Last night Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosted the 82nd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony and brought a Martin & Lewis-like lightness to the show that hadn't been there in years.
There were a few surprises that ruined my chances of winning some Oscar ballot booty, but they were good surprises with The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow beating out her ex, Avatar's James Cameron, in the Best Director category (making history as the 1st woman to take home the statue for directing). Kathryn also won the biggest award of the night for Best Picture. Ahh, sweet revenge. You might have been the King of the World over a decade ago Jimbo, but your ex-wife is now the Queen. Bow down before her and enjoy your Visual Effects win.
Fashionably speaking, the fanciest frocks of the night ran the gamut from Posh to Ginger and Baby Spice with black beaded encrusted and metallic gowns, to scarlet fever hued haute couture creations and pink and purple prom ready confections.
No one looked Scary Spice though, which is a good thing.
My award for Best Dressed goes to the angel who wore Prada. Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan for An Education channeled both Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow last night, with her Rosemary's Babyish blond cropped do and her black Prada gown that was age appropriate, graceful, daring and a bit on the rebellious rock star side without being over the top...the stuff that every memorable Oscar gown is made of.
My second favorite dress was worn by the ever so romantic, always simple, always elegant Rachel McAdams who flowed down the red carpet and the stage as a presenter in a soft, ethereal print Elie Saab gown that was truly a work of art.
There was a definite Old Hollywood vibe in the air with the glamour gal duo from The Holiday - Cameron Diaz who glowed in a beaded Oscar de la Renta gown with Veronica Lake side swept hair and the regal Kate Winslet, ending her reign as Best Actress in a structured metallic YSL creation that had a hint of the days of old, but will not be forgotten.
Best dressed boys? Tie between Twilight's Taylor Lautner and the Prince of Persia Jake Gyllenhaal. Yum.
Most improved: You were at the bottom of my lists last year and look at you now. Meryl Streep - In an exquisitely flattering crisp white gown designed by surprise surprise, Project Runway's usually campy contestant, Chris March.
With the good comes the bad. Here were my worst dressed:
Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel. I adore you Carrie Bradshaw, but this mellow yellow shade cast a similar yellow glow to your teeth and you looked older than your years with your Maude'ish dress and Big Mac of a bun... and hello, flyaways.
Best Supporting Actress Nominee Anna Kendrick - Your pale Elie Saab gown was lovely, but the muted color washed you out, so you came off looking more like a vampire like than any of your Twilight saga Cullen co-stars.
Zoe Saldana - You've been doing so well this award season, taking risks and standing out, but although your lilac Givency gown was decent on top, it appeared as if a gang of Muppets were fighting under your skirts, not to mention the fact that the slit down the center almost brought a Basic Instinct element to the evening.
Charlize Theron - In my opinion you are one of the most gorgeous creatures that has ever graced the red carpet. Why are you covering up your spectacular boobs with a pair of strategically placed Cinnabons?