Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Why I watch awards shows, the good

Yes, Robert Downey, Jr. was there, tasty in his blue bow tie and his quirky glasses. We had lunch yesterday, and he told me about the after Oscars parties and the. . . no, that was a dream.
The Oscars themselves were incredibly slow. The show lasted about seventeen hours, including the ninety-three minute interpretive dance bit in the middle and the oh so not funny banter between Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.
But history was made! Expensive borrowed clothes were worn!
Big trends were metallics and pinks, big statement cuff bracelets, and strapless gowns.
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
Face it, this was Sandy's night, and she dressed the part. This gown is a metallic dream, perfect for the queen of the dance. She never looks exactly comfortable dressed up, but this is the most beautiful she has ever been at an awards show. Fifty years from now, when people look pictures of her winning this award, this look will still be classic and beautiful. And her speech was witty and touching.

Kathryn Bigelow in Yves St. Laurent
Yes, the dress fit strangely, and was not my favorite. But Kathryn makes this list for three reasons:
1. She's 58 years old and looks A-May-Zing.
2. She's the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director.
3. She beat Avatar, a huge big shiny expensive movie, directed by her ex-husband.
She is now my hero and she can wear sweatpants to next year's Oscars, if she wants to.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Couture
Sure, everyone hates this look. Whatevs. When I first saw her, I actually screamed, "Oh, yes yes yes," and clapped. This is just so 1971, with the retro feel of the dress, and the over the top hair and makeup. I think it's divine, magical. SJP can totally pull off this kind of look. And the back is incredible! Liz Taylor would have worn this during her second marriage to Richard Burton. That's a compliment.

Vera Farmiga in Marchesa
This dress is just yummy. Sometimes, a lot of ruffles can just get weird and out of hand, but this is voluminous and celebratory and vibrant. Her hair is perfect, her make up is perfect. This dress makes me drool, and she carried it so well.

Meryl Streep in Chris March
Yes! Chris March from Season Four of Project Runway designed this dress. He's designed for her previously, and Meryl looks terrific. It's very Old Hollywood, flattering, unusual, and it looks like Meryl. I always want to fix her hair, though.

Kate Winslet in Yves St. Laurent
Kate always looks impeccable. This dress rocked the metallic trend, but it was a bit on the safe side. The reason she makes my best dressed is because she's one of the few people who wore a NECKLACE! There were no necklaces last night, and this one was to die for, with a pave and canary diamond pendant.

Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka
This woman not only knows how to dress, she carries herself like royalty. Take note, Miley Cyrus. This pastel lavender pink is gorgeous, the duchess satin is divine, and the jewelling across the bodice accentuates her curvy curves to perfection.

Demi Moore in Atelier Versace
Okay, take a look at Demi. She is 47 years old. Did you see the John Hughes tribute? (Yes, I got teary over the John Hughes tribute.) She is the same age as the rest of those ex-Brat Packers. Honestly, she looks better now than she did in St. Elmo's Fire. Heck, she looks better than most of the twenty-somethings who were at the show. The color is gorge on her, yeah? Hair, jewelry. . . and her body is fierce!

Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta
A lot of times, Cameron wears wonky dresses and beach hair. Here, she looks like a golden glamour cloud, sprinkled with glitter sprinkles. This is exactly what a movie star should look like.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's bad side of the Oscars. . .


  1. You need more pics of Mr. Robert Downey Jr.
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . .

  2. I agree with most of your picks. And I LOVED Vera Farmiga's dress too--even thought the critics hated it. Oh and SJP can wear whatever she wants! Some people still don't get that :)

  3. I definitely agree with most of your picks, fashion-wise. Sandra looks wonderful - and she definitely did deserve her win. :) Theresa

  4. Great picks! I totally agree- and would have loved SJP's look unreservedly if not for the bizarre flyaway bangs. I guess it was intentional but it looked like she'd been shot out of a cannon. The dress? LOVE.