I'm dedicating this post to my mom today. I'm missing my dear mama this morning very much. We would always go over all the Oscar dresses together the next day. Mom always knew what looked classic and beautiful. I'm thankful for her impeccable taste and all the years we watched together. My dad and I both agreed mom would have loved Jennifer Hudson's simple chic dress the most.
Jennifer Hudson really was perfection in the is simply elegant Romona Keveza.
This was a different Oscars. Neil Patrick Harris did a fine job, but wasn't particularly funny. It was a more serious show as many of the nominated films gave attention to causes like Alzheimer's, ALS, civil rights and unsung and maligned heroes like Alan Turing. I was hoeing Boyhood would win and was surprised about Birdman. I also loved Wild and The Imitation Game. Wish I saw Selma and a few of the others.. Still hoping too.
On the red carpet Reese Witherspoon started a little movement to get interviewers to ask some 'real' questions about actor's films and their careers instead of just who they were wearing.
Reese's Instagram she used to start this.
Lena Dunham joined in with this Tweet as did many others.
I agree as it's all about promoting designers and I'd much rather know about the person and their journey to this point. Reese's #ASKHERMORE produced better interviews on the carpet though to be honest they are always phony and a bit gushy to me. I still miss Joan Rivers!!
Highlights of the show were the musical numbers- Gaga's tribute to The Sound of Music, and Common and John Legend's wonderful performance of 'Glory' from Selma. The rest was a little dry.
Here's my own picks for best looks this year....
Naomi Watt's look reminded me of Jean Harlow and was chic and fun.
Rosamund Pike in Givenchy. Her hair was very cool in a modern knot.
Strapless was the biggest look last night and very flattering on so many....
Laura Dern in Alberta Feretti. She was excellent as Reese Witherspoon's mom in Wild.
Nicole Kidman's in a delicate Louis Vuitton. She needs a few pounds on her.
LOVED Julianne Moore's dress which supposedly took 900 hours of workmanship from the Chanel Haute Couture people. I still haven't seen the film yet, but she's been nominated five times and was heading for Susan Lucci territory, but finally won last night for Best Actress.
Chloe Grace Moretz wore Miu Miu as did Kerry Washington...
White was popular, but sadly the amazing detail of some of these gowns get lost in photos.
The stylish Rene Russo in J. Mendel.
Lupita Nyongo in a pearl Calvin Klein.
Marion Cotilliard in Dior was another of my top picks.
So was Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji. The color and details of this was beyond lovely as is she. I thought the bit with Neil Patrick Harris was stupid and degrading.
Cate Blanchett did her own thing and was one of the few to wear black. This was by Galliano for Margiela and I liked the unfinished edges- again hard to see the detail in photographs.
Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta. So ladylike, but not sure about this hairdo.
A more intimate view of the night was shared by some from Instagram accounts...
Gwyneth in a pink Ralph & Russo at home before leaving for the awards.
I want her house! I think her decorator is Windsor Smith.
Reese Witherspoon looked terrific in Tom Ford.
It appears she snapped this from a hotel where she probably got ready as many do.
This woman is my hero! I was thrilled Patricia Arquette won as she was so good in Boyhood as the struggling single mom. I love that she used her speech to speak out for wage equality for women and equal rights! She also told the red carpet hawks that she didn't get a manicure as she was too busy working on her Givelove.org global charity. Go Patricia! Her dress was made by her childhood pal Rosanna Getty.
Now for the couples...
Adore Steve Carrell and his wife Nancy. He was terrific too and also deserved to win Best Actor.
Best actor winner Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah. Her dress by McQueen was fabulous. He was deserving of the award too.
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish. He's so funny and she's elegance personified in this.
Newlyweds Ben Cumberbatch and his pretty wife Sophie.
Faith's Hill's daring new cut is bold and I think she looks great. Tim's not bad either.
A few misses in my opinion...
Jessica Chastian's dress was matronly and looked like something Sophia Loren would wear. Who the heck chose this for her?
I could think of when Lady Gaga came out was dishwashing gloves. I'm not a fan of this dress or the sleeves either. She did an amazing job on her tribute to Sound of Music and onstage was lovely.
This looked too old for Emma Stone and her hair was funky.
Cute Felicity Jones looked bridal. Maybe it was the color?
I really want hear what you all think about the show and the dresses.
Tell me your favorites and what you thought of the show.
Images via Pinterest, NYtimes,Washington Post