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?