Tag: Oscars

And the Award Goes To…

“That’s a bingo!  …Is that the way you say it?  ‘That’s a bingo?'”
“You just say bingo.”
“Ah!  Bingo!  How fun!  But I digress.  Where were we?”
– Inglorious Basterds

Today has been a lovely Sunday, it’s sunny and gorgeous outside, you can smell Spring in the air in spite of the snow on the mountains, J. and I made a to-die-for mac and cheese recipe that had pretentious enough ingredients to make it seem much more difficult than it actually was, and I’m whipping up cookies (plus snacking on kettlecorn as I dash back and forth between the kitchen and the red-carpet interviews, my dedication is being tested…).

I’ll be doing my annual Oscar dress review tomorrow, but let me just say this now:

If Christoph Waltz doesn’t win best supporting actor, I shall be extremely vexed.  And if Avatar wins Best Picture I will lose all faith in Hollywood.  J. wants The Cove to win best documentary.  I want the fabulous Carey Mulligan or divine Sandra Bullock to win best actress but Helen Miren (aka The Queen), the precious Gabourey Sidibe, and the goddess that is Meryl Streep will give them stiff competition.  I think Mo’nique will win best supporting actress (indeed that seems to be the real story of this Oscar Award Season).  I pick Up for best animated feature, The Young Victoria for costume design (might be wistful thinking, I wouldn’t mind Coco Avant Chanel either again based on personal prejudice for Chanel and Audrey Tautou), I pick Katheryn Bigelow for best director for The Hurt Locker (go women!).  The Hurt Locker seems to be the frontrunner for Best Picture.  And I can’t pick a best actor, I’d love to see Morgan Freeman win in this category after a career of famous supporting rolls, and who doesn’t have a soft spot for Mr. Darcy…er…Colin Firth.  And again, not to harp, but GO CHRISTOPH WALTZ!

Any last minute pics out there?  Raging debate?  Big bets?  Do share!

Remember this scene? Better than that whole "plot" of Avatar's.

Fashion Forward

Remember that always dressing in understated good taste is the same as playing dead.”
-Susan Catherine

This is a momentous week, my friends, and even before I tell you why I can feel the judgement emanating from your eyeballs as you read this.  The answer is simple, it’s my own little Fashion Week in Small Dog Syndrome Land: Oscars last night and America’s Next Top Model starts this Wednesday.  See?  I feel it already. 

Growing up I wasn’t exactly a tomboy so much as I never learned how to be a girl.  In middle school Peregrine tried vainly to force me into blow drying my hair regularly, then I lived on Guam during high school where hair product and makeup would have come to a sticky and unattractive end anyway so no one bothered, and THEN I moved to a university where lots of the girls tend to  have hair and makeup that would rival any beauty queens in both height and thickness respectively.  But slowly and surely I gleaned the necessary skills to keep from looking like a gorgon OR a Blondezilla and now I (think I) have my hair and face under control. 

However, even when I was myself hopeless, I have always loved fashion!  I have always liked it when people find a way to make practical things interesting and beautiful,  Fancy food, lingerie, fun architecture, even colored post-it notes are great, anything that does a job but looks good doing it is worth the time and money.  And clothes?  They keep you from being naked but they also show your personal taste, demonstrate solidarity with groups or complete independence, convey position…they just talk and tell stories.  And they’re such fun!  So obviously watching the Oscars is like being a kid in a couture candy store!

My thoughts on the night’s gowns?  Read on, let me know what you think:

