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I wish I cared. This is the first Oscars in memory where I am not passionate about ANY of the categories. And by passionate I mean I don’t even hate anything (*cough*TheBlindSpot*cough). Last year I wanted “The Hurt Locker” and Kathryn Bigelow to win and thank God, they did.
Sometimes it’s even more fun to root against something. So I’ve decided the best I can do is root against Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress in “The Fighter.”
To me, Christian Bale was the only good thing about that movie. I not only grew up in the Boston area, I lived in Lowell, Mass., for five years. He was great. Melissa was over the top. And I normally love her. She’s amazing. Not this time. And then there’s that whole thing with putting out “for your consideration” ads for herself. Not cool.
Why Amy Adams is even on the list is beyond me. Hailee Steinfeld should win. I’m not even into “True Grit,” but she was the best thing in it and it was a lead role.
I would be happy if Natalie Portman lost Best Actress to Annette Bening or Jennifer Lawrence, but that’s a pipe dream.
“Social Network” vs. “The King’s Speech”? Meh. I liked both. I’d be OK with both. I prefer “Social” mostly because it’s very right now, whereas “King’s Speech” is evergreen. But I’m shrugging either way.
I just want Ricky Gervais to host. Then I’d care.
Anyway, on to the fashions. I admire Jennifer Lawrence for going for a simple red dress with little makeup and jewelry. I love what Sharon Stone is doing — and that Sharon Stone is still very much Sharon Stone, know what I mean?
No one does this. No one just wears a simple red dress without the frills, without jewels, without smoky eyes or whatever. Love this. Jennifer Lawrence is showing a lot of confidence to do this. Good for her.
I really like Hailee Steinfeld. She knows how to dress for her age (14) and act her age, without being obnoxious. I want to see her in something better than “True Grit.”
Frankenstein’s bride meets Cruella De Vil meets Sharon Stone, who is a goddess. I just love her. And I miss her. Not as much as I miss Cher, but still. (And, yes, that’s meant to be a compliment. Take it or leave it!)
Wow. Matthew McConaughey has never been my cup of tea, but he has great taste in women. His girlfriend, Camila Alves, looks insane. Definitely the best significant other of the night.
I like the simple stuff. This is what I like about Reese Witherspoon. It’s actually one of the only things I like about her. She doesn’t do anything for me as an actress. But she has great style. And I love her hair in this ponytail.
I love this. Jennifer Hudson should just be “Jennifer” or “Hudson” now since she lost half of herself in the past few years. This is tangerine, I guess. It should clash with the carpet, but it doesn’t. Even the side boob isn’t too much.
Halle Berry is timeless. And if Halle Berry can’t find a decent boyfriend/husband, I’m thinking no one else should even try.
Is Melissa Leo trying to be the new Helena Bonham Carter? Because she can’t pull it off. She can’t pull off HBC or Tilda Swinton. Or Bjork. So she should stop trying. Melissa is awesome and actually quite beautiful, but she makes the oddest choices.
I expect Anne Hathaway to wear something simple and classy and instead she wears a busy dress that clashes with the carpet. She’s co-hosting, so I’m sure she’ll wear 100 things before the night is done, but this is the red carpet dress. I’m disappointed.
I’m too lazy to look it up, but many moons ago Cate Blanchett wore this amazing metallic dress to … I think it was the Oscars. Now she’s wearing this. She and Michelle Williams seem to be channeling the same brain and unfortunately I’m on a different wavelength. I trust that they know better, but I’m just not impressed.
I don’t mind Marisa Tomei. Sometimes I even like her. But this dress is incredibly unflattering.
Ugh. Nicole Kidman is always a lock for the best dressed lists. Now she’s just … wtf? Why do hip wings exist? And I’m not into the ruby slippers.
I like the simplicity of Jennifer Lawrence’s red gown, but I don’t like this on Sandra Bullock. Not only is she missing the required, uh, assets upstairs, she looks pale-in-a-bad-way and her face looks too tight. I don’t like her hair either. Sorry.
Mark Wahlberg’s wife, Rhea Durham, wins for worst-dressed significant other.
