Monday, February 21, 2011

Red Carpet Time!

by Susan Sey

Well, friends, it's almost time.

Time for the biggest event of the celebrity gossip hound's year.

It's time for the Oscars, baby.

Now I'm not going to lie to you people. I love celebrity gossip like kids love candy. We geek out for the Oscars like royal watchers geek out over Prince William & Kate. We'll celebrate the opening monologue with a make-it-yourself sundae bar set up in front of the TV. But never fear. We'll eat dinner during the red carpet coverage. Probably popcorn.

What? It's a whole grain.

Now I like a Hugh Jackman song-and-dance number as much as the next girl but what I really like? It's the speeches. Remember the year Phillip Seymour Hoffman won? I don't remember what for, just that his hands were shaking. You could see them on camera, trembling, as he rambled through a really genuine & heartfelt moment. I loved it.

And Sally Field's "you like me!" thing? Cringe worthy. And as a result? Instant classic.

The dresses are fun, too, though. Hilary Swank's all-but-backless dress the year she won for Boys Don't Cry had me choking on my popcorn. I thought we were about have butt cleavage for sure.

And I'm still in love with Julia Robert's vintage black-and-white number the year she won for Erin Brockovich. The one where Benjamin Bratt fixed her train for her as she ascended the steps? Swoon.

So what about you? What do you love most about the Oscars? (I'm not even going to ask if you love them. Of course you do. Come on.)

Are you a monologue/opening number type? Do you print out the ballots & try to pick winners? Are you in it for the acceptance speeches? Or when the camera cuts to the losers t
rying to look all pleased for the talentless hack who stole their award? Share!

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61 comments:

Helen said...

Is he coming to my place

Helen

Helen said...

Well it is cloudy and a lot cooler here in Oz so it is time for the Tim Tams to come out and he can help me unpack the parcels that are arriving daily for the silent auction we are having at ARRC2011 I will keep him working LOL.

Susan
I very rarely watch the Oscars I do like to see the red carpet because I love the dresses but never watch them all the way through. I do of course like to know who has won and what for that does interest me but I get that on the news updates sorry.

I do hope you have a great time watching them and I am glad the popcorn is wholegrain

Have Fun
Helen

jennifertanner said...

Hi Susan!

Congrats on the GR, Helen!

I'm a vintage freak so I loved the vintage Valentino Julia wore the year she won the Oscar. I like looking at the gowns. I'd love to be the fly on the wall the morning after when an actress calls and dump her stylist because she's made the worst dressed list. ;)

I'm rooting for Colin and "The King's Speech"!

Pink P.

Kim in Hawaii said...

I like the acceptance speeches ... and I hope it is a royal one for in several categories!

Daz said...

Congrats Helen. Looks like you got the chook.

Susan, For me the Oscars is all about the dresses. I just love looking at what everyone is wearing.

Maureen said...

I like the red carpet and seeing what everyone is wearing and then the next day seeing who is determined to be the best and worst dressed.

Anna Sugden said...

Oh, I'm all about the red carpet - the dresses and the shoes *g*. I'm another one who absolutely loves that Julia Roberts dress!

It never ceases to amaze me what kind of outfits people wear - do they not look in the mirror?! I mean, really, some of the dresses defy belief! I can only assume they're too shy to say not to a famous designer or to dumb to realise that while they may be 'making a statement' ... it's the wrong one.

I'm also big on who the stars come with - seeing other halves/significant others/children etc. is such fun.

I like to know who's won, but rarely watch it all, and will catch up on the gossip on the internet the next day. I actually used to prefer the SAG awards, which were more laid-back and fun.

Joan said...

I enjoy the show a lot especially if a movie I loved has been nominated! (Go King's Speech, Rah!)I'm rather annoyed that Secretariat did not get nominated for anything! It was a GREAT heart felt movie!

The dresses are fun. I always root for classic looks ala 40's, 50's and 60's. And sparklies.

I haven't seen my new work schedule and am hoping I'm off the day after so I can stay up late and cheer!

Susan Sey said...

Oh, Helen! You get the rooster! I wonder if he'll go black tie for you since I'm talking Oscars today. Keep an eye on him...

Susan Sey said...

Helen wrote: I do hope you have a great time watching them and I am glad the popcorn is wholegrain.

Oh, we'll have a fantastic time, and we'll feel good ourselves because of the popcorn thing. Win/win, right?

