The dresses seem to get plainer and less adventurous every year but Angelina would still have come out on top on previous, more exciting red carpets. Her charisma balances the fact that she has a very specific look – long with a thigh-high split and in black pretty much covers it. But I like the velvet and the owning it pose.
I also enjoyed Michelle Williams’ red, daintily-ruffled and tiered dress, and Rooney Mara’s white Givenchy, which suits her bird-like body and her perfectly black, smooth and shiny bowl-shaped haircut. I love Michelle, and I loved her in My Week with Marilyn even though it wasn’t a very good film, but my most significant brush with Rooney Mara is still her tiny role in The Social Network. Presumably that will change.
I’m also a loyal fan of Gwyneth’s (Emma! Shakespeare in Love!) and I defy everyone who slagged off her famously, allegedly bad Oscars outfits of previous years. I liked the pink thing and the ruched goth thing. And I like her futuristic self-cleaning white cape thing too.