* RATATOUILLE won a much deserved Oscar® for Best Animated Film. Suzie Templeton won Best Animated Short won for PETER & THE WOLF, which we didn’t pick in our handicapping, but which we enjoyed the most of all the shorts we watched, so hey we’re happy. Seriously check it out online…it has some amazing stop-motion animation.
* This is kind of hard to admit after all these years but…Jon Stewart isn’t that great an ad-libber. He has a few zingers. Best Line: “Even Norbit was nominated which was nice, because many times Oscar doesn’t recognize movies that aren’t very good.”
* The binoculars tribute was very touching.
* Did you notice in that Best Picture montage how about 1980 things began to get seriously wonky and movies that just don’t stand the test of time (Shakespeare in Love, Terms of Endearment, A Beautiful Mind) began to start winning? Of course there’s one every decade: Oliver! and The Greatest Show On Earth representing the Bad Oscars of the 60s and 50s, respectively. (Confession: The Beat loves The Greatest Show On Earth.)
* Wow, were Joel and Ethan Coen just hopping with excitement after all their wins or what? (That was sarcasm.) Seriously, we’re overjoyed at their much deserved win after a full career of masterpieces.
It was a dubious night for fashion. Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Garner’s hair looked horrific. The only thing worse was the Mongolian space alien get-up seen on Bette Davis in some archival footage. It is not glamourous to have hair in your face and trust us, we know.
With the sudden settlement of the WGA strike leaving little time for Oscar® prep, an edict must have gone out that everyone should do their dress shopping at Loehmann’s. Why were so many pretty young actresses being attacked by ruffles and feathers, like Anne Hathaway?
It is a crime for Penelope Cruz to look frumpy!
Nicole Kidman must have stopped at one of those Tibetan bead shop on the way to the show and decided that loading up was the way to go. Seriously…WTF?
We are sad to say that the worst dress of the night was Diablo Cody. This was not a shining moment for the writing crowd. We could have accepted the whole “Let’s go to Spaceland and be Riot Grrls” retro-90s look, but THE FIRST RULE OF DRESSING UP is “Do not wear a dress which you are so afraid will show your pocahontas that you must constantly put an envelope in front of your crotch.” Cringeworthy.
See? Tilda Swinton has the whole asymmetrical, slit thing going on but it didn’t go so high that she had to hide her pocahontas behind an envelope. That’s the voice of experience right there.
As for the good, Katherine Heigl was a little Dynasty, but at least she didn’t have ruffle/feather overdose.
Winner Marion Cotillard’s dress was quite different, but it had some style and uniqueness to it. She was so pretty and did the hair down look but with elegance and sophistication.That eez why we must love ze French!
62-year-old Helen Mirren was one of the most stylish and well put together ladies on the carpet. Again. Experience!
But for experience, no one can touch 86-year-old Jane Russell. She knows the real meaning of fashion. Comfy shoes!
Of course, we are really not one to talk where fashion is concerned.