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February 28, 2005

Oscar night

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.

Yours, &c., LC | 06:46 AM | Film/TV | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

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I heard that Halle Berry actually showed up at the Razzies to accept her "Worst Actress in a Motion Picture" award for Catwoman. Sounds like she's got a great sense of humor.

By the way, GWBush won the Razzie for "Worst Actor" for Fahrenheit 9-11. I love it.

Posted by: Kirsten at February 28, 2005 12:22 PM

I think I remember reading that she bonded with the cat who played her pet...and ended up adopting it. So at least she got something out of the experience, right?

I didn't know that about Dubya. That's GREAT.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at February 28, 2005 12:55 PM

Hallie and Kate were indeed gorgeous (just wished Hallie would have done something different with her hair... and Laura Linney, too! eek!!)

Did anyone notice there seemed to be a greek-goddess look going on amongst a lot of the dresses this year? Could it all be an ode to the movie Troy?

Oh, and I agree, Kirsten Dunst looked divine. Adorable hair, perhaps a bit too blonde, but the cut and make-up and especially the dress were stunning!!

Posted by: Teresa at February 28, 2005 03:31 PM

>I heard that Halle Berry actually showed
>up at the Razzies to accept her "Worst
>Actress in a Motion Picture" award for
>Catwoman. Sounds like she's got a great
>sense of humor.

In fact, she took the opportunity to thank Warners for "casting me in this piece of shit." See http://tinyurl.com/5rt9d

I agree about Blanchett and Winslet. I lurve Renee Zellwegger, but photos don't do her justice.

NYT today has a good "Critic's Notebook" about how Oscar can't help looking back. Funny line: Clint Eastwood's joke about being young compared to Sidney Lumet was closer to the truth than the Academy would care to admit.

All I can say is, Tivo was born for these things.

Posted by: Vernam at February 28, 2005 08:46 PM