February 28, 2005
I watch the Academy Awards for the fashion, for the parlor game of trying to pick the winners. So many factors go into the awards beyond the actual merit of a film or an actor, so I try not to get too invested in the final decision. It's not like I voted, after all, except with my money as a consumer. I haven't even seen all of the nominees for Best Picture.
Of the awards I did care about, I'm so glad that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind won for Original Screenplay and that Sideways won for Adapted Screenplay. I would have loved to see Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine) or Annette Bening (Being Julia) win Best Actress. And although it's great that Cate Blanchett won for her wonderful turn as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator (the Academy adores roles like that), my pick would have been Virginia Madsen in Sideways.
Other random impressions:
Being the Oscar host is a thankless job. I feel bad for Chris Rock. Sometimes it was funny...and sometimes not.
Renee Zellweger - stick insect again. Hair is too dark; she looks drawn and sickly.
Antonio Banderas - hey, he can sing!
Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz - beautiful, gorgeous, but listening to them read off the teleprompter was tedious.
Somebody really cracked the whip on the length of acceptance speeches. When even the major award winners have to fight for time, it's pretty tough.
Most charming speech - Jorge Drexler, winner for Original Song, sang a verse in Spanish
Jake Gyllenhaal - babe, WHERE is your hair? His date, sister Maggie, looked pretty cute on the carpet, instead of uber-edgy and odd.
Kirsten Dunst - her brother was her date. (Yes, I still feel a twinge not to see her so adorably paired with the dreamy-eyed Jake, but movie stars do have to sort out their romantic lives too.) Adorable bob, gorgeous dress. Her brother could stand to get a haircut.
Scarlett Johansson - loved her dress. Loved the diamonds in her hair. Seeing her talk to the vapid Star Jones on E's Oscar preshow only highlighted the gaudiness of Star's outfit.
Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet - gorgeous, gorgeous.
Johnny Depp - does interesting work, but the man takes quirky too far. He would look so good in a simple, classic suit or tux.
Clive Owen - Yum. Yum. Yum.
Motherhood has been a great boon for the decolletage of moms like Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Halle Berry - gorgeous, classy and composed, especially after Chris Rock's dig about Catwoman 2.