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The award season fashion report card

Can Julia Roberts redeem herself after a string of red carpet disasters? Is it possible for Lupita Nyong’o to maintain her fashion winning streak? All will be answered at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Until then, we can look back at other red carpets this season and make some predictions as to what we might see on the nominees. Fingers crossed there will be no jumpsuits. WATCH: Christopher Muther discuss his fashion grades with Jenny Johnson.

Lupita Nyong’o: The red carpet sensation


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The Golden Globes

  • Her performance in “12 Years a Slave” was a heart-wrenching, star-making moment. But when she stepped out at the Golden Globes in a Ralph Lauren red silk cape dress, Nyong’o became a fashion sensation. She handily took the title of best dressed. GRADE: A

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • She chose Gucci for the SAG Awards, opting for a cool teal gown with a collar of intricate flowers. The choice was simple and smart, and Nyong’o looked gorgeous as she picked up her best supporting actress award. GRADE: A-

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The Critics’ Choice Awards

  • Nyong’o scored another win, and another winning red carpet look. She smartly chose a Calvin Klein Collection bandeau dress. Fellow actresses should take note: This is how to pick a sexy red carpet dress. GRADE: A

Oscar fashion prediction

  • Based on her flawless track record, expectations will be high. Nyong’o will rise to the challenge.

Amy Adams: The fashion plate

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The Golden Globes

  • After starring as fashion-forward scam artist Sydney Prosser in “American Hustle,” it was difficult to see Amy Adams in a such a thoroughly unflattering dual-tone Valentino gown. The mix of maroon and red, and the oddly placed waistline, offered little sex appeal. GRADE: C-

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Adams combined old Hollywood with new in an Antonio Berardi dress. She’s been determined to show some skin on the red carpet, this time choosing a cobalt blue gown with geometric shoulder cut-outs. What kept this look from going over-the-top was the classic styling of her hair and makeup. GRADE: B

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The Critics’ Choice Awards

  • Adams won the award for best actress in a comedy, and she also scored points for her risky choice of an electric pink, hammered silk Roland Mouret gown. So far, this has been her strongest choice, at least on American soil. She wore a sexy black gown at the British Academy Film Awards in London. GRADE: B+

Oscar fashion prediction

  • Adams would be well served to dump the “American Hustle” fashion theme and go with something more modern.

Cate Blanchett: The class act

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The Golden Globes

  • Her acceptance speech was more memorable than the dress. Kudos for mixing delicate femininity with a bit of sex appeal, but the Armani Prive gown still resembled a collection of see-through doilies. GRADE: C

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • What we loved about Blanchett at the SAGs? Calling out what she perceived as the sexism of the E! Glam Cam and taking a playful jab at Matthew McConaughey’s long speech. What we didn’t like? The dress. Is that a bib on the front of her Givenchy gown? GRADE: C-

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The Critics’ Choice Awards

  • Blanchett dressed down in a deep green Lanvin stretch crepe gown with sleeves. It was risky, but it was also far more elegant than anything else the “Blue Jasmine” winner has donned this season. GRADE: B+

Oscar fashion prediction

  • Sunday will be Blanchett’s opportunity to show that she can return to the carpet as successfully as film.

Jennifer Lawrence: The wild card

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The Golden Globes

  • It’s the dress that launched a thousand memes. Lawrence’s white Dior gown with black bands inspired a DIY fashion moment as Americans wrapped themselves in sheets, added black electrical tape, and tweeted their creations. Probably not the reaction she wanted. GRADE: F

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • If there was a most improved award, it would go to Lawrence. After the Golden Globes misfire, she slipped into another Dior frock, this time a sparkling, curve-hugging, strapless navy gown. Unlike her “American Hustle” costar, she found the perfect mix of fashion and ’70s sexy. GRADE: A

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” premiere in Los Angeles

  • Lawrence skipped the Critics’ Choice Awards, so let’s look at this premiere. She wore a sheer Dior gown, with what looks like an outdated one-piece bathing suit beneath. Horribly unflattering. Is there any occasion where this would be appropriate? GRADE: F

Oscar fashion prediction

  • Lawrence needs to find a happy medium in a gown that suits her quirky personality, but won’t turn her into a viral fashion catastrophe.

Sandra Bullock: The seasoned sweetheart

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The Golden Globes

  • She’s a red carpet veteran with a mostly successful track record, but her Globes dress looked like a sad, droopy tent. She tapped into a current trend (color blocking) and a hot young designer (Prabal Gurung) but the equation did not add up for the “Gravity” star. GRADE: D

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Now here’s the Bullock we know and love. In a glowing green Lanvin gown, she upped the sex appeal with a high slit and a bodice that exposed her shoulders. The color was strong, but Bullock looked so confident it was difficult to quibble over details. GRADE: B

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The Critics’ Choice Awards

  • It was the three faces of Sandra this season. She went from a sad dress, to a sexy dress, to a sweetly feminine dress at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Her custom-made raspberry crepe ruffled gown by Alber Elbaz was wonderfully detailed, but never felt fussy. GRADE: B+

Oscar fashion prediction

  • Bullock has often tried edgy looks at the Oscars.
    On Sunday, she should try it again.

Julia Roberts: The bumpy red carpet return

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The Golden Globes

  • Oh dear. Fashion lovers were salivating for Roberts’s red carpet return, and what they got was the local librarian from 1964 dressed up for a school function. Dolce & Gabbana did her no favors with this menswear-inspired gown. GRADE: F

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Perhaps hoping to hop on the 1970s bandwagon, Roberts wore a hot pink Valentino jumpsuit. Yes, a jumpsuit. Thankfully what people remember about the night is the crush of adoring fans that attempted to get close to Roberts, not her Pepto pink ensemble. GRADE: F

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The Critics’ Choice Awards

  • Strike three for Roberts. Somehow she managed to choose the most unflattering gown on the rack with this very chaste Juan Carlos Obando frock. It ages her and looks not only unflattering, but uncomfortable. GRADE: F

Oscar fashion prediction

  • The only hope Roberts has of salvaging this red carpet season is by firing her stylist.

Christopher Muther can be reached at christopher.muther@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther
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