I always love blogging about my favorite night of the year, even if I am a week behind. And of course, one of my favorite parts of the night is the red carpet. Although, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the coverage. I tune into the red carpet to see the fashion, I don’t really care about all the talky talk these hosts feel the need to do. I was a bit frustrated and I kept feeling the need to hit the mute button. Regardless, I thought there were a few report-worthy ensembles. I thought Mila Kunis looked lovely (above). The lavender was a good choice, and this gown had so much flow and movement to it, it was really flattering on her. I think it looked better on TV than it shows in photos.
I loved the color Natalie Portman chose in this gown by Rodarte. I also thought her Tiffany & Co. tassel earrings were fun, but they did cause Eric to say “Is she really wearing tassels?” and then the conversation degraded from there, as I’m sure you can imagine.
Amy Adams looked beautiful in this L’Wren Scott gown. I am in love with this color against her hair. Not sold on the Cartier necklace though. It’s beautiful on its own, but I think it’s a bit much with the neckline of her dress.
And I was thrilled to see Colleen Atwood win for Costume Design in Alice in Wonderland. I loved this film, I thought it was beautifully and cleverly done. But one of the things I loved most about it was the various evolution of Alice’s dress as she gets further and further into Wonderland. The dress itself helps to tell the story. It reminded me a bit of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. Anybody but me ever seen that film? The film was very stylized and each room or set had a different color – green, red, white. The color really helped tell that story, and I thought it was an amazing use of it. Alice reminded me a bit of this.
Colleen has also won Oscars for Costume Design for Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha.
Watching this year’s Academy Awards though really reminded me of my love of film and how far away from that I’ve gotten. It seems like forever since I’ve seen a movie, and I want to rectify that immediately. I tweeted the other day that I really wish I could have an Oscar party, and I’d also love to start a film club. Both of those would require a group of friends who love movies as much as I do, but one thing I can do is try to get out and see more films on my own. It’s a shame that I haven’t even seen Black Swan yet, as much as I’ve been dying to go. The King’s Speech is another one on my list of must sees. Sounds like I’ve got a new goal for myself doesn’t it? We’ll see how I do by this time next year!