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Best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the after-parties – the “Wow!” factor

Many of the dresses worn by celebrities for their red carpet visits are high-fashion, custom-designed and tailored and very expensive statements – efforts to impress, created by the most famous and prestigious designers.  That’s fine for us, the viewers, who are the happy benefactors of their efforts and expense.  After the big awards show, there are the after-parties – big, important ones such as the Governor’s Ball and the Vanity Fair after-party. Here are some pictures that should get your attention.  They sure got mine.

Let’s hear it for Reese Witherspoon, who lately, much like Heidi Klum, has been dressing on the “Holy moley!” side of the fence, and all I can say is, “THANK YOU!” Of course, there’s Halle Berry, who almost always turns me to Jell-O, and Joanna Krupa, because when you think “Academy Awards” you automatically think “Joanna Krupa,” and Kate Hudson – oh baby! Let’s not forget Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, who always seem to find their way into these parties – and well they should! I can’t imagine any halfway-respectable party organizer leaving their names off the list!

And by the way – Jenna Elfman can come to my party any time.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff

Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

Joanna Krupa

Joanna Krupa

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum

Worst of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the parties

Since there are plenty of celebrities – especially those who otherwise wouldn’t be part of the arrival scene or who might not quite be part of Hollywood’s A-list, and since so many of the A-listers change outfits for the after-parties, I thought they deserved a topic of their own – so here they are.

You can usually count on Diane Kruger to have a certain class when dressing for big events, so this outfit is a disappointment – this dress takes a couple of steps down in class.  It’s as if she’s simply trying to grab attention.  That may be understandable, considering the people she’s mixing with – or attempting to mix with – but she could have made a better impression by dressing the part.

Put simply, Paulina Rubio just looks like she’s a mess.  I can’t imagine what she was thinking.  I wonder if she thought that this is the way to gain prestige.  For me, this isn’t the way.

Is Nikki Reed wearing very nice pajamas or a casual kimono?  Is Olivia Munn wearing a bondage-accented toga?  Did Karolina Kurkova take fashion advice from the same consultant that advised Olivia Munn?  These questions – and more – pop into mind when looking at their dresses.  I wonder if celebrities in these kinds of spots even consider that such get-ups do their careers or reputations more harm than good.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Paulina Rubio

Paulina Rubio

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

Karolina Kurkova

Karolina Kurkova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – Part II

Here are a few more of the best-looking dresses from the 2014 Academy Awards.  So far all of the photos have been from the show arrivals, and these are, as well.  I’ll show the after-party gowns separately, since so many of the attendees change to a different outfit for the parties.

Charlize, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Garner are all beautiful, and Kristen Bell isn’t too bad-looking, either, but I think Charlize is simply breathtaking.

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Charlize Theron

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Jennifer Lawrence

 

 

 

 

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell

 

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Fashions at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

It was one of the nights we live for every year.  The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 12, 2014.  As is always the case, there was a huge variety of remarkable (and unremarkable) dresses on display as the celebrities made their way down the red carpet.

I know that many celebrities put a great deal of time and effort – not to mention, expense – into the selection fo dresses, jewelry, shoes and hairstyling, not to mention assorted accessories.  That’s just how it is.  Within the spectrum of ensembles, I found it really easy to categorize some as obviously jaw-dropping.  Let’s face it – Sofia Vergara, like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and a select few others – just have to show up, and they own the venue.  No doubt about it, Sofia wore two dresses – one at the arrival and another at the after-parties – that just come right out and knock you on your butt.  Revealing?  You bet – and in control of everyone around her.

Sexy but tasteful

Then there are other dresses that are sexy without necessarily being so remarkably revealing.  Amy Adams’ two-tone red gown certainly was about as low-cut as she could get away with, but there was a certain sophistication to it, to my mind placing it in a bit of a different category.  The same holds true for Kaley Cuoco’s floral gown.  She, too, made a very decent display of cleavage, but it had a classiness that set it apart.

