It doesn’t take much [read: anything] to get me to watch an awards show, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I watched 6+ hours of the Oscars/Oscar coverage last night. Let’s talk the show, then fashion.
Not to start off in the negative, but the whole red carpet situation mostly makes me uncomfortable. Awkward question-response is not my idea of a glamorous time, so just take the pictures and get on with it. -5
That being said, red carpet moment of the night: Gabourey Sidibe to Keanu Reeves: “I’ll see you in there, bump it. [Insert fist bump here].” Can she be nominated every year, please? +1
When I saw the best actor/actress nominees lined up on the stage to start the show, I for some reason expected them to break into a couples’ song-and-dance number. It’s something about seeing an even number of men and women lined up together in fancy outfits, combined with my belief that life is better when it resembles a Broadway musical. Even
Neil Patrick Harris, you may not be a movie star, and you may be destining yourself to a life of awards show hosting, but I’m always happy to see you. +3
I was enjoying the long clip format of introducing the acting nominees. +2
Christoph Waltz wins for Supporting Actor in Inglourious Basterds. +1 for having a cool first name, and +3 for the well-deserved win.
Robert Downey, Jr. and Tina Fey presenting together? Whose idea was that, and can I give them a hug? +2
That was a nice John Hughes tribute for all those “teens of the 80s,” but it was also kind of depressing to realize Molly Ringwald went from that to Secret Life of the American Teenager. Talk about not reaching your potential. -2
I respect that horror is a genre that is often overlooked by the Academy and probably deserves a tribute, but it’sslightly disturbing to watch all those clips when you’re a 20-year-old girl sitting alone in your apartment. -4
It’s clear Adam Shankman (producer of the Oscars, So You Think You Can Dance judge, and producer of The Last Song) was totally pimping out his people. Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron presenting awards? And the dance tribute to the Best Score songs was full of SYTYCD alums. Just seemed a little desperate. -3
Jeff Bridges wins Best Actor for Crazy Heart. I didn’t see the movie, but everyone seemed to really think he deserved to win, and he’s a cool dude, so why not? +2
Forest Whitaker directed Hope Floats? What up! +3
Sandra Bullock wins Best Actress for The Blind Side. +2
Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director and Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, beating ex-husband James Cameron. I loved Avatar, but James Cameron just seems like a tool. You go, girl! +3
Now for the fashion…my favorite looks of the night:
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa, Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab, & Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta.
And a look I was really loving, but maybe not so much for the Oscars…
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten.
And a completely gratuitous shot of Ryan Reynolds:
So what did you think? Did you watch at all? If you did, did you stick around through all the incredibly important technical awards? I have to say, after a year of great movies, I’m still in love with Slumdog Millionaire.