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Academy Awards 88th- Overview & Fashion

The Movies

Lights, Camera and Action

Brooklyn, The Revenant, Mad Max, The Big Short, Spotlight, Room, The Martian, Bridge of Spies


And - the winner goes too:



Best Movie:  Spotlight
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Best Actress - Brie Larson - Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor - Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress - Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl

Movie madness and anticipation was paramount as the race to the 88th Academy Award Oscar culminated on Sunday, February 28, 2016.  In 2015 movies did not disappoint and instead mesmerized, touched hearts and reminded humanity of the fragility of life.   There were several standouts with cinematography genius, exceptional storytelling and many mountains of incredible acting by the nominated few.   The movie themes vary yet resonant with the audience because one idea is clear - man hasn't changed and will fight for survival, will also be incredibly corrupt and ruthless and will think more of self or protect institutions for the almighty dollar over all else in the glorious land.

The Show

First of all, the waves, sunshine, ocean and pools deterred this writer from viewing the 88th Academy Awards from start to finish.  Instead television tidbits were seen between beachy swims and cocktail hour to be stored for fashion reflection and discussion. Thus, where to begin?  The ladies and gents of movie Hollywood, ambled down the red carpet in royal finery to stun the audience and fans.  The long gowns and tuxes were ever so formidable adding much needed respect to the affair.  Luckily, some fashion was marvelous elegant and some of the speeches were worthwhile.   To keep it simple - let's focus on the Best Dressed for 2016 and congratulate the top few.   After all the sunshine, liquid blue seemed to so out shine the event this year.   Perhaps next year - though The Golden Globes might start giving the ole Oscars a run for the gold.   With all the incredible and memorable television feats on AMC, HBO, SHO, AE, Masterpiece Theater, it is difficult to see the Oscars remaining relevant in the changing cinematic world. Only time will tell.

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” - Leon C. Megginson



The Fashion


The ladies and the gents of the court swam in hues of blue, dabbled with reds, stood out in formal black and basically were exalted to the grandest level of film.   For the little viewed, the affair was riddled with jokes, and moments of serious opinions.  Yet the fashion stood out as expected.  Here are the fashion mavens of the evening.

Forever Chic Style - "The Lady in Waiting"

Brie Larson

Brie Larson: “Refreshingly Royal" Brie Larson snagged Best Actress in a Leading Role for the movie Room.   The Gucci gown in a royal blue was show stopping on Larson sashaying down the red carpet.  This fashion statement dress with the glittering belt, hair down with perfect makeup was exquisite and fresh for this youthful lady. 



Forever Chic Style -  "The Queen"

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett:  "Seafoam Stunning"  Blanchett nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Carol, was riveting in an ocean spray frock with floral embellishments by Armani Prive.  The newly shortened hair, timeless makeup and hourglass figure with drop earrings was a "stop the press" gasp moment.  Perhaps the ocean waves, palm trees and sunshine glowing around this writer inspired Blanchett as the Forever Chic Style Queen of the night.  Or maybe it was this Audrey Hepburn painting viewed on vacation that emphasized grace and overall beauty.  Either way Blanchett was  classic, respectful and ever so memorable at the Oscars 2016.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

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The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

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The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

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"The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides." - Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
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The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
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Forever Chic Style - "The Frumpy Queen"

Heidi Klum: "Lilac Madness"   Klum's sense of style often makes the worst dressed list. And, once again this Project Runway host grabbed the spot. The lilac Marchesa gown with flowers tacked on the waist and shoulder were disastrous.  The cutouts and one shoulder frothy touch made the fashionista a bit lopsided. More importantly, this bridesmaid concoction was "too much of everything" and doesn't flatter.  On the other hand, the smile is luminous showcasing a sunny and upbeat personality.

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 

- Coco Chanel

Movies!  Film! Cinema!

The Winning Year!

Titanic (1997)

The primary goal of films are to entertain the audience. In 2015, the movie industry hit the mark with stellar enjoyment.  Let the games begin for 2016 and may the films be uplifting, emotional, star studded with wonderful acting and filled with spellbinding storytelling.  After all, a film is a piece of art reflective of the time and meant to evoke emotions which detract from ordinary life.  As for fashion - well it is a bright and honorable path to bring respect to all, honor the industry and peers and while highlighting the beauty within and out.  Again, when the world is ever changing it is wonderful to sparkle and shine.

"No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls."
- Ingmar Bergman

"But having a really good understanding of history, literature, psychology, sciences – is very, very important to actually being able to make movies."
- George Lucas

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick


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