Emma Stone: The “Help” actress was praised for her turn as a presenter, but The Post’s Katherine Boyle wasn’t so keen on what Stone wore: a fuschia Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress with a giant bow at her neck. It was similar to a gown Nicole Kidman wore in 2007, but the look didn’t work as well on Stone. Wrote Boyle: “With a bow so large it overtakes the tiny, tiny features on that perfect freckled face, we have to wonder: What she was thinking?”
Viola Davis: Viola Davis, who was the favorite to win best actress for her role in “The Help,” turned heads on the runway in an emerald Vera Wang gown — and for ditching the wig she usually wears, in favor of her natural hair. “My husband wanted me to take the wig off,” Davistold InStyle . “He said, ‘If you want to wear it for your career, that’s fine, but in your life wear your hair. Step into who you are!’ ”
Sacha Baron Cohen: There was a hullabaloo about what actor Sacha Baron Cohen would wear on the red carpet before the Academy Awards because he was initially uninvited for announcing his intention to walk the red carpet as Adm.Gen. Aladeen, his fictional character from “The Dictator.” His invitation was reinstated by producer Brian Grazer. Red carpet chatter about Cohen’s attire included a nod to John Galliano, for his suit, and Kmart, for his socks. However, it was Cohen’s unusual accessory that was newsworthy — an urn which he said contained the ashes of Kim Jong Il, which he “accidentally” dumped on E!’s Ryan Seacrest before being escorted away. See the video here.
Rooney Mara: Wrote The Post’s Ned Martel of the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” nominee: “She let go of her severe geometric outfits in favor of an ivory Givenchy that had both imagination and frills. But her shelf of bangs preserved her edge. And yes, she attempted a smile, and it succeeded.”
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler: On the arm of the always-dapper Clooney, Keibler was glowing. She was also reflecting camera flashes in her shiny gold Marchesa gown — which brought about comparisons to the man of the night. No, not Clooney — Oscar. “Never mind that the Oscar statuette is actually a naked, hairless man. The gold statue comparisons continued all night long for Keibler,” I noted. “By the way, she’s not wearing a dress — she’s just been sprayed gold,” Clooney told Access Hollywood.