Post- Oscars Report

These Oscars were fun; at least, I thought they weren’t as dreary as I remember past Oscars being. Was able to go all the way to the end without switching channels. Thought Ellen DeGeneres was quite good — at least she wasn’t too full of herself — and thought the part where she presents Martin Scorsese with a screenplay to peruse was really amusing. Most of the presenters were funny, which has not been the case in previous Oscars, and the musical numbers weren’t too boring.

This is what I noticed:

    Flesh-colored gowns seem to be “in” — as witness gowns worn by Celine, Gwyneth, Penelope Cruz. (Learn from NBC Oscar dish this morning that color is “blush”, agree sounds way better than “flesh”–!!)A few years ago, Cebuana Monique Lhuillier and her jewel-colored creations were all the rage. Hollywood seems to be over that trend (but someone forgot to tell Jessica Biel and Nicole Kidman …)
    Daniel Craig presented still “in character”, that is: erect carriage, stiff upper lip very reminiscent of 007.
    Jack Nicholson sporting Yul Brynner look.
    Naomi Watts seemed to have round little bump beneath empire-waist gown. Could she be — ? Happy for her if she is.
    Most of the American stars seem to have had the foresight to have Botox injections, as witness complete absence of even one wrinkle on Tom Cruise. (In contrast, Helen Mirren had all her wrinkles. And, goodness, Meryl Streep did not bother to fix her hair or wear something glam, probably had a premonition she wouldn’t win.)
    Was happy about Best Picture award going to The Departed. Now Martin Scorsese doesn’t have to wait for an honorary Oscar to be awarded, 20 years from now.
    Thought it was adorable that when Forest Whitaker’s name was announced as winner of Best Actor prize, Leo jumped up and clapped enthusiastically.
    James McAvoy (of The Last King of Scotland) is short, but has great accent, and very soulful-looking droopy eyes.
    Gael Garcia Bernal wore crazy-looking glasses that made him look vaguely schoolmarm-ish.
    Thought Eva Green’s hairdo very unflattering, perhaps should have a word with her stylist.
    Diane Keaton looks great for her age, think she can be forgiven for appearing in that stinker of a movie, Because I Said So.
    Did not know that any of the people who died had died (with the exception of Robert Altman): that is, I didn’t know until the retrospective portion that Red Buttons/ Don Knotts/ Maureen Stapleton/ Jack Wild/ James Doohan/ Mako/ Sven Nykvist had died in 2006.
    Borat was not there. Neither was Matt Damon. Or Edward Norton (which I guess could be expected, wish The Illusionist or The Painted Veil had snagged more nominations.)
    Clive Owen looked just delish! Definitely, best-looking man at ceremony.

By end of telecast, had managed to finish grading two piles of student papers.



  1. Luisa said,

    February 28, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    But did you notice that Melissa Etheridge said thank you to her “wife” (and her “wife’s four children”) — What was that again about we’ve come a long way baby!??

  2. March 1, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Ahhh, I TOTALLY missed that. What’s up with that, indeed!

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