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OSCARS 2010: The
A Review of the 82st Annual Academy
Its wasnt Oscars worst red
carpet, but it was far from its best. I dont know whether its award
show fatigue or the stars' fear of winding up on a tabloids Worst Dressed
list, but the fashion was overall a bit too safe this year. There was no
wow moment on the red carpet. Yes, for the most part, everyone
looked pretty but no one really stood out. There was a lot of red, plenty of
pastels and a wave of white. Everything just kind of blended together. Even the
misses (Charlize Theron, Sarah Jessica Parker) werent so much god awful
as they were just disappointing.
My top picks for the evening in no particular
order go to Sandra Bullock (in a glittering Marchesa), Penelope Cruz (in Donna
Karan), Kate Winslet (in Yves Saint Laurent), Vera Farmiga (who gets points for
going for it in a ruffled Marchesa). I was fascinated by Demi Moores
appearance. While her salmon colored ruffled Versace was beautiful, its
really Moores astonishingly youthful presence that dazzles. I bet she
could even resurrect her ill-fated self-designed biker shorts-ball gown Oscar
disaster from the early nineties and manage to pull it off somehow. Well, maybe
not, but you get the picture.
Perhaps the most important reason it
wasnt the best night for fashion was because you hardly ever heard the
name of any designer mentioned on the red carpet. Why the hell dont these
talking heads ask Who are you wearing? when they full well know
thats the real reason everyone is watching in the first place? I
dont know what the solution is, but there was a time when the actresses
and the interviewers managed to mention the name of the designers
who devote so much time, not to mention money to dress these stars so all the
blood, sweat and FedEx bills that go into Oscar season pay off. Not so anymore.
For me, most of the Oscar night drama took
place before the awards even started. A little after midnight on Saturday,
WABC-TV pulled channel 7 off the air. Since it looked as if neither the
executives at Disney nor Cablevision were going to blink in their war of words,
I spent most of Sunday scrambling to find a place to watch the show. (Thanks
guys) I trekked up to the home of my former boss and good friend Susan
Malinowski who served as an able co-critic. Little did I know Id need the
company to assure I didnt doze off during the leaden paced broadcast.
Yes, after a slow start Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did get off some funny
stuff, but overall, the end result was still somewhat stilted and strangely
Producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic
might have made good to have the broadcast appeal to a younger demo with
appearances by a handful of 'tween' idols who adequately delivered their lines
but there was something soulless about the whole thing at least until
the grown-ups came out in force in the final half hour of the show.
The oddest thing was the first three hours
seems so ponderous and the final half hour, which had some truly great moments,
felt rushed. Sandra Bullock cemented her place as one of Hollywoods most
beloved actresses and it was great to see Kathryn Bigelow make history (and
beat out her ex-husband James Cameron) with her Best Director win. Turns out it
was Ladies Night at the Oscars.
Penelope Cruz in Donna
Kate Winslet in Yves Saint
Heres a rundown of the
evenings highs and lows beginning with E!s preshow until the bitter
6:00 pm Ryan Secrest kicks off E!
Oscar preshow which begins with an uncharacteristically slick photo montage of
past Oscar shows and some important sounding music. Things look
6:02 Avatars Sam Worthington is the first to
arrive on the red carpet. Secrest asks the actor about the brief period he
spent living in his car giving Worthingtons date something new to think
about for the rest of their walk down the red carpet.
elfin Zac Efron talks about his new deal with Warner Bros. The 23 year-old
actor, who looks all of 15, earnestly says this is the most interesting
time in my career.
6:09 Best Supporting actress nominee
Anna Kendrick, in an inadvertent homage to her vampire character in Twilight
looks positively anemic in a flesh colored gown. (Im hoping it looked
better in person). Secrest, who before things got started swore hes ask
who was wearing what, launches into a discussion about the dress without
managing to ask who designed it. For her part, Kendrick reveals her pick was
a last minute decision because she was so unhappy with
her planned selection. She wont name the designer of the reject.
Somewhere on Seventh Avenue, someone just got canned.
Although there appears to be an age limit that taps out at 40 on the red
carpet this year, somehow Mickey Rooney slips by security.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw arrive. Hill is sporting a god-awful Cavalli dress.
