Sunday night's 85th Academy Awards style was, as Times fashion critic Booth Moore pointed out, all about extremes.
While Moore was referring to the complete red carpet looks -- the gowns, the jewels and the like -- one might have come to the same conclusion even if the awards had only been broadcast from the neck up, thanks to the wildly divergent hairstyles.
Most noticeable was the full, luxurious head of hair tossed over -- and cascading down -- one shoulder. We're not sure whether it reminded us of Veronica Lake or simply Kim Basinger's "look-a-Lake" from "L.A. Confidential," either way it was an unmistakeably old Hollywood vibe embraced by the likes of Jessica Chastain, Zoe Saldana, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Reese Witherspoon.
(During the E! Entertainment pre-show coverage, Witherspoon was asked about the secret to getting her hair to look the way it did. Her response? "I recently had a baby.")