Monday, February 26, 2007

Oscars - Reaction

It feels not long ago since the post-Crash morning last year, and now we're back here again. Awards season is over. We have to wait 364 days until 2007's films are crowned. In the next couple of weeks I'll start my 2006 personal film awards (because I live in Britain and release dates are horrific), and then I'll make my first 2007 Oscar predictions sometime in April. So here are my last words on the Oscars for this year. Hope you all had a fantastic awards season, and at least everything wasn't a done deal.


Best Dressed

5. Helen Mirren - Looked royally superb in a light, peachy looking thing that made her look at least 15 years younger.

4. Cameron Diaz - Some people didn't like this but I thought she sold it very well. A long, white dress with a strange flap at the chest that I thought worked very well. Sharp and memorable.

3. Reese Witherspoon - I love the new Reese. Her beauty looks so effortless. Wearing dark purple she was a vision of elegance and the hair is gorgeous. Smokin' eye makeup. A star.

2. Cate Blanchett - I love, love, love the colour of this dress. A kind of steely grey its single strap on the left shoulder flattered her statuesque figure but took nothing away from her beauty.

1. Rachel Weisz - What can I say? Perfect vintage dress that shimmered and sparkled like a 40s movie star. Her hair and makeup were daring, flawless, and worked so well with the dress. Gorgeous necklace too.

Worst Dressed

5. Jennifer Lopez - I really did not like this. Had some weird draping things above her cleavage. The hair was odd too. Not sexy.

4. Beyonce - Not good. The strap was lumpy and boring. I didn't like the layout of the dress either. The whole thing just looked bulky and over-the-top.

3. Anne Hathaway - The black bow on her chest was a mistake. White with a black bow? Just, no. It looked stuck on and her jewelery was hideous.

2. Jennifer Hudson - A boring brown dress, which I could kind of handle had she not put a silver metallic shrug on top of it that looked as if it had been bought at some "tragic, casual corner" for a miniscule sum.

1. Kirsten Dunst - Whoever made her collar needs to be hung, drawn, and quartered. Translucent pale collar with a baby blue dress? I love Dunst but this was a big big disaster.

Generally a good night for fashion though. Other pluses go to Gwyneth Paltrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and for the men.. Jackie Earle Haley, Jaden Smith, and the ever-smart Leonardo Di Caprio.


My prediction score is 14/24. I'm pleased. This year was much more difficult to predict than previous years. Especially the tech's. Regarding the ceremony...

Plus Points

The Departed winning Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Editing, taking home more prizes than any other film. It's about time we had a BP winner that really and truly deserves the title. It's absoloutely fitting that this should be remembered as Scorsese's year. His fim had more life, more punch, more polish than any of the other nominees. Bravo academy.

Happy Feet taking home the Animated prize. An Inconvenient Truth taking home documentary. A victory for global warming on all fronts. Milena Canonero's victory in Costume Design. We can now call Marie Antoinette an Oscar winner. Yay! Helen Mirren's speech. Regal. Engaging. Genuine. Jennifer Hudson's speech. Heartfelt. Oscary. Meryl Streep turning her smile effortlessly into an ice-cold glare at Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway when they presented Costume Design. Fantastic. The standing ovation for Martin Scorsese and the continual modesty of one of the greatest living directors.

Minus Points

Ellen presenting. Bring back Billy Crystal. Forest's excessive and boring speech. Pan's Labyrinth winning over Children of Men in cinematography. The fact that nominees now only get a five -second clip, and not much longer than that to accept their prize. Surely they could cut down on the montages. Nobody cares.



牛步千里 said...

Hi~ randomly visit..

Helen Mirren appear in Excalibur,1981..very good

Cate blanchatt..."Elizabeth"1998

impresive acting..and wow "the Lord of the Rings"

have a nice day...

Dress rating...funny..

DL said...

What? I can't believe you didn't like Ellen. Admittedly, I didn't get to see the actual telecast, but she is sooo funny and everyone's been raving about how fantastic she was.

But I agree about Kirsten Dunst's monstrosity of an ensemble. And I never speak negatively towards that woman (unless the film Elizabethtown comes up).