Oscars Gown Final Showdown: Anne Hathaway vs. Nicole Kidman -- Pick Your Favorite!

02/28/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Anne Hathaway, Nicole KidmanFernando Allende/Broadimage; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo



The Showdown: Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé (2009) vs. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007)
The Editor’s Pick: Anne Hathaway
Who Made the Call?: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director
Why She Chose It:

I’m on Oscars Gown Bracketology strike. Allow me to explain. Yes, both final contenders look stunning in their respective gowns but I’m still reeling from the early elimination of Michelle Williams in that yellow Vera Wang. This is worse than when the Bachelor sends home the fan favorite mid-season.

I suppose I have to choose between Anne Hathaway and Nicole Kidman, but before I do, I’d like to take a few minutes to highlight what our editors said about Michelle’s gown in previous rounds:

Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: Michelle Williams’s striking marigold number has made countless best-dressed (and best-ever) lists since the moment she walked onto the red carpet … The dress fit her like a glove, and had just enough drama in the details to make her stand out without overwhelming her petite frame.

Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: This was Michelle’s first Oscars appearance ever, and I love that she totally went for something bold and fresh. With the vibrant color, ruffled neckline and ruching at the waist, it’s no surprise this design launched the nominee to the top of best dressed lists.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

OK, now I’m ready to accept Michelle’s defeat and move on. I was surprised when Nicole’s dramatic red Balenciaga beat out Gwyneth’s now-iconic white Tom Ford (two equally polarizing dresses, but Gwyn’s was such a moment), but I was downright stunned when it also kicked Charlize Theron’s Dior-clad butt. For a minute it looked like Sandra Bullock’s Marchesa would break her winning streak, but with 52% of the votes, Nicole was victorious once more.

The success of Anne’s iridescent Armani Privé gown was easier to predict. It’s glamorous, it’s elegant and even though it weighed 15 pounds, she made it look effortless. “Anne is so lovely and ethereal — she reminds me of the great actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age,” Giorgio Armani said of the look he created for her. “For this reason I dressed her as a type of fairy-mermaid, pure and sparkling … She looked truly breathtaking.”

Both of these stars are drop-dead gorgeous in their gowns, and I’d be perfectly happy to let it end in a tie. But since that’s apparently not how things work with these brackets, I’m going to give this to Anne by a very narrow margin. I think her shimmering champagne moment is going to stand the test of time for decades to come.


Do you agree with me or should Nicole Kidman win this round? Vote in the Oscars Gown Bracket and check back tomorrow to see who comes out on top!

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Tony on

For me this is an easy choice. I again have to go with Nicole Kidman’s Balenciaga from 2007. While Anne Hathaway did look stunning and has never looked better, I cannot help but feel Kidman’s dress is the more original and unique of the two gowns. The high number of stars wearing metallic gowns lately has almost made them indistinguishable from each other. I do not think anyone has worn a gown like Kidman’s before and may never wear one like that again. To me this is one of those dresses people will remember forever.

Willa on

I’m just happy Nicole made it this far! She was never going to beat Anne’s dress as it’s more easy to digest and has all the “glamour” one expects when it comes to the Oscars. Nicole’s gown is easily more innovative, but that means not everyone is going to go for it. Oh well.

Angie on

I’m torn. They are both gorgeous and glamorous and deserved to make it to the final. Picking between the two really comes down to personal taste… but I can’t choose.

guest on

Nicole’s dress should be the winner. It is original and striking. Nicole Kidman looked exceptional in this dress.

Cohen on

sigh..ive been rooting for nicole since day one (or technically day 8) with that piece of balenciaga-it still amazes me everytime i need to be reminded what a great style star she is, ill be searching for that image from 2007..having said that i have to go with anne this time around, yes metallic has been done to death and what a predicatable venue to wear a silvery number..but this armani prive on anne is an exceptional take- i thank rachel zoe for this

chloe on

I personally like Nicole’s better. It’s just more unique and bright.

Katilipops on

I think that the voting and bracket would have been more fun without the biased commentary swaying voters.

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