February 24, 2008

Thoughts on the Oscars - Winners and Fashion

As the thread from earlier notes, I was really happy with this year's winners. And maybe it's because of that that I caught myself looking around the theater more. And something struck me - do the honored actors of today just seem nicer than those of the past? I mean I'm used to hearing stars referred to as imperious or demanding or neurotic. But looking around at the likes of Viggo M, Laura Linney, Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones, Daniel Day-Lewis, George Clooney - is it just me or have we hit an age where the stars seem to be nice, hard-working folks? And if so, does that say anything about Hollywood or us?

But once I realized I was thinking about such things I realized that was kind of messed up, this is a night to talk winners, losers and fashion. So feel free to do that in the thread below. As I noted, I like tonight's winners. So my thoughts on the fashion? Well I guess my favorite dresses would be those worn by Marion Cotillard (congratulations! and I love that Gaultier) and George Clooney's date, and, though it was relatively plain, Keri Russell's (classic, and suited her). As to the men, well I always envy Johnny Depp's hair. And Colin Farrell is so interesting. I never find him pretty or handsome, but he is so cute and attractive. Same with James McAvoy. And Javier Bardem is simply scorchingly hot. And Daniel Day-Lewis didn't wear plaid!

If there was a disappointment tonight it was the show itself. All those tributes to the Oscars were waaaay too long and really dull. And it's just so tacky to spend an hour or such on that crap and march tonight's winners off the stage after a few minutes. Jon Stewart was okay, but not great. The presenters' banter was predictably boring. And if I could change the Oscars in 1 way what would it be? I'd probably cut the song production numbers. I mean if you want to show the song, and supposedly one of the criteria to get nominated is how the song is integral to the film - how about showing the song clip from the movie? Except for Falling Slowly tonight's song performance's were underwhelming, and that happens pretty much every year.

Posted by armand at February 24, 2008 11:56 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies


I have to disagree with you about Cotillard's dress. I really didn't like the breast detail, and it hung strangely. Plus, I wasn't digging the white on her at all. WHich is a shame, because she is beautiful, and did such an amazing job in that role.

Posted by: binky at February 25, 2008 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

Well I'll agree that the breasts on it were kind of weird - but otherwise I liked it.

Posted by: Armand at February 25, 2008 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, and although they got some of the lowest ratings in history, it still looks like their beating Bush's 19% approval rating!

Posted by: binky at February 25, 2008 04:46 PM | PERMALINK

Kind of a shame since Stewart was in decent form and the winners were so good. But between AMPAS filling the thing with never-ending montages and the public's preference for the likes of National Treasure: Books of Secrets and Transformers, well, low ratings aren't that surprising.

And you know, while kind of plain, the more I think about it the more I really like Keri Russell's dress.

Posted by: Armand at February 25, 2008 05:35 PM | PERMALINK

You know, I always mix her up with that other pointy chin actress (no, not Reese), Gayheart. Whenever I see Gayheart, I'm like, oh, that's the one had that TV show and who cut her hair and then everyone thought she lost her magic. And then you correct me.

Posted by: binky at February 25, 2008 07:31 PM | PERMALINK
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