I love Penelope Cruz, but this dress — with her ta-tas hanging out — is a little too night-out-in-Vegas for me. The color is great on her, but it looks kinda cheap. I feel like I could buy this down the street.
I think my problem is with the stuff over the boobs. When she was talking to Ryan Seacrest on the carpet, I kept thinking that lace stuff was going to give a wardrobe malfunction. I do love the color, though. It’s not her, though. I don’t see this kind of romantic thing for her.
I like this dress for someone else, just not Hilary Swank. That’s all.
Christian Bale needs to shave and his gorgeous wife, Sibi, needs to come up with a second hairstyle. She has worn her hair in this center part forever. There’s nothing wrong with mixing things up every so often.
I don’t like Scarlett Johansson’s messy hair, but at least she’s not doing the Hillary Clinton helmet anymore. The top of her dress looks too sheer. It looks like we can see her bra. Why do men just wear tuxes? So boring.
I don’t know. Fine. Sure. Whatever. Natalie Portman. Color is good.
Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams were holding hands as they arrived on the red carpet. I don’t know how I feel about Michelle’s very simple, color-less, fitted dress. I wish she would do something exciting for once. On the red carpet, I mean. Beyond holding Busy’s hand.
The Golden Globe Awards are a joke. I always think of that show as 5 guys in a basement swooning over their favorite celebs (which is how things like “The Tourist” get nominated.) It’s fun, but you can’t take it seriously.
The Screen Actors Guild, on the other hand, is made up of just about every working actor imaginable — from A-list to Z-list. So I take it a bit more seriously. But not half as seriously as they take it, with all the self-congratulatory “And I’m an actor!” horseshite.
The fashions reflect that, too. We’re seeing some serious “try” happening at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — and I don’t just mean Angie Harmon trying to steal the show by marrying herself in that huge dress.
Some stars are using this opportunity to experiment and I appreciate the effort, even if several young ladies seemed to miss the DON’T CLASH WITH THE RED CARPET memo. Other stars (Lea Michele!) have either given up or don’t think the SAG Awards are worth their A-game.
Saving the best for the Oscars?
I don’t really care too much about “Glee,” but the “Glee” crowd is all over the SAGs. I love what Dianna Agron and Amber Riley are doing … and not much else. Dianna kinda reminds me of Emma Roberts in this look, for some reason. The eyes?
See. This is how you get noticed. Ariel Winter is the younger of the two “Modern Family” sisters and she usually gets overshadowed. Not tonight. She keeps it sweet and understated and perfect for her age. Her on-screen sister didn’t get the same memo.
Thank God. I didn’t like how Julianna Margulies looked at the Golden Globes and ever since someone said I looked like her (about 15 years ago) I’ve always tied my fortunes to her. She looks gorgeous here (and nothing like me, which is the best compliment I could give her). And I’ve just started watching “The Good Wife,” which is pretty darn good even if I’m upset that she’s winning awards over my “Mad Men” family.
As long as Sofia Vergara wears a tight, bright dress with her boobs popping out, she’ll make the best dressed list.
This is much, much better than what Natalie Portman wore to the Golden Globes. That red flower? So tacky. This is classy.
It’s always news when Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t pull a Bjork. I love her either way, but it’s nice to see she doesn’t just overdo it for shock value. Sometimes she does do understated — and she does it well.
Lots of white tonight. I like it. I like Amy Adams here. I don’t care for her too much in “The Figher” but at least she doesn’t go as over-the-top as Melissa Leo. Stop rewarding her for that Boston cliche.
I can’t really decide if this is a good one or not. I love the color, but I’m not sure it’s flattering to Naya Rivera’s shape … or lack thereof. Maybe it’s just a bad angle. I found a lot of bad angle photos online.
This just makes me smile. Angie Harmon is DYING to get on the LOOK AT ME list with this one. She’s hosting her own personal Oscars here. Jennifer Lopez would appreciate the cheek. I appreciate it, too. Someone has to go over the top!
I’m rooting for Winona Ryder, so I’m glad to see this. I like it. I don’t love it, but I like it a lot. Good for her.