So close!  I LOVE me a red dress, but the carpet matching hurts.
So close! I LOVE me a red dress, but the carpet matching hurts.
So close again!  If only you'd worn your Prada dress instead of your Prada sheets!
So close again! If only you'd worn your Prada dress instead of your Prada sheets!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              – I really wanted to like Amy Adams’ dress, Carlina Herrera, in another venue I probably would have but she looked like she was emerging from the red carpet and so I’m going to have  to regretfully say no.  Her Fred Leighton necklace though?  To DIE for! 
Jessica Biel’s dress wasn’t entirely off, Prada is always stunning and I do like structured bodices, but this one hid too much of her fabulous form.  The color and the fabric are beautiful, but she looks a bit too much like she just rolled out of bed.  And not in the good way.
Two thumbs way, way down.  Beyonce, this smacks of your mother's designing...
Two thumbs way, way down. Beyonce, this smacks of your mother's designing...
Too bridey.
Taraji, too elegant to be shunned.
                                                                                                                              – Beyonce.  Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce…you coined the phrase “bootylicious,” why must you encase yourself in a black and gold monstrosity?  The bodice cut would have even worked if you didn’t have the weird graphic, but I absolutely and forever will hate fish-tail dresses. 
Taraji Henson’s Roberto Cavalli gown was so elegant!  It was almost too bridey for me, but when I tried to think of another color it would have been equally stunning in I couldn’t so I’m going to have to let this one slide.  Ethereal and graceful.  The hair was a bit boring but still equisitely ladylike, and I’m going to say redeemed by the pop of her red bag.  Nice sparklers around the neck too.
Gorgeous, but still too bridey!
Gorgeous, but still too bridey!
The dreaded fish-tail strikes again (see Beyonce above).  It just doesn't work, please let it go.
The dreaded fish-tail strikes again (see Beyonce above). It just doesn't work, please let it go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                   –Penelope Cruz’s Pierre Balmain gown was lovely in its own way, but again with the bridal thing?  Her’s even has the big skirt and sweetheart neckline.  Pretty dress, but I didn’t like it for the Oscars.
Melissa GeorgeDolce and Gabanna let her wear their stuff?  What were you thinking?!  That is all.

 

Not all the pundits agree, but I thought she looked great.  Classic black always works, and goodness knows I love my emeralds!
Not all the pundits agree, but I thought she looked great. Classic black always works, and goodness knows I love my emeralds!
Evan wins for the evening, in my book at least.  Favorite look of the night!
Evan wins for the evening, in my book at least. Favorite look of the night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                       – I love Angelina Jolie (post Billy Bob Thorton) and I think that she always looks elegant.  Maybe her style isn’t as flashy and provocative as some people would like, but I think her choices tend to be pretty good.  There was a forgettable Armani Atlier once and a mumu-esque mistake for her Changeling premier, but by and large I think her minimalistic style really works.  She wore an Elie Saab in a classic black.  Hate away stylists everywhere, I liked it!
– My favorite look of the night was Evan Rachel Woods in another Elie Saab.  Also understated, but beautiful lines, gorgeous detail work on the bodice, and suited her peaches-and-cream complexion perfectly.  Subdued but fabulous earrings, and dark nails (love ’em!). 

I am deeply in lust with Angie's earrings.  My most coveted item of the night.
I am deeply in lust with these sparklies. My most coveted item of the night.

Since I’m still poor I have to live vicariously through the TV.  Margot and I met up with Angel at her house to watch the Oscars, make last minute bets about which movies/people would win, and (for me at least) drool over the dresses.  Unfortunately I think the Disney Princess Leauge  gowns were bad and there were way too many bridal looking gowns (No, I’m not being selfish and self-centered, I just don’t want to see brides on the red carpet.  Mine isn’t even white, back off!) 

Others were equally stunning, Anne Hathaway was breathtaking as usual, and Best Actress Kate Winslet’s black and blue off-the-shoulder number was lovely.  Meryl Streep’s gray dress I didn’t care for at all, and Sophia Loren?  Ghastly! 

Lest we forget, the accessories were lovely: Taraji Henson’s bag and Amy Adam’s necklace being in the top three, but I love emeralds.  Love them.  My engagement ring attests to that.  Ergo I must must must find a way to steal Angelina Jolie’s Lorraine Schwartz earrings.

Finally, the WORST looks of the night?  Miley Cyrus in Zuhair Murad.  Scarlett O’Hara managed to make drapes look good, what’s your excuse?  And Sophia Loren?  Goodness knows we love you but WTF?!

GAH!
GAH!
What is this?  Fish scales meets dirty south?  Fire whoever told her to wear this, stat!
What is this? Fish scales meets dirty south? Fire whoever told her to wear this, stat!