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.