Monday, February 28, 2011

The 2011 Academy Awards

The most famous red carpet in the world: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards! Definitely my favorite award show of the year (aside from the ESPYs, obviously) and Anne Hathaway + James Franco had the honor of hosting. I'm here to give you the most memorable moments, the nominees, the winners, & of course, the best and worst dressed of the show!

Most Memorable Moments of the Oscars
  •  Anne's first dress: Givenchy couture; amazing.
  • "Hunny, I just saw Marky Mark!" - James Franco's grandma
  • The Titanic montage during the introduction, what up Leo!
  • Kirk Douglas teetering onto stage and making the whole audience laugh (& Anne Hathaway blush). What an adorable little man.

  • Melissa Leo swearing during her acceptance speech... oops.
  • Sorry James, who is Queen Elizabliss?
  • A giant hour and a half snooooooze-fest, mid Oscars.
  • "Guess I should have gotten a hair cut."
  • What the hell, this is going bad enough, let's autotone all of the movies.
  • Anne Hathaway: Best part of hosting the Oscars? Getting to wear a dress that does this (shakes her dresses many tassels... look familiar Kelly Lockman?)
  • Leave it to Robert Downey Jr. to save the Oscars. Love him.
  • Anne Hathaway: "Flub. Drink at home." Bahahaha A+ Anne. Your best moment as host (followed closely by her spinning her dress).
  • Sandra Bullock, you can host the Oscars next year with RDJ.
    Overall, a pretty bland show. Pretty disappointed with the level of boring it exuded.

    Nominations & Winners
    (my choices in purple, winners in bold! I did pretty good this show, don't you think?)

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

    Actor in a Leading Role
    Javier Bardem - Biutiful
    Jeff Bridges - True Gritt
    Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
    Colin Firth - The King's Speech
    James Franco - 127 Hours

    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Christian Bale - The Fighter
    John Hawkes - Winter's Bone
    Jeremy Renner - The Town
    Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
    Geoffry Rush - The King's Speech

    Actress in a Leading Role
    Annette Benning - The Kids Are All Right
    Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
    Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
    Natalie Portman - Black Swan
    Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

    Actress in a Supporting Role
    Amy Adams - The Figher
    Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
    Melissa Leo - The Fighter
    Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
    Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

    Animated Feature Film
    How to Train Your Dragon
    The Illusionist
    Toy Story 3

    Art Direction
    Alice in Wonderland
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
    Inception
    The King's Speech
    True Grit

    Cinematography
    Black Swan
    Inception
    The King's Speech
    The Social Network
    True Grit

    Costume Design
    Alice in Wonderland
    I Am Love
    The King's Speech
    The Tempest
    True Grit

    Directing
    Black Swan
    The Fighter
    The King's Speech
    The Social Network
    True Grit

    Music (Original Score)
    How to Train Your Dragon
    Inception
    The King's Speech
    127 Hours
    The Social Network

    Music (Original Song)
    Country Strong
    Tangled
    127 Hours
    Toy Story 3

    Visual Effects
    Alice in Wonderland
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
    Hereafter
    Inception
    Iron Man 2

    Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
    127 Hours
    The Social Network
    Toy Story 3
    True Grit
    Winter's Bone

    Writing (Original Screenplay)
    Another Year
    The Fighter
    Inception
    The Kids Are All Right
    The King's Speech

     Oscars Best & Worst Dressed

    Here are the looks of the Oscars Red Carpet! My choices will be on the left and fashion correspondent Rob's picks will be on the right. Don't forget to let us know who you think got the best / worst dressed list right at the bottom of this post! Our picks were much more similar this time around... my taste must be rubbing off on Rob ;)

     

    Jamie: I was hesitant about this dress at first, but upon further inspection / seeing her in it on stage, Mila Kunis one again gets my number one vote in a lilac Elie Saab gown (showing a bit of cleavage, might I add). She absolutely owned this award show season.

    Rob: Halle Berry - Magic in Marchesa. Flawless as usual.


    Jamie: I'm in love with Gwyneth Paltrow these days, and the same is true with her Oscar look: sleek blonde hair and an equally sleek faint gold Calvin Klein gown.

    Rob: Cate Blanchett - I've tried & tried to hate this, but I can't. I think that only she could pull off this Givenchy Haute Couture & she'd be #1 if that shape wasn't so perfectly circular.


    Jamie: Halle Berry has been rocking the train lately, this time in a floor-length Marchesa gown in a nude shade, which goes flawlessly with her skin tone. 

    Rob: Mila Kunis - in Elie Saab, looking equal parts sexy and elegant. At first I thought she was asking for a wardrobe malfunction, but then I saw the two lace details around the neckline. She really turned it out all season.


    Jamie: As my future roommate stated, "engaged, pregnant, and an Academy Award winner: 2011 is treating Natalie Portman very well", as did her very flattering and classic plum Rodarte gown with Jimmy Choo heels.

    Rob: Gwyneth Paltrow - in Calvin Klein, really pulling off that liquid silver look that so many people attempt. The pin-straight hair really accentuated the look


    Jamie: Host Anne Hathaway rocked the red carpet in a deep red Valentino Haute Couture gown (probably one of ten gowns she wore throughout the night) & this was definitely one of her best looks.

    Rob: Hailee Stienfeld - Her Marchesa, headband, hair, and accessories are all beautiful and age-appropriate. Also love that she helped design it and was trying to be elegant without being the star of the night. 


