Tuesday, March 1, 2011

And the award goes to...

     James Franco and Anne Hathaway may not have been the most charismatic hosts that the Oscars have seen, but they did a fine job keeping the energy alive and the audience cheerful...although, all I need to keep my interest is James' gorgeous smile and Anne's fashion statements. She changed her dress and hair style six times throughout the show and pulled it off quite flawlessly. All her jewelry was provided by Tiffany &Co. and each one of her dresses was as exclusive couture as it gets.

1. Crystal embroidered Givenchy Haute Couture bustier dress.
2. Lanvin satin tuxedo and custom Swarovski-crystal-studded Brian Atwood pumps.
3. Appliquéd gray-and-black gown, custom-made by Vivienne Westwood Couture.
4. Golden, one-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown with beaded fringe.
5. Crimson Atelier Versace gown with scalloped sweetheart neckline.
6. Violet, futuristic Giorgio Armani Privé off-the-shoulder gown.

Next to all of Anne's beautiful gowns, what James wore was of lesser importance. However, there was one costume change that left everyone speechless...

...or rather dying from laughter!

"You got to wear a tuxedo, so I wore this. The weird part is I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen." -James Franco
     After all the buzz on the red-carpet, excitement of the ceremony, and surprise from the unexpected moments (cough...like Melissa Leo's dropping of the f-bomb and Jude Law bashing on Robert Downy Jr.), the awards are far from over. One of the best parts, and quite frankly the biggest reason we all watch them in the first place, is to recap who wore the best and worst of the evening.

     Last night was unique from most Academy Awards in the past. Usually there are quite a few messes in the midst of striking gowns, but I really can't say there was a single star whom I was appalled by. Each one made their own statement that was true to their unique styles. However, I did have favorites that I just couldn't keep my eyes off and I've given them awards of my own.

Best Showstopper

Halle Berry
Wore a Marchesa nude crystal-encrusted gown with ruffled train
and 10-carat diamond Neil Lane earrings.

Best Classic

Camila Alves
Wore a black Kaufmanfranco ball gown.

Best Contemporary
Cate Blanchett
Wore an elaborately beaded and pleated lilac Givenchy Haute Couture
gown and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

Best Lingerie Inspired

Scarlett Johansson
Wore a burgundy, lace Dolce & Gabbana backless, column gown with Anna Hu
 Haute Joaillerie ruby, emerald, and diamond dragon-motif jewels.

Best Ladylike
Florence Welch
Wore a Valentino Haute Couture gown.

Best Metallic

Gwyneth Paltrow
Wore a fluid metallic Calvin Klein Collection column gown, Brian Atwood
pumps, and Louis Vuitton earrings, ring and brooch.

Best One of a Kind

Helena Bonham Carter
Wore a dress by costume designer Colleen Atwood, Solange Azagury-Partridge
jewels, a clutch made to look like a fan, and a Union Jack garter.

Best Understated

Jennifer Lawrence
Wore a red Calvin Klein Collection gown, Chopard earrings and
 bangle, and Jimmy Choo sandals.

Best Vintage

Marisa Tomei
Wore a 1950's Charles James from Lily et Cie Couture gown, with
Van Cleef & Arpels jewels and a Kotur clutch.

Best Plumage

Hilary Swank
Wore a silver sequined Gucci Première gown with ombré feathered train,
metallic Roger Vivier clutch, and Anna Hu jewelry.

Best Romantic 

Mila Kunis
Wore a lavender Elie Saab Haute Couture chiffon and lace gown
with a Bottega Veneta purse and Neil Lane jewelry.

Best Cut-out

Kathryn Bigelow
Wore a firebrick Yves Saint Laurent cutout dress.

Best Neon

Rhea Durham
Wore a Naeem Khan gown and Neil Lane jewelry.

Best Overall

Natalie Portman
Wore a plum, off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown with Swarovski crystal beading, Jimmy Choo heels, a Roger Vivier clutch, and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

     Halle Berry's Marchesa was too beautiful for words. It had just the right amount of sparkle and the gathering of tulle brought the glamour over the top. Camila Alves' gown was so strikingly classy, I felt like I'd entered the world of Designing Woman when I saw it. Cate Blanchett never seems to be afraid of taking a risk, and her beaded Givenchy was no exception. It was both elegant and edgy, but not too much of either. Scarlett Johansson's lacy Dolce & Gabbana was just perfect for her. It was sexy but left enough to the imagination and looked stunning from every angle, including the back where a hole showcased her flawless back. Florence Welch may have looked too prim and proper in her Valentino if it weren't for her trendsetting ways. Her rebellious style makes everything she wears unique and beautiful. In her metallic Calvin Klein gown, Gwyneth Paltrow must have had heads turning. She kept everything simple with a chic hairstyle and just a couple accessories.

     Truthfully, I was expecting something crazier from Helena Bonham Carter, but she didn't disappoint. First of all, I found it totally appropriate that her costume designer for Alice in Wonderland, Coleen Atwood, costom-made her dress. It's like Helena was cheering on her colleague nominee, who later won the night's Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Second, Helena used her black gown as a canvas for her personality, adding a fan clutch and a Union Jack which she proudly showed off. At the opposite pole, was Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein who made a statement with her beauty. It's refreshing to see someone who isn't wrapped up in the glamour and lets their natural loveliness take center stage.

     Marisa Tomei is one of those actresses that I don't see much of but when I do, something about her sparks my interest. Maybe it's because I always think of her hilarious performance in My Cousin Vinny, or because her name has a ring to it. But last night, it was because of her elegant vintage gown. There wasn't anything cutting-edge about it and her jewelry wasn't eye-catching, but she seemed to give off a warm familiarity that made me wishing I had her dress for my school's production of Grease. Hilary Swank is another actress I haven't seen on the red-carpet lately, but looked as if she was born there in her shimmering Gucci gown. The cascade of feathers gave her dress elegance, while the ombré coloring made it very "now." Mila Kunis is my current absolute envy. She is drop-dead-gorgeous, her past red-carpet looks are drop-dead-gorgeous, and her lavender Elie Saab gown was drop-dead-gorgeous! Kathryn Bigelow had simple down pat. Her YSL cut-out dress was clever and sophisticated--no different than the director herself. Rhea Durham is one of those women who can pull off anything, this time that anything being hot pink. Her Naeem Khan gown was playful, girly, and made me all the more hopeful for spring.

     Saying that Natalie Portman is an inspiration to me is an understatement. I not only have read everything about her latest venture in making Black Swan, but I recently watched her in an interview for the CBS Sunday Morning Show. She's down to earth, extremely hard working, and keeps most of her personal life away from the tabloids. I was instantly in awe of her when I read in Vogue how much she tirelessly trained for Black Swan and I absolutely loved her performance in No Strings Attached. All these reasons, plus the fact that I admire her effortlessly classy style, contribute to why I was overjoyed for her to win the Best Actress Academy Award. As for her Oscar night ensemble...her simple plum gown was stunning, as were her adorable Breakfast at Tiffany's-esque tassel earrings!

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