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Oscars Red Carpet Coverage

February 23rd, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Today Hulu got a recap of all the Oscars fashion with E!’s fashion cop, Debbie Matenopoulos. She’s the host of Fashion Police: The 2009 Academy Awards, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!. Her blow-by-blow account of her favorite looks — plus a few misses — is below.

“The Oscars were really fun last night. Everyone pulls out all the stops and it was really hard to find any real misses. But I did have some favorite looks. I love, love, loved Anne Hathaway in all those beautiful, big sequins. They had a fish scale effect that was reminiscent of Marion Cotillard’s dress from last year. From the sequins to the bodice and the strapless style, I thought it was lovely. I just love her look — it’s distinct, that pale skin and red lip.”

Taraji Henson, though, blew me away on the red carpet. She’s looked great all season, but this look took the cake. Her dress fit her perfectly and the detailing — it looked almost unfinished at the bottom of each layer, but it was very tailored. And she paired it with a gorgeous necklace. It was to die for, from that clutch right down to her shoes.”

Evan Rachel Wood looked great. She had a look that’s difficult to pull off, with pale skin, hair that’s the same color as her dress, and a lip that pops. It’s not something just anyone can pull together.”

“I loved Kate Winslet‘s hair last night — it was very futuristic, but I just felt it was not her best dress. She’s been on point the rest of the season. I think she raised the bar for herself this year, and I don’t think she lived up to my expectations this time.”

Vanessa Hudgens never looked better. Her dress was fun, elegant and fit well — it fit her personality. It was elegant and age appropriate.”

“I just didn’t like Jessica Biel’s look. I don’t know what she’s going through right now; we all have our own personal pain. But don’t take it on your fashion! It’s like she is having an identity crisis right before our eyes. The dress she wore — she tried to do Eva Longoria at the Golden Globes, but Jessica didn’t manage to wear it here. The apron at the front is popular right now, but in this case it was a trend gone wrong. And she wore open-toed black shoes that looked like Dyeables from David’s Bridal. They just didn’t match the white dress. And her hair and makeup looked like it was thrown together at the last minute. ”

“I could have done without the skullcap on Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s rumored that he’s done something with his hair for a movie role and needed to cover it up. I get that, but why not wear a fedora or something?”

“On the other hand, Robert Downey, Jr., looked amazing. It was jarring to see him look so clean-cut. I’ve gotten used to him wearing funny glass, spiky hair or big bowties, but last night he looked youthful and rested. He looked 10 years younger.”

Sean Penn looked amazing. I loved the black on black on black. I think he had a diagonal stripe on his black tie. And [his wife] Robin Wright — wow! Sean won big even before the Oscars. They could easily have been the night’s best couple.”

Thanks to Debbie Matenopoulos for sharing her Oscars favorites. For highlights of the Hollywood’s biggest night, check out E!’s Best of 2009 Academy Awards Coverage featuring red carpet celebrity interviews.

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