Another Oscar season has come and gone, with the 84th Annual Academy Awards last night, and might I say the show did not suck. Billy Crystal nailed his hosting duties, making last year’s Franco and Hathaway look like lunatics in comparison. If it aint broke, don’t fix it, and after 9 hosting gigs, perhaps the Academy should consider keeping Crystal on the roster indefinitely. His opening number was a touch cheesy, but he got better and better as the night went on.
Before getting into my list of the most memorable Oscar moments, let’s talk fashion. I usually compile a list of best and worst dressed, however there weren’t too many fashion disasters this year to speak of. Looks like some of the stars fired Rachel Zoe and migrated over to Brad Goreski. My top picks all hit it out of the park, with a fine mix of Hollywood glam and classic couture.
I loved Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen. Gingy’s should always consider rocking frocks with gold details, as this look was absolutely elegant on her. Rooney Mara’s Givenchy gown was so delicate and perfect on her petite frame while Gwyneth Paltrow looked super chic in Tom Ford. Who else can pull off a cape on the red carpet paired with such a structured silhouette!? Octavia Spencer chose a figure-flattering Tadashi Shoji dress with blingy beading and Michelle Williams may not have won Best Actress but she did win best dress, in my humble opinion, for her coral, tiered number by Louis Vuitton. I usually wouldn’t give J-Lo props for red carpet fashion but I couldn’t take my eyes off her rack in this seriously revealing Zuhair Murad gown with sheer panels and plunging neckline. Robert Downey Jr. is always an honorable mention on my best dressed lists, this year rocking an adorable glittery bow tie.
Now onto my fave moments of the night. Billy Crystal had a number of notable one-liners throughout the evening, but none as memorable as Emma Stone’s hilarious bit while presenting alongside Ben Stiller. That girl has serious comedic chops. Christopher Plummer’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Beginners was a definite highlight. I absolutely adore this man and this film. I saw the premiere screening during TIFF in 2010, with Mr. Plummer, Ewan McGreger and the rest of the cast in attendance. So happy he finally took home the gold!
Sacha Baron Cohen, as expected, arrived on the red carpet as The Dictator and spilled an urn full of what he called Kim Jong Il’s ashes on Ryan Seacrest’s Dolce suit. Nothing compels me more to see his movie than defacing Seacrest on live television. Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph were cliche but cute with a round of penis jokes while presenting the award for Best Short Film and how about Angelina’s leg-tastrophe?! What the devil was she thinking?! Hey Angie, Victoria Beckham called, she wants her pose back. Put that gangly gam away, sista.
A few of my fave quotes from the night…
“You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?” – Best Supporting Actor winner Christopher Plummer, to his Oscar
“How about we make the dressing room an undressing room.”
– Best Supporting Actress nominee Melissa McCarthy, to host Billy Crystal
“When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no … her again.’ But, whatever.” – Meryl Streep, accepting her Oscar for Best Actress for The Iron Lady
“If you’re a white man you can play an Arabian prince. And if you’re a black man you can play a donkey or a zebra.” – Chris Rock, while presenting the Oscar for Best Animated Feature
What did you think of the show? Who made your best dressed list? Post a comment possums, you know the drill. xx