Reese Witherspoon looked terrific in a pale green gown that was at once simple, mildly conservative and sexy.  Well done, Reese.  Naomi Watts (shimmery in beige) and Robin Wright (in a paler white gown) wore dresses that were rather similar in style, and both looked as good as I can remember.  I was pleasantly surprised to see them both looking so beautiful.  I also liked Kristin Chenoweth’s form-fitting blue number.  I’m sure that plenty of fashion experts will say it was too simple, but I think it was nicely done.  She’s very petite, but she looked extremely attractive, and her hair-style added a very nice touch of class to the overall picture.

Amy Adams - arrivals

Amy Adams – arrivals

Robin Wright - arrivals

Robin Wright – arrivals

Reese Witherspoon - arrivals

Reese Witherspoon – arrivals

 

Naomi Watts - arrivals

Naomi Watts – arrivals

Kaley Cuoco - WB/InStyle after-party

Kaley Cuoco – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Chenoweth - Netflix/Weinstein Company after-party

Kristin Chenoweth – Netflix/Weinstein Company after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odette Anable - WB/InStyle after-party

Odette Anable – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odd – maybe not really bad, but not great, either

Of course, there were a few odd-looking gowns, from my point of view.  I saw a few such outfits and found it somehow tough to decide if I liked them or not, and whenever I have to second-guess if I like them or not, then I know they don’t work for me.  Jennifer Lawrence seemed to arrive to general acclaim, but I remain undecided about her gown.  Sexy?  Sure.  Classy?  Again, sure.  But the circular black stripes – I just didn’t love the overall look.  What can I say?  Ok, I know – if were were out to dinner and she were wearing a dress anything like that one, I’d be knocked out.  Even so, when compared to some of the dresses worn by other women at the event, I think it takes somewhat of a back seat.

I really like Alyssa Milano – I’ve liked her for a long time – but I don’t know what she was thinking.  She’s got some figure, but this dress was ill-fitting and strangely conservative – almost dowdy.  Nope, not a good choice, love. When I saw Julia Roberts arrive, I thought, at first, “What a stylish look.”  Then I saw that she was wearing a very low-cut gown with apparently a men’s white white dress shirt, I reconsidered.  Julia so often looks incredible that seeing her in an outfit like this is a disappointment.

Crystal Reed’s outfit was not a success, perhaps a near-miss.  What seemed like horizontal-oriented stripes (maybe stripes is a bad description – ruffles?) were contrasted against a vest that was reminiscent of a bullfighter’s vest.  The combination was simply not complementary.  I couldn’t figure out Emilia Clarke’s gown, either.  What kind of print is that?  Protozoan?  Jeez, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single-celled animal print dress before.  Leopard, zebra, tiger, even ocelot – yes – but never something like this.  She’s a beautiful sexy woman who chose unwisely.  The dress that Elisabeth Rohm wore at The Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party wasn’t exactly bad, but I don’t think it was successful, either.  She looked very nice, but the dress seemed unremarkable to me, and the hairstyle wasn’t my cup of tea, either.  We already have a Pink, and one is enough, thank you very much.  That brings me to Taylor Swift.  She looked wonderful in her arrival dress – which I’ll show below – but her short, black outfit at the WB/InStyle after-party didn’t work for me at all.  I know what she was trying to do – wear something sexy, even a little edgy – but in the end, it was somehow too busy – if you want to make a statement, make a statement – but it might have a bigger payoff if you really commit.

Jennifer Lawrence - arrivals

Jennifer Lawrence – arrivals

Alyssa Milano - Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party

Alyssa Milano – Weinstein Company/Netflix after-party

Crystal Reed - WB/InStyle after-party

Crystal Reed – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tayloer Swift - WB/InStyle after-party

Tayloer Swift – WB/InStyle after-party

Elisabeth Rohm - Weinstein Company/Netflix after=party

Elisabeth Rohm – Weinstein Company/Netflix after=party

Julia Roberts - arivals

Julia Roberts – arivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just plain bad

There were several downright bad outfits, too.  I can’t for the life of me figure out Patricia Arquette’s thought process.  Her dress seemed to consist of a badly-fitting black, floor-length gown at the bottom, with a white satin top.  She wasn’t done yet.  SHe also was wearing vest-like cover-up with lace sleeves near the wrest, while the rest of it appeared to have gone through a shredder.  This outfit was perhaps the worst dress of the night.  Maggie Q’s outfit at the HBO after-party was very nearly a pants-suit.  Black slacks and a black suit-jacket top – was that something she had in her personal collection or did a stylist “help” her shoose it?  Either way, it was, I should say, ill-advised.

Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette

Maggie Q - HBO after-party

Maggie Q – HBO after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant

Let’s move on to happier results.  First I have to mention Sandra Bullock.  She was at the top of my “sexy yet elegant” list.  I suppose it was a little more revealing than we usually see from Sandra, but the whole story – a beautiful gown with large, bold color sections and an elegant (there’s that word again) hairdo – but she was the very picture of style.

Taylor Swift’s dress showed how well simplicity can be executed.  Simple in design, perhaps, but sophisticated and very attractive.  Top it off with a very appropriate hairstyle and you have a winner.

Hayden Panettiere was possibly the biggest, happiest surprises of the night for me.  She wore a dress that was form-fitting without being skintight, with a thigh-high slit. This was such a good choice!  She is another petite celebrity, and this outfit seemed to make her look taller.  The accessories – large, ball-shaped earrings and a large diamond brooch were fine additional touches.  I liked this one a lot.

Maggie Grace and Juliana Margulies looked terrific, as well.  From what I’ve seen so far, a lot of people were far more taken with Juliana than I was, but I have to give credit where credit is due – she looked beautiful.  At the WB/InStyle after-party, Amanda Righetti wore a slinky, pale gold dress that showed off her incredible figure.  Along with Hayden, Amanda was probably my second happiest surprise.  This was some dress!  Paz Vega, also at the WB/InStype after-party, looked positively glamorous.  And that smile!  It was nice to see someone who looked genuinely happy to be at the event.

Sandra Bullock - arrivals

Sandra Bullock – arrivals

Juliana Margulies - arrivals

Juliana Margulies – arrivals

Hayden Panettiere- arrivals

Hayden Panettiere- arrivals

Amanda Righetti - WB/InStyle after-party

Amanda Righetti – WB/InStyle after-party

Taylor Swift - arrivals

Taylor Swift – arrivals

Paz Vega - W/InStyle after-party

Paz Vega – W/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaw-dropping incredible display

We now come to the “Oh my God!” portion of our show.  I admit – and I’m sure many, if not most, of you have to agree – these are the dresses we’ll talk about the most.  Usually this means Cleavage City, but it ani’t necessarily so.  Let’s take a look at the perhaps unsubtle, knock-you-right-out dresses that make us watch these kinds of awards shows.

First up is Kate Beckinsale.  Kate, all I can say is, “Thank you!”  For whatever reason, she’s never been a favorite of mine – there are too many other celebrities that I like a lot more – but when a beautiful woman wears a dress like this, it makes me very happy.

Next, at the WB/InStyle after-party (Good grief, this must have been some party!  Can you say “Eye candy?”) we have Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Miranda Kerr and Sofia “I own this place!” Vergara.  I’ll get back to Sofia in a moment.

It seems that Vanessa used the occasion to make a statement – “Hey!  I’m not a little girl any more!”  Vanessa, we know!  Ever since seeing her in a bikini in Spring Breakers, we’ve known!  I don’t need any more convincing but it certainly is welcome, so long as she doesn’t go over the edge a la Miley Cyrus.

Julianne Hough found a form-fitting – dare I say, tight-fitting – black dress that managed to be revealing, and see-through in parts, yet covered – a very fine discovery, if you ask me.  Supermodel Miranda Kerr wore a dress that perhaps few other woman could wear.  It looks as if it’s made up of separate front and back sections, laced together, showing her bare back, hips and legs – incredible!

