her, but I was not a fan of this dress. I LOVE Cate Blanchett. In fact, she’s my favorite actress hands down. And usually I love her sightly weird dress choices – but I have to say that even she couldn’t pull this one off. The top seemed really awkward when she moved.

  51. susie
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    Waist down = LOVE.

    Frame for boobage/torso = odd, yet I could possibly get on board because it’s Cate.

    Weird starched napkin with head hole smeared with mustard as “neckline/sleeves” = Complete fug. Just no. Noooooooooooo.

  52. Fuh Ugh
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    I really want a closer look at the mustard yellow applique – is it an applique? I really want to see the detail on this.

  53. EJ
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    I am okay with it just because it’s Cate and I have a girl-crush on her. Otherwise it’s a pastel cross between samurai and liederhosen. It does not diminish my love for her in any way, though. I want to be as regal as she is!

  54. currygirl
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    She’s so freaking cool! I bow down to Cate the Great. Love the color, love the beading, love her hair, love the SKII on her face. In a sea of blah dresses, this one stood out, for the right reasons. Good for her for not resorting to the been there done that dress. :-)

  55. TS
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    This dress was so hideous it actually made me gasp. It looks like she’s covered in neon warts.

    I cannot stand that people think just because an elegant woman is wearing a frock that the frock is beautiful. This is a joke!

  56. kronos
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    I know it’s a bit tacky, but when I look at that blank space front and center, I can’t help but think “Insert boobs here.” It’s like someone designed the rest of the dress and had something awesome planned for that area, but then ran out of time, panicked, and just stuck a piece of unadorned fabric in there.

  57. katie
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    I LOVE it. So gorgeous, interesting and perfect for her. It would look crazy on someone shorter, but she works it and it’s one of my favorites without a doubt.

    I adore her hair too and immediately started thinking about cutting mine like that. But gosh, it would be TERRIBLE. Must resist the urge. It looks so effortlessly chic on her.

  58. jerkygirl
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    @Della 11:33am–YES. This whole dress is “Ode to a Commode,” from the toilet lid on the front, to the yellow wee-wee on the shoulders waiting to be flushed, to the severe shoulders representing the tank, to the bubbly beading reminiscent of the swirling of water going round and round and down the bowl. It’s not an UGLY dress, in fact she looks very lovely in it, it just makes me want to go home and clean my bathroom is all. And her hair is gorgeous and I love it.

  59. Elise
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    I loved this dress and agree Cate is one of the few people who could pull it off and make it look like high fashion, not a huge faux pas. But did my eyes deceive me when she walked out on stage and it looked like pants?

  60. Kris
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    Hahahaha, the bodice looks like the back of an antique chair. Or an antique apron. Or an antique mirror. Sure, “vintage” is great, but not when you start to look like household objects. And what’s with the arm-roofs? I’m happy to be separated from “those who know high fashion” if it means I don’t have to wear this.

  61. Achel
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    Seeing it now in the full-body view, it is interesting, and I think the details around the waist and top are kind of pretty. Seeing her at the podium from mid-chest up, I exclaimed “Blech!! What is that blueberry-Pepto Bismal monstrosity?” Also, the sleeves remind me of the flying nun’s hat, or perhaps a Star Trek uniform. I love Cate, but this dress is a no-go for me. There are just some things I will never get, like string theory, Nicki Minaj, and this dress.

  62. A
    0

    i love this

  63. Jennifer
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    It looks like there is going to be a puppet show on her chest later. All they need to do is pull back the curtain. Not well played.

  64. JKB
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    I’m with Kris’s analysis of the boob frame bodice. My friend called this the “chair dress” every time Blanchette was on screen. I think it looks like a picture frame you would find at Anthropologie. Either way … not a fan!

  65. Shnaggi
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    Humiliatingly horrible….Givenchy goes GaGA….

  66. Jen
    +1

    Isn’t it about time Cate was rechristened…. BLANCHETT??

  67. claire
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    The first thing I said when I saw this was “…and here are my boobs.” My friend next to me replied “…on an Easter episode of Star Trek.” It isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great. There’s something(s) awkward about it. I would say un-fug it up!

  68. Sandra
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    The bodice is just ugly. The rest of it I love. The pastel is such an unusual choice for this kind of event and Cate just kicks ass.

