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. 



Liane Bonin Starr is an author, screenwriter and former writer for 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.