The Best & Worst Dressed from the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were this weekend and the blue carpet was full of fashion. The big winner of the night was the new musical La La Land, but not all of the style choices were as successful. Here is a look at the biggest hits and misses of the star studded event!


There was a major overdose of loud patterns and black designs at the Critic’s Choice Awards. It is winter, so dark colors can be expected, but unfortunately there was no excuse for some of these looks. Here are 15 of the least successful fashion moments of the night.

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 Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick may be a beautiful Viking, but this black number was far too busy and distracted from that beauty. I think a more simple version of this dress would have been a hit, but the multiple straps, lace panels, sheer polka dots and choker were just too much.

Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet in unknown zebra print dress.

Lisa Bonet is one of the coolest chicks around, but this zebra sack is not a good look. It is an unflattering cut and an even more unfortunate pattern. Just say no.

James Marsden

James Marsden in Salvatore Ferragamo.

I struggled with this look from James. I like the suit, but the heavy pattern did not read well on television, the elength of the pants are slightly off and those shoes are wrong. It had potential to be a good look, but fell short.

Leslie Maan

Leslie Maan in Greta Constantine.

Leslie may be my favorite funny woman on film, but this unflattering dress was my least favorite on her. I like the color, but the cut and awkward flower at the neckline are strange. She is so cute but this dress was so not.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington in Elie Saab.

I cannot believe I am saying this, but Kerry what were you thinking? She likes to take fashion risks and they usually pay off, but this was messy. The dress, hair and shoes were all too fussy. It was too casual for the event but could have been dressed up with a slicked back bun and simple shoes.

Busy Phillips

Busy Phillips in Martha Medeiros.

Busy was just looking a little too busy. The single toned lace frock needed a belt to break the color up and add some life to this sad dress. It had potential but was not executed correctly. On a high note, her hair and makeup looked beautiful.

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne in Steven Khalil.

Bella is notorious for dressing inappropriately for events and that is exactly what happened here. She needs to lose the belt that does not line up with this illusion dress, it ruins the cool concept. This dress is more appropriate for the MTV awards than the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nia Long

Nia Long

This dress is so unflattering for such a beautiful woman. The material just does not fit right and comes off cheap.  I am also sad to say it is way too casual for the red carpet and not a hit for Nia.

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

For a known fashionista on Sex and the City, Cynthia should be an ace at this by now. This Valentines day dress is too long, an odd color choice and a bit outdated. I just do not get it, Miranda.

Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany in BOSS.

This dress has so much going on that it is hard to even remember who was wearing it. Tatiana is muted by the loudness of the look, which is not ideal for this new rising Hollywood star. You should wear the dress, the dress should not wear you.

Janelle Monet

Janelle Monet

Janelle is such a powerful songstress but she is very petite and this huge gown swallows her whole. The loud pattern, the hair, the choker, the clutch and random shoes were just too many separate ideas being executed on one person.

Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan is a beautiful woman but this dress was wrong. The neckline and details are pretty but the dress as a whole comes off very prom appropriate. It looks like something you may see at the CMA’s, and I don’t mean that in a good way. Overall, It is too young and too short for her.

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan in Monique Lhuillier.

Michelle is another fashion risk taker and I think she is so gorgeous. I like the idea of this Monique Lhullier sheer suit, but the final product looks very odd and mismatched.  The hair is too matronly when paired with the lace jacket and the pants do not read well in photos.

Auli’i Cravalho

Auli’i Cravalho in unknown tropical skirt.

I understand that this young Moana actress probably wanted to give a nod to her heritage and new Disney movie, but there is a way to do that without looking like a costume. I would have loved to see her in a beautiful gown with subtle Polynesian flowers. Striking a perfect balance between glamour and homage.


Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman in Alexander McQueen
Natalie Portman in Alexander McQueen.

I don’t really know how to explain this. I love Natalie and I love McQueen, but this floral poncho dress is not okay! It is such a big award season for this Jackie star that I hope she doesn’t have anymore carpet mishaps like this one. She is far too cute to be put into something so bad.


