Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:53 AM
For the first time in 20+ years, I saw the entire ceremony from Red Carpet to the very end without falling asleep! With the exception of a couple of truly-crude jokes by the host (especially the Lincoln-assassination one), I loved the program. The single-greatest moment for me, besides ARGO taking the top prize, was the singing of....
"GOLD-FINGAH!!!" Cheers to Dame Shirley Bassey!
Now on to the fashions. Cubanmiamiboy, I've purposely not read/seen your picks yet. I thought about you as I took pad-and-pen, writing down by Best and Worst during the E! pre-awards show. So here goes:
1 - 'Mrs Argo' is #1 by a mile, for me - Jennifer Gardner in plum-colored Gucci -- loved the sleek front, then the big ruffled surprise in the back -- and gorgeous jewelry, hairstyle, etc. PARFAIT!
2 - Anne Hathaway's very pale pink satin by Prada. This dress works only with an ultra-cute-type beauty...like Anne! Perfect hair, jewels, manner of walking, etc. (I realize that some hated this dress...)
3- Sandra Bullock in the transparent black-with-silver-threads number by Elie Saab. This jumped up to my top 3 list when I saw her during the show as a presenter, walking up to the mike. It was like liquid webbing as she moved.
4 - Octavia Spencer in cream tulle and pearls by Tadashi Shoji. Not only the best by a 'non-traditional' (skinny) body but one of the Best - Period!
1. Kristen Stewart - Just because she came on crutches was no excuse to show up in an ill-fitting gown looking like she hasn't slept in over 48 hours...and has maybe imbibed in legal or illegal substances. Sloppy mess.
2. Halle Berry - The Dynasty Zebra (Sorry, she's a lovely lady...but THIS? The bullet-proof shoulder pads?)
3. Jennifer Aniston - the red dress itself was OK but she not only was un-styled (no makeup, no jewels, limp long hair) but seemed angry-as-heck...especially when "E! cable" caught her leaving the ceremony swiftly after Ben Afflek's picture won the big prize. This lady has a chip on her shoulder....or couldn't wait to dump the red gown.
4. Jessica Chastain - again, the gown itself was pretty but....were it not for the bright lipstick, Chastain would have been a beige ghost. Sorry, it didn't work for me, even though the E! emcees were going gah-gah for it.
Lifetime Non-achievement Award: Helena Bonham-Carter. The get-up defies description.
p.s. - Speaking of the E! Fashion Police hosts, it seemed like they kept focusing on a half-dozen ladies....all throughout the 'live' pre-awards Red Carpet special. Was it just me, or did Kerry Washington (of Django Unchained...a presenter but not nominated herself) appear to parade up and down the Red Carpet for a full 2 hours? Yeah, she wore a lovely red-and-gold-beaded gown but...two hours of parading herself...really? E! constantly kept showing her walking the carpet and passing by the same spots. In the old days, the stars used to walk from the limo to the theater and stay in the theater until the show began. Since when did these two-hour 'walk arounds' begin?