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We’ve said it before, but we’re really excited about this year’s crop of awards shows. Actresses make more red carpet appearances when they are up for major awards, and this year we have major fashion stars out promoting their movies like the rent is due. Last night at the National Board of Review Awards Gala, Jessica Chastain came to play in a bright yellow dress, while the French women reminded us why that annoying “French women do everything perfectly” stereotype exists in the first place.

Check out what everyone wore:

Melonie Diaz 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Fruitvale Station‘s Melonie Diaz looks darling in her Zac Posen, if a little deer in the headlights in this picture. All stylists should be informed of carpet colors before events so they don’t send black shoes out on a black carpet and make their clients’ feet disappear.

Adepero Oduye 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

The kicky hem on 12 Years A Slave‘s Adepero Odouye‘s dress is great, and she looks amazing. The earrings, lipstick, and shoes are fantastic. Also she has an Ivy League degree.

Edie Falco 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Edie Falco‘s makeup looks awesome and we love her, but the braided belt is a bit dated and she is disappearing into the wall and carpet here.

Michael B. Jordan 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

The texture of this Viktor & Rolf suit is so amazing I just want to pet it all day, and not just because it’s on Michael B. Jordan. This suit fits beautifully, and the layered gray shades over the black shirt is spectacular.

Octavia Spencer 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Octavia Spencer‘s hair and makeup look great, and I’m digging the sequin jacket and the fancy shoes. The crossover-front blouse looks a bit like she tied a tablecloth around her neck as a sling, though.

Melissa Leo 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Oh my gosh. So one day several years ago I woke up, put on some makeup, then got dressed and chatted with my husband a bit and went off to work without looking in the mirror. Later that day I went into the bathroom and saw that I was wearing this exact outfit that Melissa Leo is wearing, same hair and everything. I ran back to my desk and called my husband.

“Why did you let me leave the house dressed like a pirate!?” I cried.

“I thought that was just a thing you were doing today,” he said.

Meryl Streep 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

There’s some odd folding going on at the bust of Meryl Streep‘s dress, but I like it. The coat is cozy and I like the bag and love the glasses. I do not at all love that she is wearing sheer black nylons with open-toed shoes. (It’s a pet peeve of mine.)

Emma Thompson 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Emma Thompson‘s hair and lipstick look great, but I wish she’d step it up a bit on the red carpet. She has Saving Mr. Banks to promote, and I’d love to see her in some bolder colors.

Maria Bello 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Maria Bello deserves a better look than this. The dress itself might be OK, though what I can see of it looks a bit matronly, but the fuzzy jacket is overwhelming everything. It looks like it was made out of the bathroom rug in the house of a nice grandmother whose eyesight is not quite good enough to see that there’s some blue mold growing on it. The shoes are cool, but those pearly grayish tights have never been OK. The hair isn’t even great, and Bello has fantastic hair. It just looks like her stylists were trying for a casual, beachy wave and forgot the “effortless” part of the look. The corkscrews at the top are too perfect, and the straightened ends are too flat, so the effect is the opposite of effortless.

Adele Exarchopoulos 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Adele Exarchopoulos seems to have Kristen Stewart‘s problem where she can’t close her mouth on the red carpet. She’s apparently excellent on film, but on the red carpets she keeps striking these contrived, sexy, over the shoulder poses that make her look a bit silly. The Louis Vuitton dress is OK, but we’re surprised a beautiful French actress with this kind of buzz isn’t pulling better looks. (Or is Lea Seydoux taking them all?)

Lea Seydoux 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Lea Seydoux risks looking like a pumpkin in her Prada, and it pays off beautifully. Both colors look excellent on her, and with each other. (And for once giant jewels are photographing well on a garment.) She’s so cool she doesn’t even need eyebrows.

Berenice Bejo 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

I do not even know how Berenice Bejo is doing this. She’s fashion-forward, glamorous, casual, comfortable, careless, and perfect. This is some advanced theory dressing. She is doing nothing to relieve me of the sneaking concern that French women know something I do not.

Berenice Bejo 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Is there a class I can take to make this hair and makeup happen?

Jessica Chastain 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala

Jessica Chastain‘s bright Oscar de la Renta reminds me of what a Lemonhead candy tastes like. She could use a bit of a petticoat, because the skirt is flattening out a bit unfortunately over her hips, but the bold color and asymmetrical hem are fantastic. The blue shoes are perfect.