  69. Emma
    +1

    The best dress of the night by about a mile.

  70. Amok
    0

    The back looks better from a distance, and the front looks best up close. Cate’s covering all angles, at least?

    I want to like it. I think, it it were a shade darker, I would love it – but the detailing would be too extreme in that case. I’m so perplexed.

    I DO know I’d rather it was sleeveless. The round shape would be the focus, and would be far more complimentary of her figure.

  71. Angela
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    It’s like an ornate portrait frame for her breasts. Not good. Not good at all. In what way is this “Well Played”?

  72. Simone
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    The cut-out in the front is stupid, like someone was bored and played with their scissors before the show.

  73. kimmy
    0

    this dress is just so awesome to look at. i love it! cate has enough steeze to pull off something this crazy.

  74. TAMM
    0

    Fug, fug and more fug!

  75. Becky
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    On her, the dress was simply elegant. She totally pulled it off.

  76. amy
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    i love this. she is my best dressed. everyone else was boring and she totally pulls it off. go cate!

  77. Amber
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    I thought it was horrible. True, there were a lot of “blah” dresses this year, but I would take blah over ugly any day. She’s beautiful; the dress, not so much.

  78. vandalfan
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    Horrible stiff Star Trek shoulders (apparently made of leather) ruin this dress. I love the color, cut and fabric, even the yellow stuff, athough I assumed when she presented they would be projecting something on a green screen over her chestal port hole.

  79. avidbeader
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    The framing of the chest is incredibly not flattering. It’s a pity, because the beadwork itself is pretty, especially on the skirt. I would have preferred that the detailing be around the shoulders and neck instead. And that the yellow beads be just about any other color.

  80. Shannon
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    This is so, so ugly. Putting aside the fact that the bodice is a picture frame you’d find at Hobby Lobby around Easter and the shoulders are kind of “Klingon in Springtime,” she looks like a Care Bear barfed all over her. I love Cate Blanchett so much,but I can’t understand this monstrosity.

  81. Melissa
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    There were a few dresses my friends and I called “Star Trek Sexy” on the night, eg. Gwyneth Paltrow, and I was totally befuddled by the chest frame on this at first, but soon came to recognise her as the queen alien overlordess that she is. May I call it an “overlordress”?

  82. Annabeth
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    LOVED this. It would have overwhelmed most women but is a perfect match for Cate Blanchett’s frame/personality/overall look.

  83. beth
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    Sorry, I hate it.

  84. eee
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    My sister and I decided that this dress is the equivalent of a Faberge egg that has a barnacle theme. I expected the boob-cloth to part and (similarly to Jennifer’s puppet show) expected to see a seaside pastoral scene inside her chest cavity. WEIRD.

    While I appreciate the construction of this gown, and I appreciate Cate bringing something to the table, I really just can’t get behind the utter craziness and clashing colors. (Also, I kind of wanted her to rip the front of the dress off and go all BOOBS OUT! at the Oscars, just to really give people something to talk about.)

  85. jordan
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    See, and watching her walk in it onstage, I could’ve sworn it was pants, which made me so so happy. Learning that it was not actually pants, takes it from AWESOMELY weird, to just plain weird. Yet still, it was the most interesting thing on the red carpet. I do so love skirts that are secretly pants.

  86. vee
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    i second the toilet lid comment – that was my first thought on seeing the main pic.

  87. Kirsten
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    Hate it. The beading looked like suppurating boils imo.
    OK, so she’s edgy and different and all that, but does edgy and different have to mean ‘ugly’?
    Cate is not ugly, btw, she’s ridiculously beautiful and I am deeply jealous (although I wish she’d eat something), but this dress is ugly.

  88. yeahandalso
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    I kind of wish Michelle Williams wore this and Cate wore something about 30% more space alien

  89. Ms Who
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    Fab from neck up. Neck down, all I see is LOUIS chair, complete with 4 legs on the skirt. And the reason there’s no side boob is not classiness, it’s because she has no boobs.

  90. J
    0

    Loved it. Aside from Blanchett being the most *stunning* woman in the world – present company and site owners excepted, of course — this was on the only dress of the night that made me say ‘wow’. Beautiful colour; an interesting, different cut; eye-engaging colour detail on the neck…. couldn’t stop staring. Favourite of the night.