Worse, I think I saw the earrings she was wearing on sale at Target.
7:02 Theres a glimpse of Penelope Cruz who, so far, is the only
real movie and fashion star on the carpet in her crimson Donna Karan gown.
7:03 Amanda Seyfried (who is clearly taking a page out of the
Halle Berry/Penelope Cruz playbook of dressing like a movie star before you
become one) waltzes by in Armani Prive. Secrest scores some scoop by getting
the actress to talk about Big Love, the show that launched her movie career,
when she confirms shes leaving the HBO hit because she wasnt
getting enough to do. Seyfried needs to bone up on her fashion lingo. She
tells Secrest her gown is embellished with cellophane.
Miley Cyrus arrives wearing her underwear but not in a good way. It
appears that her mother, doing her best Donatella Versace impersonation, helped
pick out the unfortunate dress.
7:07 Melanie Griffith, who
appears to have been recently freshened up arrives with the
Unabomber. No wait, its Antonio Banderas.
Jessica Parker, the newly minted head of Halston, with hubby Matthew Broderick
shows up in Chanel Haute Couture. Sorry, SJP, I love you but I didnt love
your Glinda the Good Witch dress last year and I dont like the shower
curtain held up with grill work from a Cadillac this year, either.
7:18 Charlize Theron, always a red carpet standout, is posing within an
inch of her life in her lavender Dior with unfortunately placed rosettes that
do nothing for her.
7:26 George Clooney seems to be making good
on his promise to blow off the media by avoiding the reporters and heads over
to sign autographs for the fans in the bleachers.
changes his mind and crashes Queen Latifahs interview with Secrest. It
appears Clooney isnt taking things seriously at all this year. Even
though hes sporting a classic tux, the perennially best dressed man just
isn't in the game. He seems as if hes not all that crazy about being
there as evidenced by his longer, flat hair (dont love it) and a somewhat
7:30 Meryl Streep, accompanied by Kevin
Huvane, looks positively luminous. Its a personal best for her
fashion-wise. Shes wisely chosen an elegant white gown by Project Runway
favorite Chris March. PR score of the red carpet.
Im wondering if Jennifer Lopez is annoyed that her sculptural Armani
dress is a little too close to the dress the house gave Amanda Seyfried to
wear. Can u fix?
7:37 A very skinny Keanu Reeves is sporting
some bad facial hair. Doesnt matter. Love him.
giddy Gabourey Sidibe inexplicably tells Secrest that if her ill-chosen dress
was porn, it would be the money shot. Huh?
Secrest finally asks someone for the name of the designer of their ensemble.
Unfortunately, its Woody Harrelson.
7:44 Not one actress
has named the designer of their dress. Uh-oh.
7:46 Demi Moore
sails by looking amazing in a peach Versace. Ill have what shes
having. Finally, living proof her W magazine cover was not retouched. Her waist
is that tiny. And, she has obviously found the fountain of youth because she is
literally reverse aging.
7:49 I guess Brangelina isnt
coming this year.
7:51 Last years Best Actress winner,
Kate Winslet, looks ten years younger than she did last year. This time,
shes chosen an Yves Saint Laurent dress that she actually seems
comfortable in. Love the Veronica Lake hair and understated jewelry. Love,
love, love her.
7:53 Please go away, Miley Cyrus and for
Gods sake, stand up straight!
7:54 For the first time
ever, Cameron Diaz actually appears to have made a serious effort for the red
carpet with her gold Oscar de la Renta gown. And she finally brushed her hair.
7:58 E! is signing off having hosted one of the least glamorous
red carpets in recent memory. There are plenty of pretty dresses but where is
Nicole, Halle, Renee, Jennifer Aniston and the rest of Hollywoods real
Demi Moore in
Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la
8:00 In their infinite wisdom, ABC has
chosen The Views Sherri Shepherd, Dancing with The Stars castoff Kathy
Ireland (Huh?) and journo Jess Cagle as host/interviewers. This ought to be
8:03 Cagle has all the best supporting actress
nominees corralled in one spot but fails to ask anyone the name of the designer
of their dresses a cardinal sin for someone who once worked at People
8:10 Kathy Ireland does a cringe inducing interview
with Gabourey Sidibe. She layers it on even thicker when she names the
Precious star one of the evenings best dressed in the
preshows final moments.
