The Food52 Oscar Dress Awards

February 25, 2013

Here at Food52, food is always on our minds. So, as we ate our popcorn and sipped our martinis at our Oscar viewing parties, our commentary was less snark, more snack: who is smuggling cookies in their purse? Is that white dress just a red wine stain waiting to happen?

Now that the show is over, let the fun begin! Who wore what when, and what did you think of it? We thought everyone looked shiny and fabulous, of course, but a few looks in particular caught our eye. We'd like to hand out a few awards of our own -- tell us your favorites in the comments! 

Best Dress in Which to Hide Many Snacks: Jennifer Lawrence 

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Worst Dress to Go Wine Tasting In: Charlize Theron


Best Dress to Grate Nutmeg On: Jessica Chastain
(See all those little sparkles? Don't they seem ... abrasive?)


Best Dress to Throw On and Cook a Batch of Tomato Sauce: Sally Field
(You won't even need an apron!)


Worst Dress to Roll Out Dough In: Brandi Glanville
(Or really do anything that involves bending over at all.)


Best Impression of a Salmon: Naomi Watts


Best Dress to Butcher Something In: Louise Roe


Best We-Could-Just-Eat-You-Up-Because-You're-Adorable Dress: Quvenzhané Wallis


Ready for Anything Award: Wolfgang Puck

What were your favorite dresses last night?

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LauriL February 26, 2013
Thanks for the chuckles! Too fun!
AntoniaJames February 25, 2013
If Quvenzhané Wallis's dress had been ivory - or any number of other colors - instead of blue, I'd have given her the "Sweet Enough to Eat with a Spoon" award. ;o)
Marian B. February 25, 2013
Halle Berry: the woman wearing the dress version of a Genius Recipe.
Miranda R. February 25, 2013
Yes yes yes!
ChefJune February 25, 2013
love your observations! I thought Jennifer Lawrence's dress was stunning from the hips up, but had too much skirt to be practical if you have to walk anywhere, as she proved when she tripped on it walking up the stairs to accept her award.

Wondered whether Sally Field's dress was a leftover from her Mary Todd Lincoln wardrobe. And AntoniaJames, I thought Meryl Streep tied Jane Fonda for worst gown of the evening. Meryl's looked too big on top. Loved Michelle Obama's surprise appearance and her beautiful dress.
MRK February 25, 2013
while JLawrence stumbled badly going to the stage for her award, I really liked her for the way she handled it and moved on...cool Lady...
creamtea February 25, 2013
I love, love, love these!
AntoniaJames February 25, 2013
Too funny. I'd give Jane Fonda's yellow dress (my least favorite of the evening, but please note that I did not watch the Red Carpet show) an award for Best Dress to Wear at a Ballpark Eating a Messy Hot Dog on Which You Put Too Much Mustard. In an evening of so many elegant gowns, pulled off with class by women well advised on hair, makeup and jewelry, that yellow dress was just awful. (As I write this, a little voice inside is saying, "Meow, meow." So I apologize if this post is a bit catty.) ;o)
laurenlocally February 25, 2013
Oscars and Food. Love this pairing :)
cheese1227 February 25, 2013
Thanks for the chuckles!