And hey, have a great time organizing for the ARRA celebration! That sounds like such a great party--I really wish I could be there. I understand we'll have quite a bandita posse representing us, though: Anna C, Anna V & Christine? Have fun, ladies!

Susan Sey said...

Pink Peony wrote: I'd love to be the fly on the wall the morning after when an actress calls and dump her stylist because she's made the worst dressed list. ;)

I know, right? I'd love to hear that conversation! I caught just a tiny snippet of some reality show recently that starred (I think) Rachel Zoe, stylist to the stars. It was, of course, HIGH drama, which I appreciate, but almost too much for me. Which is saying something. Anybody know this show?

Susan Sey said...

Kim in Hawaii wrote: I like the acceptance speeches ... and I hope it is a royal one for in several categories!

I keep hearing great things about The King's Speech! My husband & I have a date night on Friday...maybe we'll check it out finally...

Susan Sey said...

Daz wrote: Susan, For me the Oscars is all about the dresses. I just love looking at what everyone is wearing.

I know! Who can we count on for the crazy though? Helena Bonham Carter, of course. But who else brings the nutty? After watching Cee Lo channel Elton John & the muppets at the Grammies I feel like maybe my expectations have been skewed to such a point that I wouldn't recognize crazy if it bit me on the bottom.

Susan Sey said...

Maureen wrote: I like the red carpet and seeing what everyone is wearing and then the next day seeing who is determined to be the best and worst dressed.

I have a subscription to People magazine because I can't resist my weekly gossip fix, & I enjoy it every week. But I live for a couple issues a year--Sexiest Man Alive, Best/Worst Dressed, and Most Beautiful People. I'm very excited...

Susan Sey said...

Anna S wrote: I'm also big on who the stars come with - seeing other halves/significant others/children etc. is such fun.

Oh, I forgot to mention that part! I love it when people bring their moms, or their non-famous spouses. And I especially love it when ex-lovers have to share camera space. (Brad & Jen, I'm talking to you!)

Susan Sey said...

Joan wrote: The dresses are fun. I always root for classic looks ala 40's, 50's and 60's. And sparklies.

A girl after my own heart! When I dress myself I'm very conservative--I'm short so there's not a lot of room to get crazy with--but when it comes to red carpet style, man, I want you to go big or go home. I want big princess skirts, sparkles (a tiara or two wouldn't go amiss), and an unabashed return to pretty. Bring back the pretty!

jennifertanner said...

Susan...

Per the NY Post..Demi dumped Rachel as her stylist. She's now with a guy who used to work for Rachel.

TerriOsburn said...

I do love the Oscars. We love all the big awards shows. And I've hooked my daughter into them. She gets very excited about the red carpet coverage, and now has the life goal of someday walking one. Wouldn't surprise me if she makes that one happen.

I love the dresses and rarely agree with the "experts". I'm not a fan when the winners get all political in their speeches, but when it's heartfelt and filled with gratitude, those are the best.

And the year Adrien Brody laid that kiss on Halle Berry was pretty dang funny.

Donna MacMeans said...

I love the Oscars! The dh and I try to see the movies that are up for best picture...though this year we didn't see them all because some looked just too sad and angsty for us to really enjoy. It that vein, I'm pulling for The King's Speech to make a big sweep - I loved that movie.

Yes - love to see the outfits. I can pass on the song and dance numbers. Love to listen to the acceptance speeches...and I do mean listen, not watch. I'm usually doing tax returns while the Oscars are on so I hear the speeches in the background. And yes - I'm usually right to the very end.

Would love to munch on popcorn while I watch (definitely a whole grain - grin) but then my fingers would slip off the calculator - can't have that!

Minna said...

Well, I won't be watching it, since I'll be sleeping, but I suppose they'll show some bits of it later on, as usual. I doubt anyone will have quite as unusual dress as Lady Gaga had the other day at the Grammys.

Lady Gaga - Poker Face - Parody ("Outer Space")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h47fNaOb-JU

Lady Gaga - Poker Face
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESGLojNYSo

Michael Bublé - Hollywood (OFFICIAL Video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBrlYtV60GA

jo robertson said...

Great post, Smoov! As you know, I've been cut from the same geek cloth as you and I love the Oscars!

WTG, Helen! Sounds like you have a busy day with the Chook!

jo robertson said...

And, Susan, popcorn is one of the four food groups; add a bit of cheese and it's tres nutritious. Or so I tell myself.

What I like most about the Oscars is seeing if the Academy is as "smart" as I am and choose the "right" winners! LOL.