The good news for the Critics’ Choice Awards is that even though everyone didn’t win a statue there were plenty of award winning looks on the blue carpet. No cringe factor here, these attendees brought their A-game! Here are my favorite looks from the night.

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Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco in Noon by Noor.

This was a controversial look for people. It ended up on some best dressed lists and some worst dressed lists. But I have come around to loving it! The material of the top was gorgeous and she just looked laid back and chic. I will say that her spray tan-less feet were a bit distracting but overall this cute and fresh look was a hit!

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris in unknown strapless black dress.

Talk about a beautiful woman! I do not normally approve of the sheer bottom dresses but I made an exception for this look on the gorgeous Naomie. It fit her like a glove and was interesting to look at. Not to mention the shoes, hair and makeup were impeccable.

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra suit.

This was one of the best looks of the night! Evan Rachel Wood is so beautiful but is also a bit of a tomboy, so this suit was the perfect choice for her. It showed off her gorgeous figure, it was impeccably tailored and her hair let her maintain her bad-ass vibe. So good!

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale in Reem Acra.

This was a look that I went back and forth with. I could not decide if I loved it or hated it. I sided with loving it! Kate is one of the most beautiful women in the world and she looks like a princess in this Reem Acra gown. The sheer black is so on trend and I loved her signature messy pony tail that made it less formal. She looks so enchanting, yet villanous.

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab.

This muted, dusty teal was such a cool color that I had to add this dress to my list. Jessica tends to be inconsistent on the red carpet but this dress with rough edges, black velvet and her messy hair gave it a bit of a gothic flair that I loved. Her date Justin Timberlake wasn’t too shabby looking either.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams in Atelier Versace.

Amy tends to play it safe but keeps it modern and sexy, which is never a bad thing. She has a close relationship with Versace and wears their designs very often, and I love me some Versace.  The lines are always clean and always flatter her body. She is consistently on point and looked beautiful in this white Atelier look.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection.

Viola stunned in this aqua Michale Kors Collection gown. The color just pops so well with her skin that you cannot look away. Her hair, makeup and jewelry were perfectly executed. She looked fabulous!

Judith Light

Judith Light

I know that some people may not love this look, but boy did I. I am guilty of liking edgy looks and I think matte black sequins is oh so chic, so when I saw Judith Light in this gown I was sold. She looks so incredible and trendy for her age. What a cool lady in a very cool dress.

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

There were a lot of ill fitting suits and failed suiting trends on the carpet at this years show, but Jim Parsons was not victim to them. He kept his suit so classic and it fit him so perfectly. It was a job well done and a timeless look. What a gentleman!

Portia Doubleday

Portia Doubleday in Jenny Packham.

So much yes, Portia. This Jenny Packham dress is so cool I could die. She looks modern, young and so hip. The dress could not fit her better and she could not be more perfect for this pattern. I have major envy over this look. She looks incredible!

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Linda made my list because I wanted to highlight how to CORRECTLY wear a more casual look for a more casual award show like this one. Some of the dresses were far too casual but Linda struck the perfect balance. This dress was not too short, it was tasteful and the formal pointed shoes were the cherry on top. Her hair is disheveled in the perfect way, keeping this look fresh and pretty.

Aldis Hodge

Aldis Hodge

Aldis is incredibly handsome but that is not the only reason he made the list. This suit fit him like a glove and he tried a trend that did not look forced. This dull black toned suit takes the look to an unexpected place but he still looks classic and effortless. Well done Aldis!


Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman in Brandon Maxwell.

My Best Dressed Winner of the night was Nicole Kidman. Nicole is a fashion risk-taker and I love that about her. Her body is so statuesque and her face is like porcelain, so this black tight gown really lets her showcase those features. The slit is a bit high but the off-the-shoulder neckline is a huge trend this season that was executed perfectly. She looks clean, modern and tasteful, which can be difficult when you are rocking a large cut-out. I loved this look and it was definitely my pick for the biggest hit of the night. She looked flawless!

That rounds up the Best and Worst of the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards. Don’t fret, the award season has just begun! So stay tuned for many more red carpet hits and misses in the new year.

Photos provided by: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Collages created by: Lizzy Olsen/ Beauty and the Beet DC

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