Oscar ’14

As much as I wish the rainstorm had fallen right on red carpet Sunday, I watched the show with wide eyes.  I can’t help it.  I was born in the Heart of Screenland (Culver City), I’ve commented on the fashion as part of my job in the past and I even knew a couple of people in the big show.  (I’m so 3 degrees from famous)  I’ve eaten the pizza Ellen ordered!  I was on the list for an after party, not Elton’s.  But, after I put on my make up I got a text that the party was a turkey and not to bother.  When a film hasn’t won their party can go like half and  half left out.

At home Mark and I made dinner for our family who had come over and I got Red Carpet (wearing) Ready!

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Thanks for asking, I’m wearing vintage cashmere sweater and yoga pants.  Oh, no, I don’t buy it.  They send it to me.  Yes, picked the first thing I put on. The real red carpet was a snooze.  Not sure what happened, but I saw 4 celebs and lots of commercials, canned bits, and those weird talking heads on E!  Liked this clip of fashion from Vanity Fair party they sent me.  Miss Jane Fonda looks fab.

Ellen did a great job.  Also, kudos to all these thoughtful acceptance speeches.  Jared Leto, the lady from “12 years a slave”, the guy who wrote the movie.  I wasn’t wishing for a trap door to sink the narcissists till more than half way through the show.  Lame award goes to the director of “Gravity”.  Maybe he should have spoken in Spanish, cause he kind of rambled and didn’t have a point in English.  The director of “12 years” had a dud speech too.  Best picture award ususally does.  Best Short Action Animation in a Festival and Made on their Credit Card has more heart and vulnerability than the guy who will get ads taken out for him in the trades just to congratulate him.  I can’t get over his name being Steve McQueen either.  Do the kids even get that?  Is his wife named Ali McGraw?

Loved that they actually performed the nominated songs.  Didn’t like the years they didn’t. How about Travolta butchering Idina Menzel’s name?  He wasn’t even close.  Maybe he should do a PSA for dyslexia?  All great songs, except my old buds U2.  No “In the name of Love”.  Um, and why did Pink sing instead Liza Minneli?  Also, I like Bette Midler and she looked and sounded great, but do we need a reminder of “Beaches”?  Weren’t Kim Novak’s lips enough?

I found a great way to get through the slower bits of the show.  Oscar Bingo.  It’s a mix of fashion, celebs, and hack words and expressions.  Here is the winning card held by my niece Lily, and my card which did not.oscar bingo Lily’s, (on the right) has “Cuff”in the upper left box, as in worn on a lady’s wrist, metal.  Then anyone from “American Hustle”,  “incredible”, anyone saying that word.  The word “Amazing” was on someone else’s card and was marked fast.  The center box is suppose to be “Bow Tie”, but I wrote “Box Tie”, clearly thinking of what the stars inject in their faces.  Next is “person with accent”

Vivien’s card had  one we didn’t hear, thankfully, last night, the winner telling their kids to “go to sleep.”

Rex was undone.  “Why are you all watching this? It’s so boring!”  As he tumbled on the coach before donning my rain boots, a helmet, clutching a styrofoam “sword” sans pants.   “I know it is Rex.  But, I’m not budging till it’s over.”

 

What a week

Oscars,

a death,

a stomach bug,

a big food event.

This has been the last few days.  Sunday morning I was at cheap hair salon in a rundown mini mall getting a blow out in preparation for Oscar night.  I went there because there is not a lot open in the way of hair on Sundays and it’s cheap.

My friends Heather and Nina, with her darling little girl Ruby, had road tripped down from San Francisco for the fun times.  Feeling good.

Then my sister Cecily called and told me her father in law Louis Mitchell had just died. Ugh.  My tummy started to hurt. Hurt for his family and recalled for me my own father’s passing.  So sad for my brother in law.  I knew he would feel the pain in his head, stomach, neck.  His father had been sick for a while, but it’s always a blow no matter how prepared you think you are. Now my brother in law was “in the club” as my friend Nina puts it. That means someone who has lost a parent.
“I can drop everything, do you need me?”  Cecily said no.  The Oscars didn’t seem quite so important anymore. Nevertheless, that hard lesson when someone you love passes is life does go on.  Although what was to be a total fun day had a tinge of darkness on it. It was also a tad annoying to have the guy who was doing my hair, “What happened?”

