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The Best And Worst Of Oscar Fashion

The Academy Awards were last night. Did you watch? I sure did. If you’re keeping track at home I was dead on with my predictions post on Saturday. Most were easy to guess but I’m quite proud I got Melissa Leo right considering most people were guessing Hailee Steinfeld. For my troubles I won an awesome gift bag at my friends party. Among many other things there was a black feathered crown (Black Swan) and a tiny glittery cowboy hat (True Grit). It was quite epic.

Anyway, on to the point of this post: fashion! There were a lot of gorgeous gowns last night. I feel like a lot of people played it safe so there weren’t too many “WTF is she wearing?” moments. There was a scant amount of color on the red carpet. A lot of creams, gold, and neutrals which made it a little bland. If it was a color, it was generally scarlet red. Naturally most of my favorite picks injected a bit of much needed color to the night.

Here are my top 5 favorites:

 

Hailee Steinfeld

 

I. Love. This. Dress. It is so pretty and feminine. Not to mention age appropriate. Unlike many other famous teens who choose to dress as sexy as possible in an effort to assert their maturity, Hailee went with something modest but crazy adorable. I also love how different she looks from her character in True Grit! Long gone is the “unattractive to boot” nuisance, hello lovely lady!

 

Natalie Portman

 

I just knew she’d look amazing. Natalie consistently shines on the red carpet and last night was no exception. She picked a perfectly cut dress to accentuate her  “I’ve got a baby sprouting” bosom that flowed down gracefully over her belly. And the color is absolutely stunning! One problem I have, her earrings.  Tassels? Really? They looked like they belong at the ends of my curtains.

 

Mila Kunis

 

Another beautiful lady kind enough to give us some color at the ceremony. The lace at her bust is ultra feminine while being super sexy without crossing over into slutty territory. I’m pretty sure that had to be taped to her to prevent a little nip slip, but it looked great.

 

Scarlet Johansson

 

I have to admit, I’m one of those women who hates her. Hates her cause she’s so effing beautiful. I mean, I’d so go gay for this woman. I’m glad she didn’t disappoint this year. Again, pretty color. Love. Also, lace. Just a hint of skin left us wanting more. Her hair looked great too. Just the right combo of loose curls and a little “bedhead” messiness achieved a glamorous and sexy look.

 

Amy Adams

 

It must be so much fun to be a redhead. There are many colors that go well on a ginger and make an outfit pop. Amy picked the perfect color to match her mane. The modest neckline was offset by the form fit and showed off her slim body. I’m not a big fan of her necklace, but I’m willing to forgive her.

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Now for my top 5 least favorite:

 

Cate Blanchett

 

This outfit could have been great. I love the color. Her hair and make-up are so soft and ethereal. Soooo close. But no, someone had to make a weird picture frame type outline on her chest and stick barnacles all over this perfectly lovely dress. Still, I give her a lot of credit for being one of this few women this year who took a risk. Still love you Cate.

 

Reese Witherspoon

 

Reese makes it onto this list solely on the merit of her hair. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a side shot to fully show the extent of this atrocity but trust me, it’s bad. It looks like someone crossed a Barbie doll with a pageant queen. Pageant Queen Barbie. The ponytail is a big poof of fake hair that just might have actually come from a horse. She also played it uber safe with a black strapless dress.

 

Nicole Kidman

 

Ah Nicole. So regal and beautiful. And yet so so wrong. She has actually made quite a few fashion missteps in the past so this one will just be added to the list. I’m fairly certain this dress was made by folding a napkin into a Japanese inspired origami dress. Big fashion risk that did NOT pay off.

 

Melissa Leo

 

Once an actress becomes crazy famous they usually hire a stylist to get them ready for awards shows. Often the biggest fashion flops are made by women who are just new enough to fame that they haven’t yet hired someone to tell them what to wear. I applaud her commitment to wearing something she loves, but it just didn’t work. The fabric looked like a doily and she had a ridiculous popped collar. I’m sure we’ll see plenty more of her in the coming years and hopefully she’ll pick up a thing or two about fashion along the way.

 

Gwyneth Paltrow

 

I’m not a big fan of shiny gold dresses but I actually like this one on her. My problem is her hair and make-up. Her hair is crazy bleached out and I’m pretty sure she just ran a straightener through it before heading to the biggest night in Hollywood. Her make-up is waaay to neutral and coupled with her hair and tan skin almost make her looks ill. Or at least more like a trophy wife spending too much time in the tanning salon.

