The 2018 Academy Awards awards were off to a beautiful start with the prettiest set I’ve ever seen at the awards with the proscenium arch resembling the inside of a geode with differing permutations of color throughout the show. I am always intrigued to see what the design is each year ever since my 7th grade art teacher Mr. Hendricks gave us an assignment to design the set for the Academy Awards. I was really clueless at that age, but it made me think of what goes into it ever since.
Jimmy Kimmel was funny, but there wasn’t enough of his jokes and a bit where he dragged other celebs into another theatre to surprise people was boring and not funny. The rest of the show was okay. To be honest it wasn’t one of the best and a little bland I thought. I wasn’t as thrilled about the nominees like I was last year. I did love Lady Bird and Darkest Hour though and was glad Gary Oldman and Allison Janney won as they were both excellent. Not so sure how excited I am to see The Shape of Water, but I do still want to see Phantom Thread if only for the sets and the acting.
The stars of Black Panther on the Red Carpet.
Eva Marie Saint, the 1955 winner for Best Actress. A recent window, she was sharp, poignant, funny and elegant. I loved her dress- one of the best.
At age 93 she was more chic than most!! What an inspiration to women everywhere. Keep moving she said.
The amazing Mary J Blige, who performed a soul stirring song and was the first person to ever to be nominated for both acting AND original song in the same film. Yay Mary. I want to see that film, Mudbound. I hear she is excellent in it.
I loved this look on her.
Another classic leading lady was there, Rita Moreno..
Rita Moreno wore the same dress last night that she wore in 1962 to receive her Oscar for West Side Story. Looks like she altered the neckline. Pretty, but she could have done with less accessories- maybe no headband? Still guys she is 86!! I could only hope to be drinking champagne backstage and having fun like her at that age. Go Rita.
Some favorites dresses..
Saiorse Ronan in Calvin Klein. Love her simple elegance.
Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot.
Zendaya in a beautiful chiffon gown.
Sacramento girl Great Gerwig in a dress that looked so her.
Allison Janney in a stunning Reem Acra.
Jennifer Lawrence’s disco ball dress was fun.
Then… lot of white dresses.
Laura Dern in a Calvin Klein gown looked fabulous.
Margo Robie’s Chanel gown and crystal purse.
Jane Fonda amazing as always. She is 80!
Danai Gurira was in a pale pink Gabriela Hearst gown.
Gina Rodriguez in a dreamy Zuhair Murad gown.
Emily Blunt in a soft and feminine baby blue.
Lupita Nyong’o lovely in gold.
Some ladies just missed the mark I think..
Nicole Kidman. I don’t know, but was this was just a little too Jessica Rabbit to me.
The darling Sally Hawkins is only 41 and this dress is just too matronly for her.
I’m all for pantsuits, but this Louis Vuitton number Emma Stone was wearing just looked unmatched and uninspired.
I love Taraji P. Hensen, but this was bordering on bedroom attire.
Salma Hayak in a custom Gucci that didn’t flatter and the addition of the crystal chains was too much.
Andra Day also just had too much going on with this billowy dress.
Lindsay Vonn was also over accessorized with a busy dress. Love to see her with less eye makeup sometime.
Many men stepped out of the box tonight and showed more style than usual.
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman showed some flair with an embellished coat.
Call Me By Your Name stars -Artie Hammer looked great in his velvet Armani as did Timothee Chalamet in all white.
Now tell me please who you thought looked fab and who didn’t…What did you think about the show?? I love rehashing it with you all!
Photos via Time, Pinterest, Bazaar.
Lori Hastings says
That was so fun to read Kim since I didn’t watch it. Loved all of your opinions and pictures. ❤️ For some reason it just didn’t interest me to watch it this year.
Hi Lori, Thanks for reading! I know, to be honest it wasn’t that exciting to me either. I think when I love more of the films it is much more interesting. xo
Kim, I always love your Oscars recap! The girls and I watched the show for the most part, but we did fast forward through quite a few spots. I really like Jimmy Kimmel and so glad he hosted…what a hard job, right?! The stage looked amazing and I can only imagine the work that goes into it. It was almost over the top, but I kept reminding myself that it’s Oscars! I didn’t think it was a night of amazing dresses, but what I did enjoy was looking at the older ladies looking so beautiful and chic. So inspiring to see these ladies aging so well even though they have had some serious work, but looking not as drastic as some have looked in the past. I think my favorite look of the night was from Jennifer Garner!
LA CONTESSA says
I MISSED IT SO THANKS FOR THE PEEK!!!!!!!!
OMG some of those GALS at the end……….YOUR right bedroom attire!
Kim I wish we could watch the Oscars together with lots of champagne so we could dish on all the gowns! I feel like we’re on the same page, for me the worst was Taraji P Hensn’s dress cut right up to the high hip, it was too much. As you said bedroom attire! I think Allison Janney was stunning in her red dress and diamonds, so gorgeous. My favourite!
I am a big fan of Jimmy Kimmel and I thought he did a great job, I was laughing my head off. I didn’t see the whole show though, I think I missed the boring parts!
I always love your Oscars post, thanks Kim xxx
I am bowled over by Eva Marie Saint! Just beautiful. At 93!?! Also think Alison Janney looked great — very flattering look on her. Thanks for another great post, Kim!
Julie Russell says
Eva Marie Santa, Rita Moreno and Jane Fonda showed us how it’s done! I agree with you on Nicole Kidman. Mary J Blige was stunning as was Allison Janney and I thought Jen Garner looked amazing. My favorite dress was Betty Gabriel. Telecast was a little boring and I’m not sure why they insist on bringing unsuspecting people in or venturing out . . . winners would have time to thanks their extended families if they stopped the lame bits. 🙂
cindy hattersley says
I always love your oscar roundup Kim! We were in L.A at a conference so I missed them. Always thankful for your coverage!!
Dale Janée (@Savvy_Spice) says
I love this Kim and you’re right, I really like Jimmy but felt it could have been more funny and the part where they went into the theatre of viewers felt flat. Your fashion hits and misses were right on. I felt like the Gucci gown on Salma Hyak looked so baggy like an ill-fitted children’s costume for Halloween. I though the color of Nicole Kidman’s dress was stunning, but you’re right – it was a little too Jessica Rabbit. Anyway, I thought the show could have been more entertaining and wish I would have seen more of the movies up for best picture. I thought Get Out was one of the best films I’d seen in a long time and should have won more. 🙂
Margaret Robinson says
Hi — Great Oscar-wearing blog. However, if you’ve seen much of Lindsey Vonn, dressed up and with make-up, she is a stunning look-alke for Kim Novak. It’s also nice to see her looking different than wearing ski apparel.