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Monday, February 23, 2009

Blue Monday/A Night at the Oscars

It's Blue Monday, sponsored by Sally at Smiling Sally's blog.

For this week's Blue Monday, I stalked the Red Carpet, discreetly taking pics with my Kodak Easy Share. Ha, as if. Most of the pics here are by with a few others by Getty.

I have to say, with the exception of a very few, the starlets really brought it tonight! The dresses were most elegant, and even the ones that I thought missed, only missed by a margin. There was only one that I considered truly dreadful.

So let's see who showed up in blue! The first is new starlet Frieda Pinto from the best picture "Slumdog Millionaire." I am telling you, you MUST see this picture! It is just that good. I think Frieda is darling as she sports this beautifully embroidered gown. She is just such a doll anyhow.

Her co-star Dev Patel is just as adorable. I swear, you will fall in love with these two on the big screen!

I am not sure if this is a smoky shade of blue-gray or just all out gray, but this dress is gorgeous on best actress Kate Winslet! I love the one shoulder style as well as the suprising addition of black lace on the opposite side.

Another Oscar winner from years past is Marion Cotillard sporting blue accents in this lovely dress. However, it looks like she went a little whacky with the nylon netting, and I don't much like the belt. What is with the belt craze on these formal dresses? They really don't flatter.

I think that best supporting actress Penelope Cruz wore my favorite dress of the night! She looks ethereal in the white confection. It's so sweet that it looks like she could be atop a wedding cake!

Though she was a dud in a scary get-up at the Golden Globes, Marissa Tomei brings it home with this stunning white dress with a long trail! It shows off her teeny figure.

Here is a gentleman who begs to be included, just for sheer hotness alone. Hey, why should the ladies get all the glory? Hubba hubba, Mario Lopez! I would so do him.

Virginia Madsen is lovely in this shade of red. I actually like that her girls are not all hanging out (unlike Sarah Jessica Parker whose breasteses looked like they were trying to escape). I like the front of the dress. Get a load of the fellow to the right who is taking a gander at Ms. Madsen. The look in his eyes says, "Got MILF? It does a body good!"

Though I wouldn't call it a stunning look, this dress in pink/lavender suits Natalie Portman very well. If she would only wear a smile, it might take the outfit up yet another notch!

I see that Angelina finally wore a dress that fits, instead of those sloppy get-ups she has been wearing lately. This little black dress is a stunner and should put the pregnancy rumors to rest. Her arm candy, Brad baby, doesn't look too bad either, but I wish he would shave that dreadful moustache pronto!

Take a look at the contrast between these two "women of age." Meryl Streep is classy and appropriate in this colorless, yet otherwise lovely dress. I love her hair!

Sophia Loren, on the other hand, tries just a little too hard. Instead of looking youthful and fun, she looks like she should be at a party dancing the flamenco. She is an eternal beauty, but this dress does her no favors. Neither does her makeup.

I call Jessica Biel's dress a near miss. I adore her hair as it looks so classy and feminine. I would love it if she had left the big bow at home though. It sets the dress off balance. It's also a little too long, and we can't see her shoes!

Beyonce Knowles yet again shows off her hourglass figure, but I don't care for the bottom of this dress or the oversize print. For some reason, it just looks garish, and with all the gold, she blends in a little with the background. Vanessa Hudgeons and Melissa George had the same mermaid tail to their gowns too, and I just don't care for the look.

Amy Adams misses the mark here. The dress fits funny, and the black markings don't flatter. The necklace is totally wrong for the dress, and her hairstyle is too plain just pulled back that way.

Mickey Rourke, what can I say? Though always a mess, he looks a little better than he did at previous awards shows, but why is the man always reaching for his crotch? Doesn't he own a comb? And take those glasses off, young man!

Remember the days when he used to look like this? Whatever happened?

Miley Cyrus's dress is just too cumbersome. I hate the belt too. Why does this remind me of fish scales? On a lighter scale(heheh), this could have been lovely.

