Fashion mistakes at the Oscars -- Why Ellen Page and Tilda Swinton are at the top of our worst-dressed list

It’s not hard to see where things went wrong. Tilda Swinton’s never been to the Oscars before, and she’s not so much the following kind. That glossy, amorphous, one-sleeved Gothy thing (courtesy of Alber Elbaz for Lanvin) was doomed from the start. But we’d like to offer another perspective, and suggest that given this year’s risk-averse crop of ”film prom” dresses, there was something jarring, even necessary, in the fiery redhead’s decision to go crazy with the fashion Cheez Whiz — and if anyone can make washed silk satin seem avant-garde, it’s her. Meanwhile, another Oscar rookie was having a tough time of the opposite sort: In floppy vintage Jean-Louis Scherrer, Ellen Page appeared not only uncomfortable but Stepfordized. Hey, we get it — Page isn’t actually frumpy old Juno, but it seems possible that amid all the hubbub, she forgot to have herself a little fun. Thankfully, we’ve got her Indie Spirits suit to tide us over until her next shot at the carpet. And there will be more.