Lights, Camera's & Yawn!
"Cinema is entertainment, and people go to the movies because they want to feel good and forget about everything." - Vincent Cassel
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn (Gone with the Wind, 1939)
The 90th Academy Awards Sunday, March 4, 2018, once again ended with Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway announcing the correct winner this year for Best Picture - The Shape of Water. After last years debacle this was a sweet recovery for the infamous Hollywood A-listers. Unfortunately, in 2017 I viewed only a few of the slated Oscar films of which none thrilled except for intense Dunkirk or the riveting performance of Best Actor in a Dramatic Film, Gary Oldman, as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hours. If you are a history buff, which I am, then these two films compliment one another beautifully. I did see Get Out, which was an intriguing film and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri, which for me was a complete disappointment. Yes, many loved Billboards but the negative vibe seemed more of a screeching verbal fest with vial language about every social injustice reported nightly on cable and network news. Perhaps this was supposed to be funny? It was nothing like Fargo,which included well placed comic relief within the story line.
Where are the films that move, intrigue and leave a lasting gut wrenching memory? Yesteryear's were filled with such fine works. Of course, alas all the writing and A list talent has moved to the cable networks with endless shows that are utterly astounding - Game Of Thrones, Big,Little Lies, The Crown, Victoria, Downton Abbey etc., Movies in Oscarland are sadly missing the beat of quality acting, dialogue and what is known as "entertainment." Will there be a comeback or are the days of movie magic at its bitter end? Why even Hamilton on Broadway outshines the movies of 2017 by leaps and bounds. It was a drab and dreary year in Hollywood with an ever present dark cloud of deviant behavior hanging over the industry. Let's hope next year these trials and tribulations have been put to rest.
Fashion also was fairly mundane with an array of white and cream ending with a sprinkle of red and blue. Thus, there were only a smart five that were Oscar worthy on the red carpet.
“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
Glitz, Glamour & Old Hollywood Style
"You can be mad as a dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go" - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937)
Glitz & Glitter
“Show me the money!” (Jerry Maguire, 1996)
Baby It's Blue - Movie Star Queens
I. Jennifer Garner - Versace: Garner made the entrance of a lifetime in a stunning royal blue concoction by Versace. Additionally the $825K worth of jewelry sparkled winningly against this beauties ever delightful personality. Her GIF-able meme expression of disappointment and shock was seen around the globe causing speculative comments such as: "Maybe I should date a fish?"
“The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club” (Fight Club, 1999)
Another Hollywood Royal
II. Nicole Kidman - Armani Prive: Kidman regally graced the red carpet in a jaw dropping royal blue Prive gown. Simply breathtaking. Kidman rarely disappoints on the red carpet. This frock was dazzling with the straight hair and jewels. Bravo.
“I’m the king of the world!” (Titanic, 1997)
Fairy Poppin Princess
III. Emily Blunt - Schiaparelli Couture: Powder blue dazzled on Blunt as she floated down the red carpet. The regal train, puffy sleeves, drop earrings were fit for a princess or perhaps Cinderella. Blunt soon will be falling from the sky in the highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns.
“You had me at hello” (Jerry Maguire, 1996)
Old Hollywood Glamour
IV. Tracee Ellis Ross - Balmain: Ross at the Vanity Fair after party was beautifully draped in an elegant crystal infused gown. Everything from the earrings, brooch and pumps was stop the show sensational.
“I’ll have what she’s having” (When Harry Met Sally, 1989)
Lady in Red Dominates as Queen of the Evening
V. Allison Janney - Reem Acra: Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "I, Tonya" and also deserves the Queen of Best Dressed at the Oscars 2018. The vivid red, plunging neckline, floor-length sleeves and 128 carats worth of jewelry ($4M) from Forevermark was devastatingly gorgeous. Can't wait to see the film "I, Tonya".
"If you build it, he will come." (Field of Dreams, 1989)
Frump of the Evening - Worst Dressed
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” - Coco Chanel
Salma Hayek - Gucci: The Gucci gown worn by Hayek was reminiscent of a cheaply crafted prom dress. The garish hue, bizarre neckline, ruffles and sequins were a recipe for disaster. A beauty like Hayek does not need to hide behind a Christmas ornament concoction. Instead stick with minimal lines that flatter and show off ones movie star glow.
Another Oscar soiree has come and gone. Let's hope that the new year of 2018 brings hope, excitement and entertaining films that move and lift the spirit reminding us all of the glorious journey of life.