I told him.

“Oh, God bless, light some candles.  Light some candles.”  He repeated this so many times I was tempted to say “why is there a power outage?”  I wanted to be sad for the moment, but didn’t want to mourn next to this guy who reeked of tobacco who believed candles held the key to grieving.
I raced home to take Rex to a kiddie party, but he was asleep.  So, Heather and I decided to go and see if the Oscar attendees needed our help.  The show starts at 5:30 so Carole’s hair and make up lady arrived at 11:30.  Kevin got tickets to the big show for his brother and his wife, Meaghan and my nephew.  I was glad I showed up because I helped Meaghan with her hair.
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It was fun to see Carole getting all dolled up.  The nominee was relaxed.  He was jotting down a few things to say in case he won, but he wouldn’t share them with us.  The car arrived at 2, though they didn’t get in the car till about 2:45.
Heather said, “We have to get ready!”  So, back home we went.
Seeing Carole’s pro make up made me spend a bit more time on my own.  I was walking the red carpet , but was presiding over an Oscar watch party and Campanile and then Heather and I were going to the Fox Searchlight post Oscar party.
Rex said, “I want to wear something handsome.”  So, we put on his vest and good pants.  Vivien loves to get dressed up.  My mom had arrived at our home at 3pm and settled into watch the red carpet hoping for a glimpse of Carole and Kevin. We figured they wouldn’t do an interview with him on the big stations, but we might see him. She kept moving the channel around from E! to TV Guide ( oh people still work there?), to the our local coverage.  She didn’t see here.  Meanwhile I was getting texts from my cousin Mary and another friend, “I just saw her.”  “She is by Octavia Spencer.”
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Me, my friends, kids, mom, Mark and Oliver and Dolly our baby sitter went of to Campanile.  It was so cool.
The catering director had set it up perfectly.  He had a big TV set up on one wall and rows of tables in C shapes fanned to the back.  Friends of ours trooped in.  I ordered everyone to fill out their ballot. The winning one would win a $50 gift card to Campanile.
As the show began we were all craning to see if we could spot them.
“They are in Row k”  My mom started counting back from the stage, “a, b, c”  Then our friend yelled, “there she is.”
They were towards the back, but visible and Kevin was on the aisle.  My mom was chuffed.  We all knew what it meant.  Winners are sat on the aisle. Time seem to fly ( not something I usually say watching the Oscars.) The Oscars are more fun to watch with 42 of your friends and family while you served the best food in LA. I didn’t have a seat for awhile.  Rex had kicked me out of our shared seat, “mommy, go get your own chair.”  But, he got tired so Dolly took him home and I got to sit down in front next to my mom.  Vivien was happy hanging with her cousin and grandma’s.

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Cecily and Lily had shown up.  She had been tending to her grieving in laws, but said, “not to be insensitive, but I’ve got an Oscar party to go to.” They all understood, “Good Luck to Kevin.”.
All of a sudden it was the editing award. What?? Everyone figured his competition was from “the Artist”, as they were favored to win best picture. The day before the editor of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” ( who had won last year for “Social Network” told Kevin, “I”m rooting for you.”) They showed quick clips of all the editors talking.  When Kevin’s face came up we don’t know what he said because we were all screaming.
“and the Oscar goes to…”Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
huh?
We all slumped our shoulders a bit as we saw my sister Carole in the audience mouth “Wow.”  The winners were behind them and she said they were surprised as well.
After a few minutes I got up in front of the crowd and said, “Okay, let’s all do this together, AHHHHH.”
Many of us were saying, “hey he was nominated!” or “he will be back”.  Cecily said, “I’m taking this harder than everyone else, I just wanted some good news today.”
We did get one thing to cheer about Alexander Payne, and his co writers took the gold for adapted Screenplay for “The Desendants”. He is one of Kevin’s best friends and good person.  It would be the pictures only win, I’m glad they got something.
We also whooped it up when we got some more good shots of Carole and Kevin.

