Once again Oscar night was filled with gorgeous gowns, funny jokes, entertaining speeches and some unexpected situations. The carpet was bustling with instant standouts and some less flattering looks. However in general there were no outrageous dresses or ones that drastically missed the mark. This year the nominees and presenters had quite refined dresses that were pushing their fashion limits without losing the elegance the Oscars demand.
Billy Crystal proved that he still knew how to host a great show. Some have argued he wasn’t down right hysterical in his monologue, but I would take his humorous song compared to cheesy and uncomfortable jokes any day. He did a good job of keeping us entertained throughout the show and “excited to go to the movies.” In the past after the host’s monologue the rest of the night would be filled with awkward transitions and even less funny joke attempts, so I appreciated the subtleness of Crystal. He wasn’t too aggressive and kept the focus on the nominees.
Afterwards I did a break down of the night and highlighted the must-see moments. Here’s a re-cap of Oscar night, perfect incase you missed the show, or if you’re like me, are sad to see it end and want to keep talking about it before the hype is over.
Let’s start with the red carpet. In general the stars stepped up the glamour and wore more glamorous pieces than seen throughout the awards season. I predicted white and cream, fuchsia, and black to be the general colors for the Oscars, and the carpet saw an abundance of white and light colored dresses, black and red. There were three general styles of dresses, beaded and elegant, classic princess and fashion forward with peplum waists.
Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive & Natalie Portman in Vintage Dior
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford. She was really the only attendee to take a major fashion risk by wearing the cape, but pulled it off with ease.
Melissa McCarthy in Marina Rinaldi. The light color, empire shape and diamond accents looked classic and suited her exceptionally well. On the red carpet she became teary eyed when asked about what shoes she was wearing. She explained they were Brian Atwoods (the two have been friends since high school) who wrote a message on the bottom of the shoes that said, “Exclusively made for my BFF Melissa MCCarthy on Oscar night.”
Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab. I was dying for someone to wear Elie Saab Couture and I could not have thought of anyone better than Bejo to pull it off. I thought this looked timeless and gorgeous for attending as a first time nominee.
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab & Rose Bryn in Vivienne Westwood
Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture. Nina Garcia described her as “a punk version of Audrey Hepburn,” I couldn’t agree more. She was stunning in white, a departure from her usually black wardrobe.
Octavia was dressed to win. This shape and color do no wrong for Spencer and the dress looked absolutely gorgeous posing next to her Oscar.
These women chose bold dresses that made them stand out from the crowd. Emma took a risk in Giambattista Valli with that large red bow, but it paid off; my twitter news feed blew up with excitement when Emma hit the carpet.
Viola Davis chose a Vera Wang green number that had fashion critics loving her entire look. From the hair to her skin tone, she looked gorgeous.
And Jessica Chastain chose a more dramatic gown by Alexander McQueen and nailed it. By down playing her hair, with just loose waves and minimal make-up she really allowed the dress to accentuate her beauty.
Two of my favorites of the night were Tina Fey in custom Carolina Herrera and Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton. Both managed to look classic yet fashion forward. The peplum is all over Fall 2012 RTW runways and these two women wear them well.
Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 RTW
Sharp Dressed Men
Christopher Plummer, George Clooney, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin made my list for best dressed men.
Sacha Baron Cohen was dressed in character from his new film The Dictator and successfully spilled fake Kim Jong-Il ashes on Ryan Seacrest. Ryan’s reaction let everyone know he did not know this was coming. He looked like he was a step away from tearing up. He clearly didn’t know what to do, which resulted in E! only playing Fashion Police for the rest of the coverage. Giuliana didn’t even run down to take Ryan’s place, which I thought would have happened instantaneously. Aside from Cohen being rude to Ryan, he was rude to all the viewers because we were stuck listening to Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne, instead of hearing from the attendees.
And the Presenters are….
This year the presenters really stepped up the humor. The usual awkward scripted speeches were replaced with presenters trying to have fun with announcing the nominees and being much more relaxed about it. I appreciated that they stayed clear of the awkward scripts and made it their own, I was more enthused by the presentation than when they announced some of the winners!
Jennifer and Cameron did some high fashion posing on stage to arouse laughs.
Gweneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. had a playful sketch dedicated to documentaries, and although it may not have been the funniest bit of the night, it was well done and showed Gweneth in a funnier light.
But by far, the best and down right funniest part of the night was when Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were presenting. The picture pretty much sums up what they did.
Meryl Streep Best Actress. She waited 29 years for another, enough said.
Octavia Spencer Best Supporting Actress
Boldest Acceptance Speech
The Descendants screenwriters Jim Rash, mocked Angelina Joli’s leg reveling pose. This was such a gutsy move, but I appreciated someone showing how awkward and strange her presentation was!
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