Now for Sofia.  What can I say?  Some pundits have criticized her for always wearing the same kind of dress at these events.  My reply is, “Yeah?  So?”  I say, “Oh, Sofia!”  At the after-party she wore a very slinky , sparkly dress with a very wide, deeply-plunging cut that showed off her celebrated assets.  That would have been enough of a triumph for some women, but that was merely Chapter 2 for her – take a look at the much more elegant, arrival-appropriate but still knockout-quality arrival gown.  Do you have any doubt that everybody whipped their heads around to ogle Sofia when she arrived?  You probably wouldn’t want to place any bets on that.

One of the first arrivals was The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch.  Melissa may be petite – for Heaven’s sake, they’ve used the quip “teeny, tiny body” on the show – but when she’s on the red carpet, she’s dynamite.   She wore a canary yellow dress that had some toga-like features, yet must have been from a stylist who normally works with Sofia Vergara.   This dress sure got my attention.

There were two others in the “jaw-dropping” category that I want to mention.  Cassie Scerbo wore a black dress with such a large slit that almost seemed as if she could remove the skirt section of the dress, revealing culottes underneath.  Of course this wasn’t the case, but it sure made me sit up and take notice!

This brings me to Margot Robbie.  She was in the short-lived TV series “Pan Am” but because it wasn’t around for so long she still seems like a newcomer.  Her thigh-high slit, sparkle-trimmed, almost skin-tight white dress will no doubt be talked about for a long time.  I know I’ll be happy to talk about it.  The slit – not exactly on the side – showed lots of leg as she walked down the red carpet, and she looked so stunning that the phrase “head-turner” couldn’t have been overused.

Julianne Hough - WB/InStyle after-party

Julianne Hough – WB/InStyle after-party

Sofia Vergara - arrivals

Sofia Vergara – arrivals

Sofia Vergara - WB/InStyle after-party

Sofia Vergara – WB/InStyle after-party

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margot Robbie - arrivals

margot Robbie – arrivals

Melissa Rauch - arrivals

Melissa Rauch – arrivals

Heidi Klum - arrivals

Heidi Klum – arrivals

Miranda Kerr - WB/InStyle after-party

Miranda Kerr – WB/InStyle after-party

Vanessa Hudgens - WB/InStyle after-party

Vanessa Hudgens – WB/InStyle after-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the night

Maria Menounos will probably never win an Oscar or an Emmy or a Golden Globe award or a Tony or a BAFTA award or even a Deutsche Fernsehpreis, but she is spectacular.  Her fuchsia-colored gown, with numerous strategic cut-outs, was, for me, the most amazing-fitting dress I saw all night.  It wasn’t exactly tight – rather, it was molded to her amazing figure.  Top that off with a simple but refined hair style, and you end up with a goddess-like aura that not only knocked me out, but knocked me out way more than anyone else.  It definitely wasn’t the most revealing dress of the night, but to me it was the sexiest, and the one out of all of them that I have the hardest time forgetting.

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Fashions at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

Hooray!  The Hollywood awards show season has officially begun.  With the advent of the People’s Choice Awards on January 8th, we are in the midst of an ongoing feast for the eyes, knowing, as we do, how the women of the big screen (movies) and much smaller screen (TV) dress up for such events.

I’ll be the first to admit that I look forward to such events in the hopes that a number of women will wear dresses or gowns or some kind of outfit that’s very revealing, or even borderline scandalous.  I’ll get to a few examples of such outfits shortly.  First, let’s take a deserved look at a few celebrities whose outfits were attention-getting not because there were over-the-top sexy, but because they were sexy yet classy and stylish.

Leading this group were Sandra Bullock, Naya Rivera,

Sandra Bullock - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Sandra Bullock – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Juliana Margulies - 2014 People's Choice Awards - show

Juliana Margulies – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – show

 

Lucy Hale - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Lucy Hale – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

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Naya Rivera – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – press room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few outfits that look seem almost too sexy to be called really refined, but not as outrageous as the jaw-dropping ones seen a bit further below.

