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Academy Awards Hit and Misses

July 11, 2011 | 12:03 AM

MODERN editors, Facebook fans and readers were busy analyzing red-carpet styles on Oscar night in late February. As usual, there was lots of glam and a few major standouts. Here are a few of the Oscar hits and misses. And for next year's red carpet, we want to know what it's going to take for reporters to start asking the stars, "Who did your hair?"

Anne's Big Night

From dresses to tresses, Anne Hathaway switched it up every time she presented with co-host James Franco at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. From her initial red carpet loose bun, to a high ponytail to a wavy style, every look captured the feel of true Oscar Hollywood glamour. Between seven different styles, celebrity stylist Adir Abergel was kept very busy that night transforming her hair between presentations. Here's the inspiration and the steps behind two of the looks.

The Ponytail
INSPIRATION: A sleek, yet flirty 1960s high ponytail to add a feminine feel to her Lanvin tux.
Academy Awards Hit and Misses
1. Backcomb the perimeter of the hairline; lock in the style with hair spray.
2. Next, pull hair into a ponytail at the crown and secure with an elastic band.
3. Use the FHI Heat Kore 1-inch Curling Iron at the ends to create movement and bounce.
4. For added shine, apply a gloss product.
5. Finish the look by wrapping a piece of hair (from underneath) around the base creating a sleek style.

Bun and Braid
INSPIRATION: The modern Grace Kelly-a high bun with a gorgeous thick braid-beautiful and refined.
Academy Awards Hit and Misses
1. Start by creating a ponytail at the crown and secure.
2. Next, twist the hair into a high bun and pin in place.
3. Apply straightening balm; then use the FHI Heat EPS 1-inch flatiron to get the hair extremely smooth.
4. Braid the hair.
5. Finish by wrapping the braided hair around the bun, pin in place and mist with spray to hold.

Red Lips for the Red Carpet
According to David Maderich, MODERN's make-up artist and blog contributor, it was all about classic beauty at the 2011 Oscars. Red lips, arched eyebrows and lined eyes took center stage. Here are some of his observations from the big night:

Academy Awards Hit and Misses
"Sandra Bullock was class personified as she entered the Kodak Theater in a classic updo, defined brows-and of course, red lips. She added rosy cheeks to make the look her own. Definitely one of my favorite faces of the evening."

Academy Awards Hit and Misses
"I usually don't recommend red lips on darked-skinned women, but newly thin Jennifer Hudson proved me wrong. She rocked a red gown and matching red lips. Bravo for teaching an old dog like me a new trick, Miss Dream Girl."

Academy Awards Hit and Misses
"My ‘worst look of the night' award goes to Sharon Stone. Way too much eyeliner paired with red lips and a hideous beehive made her a ‘definite don't.' Sharon will always be a star in my book, but this year she did not shine."

Facebookers Tell All!

Each year celebrities show up to the Oscars dressed to the hilt in designer gowns, accompanied by either a glamorous (or hideous) hair style. To find out what MODERN readers proclaimed as the best and worst, we held a live chat on the night of the Oscars to see who sparked your fancy (and who didn't).

Several of MODERN'S readers declared MILA KUNIS, who presented an award, as the overall best look of the night. From her lacy lavender dress to her polished hair and make-up, everything about her look was enchanting. Here's what you had to say:
Academy Awards Hit and Misses
Lil Miss Couture Children's Boutique "Very chic from head to toe-love the color of her dress!"
Keylee Lederer "Lovvveee it! Stunnning."
Maria T Esparolini "Amazing dress and the color was so soft and beautiful. Like her whole look, it flowed."

REESE WITHERSPOON's retro high ponytail drew comparisons to I Dream of Jeannie and Barbie, but MODERN readers were split on whether that was a good thing or not.
Academy Awards Hit and Misses
Christina Holt
"She looks like a Barbie Doll from the '60s with the hair and dress … I think I like it (not too sure). Her make-up looks pretty though!"
Mary Dirks "I love it! She looks like Barbie!
Andrea Harrison "Yeah, I can't decide if it's hot ... or not."

Plenty of MODERN'S readers also gave the nod to Oscar-winner NATALIE PORTMAN's look, as she glowed in her plum dress and simple side swept 'do-and they particularly loved her acceptance speech!
Academy Awards Hit and Misses
Bradley C Dixon "It was nice to hear Natalie Portman thank her hairdresser last night. For the life of me I can't understand why hair or who did it is not recognized … as we all know beauty starts at the top!"

AMY ADAMS' blue sequined dress made the grade, but her hair, make-up and/or jewelry ruined the final effect. According to MODERN Facebook fans:
Academy Awards Hit and Misses
Will Turpin "The hair does not work with this dress. The necklace should have been left out."
Jill Andrea Thomason "Love the hair, love the dress, but the necklace looks out of place."
Sandy LeClear "I thought she looked shabby, bad eye shadow too."

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