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Oscars 2013 Best and Worst Dressed!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. A LOT has happened to me over the last year, and I’m going to try to do better this year to post more frequently…and maybe start a new blog? But anyway, enough about me, let’s talk about DRESSES! Without further ado…

BEST:

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive - I was really bored with the carpet until she stepped on it in this dress. And I normally don’t care for Prive. But this was hands-down the best dress of the night. Creative, elegant, and unlike anything else on the carpet. I can’t gush about it enough.

Halle Berry in Versace - She has been making some questionable choices lately, so I was pleasantly surprised when she stepped on the carpet in this. It fit her like a glove, and the geometry was so interesting.

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture - It was the hush heard across the carpet, and I’m not even talking about her hair. It’s so hard to do white without going bridal, but this didn’t. There was one thing I didn’t care for though - the awkward train in the back. I wish it had started under the peplum.

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Kahn - I literally could not believe I was putting her on my best dressed list. I also cannot believe she’s lasted this long with George Clooney. Ok, back to the dress. This was like a slinky metal Deco masterpiece. And the head to toe styling was right on the mark. I’m actually proud of her.

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille - I have to admit I’m not familiar with this designer, but now they’re on my radar. A lot of people may find this dress weird, but I like it because of the details, the belt in particular. So many people play it safe these days, and I’m glad Zoe didn’t tonight.

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli - This was kind of a wild card for me. But Jennifer rocked it, and her styling really helped keep this dress sophisticated. And of course I love some blue sparkle!

WORST:

Melissa McCarthy in David Meister - COME ON FASHION WORLD, can’t one of you dress her in something other than a giant, horribly colored sheet? There are plenty of women in Hollywood that are plus size, and they still manage to look great. Someone make Melissa a dress that she actually deserves. This is tragic.

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra - Okay, I know you’re thinking I’m getting on the “I hate Kristen” bandwagon here. But seriously. If you have to bring crutches with you, STAY HOME. She drew too much attention to herself. And she looked like an idiot. I saw her in the background of a carpet interview shaking her leg like she had to pee. NOT WORTH IT. And the dress itself was ill-fitting, and difficult to keep up with said crutches. Boo.

Catherine Zeta Jones in Zuhair Murad - Trying to look like a human Oscar statuette is in poor taste. Plus, this dress just made her look like an old Jersey housewife pumped full of silicone and botox. Ick.

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen - It pains me to put a McQueen dress on my worst list, but this looked like a late-90s prom dress. I think if it had a different neckline it would have gotten off with a passing grade. The color wasn’t doing her any favors, either.

Anne Hathaway in Prada - The nipples seen ‘round the world. If Rachel Zoe is still taking credit as her stylist, she needs to either focus her attention on her “fashion line” and let Annie get styled by someone else, or quit the “fashion line” altogether. I heard Annie say she picked this dress 3 hours before the awards. REALLY?

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu - A lot of people are probably going to be mad at me about this. But this also reminded me of a late-90s prom dress. Or a child’s dress. It would have looked more appropriate shortened and worn by Quvenzhane Wallis.

Oscars 2012 Best and Worst Dressed!

Oh, my favorite night of the year. Not a lot of surprises - with winners, or sartorially. And I didn’t see anything so heinously offensive that it screamed worst, so that was good. I had to think a little bit about what worked and didn’t, so overall that’s great! And now for my picks:

BEST:

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture - She was one of the first to arrive, and I knew she would be tough to beat. In my opinion, no one did. The picture doesn’t really have the depth to do justice to the beading on this dress. It took my breath away. The styling was perfection.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen - This was another breath-stealer. It may be too crazy for some, but it’s right up my alley. I think Jessica is a beautiful girl, but most of the time she disappoints me on the carpet. Not today. And the styling also played a part in it. The dress was the star, and the understated-ness of everything else was the perfect accent.

Cameron Diaz in Gucci - Cameron looked beautiful in this. It was simple in a way, but stunning at the same time. The color looked beautiful on her. A great balance.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji - This is a dress a winner picks. I’m so glad she won, and in this dress. She typically wears this designer, and I haven’t had much of an opinion on the rest of them but they saved the best for last.

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli - At first I wasn’t sure about this dress. There were comparisons to a dress previously worn by Nicole Kidman, but after watching the dress move on stage I decided this one was better. It was elegant, but also playful in a way that only Emma could have truly given life to.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton - Normally I don’t care for her choices, a lot of the time I think they come across contrived. This was the best dress she’s worn all season. And I’m glad the photos show the true color - it looked red on television.

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood - You know I love sequins! But the back and again, her styling, made this one a winner for me. *And a shout out to the rest of the Bridesmaids - my choice for best dressed cast!

WORST:

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa - UGH. I hated this dress on the runway, and was really disappointed to see that someone wore it. People were singing her praises, but gold lame is tacky.

Melissa Leo in Reem Acra - I actually Googled this several times to make sure it was actually an Acra. What? It looks like sequined pajamas. Which is fine if you want to sleep in that, but not for the biggest award ceremony in the world where you are presenting because you won last year.