Seriously, the hosts -- I love watching the hosts and seeing how talented (or not so much) they are!

And really, I'm always surprised at the seemingly honest reactions of the winners.

Beth Andrews said...

I don't usually watch the Oscars but I may this year just for the hosts *g* I love both James Franco and Anne Hathaway and those commercials of them preparing for their hosting duties crack me up :-)

Other than that, I usually catch all the gowns online the next day *g*

Susan Sey said...

Pink Peony wrote: Per the NY Post..Demi dumped Rachel as her stylist. She's now with a guy who used to work for Rachel.

Ooooh! I'll bet that was a good episode!

PJ said...

I'm an Oscars junkie and have been since college. One of the girls on my dorm floor had a small TV in her room and we'd all gather with popcorn and beverages to critique the gowns, the host, cry with the ecstatic winners and commiserate with the losers.

These days, I always watch the Red Carpet coverage, still get teary during the heart-felt awards speeches (though *not* during the political ones) and feel bad for the people who don't win. I love to watch the Fashion Police on E the next day!

Susan Sey said...

TerriOsburne wrote: I'm not a fan when the winners get all political in their speeches, but when it's heartfelt and filled with gratitude, those are the best.

And the year Adrien Brody laid that kiss on Halle Berry was pretty dang funny.


I'm with you on the political thing. I pay these people to be beautiful & entertaining, not political. I let George Clooney get away with it only because he's so insanely hot.

And I *loved* it when Adrien Brody laid a big wet one on Halle Berry. Talk about just happy to be here, huh? If I am ever presented with an award, I sincerely hope it's being presented by Matt Damon. I'll tell my husband I got carried away.

Susan Sey said...

Donna wrote: Love to listen to the acceptance speeches...and I do mean listen, not watch. I'm usually doing tax returns while the Oscars are on so I hear the speeches in the background. And yes - I'm usually right to the very end.

Oh, Donna! Sharing your Oscar experience with tax season?? I don't know whether to shed tears for your sacrifice or salute your dedication. I'll life my glass your direction this Sunday & we can all give thanks that somebody out there can multi task better than I can!

Susan Sey said...

Minna wrote: I doubt anyone will have quite as unusual dress as Lady Gaga had the other day at the Grammys.

I'll bet you could probably say that about Lady Gaga when she goes grocery shopping. :-)

catslady said...

I can really say I love almost all of it. I don't like when they cut off someone who is giving a great speech. But I must admit some speeches can be tiresome lol. I am always shocked when they give the tribute to those who had died but I think it's wonderful they do it. Love the unexpected. It's always more fun when I've seen the top movies which I'm afraid I haven't seen many this year. Billy Crystal had the best openings and I love the ones who can adlib. And of course the dresses and hairstyles!!

Danielle Gorman said...

I love watching to see what everyone is wearing. I also watch to see the "In Memoriam" segment.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Helen, he's back in Oz!

Susan, fun post. Hey, would you believe I've SEEN the Julia Roberts dress? They had a wonderful Valentino exhibition in Brisbane last year and it was featured. It's as gorgeous close up as it is at a distance. They also had Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress for her wedding to Onassis and a stack of other really cool stuff.

I remember Cate Blanchett wore a beautiful cream dress with trailing red floral embroidery one year. It was quite demure at the front but plunged at the back. I looked for pics of it once but couldn't find it but I remember it as a lovely gown.

Now for the grinch moment, I gave up on the Oscars about ten years ago. It's a bit too self-important for me. That particular year, I had watched for an hour and seen ONE award given out. The rest was just guff (and ads). I always watch the Golden Globes and I love the BAFTAs which were just on last weekend. They move a bit faster.

Anna Campbell said...

Susan, actually I think I'm the lone bandita there at ARRA. RWA in August will feature Christine and Anna V.

Laurie Faelan said...

I haven't seen the Oscars in years except for bits and pieces. My dh always seems to have something on he wants to watch and I guess I don't care enough to protest. One of these days I'd like to watch one. Maybe it'll hook me.

Gannon Carr said...

I love all the award shows! Gotta critique everyone's red carpet looks. LOL I am constantly amazed how some stars are dressed. Seriously, did they look in the mirror?! And did their stylist say, "You look marvelous!" Hello, stylist, you're fired!!

Colin Firth absolutely has my vote. He was brilliant in The King's Speech, and I've loved him from the moment he walked on screen in P&P. :-)

Nas Dean said...

I like to see all the dresses and their posture when they pose for the photographers. Also the acceptance speech, where they get emotional, or very happy!

