Best in Show: The Winners and Losers of the Critics’ Choice Awards Red Carpet

15 Jan

Awards Season is upon us and we are officially in the thick of it with this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards show last night in Los Angeles. Nominations for The Black Swan, The Social Network, and The King’s Speech brought out the best red carpet 2011 has offered yet after the utterly underwhelming looks of the People’s Choice Awards earlier this month. Peep the winners and losers of this year’s Critics’ Choice red carpet after the jump!

Mila Kunis proved the devil is in the details with her simple-chic entrance on the red carpet. The Black Swan star turned heads with a short, ruffled LBD by Nina Ricci and Alexander McQueen skull clutch, but missed the mark by combining turquoise and sterling silver jewelry with a satin lace-up ribbon heel. Kunis’ casual upsweep allowed her famous eyes to take center stage in light smokey eye makeup.

Modern Family‘s Sophia Vergara left Critics’ Choice attendees gasping for air in this Temperley London silver body-con dress and black platform pumps. Glitzy gold hoops and a crimson pout perfectly coordinated to her manicure add richness to her futuristic flavor. Vergara perfected her megawatt red carpet look with her best accessory — her incredible smile. (Aww, so corny but true.)

Emma Stone was not herself last night! The once red-headed Easy A star was near unrecognizable on the red carpet in a shimmering silver Balenciaga gown with chunky gold halter ties around her neck. Stone certainly looked the part of Hollywood starlet, but I’m not sure I like the quick change from fair-skinned, curvy, and ginger to bronzed-out, skinny, and bottle blonded.

The very elegant Natalie Portman kept her growing baby bump under wraps on the red carpet in an off-shoulder Gianfranco Ferre column dress. Demure as ever, the Black Swan star exhibited a maternal glow in simple, clean-lined hair and makeup with lightly rimmed eyes and a sleek chignon.

Eva Mendes took “coquettish” to another level in this ultra-sexy black lace Valentino dress, nude Brian Atwood pumps, and cluster earrings. The actress kept her hair and makeup simple and sexy with a voluminous loose ponytail, gunmetal shadow, soft pink blush, and nude lips. By far my favorite look of the evening!

Keri Hilson hit the red carpet looking like the definition of sassy clad in a very short black minidress accessorized with gold globe earrings and a chic onyx cocktail ring. And check out those super-embellished heels! The R&B sensation, who later sang a duet with band Maroon5, was glowing way beyond the red carpet in peachy-pink makeup and loose ringlets.

Channeling her best Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, Michelle Williams worked a vintage-inspired look in this dainty and simple cream colored Balenciaga gown. Her soft pink makeup and delicate blond pixie cut are accentuated sweetly by the delicate scallops and floral details of the hem and necklines.

Before making what was a grand entrance onto the red carpet, reality TV star Kim Kardashian gave her followers a heads-up tweeting about her dramatic Vera Wang gown. The fiery hue mixed with contrasting turquoise jewelry worked well with Kardashian’s skin tone, which she played-up with bronze makeup and a fuller, darker, side-swept mane.

Khloe Kardashian took a hint from Fergie’s NYE gown with this asymmetrical leopard Blumarine dress and a pair of super-high cagey Louboutins, almost upstaging her older sister. Mrs. Odom debuted her spicy ginger locks for the second time in relaxed curls and dramatic eye makeup.

True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld looked beyond her years in a frothy, nude one-shoulder number and strappy sandal heels. The Hollywood newcomer took home an award for best young actress and certainly conveyed youthfulness with her gorgeous brunette mane and fresh-faced makeup.

I love Helena Bonham Carter’s fearlessly odd aesthetic, a slightly macabre look that strike some as off-putting but most as endearing. The Harry Potter actress shook things up a bit in a corseted black silk dress complete with exterior garters, an enormous black feather and netting head piece, and shiny, blood-red nail polish. Of course, the real star of this look is the crystal-emblazoned clutch she carried in the shape of ruby-red lips.

The Kids Are All Right star Julianne Moore was the picture of mature glamour in an understated black Roland Mouret dress with a plunging neckline and sparkling diamond pendant necklace. Moore’s look wrapped up nicely with black Nicholas Kirkwood platforms tied with front-facing bows, loose and shiny pin-straight hair, glossy nude lips, and a rather alluring smokey eye.

While you may not recognize Jennifer Lawrence immediately, her radiance and grace on the red carpet in this form-fitting sequined dress is unmistakeable. The Winter’s Bone starlet topped off this dreamy look with a flower-topped box clutch and nude strappy heels by Jimmy Choo, soft pink lips, a winged-out smokey eye, and a wispy chignon.

Amber Rose left her usually risque look at the door for the Critics’ Choice Awards, opting for a mermaid-shaped black chiffon bustier dress. The video vixen and soon to be Vh1 star accessorized with clusters of gold beads lacing her neck and wrist, completing the look with her signature bubblegum pink lips.


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