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa - It was a bad season for the brand, which is hit-or-miss anyway. This dress does nothing for Sandra. It’s awkward and ill-fitting.

Rooney Mara in Givenchy - Speaking of ill-fitting…it’s hard to believe this is the same house that once dressed Audrey Hepburn. But what else can you expect when you pick a dress that morning and don’t have it fitted for your super-skinny body?

Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab Couture - Amazing to me that Milla Jovovich was awarded the better dress - over a nominee. But maybe Berenice doesn’t have great taste and picked this outright. She’s such a pretty woman, but this dress makes her look old. And why did she dye her hair red? Am I right?

Viola Davis in Vera Wang - And speaking of red hair, why did Viola dye hers? I have no problem with her going natural, but the red hair is not natural and ruins the look for me. Though the color of the dress is really the only thing I like. It’s just boring.

Angelina Joile in Atelier Versace - Okay, I liked this dress - not enough to put on the best list but it wasn’t going on the worst - until the leg incident. If you watched the telecast, you know what I’m talking about. And in every picture she’s shoving it out there. Everyone knows you’re pretty! We don’t need your leg shoved in our faces! Class can take you so far, and classlessness can send you straight to my worst list.

It’s Oscar Day!!!

My favorite day of the year! I’m super excited that Billy Crystal is back - he’s my favorite Oscar host. It took me a long time, but I’ve finally watched all of the major movies up for awards and am *gulp* posting my predictions for the first time! Do you agree? Who do you think will win?

Best Picture: The Artist - Honestly, I’m not sure. This seems like the safe bet based on the results of other awards ceremonies.

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist - People have him in a dead-heat with George Clooney, but I think he gave the clear best performance. I mean, he didn’t speak a word! He has an acrobatic, soulful face. If he doesn’t win I will be disappointed.

Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help - This category is the most difficult for me to call. Honestly it could be anyone (except for Rooney Mara, come on, Tilda Swinton should have been here). Having seen all of the performances, this is tough because they all gave great performances in differing ways. Viola seems to have gained some steam so I’m going with her.

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners - He’s cleaned up at all of the other ceremonies. I would be shocked if he doesn’t win.

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help - Ditto for Octavia.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist - It’s rare that the Best Picture and Best Director awards don’t line up, so Hazanavicius is the clear choice.

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris - I loved this movie so much, which is a surprise because I’m not really a Woody fan. I loved Bridesmaids and am really happy for Kristin Wiig and Annie Mulmo, but Woody should take this.

Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zallian & Aaron Sorkin; story by Stan Chervin, Moneyball - I don’t bet against Aaron Sorkin. Plus, they made a movie about baseball statistics warm and entertaining. I loved this movie.

For the rest of the awards, let’s face it - I’m not a professional. Plus I did not have an opportunity to see the shorts and documentaries. I’m making some un-educated guesses, here!

Animated Feature: Chico & Rita

Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Documentary Feature: Pina

Documentary Short: Saving Face

Live Action Short: The Shore

Foreign Language: A Separation

Film Editing: The Artist

Cinematography: The Tree of Life

Art Direction: Midnight In Paris

Costume Design: W.E

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Visual Effects: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Original Score: War Horse

Original Song: Real In Rio, Rio

Well - we’ll see how I do tonight! And check back later for my best/worst dressed!

My pick for tonight’s win…

My pick for tonight’s win…

OSCAR COUNTDOWN!
As I mentioned in the previous post, I am celebrating my 20th anniversary of never having missed an Oscar telecast. Throughout that time, a lot of movies I have loved have been nominated for Best Picture but never won. Today I’m going to highlight my top 5 to never have won over the last 20 years.
2009 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Okay, so yes — it was Slumdog Millionaire’s year. And while I liked that film, I loved this one. I couldn’t wait to see it from the moment I first saw the trailer in theatres. And when I did get to see it, it was like magic. As someone who loves history and used to major in it, this movie was like a dream. I felt transported back in time and loved every second of it. The art direction and costume design were superb. The story was beautiful and sad.
1999 - Saving Private Ryan
The upset heard round the world. When Spielberg accepted his award for Directing, I thought it was in the bag. And then Shakespeare in Love won. I was floored. At this point I had not seen that movie, and when I did see it, I liked it. But I think there are voters out there that if they could go back in time they would change their vote. Saving Private Ryan is a classic.
1998 - L.A. Confidential
Full disclosure — I was a rabid Titanic fan at this time, and if it hadn’t won, I would have thrown something at the TV. But more than 10 years later the emotion of the movie just doesn’t hold up. It was the Twilight of my youth. Best Picture deserving…..eh, not so much anymore. L.A. Confidential remains one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time, and it definitely holds up 12 years later. The production value, the performances, the story. It’s still as fresh — this one’s a classic, too.
1995 - The Shawshank Redemption
This movie is my all-time #1 favorite. It doesn’t get old — I could watch it over and over. The story pulls you in and the performances make you care. And my favorite film composer’s score just sweetened the deal. (That’s Thomas Newman for all of you who need to be educated — the BEST).
1990 - Field of Dreams
I remember when my dad brought this home from the video store. I did not want to watch it. I thought it looked stupid. But I was bored and we were having “family night” so I obliged. I don’t think I have ever been more surprised by a movie I didn’t initially want to watch. It quickly became a favorite and I begged my dad to buy it. I have never ever wanted to go to Iowa, but if I could take a trip to that ball field, I’d go in a heartbeat.