    Jamie: I wanted to be absolutely in love with Sandra Bullock's Vera Wang gown, but the big bow in the back (which you can't see here) and the square top made me love it a little less than I probably would have. Nonetheless, a very pretty and simple gown.

    Rob: Sandra Bullock - I've always thought that red is hard to pull off on the red carpet and Sandra did it best this year in Vera Wang. 


    Jamie: Michelle Williams dressed classy & to her personality in Chanel Haute Couture.

    Rob: Michelle Williams - the picture of grace in a simple, beautifully-beaded Chanel. I love that she always stays true to her own style & that her hair is finally the perfect length.


    Jamie: Taking into account that she also just had a child, Penelope Cruz looked gorgeous in a scarlet L'Wren Scott gown (although she could have kept her new-mother chest a little bit more to herself...)

    Rob: Hillary Swank - I love that she departed from her typical look and took a risk in Gucci, a designer we don't often see on Oscar's red carpet. I just want to pull it up a little bit for her.


    Jamie: Leave it to Celine Dion to look this hot after having twins. Not sure many other people could rock skin-tight Armani Privé right after that. However, I will admit I don't understand the long sleeves.

    Rob: Natalie Portman - I want to put her higher, seeing as she's pregnant & this was her big night. I really do.  But aside from the pretty draping of her Rodarte, I think it's a little boring. 


    Jamie: I want to really not like this, because it makes me think Reese Witherspoon went back in time to her Legally Blonde days and threw her hair into a sorority ponytail and got dressed for formal. But it's so plain and classic that I can't hate it.

    Rob: Jennifer Hudson - looking radiant in Versace, but all the volume and punch of bright color seemed off-trend this year.


    Jamie: Hailee Steinfeld, you set my standards for you much too high. Your dress at the Golden Globes was to die for, and you've been wearing very 'age-appropriate' attire since, which excuses you for wearing  unattractive things like this Marchesa tea dress. But you're just too cute for me to dislike.

    Rob: Mandy Moore - I honestly didn't recognize her at first. She looks very elegant in Monique Lhuillier, but dare I say a tad matronly? If it was on Helen Mirren, it would be top three. 


    Jamie: Honestly, a step down from Jennifer Hudson's Grammy look. It could have been stunning, but the harsh up-do & squished boobs made this Versace gown so-so.

    Rob: Reese Witherspoon - Beautiful fit, but I have a few issues with this Armani Prive: (1) I don't generally enjoy fair-skinned blondes in black and (2) thought it was a bit too reminiscent of the vintage Valentino Julia Roberts wore when she won. I also don't get the hair AT ALL.


    Jamie: Newcomer Jennifer Lawrence wanted to play it safe and go classic for her first Oscar red-carpet, but I think this Calvin Klein gown ended up coming off bland and a little bit more high-class hooker than classic.

    Rob: Anne Hathaway - Not in love with this ill-fitting, heavy Valentino, but maybe I'm influenced by her disastrous hosting performance


    Jamie: Let's be honest. Only Natalie Portman or Mila Kunis could have worn and pulled off a Gucci gown that looks like someone took the Black Swan and threw it onto a piece of fabric. Sorry, Hilary Swank. But it was a nice try.

    Rob: Penelope Cruz - While stunning, I don't think this L'wren Scott was the best choice for a brand new mother.


    Jamie: When I saw this on TV while Nicole Kidman was being interviewed, I saw her from the waist up and I was so impressed that she looked normal. And then I saw the rest of the Dior Haute Couture gown. Ick.

    Rob: Celine Dion - Her Armani Prive fits well and I love her hair, but this is not the first time I have seen her in long sleeves and I just don't get it.


    Jamie: You either loved or hated Cate Blanchett's Givenchy Haute Couture gown. I was definitely much more near the side of hating it... I just can't get past the square shoulders, even though I do absolutely love the intricate design. 

    Rob: Jennifer Lawrence - Her Calvin Klein fits impeccably, but the Oscar's are all about Hollywood glam and this is a bit of a snooze.


    Jamie: Mandy Moore, I know you're trying, but just not hard enough. Your on-stage gown was much more flattering than this nude Monique Lhuillier.

    Rob: Amy Adams - I LOVE Amy Adams, but don't understand her obsession with navy and pairing everything with emeralds. This Sparkly, high-necked (!?) did nothing for her and made her arms look like sausages.


    Jamie: Melissa Leo, I want to drop an f-bomb on this dress like you did during your acceptance speech. Fail.

    Rob: Melissa LeoPick a stand-out feature. The lace and the gold and the silhouette all together are just all wrong. ALL. WRONG. Matches her manic personality. YouTube her speech, folks.


    Jamie: Amy Adams has been all over the worst-dressed lists for award show season. What is this L'Wren Scott navy-blue glitter mess?

    Rob: Scarlett Johansson - Barely escapes the bottom spot by violating Rob's cardinal Spanx rule. This lacy mess by Dolce & Gabbana looks like a Project Runway reject from a designer who ran out of time. Making ScarJo look fat is a tall order, but they succeeded here.


    Jamie: Hot. Mess. Scarlett Johansson's fuchsia Dolce & Gabbana gown is just bad in every way, and earns her the worst-dressed spot on my list.

    Rob: Nicole Kidman - I don't usually understand this woman and why she is regarded as such a style icon and this is no exception. The geometrics, the flare at the hips, the detail work...what IS this?!


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