The usually lovely Heidi Klum drops down a notch or two with this dud of a dress. It has weird angles and just doesn't seem to fit right. The flat hair, excessive eye makeup, and pale lips don't work.

Here is a lady who tried to match her gown to her hair color! Usually a very bad idea. I don't know who Melissa Leo is, but this gown looks like she bought it off the clearance rack at the Deb shop at the mall.

I saved the worst for last. Past Oscar winner Tilda Swinton looks just DREADFUL in this odd get-up. Her pale, shapeless top blends in with her pale hair and pale face, into which her eyes have disappeared. With everything else so pale, the red lips look shocking. The skirt is unflattering as well. Does this woman have no good friends who would tell her how bad she looks? She would have looked better if she had bought a dress off the clearance rack at the mall!

What did you think of last night's Red Carpet fashions?

I didn't watch the show as I don't have cable, but I followed it online. I was thrilled to see Heath Ledger win the best supporting actor award posthumously. His character in The Dark Knight was disturbing to watch. Over the years I have seen the scope of this mans acting talents, and he was most deserving of this award!

What did you think of the awards?


Anne Fannie said...

I love this post! I love all your comments on what everyone is wearing. I love to watch the awards just to see what everyone is wearing. I never did see the movie Slumdog millionaire because the name turned me off. I guess my husband and I will see it this week to see what all the fuss is about! I think Sophia Loren looked great for her age, but when they showed her face up close, it was scary! Happy Blue Monday!

bj said...

Oh, my, this was just like being at the awards, Kady. So much fun!Sophia just needs a chill pill and learn to grow old gracefully...
Most of the dresses were magnificent...a few, terrible.
Thanks for taking us along on this great style show...
hugs, bj

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Mr. Blackwell may be gone but Kady lives on. lol
Frieda Pinto - yes!
Dev Patel looks so much like a former high school boyfriend of my daughters, it freaks her out every time they show him on screen.
Katie Winslet looked elegant, Marion Cotillard was gorgeous, I liked the dress but maybe not the belt.
Penelope Cruz gave such a touching acceptance speech and looked gorgeous in her vintage Balenciaga (I think that's who made the dress.)
Marisa. Virginia, Natalie, Angelina and Meryl all looked great. I have to agree 100% with your opinion of Sophie, Jessica, Hedi, Amy and Beyonce.
Mickey Rourke looked like he had too much botox and collagan ingections. I think that had something to do with the sunglasses worn throughout the show. Ugh!
I think Milly looked like a perfect Disney Princess in fact I think she stole that dress from on of the Princesses at DisneyWorld. lol It was a bit much.
And finally, poor Hilda Swinton...The color was atrocious on her but I think the dress could work on someone else. It definitely was not suited to her in any way, shape, form or color!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

That was supposed to be Miley not "Milly."

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Fun post! I like Frieda's blue gown, and some of the others are beautiful, too. But there are always some that make you go WHAT was she thinking? LOL!

Happy Blue Monday!


Sheila :-)

Smilingsal said...

They should hire you for an analysis of fashion. I agree with everything you said except I like Miley's dress, sans belt. I did watch. (I always say that I'm not going to, and then I always watch!) It seems that the them on the show was WHITE gowns. When Jessica Biel came out--UGH! Even Johnny exclaimed about how awful she looked. Perhaps she prego? Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Shelia said...

Hi Kady! Why do I need to watch when I have you? ;) Marvelous critiques - is that how you spell that? You're right on with what you're saying! I laughed when I saw Hanna Montana - I think she looks like a skinny artichoke!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Knitty said...

Good job reporting! I agree with your assessments too. I didn't watch last night and have been listening to morning DJs discuss Sarah Jessica Parker's dress. Guess I will have to go look that up.

