Not so odd: the fashions. There were surprisingly few misses this year. I was hoping the music from Burlesque would be nominated simply so we could see Cher on the red carpet, but no dice. Without Cher, I often must rely Celine Dion to wear a wacky outfit (like the backward tuxedo she wore several years ago.) But no dice there, either. Celine was one of my best-dressed women this time. She wore a tasteful, white gown with a not-too-low and not-too-high v-neck that emphasized her statuesque figure.
My worst-dressed woman ended up being--the surprise of the night--Scarlett Johanssen. From the back, her burgundy lace gown looked transparent. That happens, and it's unfortunate (and nope, I will not post a tranparency photo. It's NOT pretty. But you can guess.) Worse than the gown, however, was the hair. It looked like she rolled out of bed. While there are any number of men who would love to see Johansson with bedhead, I don't think that's how she intended to appear at the Oscars. Scarlett has a fabulous figure. Surely a stylist somewhere in LA could have made her look better? Or run a comb through her hair?
My night was made when Penelope Cruz made an appearance. I was afraid she wouldn't, despite the fact hubby Javier Bardem was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Biutiful; she just had a baby, and post-baby bodies aren't usually gown-worthy, especially when cameras are everywhere. Cruz proved me wrong. She wore a stunning wine-colored beaded gown that emphasized her curves and hid what little leftover baby tummy she may have (hard to tell in her gown...kudos to her on her choice!)
Helena Bonham Carter didn't wear a peacock-colored gown, as I predicted. She went black. BUT...it wasn't dour. It was as HBC-loopy as ever. She carried a fan, wore her round-rimmed sunglasses when the cameras weren't snapping away, and once or twice while walking the carpet she stopped to raise the hem and show off a Union Jack temporary tattoo that had been applied to her leg. Sounds wacky, but I loved it. I know she'll end up on many fashionistas' worst dressed lists, but not mine. The woman is true to herself, and that rates high with me.
My best and worst dressed of the night were (drumroll) Scarlett Johansson as Worst-Dressed Woman, with Cate Blanchett a close runner-up in her pink, strong-shouldered number, which looked like something Mr. Bubble would wear into battle.
Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Winter's Bone, is my Best-Dressed Woman. Her red gown had clean lines, a classy cut and color, and it fit her well. Better still, she didn't go for heavy makeup or over-foofed hair...in other words, a home run. Future nominees, take note! I hope Lawrence is back next year, because I'd love to see how she tops this.
What were your hits and misses? Post to comments if you'd like!