This year’s Academy Awards had very few surprises. Most of the 2011 Oscar winners had already won Golden Globes, Screen Actor’s Guild and who knows how many other awards, which made them seem like shoe-ins for the Golden Boy last Sunday night.
The 2011 Oscar Winners
Best Picture: The King’s Speech
Best Director: Toby Hooper, The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
My favorite films Inception won for Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects; The Social Network won Oscars for Film Editing, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay. Toy Story 3 also won for Best Animated Feature, which was well deserved. Seriously, if you weren’t crying at the end of that movie, I am concerned about your childhood memories.
The Oscar Hosts
Except for some absolutely gorgeous gowns worn by Anne Hathaway, the Academy’s attempt to appeal to a younger audience by bringing in Anne Hathaway and James Franco was a dismal failure!
To be honest, Anne tried really hard to make the show entertaining, but she was dragging a dead horse with James Franco looking like he couldn’t be bothered. At one point during the show, he disappeared altogether. Maybe he was sleeping it off or as some on Twitter said indulging in some chemical or herbal stimulation (translation: he was high). All I can say is: Bring back Hugh Jackman or even Billy Crystal for the 2012 Oscars!
The Best And the Not So Best Dressed
This year, I once again attended the best Oscar party in town at my friend Elle’s house. Think of it as a Super Bowl Party for women. A table full sugary desserts, wine, prizes and freeze frame whenever a hot guy walks the Red Carpet. Hugh Jackman…Will Smith… Johnny Depp…Good Times…Good Times!
They ladies has a difference of opinions on the Red Carpet fashions. While a few of us thought Cate Blanchett’s lavender dress was lovely and artistic, it didn’t get a winning vote from the majority. Melissa Leo’s glittering doily dress was more odd and although I like it, the ladies thought Reese Witherspoon’s vintage gown and ponytail made her look like a Barbie doll. The same was true of Nicole Kidman‘s strapless white, kimono-like gown. They gown was secondary to that sloppy ponytail. Hey, you are going to the Academy Awards, not the gym.
Women who got two thumbs up on their outfits: Helen Mirren looked fantastic in her gun metal grey gown with her silver hair; Halle Berry, who could wear a plastic bag and still look good; Jennifer Hudson after an 80-lb weight loss looked fabulous in a bright tangerine gown. Hailee Steinfeld also looked adorable in her pale pink dress. No bare midriff or plunging necklines, like some young starlets, it was very age-appropriate for a 14-year old movie star.
What did you think of the Oscar fashions? Who do you think was the Best Dressed? Worst Dressed?
A Dream Come True
The 2011 Academy Awards show ended with the chorus from elementary school, PS 22 singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, from The Wizard of Oz. Led by their teacher, affectionately known as Mr. B, this group 5th graders from a lower-income school in Staten Island, NY has become an internet sensation. As of March 2011, their videos have more than 30 million uploads on YouTube.
In addition to appearing on the Academy Awards, the PS 22 Chorus has been seen on Nightline, MTV, Good Morning America, and other national broadcasts. The group has met Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and even Howard Stern. And the day after what would be a dream come true for me (attending the Oscars), they lived another one of my dreams…appearing on the Oprah Show! Singing Katy Perry’s hit song, Firework, they were surprised when Katy Perry