I like Julia Stiles and I don’t believe she did break up Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter. Speaking of MCH, he looks like crap tonight. Is he feeling OK? Now I’m worried.
I’m getting annoyed with Melissa Leo. I think she’s being overpraised for an over-the-top performance in the overrated “The Fighter” and now she’s wearing some Saran Wrap. She looks pregnant in this shot. Just a bad angle? Even if it is, it’s way too much shiny silver.
Which fashion sin is worse: Too much fabric or too little? Check out this dress worn by the otherwise lovely Kate Flannery of “The Office” and discuss.
Maybe if I had a different posed shot of Jenna Fischer’s dress it wouldn’t seem so bad. But right now it’s just so dull.
What the hell is going on with Paz de la Huerta?
I really like Jayma Mays so I looked at this dress from several angles before deciding I just don’t like it. I hate the way it bunches in the chest and of course I’m never into blush/peach/nude type non-colors. I don’t like the knee peek. I don’t like the high neck. The shoes are OK.
Who is this and what happened to the fashion-forward Lea Michele? And where did her left boob go?
I ADORE Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit” and I applaud the way she’s experimenting with colors and patterns in public like this. But she looks like the Dunkin Donuts logo and she clashes with the carpet. Side note: How tall is she? In photos it looks like she dwarfs everyone else.
I really, really like Sarah Hyland’s dress but I really, really hate how it clashes with the red carpet. Always check the carpet color before showing up. The photos we see tend to come from the (in this case red) carpet, not the audience or even the podium. Dress for the carpet, I say.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I don’t like this against the red carpet. It just seems messy and she looks pissed. Is Mila Kunis a diva or does she just play one in front of the camera?
I don’t really have a problem with this dress, I’m just distracted by the thinness of Ellie Kemper. It’s all I can see.
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In my fantasy land, I’m wearing a green dress to the Golden Globe Awards. And the Oscars. And the SAG Awards. And everywhere else. Because green is the way to go, as Scarlett Johansson proved at the MTV Movie Awards.
Thankfully, Hollywood paid attention. Lots of green. And lots of red. (Thanks Sofia Vergara, January Jones and Christina Hendricks!)
Unfortunately they also went for nude/blush tones and I have never been a big fan. Natalie Portman even tried to combine the blush and red in an epic fail. (But I still don’t think she looked as bad as Heidi Klum.)
See below for my best and worst from the night.
Catherine Zeta-Jones upstaged her not-that-sick-anymore husband, Michael Douglas —which is probably how he likes it and why he married her — in arguably my favorite gown of the night. I had forgotten how gorgeous she is. She reminded me.
I think January Jones is the most consistently interesting person on any red carpet. She was my favorite at the Emmys (except her hair) and I love her bold statement here. She is so confident when it comes to fashion, so why does she suck so bad as a “Saturday Night Live” host? She’s even dating the hottest SNL guy, Jason Sudeikis. I don’t get it. Anyway, I love this look. She is beyond stunning.
Angelina Jolie wore emerald earrings to the Oscars … was it last year? No, I think maybe the year before. Can’t remember. Anyway, she wore those gorgeous earrings with a bland black dress and this time she’s covering up her scrawny frame in a full green dress. At least she looked good while Ricky Gervais trashed her film, “The Tourist.” Awkward! He really knows how to get the groans.
Mila Kunis, the other hottie from “Black Swan,” also wore green. She looks just like the elder daughter from “Modern Family.” I think it’s funny that both Mila and her “Black Swan” buddy, Natalie Portman, have almost identical movies coming out. Mila’s is called “Friends with Benefits” and Natalie’s is “No Strings Attached.” That trend sucks.
I love Elisabeth Moss, even if she is a Scientologist. What do I care. She looks great and looking great is the best revenge. (Take that, Fred Armisen!) This is not my favorite green dress, but I’m all-in when it comes to green tonight.
Miss Hailee was amazing in “True Grit” (which was otherwise just OK to me) and looks gorgeous here. Sleek hair! I love sleek hair.
I like Amy Adams, even if I wasn’t that into her in “The Fighter.” But I was only into Christian Bale in “The Fighter.”