When I saw Melissa, my reaction was, “Wow!  She looks great!  You never see her like that on The BIg Bang Theory!”  Taylor Spreitler and Adelaide Kane are certainly dressed attractively, yet appropriate for women so young.  They don’t look inappropriately provocative, as a smiliaarly young Miley Cyrus has obviously never learned.  And Kaley?  At the moment, it seems that Kaley – like Sandra – can do no wrong.  She’s got the looks and the persona that allow her to dress to impress and shout, “Look at me!” yet remain tasteful.

Melissa Rauch - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Melissa Rauch – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Taylor Spreitler - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Taylor Spreitler – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

 

Adelaide Kane - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Adelaide Kane – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Kaley Cuoco - 2014 People's Choice Awards - press room

Kaley Cuoco – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – press room

 

Here are some examples of the very nice-looking outfits that were quite nice, but somehow a little restrained – and in a couple of instances, perhaps almost too restrained.  It’s probably unfair to show Melissa Joan Hart in this kind of category, but it’s a little tough to classify.  After all, she looks great, and she’s showing a fair amount of leg, and I do like the dress and wanted to show a picture of her – but I just didn’t know where to place it.

That brings us to Emily Deschanel.  I think she’s a beautiful woman and I like her a lot.  She’s very talented, popular and successful, but somehow at events like this, she manages to choose a gown or dress that’s on the verge of being dowdy.  Maybe in this case that’s not truly reasonable, but that was, after all, my first impression.

Melissa Joan hart - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Melissa Joan hart – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Emily Deschanel - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Emily Deschanel – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

 

And here are the outfits many of us are most interested in seeing, if we’re really honest.   I’m talking about the kind of gown that makes you say, “Holy moley!  She’s about to pop out of that dress!” or, “How does that dress stay up?” or, “Does she know we can see right through it?”  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not upset about this – these dresses always make me very happy.

About all I can say about Malin Akerman’s dress is, “Thank you, Malin!  Thank you very much!”  And, I might add, “Yesssss!”

When I saw Kat Dennings’ arrival dress, I thought, “Holy mackerel!”  Kind of tough to tear my eyes away from her.  Then again, this is pretty typical for her, but hey, why not?  She’s blessed with the assets and proud to show them off.  Who am I to argue?  I hope she stays in the public for a long time to come.

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi – you don’t have to prove anything to me!  In the last couple of years, she’s been wearing similar traffic-stopping gowns – maybe as a statement to the world after her divorce, and maybe as a self-confidence affirmation – whatever it is, I approve.  Just take a look at her dress at the 2013 American Music Awards, the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the 2013 Academy Awards – Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party (incredible!) the “Nebraska” premiere at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival or MTV’s 2012 European Music Awards. (Also, truly incredible!)  I mean, really!  Heidi, I believe!

Then there is Jessica Alba.  Good grief, she seems to have the world at her feet.  She’s wearing a skin-tight, low-cut, zipper-front, almost bondage-themed dress that like several others that night, made me say, “Oh, holy moley!”  But the thing is, however else the dress may look, or whatever it may represent, it seems to have an element of elegance.  Sure, that seems contradictory, but I think it’s a fair opinion, and the look certainly works for me.  No complaints here.

Malin Akerman - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Malin Akerman – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Kat Dennings - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Kat Dennings – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Heidi Klum - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Heidi Klum – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Jessica Alba - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Jessica Alba – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

Jennifer Hudson’s dress belongs in the super-sexy category, since it takes an incredible figure and a lot of self-confidence to wear a outfit like this, but it seems somehow elegant – but it’s almost celebratory, a statement dress.  I’d imagine that relatively few women can wear a dress like that, and at 32, she’s on top of her game.  In addition, was at the show to receive the “Favorite Humanitarian” award, in recognition for her charity work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she formed with her sister Julia Hudson in memory of her nephew following his murder (and that of her mother and brother) in 2008.  It’s pretty tough to argue with that.

