Academy Awards 2012 Quick Review

Billy Crystal was impeccable tonite as presenter of the 84th Academy Awards. This is one red carpet and awards show I make sure to watch! This year, Nine Films were nominated for Best Picture.

Billy’s opening number delivered and some of his one liners hit home! I think it’s true, a lot of the actors are smaller and shorter than we realize, though they surely look good on the big screen. The French do have cause for celebration winning the Academy’s Best Actors and Best Film awards, though my French friends DO exhibit joy, contrary to Billy’s contrary joking!

Missing from the audience were Jack Nicholson, though I did see Tony Bennett. The camera as usual loves Brad and Angelina plus this years “most panned to”, George Clooney and Stacey Keibler, so beautifully dressed in a gold Marchesa gown. Tina Fey surprised us in an elegant eggplant colored gown with peplum and delivered her funny lines as presenter having me laugh out loud as usual.

Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress for “The Help” and was so grateful in her teary heartfelt acceptance speech. 20120227-094038.jpg

It was humbling and well deserved though I say, “Don’t miss the book”, as with most films it captures nuance the film doesn’t convey. My pick for Best supporting actress was Jessica Chastain from the same film. I hadn’t realized it was her when watching the film until the credits rolled. She is one to watch.

I loved the actors segment on their opinions of film and acting. Their off the cuff interview style really made me connect with how hard the actors work. it’s not as glamorous as it seems, methinks!

Cirque due Soleil’s performance was a hit with the audience at the awards and at home. The ‘In Memoriam’ segment always brings a tear to my eye! Elizabeth Taylor and Whitney passing in one year is alot to be sad about.

Meryl Streep took Best Actress for Iron Lady and I loved her speech and her very real admission that the friendships she has made along the way are what is most precious to her.
Neither George Clooney or Brad Pitt won the Best Actor Role, but rather the star of “The Artist”, Jean Dujardin took Oscar Home. Angelina is always enigmatic as she presented 2 awards in a row, though I noticed her obvious display of leg in a sexy way that has sent tounges a’waggin’. 

Did JLo have a wardrobe slip on her plunging neckline…I saw it! I think she did! Christopher Plummer, our favorite Captain in “The Sound of Music” won for his sensitive portrayal of a terminally ill father who has “come out” as a gay octogenarian, after the death of his wife of 44 years. His acceptance speech was touching and I loved that he stated that his wife should win the Nobel Peace Prize for having put up with him daily!

Some outstanding red carpet dresses that I loved were Sandra Bullocks marchesa with a draped plunging back. Milla Jovavich looked scintillating in a pink beaded gown. Pink seemed to be a popular color trend. Shimmer and shine were big. Penelope Cruz never disappoints, this year wore a purple princess Gucci gown. Cameron Diaz was gorgeous in Tom Ford and has the awesome figure to look like perfection in white with a stately cape. Stacey Keibler wore marchesa Gold too….so beautiful. The gown Misses, I didn’t love Mery’s Streeps dress, a little too much fabric and a little bit of missed lame, though the woman herself is flawless.

The Artist won Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, and 2 more for a total of 5 oscars as a sweep.

The Governors Ball after party, serves over 5000 glasses of champagne, 800 pounds of sugar and over 8000 blooms according to the TV reporting of the event. Even I couldn’t stay up to watch the after part reporting. So I missed the governor’s Ball, Vanity Fair fete and Elton John’s AIDS Benefit.
The Oscars never fail to deliver as America’s show biz royalty and the worlds’ top designers give us what we’re looking for, glamour and a peek into a world that Hollywood makes to help us dream a little sweeter.


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