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81st Oscars 7:42 p.m. (Pre-Show)

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 22, 2009 07:42 PM

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: obviously one of our great actors, not one of our great dressers. Lots of dark, mis-tailored fabric. If I can be that writer: I have "Doubts" about his outfit. He's wearing a Snuggie. Cut to the be-tuxed Daniel Craig who, with all due respect to the opposite sex, looks stunning. Jessica Biel's dress comes with a bib, perfect for men who plan to drool on her -- that includes you, Mr. Timberlake.

With all due respect to Sam Mendes, Kate Winslet should be Daniel Craig's date - her dress looks royal (it's blue) but there's some kind of beading creeping across it that seems, to my teenage mind, like comic-book netting. It's chic and science-fictional, and I think I love it. Stan Lee, what about you? Meanwhile, Tilda Swinton, in two outfits (frilly and champagne on top, loose and black on bottom), has come dressed as Winslet's nemesis -- it's a joke on elegance. Her Marvel Comics name would be Tilda Two Tone.

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