Was Alicia Vikander’s Oscar-party look much better than her Oscar look?

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So, Alicia Vikander has an Oscar now. You know who doesn’t have an Oscar? Mark Ruffalo. Glenn Close. Harrison Ford. Amy Adams. Samuel L. Jackson. Michael Fassbender. You know who has never even been nominated for an Oscar? Michael B. Jordan. Yes, I’m still butthurt about Vikander’s Oscar win. I suppose I’ll get over it. For now, let’s take a moment and look at Vikander’s party dress. After the Oscars, she changed out of her butter-yellow mullet dress and put on this slinky black Louis Vuitton number for the Vanity Fair party. While this is “safe” and “boring” compared to the risky butter dress, I would not have hated it all if this LV dress had been her Oscar dress. Her hair looks much better here too, but that’s not difficult – her Oscar hair was THE WORST.

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More photos from the Vanity Fair party… here’s Jessica Alba in Roberto Cavalli. I sort of like this too? It feels very ‘70s, and that works on Alba.

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Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. I like his outfit more than hers, but they look pretty well-matched here.

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Emilia Clarke in Miu Miu. Jesus, she cannot dress AT ALL. Is this a case of a young woman having a bad stylist, or is it a case of a young woman having no idea how to dress her body? Because at this point, Emilia is almost always one of the worst-dressed women at any event.

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  1. Esmom says:

    Alicia’s look here is much better, imo. Agree that the hair is a huge improvement over the sister wife ‘do she had with the yellow dress.

    The Taylor-Johnsons look great. And Emilia Clarke reminds me in general of Rashida Jones with her messy style that does nothing for her looks.

  2. Amelia says:

    Genuine question – how long is the time frame these people have between attending/winning their Oscar and going to the parties? Because it seems like a total image change must take a while.

    Perfect party dress, but a little too subtle for the red carpet IMO. I think I’m one of a few people on the interweb who enjoyed Alicia’s buttercup dress – it wasn’t perfect, but it was memorable and I can appreciate a bit of risk-taking.

    • Carol says:

      Funny you ask that question because I wondered that too. It seems they change in a blink of an eye in what I would think would take a bit of time. I loved Alicia’s yellow dress too, but this LV dress is a knock out!

  3. Betti says:

    I prefer her party dress and look, THIS should have been her red carpet style. She has Katie Bucket hair; long, lank and in dire need of some body or a good cut.

    Agree about Emilia Clarke – she either needs to hire or fire her stylist. But as i’ve said before the GoT women cannot dress for the red carpet.

  4. perplexed says:

    “So, Alicia Vikander has an Oscar now. You know who doesn’t have an Oscar?”

    Younger women generally win an Oscar though. She’s not an anomaly in that regard. I don’t think her win is a strange as Marisa Tomei’s for My Uncle Vinny (and I like Marisa Tomei). Vikander probably deserves her Oscar more than Sandra Bullock did (and I like Sandra Bullock too, but geez that performance wasn’t that good).

    • Rade says:

      I’m not sure that the Sandra Bullock comparison is a fair one. The film was awful, but that award felt like one of those “It’s your time” ones, where the recipient gets an award for their body of work or their star power still being bright rather than the actual film they were nominated for. It happened to Scorsese as well. Vikander doesn’t have those decades of good-will and tenacity behind her yet, so although she might have given a good performance in comparison it’s easy to see how, to the Academy, Bullock deserves the award more.

      But you’re spot on about the Tomei analogy. Hollywood likes its ingénues and young actresses, while tending to award/nominate actors later in their careers (see Abigail Breslin versus Jacob Tremblay for example). Unfortunately, younger actresses can have a pretty fallow time after their win for some reason, and most don’t recover from it.

      • perplexed says:

        But Sandra Bullock’s body of work isn’t that good either (Miss Congeniality is fun and amusing, but….).Nor was that individual performance really good. Still, I’ll admit that her star power burns brightly. She has an easy charm and a certain light touch. And she brings in the money. Nonetheless, it’s still strange to my ears whenever I hear “Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock,” if we’re going to assume that the Oscars are about a different level of transformative acting from movie-star charm. Even Julia Roberts does a better job than Bullock at transforming in a role.

        Sure, Vikander doesn’t have decades of good-will behind her, but most of the people who win the award on the actress side don’t. Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t have decades of good-will when she won one nor did a ton of others who didn’t start out as child stars. And people often complain that make-up Oscars are given over outstanding individual performances. In this case, the individual performance that was most likely pretty good won.