Kate Carlisle said...

Fun post, Susan! I'm not as big of an Oscar junkie as I used to be--mainly because I don't get out to see films as much anymore. I do see most of them eventually, but not before the big show.

I love the Red Carpet before hand (yes, I'm shameless, LOL). And I love the opening number--at least, I used to. Really loved the Hugh Jackman number and Billy Crystal's hilarious openings from a few years back. These past few years haven't been too fabulous. Ah well. But I'm looking forward to the two cutie hosts this year.

Helen, you snagged the Bird!! Hope you can put him to work opening those boxes. :-)

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Okay, Susan, you are a woman of my heart. I get my celebrity gossip every friday at work. I have two co-workers who bring in alllllllllll the gossip rags. And I truly feel left out if I don't read the latest one for a week or two! AGH!!

Oscars, huh? Gotta say I've loved them for years and was happily rewarded the year the LOTR won for best picture...I think they won for best trilogy, but hey there's not really a category for that.

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Oh...and I meant to say that for you heart healthy tip...try grilled fresh pineapple. Sometimes I just make it into rings and grill those, or make skewers full of thick chunks. Yummo!

(Usually served with rice pilaf and shiskabobs of teryaki merinated beef tenderloin, vidalia onions and red peppers.)

Pat Cochran said...

I used to watch the Oscar show
"religiously", not so much anymore.
Now if one of my favorite shows is
on opposite, I'll watch it and then
go back to the Oscars. It will then become background to my reading!

Pat Cochran

Susan Sey said...

Jo wrote: And, Susan, popcorn is one of the four food groups; add a bit of cheese and it's tres nutritious. Or so I tell myself.

I like how you roll, Jo. We can watch the Oscars together anytime! I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts on this year's show.

Susan Sey said...

Beth wrote: I don't usually watch the Oscars but I may this year just for the hosts *g* I love both James Franco and Anne Hathaway and those commercials of them preparing for their hosting duties crack me up :-)

Oh! There have been commercials?? I must YouTube this, STAT!

And I love those two as well. So funny!

Susan Sey said...

PJ wrote: One of the girls on my dorm floor had a small TV in her room and we'd all gather with popcorn and beverages to critique the gowns, the host, cry with the ecstatic winners and commiserate with the losers.

Oh, I envy you this! College was a real dry spell for me, in terms of finding my 'people', you know? Nobody was interested in my weird celebrity obsession, or Oscar dresses or what have you. I suspect I was 'that girl.'

I wish I'd gone to school with you, PJ! Sounds fabulous!

Susan Sey said...

catslady wrote: I don't like when they cut off someone who is giving a great speech. But I must admit some speeches can be tiresome lol.

I'm with you, catslady! I want unlimited time for the thank yous. Cut out the songs, or the monologue if you have to but let that winner talk!

Unless, of course, they get political. Then play them gently into the wings. :-)

Susan Sey said...

Danielle G wrote: I love watching to see what everyone is wearing. I also watch to see the "In Memoriam" segment.

It's always shocking, isn't it, to see who's passed? Have there been any big ones this year?

Susan Sey said...

Anna C wrote: Now for the grinch moment, I gave up on the Oscars about ten years ago. It's a bit too self-important for me. That particular year, I had watched for an hour and seen ONE award given out. The rest was just guff (and ads). I always watch the Golden Globes and I love the BAFTAs which were just on last weekend. They move a bit faster.

Oh, I know. Believe me, I gnash my teeth over how bloated & self-congratulatory the show has become. But I suffer through it because I love those dresses & those speeches. I think mixing it up with the hosting has helped. Hugh Jackman can only help. :-) And I suspect this year James Franco & Anne Hathaway will do a bang up job.

Susan Sey said...

Anna C wrote: Susan, actually I think I'm the lone bandita there at ARRA. RWA in August will feature Christine and Anna V.

Oh, I must be mixed up. Not unlikely, as I was deep in the cave until mid last week. I'm a terribly unreliable source when I'm under deadline pressure. Hope you have a wonderful time!

Susan Sey said...

Laurie F wrote: My dh always seems to have something on he wants to watch and I guess I don't care enough to protest. One of these days I'd like to watch one. Maybe it'll hook me.

Oh, definitely give it another try! It's always worth it, even if it's just to see the pretty dresses!

Susan Sey said...

Gannon wrote: I am constantly amazed how some stars are dressed. Seriously, did they look in the mirror?! And did their stylist say, "You look marvelous!" Hello, stylist, you're fired!!

