I realised today that I’ll probably never be able to watch the Oscars with other people because all I do is cry at all the things. I’m pretty unemotional but give me footage of someone getting an award or winning a medal in anything and the tears start to flow. Also I smashed my face with heaps of snacks and glasses of prosecco while I was watching so that’s probably not too pleasant to watch either.
I thought it was a good solid ceremony with plenty of great segments. Ellen as a host was a tiny bit bland I thought because I don’t think cutting edge, biting humour is her style – for example she doesn’t elicit the same laughs as Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler did hosting the Globes. But Ellen is all about being nice and kind to people and that really showed through in the ceremony. Plus the selfie moment and the pizza delivery were fantastic.
A couple of things I noticed – a lot of presenters flubbing their lines and whoever was conducting the orchestra did a sweet job not overriding speeches. Speaking of speeches, there were a lot of fantastic ones this year from known celebrities and some lesser known players. Cate Blanchett has such a beautiful, intelligent, direct way of speaking and always comes across as a smart and classy woman. Aussie pride. Both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto spoke well, as did Lupita Nyong’o, and I loved the rhymes of the Frozen team.
I also loved the musical performances. Pink absolutely blew it out of the water for me with her amazing rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Just incredible and standing ovation very much deserved. Pharrell singing Happy and getting everyone to dance was a fantastic way to get the show cracking early. I thought Idina Menzel looked and sounded spectacularly nervous singing Let It Go from Frozen but still gave a really solid performance. And let’s not forget Jamie Foxx giving his version of Chariots of Fire or the woman from 20 Feet from Stardom giving an impromptu performance during their acceptance speech.
Speaking of Idina, WHAT THE FUCK did Travolta call her? Adele Dazeem? How did he even get that out of Idina Menzel? Geebus. Twitter really took that one and ran with it too, some comedy gold in there.
Now let’s talk clothes. Overall, I thought it was a fairly level parade of dresses this year. Nothing too out there, all very sedate, not a lot of colour. Bland would be a bit harsh but I would say it lacked a little excitement. Because if Liza Minnelli’s electric blue silk pyjamas were as wacky as it got, that’s not a lot of wacky.
Sandra Bullock in McQueen was so easily easily easily easily my best dressed of the night. That dress is utter perfection, it fits her properly and the hair and make up are a beautiful complement. Just gorgeous.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive was also stunning – the nude had just the right amount of detail to make it interesting and stop it from washing her out. Beautiful hair and make up too. Armani always do right by Cate in their long term working relationship – something Dior should take note of given the misses it’s put on Jennifer Lawrence.
Julia Roberts can be so hit and miss but when she gets it right, she really gets it right. I adore this black lace peplum by Givenchy, especially after her Golden Globes shocker. Another win for hair and make up too. I particularly like the bit of lace detailing across the chest and think in white, this would be a gorgeous wedding gown.
Lupita Nyong’o's pale blue Prada seems to have divided people but I really love the colour and cut, plus the drama of that full skirt and train. Suited her beautifully. However that headband is horrendous, she’s not 12 years old and doesn’t need to try and look cutesy. Accessorising fail.
And my last favourite of the night was Laura Dern in pale pink Alberta Ferretti. I thought this was lovely and the pink was a nice change from the other nudes. It fits her well and makes her look beautifully statuesque.
Honorable mentions included Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. I loved the pink on Camilla Alves but wasn’t totally sold on the cut of the dress. Also the dudes looked great this year, particularly liked the white tux jackets and I really want Jared Leto’s hair.
Things I didn’t think worked so well – Lupita’s headband is number one but I also hated the drape cape on Kate Hudson’s (otherwise fantastic) Versace, the weird clear straps on Charlize’s Dior, Margot Robbie’s new brunette hair and the panels on Anna Kendrick’s dress. I loved that Angelina didn’t wear black but her dress just seemed so old on her. Disappointing.
All over for another year but let me leave you with this gem from our national treasure.