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The biggest night in Hollywood celebrates the best in cinema — but the Oscars red carpet has also ushered in some of the worst dresses.
Outfits that look like grandma’s lampshades, plain black dresses and even a frock resembling a waterfowl have made viewers wonder “what were they thinking?”
Here are the awards for worst dressed since 2000:
1. Laura’s Lampshade (2020)
Laura Dern may have taken home the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2020 — for her role in “Marriage Story,” about a nasty divorce — but it’d be a big little lie to say that her light pink and black dress by Rodarte was as critically acclaimed. The dangly beading on the gown’s bust reminded some of a vintage lampshade.
2. Kooky Cody (2008)
Diablo Cody won a best original screenplay Oscar for “Juno” in 2008, about a precocious teen’s pregnancy, but her leopard print Dior gown looked like something an eccentric aunt might pull from Macy’s discount rack and saunter around your annual family cookout in.
3. Uma, Uma, Uma (2004)
Sure, she killed Bill, but Uma Thurman’s Christian Lacroix look did anything but slay the red carpet in 2004. Instead, the white gown was all over the place, with some lace here and there that could have easily been stolen from your mother’s 1985 wedding gown, with droopy sleeves better suited for a Disney’s collection of princess Halloween costumes, and an unfortunate gold creation that mimicked an ill-fitting vest.
4. Selma Bleah (2002)
Selma Blair was lacking a bit of flair in the early aughts. Or maybe her stylist just had “Cruel Intentions.” Whatever it was, the actress’ Vanity Fair Oscars party attire looked like what happens when you pull at the strings of a cheaply made flapper dress.
5. Swan dive (2001)
It wouldn’t be a “worst of the Oscars’ red carpet” list without mentioning Björk’s now-infamous swan dress. The Icelandic musician, nominated that year for best original song for “I’ve Seen it All” from Lars von Trier’s “Dancer In The Dark,” appeared wearing a body stocking surrounded by voluminous white tulle, with a “neck” draped around. To complete the look, she placed “eggs” wherever she walked on the red carpet.
6. Oh, Angie (2000)
The long black frock Angelina Jolie wore to receive her first Oscar, for best supporting actress in “Girl, Interrupted,” was hardly as cringeworthy as her saying she was “so in love with my brother right now” upon accepting the award, or the on-the-mouth kiss she and bro James Haven shared on the red carpet.