Jenifer Hudson - 2014 People's Choice Awards - arrivals

Jenifer Hudson – 2014 People’s Choice Awards – arrivals

There are plenty of celebrities that I haven’t mentioned here.  Of course, I can’t show pictures of every celebrity who appeared at the show, let alone comment on them, because I don’t really have the space or time, and besides, that would be unfair.  There are plenty of people, and entire organizations, that make their living, from doing just that.  That’s not my sole job or responsibility so I’ll be satisfied with the pictures of the beautiful women I’ve posted here.  And just think – the Golden Globe Awards are on January 12th, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are on January 18th, and the Academy Awards are on March 2nd, 2014, so there will be plenty of more amazing pictures to follow!

The Academy Awards Best Actress 2013?

What do Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Jennifer Lawrence all have in common? All three are part of an elite group of this years five-best actresses, one of which will be presented with the Academy Award or Oscar, as its commonly known, for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Joining the line-up is veteran French actress Emmanuelle Riva, who at 85 is the oldest actress ever nominated for the coveted accolade. At the other far end of the age range is Quvenzhane Wallis, the American child actress, who has been nominated for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild and at just 9-years old, is youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. However Jennifer Lawrences critically acclaimed performance in Silver Linings Playbook looks set beat the competition and scoop the prize judging by betting odds.
This years strong crop makes predicting the winning actress even more difficult, since before the grand ceremony has been televised the results have been kept under lock and key. But, the odds provided by betting websites often accurately lean towards the winners, and with only just under 6-000 voting members of the AMPAS, most of whom are located in LA, the favourites can be heard along the grapevine by those in the city with the connections. Predicting an Oscar win can help the nominated actresses prepare for elation or disappointment, for Oscar fans, betting on the Oscar winners can add to the excitement of the event.

Oscar Winners 2010

Congratulations from Celebutopia to “The Hurt Locker” for winning Best Motion Picture and congratulations to Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Mo’Nique, and Christoph Waltz for their respective acting categories in this year’s Academy Awards.

Now can we stop talking about these films and move on?!?

Hugh Laurie Gets Snubbed @ the Emmys

The 61st Emmy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles and the predictions were pretty much true, except for ONE. In the category of Best Male Actor In A Dramatic Series, the award was given to Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad”.

You know who should’ve won that award? Hugh Laurie, that’s who! You know why he shoulda won? Because Hugh Laurie is better! Nothing against Bryan Cranston, but Hugh Laurie rules and these goddamned Emmy voters need to get their heads checked!

Farrah’s posthumous Emmy nom

fawcettThis one had snuck by me, but Farrah Fawcett has been posthumously nominated for an Emmy award.

The late actress received the nod for her role as executive producer of the documentary that chronicled her final fight against cancer, “Farrah’s Story,” which aired shortly before she died last month.

The star has been nominated for an Emmy three times but has never won. As Heath Ledger could testify (if he was still alive… which would totally negate my point here), being dead basically guarantees an Emmy.

Fawcett’s long-time lover, Ryan O’Neal, said Thursday as the awards were announced: “I know that she is smiling that fabulous smile right now in heaven, and that she is grateful the show has been so well received not only by her peers in the industry but by the public at large.”

In other Emmy news, “Grey’s Anatomy” star and one of the nominations announcers Chandra Wilson was tricked by the show’s organizers into thinking she hadn’t been nominated.

“We did the rehearsal ahead of time and went down the teleprompter three times. My name wasn’t there, so I was like, ‘Cool,’ but I’d been completely duped,” said Wilson, who’s up for two awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.

The 61st Emmy Awards will be hosted by “How I Met Your Mother” actor Neil Patrick Harris and will take place Sept. 20.

