Who Was Best and Worst Dressed at the Academy Awards Luncheon?

We still have a few weeks left until the 2013 Academy Awards, but pundits are already busy guessing who’ll take away the big awards.

While we wait for the big day, let’s have a look at some of the interesting dresses worn by the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees during the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held earlier this month. Maybe their dresses at the luncheon will give us a hint as to what they will wear at the awards ceremony?

85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon

Naomi Watts and Anne Hathaway both wore black, while Jennifer Lawrence opted to wear white. Quvenzhané Wallis and Amy Adams donned purple gowns. Jessica Chastain was in a floral dress, while Sally Field and Helen Hunt went for ivory/pewter. Jacki Weaver was the only Best Supporting Actress nominee who dared to wear bright orange.

1. Anne Hathaway in The Row Resort 2013

Anne Hathaway has an eclectic style. Sometimes she dresses edgy or girly. However, most of the time she favors classic and elegant looks. At the luncheon, she opted for the latter with the “Dorning” dress from The Row’s Resort 2013 collection. It’s a black cotton-blend sleeveless dress that is simple and classic overall but is also interesting particularly because of the peplum detail at the back. The 30-year-old actress truly knows effortless elegance.

Anne Hathaway at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees LuncheonAnne Hathaway in The Row at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

2. Naomi Watts in Valentino Resort 2013

The 44-year-old actress was effortlessly stylish in a black cotton lace-embroidered Valentino dress with a boat neckline and a flared skirt. Naomi Watts is the type who wears timeless pieces, so this one is not surprising.

Naomi Watts at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly Hilton HotelNaomi Watts in Valentino at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

3. Jennifer Lawrence in Chloe Spring 2013

Jennifer Lawrence has had a lot of fashion hits and misses, but her diverse style has always been interesting. She could be really amazing, but sometimes she just leaves everyone dumbfounded with her outfit choices. Take, for example, the Valentino dress that made her look sloppy at the 2013 People’s Choice Awards.

At the luncheon for Academy Awards nominees, she again showed up in a dress that didn’t really flatter her figure. The seams, the ruched top, the ruffled hemline, and the entire silhouette of her dress seemed off, somehow reflecting the awkward way she carried it. Her awkward poses seemed to suggest that she was not comfortable in this Chloe spring 2013 piece. Even her black Casadei pumps did nothing to save the entire look.

Jennifer Lawrence at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly Hilton HotelJennifer Lawrence in Chloe at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

4. Jessica Chastain in Erdem Resort 2013

Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain was ladylike in a midnight navy dress that she got from Erdem’s Resort 2013 collection. The silhouette of this knee-length dress is simple and classic, but the floral design (combining blue and pink) looks charming and dreamy. The sheer three-fourth sleeves also make it more feminine.

Jessica Chastain at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly HiltonJessica Chastain in Erdem at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

5. Amy Adams in J. Mendel Spring 2013

We don’t exactly dig Amy Adams’ J. Mendel dress, but she definitely managed to catch our attention. Her previous red carpet outfits wowed us, particularly her Marchesa fishtail gown at the Golden Globe Awards 2013 and her Vionnet dress at the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. This J. Mendel creation, on the other hand, is a so-so. She screamed girly in this long-sleeved floral-print dress in purple. The dress looks conservative, but it actually teases with a cutout on the back (not seen in the photos).

Amy Adams at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly Hilton HotelAmy Adams in J. Mendel at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

6. Quvenzhane Wallis in David Meister

Nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis has been dressing up in David Meister recently, and if we’re not mistaken, this was her third. Also, she’s been carrying different puppy purses, which is cute for her age. Her purple dress, which features gems on the neckline, looks good on her.

Quvenzhane Wallis at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly Hilton HotelQuvenzhane Wallis in David Meister at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

7. Sally Field in Alberta Ferretti Spring 2013

Lincoln actress Sally Field showed up in a luncheon-appropriate outfit. Her Alberta Ferretti ivory dress looks comfy as it features chiffon with seamed lace detailing as well as a ruffled hem. We wonder, though, why the sleeves on her dress were plain because the dress originally had ruffled lace cap sleeves (as seen on the runway).

Sally Field at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly Hilton HotelSally Field in Alberta Ferretti at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

8. Helen Hunt in Dolce & Gabbana

Helen Hunt, who was nominated for her performance in The Sessions, chose a very simple pewter knee-length dress by Dolce & Gabbana. It’s a classic one that features a square neckline and a ruched effect and boasts a mix of simplicity and sophistication. The actress wore minimal makeup and accessories to finish her look.

Helen Hunt at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly Hilton HotelHelen Hunt in Dolce & Gabbana at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

9. Jacki Weaver in a Bright Orange Cocktail Dress

Jackie Weaver was indeed the only nominee who wore a cocktail knee-length dress in bright orange. She even wore red-orange dangling earrings and matching nail polish.

Jacki Weaver at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Beverly Hilton HotelJacki Weaver in a bright orange dress at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 4, 2013

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