Sandra Bullock in Monique Lhuillier at the PCAs: pretty or too flamenco?

People's Choice Awards 2016 as seen on CBS
Sandra Bullock was one of the big “gets” at the People’s Choice Awards and so they sat her in the front row next to Vin Diesel and Judd Apatow. That should tell you how well attended this was. Sandra won the Favorite Movie Actress award. She gave a really sweet speech honoring the other women who were nominated, and said “they all break molds, push that glass ceiling up, and they’re all mamas. We’re all working mamas… and we get to do what we do because of you.” She also told a nice story about her son Louis, and how she explained to him that she had to go and get an award when he asked her where she was going. Louis argued that he should also get an award because he’s in “videos 2015,” meaning the videos Sandra shoots of him on her phone. It was cute!

Sandra was in this red crocheted Monique Lhuillier gown. The color really flattered her but the pattern was very doily and it had a slightly asymmetric (or just messy) flamenco-like hem. Not a cute dress overall, but it’s just the People’s Choice Awards. Still, Sandra knows where her bread is buttered.

Here’s Sandra’s costar and friend, Melissa McCarthy, who presented Ellen Degeneres with the Favorite Humanitarian award and won for Comedic Movie Actress. She was in a loose pink top paired with sequin black pants of her own design. I really like her pants but that top isn’t my favorite. I think it’s the sleeves, which are just too puffy. It did look nice in motion and was like a short dress paired with pants. (I’m sorry Melissa is making that face! This is the best full photo I could find and her expression cracks me up.)

People's Choice Awards 2016 Press Room in LA

People's Choice Awards 2016 as seen on CBS

I’m including some other random people at the end whom I like. Here’s Betsy Brandt, who is doing well post Breaking Bad. Betsy, who presented last night, is wearing Alice + Olivia. It’s kind of a typical a-line dress but the sequin pattern is too busy, maybe it should just be in one section of the dress instead of all over. She has great hair and makeup, I like how they emphasized her lips and kept her eye makeup understated. Betsy currently stars on the CBS comedy “Life in Pieces.”

People's Choice Awards 2016 - Arrivals

Kate Hudson at The People's Choice Awards 2016 in LA

Meghan Trainor, who won for favorite album, was in Balmain. I swear we’ve seen this dress on her before. Maybe Balmain is just so recognizable that the dress seems familiar. It’s pretty cool for an awards ceremony and I like the length and fit. Her eye makeup makes her look goofy though – spider eyes!

People's Choice Awards 2016

People's Choice Awards 2016

Kat Graham really brought it in David Koma. This dress is incredible and flatters her so well. I love the thick leather lines on the strapless bodice and the overlapping diamond pattern in stripes across the skirt. Maybe this could do without the sheer panel at the bottom, but it’s otherwise an impressive contemporary dress. Her styling is so pretty too.

People's Choice Awards 2016

Finally presenter Alison Brie was in this mint colored Cushnie Et Ochs gown with cutout details along the waist. This dress is somewhat forgettable but holy crap her makeup looks incredible. She looks different here than I’m used to seeing her. I was reviewing older event photos and I figured it out – she doesn’t have any mascara on her bottom lashes and it makes a big difference.

People's Choice Awards 2016 - Arrivals

People's Choice Awards 2016 Arrivals

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  1. Mia4s says:

    She didn’t sit in the front row. Anyone over C list gets to sneak in the back, sits down 5 minutes before their award and leaves right after.

    It frightens me that there are actual real people out there who think the PCAs mean something. ;-)

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Well if there are people thinking the awards mean something doesn’t their belief give the awards some importance?

      • SJO says:

        Sadly yes. But I cannot for one fault anyone tired of watching this industry pat itself on the back. So sorry sister, subtle shade denied, by me anyway.

      • Mia4s says:

        Not really. The people who take time to vote (often hundreds of times) are a very specific audience. That’s why D-list CW shows and stars are able to win but remain D-list. I just read Chris Hemsworth won favourite action star? Well that’s nice, too bad the two “action” movies in which he was the main star were two of the biggest bombs and worldwide failures of the year. So much so his salary quote had to drop. So he’s the “people’s choice” but the people don’t care about his movies. It’s meaningless except to the truly low level “stars”.

        The big guys show up because it’s a like a photo shoot. A quick promotional shot for the trades the next day.