8:23 Sherri Shepherd asks Jeff
Bridges, What are you wearing? Come on!
Finally, the broadcast starts. Things look very promising when the stage
reveals all the best actor contenders standing together on stage.
8:32 Neil Patrick Harris asks the question everyone in the audience is
thinking when he launches into an ill-conceived opening musical number and
sings, What am I doing here? Okay, so he killed at the Emmys and
the Tonys but hes a TV star. The producers bid to hedge their bet
here doesnt work. I miss Hugh Jackman.
8:34 The producers
make the unfortunate choice of having Baldwin and Martin descend from the
ceiling Las Vegas style. The harness Martin is wearing is plainly visible. My
friend Susan asks, Why do Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin need to be set up
by a TV star? Good question.
8:37 Martin and
Baldwins opening monologue isnt killing yet. Baldwin seems
8:43 The show has been on for under 15 minutes
but it feels like an hour. The pacing for the opening is definitely off.
Cablevision is restored to the 3 million metropolitan area viewers. Gee,
8:48 Penelope Cruz presents Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz with his Oscar who gives yet another charming speech. Since
hes won everything imaginable this awards season, hes had a lot of
practice. Looks like theyre mixing things up with the order of the awards
8:50 Ryan Reynolds does his best Rod Serling
impersonation to introduce the first Best Picture clip from a spot behind the
audience. This is done throughout the evening and feels oddly disjointed from
the rest of the broadcast. And, did someone forget to pay the electric bill
this month? The audience constantly looks as if they are sitting in darkness.
9:00 Amanda Seyfried races Miley Cyrus to the microphone to
present their award. Seyfried wins.
9:06 Despite the glitzy
stage set and preponderance of prom dresses, there is an absence of glamour
that is palpable.
9:15 Journalist Mark Boal wins the first of
The Hurt Lockers many Oscars. Good to see a least one scribe can make a
living by telling compelling stories these days.
reaction shot of Jane Seymour. Really?
9:17 An absolutely
terrified Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick introduce a touching tribute to
John Hughes. The segment wraps with several Where are they now?
actors like Macaulay Culkin and Ali Sheedy that populated Hughes films in the
eighties standing on stage reminding the audience of the perils of finding fame
too soon. Yikes.
9:28 Carey Mulligan (in Prada) and Zoe Saldana
(in Givenchy Haute Couture) do the prom queen thing while introducing Best
Documentary Short Subject. Mulligan clearly has the potential to be a huge star
of the red carpet but not tonight. Saldana dress looks as if shes
about to be swept out to a lavender sea.
9:30 One hour down
ten to go. George Clooney isnt enjoying himself and so far, with
the shows leaden pacing, neither are we.
9:38 Ben Stiller
comes out done up like an Avatar character. James Cameron is not amused.
Neither is anyone else.
9:40 Discuss amongst yourselves: What
is with the god awful camera work this year? Where are the audience reaction
shots that everyone loves? Why does the stage look so empty?
9:45 This is turgid, says Susan stifling a yawn. Agreed.
9:50 Geoffrey Fletcher, who wins for Best Adapted Screenplay
for Precious, gives the evenings first truly touching speech.
9:52 Okay, this helps to explain the lack of true star power on the
broadcast thus far. The Academy introduced the first ever Governors
Awards given before tonight. A clip of the festivities includes
appearances by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Angelica Huston. Lauren Bacall,
who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, picked up her statuette at the
non-televised event. As a consolation prize, she is recognized from her seat in
the auditorium. A few stars rise to their feet, but before she gets her much
deserved standing ovation, the producers move on to the next award. Bad move.
9:59 Robin Williams presents MoNique with her Best
Supporting Actress Oscar. The actress gives a somewhat eyebrow raising
acceptance speech by saying her win says contenders can be judged on
performance not politics. A not so subtle dig at the Academy for
the criticism shes received for opting not to campaign for
the award and for reports that she asked to be paid for several Oscar season
Vera Farmiga in
Jennifer Lopez in
10:06 I love Sigourney Weaver but her
red Lanvin looks a tad too matronly on her.