  91. DebDebP
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    No. No. No. This dress is not okay! My first reaction, other than crying out in horror, was thinking that there should be an Oracle gazing into the purple pebble studded pool on the front of her chest trying to divine the future. Then she turned around and I got a view of the lumpy back. Another horrified gasp. There’s something about a dress that looks like it’s covered in already-been-chewed-gum that’s not Oscar-worthy in my universe. Hideous!

  92. melissa
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    I love Cate, I get this dress is “her”, but she looks like she has an advanced case of leprosy.

  93. Helene
    +1

    Perfection, absolute perfection.
    By far the best outfit of the night.
    Totally love it. Cate just looks so beautiful.

  94. msd
    +1

    Thank God for people like Cate Blanchett!
    She wore the only interesting dress of the night. It was high concept, high fashion and she looks beautiful to boot. Seriously, when did the red carpet get so BORING? Almost every other dress looked like something someone else had worn at another show. Do stylists have no imagination? It was so very, very tired and dull, just like the ceremony itself.

  95. kelley
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    I’m on the fence regarding the weird framing around the torso, but overall I think this is awesome. When I first saw it, I thought it was white and chartreuse, but I think it’s even cooler that it’s that sort of UV lavender color.

  96. Jess Goodwin
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    This dress looks like a little girl’s vanity table. Also, it’s the Oscars — she couldn’t do something with her hair? Pretty much hated this.

  97. Renata
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    SHE LOOKS LIKE A VINTAGE CHAIR!

  98. Pam
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    I love her, but hate, hate, hate this dress. And I can deal with a little crazy. Boring this is not, I grant you. I think the color is pretty, but the dress is just ugly as sin. As my hubby said while we were watching it “It looks like a cameo fell out of the middle.” And I thought “wow. and you don’t even read gofugyourself.”

  99. Krusticle
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    Did anyone notice that Cate gave the award for Best Costume? In that light, this costumey architectural kind of dress was spot on.

  100. Eva_baby
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    When I saw this my first reaction was Holy Barnacles, Batman! Seriously not pretty.

  101. TonyG
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    @jerkygirl. Your Ode to Commode comment is both spot on and hilarious.

  102. Susan
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    Sure this dress was great–100 years ago! But in 2011, on a not-old woman, no way.
    Helena Bonham Carter FTW!

  103. Sandy
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    Obsessed! She was presenting for costuming! Perfect.

  104. Corrine
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    I’m saddened by the fact that a dress I probably would have hated has become one of my favourite looks of the night purely because it was the ONLY INTERESTING GOWN of the entire evening! BOOORRINNNGGGG!

  105. Su-Yin Johns
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    why hello cate, where you been hiding?! we missed you so much, i didn’t know how much till i saw you appear like a vision in this chair-back-with-beaded-crab-claws thing.
    LOVE her, love the dress – on her – and love the hair and make up. only cate with her height and slimness and pure steeze could carry this off.

  106. Moi
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    Love her. Hate the dress with every fiber of my being.

  107. ericalbruce@gmail.co
    0

    the dress? Original and creative. Different. But how did everyone seem to miss the way the dress created fat rolls in the back? And Cate isn’t fat or anything!

  108. Trilly
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    I adore Cate, she’s such an original, but her dress sense at times leaves me speechless..and NOT in a good way! This one just leaves me confused. Maybe without the yellow fungus, if the lavender had continued on the back I’d be cheering, because I love the cut. Overall, a bit too quirky pour moi.

  109. Curtis
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    Why, Miss Blanchett, how festively barnacled you are!

    Hideous. She looks like she fell into her sewing box.

  110. anner
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    I’m usually the first to embrace anything that is both flattering and avant-garde, but I just can’t completely warm to this. I think it’s the apron-y-ness of the overlay thingy, which combines with the delicate color to look a little too 70s bridesmaid, a little too member of granny’s doll collection. The back looks like it might be a bit bare which is nice considering how covered the front is. But those crossing straps just bring me back to the apron thing.

    Then again, the combo of textures is fabulous, the contrast between the soft pleating and the geometric hole is pretty neat, and the beading is like a bunch of very pretty barnacles.