        I also think it’s more surprising when someone over 40 wins that award — actresses seem to have a better shot of winning that thing when they’re under 35, which is probably why Amy Adams doesn’t have one. She probably would have one if her nominations had come in her 20s.

        On the flip side, I think you have to get to 40 on the men’s side to have a good shot at winning one (which would explain Leo’s 5 nominations and current win at 41). Once in a while a younger guy like Eddie Redmayne comes in(and he still wasn’t as young as when Gwyneth won), but it seems like you have to get past a certain age on the men’s side in order to win. Maybe Michael Fassbender will win one when he’s 45 and looks 60.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts were given Oscars for putting butts in seats. With the exceptions of Jared Leto and Christian Bale, Best Supporting is typically a “life time achievement award” to an old guy (Alan Arkin, Christopher Plummer, James Coburn, Jack Palance). With the exception of Patricia Arquette, Supporting Actress typically goes young (Penelope Cruz, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino). Another exception is when a person of color manages to break through in a outstanding role (Mo’nique, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Hudson, Barkhad Abdi)

      • SKF says:

        Sandra’s body of work deserves an Oscar? Hmmm… I think it’s more a case of her being well-liked and also it was a white saviour film that made people feel like they were positive about racial equality.

        I also think that there are way fewer meaty roles for women (particularly women over 35) than there are men so the female categories are sometimes weak. Hollywood loves to award ingenues and men with a body of work.

    • Luca76 says:

      Yeah and to be fair every ‘doesn’t have an Oscar’ mentioned was a man. So it’s not like Alicia took her Oscar from Micheal B Jordan. I’d rather call out some of the stupid nominations in the male category.

  5. SM says:

    Agree on both points. This dress is deffinitely much better and yes.. she now has an oscar. Well, we will have to get over it

  6. vauvert says:

    And this is why I don’t give a damn about the Oscars, except to gossip about the fashion. In a world where Amy Adams and Harrison bloody Ford do not have an Oscar, how much do they really reflect quality? On not just one movie, but a consistent body of work?
    Alicia’s dress is better but I am so over the vee to the navel look. We get it, boobs, no bra, sexay, whatever.
    Poor Emilia. If she only came dressed as Dany she’d look so much better. Not a fan of the Taylor couple but her dress is fabulous. I am not sure why Alba still makes the rounds, isn’t she essentially done with movies and focused on her business now? I am not a fan of hers period and I find this outfit boring, but not offensive….

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      I think Emilia look better as Dany too, but partly because I prefer her as a blonde. Some of her dresses (especially the turquoise one she wore in Qarth in season 2) are amazing too.

    • TreadStyle says:

      OMG I am so over this trend too. I don’t get it at all and every other woman is wearing a dress cut like to every event. i always feel like your asking for a dress malfunction (umm esp Olivia wildes version, but all of them really). I wish so bad Emilia had a better stylist because she is sooooo pretty and has some curves she could show off while still being petite but always look straight up frumpy. Makes me so mad!

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think of Harrison Ford as being that good of an actor, if I’m honest. A great movie star, yes.

      • minx says:

        Same. In fact I think he has given some outright terrible, wooden performances.

      • Granger says:

        My dad calls him “The Greatest Non-Actor Who Ever Lived.” I love HF, but my dad is right.

  7. Miss E says:

    Is Alba hoping to get cast in the next Star Wars?

  8. Sixer says:

    #teamyellowdress – just to be a contrarian. Hello #kaisersomean. I disagree about Vikander. Being a professional contrarian, I like her. But I will say this: if Bendy gets the Olivier this year over all the other nominees, I will be at least as butthurt as you are about this Oscar. So I feel your pain!

    • Betti says:

      If he gets it over Mark Rylance I will be dusting off my pitchfork! I never saw his Hamlet but from what i’ve been told while he was good, he wasn’t award worthy good.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I also liked the yellow dress and that Olivier Best Actor list had me singing: “one of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong!”

    • Esmom says:

      I liked the yellow dress, too. But seeing her in this dress, with this hair, she just looks better to me than she did in the yellow one.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I liked the yellow dress too… but I like the slinkly black number better. I liked her performances, but I was contrarian-ly hoping against hope for a JJL upset.

      If Bendy Crampinmybutt wins over Rylance or Branagh, I too shall be ready to scream bloody murder at the injustice.