2009 Primetime Emmy nominations

emmysThere were the occasional surprises this morning (“Family Guy” made from the animated category to the newly premiered comedy category) during the Emmy nominations and mostly some adorable reactions from announcers Jim Parsons and Chandra Rimes when they were both nominated. The cable networks continued to dominate the landscape of the 2009 Primetime Emmy nominations, this year chosen entirely by popular vote from the academy. Check out whether your fave got a nod or not below:

Outstanding Comedy Series: Entourage, Family Guy, The Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, 30 Rock, Weeds

Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad, Damages, Dexter, House M.D., Lost, Mad Men, Big Love

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Real Time with Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race, American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef

Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Coco Chanel, Grey Gardens, Into the Storm, Prayer for Bobby, Taking Chance

Outstanding Miniseries: Generation Kill, Little Dorrit

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carrell (The Office), Jemaine Clement (The Flight of the Conchords), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House M.D.)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance), Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Kevin Kline (Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac), Ian McKellen (King Lear), Kiefer Sutherland (24: Redemption)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Christina Applegate (Samantha Who), Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Glenn Close (Damages), Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters), Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens), Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens), Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel), Chandra Wilson (Accidental Friendship), Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby)

Winners will be announced Sept. 20.

Neil Patrick Harris to host Emmys

harrisNeil Patrick Harris is going to light up one more awards show. The “How I Met Your Mother” star has been given the job of hosting this year’s Emmy Awards.

He hosted the Tony Awards in June and impressed Emmy bosses with his work there.

Harris said of his new job, “After having had such a hoot hosting the Tonys, I was thrilled to get the call about the prime-time Emmys. I’m looking forward to the challenge of the show – adding my own voice to it, while honoring the nominees and the entire year in television. But which voice to choose? I’m torn between gangsta, foppish Brit, and robot. Really proud of my robot. We’ll see what happens on the night.”

The ceremony is set for Sept. 20 in Los Angeles.

Bruno pisses off Eminem

MTV Movie Awards ShowEminem was not in on the joke, it seems. Of course, neither was I since it didn’t seem particularly funny, but me storming out of my living room isn’t very dramatic. The rapper stormed out of the MTV Movie Awards when Sacha Baron Cohen, in the guise of his alterego Bruno, landed naked on Eminem’s lap.

Cohen flew into the auditorium overhead in a dove outfit, chanting, “Ich bin Bruno. Ich bin dove of peace.”

He then landed upside down on Eminem’s lap with his naked backside revealed for all the world to see.

Eminem screamed, “Are you serious? Are you f*ckin’ serious?” as his entourage rushed to get Bruno off the rapper.

As a suspended Cohen kidded, “Is the real Slim Shady about to stand up?” Eminem and his entourage hauled ass out of there.

‘Twilight’ sucks MTV Movie Awards dry

MTV Movie Awards ShowNot surprisingly, “Twilight” kicked some major ass at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night. Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet started out the night with the award for best fight, then Pattinson and Kristen Stewart teased a remake of their trembling on-screen kiss when they nabbed the award for best kiss.

Robert Pattinson got best breakthrough male and Stewart got female performance.

Heath Ledger got a posthumous best villain award for his role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” co-star Ashley Tisdale got female breakthrough performance. Zac Efron won best male performance for “HSM 3″ and Jim Carrey got best comedic performance for “Yes Man.” Amy Poehler gave a bleepingly good acceptance speech for Best WTF moment thanks to her efforts peeing in the sink in “Baby Mama”

And, since this is theoretically on the Music Television Network, Miley Cyrus took home the best song award for “The Climb” from “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”

“Twilight” concluded its award sweep with best movie and a crazy big thanks to Stephenie Meyer (not-so-shockingly the Mormon author was not in attendance).

MTV Movie Awards seating drama

portWe’re less than an hour away from the actual awards, but already we’ve got drama. According to Page Six, producers panicked when preparing the seating chart.

“A producer looked at the original seating chart and realized the whole thing had to be reworked because so many people in the house hated one another,” said the source. Among the conflicts:

“The Hills” Whitney Port had to be moved away from “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart because Port once called the movie (up for seven awards) “really bad” and found Stewart’s role “one-dimensional.”

Her co-stars also needed some space – Lauren Conrad away from Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Port and the rest of “The Hills” cast from Audrina Partridge because “everyone on the show hated her,” a producer was overheard saying. Likewise, Paris Hilton had to be moved away from “The Hills” cast after recently calling the show “so lame and fake” and “cheesy.”

