The Oscars: In Summary

When I interned at Entertainment Tonight in Hollywood, California, I got the chance to see dozens of Oscars up close and personal. I never actually touched any of the hard little golden men, but I got closer than I ever imagined I would.

Being on the Paramount lot was a dream turned into reality for me, a young girl fascinated with the news and entertainment world. Fresh out of university, I went to Los Angeles and lived in a hostel with my friend until I chose to leave early to accept a job offer back home. I repeat: I stayed. In. A. Hostel. Shudder.

The Academy Awards have always been a special night, despite the fact that since becoming a mom I've only seen like, half the nominated films for Best Picture, year after year. Still. I wouldn't miss The Oscars for anything. Except maybe a trip to Paris.

Miraculously, I put my children to bed at 8 p.m. so I was able to watch funny man Billy Crystal host the Oscars for ninth time. I'm so glad he was back, because James Franco and Anne Hathaway last year were... let's just say... a weird combination with zero chemistry.

I'm still trying to figure out what the biggest story of the night was: Billy Crystal and his Botox? Or the fact that Christopher Walken and Billy Crystal are, in fact, twins separated at birth? Jennifer Lopez and her accidental nipple? Or Sandra Bullock wearing a dress that was too horrible to even define? There were some laughs, but overall, it wasn't the most exciting Oscars ever.

Here's what I thought about the 84th Annual Academy Awards: Who looked hot, who did not, and everything in between.

Best Dressed, from the waist up: Michelle Williams, in a coral Louis Vuitton dress.

It's all a big DO for the most part, but those ruffles do nothing for her. Or that dress.

Stunning in white: Rooney Mara, aka The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, in Givenchy. (Also, she's my biggest crush right now.)

Most likely to be mistaken for a Greek Goddess: Gwyneth Paltrow, also gorgeous in white.

Scariest arms: Angelina Jolie. Enough said.

Weirdest pose: Again, Angelina. Please see Jennifer Aniston for tips on wearing a black dress with a sexy thigh slit.

Most in need of a hair-cut: Brad Pitt.

Most in need of a woman shorter than himself: George Clooney.

Tighest ponytail or is it Botox: Sandra Bullock

Best in Gucci:
Cameron Diaz

Overall best dressed and most beautiful: Natalie Portman

Confident lady in red: Emma Stone

Best beard: Sacha Baron Cohen

Lovely in lilac: Penelope Cruz

Flawless funny lady: Tina Fey

Most unoriginal: Jennifer Lopez.

Couldn't take my eyes off of: Ellie Kemper

Actors I've met who were in attendance at the Academy Awards: Pharrell and Mario.

Best dressed Greek (after Tina Fey): Maria Menounos

Honourable mention, just because he's an awesome Greek: Zach Galifianakis

Best hair and shoes: Miss Piggy

Miss Piggy is wearing a dress by Zac Posen and shoes by Christian Louboutin. I'm totally jealous!

As for the actual winners, well, out of the nine films nominated for Best Picture, I have only seen two: The Help and Moneyball. The person I wanted to win the most was Rooney Mara for her amazing role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the always incredible Meryl Streep took home her third (really, only third?) Oscar for Best Actress, and well, Meryl is in a league of her own. She is glamorous, beautiful, classy, and talented, beyond beyond.

Best Actor went to Jean Dujardin, and The Artist won Best Picture. Guess I'll be seeing that in theatres soon!

Who did you think deserved to take home an Oscar last night?
Did you agree with the winners?
Who did you think was Best Dressed?
What was your favourite movie this year?
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Stephanie said...

I didn't get to watch the entire show but have to admit I'm not really crushed about it. Doesn't sound like I missed much. As far as I'm concerenced the most interesting story of the night is that you lived in a hostel? lol I can't imagine!

Anonymous said...

While most folks seem to be listing her as one of the worst dressed - I actually loved Melissa McCarthy's look. I think she did a beautiful job pulling of a plus size look in a skinny industry.

sharon said...

You crack me up Loukia! I thought Gwyneth looked stunning!

Nenette AM said...

A hostel?! Holy moly!

I didn't watch the Oscars, but I'm glad to hear that Billy Crystal was back at the helm. He's one class act.

I agree with everything. Natalie Portman, love! Angie Jolie's arms, not so much. Cameron Diaz, gorgeous. Michelle Williams' ruffles, yikes!

the mama bird diaries said...

Love your recap! I really wish Eddie Murphy had hosted. We just need someone funny and fresh in there, although BC is always sweet and mildly funny. I never saw JLo's nipple and I rewinded! Not sure what everyone is talking about.

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

Angelina on stage was so awkward with her leg sticking out so obviously. I thought it was distracting but not in a good way. And oh, the botox on Billy. My, my.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I thought the same thing about Angelina. She was skeletal and so very weird in the way she was posing. I was cracking up at how that guy was making fun of her by mimicking the stance when he accepted the award from her. LOL!

Elaine A. said...

I about died when we saw JLO's aeriola!! And yes, Angelina scares me for many reasons! Love your list. I thought Glenn Close looked amazing too. Oh and Viola Davis...

Angella said...

I didn't get to watch any of it, because the kids wanted to hang out with me and watch a movie. I love that you and Ali posted pictures and commentary - I don't feel like I missed everything!

Lady Mama said...

Confession: I realized at about 10:00 pm last night I'd completely missed the entire thing! Oops. Agree about Natalie Portman - she is ridiculously gorgeous. Damn her.

Shana said...

I totally agree with all your picks! LOVE Natalie Portman!

Kathryn Caldwell said...

Thanks so much for putting up pics! For me that is the best part I didn't get to watch the Oscars this year! But, I have to say that Penelope Cruz looks like she is wearing my mom's prom dress. The color is nice but the cut??? And now I see what the hype was about Angelina! Yikes! But the best? That polka dot dress! How original while still being beautiful!

Nap Warden said...

I LOVED Natalie Portman's dress...she was just perfect.

Angelina...she needs more help than I can give:/

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

OMG, I LOOOOVED Emma Stone's dress. And her whole look. She was my fave!
Roony Mara was a close second!

Jessica Heights said...

I don't have cable, so thanks for the re-cap! I have to say, the fact that Miss Piggy made your list is awesome! You cracked me up!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I agree with your fashion verdicts! I also agree with the Jennifer Lopez thing. find something new lady, we get it. You are over 40 and hot.