    The color combo is unusual, but I think it might have worked better with more of the yellow integrated into the rest of the beading. As it is it looks like a pair of mustard stains.

    Really don’t like the hair. Too 90s.

  111. millie
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    Awful, awful, awful. Like a crappy old Valentine doily. Terrible.

  112. Debbi
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    Noooooooo likee. Craft project gone wrong. So wrong. Liked her hair though.

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  114. Margaretha Henry
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    She was absolutely gorgeous. I loved the dress. Didn’t think it looked like a picture frame. What went thru my mind was, “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all.”

  115. MrPlywood
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    It just needs a silhouette in the cameo frame and she’s good to go….

  116. RachelB
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    Jess Cartner-Morley, writing for the Guardian, explained the dress Cate Blanchett is wearing in terms that made, for me, the difference between, “Huh, that’s interesting” and “Wow– that’s really cool”:

    “Those beads are pearls and gems trapped between the layers of fabric, the idea being that over the decades, the chiffon starts to rub and the beads show through, and so the dress develops.”

  117. Amy
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    The color and the chiffon are pretty. Otherwise, it’s a no. I usually like her style, and it’s nice to see someone take risks–I suppose I’d rather see this than Reese Witherspoon’s boring black column dress–but I don’t like the back or the side view on this. I don’t like the strange, stiff, rectangular flaps over the shoulders, especially contrasted with the soft fabric beneath. The shape is too sci-fi, and I really didn’t understand the circle on her chest, although it looks a lot better in this photo than it did on TV.

    The worst thing about this, though, is that the beads remind me of barnacles. I am actually kind of grossed out by them.

  118. TX girl
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    Interesting dress, but I really think it needed a long drop necklace with a large cluster of yellow diamonds or some other yellow stone that fell right in the middle of the big circle.

  119. Sajorina
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    I’m in LOVE with both Cate and her dress!

  120. one
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    AWFUL. What was she thinking? Shoulder pads that screamed Planet Xyvvwa.

  121. NYCGirl
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    I give her a Semi-Well-Played. I like it up to the beading below the waist, but I’m not crazy about the skirt (too insubstantial) and I really don’t like the giant yellow beads on the back.

  122. graves end
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    this is my absolute fave look from the givenchy haute couture collection. so glad some on wore it

  123. Alix
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    I am in love with this dress (although only on Cate). I cannot wait for the Oscars best and worst dressed voting just so I can vote for it. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  124. Beth
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    Methinks you just have a soft spot for Ms. Blanchett, because this is hideous. It looks like she’s wearing a bib. That, or she’s a poor Care Bear who has lost her tummy symbol.

  125. sam
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    like Alix, i’m in love with this dress and i think it really seperates those who think prom dresses are fashion between those who believe, haute couture is fashion

  126. sabine
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    I normally love Cate and her ability to pull off pretty much anyting, however the front of the dress on top is just to reminiscent of toilet-seat cover-shape and plain unflattering.

  127. Cody
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    Well played my ass. This is just a continuance of the 2011 “Sister Wife” theme we’ve seen at all the award show. The yellow beading looks like she’s anuric and crystalized urine is excreted through her collar bones. I was hoping they’d play the previews of all the nominations she presented on that dinner plated-shaped piece on the front of the dress.

  128. Catherine
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    This dress is awful. While the colors are pretty and suit Cate, it looks like some fancy apron Cinderella’s crazy godmothers might have made for her. Interesting? Different? Yeah, sure. Beautiful? Elegant? No.

  129. Jenny
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    I love this dress- easily my favorite of the night. My only complaint is that I could never wear it (too busty). The unusual top suits Cate’s body perfectly, in my opinion, and the color combination is lovely.

  130. JIH
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    This is good only if she has been cast as
    a chair in a remake of Beauty and the Beast.

  131. Wendy Powers
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    Seriously?!?!?! I was sure this would be a scroll up fug! Love the bottom. Love the beading. But the whole window pane effect around the boobs is HIDEOUS!!

  132. Janice Marie
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    This dress is the fug to end all fugs. PERIOD.

  133. Dian
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    This looks like some bib-wart ensemble!!! How could she look at herself in the mirror and actually think this was a good choice????…truly HORRIBLE!! Nice face, hair, make-up…put a BAG over that freekin dress tho!