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Well that’s it! All in all and okay year for the Oscars. Now that awards season is officially over everyone will have to go back to paying attention to more important things. 

Oscar Predictions

 

It’s that time of year! As an avid movie lover I relish awards season. I love the movie stars, the dresses, and most of all, the Oscars. I know a lot of people find them boring but I think they’re fantastic. I love the speeches. To me it’s a great insight into some of my favorite stars. Which ones just read off names and put people to sleep? Which ones just cry? And which select few, use the speech as a chance to be funny and interesting? I’m looking at you Clooney. Great speech in 2006.

So as someone who loves the Oscars so much I naturally like to come up with my list of predictions. Let me take a moment to pat myself on the back and say that at Oscar parties I’ve been to for the last three years, I’ve won the Oscar pool every time. Granted, I’m usually the only one there who pays a shit ton of attention to awards season, but it still makes me feel special. So fuck off with your judgement. I made sure to see all of the main nominated films this year and it’s definitely been a good year.

And now onto the predictions! I’ll just do the top 6 since that’s all most people care about anyway. Kidding. I care. I care a lot Mr. Sound Editor.

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

This is one of the “anyone’s game” categories this year. I feel like the top contenders are Helena Bonham Carter and Melissa Leo. I think the Oscars will highly favor The King’s Speech tonight and that may trickle down to Bonham Carter. However, almost everyone I’ve talked to about The Fighter has come away talking about Bale and Leo (and the sisters of course). Her performance stands out just enough that I think she’ll edge out Bonham Carter to take the Oscar home.

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner – The Town
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Hollywood sure has been sucking Renner’s dick ever since The Hurt Locker. Maybe they feel bad about not giving him the statue last year, but not enough to give it to him this year. Rush was amazing in The King’s Speech. He made the movie. I thought it was going to be drab and boring but the relationship between him and Firth was perfect. The Oscar is going to go to Bale though. There are few actor’s who throw themselves into a role as much as he does. I think he chooses “transformation” roles to keep his street cred while still doing the Batman movies. I think it will pay off this year and he’ll ride in his limo home a winner.

Best Actress:
Natalie Portman – The Black Swan
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

I really wish they could give it out to two people this year. Both Portman and Williams deserve it. Blue Valentine left me emotionally fucked up for a couple of days. Williams was so hauntingly real and wonderful. This award is all Portman’s however. There’s no doubt she’ll win. Black Swan would not have been the same movie without her desperate, fragile, tortured ballerina. She was phenomenal.

Best Actor:
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
James Franco – 127 Hours

I really wish Jeff Bridges would win for this one (and why wasn’t Damon nominated for supporting? He was fantastic also). He has a already won an Oscar though and Firth has not. He also deserved one for last years A Single Man. Sometimes the Academy likes to give awards not for the individual performance, but as more of a, “Well you’ve done a lot of great work and we think you should have a statue.” Firth is a consistently great actor and deserves to have one of these on his shelf.

Best Director:
David O. Russell – The Fighter
Joel and Ethan Coen – True Grit
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

I find it endlessly amusing that years ago Aronofsky was attached to direct The Fighter with Brad Pitt at the helm. He dropped it and picked up Black Swan and now he’s up against his previous project. Funny. Anyway, neither of them are going to win. All of these films are great with equally talented directors. I think this year belongs to The King’s Speech so I’m giving it to Hooper. And since traditionally (though not always) Best Picture and Best Director go hand-in-hand…

Best Picture:
Toy Story 3
The Social Network
127 Hours
Winter’s Bone
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit
The Fighter
Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right

I’m not a fan of the extended 10 film nomination. Everyone knows they did it just to let a few more “commercial” films in there to attract a wider audience. The Oscars favor indie films and always will. That being said, damn I wish Inception would win. Best Picture in my heart. This year it was really hard to decide. I think it’s between The Social Network and The King’s Speech. I feel like The Social Network has more of an “epic” feel to it that the Oscars love but I think it’s just commercial enough though that they would rather give it to the slightly smaller film, The King’s Speech. I’m not 100% confident of this position, but it’s what I’m going to stick with.

So! What do you think? Did I get any wrong? Which films do you favor to win? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Early in the week I’ll be back with a fashion review of the dresses on the red carpet.

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