In case you are interested, I am wearing a lovely long robe in a burgundy shade, smocked in the front yoke. My slippers are pink with a little dark lint from hubby's socks which are shedding and unusually attracted to my slippers. I guess when someone is this alluring, even slippers will attract something from men! LOL!

Sherri S said...

What a great review! I didn't watch last night. The photo of Tilda looks like a MAN with red lipstick on. Poor choice for sure!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Happy Blue Monday. I watched some of the awards. I'm not a huge fan of award shows though.

ellen b said...

I have to confess I didn't really watch this year. What was Sophia thinking with that tragic dress and Tilda looks dead. Love Meryl's look. Happy Blue Monday...

April said...

What a great post...I only got bits and pieces of the oscars last night. I thought Tilda left much to be desired! Happy Blue Monday!

nikkicrumpet said...

I didn't get to watch the awards show or the red carpet. So I was REALLY glad you did this post! I agree with your insight on almost all of the clothes....but I kind of thought Miley's dress was different and pretty and worked for a young girl...she looked like a princess to me. Otherwise...I thought you were spot on! And I'm still laughing about the "I'd do him" comment on Mr. Lopez...and I couldn't agree more lol

JudyBug said...

Love your comments! Sarah Jessica...oh my. Wss that an accident waiting to happen?

Miley...I saw one writer called her dress a walking Christmas tree!


Sweetie said...

I loved your commentary. I think everyone looked great but Meryl Streep outdid them all! Happy Blue Monday!

Anonymous said...

You gave a fun commentary. I didn't see the whole show but watched parts.

Kathy b

mrsben said...

My vote for most elegant gown and accessory goes to Taraji Henson. The fabric and design was exquisite (very haute couture but not stuffy) and her necklace was just as fabulous.
She has such absolute 'fashion sense'!

I too loved Meryl Streep's choice for the evening. Heidi Klum's was another one of my favourites but not so much because of the design. I just felt it was the correct style for her. There are few people that could wear it. (Tall, slender, long in the 'torso'.... and legs.) Her accessories were also somewhat unique.

Though sweet and talented; did no one tell Penelope it WASN'T her wedding? Sorry! "Knowing not what to wear" is just as crucial for such an event.

Nancy said...

I love this all your fav...has to be Meryl Streep! She is so classy!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You did a great commentary on these dresses, and on the guys too! laurie

Jill said...

Hey.. did you get my email KADY??? about my typo.. thanks to my kids.> LMAO>> I still can't believe I called you Bonnie... lol! Sorry!

Anyway great post! I hated Beyonce's dress.. UGLY!!!! I can't wait to see Slumdog Millionare. My parents saw it last week and loved it.

Jill said...

Tilda... no words can describe her.. she looks like a member of the Adam's family!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

I didn't watch, and I don't know who half these chicks are, but I think you called it wrong on quite a few of them. I think Myley Cyrus's dress is totally phenomenal and perfect for a girl her age. I also think Heidi Klume's hair and makeup were exquisite. When you do your eyes dramatic, it's always good to have a pale lip. But, I HATE her dress! HATE IT!
That Tilda chick looks like the walking dead. Egads!

Justine :o )

Elaine said...

What a great little good a review as any I've seen on the Networks.
Elaine :)

Carolyn said...

I just jumped over from Rue's. I wanted to say Hi and nice Blog.

I always love to watch and see the dresses and jewels!


Helen said...

I watched from beginning to end. I loved the Natalie Portman dress, Penelope Cruz dress, Nicole Kidman dress, Kate Winslet dress. I am in love with Hugh Jackman so I loved everything he said, sang and did. Not a fan of the nominated music, loved having former winners announce each nominee, cried when Heath Leadger was awarded the Oscar. Don't like mermaid tails or huge bows, trains...

Lori said...

Kady! I was so looking forward to this post! I ADORE Cruzs' gown! bet we'll see wedding knock-offs of that. Your always so right on with your thoughts, yet, I did like Miss Fish-scales dress too!LOL later,Lori