      ETA: Happy Valley Day, Sixer!!

      • Farhi says:

        You can console yourself with the fact that Rylance has an Oscar and Ben C. doesn’t. And Branagh has been nominated 5 times.
        To me it is not a competition, I like all 3 of them. But I think it is very unlikely to be Ben C.
        I was surprised that McAvoy wasn’t even nominated and he won the ESA awards.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Farhi, MacAvoy was nominated last year

      • Farhi says:

        Thank you , Lilac. I didn’t realize ESA and Olivier ran on different schedules.

    • jammypants says:

      I wonder if they intentionally wanted her to resemble Belle. That hair is awful. Liked the dress though.

    • Sixer says:

      I honestly did like the yellow dress! It combined pretty with completely nuts. I think that is cool! Having said that, I have no dress sense whatsoever, so possibly best not to listen to me?

      Vis a vis Olivier – I’m actually rooting for Adrian Lester, since Red Velvet, which I thought was fab, has just that single nomination. But I’d not be upset to see it go to Cranham, Rylance or even Branagh. If it’s Bendy, I will be worse than #kaisersomean with Vikander, I really will.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I’ve heard good things about Lester’s performance. He’s brilliant, isn’t he? Rylance was just here in another play, also good. I saw a broadcast of Branagh’s Winter Tale and much preferred it over Hamlet Pushing 40.

        I like the yellow dress because it is pretty and different without being over the top weird. The black dress, while nice, is too similar to too many other dresses

      • Sixer says:

        He is great! And his wife wrote the play. I saw it at the Tricycle on its first run a few years back (also with Lester). Plus, it was Branagh’s company that brought it back so he could make do with a vicarious Olivier for it, right? If I had to go in order of preference, it would be 1) Lester, 2) Cranham (never won before), 3) Rylance, 4) Branagh. Not even a 5) for Bendy!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Cranham does a lot of theatre, doesn’t he? I think I remember him from Rome, one of my most favoritist (new word!) tv shows ever. Honestly, although Sir Bendy’s performance did not stink, it doesn’t even make my top five Hamlets. And the production, and he was a producer so he had some say, irked me as way too self-indulgent. Playing “Nature Boy” doesn’t change the fact that your Hamlet is pushing 40.

        As for Alicia, so far, I like her work and want to see more.

      • Sixer says:

        Lots of theatre, yes. And he is a popular character actor on TV this side of the Pond. I just yesterday watched him with Hayley Mills in a little one-act drama. Moving On is the series of playlets, if you’re playing with iPlayer. The BBC does a lot of this quiet, unnoticed stuff and half the time it’s better than the prime time fare!

        I seem to like Vikander for all the reasons everyone else dislikes her! She’s forward, blunt, completely self-confident. And sometimes a bit snippy. Other people see thirsty and arrogant, so it seems, but I really don’t.

      • lilacflowers says:

        She has all the traits people seem to look for in men but criticize in a woman. I don’t find her offensive and I have enjoyed her work in the films I’ve seen. More power to her. I don’t think that will be her last Oscar go-round either. She’ll be back. She can disappear from the US view by doing European films so people here won’t grow tired of her.

  9. HeyThere! says:

    I prefer this dress and the necklace to the yellow one.

  10. D says:

    Alicia’s hair looks so much better in these photos, the hairstyle she had at the oscars is the way you would wear your hair when you’re at home cleaning the house and you just can’t be bothered to do anything with it . This dress is also much nicer than the duvet (parachute?) mullet dress, I like it.

  11. MissBB says:

    Regarding Alicia: I don’t know if it’s something about her eyes, the way she tilts her head when her photo is taken or maybe her eye make-up, but to me she always looks so tired. As if she hasn’t slept in days, looking a bit groggy with circles under her eyes.
    But I do love both her Oscar dresses!

    • Aki says:

      Circles may be from bad circulation due to smoking, because she does smoke like a chimney. Alternatively she’s in Hollywood, in Oscar week and is nominated: party time!

  12. Sarah01 says:

    I’m not butt hurt she is a good acctress and within her category was the best. I really like her a lot and she’s going to be around a while cause she’s versatile and not one dimensional.
    I like both of her dresses, this one looks better in pics but the other one was so pretty in movement.

  13. Insomniac says:

    I like this dress more too, but I hope she breaks up with LV. I really hated most of the things they put her in for awards season.