10:09 The best
introduction of the night comes from Steve Martin: He directed A Single
Man. She weighs a single pound Tom Ford and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The duo presents Best Costume Design to Sandy Powell who picks up her statuette
for her work on The Young Victoria. (Where is Emily Blunt, by the way? I guess
I dont blame her for skipping out on things since she was snubbed in the
Best Actress category). Powell graciously dedicates her award to her peers who
dont work on period films.
10:17 Twilight costars Kristen
Stewart (who also needs to work on her posture) and the adorable Taylor Lautner
present a tribute to horror films. The head scratching clip montage include
Edwards Scissorhands and the 1993 flick Leprechaun starring Jennifer Aniston (I
bet she was thrilled about that).
10:25 I know weve
been watching this for two hours but I feel like we havent seen any
really big awards, says my friend Susan. Yup.
voiceover announces with great fanfare: Elizabeth
Nope, Banks. Who? Just kidding. Sort of.
10:37 The absolutely
ageless Demi Moore introduces the traditional In Memoriam segment
with James Taylor on guitar to accompany the clips. Unlike previous years,
there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the order or list of actors included. I
know she wasnt Oscar material, but its more than a bit surprising
that Farrah Fawcett, one of the biggest stars in her heyday, was omitted.
Im guessing there were gasps all around at the Vanity Fair party when the
segment ended without a nod to Dominick Dunne (who, in case you didnt
know, produced Panic in Needle Park and Boys in the Band) too.
10:46 If only theyd gotten the pros from Dancing With the Stars to
do the nights only production number. I thought ABC was all about
11:06 Except for the on-going glimpses of a
stone-faced George Clooney, why are all the shots of the audience of
somebodys weeping mother or wife? If Kate Gosselin shows up in the
audience, Im throwing my TV set out the window.
Okay, now were getting somewhere. The five best actor candidates are
introduced by five equally interesting actors. George Clooney looks genuinely
embarrassed by Vera Farmigas glowing remarks. Colin Farrell gets the
biggest laughs by cryptically referencing some raucous road trip where he and
The Hurt Lockers Jeremy Renner wound up sharing a pillow and
spooning in bed. Good stuff.
11:30 Jeff Bridges
thanks his parents for getting him into this groovy profession.
Man, does he like the word man. I was hoping for a truly great
speech from Bridges who had gone unappreciated for so long but instead his good
ole boy approach felt a bit flat. At least he wraps up by effusively praising
his wife of 33 years, Susan and their two daughters.
After the five best actress nominees are introduced in the same star
studded fashion as the actors were, Sean Penn announces the winner. Sandra
Bullock, looking the best she ever has, takes the stage to accept her award.
Did I really win this or did I just wear you down? she says only
half kidding. One of the nicest women in Hollywood delivers the evenings
best speech of the night offering individual heartfelt tributes to her fellow
nominees and choking up as she recalls the loving and socially conscious way
her mother raised her. She concludes by dedicating her award to moms who
take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from.
I know The Blind Side wasnt exactly art, but Im thrilled she won. A
lovely, lovely moment.
11:52 Barbra Streisand comes out to
present Best Director. The time has come, she intones before
announcing Kathryn Bigelow as the first woman in the Academys 82 year
history to win top honors. Would love to know whats going through
Babs mind since she was so famously snubbed in 1991 for her work lensing
Prince of Tides. Did the orchestra really play 'I am Woman' as they left stage?
Yes, they did.
11:54 A genuinely stunned Kathryn Bigelow tells
the audience that this is indeed, the moment of a lifetime. Bigelow
impresses with her genuinely humble and heartfelt remarks which include a
tribute to the men and women serving in Iraq.
11:58 Tom Hanks
announces The Hurt Locker has won Best Picture so abruptly that even though I
havent moved from my seat in four hours I feel as if Ive missed
something. Did he even open the envelope? Bigelow hasnt even made it off
the stage when she finds her way back and stands aside holding two Oscars like
barbells as one of the films producers speaks.
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hold on to Kathryn Bigelow while they say
goodnight. She looks like she wants to run off the stage. I cant say I