Last night the entire city of Los Angeles came to a stand still for the 85th Academy Awards. The camera flashes could be seen a block away, which was as close as you could get as most of Hollywood was barricaded, cordoned and policed like the Pall Mall during the Royal Wedding.
On the Red Carpet The Oscar nominees and veterans shined and shimmered in designer dresses. While the blush pinks seem to be at the top of the trends list, my personal red carpet favorites were the strong liquid metallics worn by Naomi Watts in Armani, Nicole Kidman in L’wren Scott, Halle Barry in Versace and my top pick, Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan.
Inside at the awards the show itself was yet again, reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age of the silver screen. Seth Macfarlane hosted with Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve got you under my skin” and tap dancing and pop corn girls in form fitting sea foam green silk uniforms topped with side caps and legs long enough to make a Rocket blush rushed through the aisles during the commercial breaks.
The most stand out moments of the speeches were the acceptance speeches of the most anticipated Best Actor and Best Actress awards. Daniel Day-Lewis picked up his 3rd Best Actor Oscar with a charming speech thanking his wife for putting up with him, making reference to his “method” style of acting and making jokes with Meryl Streep, making the usually somewhat reclusive and serious actor come off completely endearing. Jennifer Lawrence, somewhat overwhelmed with her win for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook took a small spill on the steps while walking up to accept the award, but managed to recover quickly enough to make a joke at the microphone about her standing ovation. “You’re all just standing up because I fell down aren’t you?”
After the awards were divvied out the crowd from The Chinese Theatre fanned out across Hollywood to the three main events of the evening- Elton John’s annual fundraising event which raised money for his AIDS Foundation, Vanity Fair which was held at the Sunset Towers and a 1000 person after party with no expense spared at Seth MacFarlane’s house in the hills.
Elton’s party was littered with black tie dresses and musical glitterati like Britney Spears, Bono and of course Sir Elton himself, while the stars of the big screen partied until after midnight at Vanity Fair, but the two combined at Macfarlanes house where the party raged until morning. The entire expanse of his garden was set up with his, now famous orchestra and guests were treated to specialty 30 year old whiskeys and Cuban cigars.
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There were two major fashion moments on the red carpet: Gwyneth Paltrow’s cape and Angelina Jolie’s leg. Neither won a statuette but it’s about getting the arrivals right. Paltrow stood out as an elegantly caped crusader. Also in white was Rooney Mara who is usually gothic in black, but looked completely chic in Givenchy Couture. Jolie’s leg meanwhile (which by the end of the night had it’s own Twitter account and 8,000 followers) was poking out of inky black velvet Atelier Versace. Best Actress Meryl Streep gets more than just a gold accolade – she gets the green one too for wearing Lanvin’s first eco-friendly dress having accepted Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge. But she wasn’t the only green thing slinking down that carpet, The Help’s Viola Davis sported very short hair and wowed in an extravagantly green Vera Wang. Also representing the trend of bold and brights, Natalie Portman looked romantic in sweeping red Vintage Dior. Jennifer Lopez turned heads in a sparkling stripped sheer gown with a plunging neckline leading to rumors of a wardrobe malfunction. Without fail the stars once again provided an evening filled with undeniable fashion moments on the biggest night in Hollywood.
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