Particularly when they gave an ovation to Oprah, James Earl Jones and the other special award winners there was a shot primarly of them clapping and smiling.
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I got texts from my cousin “great shot of Carole”.  People were cheering for Kevin all across the country.  His family who live outside of Buffalo even had a story about their watch party.  With a world full of cynics it’s sweet when people root for each other.
Party was done and all departed.  Heather and I drove up to the after party.  Some of the stars of “The Desendants” were there.  My nephew and his aunt and uncle.  We heard about their time at the Oscars.
After a while Carole and Kevin showed up.
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The were in a great mood, it was all exciting even without the win.   Then a big cheer went up.  Alexander had walked in holding his gold.  It took him a while to get to us and when he did I asked if I could take a picture with he and his Oscar.
“Only if you hold it” say things that make me love you more.  Heather snapped the picture.  But the flash didn’t go off.  I turned and Carole, Kevin and Alexander had walked out the door.  I went after them.  “What’s going on ?”

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“We are going to the Governer’s ball”  Carole said.  It was perfect timing because I was exhausted, but I was gouch enough to want my picture.  So I asked Alexander fro a retake. In reality he obliged kindly, but this picture makes me look like a crazy stalker and he like he just had root canal or perhaps fears the crazy stalker.
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I’m not going to kid you.  I was trashed the next day.  Trashed.  I can’t stay up till 12:45, and not be.  Plus there was so much emotion in the day.  I cancelled everything on Monday to spend time with Cecily.
Tuesday I woke up sick, sick, sick.  I’m just coming out of it now. But, since I’ve only eaten jell-o and tea I’m almost at my ideal weight!
Tonight is the big Mark Peel Roy Choi mashup that I came up with ( yeah me!).  I’m telling my tummy to get it together because I want to eat the great food.  The event is sold out.
Ah, La Vida.

Oscar nominee lunch

I could blog about money woes, some blogger job crap, a family member’s health issues, but why?  Let’s celebrate the good.  So, as I have mentioned my brother in law Kevin Tent is NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD.  I’ve hooked my sister up with hair and make up and we went to my designer friend Kevan Hall for her dress.  He has dressed Vanessa Williams among others and is a class act.
But, before the big NIGHT is a big day.  When all of the nominees go to lunch. I mean ALL of them.  George Clooney, Meryl Street, Brad Pitt, and my brother in law!  My sister got to go as well.
Here’s they are. I don’t know who she is wearing, but it’s spot on perfect for the event.

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Here is Kevin with the head of the Academy on the red carpet.
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Every year there is an iconic picture of all the nominees together. You scan the pictures looking for the famous among the behind the scenes folk.  Other years I would have thought, get rid of the nobodies, Where is Clooney!  But, this year it was surreal to see my kin folk with the Hollywood heavy hitters.  I know he isn’t a household face, but see if you can spot Kevin.

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Clooney is a few rows beneath him in a grey sport coat with that “Artist” hunk next to him. Man, I’d like to the filling in that sandwich.

Oscar Fashion

And speaking of something light and fluffy, I turn to Oscar Fashion! I am taping a show for The Fashion Team on the TV Guide Network that will air this Sunday about this subject. But of course I was already twittering away about it the night of. That is until I had to keep Rex from pulling my sister’s dog’s hair out. Then my hands were tied.

The funniest person ever to talk about Oscar fashion… or any fashion is my friend Michael Sterk. Every gal needs a best guy friend who likes fashion (if you know what I mean). Michael works in fashion and is such a class act. Everyone who meets him adores him. And if one didn’t love him, they aren’t worth knowing.

Sadly for me, the Big Apple whisked him away two long years ago. He helps design many shoe lines. There is no replacing Michael’s spirit and wit. So, next best thing, we exchanged emails about Oscar night. Here is our exchange. Italics are him. See if you agree.

