No Academy Awards night would be complete without hearing from InStyle’s Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein. As soon as the last stiletto walked down the red carpet, he called in his A-list— his top five looks for best dressed of the night. Scroll down to get his insights on Jennifer Lawrence (in Dior Haute Couture), Reese Witherspoon (in Louis Vuitton), Jessica Chastain (in Armani Privé), Jennifer Hudson (in Roberto Cavalli), and Charlize Theron (in Dior Haute Couture). After reviewing his list, make your own with our new A-list feature. Pick your top 5 and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter to start your own style debate! More
The biggest stars in the world are walking down the red carpet right now at the 85th Academy Awards! So which nominee are you most excited to see? InStyle polled our readers on Facebook, and the results are in! Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) received 44% of the votes, more than the other four leading ladies of the night: Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain (who just walked the red carpet in Armani Privé), and Amy Adams. Stay tuned to see what Lawrence will don at this year’s ceremony (our bets are on Dior!), and keep your mouse/tablet/phone clicked over to InStyle.com for all of the up-to-the-minute updates!
Plus, see Jennifer’s best looks ever!
Jessica Chastain is an Oscar nominee, fashion plate, and, let’s face it, enviable redhead! So when she chatted with InStyle for our March issue‘s “Beauty Talk,” we had to ask her one very important question—is it natural? “Yes, and as a child I didn’t like it because it made me different. But as I grew older and more comfortable, it became a badge of honor,” she said. The actress revealed that when a role calls for a different hue—like when she went blonde for The Help—she always wigs it. But if she did make a change, she’d do a major one: “I’d go in a completely opposite direction: Gwen Stefani platinum!” Bombshell! For more on Chastain and beauty must-haves, turn to page 419 of InStyle‘s March issue, or download it on your tablet.
Plus, see Jessica’s beauty transformation!
• Jessica Chastain on Oscar Prep: “It’s Like Being On A Conveyor Belt”
• Jessica Didn’t Dream Of Wedding Dresses, Just Oscar Dresses
• SAG Awards 2013: Jessica Chastain’s $1.25 Million Harry Winston Necklace
The Oscars party circuit is still on fire in Hollywood leading up to tomorrow’s big festivities! Co-stars reunited when best leading actress nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Viola Davis paused for a snap at the Sixth Annual Women in Film pre-Oscars reception, held at Fig & Olive in Los Angeles and hosted by their fellow co-star and Academy Award winner, Octavia Spencer. (The group starred together in last year’s tearjerker The Help). Meanwhile, new parents and True Blood co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer coordinated their navy blue outfits at the Great British Film Reception, which was held at the home of the British Consul, General Dame Barbara Hay.
Plus, see more of the Oscars parties from this week!
This year, the red carpet at the Oscars is going to be different than anything you’ve seen! Instead of the giant golden statuettes that normally line the walkway into the Dolby Theatre, The Hollywood Reporter reports that you’ll see blown up versions of legendary costumes from films like Gone with the Wind and Roman Holiday. That means all your favorite current leading ladies, like Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Naomi Watts, will be photographed against the backdrop of women like Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn. And that’s not the only dose of fashion expected: ABC will also be broadcasting short films including interviews with contemporary designers like Vera Wang, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg, all talking about which stars and films have influenced their work the most. Tune in to ABC Sunday at 7/6c to see the red carpet action unfold with Oscars Red Carpet Live pre-show hosts Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly Rowland, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, and Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle. It’s only days away!
Plus, see this year’s biggest nominees!
The parties this weekend spanned coast to coast! It was a cross-country affair for the 65th Annual Writers Guild Awards, where stars gathered in Los Angeles and New York to honor the best writers in the business. On the east coast, Girls creator Lena Dunham celebrated her win for Best New TV Series at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill with Gina Gershon, and in Los Angeles, Jessica Chastain and her Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow came out to support the film’s screenplay writer, Mark Boal, who took home the award for Best Original Screenplay. Click through the gallery to see all the stars who attended this week’s biggest parties.
Jessica Chastain is a red carpet pro, consistently wowing fashion fans in gorgeous gowns. What’s her secret? “I couldn’t do it on my own,” Chastain told reporters at the Critics’s Choice Movie Awards about her primping routine. “It’s like being on a conveyor belt. People will just go, ‘here’ and guide me in different directions.” It seems to be the right course! Chastain earned praise for her choices at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (in a scarlet Alexander McQueen gown) and the Golden Globes (in a seafoam green Calvin Klein Collection sheath). We can’t wait to see what she’ll don at next Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards, when she’s up for the Best Actress category for her heroic role in Zero Dark Thirty.
Plus, see Jessica’s best looks ever.
— Lindzi Scharf
New York Fashion Week has come to a close—but what a star-studded week it has been! Miley Cyrus stepped backstage at Marc Jacobs to congratulate the designer on another successful runway show, while Jessica Chastain and Olivia Wilde were both spotted at Grand Central Station taking in Calvin Klein. Click through to see more celebrities at all the fashion hotspots!