I *know*, right? I mean, sheesh, these are the beautiful people. They have to try hard to look ugly, & yet...it can be done. I can't wait to see who takes the risks this year & who plays it safe!

Susan Sey said...

Nas Dean wrote: I like to see all the dresses and their posture when they pose for the photographers.

Yeah, that can be a fun time, especially when they have a signature pose they do. Like Paris Hilton & her side-on, chin-down thing she does. It's amusing when the photographers catch them doing something new.

Susan Sey said...

Kate C wrote: I'm not as big of an Oscar junkie as I used to be--mainly because I don't get out to see films as much anymore. I do see most of them eventually, but not before the big show.

Oh, me, too! I used to be religious about seeing all the contenders before the big night but anymore? With little kids in the house & babysitters costing more than my first car? We let the Oscars play out then see the winners.

Susan Sey said...

Suz F wrote: I have two co-workers who bring in alllllllllll the gossip rags. And I truly feel left out if I don't read the latest one for a week or two! AGH!!

I know! I have a subscription to People, & sometimes when they do a big double issue, they'll skip the following week. Withdrawl!

Susan Sey said...

Suz F also wrote: (Usually served with rice pilaf and shiskabobs of teryaki merinated beef tenderloin, vidalia onions and red peppers.)

Oh, drool. I shouldn't blog when I'm hungry. Must. Fix. Dinner.

Susan Sey said...

Pat C wrote: Now if one of my favorite shows is
on opposite, I'll watch it and then
go back to the Oscars. It will then become background to my reading!


My husband doesn't understand how I can do that--read AND watch TV. Usually it's him multitasking but somehow, I can do this one thing. Yeah, you want a book to get you through the boring parts--people making political speeches, etc. :-)

Pissenlit said...

When it comes to awards shows, I am all about the "OMIGOSH! Look at that dress! It's GORGEOUS!!" and the "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! WHAT IS SHE WEARING???" :D

Louisa Cornell said...

You said the magic words, Helen. Tim Tams! No wonder he flew into your arms!

I love the dresses and I also love to berate the people who obviously got dressed in the dark without benefit of a mirror or even a seeing eye dog. Because some of those dresses and hair styles even a dog would cover his eyes with his paws!

I like the acceptance speeches when they sound unprepared and heartfelt and are NOT political. Some venues should NOT be politicized. Just my humble opinion.

But my favorite awards show is the GH/Rita show! I love seeing all of the Banditas and Buddies in their gorgeous gowns and the acceptance speeches are ALWAYS wonderful. Like the year the winner thanked her husband for great sex! LOL And the year Smoov won her GH as I was sitting behind her with a group of Banditas and we all screamed like crazy people!

Susan Sey said...

Pissenlit wrote: When it comes to awards shows, I am all about the "OMIGOSH! Look at that dress! It's GORGEOUS!!" and the "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! WHAT IS SHE WEARING???" :D

Oh, I wish you were local, Pissenlit! I have a feeling we could watch our award shows together in perfect harmony. :-) I'd even share my popcorn.

Susan Sey said...

Louisa wrote: But my favorite awards show is the GH/Rita show! I love seeing all of the Banditas and Buddies in their gorgeous gowns and the acceptance speeches are ALWAYS wonderful.

Oh, I know! Last year, a woman thanked Diet Coke. I loved that.

But I have to love the GH/Rita show b/c it was seeing my first one--the scandalous 20th anniversary one in Reno--that filled my heart with desire for a GH necklace. I had an actual soap opera moment, an "oh yes, you WILL be mine" extreme mental close up sort of deal, and made a pact with myself that I'd win myself one of those babies.

The next year I finaled with these wonderful banditas. I didn't win, but I won. If that makes sense.

LilMissMolly said...

I'm a print out the ballot and try to select the winners kind of girl. I've even entered contests to see who can predict the winners! :D

Anna Campbell said...

Susan, I think Tony Curtis is within the last twelve months. And John Barry, the James Bond composer.

Susan Sey said...

LilMissMolly wrote: I'm a print out the ballot and try to select the winners kind of girl. I've even entered contests to see who can predict the winners! :D

Wow! That's dedication! Hope you do well.

Susan Sey said...

Anna C wrote: Susan, I think Tony Curtis is within the last twelve months. And John Barry, the James Bond composer.

I remembered John Barry, but I'd have forgotten Tony Curtis. Oh, I loved him.