Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscar Hang-Over 2012

Ah, the Oscars... “nothing can take the sting out of economic problems like watching millionaires present gold statues to each other.”

The past year in film wasn't all that great. Sure, there were a few "whoa, did you see that?" moments, but over all, it was a pretty somber/lack luster year. Billy Crystal took the reigns as our evening's host, and to be honest, he wasn't anything to write home about. Sure, there were a couple laughs, but for the most part, I felt he was trying too hard to re-live his glory years, having hosted 9 times previously. It just seemed like he lost his edge (some of that has to do with the writers, as well, but c'mon). The night's magic really lies in its presenters, sketches and speeches.

Best Picture
The first silent film since 1929 to win best picture goes to The Artist. While this was a good movie with some great performances, music, directing, and I really enjoyed it, I still maintain Hugo is the better of the two. And had that film been nominated for best actor/actress I know it would have won. Alas, hats off to the charming and quite lovely movie that is The Artist.

And the winner is?....

Best:
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Supporting:
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Octavia Spencer in The Help


Evening's Highlights


The Oscars got off to a promising start with some funny jabs at the Best Picture nominees in this funny movie montage.


"SCORSESE!"



Esperanza Spaulding and the Southern California’s Children Chorus dazzled us with their performance of What A Wonderful World during the In Memoriam tribute. Truly breathtaking.



I love Cirque du Soleil and their performance during the Oscars was quite spectacular. The performance was exclusive in that it was created specifically for that night and will never been seen again.


Comedian Chris Rock, presenter for Best Animated film, is hilarious as he acts out how easy it is to earn a million dollars for “acting” in an animated movie. Priceless. If you missed it you'll definitely want to check out his monologue here: http://youtu.be/GWsge7BtzQg



Christopher Guest fans got a special treat when his favored players, including Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard, assembled to do a sketch about film focus groups that was as industry-tweaking as you’d expect a Christopher Guest sketch to be.



If you're looking for a host for next years Academy Awards look no further. Funny ladies rule!



The gracious acceptance speech of Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners proves Hollywood still has elements of class. His speech was incredibly sincere, gracious and full of charm.


On to the Fashion
Sure, sure, the Oscars are meant for honoring the greatest achievements in film, and while it does just that, every fashionista knows it's all about the dresses. I will say, I felt this years gowns emulated the year in film,... "meh." However, there were a couple show stoppers.

The BEST


The show stopping Jessica Chastain looked completely regal in a black strapless Alexander McQueen lace gown. Her silk organza corset gown embroidered with gold bullion and metal thread was custom-made by Sarah Burton who was inspired by nature to create this look. Everything from her make-up to her hair and jewelry was flawless. She definitely owned the night!

Runner Ups...

The always stunning Gwyneth Paltrow opted for the simplicity of Tom Ford. Her elegant floor-length ivory cap sleeve column gown and double silk crepe cape were first seen at the February 19th TOM FORD London Fashion Week. This is definitely one classic look that will go down in history. My only complaint is her signature boringly straight hair. I wish she would spiced it up a bit.


Cameron Diaz dazzled us on the red carpet in an aquatic-inspired nude gown from Gucci Première — with an asymmetric hem of cascading ruffles and silver sequin embroidery. Her entire look was absolutely gorgeous.


Best After Party Gown
Why Jennifer Lopez decided NOT to
wear this stunner to the actual show
is beyond me. This deep red sequined
dress complete with a plunging neckline
by Zuhair Murad is phenomenal. It's rich
in color and full of detail. Beautiful.







The WORST



Judy Greer, what on Earth were you thinking?! This monstrosity looks a bit like a highway - or should I say road kill. This black and silver Monique Lhuillier dress is without question a big NO-NO.

Runner Ups...

Anna Faris, did you forget this was the Oscars, the most glamorous night in Hollywood? Out of all the dresses, this is the one you picked?! Looks like you were dipped in an unforgiving sparkly tar-pit. Say it with me, "TOO MUCH."



Stacy Keibler, even if the material was different (can’t stand it) that awkwardly placed rose on your hip would still ruin it regardless. Her hair looked flat and I hated that her bag perfectly matched the Marchesa gown. It blew my mind how many people loved this dress. Bleck!!



There you have it folks, a night at the movies. Feel free to share with me your favorite moments of the evening and who you thought looked best. Until next time... Auf Wiedersehen.

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