Oscars 2011 style: Drag queen Raja rates Halle Berry, Michelle Williams and more

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The Ministry has noted all kinds of high-brow critiques of Academy Awards fashion and felt the need to respond in kind — by asking one of our favorite drag queens, Raja, to help us size up the women of Oscars 2011.

As a contestant on the third season of the addictive ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ the West Hollywood-dwelling queen has an arty concept and professional execution to her look.

Here’s how she ranks the good, the bad and the ‘Gurl, you wore what?’ from Hollywood’s biggest night.

Thank you, James Franco: Like cohost Anne Hathaway, Franco came across ‘adorable and young,’ and Raja praised the actor’s own drag moment when he appeared in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress and wig. ‘Normally I don’t even care about men’s fashion but ... that was so fun and perfect.’

Michelle Williams, the quiet storm: ‘She’s so magical, so feminine, so soft and beautiful. That dark brow against her [light] hair,’ Raja said.


Where are the risk takers? ‘I miss the days of Celine Dion wearing the backwards suit [by] Galliano and Cher in the Bob Mackie crazy headpieces,’ she said. The blame can be pinned on excessive playing it safe, says Raja — like Halle Berry in a lovely but predictable nude frock. ‘A lot of the time it’s the same thing,’ she says of Berry, ‘avant-garde it a little! She’s beautiful, but it’s a little stale.’

Helena Bonham Carter: ‘What a kook,’ Raja said, lovingly.

Lumberjack realness: Praise to Christian Bale for going edgy ‘with a black-on-black suit’ and an unshaven look. ‘I love his rants, by the way,’ she said.

And we love your red carpet evaluation, Raj.


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— Matt Donnelly

Right photo: James Franco channels Marilyn Monroe on the Oscar telecast. Credit: Getty Images.

Left photo: Raja in her ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ glory. Credit: Mathu Andersen / Logo.