As usual, many a no-doubt glamorous shoe was hidden under a floor length evening gown. But there were enough shoes peeking out there that we can bestow some Shoeblog Oscars of our own.
Best Shoes Paired with the Worst Dress
Oh, Rebecca Miller. I think you’re a fantastic filmmaker. I adored The Ballad of Jack and Rose. Your husband deserved his Oscar this year (and is a lovely and eloquent man while he’s busy being an incredibly talented actor and an amateur cobbler, too). I will say that those shoes look funky and unique and I quite like your outside-the-box footwear choice here. But oh dear lord, that dress is heinous, and there are no two ways about it!
Best Shoes (Maternity Edition)
The incomparable Cate Blanchett, who can do very little fashion wrong in my book. How one manages to look glamorous, elegant, and chic when 6 months pregnant is beyond me, but Cate’s pulled it off with a beautiful gown, and gorgeous silver heels.
Best Overall Accessories Package
Julie Christie, you have chosen not only a lovely dress in a beautiful color, but accessorized it with soft pink shoes and gloves and a lovely bag and necklace.
The whole package made for a classy, chic red carpet presentation.
Saoirse Ronan looked beautiful, had a unique dress, and remained completely age-appropriate without looking overly childlike. Well done. But passing by this photo, I also couldn’t help but notice how long her toes were (look at that left foot!)
I’m not much a fan of Renee Zellweger (and I’m even less a fan of how skeletally thin she is these days), but I must admit that those sparkling Louboutins were some mighty pretty shoes.
Best Shoes that Were (Gasp!) Comfortable
Best Original Screenplay winner Diablo Cody (who at no point appeared in the Stuart Weitzman $1M shoes) in these fun gold snakeskin flats. It’s always nice to see some people not torturing themselves in heels that must be nearly 6″ high (see those Louboutins on Renee up above).
Best Playful Footlery
Helen Mirren. I always count on her to wear something sexy (though never too risque) and individual to awards shows and to do it with just the right blend of class and playfulness. And this year was no exception. Great dress, great speech giving out the award to Daniel Day-Lewis with the mock knighting. And thank you for flaunting your shoes so that we footwear-focused fans can see what you were wearing.
And I can’t leave without a general Best Dressed shout-out, which I’m giving to the newly-honored Best Actress, Marion Cotillard.
Controversial, yes, but gutsy in a year with very little fashion riskiness. And she looked gorgeous in it! A mermaid in white on the red carpet. And so sweetly emotional when she won.
This is how I’ll remember the 80th Academy Awards.