  14. AJ says:

    “So, Alicia Vikander has an Oscar now. You know who doesn’t have an Oscar? Mark Ruffalo. Glenn Close. Harrison Ford. Amy Adams. Samuel L. Jackson. Michael Fassbender. You know who has never even been nominated for an Oscar? Michael B. Jordan.”

    A-F*CKING-MEN.

  15. AlmondJoy says:

    I actually love both looks. She can pull anything off. The first look was sweet and airy, this look is more nighttime sexy.

  16. HP says:

    Alciia should’ve wear this for the main event. Period. Simply sublime! What she wore at the ceremony is an afterparty dress.

  17. Josefina says:

    So much better. Her Oscar dress made me think of those cookies little kids do which look absolutely gross but you’re forced to eat to not harm their feelings.

  18. Farhi says:

    I liked both dresses on Alicia. There is no better, just different. One was a princess dress and another is a grown up dress.

  19. arbelia says:

    I prefer this dress by far. The only thing i liked on the other is the color.

    Oh and i wanted to say : “you know who never has been nominated for an Oscar? ALAN RICKMAN !!!”

    • Plewas says:

      Now THAT’S a grave injustice!

    • Farhi says:

      Agree. They will probably give him an honorary one now but it is too late.
      Oscars are very much about campaigning and politics. It is a nice award to have as it opens more opportunities but it doesn’t signify an artistic merit or lack of it all in itself.

  20. Plewas says:

    She’s young and beautiful so she can get away with looks that other as can’t I think. I liked her ex machina so her win isn’t some grave injustice to me-at least she’s talented.

  21. Minxx says:

    All I can say is that Alan Rickman did not get even a nomination and he never will now. :( (((
    As to Alicia, I don’t mind her win – after all, Mira Sorvino, Gwynnie and Marisa Tomei also have the supporting actress Oscars and look what happened.. It’s the easiest Oscar to win, this is why she was not in the Leading Actress category. But all of that is history, I ‘m sure her bf is really thrilled for her. I did find it interesting how much Leo disregarded her in the pressroom – not even a glance in her direction . He’s been in business long enough to recognize the real deal (Brie) and the “it” girls.
    I like this dress better but I did like the buttery duvet as well, it was odd but it worked. I had buttery silk balloon shades once in the bedroom, with triple lining and they looked a lot like her dress – gorgeous bounce :) The hair was a bit twee though.

    • Anon says:

      I disagree completely about Vikander, no matter opinions here, there’s one thing I think we can all agree on, she’s a hardworking woman that’s the way her colleagues call her and she was a ballet dance, I don’t think she wants to be an It girl in an interview she said that Isabelle Huppert the French actress is her model, doesn’t strike me as very it girly. Therefore she speak multiple languages and she can learn fast, she did it with A Royal Affair. So with all that I think she’s gonna last long, maybe it’s because I have more faith in European actresses.

    • arbelia says:

      Gwyneth Paltrow has an oscar for best actress, not supporting actress. As for Vikander i am not really angry about her win – even if it was an obvious category fraud and even if i love Winslet-because she had a good year and she’s talented .But really if you didn’t mind the category fraud , Rooney was better and was in the better movie.

      And i also feel like her win is quite underwhelming, like nobody really cares about her winning even though she’s presented like the new “it girl” for months.
      I don’t know if it will really help her career. Paltrow was the ultimate It girl, and we al see where her career went.

      As for Alan Rickman i am still sd about him passing . BTW he said ” Parts win prizes, not actors”

    • GinaS says:

      “Mira Sorvino, Gwynnie and Marisa Tomei also have the supporting actress Oscars and look what happened.. It’s the easiest Oscar to win”

      Seriously? Your need to diminish her win is a so strange.

      “Leo disregarded her in the pressroom – not even a glance in her direction . He’s been in business long enough to recognize the real deal (Brie) and the “it” girls.”

      Good God. We get it. You don’t like her. But this isn’t high school and there’s no need to bash her in such a silly way. Both her and Brie are massively talented and will have amazing careers.

      • GinaS says:

        Sure. Nobody likes her and she cheated for all her awards. Michael can’t stand her and is only in it for the pr (poor lamb!), Weinstein bought her the Oscar (despite having nothing to do with her movie?), she can’t dress or speak properly and her career is over.

        Or

        She’s young, beautiful, talented, has a boyfriend most of you seem obsessed with (for some reason) and now has an Oscar and a glittering film career ahead of her.

