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Style matters: The good, the bad and the Oh, Wow! of Oscar night

March 1, 2004

pictureJudie: The Oscars. Our big night. I started watching E!'s coverage at 4 p.m. So what if Joan Rivers has had so much plastic surgery she looks like she's wearing a Japanese Kabuki mask?

Evelinda: By 5:30 I had seen everyone there was to see. They all looked lovely, and a few even wowed me.

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Judie: Nobody really shocked us except for two very obvious standouts - Uma Thurman and Diane Keaton. Uma: What was on your body? You're the proud winner of the Style Matters Swan Award, named after singer Bjork, who wore a dead bird around her neck a few Oscar broadcasts ago.

Evelinda: Diane Keaton - in her hat and polka dot tie - was obviously having a senior moment. She thought she was up for an Oscar for Annie Hall and dressed accordingly.

Judie: I thought Keaton looked like Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp. Then there was Kelly Lynch, who was gift-wrapped for viewers in a frou-frou blue Zac Posen confection with way too many bows. And Holly Hunter is more than ready for an updated look. Her Vera Wang dress resembled a nightgown.

Evelinda: Actresses we loved:

Jennifer Garner in a coral vintage Valentino one-shoulder gown. Jen, loved the hair, especially the bangs.

Liv Tyler was one of the few actresses to wear black. Tyler was a vision of old Hollywood glamour in a backless, vintage Givenchy gown that she wore with a thick black choker around her neck. When she put on black spectacles to read the nominees for best song, it was a Wow! moment.

Naomi Watts was gorgeous in a simple and elegant Versace (surprising for Donatella), with a flattering bust line.

Other standouts: Scarlett Johansson in a great shade of green and Susan Sarandon (looking suspiciously, but beautifully, younger).

Judie: Several actresses just missed perfection: Angelina Jolie, whose tattoo detracted from her elegant, white satin gown; Jada Pinkett Smith, who wore one of the best dresses, but not enough makeup; and Julia Roberts, who needs a new colorist - what's with those dark roots?

Evelinda: We do have our disagreements. Judie thought Catherine Zeta-Jones was voluptuous and uber-sexy in a red Versace gown that clung to her like a salami skin. I didn't like her hair - it needed to be worn up or pulled back for such a special evening.

Judie: Evelinda thought the strapless gown with bustle did not fit Renée Zellweger's body type. I loved it.

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