- People who looked unequivocally fabulous: Anna Kendrick, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren
- I am 100% ok with Chris March becoming Meryl Streep's pet designer
- If I look half as fabulous as Helen Mirren does when I am her age, I will have lived a good life.
- Ditto for Sigourney Weaver, although I wish the top of her dress had been a bit less boxy.
- Cameron Diaz usually has at least one element of her look that is off/horrible in some way, but last night she NAILED it. She looked awesome, head to toe.
- Kathryn Bigelow won my unofficial Most Smokin' Director award last night. Although I felt bad for her when she looked like she was about to faint onstage at the very end there - couldn't someone have given her a hand?
- Gabourey Sidibe, please, don't ever change.
- Ditto Neil Patrick Harris. Can he please have random musical numbers at ALL awards shows?
- Carey Mulligan FINALLY hits it out of the park, after a run of near-hits. Lovely.
- Dear Kristen Stewart: if you, like I've been urging, finally fired your stylist/actually got a stylist/punched your stylist in the face so that he'd LEARN, congrats. You looked great. Also, a large portion of that was the fact that you SMILED and looked like you were ENJOYING yourself. Keep it up! I'd rather see you look fun, fresh and lovely than dour and sulky (which, honestly, is usually your MO).
- Jennifer Lopez's dress was wearing its own sidecar.
- I wish Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin had gotten more face time. When they were on, they were quite funny; I just felt like we never SAW them.
On Kathryn Bigelow and the "OMG she's a FEMALE DIRECTOR" thing: yes, I'm glad that Bigelow was the first lady director to win the Oscar. But I think the important thing is that I honestly believe she would have won even if she'd been male. She won her Oscar on artistic merit and skill, and she absolutely deserved it; she did NOT win SOLELY BECAUSE she is a woman. Personally, I think it says more about how sexist our society is that we think it's a bigger deal that Bigelow is a woman than that a director made such a raw, powerful, gritty, great film.
I just found a page of tweets courtesy of Entertainment Weekly about the celebs heading to the bar during the ceremony. GAZE UPON THEIR BOOZING (I will definitely be camping out at the bar if someone ever lets me into the Oscars):
is at the bar drinking water. ‘I’ll alternate it with scotch,’ he says. ‘It’s only 6 pm. I’ve got to pace myself.’”
“After losing best original screenplay to Mark Boal, Tarantino
and producer Lawrence Bender
head to the bar for tequila shots.”
“Clean up in aisle three: Woody Harrelson
broke his wine glass at the bar. He started cleaning it up himself, until a bartender took over.”
“Sam Worthington ordered a beer at the bar — then realized he didn’t have money to pay for it. Bartender gave it to him free.”
(Note: I would buy Sam Worthington a beer. I would buy him SEVERAL.)
I will most likely be posting thoughts on the actual winners on my movie blog later. Summary: while I did not agree with some of the Academy's choices, I was surprised by none of them. I don't know which is a bigger disappointment, although it wasn't a bad thing in some cases.