There wasn't a lot to criticize about the red-carpet fashions at the 87th Academy Awards. But there wasn't a lot to get excited about, either. Because the stakes are so high, celebrities are increasingly taking fewer and fewer chances. Heck, even Lady Gaga looked presentable.
Will any of these gowns be remembered a year from now — or even next week? Probably not. But even so, there were some winners and losers.
Lupita Nyong'o wore a white, open-back, custom gown by Calvin Klein flocked with pearls on the bodice — too many pearls, in my opinion. (More than 6,000, according to People.) That just doesn't mesh with the Calvin Klein minimal aesthetic.
The best mother-daughter duo had to be 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, in a red Saint Laurent gown with interesting jewel detail, and Melanie Griffith. Johnson seemed genuinely perturbed that Griffith has refused to see her movie.
Lady Gaga toned down her outrageous fashion sensibility for the Oscars in a sparkly gown by Azzedine Alaïa, who, she said, had never designed an Oscar gown before. But in Gaga fashion, she jazzed it up with some red rubber gloves more suited to washing dishes.
Our vote for best dressed goes to Margot Robbie, who looked seductive and sexy in a Saint Laurent gown with plunging neckline and sheer sleeves. She accessorized it with a dazzling Van Cleef & Arpels necklace.
"It's worth more than my life," Robbie joked. "It was created for the Duchess of Windsor or something in the '30s. I am very lucky to be wearing it."
Rosamund Pike also won raves for a strapless, embroidered red Givenchy Haute Couture gown.
Reese Witherspoon also won plaudits for this Tom Ford white gown with strategic bands of black.
We kind of wish Julianne Moore had worn Tom Ford — he's one of her favorite designers — instead of this very serious (i.e., dull) Chanel column gown.
By wearing a pink Ralph & Russo gown featuring a large rosette on the shoulder, Gwyneth Paltrow was bound to draw comparisons with the bubblegum pink Ralph Lauren ball gown she wore when she accepted the 1999 Oscar for best actress. But we think she's gotten better with age.
We knew Marion Cotillard would wear Dior because she's the face of the brand. But this white eyelet Christian Dior Haute Couture gown with an unusual gathered back pouch isn't nearly as memorable as the Jean Paul Gaultier mermaid-inspired gown she wore in 2008 when she won the Oscar for Best Actress.
Scarlett Johansson was one of the few actresses to wear green on the red carpet, but she did it in an eye-catching way in a emerald Atelier Versace gown that hugged her curves — only five months after giving birth to a baby girl. An over-the-top necklace in the same color and dazzling earrings completed the look.
Three months after giving birth to twins, Zoe Saldana showcased her killer body in a Versace gown that hugs her curves, but the pale pink color washed her out.
Anna Kendrick's fashion choices are hit-and-miss, but she scored in this custom coral Thakoon gown with a jeweled collar.
Hasn't Jennifer Lopez done the princessy Oscar thing before? This time she wore a sparkly flesh-tone Elie Saab gown.
Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette, who has been cited for fashion miscues in the past, looked elegant in a black-and-white column with a built-in cape designed by her friend Rosetta Getty, although her hair looked a bit disheveled. She's pictured her with sister Rosanna Arquette.
Neal Patrick Harris (right), with husband David Burtka, looked sharp in a gray tux on the red carpet. It went downhill from there.
Who was the hottest couple on the red carpet? Our top two contenders: singers and their model wives. Here Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo, both in Armani.
Then there was John Legend, in Gucci, and Chrissy Teigen, in a sexy Zuhair Murad gown. The winner: Legend/Teigen by a leg.
Naomi Watts' silver and black Armani gown wasn't nearly as memorable as some gowns she's worn at past award shows. And the black band looked a bit like a sports bra.
Laura Dern, pictured here with her father, Bruce Dern, and children, sparkled in an embellished black and silver Alberta Ferretti gown and Bulgari jewels.
Eddie Redmayne, with his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, looked dapper in a navy Alexander McQueen tux and black bow tie.
Critics carped about the textured Gabriela Cadena gown Boyhood's Lorelei Linklater wore to her first Oscars, but we think it suits her personality. But her posture could use some work.
Contrasting styles ranged from will.i.am's "What was he thinking?" prison-stripes look to Common's debonair style.
Felicity Jones' Alexander McQueen gown in 3D flower embroidery on the bodice divided fashion critics.
Kerry Washington said she picked this champagne-colored beaded gown with peplum bustier top because "it's not messy. It's just a clean, elegant dress." We agree.
Not many actresses can pull off wearing an acid green color, but Emma Stone does in this Elie Saab gown, we think. It's one of those gowns that the more you look at it, the more you might like it. Or at least remember it.
Jennifer Aniston's nude Versace gown was a bit of a yawner. Where's the wow factor?
The basic black gown that fashion icon Cate Blanchett wore seemed to be a bit of a disappointment until we found it was designed by John Galliano, who now is at the helm of Margiela Couture — signaling the disgraced Dior designer is back in the game. Blanchett livened up the look with a gorgeous turquoise necklace.
We expect a lot from Nicole Kidman on the red carpet — the Christian Dior by John Galliano gown she wore to the Academy Awards in 1997, the year of the designer's debut at the fable fashion house, is considered one of the best Oscar gowns of all time.
But the shimmery Louis Vuitton column gown with a red band at the waist that Kidman wore to this year's Oscars was a misfire. However, her shorter haircut is appealing.