oscars 2010: the best & the rest
Well, the big show is over. No huge surprises this year – except Neil Patrick Harris opening the show. That was a nice surprise. Though my favorite part was probably Ben Stiller presenting Best Makeup in full Avatar garb. I laughed so hard. I love him so much.
But! This is not the place to discuss my deep love of the man who brought us Derek Zoolander and Hansel (so hot right now); it’s a place to talk clothes. So let’s take a look at the trends on this year’s red carpet.
Letting their hair down:
From this year’s winner, Sandra Bullock, to last year’s winner, Kate Winslet, to… one of Charlie’s Angels (sorry, Cam, we’ll get back to you later), I noticed a lot of hair down & side-swept with minimal fuss. Often I think it’s a little bit of a cop-out, but these three ladies look great, I must say. When your hair is that shiny and/or voluminous, why mess with perfection?
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams took risks this year with unique prints, both of which rather resemble brushstrokes – Maggie’s a sort of thick, frantic acrylic and Rachel’s a soft watercolor. I applaud both of them for daring to try something different, but I think Rachel looks miles better than Maggie. I would’ve loved Maggie’s print in another cut – the column dress does nothing for her figure, and the bodice gives her a flat, droopy bust. I’d love to see her in some kind of structured halter for once – hoist the girls up where they should be!
One is the loneliest number
Tina Fey, Molly Ringwald (there as part of a super classy & touching John Hughes tribute), Queen Latifah, Sigourney Weaver, and, um, yours truly (hee hee) all sported one-shoulder dresses. Glad to see that I was on point with this trend! Tina’s dress is just ok for me – I don’t like what TLo would call the “titscrepancy” of the bustline (notice how every other one-shoulder dress here is straight across or drapes rather than seeming to combine two distinct cuts? that’s a titscrepancy). I honestly loved Molly’s – gorgeous color on her, though not loving the hair. Queen’s was also very pretty, but I would’ve liked it better in a richer color – maybe a jewel tone like sapphire or emerald – as that dusty orchid doesn’t really do anything for her skin tone. And Sigourney… the woman is 60 years old and could pass for one in her 40s! Amazing. She looks statuesque and classy, though I do feel like the single shoulder strap, the brooch, and the ribbon all on one side makes it feel just a bit off balance. I’ll let you guys judge mine. ;)
Business in the front, party in the back…
Oh dear. Now we have come to what my pal Jen dubbed the “mullet dresses,” a very apt (& hilarious) description. I just do not understand what’s happening here. Why would lovely starlets Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana (whose dress had a split in the front that made her dress appear very much like Carey’s – in fact, they presented together, causing the mullet dress outcry to be that much more intense) do such a thing? Was Carey trying to show off her chunky shoes? Make her body appear sort of weirdly hunchy-slouchy? And was Zoe – whose dress caused me to gasp upon first glance, thinking I loved it before seeing ALL THIS BUSINESS – trying to remind us she is the go-to sci-fi girl these days? First Star Trek, then Avatar, now Sea Anemones from the Purple Depths – next: THE WORLD! Carey’s would’ve been so much better without the mullet factor. And Zoe’s, well… I still kind of like it. She took a risk. It’s just a LOT going on. Take it down a notch or 12, then we’ll talk.
SARAH, SARAH, SARAH. CARRIE BRADSHAW WOULD BE MORTIFIED. Oh, just… where do I begin? I love Sarah Jessica Parker, but I do not love a single thing about this look – which makes me sad, because I have always championed her! Sack dress, horrible color for her skin tone, and awful hair. Come now, you’re back to promoting Carrie & the girls soon, so please get it together. And Charlize Theron, I want your life for one minute, so that my face is so gosh darn beautiful that it almost distracts you from my cupcake boobs. But no. They are still cupcake boobs. WTF? TLo called them “cinnaboobs,” which may be even more apt (not to mention hilar). And Diane Kruger, just… why on earth would you choose this? Unless you wanted to be washed out by a droopy, saggy, sad sack of a used-toilet-paper-lookin’ dress, of course. In which case, bravo, well done!
I’m actually calling a tie. First up:
The aforementioned Ms. McAdams. ~Stunning, flawless, perfect,~ etc. The colors go beautifully with her coloring; the dress is flowy and feminine; the bodice fits her like a glove; and the makeup & jewelry are simple & lovely.
And now, to my own great surprise, next up…
Cameron Diaz. I know! I’m as surprised as you, as I never thought I would name her the best of anything, let alone looking the most elegant and gorgeous she’s looked this side of 1994. Golden girl, glamour goddess, what else can I say? It fits her beautifully, showing off her lean, muscular arms & toned surfer’s bod while still softening and flattering her figure, and the hair and makeup are a home run. For once she ditched the messy bedhead or ponytail she so often defaults to, and it served her incredibly well. The entire look reminds you that she started out as a model. Not saying her acting skills have moved far beyond that, but credit where it’s due. A+, Cam.
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