Well, another year of film has passed again. I know the Oscars don't actually mean anything (apart from big fat bonuses), but I do love staying up for the awards. This is the tenth year I've done it now, and the first year Greg and I have watched it together in our home. It's a yearly ritual - we book the next day off work due to the fact we stay up all night to watch it :: It started at 1:30am and didn't finish until gone 5... :: My sister and her husband joined us for our little Oscar soiree. I have to say that I thought it was the dullest ceremony ever, although the singing skit with Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly made it completely worth it.
So glad Marty finally won (although I have a feeling it was more to do with the whole body of work he's accomplished rather than The Departed). You knew it would be him as soon as you saw Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg roll out on stage. And I'm so glad The Departed won Best Film, although I would have loved to have seen Pan's Labyrinth in there. I did enjoy Little Miss Sunshine (and am glad that Alan Arkin won), but I think it's far too slight to be Oscar-worthy. Although what the heck does Oscar-worthy actually mean? Million Dollar Baby anyone...
Loved Ennio Morricone's speech. What a lovely man and what an outstanding contribution he's made to film over the years. Classic Academy move to give him an honorary award when they've never awarded him anything over the years.
Ooh and the dresses. Best part of the whole damned show. Indulge me a little if you will...
This was the dress of the night for me. The gorgeous Penelope Cruz, although the scraped back hair made her look a little old and dull. But lovely blush pink colour and gorgeous feathers. Reminds me of the dress SJP wore in the last episode of Sex and the City.
I think Kate Winslet is such a gorgeous, real woman and I love the shape and simplicity of the dress. Although I really love the colour (and want a room in my house painted the exact colour), I thought it made her look a little lacklustre. She needed some gorgeous coral earrings of hair-piece to lift it a little, I thought. But still, very pretty lady.
The Queen looked rather fabulous. So so elegant, and never tries to dress like she's a 25 year old starlet. She looked so at ease in this outfit which makes Helen Mirren so wonderfully sexy. So glad she won.
Really love the vintage quality of this dress, but I'm not too keen on the hair. Dead straight hair sweeped round like that always makes me think they look like they've wrapped a scarf around their head. But I loved the colour of this and her make-up was tres belle.
And now for the not so nice...
I love Cameron's new hair colour and her face looked gorgeous, but this dress was a bit dated and OTT for me. The oversized collar, the fishtail skirt, the way it rose up at the front = far too much going on. Cam's always a bit hit and miss in my opinion. Anne Hathaway gets a big thumbs down in this frumpy number - didn't she learn anything from Meryl Streep??? And Beyonce. Gorgeous girl of course, but I never like what she wears. It always looks a bit too "bling" for my liking, and the detailing across the front is so unnecessary. I much preferred the red frock she wore when she sung the Best Song nominee.