Miley Cyrus and fellow Disney darlings Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens needed distance from Nickelodeon stars Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”) and Keke Palmer (“True, Jackson”) because Nickelodeon’s reps felt that “all the Disney kids are tainted.” (Cyrus had semi-nude photos in Vanity Fair and Hudgens had fully nude photos floating around the web)

“Basically, it sounded like all hell had broken loose trying to fit all these people into one room,” said the source.

Chris Pine to boldly present at MTV Awards

movieawardsThe MTV 2009 Movie Awards will have plenty of star power this weekend. The network announced that its presenters will include Chris Pine, Kiefer Sutherland, the Sacha Baron Cohen character Bruno, Leann Rimes, Ed Helms, Anna Faris, Justin Bartha and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

The previously announced presenters are Will Ferrell, Cameron Diaz, Vanessa Hudgens, Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Leighton Meester, Jonah Hill and Lil Wayne.

Andy Samberg will host and Eminem and Kings of Leon will perform.

The show is set to air Sunday, May 31.

Samuel L. Jackson hosting the motherf*cking ESPYs again

jacksonSamuel L. Jackson will be back as host of the ESPY Awards for the fourth time this summer.

The actor hosted the award ceremony, honoring the year’s top sports performances and moments in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

The show is moving from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

It will air July 19 on ESPN.

Cosby to get Twain Prize

cosbyBill Cosby will succeed George Carlin as this year’s Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor, one of the top prizes in the country.

The beloved comic will receive the award at a gala in October.

The Twain Prize recognizes individuals who have impacted American society.

Cosby received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in July 2002.

Penn and Portman had Oscar night hookup?

20080525_zaf_g84_172.jpgNatalie, say it ain’t so. Star’s April 6 issue reports that married actor Sean Penn was spotted in a passionate embrace with actress Natalie Portman on Oscar night.

He started out the night with wife Robin Wright Penn on his arm, but after dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar on March 17, was spotted with Portman.

The magazine claims that Penn and Portman were “constantly touching each other.”

“They went to a bank of elevators that only goes to the spa or to private rooms,” an eyewitness told Star. “They came back about 45 minutes later, and that’s when I saw them making out.”

“There’s a door outside of the hotel’s Tower Bar that has a bridge to the terrace, so it’s semi-private,” the eyewitness explained. “I used that path to get to the restroom, and when I came back, I had to go through some curtains – and that’s when I interrupted Sean and Natalie! When they saw me, they were startled and quickly composed themselves.”

Samberg to host MTV Movie Awards

sambergAndy Samberg is going from having his dick in a box and ji– in his pants to popcorn in his hands. The Saturday Night Live funnyman has been tapped to host the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

“I’m super excited to host the movie awards,” Samberg said in a statement. “I grew up watching the show and a lot of the past hosts are heroes of mine. Plus, my friends (in the Lonely Island troupe) and I were writers for the show prior to working at ‘SNL,’ so it will be a sweet and satisfying homecoming. I can’t wait to act really important.”

The 18th annual MTV Movie Awards will air live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Past Movie Awards hosts include Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon, Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake.

Samberg has a new movie with Paul Rudd called “I Love You Man” and a full-length comedy album with Lonely Island (the minds that helped him bring his memorable digital shorts), “Incredibad.”

Crowd welcomes ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ kids

slumdog2The child stars of the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” returned to India on Thursday to a heroes’ welcome.

Hundreds of well-wishers waited for them at the Mumbai airport. The kids were escorted by dozens of police through the crowds.

The four children, Ayush Khedekar, Tanay Hemant Chheda, Tanvi Lonkar, and Rubina Ali Qureshi, came out with arms around each other’s shoulders. Ali carried a small fluffy brown toy bunny.

The group, whose movie won eight Oscars Sunday, waved and blew kisses to the crowd.

Khedekar, 8, who played the youngest version of Jamal, the main character in the film, was hoisted onto someone’s shoulders before the child actors were whisked away in a waiting car.

The film’s Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman and sound engineer Resul Pookutty were showered with flower petals by cheering crowds in their hometowns.

Rahman led the dancing crowd in chants of “Jai Ho,” which means “Be victorious.”