This year it seemed everyone got a memo to blah it up on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards. Thankfully, a few women (and even a few men) willfully ignored the directive to dress like expensive paper bags. Maybe no one wanted to look like a crayon melting in the rain that never came, who knows? While some stars are still knockouts in beige, a few very notably were not. 

Here's a look at who knocked it out of the park, who was perfectly respectable (for better or for worse) and who was just plain crazy. Shorts, people. Shorts. At. The. Oscars. 

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Liane Bonin Starr is an author, screenwriter and former writer for EW.com. Her byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety and a lot of other places. Her last book was called "a scandalously catty, guilty pleasure" by Jane magazine. Expect the same from Starr Raving.