The 85th Academy Awards – Part 1

It seems only fitting that my last two Pop Culture blogs for Families will be about the Oscars.  If you’ve ever read any of my blogs around this time of year, you know how much I love this ceremony.  Yesterday, I turned E! on at 12:30 to begin my pre-Red Carpet coverage and finally turned the television off at 11:30 – 11 hours later.

There were a lot of beautiful dresses.  Although Jessica Chastain didn’t win Best Actress, she was beautiful from head to toe.  Perhaps the Best Actress winner, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, should take a cue from Chastain and go with a bit less dress on the bottom.  If you missed it, Lawrence took a tumble up the stairs on the way to accepting her Oscar last night.

I also thought Jennifer Hudson looked fabulous in her blue Roberto Cavalli dress and boy, did she belt out “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.”

But, there were two older actresses that could teach all the younger ones a thing or two.  Jane Fonda caught my eye on the Red Carpet, even though Ryan Seacrest didn’t talk to her.  She looked simply stunning – more like 45 than the 75 she actually is.  While the people on E! admitted yellow was a hard dress to wear on the Red Carpet, Fonda did it with class and style.

Another lady looking fabulous last night was Barbra Streisand.  She sang “The Way We Were” after the In Memoriam montage.  At 70, Streisand is a few years behind Fonda, but still pulled off 70 much better than some in the crowd pulled off 30 or 40.

Big wins for the night were Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained – what a class act he is!) and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables).  I don’t think it surprised anyone that Daniel Day Lewis became the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars, this time for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.  And, who knew he was so funny?  I loved his speech about how he was pegged to play Margaret Thatcher and Meryl Streep (who presented the award to him – how fitting!) was Spielberg’s first choice for Lincoln.

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About Libby Pelham

I have always loved to write and gives me the opportunity to share my passion for writing with others. I work full-time as a web developer at UTHSC and most of my other time is spent with my son (born 2004). I love everything pop culture, but also enjoy writing about green living (it has opened my eyes to many things!) and health (got to worry about that as you get older!).