  134. daleonsouth
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    I still say the dress looks like a bunch of purple boils. Pretty gross… but it was a success. Everyone is talking.

  135. Wendy
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    Genital warts. That’s all I have to say.

  136. Maria L.
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    One word: Teletubbie. Or should I say Teletitty? If they had broadcast the Oscars on her chest, I might have been tempted to watch. As it is, I’m sorry someone cracked some eggs on her shoulders.

  137. Mac
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    It looks like she’s wearing a paper plate on her chest. Maybe she was at a cocktail party and couldn’t juggle the plate and wine glass and whooooops!

  138. Tamara
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    I think the dress is meant to accompany a delightful evening of casting shadows on the wall and tracing them on black paper, because I keep picturing a big Cate silhouette in that exploding doily cameo that is the front of her dress. Put together, she and Nicole Kidman look like Barbies dressed in scraps stolen from Grandma’s fancy holiday placemat drawer.

  139. Caro
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    I think I love it. Its interesting for sure, and I love the touches of mustard.
    Something about it remind of me of when Lady Gage was wearing white face powder and pearls glued to her face. Really, it kind of looks like what I wish Gaga would wear every once in a while – properly weird but very pretty. However, no one would look better in it than Cate.

  140. Anne B
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    It’s terrible. I hate to disagree with the majority, but this is a giant lobster bib with a dress built around it.

    Plus some lavender stuff, and a wee bit of mustard around the collar. Gross.

  141. Debbie
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    The dress looks like it has cancer.

  142. jojo
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    EASILY the best dress of the night, though I concede that part of that is about how well it works on Cate herself. A surprising and lovely colour combination, great shape (the back could have been improved upon, but it’s a minor gripe) and well styled (soft and gorgeous hair, ditto makeup). Everyone else was just dull in comparison. Even bad dresses are more interesting than boring ones!

  143. mairimairi
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    wel I like it. But I think only a superhuman goddess like CB could pull it off; most mere mortals would just look ridic. Its the kind of gown that is a work of art, theat you can imagine behind glass in a museum. Love the way it harks back to a Katherine Hepburn kind of era but in a totally modern way.
    I also think that it is the kind of gown that is what we in the UK call a “Marmite”(yeast based savory spread for toast and suchike that causes many a culinary debate on our island) gown- you either love or hate it. And I’m also thinking it falls into the Carrie Bradshaw bracket- most women love, most men hate.

  144. lauren
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    Amazing. So is she.

  145. The Other Molly
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    I still can’t get over the fact that this dress earned a “well played”.
    It’s so batshit crazy looking.

  146. Jay
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    GOD! What a GODAWFUL dress. It’s ugliness is beyond description. Couture or not IT IS HIDEOUS.

  147. Tafadhali
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    This dress is kind of unusual and not to everyone’s taste, but it’s so *her*. I think it might just about be my favorite dress of the night.

  148. juniper
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    At first, I was like, ‘no- that’s just weird.’ But by the end of the night it was probably easily one of my top five. You’re right – it’s just so her, it was different and it actually did flatter her. Total thumbs up.

  149. Garden Lobster
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    WHAT?? Are you NUTS?? Of all people, as soon as I saw this, I thought, “The Fug Girls are going to have a field day with this monstrosity!” you would declare this well played? Have you not been taking your medications, girls? Or, are you so sickly in love with this wacknut that you fail to see the fug based on principle? I mean, where are The Fug Girls of old, who would CONSTANTLY point out the psychotic style of such fuggers as Bjork, Bai Ling, and let’s not forget Swinton!? Girls, you are clearly blinded and desensitized to this fug. On behalf of the rest of your fans, I hereby deem you in need of a serious vacay. Stat!

  150. Garden Lobster
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    I meant “in love” as in Stockholm Syndrome.

  151. Lily1214
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    No, no, no. At first glance it looks as if she’s wearing a baby bib.

  152. radiogirl
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    When did Cate Blanchett turn into a dining-room chair?

  153. radiogirl
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    Wait, there’s a zipper around the waist? I hate it even more.

  154. Emily
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    I love this dress so much I want to take it out back behind the middle school and get it pregnant. Seriously gorgeous.