Though I've seen it only in bits and pieces, I thought Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did a great job, Neil Patrick Harris brought it with the opening and the women didn't let me down on the red carpet. And hey, the ratings went up. That must be a good thing.
Kristen on the Red Carpet
It makes me happy that Kristen showed up wearing a midnight blue Monique Lhuillier (being that she's a Filipina and all -- it feels I'm a little closer to Kristen, silly I know) long gown. Way to go on the hair and make up and though you could still see how she didn't feel so comfortable on the red carpet, she looked like she tried her best and brought it. I can't wait to see her on the red carpet for years to come.
Presenting with Taylor
Leave it to Kristen to clear her throat or fix her hair during the few seconds she's on stage. Thank goodness she didn't trip down the stairs (thanks Taytay) or had an award to drop. Critics will critic and haters will hate, to each his own right? But to me, I guess I'm just damn easy to please. She needs to work on her stage fright, but for now, she'll do.
At the Vanity Fair Party
When she's away from the spotlight and the crowds of people, you can see she's more relaxed. I loved seeing her with Angelica Hujston, movie-mom Jodie Foster and the eternally beautiful Julianne Moore. These moments captured at the Vanity Fair party gives me hope that one day, she'll be more comfortable in front of a large live crowd. How adorable is she?
When Rachel goes glam, she definitely brings it. Looking stunning in her Elie Saab Haute Couture printed gown, I loved the detail on the bodice and the sweeping train. Perfection
Rachel & Jake
Best thing about this year's Oscars? They totally made my fandoms collide. First we have Jake & Rachel presenting for best screenplay adaptation and for a second there, I'm totally shipping them. Way to spark hope in me, Academy
I love how Jake was in full support of best supporting actress nominee & sister Maggie. Their photos together just show what a deep bond they have and their large smiles put a smile on my face too. Plus, Jake + tux? can't go wrong
Zac, ever the charmer, only had eyes for his lady love Vanessa and you could see it on the Vanity Fair red carpet. Though he didn't take her to the ceremony, the lovebirds reunited with the JoBros at the after party and it looks like they're going strong
Zac & Anna
Another match made in presenter-heaven. Though I'm not shipping this, it was just cute to see two of my favorites walk the stage together. I swear the producers of the Oscars really love me.
Anna looked ethereal in her Ellie Saab peach gown that had a lowered slit (than the one on the runway) and her hair and make up were just divine. Girl is making no mistakes on the red carpet an dher poise and elegance make her seem like she's been doing this for years. It would have been awesome if she won, but alas, Mo'Nique exists. It's cool, Anna, you've got 'Academy Award nominee' attached to your name for life.
I'm not sure who she wore to the after party, but she was equally cute in her white mini-dress that isn't quite the mini-dress one sees on a Hollywood starlet. Way to go Anna, for keeping it classy. This is why you're at the Oscars.
The ladies sparkled in bubbly. Kate Winslet in YSL (elegance defined); Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham (surprisingly great); Amanda Seyfried in Armani Prive (fairytale princess minus the schmaltz); Best Actress Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (bulls eye!)
Red, White & Blue
Feeling some patriotism? Sigourney Weaver in Lanvin (i want this dress); Meryl Streep in Chris March (how young is she?!); Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten (leave it to Maggie to bring on the print)
Ruffles, Ruffles & Ruffles
Big Details For a Big Night. Zoe Saldana in Givenchy (love love love it); Vera Farmiga in Marchesa (color and ruffle love); Diane Kruger in Chanel (not the most popular, but she strikes it)
The Golden Moment
History is made with Katherine Bigelow winning Best Director (the first for a female). I wonder if James Cameron is giving her a Toyota. Christoph Waltz owns me with the BEST FREAKING SPEECH EVER. I wanna ride your boat and go on a journey with you! Sandra Bullock wins both BEST and WORST actress and charms everyone all the same
Next year, I promise to try to at least watch 50% of the films nominated versus this year's roughly 25% awareness. Hey, I said I'll try right? See you all next year.