OSCAR COUNTDOWN!

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am celebrating my 20th anniversary of never having missed an Oscar telecast. Throughout that time, a lot of movies I have loved have been nominated for Best Picture but never won. Today I’m going to highlight my top 5 to never have won over the last 20 years.

2009 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Okay, so yes — it was Slumdog Millionaire’s year. And while I liked that film, I loved this one. I couldn’t wait to see it from the moment I first saw the trailer in theatres. And when I did get to see it, it was like magic. As someone who loves history and used to major in it, this movie was like a dream. I felt transported back in time and loved every second of it. The art direction and costume design were superb. The story was beautiful and sad.

1999 - Saving Private Ryan

The upset heard round the world. When Spielberg accepted his award for Directing, I thought it was in the bag. And then Shakespeare in Love won. I was floored. At this point I had not seen that movie, and when I did see it, I liked it. But I think there are voters out there that if they could go back in time they would change their vote. Saving Private Ryan is a classic.

1998 - L.A. Confidential

Full disclosure — I was a rabid Titanic fan at this time, and if it hadn’t won, I would have thrown something at the TV. But more than 10 years later the emotion of the movie just doesn’t hold up. It was the Twilight of my youth. Best Picture deserving…..eh, not so much anymore. L.A. Confidential remains one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time, and it definitely holds up 12 years later. The production value, the performances, the story. It’s still as fresh — this one’s a classic, too.

1995 - The Shawshank Redemption

This movie is my all-time #1 favorite. It doesn’t get old — I could watch it over and over. The story pulls you in and the performances make you care. And my favorite film composer’s score just sweetened the deal. (That’s Thomas Newman for all of you who need to be educated — the BEST).

1990 - Field of Dreams

I remember when my dad brought this home from the video store. I did not want to watch it. I thought it looked stupid. But I was bored and we were having “family night” so I obliged. I don’t think I have ever been more surprised by a movie I didn’t initially want to watch. It quickly became a favorite and I begged my dad to buy it. I have never ever wanted to go to Iowa, but if I could take a trip to that ball field, I’d go in a heartbeat.

OSCAR COUNTDOWN!
The film awards season is my favorite time of year — it’s like the playoffs. Nothing gets me through winter like the days leading up to the Oscars. I haven’t missed a telecast since 1990 — so for my 20th anniversary I thought I would do a little reminiscing. I was supposed to post this earlier today so I would have 5 posts leading up to the Oscars, but I was being responsible and packing for my move. So I guess there will be two posts today. Not exactly a 5-day countdown, but whatever. It’s still Wednesday in California.
Today’s nostalgia revolves around my favorite dresses from the past 5 years, 2005 - 2009. Those detail-oriented among you will notice there are no dresses represented for 2006. I tried to find two that I really liked but just couldn’t. It was a bad year. So here goes….
2009
Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli
Meryl Streep in Alberta Ferretti
2008
Heidi Klum in Galliano
Cameron Diaz in Dior by John Galliano
2007
Reese Witherspoon in Nina Ricci
Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein
2005
Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney
Hillary Swank in Guy Laroche

OSCAR COUNTDOWN!

The film awards season is my favorite time of year — it’s like the playoffs. Nothing gets me through winter like the days leading up to the Oscars. I haven’t missed a telecast since 1990 — so for my 20th anniversary I thought I would do a little reminiscing. I was supposed to post this earlier today so I would have 5 posts leading up to the Oscars, but I was being responsible and packing for my move. So I guess there will be two posts today. Not exactly a 5-day countdown, but whatever. It’s still Wednesday in California.

Today’s nostalgia revolves around my favorite dresses from the past 5 years, 2005 - 2009. Those detail-oriented among you will notice there are no dresses represented for 2006. I tried to find two that I really liked but just couldn’t. It was a bad year. So here goes….

2009

Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli

Meryl Streep in Alberta Ferretti

2008

Heidi Klum in Galliano

Cameron Diaz in Dior by John Galliano

2007

Reese Witherspoon in Nina Ricci

Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein

2005

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney

Hillary Swank in Guy Laroche

125% OBSESSED with Tavis Coburn’s retro-fabulous posters for the BAFTA Best Picture nominees. If you couldn’t already tell — this is The Hurt Locker. Complete throw-back, yet totally modern. I can’t say enough how much I love this. To see his interpretations of the other nominees, check out his agency page HERE.

125% OBSESSED with Tavis Coburn’s retro-fabulous posters for the BAFTA Best Picture nominees. If you couldn’t already tell — this is The Hurt Locker. Complete throw-back, yet totally modern. I can’t say enough how much I love this. To see his interpretations of the other nominees, check out his agency page HERE.

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