And here we are, Red Carpet Live and then the Oscars. So bring it on! Below are reviews of the fashion, the winners, and my own opinions on the show itself.
Oh ... and my predictions from Friday were 17 for 20. Missed in Best Song, Costume and Director (but I was so happy to be wrong on Director!)
Overall, I think the show this year was a success! There were a lot of great movies nominated, and the great news is that most people had not only heard of them all, but they had actually seen them! In trying to draw in a younger and wider audience, the Academy Awards made a good move in choosing the talented Anne Hathaway to host with James Franco. Anne's natural energy and great performance was perfect. For the fashion, it was all around good. No big OMG wonderful dresses, but no really over-the-top bad one either (though Melissa Leo's was up there). As for the winners, I think the right people won all around. So very excited for the King's Speech and happy that Colin Firth is finally getting the recognition he deserves!
- Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit - She is only 14 and here she is nominated for an Oscar in a role that pretty much was the saving grace of this movie for me (I didn't enjoy True Grit). She looks so good - great dress and love the hair, and really age appropriate!
- Marisa Tomei - I love all things vintage. Though the top seemed a bit ill-fitted.
- Anne Hathaway (Red Carpet archival Valentino in red) - OMG! such a gorgeous dress and she wears it so well!!!
- Helen Miren -
- Colin Firth - I have loved him for so long! Just so long. He looks so dashing in a classic tux!
- Robert Downey Jr. - Looks so good in his navy suit, love the white on white tie and shirt.
- Jennifer Hudson - First of all, she looks good! Go Weight Watchers. The color is incredible on her, and the dress has a great shape for her, though the plunging squared neckline dip is a bit awkward.
- Christian Bale - Black on black on black. Can't go wrong. But the facial hair is a bit wrong.
- Sandra Bullock - What can you say ... it all works!
- Halle Berry - Such a dreamy dress!
- Cate Blanchet - Not everyone could pull off an artsy dress like that with the yellow splashes against lavender - but she wears it beautifully!
- Anne Hathaway - All of her dresses during the actual show! Just beautiful! She can even pull of a tux with sparkly shoes very well!!!
- Melissa Leo - It just didn't really work. The dress was like a giant starched white doily tablecloth overlaid on top of a gold wrapping paper. And I didn't enjoy her speech either.
- Nicole Kidman - Looked too much like a wedding dress, and a wedding dress with too much going on. Why would you want to add hips to your figure?
- Mark Ruffalo's wife - The one shoulder thing was not working for me; too big on one side.
I thought that Anne and James did a nice job together, but what really stood out to me was Anne herself! James did not really seem to do all that much, but Anne just stole the show with her natural enthusiasm, great singing, and beautiful dresses!
- Opening sequence = great!
- Anne Hathaway singing! Fabulous!
- James Franco in a dress! Hehehehehe.
- Russel Brand and Helen Miren. Loved it!
- The year of the musical ... hehehe.
- Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.. Great bro-chemistry.
- Best Picture - The King's Speech
- Leading Actor - Colin Firth for The King's Speech
- Leading Actress - Natalie Portman for Black Swan
- Directing - Tom Hooper for the King's Speech
- Supporting Actor - Christian Bale in The Fighter
- Supporting Actress - Melissa Leo in The Fighter
- Adapted Screenplay - The Social Network
- Original Screenplay - The King's Speech
- Original Song - Toy Story 3
- Original Score - The Social Network
- Sound Mixing - Inception
- Sound Editing -Inception
- Film Editing - The Social Network
- Cinematography - Inception
- Art Direction - Alice in Wonderland
- Visual Effects - Inception
- Costume Design - Alice in Wonderland
- Animated Feature - Toy Story 3
- Foreign Language Film - In a Better World
- Documentary Feature - Inside Job