Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Who was the Fairest of Them All?

RECAPING THE BEST DRESSED PARADE ON THE 2013 ACADEMY AWARDS RED CARPET

All Images photographed by Michael Yada, Greg Harbaugh, Tom Lew, Matt Petit, Aaron Poole, and Bryan Crowe, courtesy of the A.M.P.A.S.

The red carpet action at the just-concluded 2013 Oscar Awards ceremony (the 86th Annual Academy Awards) was not especially exciting, but that was to be expected. After all, no one wants to be taunted and mocked like Kim Basinger (who designed and sewed her own dress for the year she won her Oscar), Bjork (with the dead swan hanging from her neck) or Cher (looking like a Native American Princess when she won for Moonstruck). It was a parade of pretty safe colors, Veronica Lake hair, minimal jewelry (most discreet gold and platinum) and red lips all around. All in all, not a bad showing, but still.

Oscar®-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress, Lupita Nyong'o arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress, Lupita Nyong’o arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

But having said all that, there are always winners and losers in the race and the absolute, number one with a bullet winner was Lupita Nyong’o (Patsey in Best Picture Winner 12 Years a Slave) who won the Best Supporting Actress Award Sunday night. From her very first appearance on the red carpet wearing red Ralph Lauren Collection at the beginning of the awards season to her being a stunning reflection of international beauty in a blue pleated Prada dress on Sunday, she has been the very essence of graceful elegant. No one else outshone her at the ceremony and her youthful humility and natural ease puts her heads above all others.

Because no really crossed the line into abject failure, the rest of the women also proved to just as bewitching, although there was some successful failures. Among my favorites were Bette Midler, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Garner, Penelope Cruz, Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence.

Penelope Cruz arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, C

Penelope Cruz  in pink Gianbattista Valli gown arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, 

Oscar®-nominated actress Cate Blanchett arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Cate Blanchett in a nude Armani Prive gown arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture gown arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Jada Pinkett Smith arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Jada Pinkett Smith arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kate Hudson arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kate Hudson arrives in white Versace for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Angelina Jolie arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Angelina Jolie arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Julia Roberts arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Julia Roberts arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Emma Watson arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Emma Watson arrives in understated Vera Wang for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Sandra Bullock arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Sandra Bullock arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Lady Gaga arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Lady Gaga arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Lady Gaga arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Lady Gaga arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kristen Bell arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kristen Bell arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kerry Washington arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kerry Washington arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Charlize Theron arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Charlize Theron arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Bette Midler arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Bette Midler arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress, Sally Hawkins arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress, Sally Hawkins arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Anne Hathaway arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Anne Hathaway arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Meryl Streep arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominated actress Meryl Streep arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Olga Kurylenko arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Olga Kurylenko arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Portia de Rossi arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Portia de Rossi arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Idina Menzel arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Idina Menzel arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

 

Judith Hill from "20 Feet from Stardom" arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Judith Hill from “20 Feet from Stardom” arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominee Amy Adams arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Oscar®-nominee Amy Adams arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Anna Kendrick arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Anna Kendrick arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Actress Viola Davis arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Actress Viola Davis arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kristin Chenoweth arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.

Kristin Chenoweth arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.