Michael: Hi Love!
Well here is my Oscar overview…I have to say, I quite enjoyed the awards, and (almost) everyone looked good!
Here are my faves….
I gotta give it up to JLO…She turned it out and really owned the carpet…..the dress, hair and make-up was utter perfection!

–Agreed, classy.

Also….kudos to SJP! Now I know the reviews were mixed, but I loved the whole idea of her! She really gave you “LOOK.” I know the dress was a bit ill fitted but she gave it to you!!! I love love love the hair, make-up was on point and the color and floral details on the dress (with perfect jewelry) was a sight….she gave you drama! LOVE!

–Yes, exciting, she can pull it off. Love the hair.

Sandra Bullock… well… she was there to win! She looked like a true movie star! Simply beautiful! I love the color of the dress, loved her hair, she looked stunning! (wasn’t 100% about the beading detail at the top of the dress, but I’ll get over it!)

– Yeah, good, not great, wrong lipstick, the heavy red.

Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique both looked gorgeous… I loved Queen’s dress, and the color was amazing!

–Mo’Nique was OK. Latifah knows how to dress the big body like no one else. She has it down.

I really liked Maggie G. I thought the dress stood out (loved the print and the fact she took a chance) and fit her perfectly, yet not quite sure if was Oscar worthy?

— No, it kind of bugged. Not a fan of  the dress, but yes, it was modern.

Meryl Streep looked good… thought she was put together nicely… loved the white!

-Yes, no one pays the proper respect to the sleeve like Ms. Street, I mean Streep. You know.

I really like Rachel McAdams… thought the dress was exciting and loved the color and the print and the texture! Perfect hair and make-up as well!

–Really nice. Surprised you haven’t mentioned Anna Kendrick. Think she was one of the best of the night.

I loved Demi Moore! She was a vision in deep peach!!! Perfect from head to toe!
Kate Winslet… looked gorgeous… wasn’t in love with the dress, thought it looked a bit displaced… I didn’t think the top worked with the bottom, but she looked flawless nonetheless

–Color her.

Penelope Cruz gorgeous but boring

— So boring I wore something similar to cover the Oscars 3 years ago.

Cameron Diaz looked pretty….hated the hair–

–Yeah, something was off, but nice.

Kristin Stewart looked pretty and quite polished….the dress fit her quite nicely!
-Glad she had less of her scowl/
Vera Farmiga looked amazing and the dress was stunning! And don’t get me started on the color! GOREGOUS!!!!

–Seemed a tad contrived.

Now for my least favorites…
It’s a tie between Tina Fey and Why-ly Cyrus….Tina looked  really old and the dress looked bad (sorry Michael Kors) it was not Oscar worthy!
….and for Why-ly UGH! She too looked old and not age appropriate! She is just a hot mess!

–Tina’s was  a TOTAL knock off of Kate Winslet’s last year, but in a different color. For her not bad, but didn’t like the hair.

Why-ley always looks old.

Zoe Saldana… why? Such a pretty girl, that dress was very confusing! It look like she was trying to sneak in a bunch of muppets under her dress…

— The joke of the night. She could wear anything, but chose a dress that required special effects, or 3-d glasses.

Didn’t love Elizabeth Banks or Amanda Seyfreid… I though it looked like they were trying to hard, yawn……

–I didn’t mind. I say bring it. Liked Elizabeth’s diamond hairband, sweet.

Faith Hill looked gorgeous but the dress was too much… hated the lace slit

–Didn’t see, but she is always pretty.

Mariah….what can I say….another hot mess.
–But for her, she looked decent–at least she looked less like a whore. She and her boy groom are so cute.
Diane Kruger… way too many things going on on that dress…kinda like a cream colored garbage bag

–I said, BCBG on the sale rack

….and Charlize Theron…..why oh why? I hated the dress, it looked so forced and cartoon-like….like bad Moschino…..way too costume-y and not in a good way!!!
–Well said…. couldn’t understand it AT ALL, she should know better. Loved Alec and Steve.  Meeded more surprises though.
So that’s it! hope you enjoyed the show!
Miss you!
xM
p.s. I love love love Tom Ford.
–Always.