If there’s one thing that’ll make you feel old of a Monday afternoon, it’s trawling through hundreds, if not thousands, of thumbnail images from a major event in the pop culture calendar and recognising only about 20% of the faces looking back at you. I feel like the MTV Movie Awards used to be a much bigger deal than they are now, and I can’t pinpoint if their decreasing relevance to me is just an issue of perspective – ie, I am old now. But I’m still an avid celebrity watcher, I’m still a fan of popular culture and I still enjoy entertainment, so I’m inclined to think it’s not me, it’s them.
I can definitely remember when this show was a must-watch, and attracted all the big names. Now they have to bribe people to attend and hardly anyone interesting bothers attending these days unless they’re going to win something. The only big name over 40 who showed up this year without the promise of a win was Johnny Depp. Yes he has Transcendence to promote, and yes he has a massive image problem right now, but God I’m not sure that this is helping his credibility.
Anyway, filtering out the randoms took some time yesterday, and I’ve already posted the looks I hated the most. What was left was a mixed bag of a couple of looks I loved and whole bunch I didn’t really love, but didn’t really hate either. The problem with the MTV awards is that no one seems to know what’s appropriate for it, so you end up with cocktail dresses being the only reasonable choice for the occasion, and anything approaching an evening dress seeming way OTT.
Case in point Rita Ora, even though her Barbara Casasola dress is quite a nice dress, from certain angles a beautiful dress, but from other angles a bit of a mess. Something about the cut around the bust doesn’t seem to sit right, and if she moved a certain way it became weirdly gapey looking.
But when it was sitting right it was a really nice neckline, and her Old Hollywood hair and makeup were the perfect choice for this dress, even if the dress was slightly too much for the event. Great clutch though!
Rita presented an award with Jessica Alba, who wore one of my favourite looks. I honestly have no idea if these two are great friends in real life or if they just took an instant liking to each other (does anyone take an instant liking to Jessica Alba) but they were chummy as hell on stage. As much as I believe that Jessica Alba is a bitch (#1), what she lacks in terms of an acting career she generally makes up for on the red carpet, and this Kenzo skirt with a simple bandeau top is minimal but gorgeous, a perfect choice, beautifully accessorised.
Another great choice came from Leslie Mann, who always gets it right, this time in a flowy polka dot print dress by Juan Carlos Obando, with an unexpected pop of colour from her orange Saint Laurent sandals. She’s not trying to be down with the kids, and this is very true to her own personal style, which I love, and therefore this gets a a big thumbs up from me.
It surprised me that Kate Upton doesn’t seem to have walked the red carpet, though not so much Cameron Diaz. The Other Woman stars presented the “Best Male” award, and I wonder if they planned the monochrome thing? They all look pretty great, and Nikki Minaj, who surprised everyone by showing up as a human girl, looks incredible in this Alexander McQueen dress.
Also in my top 5, Conan O’Brien’s wife, Liza Powell. I’m afraid I know nothing else about her, but I do know I love this dress. Like my other favourites, it strikes the right tone; it’s fun, it’s chic, but it’s not trying too hard to be young and trendy. It’s a really interesting dress, and I love the green print and the strong white panels that look almost tuxedo inspired against the black.
Someone else who went for the “interesting cocktail dress” approach was Victoria Justice, and her Versace dress is definitely an age appropriate choice for her, but God it’s ugly. It sometimes seems like Versace just have a rake of these hanging in a closet somewhere in one hundred different colours, and they just lend them out to whoever wants them, tightening and loosening the laces where appropriate. For all the visual stuff that this has going on, it still just feels generic to me. It’s not a full fail, because maybe I’d love it if I was 20, so it gets a wobbly horizontal thumb because… kids, huh?
Mrs Channing Tatum often gets a full fail from me, but she’s on the I-don’t-know-maybe? list with this, because she made a decent fist of it with this Pamela Roland leather skirt and embellished sheer top. The skirt is a decent fit, a nice length, and feels just the right amount of youthful for the event, and she’s styled it simply with good shoe, hair and makeup chocies, but the top feels risqué in an old damey way that I think lets the look down. On the whole I think I come down in favour, but I wish the top was a bit less Barbara Windsor.
I like to finish with an enthusiastic favourite, and Amanda Seyfried nailed it in this sparkly Saint Laurent suit. She also skipped the red carpet so the only full length photos of her are on stage, but put your hand over Seth MacFarlane and admire this glittery delight.