  2. HeyThere! says:

    Love Sandy. Melissa looks so very pretty in these pictures. Love whoever that was in the mint dress. I want that mint dress.

  3. minx says:

    Oh dear, I don’t like Sandra’s dress at all. It looks cheap and unflattering.
    She needs to update her hair a bit, too. Looks too harsh.

    • minx says:

      And seeing Alison Brie makes me miss Mad Men. Same with Betsy Brandt and Breaking Bad.

    • SydneySnider says:

      SB’s dress looks exactly like the fugly, crocheted, red table runner a relative gave me for my Christmas table. I had to use it, since she was seated at the head of the table. I had to forgo the the sparkle-arkle-arkley one I’d planned on using. I agree about her hair, minx – it’s looking like two sad, heavy, black curtains , and very harsh.

    • FLORC says:

      It looks very immature for Sandra. And she’s fit, but the length is too high. Less can be more.

      I can’t like anything about melissa’s top. The fabric to the cut, to the color. Pants and shoes are nice.
      If she did a bold color (scarlett/cobalt?) It would look incredible imo. This washes her out.

    • jess1632 says:

      yeah I was gonna comment the same thing, she’s looking a lil rough-by Sandra standards. Regardless even if its not an eventful award show she could try a lil harder

    • Anne tommy says:

      Frankly her hair is awful. About as bad as some of the award decisions.

  4. SamiHami says:

    Allison Brie wins as far as I’m concerned. She looks amazing! I love Sandra Bullock but her look was not great. The color was fine, but the length and style of the dress didn’t work. Neither did her hair; it just doesn’t look good that flat and superstraight. And Melissa McCarthy-who is clearly a stunning woman, could have done much better than that sack of a top.

  5. Gaby says:

    Allison Brie looks gorgeous!

  6. InvaderTak says:

    I must be a bit sensitive this morning because her “we’re all working mamas” thing really rubbed me the wrong way. Idk, shes on my irrationally annoying list so maybe that’s it.

  7. Kitten says:

    I didn’t even recognize Allison Brie. I mean, AT ALL. I’ve always found her really pretty but here she looks downright GORGEOUS.

    • tracking says:

      +1 the standout, for sure.

    • FLORC says:

      You lost me at gorgeous. I didn’t realize it was her.. Work? Contouring makeup? Something looks less about her. Maybe it’s her expression. Like she worked half way up to a smile and it didn’t reach her forhead?

  8. SusanneToo says:

    The PCAs seem more like a joke, not worth putting much effort into.

  9. DiamondGirl says:

    I love that Betsy Brandt dress!

  10. Mimz says:

    Kat Graham looks amazing! I so want her to be successful in her music career. She’s a talented girl, actress singer and dancer. Everyone ele is Ok to Blah…

  11. Dani says:

    I needdddd Kat’s dress!!!

    I’m iffy about Ellen winning that award (not that it means much) just because I personally know three people who met her at different times and she was a complete and utter b(tch.

    • Froggy says:

      Kat’s dress looks amazing. Best dressed I’ve seen in a long while.

    • Erinn says:

      I’ve felt uncomfortable watching her show different times because she just came off as really kind of mean. I’ve heard a lot of anecdotes about her not treating her staff very well. You never know how much is true, but like I said – there’s been times where I’ve seen that glimmer of mean spirit on her SHOW where she’s performing – and everyone tends to have more faults in their private life than what they like to show, so god knows.

  12. Louisa says:

    CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW FREAKING AMAZING MELISSA LOOKS THOUGH. News articles say she’s lost like 30 pounds but who are we kidding?? She’s lost at least 100 pounds, no doubt about it, and look how much happier and healthier she looks!! Who cares what this does to better her career, I’m just glad she’s doing this for herself. And you know she’s doing this for herself because her weight loss hasn’t been publicized like crazy, so she’s keeping it private. I love her.

  13. Wentworth Miller says:

    Too flamenco? 😅😅 u guys are crazy! Like where do u even get that description?

  14. Tara says:

    I think this is one of those “if you have to ask…” situations.

  15. Lucy2 says:

    Not crazy about Sandra’s dress, and I like Kat’s except for the bottom. Melissa looks great and Alison looks gorgeous!

  16. Evie says:

    I thinkIson Brie looks different because she has had her nose done. It’s so tiny now. It’s incredible how much a nose reshaping can change your face! Wish I’d fixed mine…too late now…