27 February 2012

Ye olde oscars

all i kept hearing was "old hollywood" on the red carpet, and indeed it was a night of old things.

i must say that this years show went back to the oscars roots of making it about the movies and movie stars. recent years past (hosts: james franco/anne hathaway, hugh jackman, etc) seemed to have been all about attempting to drag in ratings and felt very superbowl gimmicky. this year, apparently word got out about the "old hollywood" theme so everyone made their attempt at "old hollywood" fashion. the dresses wanted to be rita hayworth, lauren bacall, bette davis and the like however most of the sequins and glitz came off very 1990s for me. ack. nice try ladies, but no thanks. the group who fared the best, fashion-wise, was again the older ladies. go girls! just as with the golden globes i was most impressed by the 40+ crowd. also, the many faded stars on the carpet (bo derek, nick nolte, james earl jones, tony bennett, jane seymour, lea thompson) were a bit of a shock. havent seen you guys for a few decades...

as for the show (what i was able to watch), i found billy crystal to be super cheesy but harmless. the several nostalgia-about-the-movies clips throughout the show and general vibe was pretty pleasant. they didnt fully pull it off, but i appreciated the gesture and hope they can stick more with this formula in the future. many of the winners and nominees were "blah" to me, but i wont truly be able to discern those opinions until i can watch all the films (this should only take me until next years oscars).

notable moments from the show:
- tears in my eyes from octavia spencer and christopher plummer acceptance speeches.
- bret mckenzies (one half of music group "flight of the conchords") win for best original song was cute, as well as that awards comedic presenters.
- colin firth was charming, absolutely charming as presenter (as always). more please!

notable fashion:
(glenn close...va-voom! you are no man. i think she was my fav celeb fashion of the night; colin and his lovely wife; this was actually my favorite oscar look, but it was worn by someone ive never seen before, a "louise roe", i think she was on british next top model. whatever, this dress is gorgeous)
(ugh, i really, really dont like jlo. if you chopped her hair and face off, i would actually think this dress is stunning, probably the best "old hollywood meets new hollywood" of the night; penelope cruz never impresses me fashion-wise, and this dress wouldnt be impressive on someone else, but i actually paused when i saw this pic of her. she looks good.)
(ive never been a big cameron diaz fan either. her oscar dress was pretty and feminine and fit her well, but it wasnt very daring; i really like the tangerine one she changed in to for the parties though)

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