        Embarrassing indeed.

      • Anon says:

        @GinaS lol don’t try to argue with they so determined to diminished every little thing she did. The Harvey Weinstein argument is the stupidest because we all know his movie was Carol. If there’s one actress he was rooting for it’s Rooney Mara.

    • lila fowler says:

      Best Supporting Actress is the “easiest” to win? LOL. Her fellow nominees beg to differ.

    • TreadStyle says:

      Not a good sign for women if their staying power in Hollywood is determined by Leo. He’s a great actor but I mean….

    • juls says:

      @GinaS Minxx was in the pressroom and saw DiCaprio disregarding her. She’s a Fassy fan,no surprise here.

      • Anon says:

        @Mario”Cheat your way in” the girl has three performance in Indie Poll and she has been critic darling for a while now. She stared in one of the best movie of the year Ex Machina. As for the media well if I judge by the comments on Celebitchy, well apparently she’s interesting enough, her dress was also on trending Twitter, she had a Vogue cover and others magazine. Another test for her is Jason Bourne I don’t see how the movie could fail the box office, so if she has a good role she could attract a new audience. And again what Decaprio has to do with all this, since when he’s an indicator of success. As for Lawrence I’m maybe not the biggest fan but she proved she can act and she’s no longer an it girl so admired her choice career doesn’t strike me as wrong.

    • SusanneToo says:

      Of course Leo disregarded her – she’s 27 years old!!!! That’s about seven years past the “use by” date for Leo. But, it’s very amusing what the AV haters come up with. Carry on.

  22. Rae says:

    I think she looked lovely in both outfits, she did a lovely turn in the movie for the win, and she is growing on me.

    Well done Alicia.

  23. Tig says:

    She was amazing in Ex Machina- that was Oscar-winning worthy for sure. I loved the yellow dress. This black number is pretty as well.

    Emilia C- that is such a sad sack dress. I saw the trailer for Me Before You. I was so bummed bec they turned a so not “manic pixie girl” character in the book to exactly that for the movie. I will take CB’s word that she is a good actress in GOT, but that trailer was very disappointing.

  24. moon says:

    Like I said – she played a robot in Ex Machina. It was a good role for her.

    I’m underwhelmed with her acting, but she had a very strong campaign, she’s the new darling with European credentials, never won an award before and it was a very weak category.

    I can’t be the only one who thought her peck with Fassy looked awkward. I don’t buy the ‘we are private’ thing for a second, they had no qualms showing off in their earlier days.

    • Lambda says:

      No, you’re not the only one, there’s about three or four of you.

    • juls says:

      She played a robot and she played other completely different roles. Very few actresses could have pulled off her performance in Ex Machina.

      • Anon says:

        I know Rooney Mara is not well liked on this site but she’s a good actress and she won best actress at the Cannes film festival. So no with her and Winslet it wasn’t an easy category.

  25. lila fowler says:

    Someone actually thinks Harrison Ford should have an Oscar? lol The man does the same thing in literally every role that he’s ever done.

  26. Ethelreda says:

    This dress is kind of ‘meh’ but it’s 100% better than her cloying Oscars outfit, which I really disliked. Hair much better too. And Alicia must have a very restrictive contract with LV – she wears their dresses pretty much every single time. Usually stars are allowed to mix it up a bit now and then with other labels, but Alicia’s contract must oblige her to wear LV at almost every high-profile event.

    And while all the GoT stars look better on the show than they do in real life, Emilia’s is an extreme case. I actually don’t even think she’s that gorgeous as Khaleesi, but she looks downright frumpy most of the time when she’s not in character. And she seems to be the only GoT star who gets invited – or chooses to attend – events like this.

  27. juls says:

    I like this one more too,but it’s an Oscar-worthy dress. Her SAG dress was better.
    They have rewarded her for her breakthrough year. Most of the oscar ballots I read had the same reasoning. They wanted to reward her for Ex Machina too. Mara and Vikander were the best in their category,but her performances in Testament of Youth and Ex Machina are even better.

  28. Cc says:

    She looks fantastic in this one too (I loved the Belle dress and overall look).

  29. Naddie says:

    Alicia looks radiant. Love to see her smiling with her hair down.
    Emilia is very pretty, but like I always say, she’s gorgeous only as Daenerys. That wig has powers.

  30. Danielle says:

    So this is the new purseforum? Gross.