Los Angeles Times
By Booth Moore
Feb 27, 2012
It wasn’t a disaster — more of a mishap. But it was almost as if ABC forgot that the Oscars red carpet is the longest-running fashion runway in history. Keyboard critics took to social media to throw a collective hissy fit about the network’s coverage, which was the only live broadcast of arrivals during the hour before the show started, due to a newly extended exclusivity deal.
That magic hour is, of course, when the biggest stars in the best gowns typically arrive. But when fashion fans might have been seeing or hearing about Angelina Jolie’s stunning black velvet Atelier Versace gown, they were instead treated to an awkward Nick Nolte attempting to answer questions about a pet crow that he may or may not own. It was a missed opportunity — to put it mildly.
ABC did manage to grab Gwyneth Paltrow, the best-dressed star by a long shot, in an incredibly chic white Tom Ford ivory cap-sleeve evening column and cape.
White was the color of the evening, from Rooney Mara’s Givenchy gown with fin-like details at the bust and crisscrossed straps in back, to Cameron Diaz’s Gucci gown with beaded Art Deco fringe on the bodice and a matching clutch.
E! commentator Giuliana Rancic’s white Tony Ward gown with leafy details at the shoulders was stunning, as was Octavia Spencer’s perfectly figure-flattering ivory hand-beaded Tadashi Shoji gown.z