Speaking of Christian, why is he all of a sudden always gushing about his wife?
Actually, I know the answer: He’s trying so hard to win an Oscar for “The Fighter.”
So can we love him now? I miss loving him.
And what did he say to Roberto De Niro?
She knows. She knows exactly what she’s doing. Look at her. When is “Mad Men” coming back? By the way, look at what they’re doing to Johnny Depp in this shot. AP recalled this but I’m keeping it.
Sofia! Always looks good. Doesn’t know how not to. Love the back. Baby got back, for sure. Love or hate? Hit up FabSugar’s poll.
Holy crap. When is Halle Berry going to look just average? Her perpetual beauty is getting to be annoying.
See. This is how good it looks when you keep it simple. Granted, Claire Danes is a bit too thin, but I looooove this simply chic look.
Sandra Bullock has given up. The hair. The dress. So far from her big Oscar moment. Sad.
Natalie Portman is pregnant but for heaven’s sake, she’s not THAT pregnant. She recently got even tinier for “Black Swan” so it’s kind of funny how in the same 365 days she’ll probably be at her smallest (ballet dancer) and largest (preggers!) as an adult woman. Anyway, the dress is ugly.
There are at least three dresses in this one dress. Oh Hope. The blue is nice, anyway.
This is one of my biggest disappointments. Juliana Margulies is not Tilda Swinton, I don’t expect her to look bad. She’s gorgeous and this dress does not flatter.
Jennifer Lopez does not look good here. She normally does, but it doesn’t work this time. Blah. I don’t like how she overdoes her face.
How did Lea Michele end up on the worst list? She’s usually so good at keeping it simple and glam, but she goes overboard here. And it keeps bunching in the wrong places.
Look, no one loves Michelle Williams more than I do. But this cute hippie look is just not right. And it’s not flattering. Frown.
The one and only. The woman. The myth. The legend. The Tilda.
How could I forget Helena Bonham Carter! She is the new Bjork. I adore her. The SHOES! Watch “The King’s Speech” and join me in wishing you lived in Geoffrey Rush’s office.
Olivia Wilde was one of the first ladies to hit the red carpet. I loved her Cinderella dress and didn’t even mind her bangs. But the shoes. Too much for me.
Scarlett Johansson is definitely going old Hollywood, but I’m not sure about the sleeves. And the color. I just want color. Why is that too much to ask?
Check out my“ “Golden Globes” archive and scroll down for whatever-the-hell I said about last year’s event. I can’t even remember.
By Gina Carbone
This is what I wanted to happen:
- “Hurt Locker” wins best pic and best director for my hero Kathryn Bigelow. (Which would make her the second woman to win this award, after Barbra Streisand for “Yentl.” It’s time for Babs to be dethroned, no?)
- Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) or Jeremy Renner (“Hurt Locker”) for Best Actor in a motion picture drama.
- “Mad Men” gets anything and everything it’s nominated for, including Jon Hamm for Best Actor TV drama and January Jones for Best Actress TV drama.
- Christoph Waltz for best supporting actor for “Inglourious Basterds”
- “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart” for best original song.
- And I want host Ricky Gervais to do something shocking to make everyone in the audience uncomfortable.
But as the sun now stands, Julianna Margulies won over January Jones (and Anna Paquin of “True Blood”), which upsets me, although Julianna looked GORGEOUS.
Michael C. Hall won over Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie and I have to say, that head wrap is a good look for him. Not happy about why he has to wear it, but at least his cancer is in remission. He is quite the cutie and we need him (and “Dexter”) around for a long time.
“The Weary Kind” did win best song, but T Bone Burnett couldn’t find my new crush, Ryan Bingham. Was he in the “loo,” like Toni Collette was, way back when?
And everyone who won said they worked with the best people in the world and they have the best jobs in the world and it made me want to take their awards away. If you have the best job in the world, that should be reward enough.
In this lousy economy with countries falling apart, you don’t deserve major gift bags and free liquor at the table and fancy dresses and jewelry AND the best jobs in the world. Pick one.
Now let’s get to the arrival pics. These are all AP photos. Sorry, in advance, for any weird formatting issues.