We watched the Oscars last night with good friends Meredith and Nik. We squealed with excitement as the dresses and hairstyles we loved made their way down the red carpet, and when our favourite nominees won their awards. So fun.

Frocks in both matte and shiny pearly whites, mermaid silhouettes, and diamond chokers were the main themes of the evening. There were strapless gowns aplenty, but also quite a few sleeved gowns, which made for a nice change. 

Here’s a rundown of my fashion and style thoughts for the night.

Top Five Dresses

Octavia Spencer‘s sequined pearly white gown by Tasashi Shoji was flawless and draped with perfection. Her classic chignon and earrings were just right. She looked absolutely exquisite. 

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s custom made white Tom Ford off the shoulder column dress with 1940’s shoulder pads was my favourite of the night. It had a floor length matching cape which was AMAZING. I loved that she wore no jewelry other than a cuff and cocktail ring. I didn’t like Gyneth’s hair, but the dress stole the show.

Rooney Mara‘s white revealing flowing Givenchy gown, dainty stature and pale skin looked beautifully soft against the severity of her black hair, heavy brows, red lips and straight fringe. I loved the juxtaposition. 

Emma Stone‘s high neckline was wonderful to see at the Oscars. Emma’s Giambattista Valli’s fuchsia halter neck gown with oversized statement neck tie was divine. So romantic and girly.

Sandra Bullock‘s  two-toned Marchesa dress with hip and shoulder embellishment was elegant and regal. I have never liked ponytails with formal gowns, but Sandra’s high ponytail was fabulous. 

Runners Up

Penelope Cruz‘s silver grey off the shoulder gown by Armani Prive was very pretty, but I didn’t care for the diamond choker.

Glenn Close‘s dark green Zac Posen strapless dress with matching tuxedo jacket was spunky.

Kristin Wiig wore a soft nude strapless gown by J. Mendel and looked smashing.

Best Hair

Tina Fey‘s huge high bun was spectacular! 

Best Dudes

Christopher Plummer in ink blue velvet could not be beat, and his win was my best for the night. 

Jonah Hill was fabulous in his tonal black shirt and tux. 

Tom Hanks was dashing in his tux with white piped pocket. 

Martin Scorcese looked arty in his black on black tux and geek chic specs. 

Jean Dujardin was most charming of the night. 

Uggie (the Terrier from the movie The Artist) was perfectly turned out in his black bow tie. 

If you didn’t catch the show last night, you can catch up on what the celebs wore online. I’d love to hear your favourites too.