So, it wasn’t the most surprising of Oscar ceremonies. That’s why we have to thank the women who made things interesting with their sartorial choices — all that color, all those sequins and pleats, all those perfect silhouettes served to liven up the self-congratulatory goings on at the Kodak Theatre. Gwyneth Paltrow swooped in wearing a cape, guys. And Angelina Jolie’s slinky Versace made her actually act silly in public, which is a virtue we didn’t know dresses possessed. Viola Davis’ Vera Wang should make actual emeralds feel dull by comparison. And we don’t even know what the color of Michelle Williams’ gown is, it’s just perfect.
Our next door neighbor, a former fashion editor, has been texting us all night with the exact opposite opinions on many of these looks — she says Angie’s a mess, and Melissa Leo (whom we put in the worst-dressed list) is great — so we’re expecting more debate from you guys on this too. Flip through our top eight below and then tell us what you think. Who did we miss? Who doesn’t deserve our praise? Sound off in the comments!
Tonight, the 2012 Oscars rewarded the talented, entertained the masses and reminded us all about the impeachable hotness of Jennifer Lopez. Seriously. Yikes. They also made us wince with humiliation on more than one occasion. In fact, our top 10 most embarrassing moments were…
10) Bradley Cooper‘s mustache: Bradley was looking a little like a male stripper this evening. Not that that’s the worst way for him to look…
9) Jennifer Lopezand Cameron Diaz’s booty shot: “Just take a chance!” Cammie laughed as she and JLo turned their bums to the audience during their Best Makeup presentation. We get it, ladies. There’s not a chance we weren’t going to love your butts.
8 ) Cirque de Soleil dancer biffs it hard: One unfortunate performer bit it during the troupe’s acrobatic dance performance. Unless his fall was intentional? You can never tell with those French Canadians…
7) Billy Crystalripping on Christopher Plummer’s age: Crystal snarked that the 82-year-old Best Supporting Actor winner might “wander off” the stage. You know, ’cause he’s old!
6) That weird buzzing feedback: It was like someone’s phone was going off in the third row. For three hours. Read more…
Films, performances and songs get judged at the Oscars, as do the fashion styles and makeup. But what about the boobs, bums and other body parts that make the night unforgettable? If you ask us, the Oscars definitely need to add a category. So, tonight we’re going to change all that and give you our picks for the best body parts of the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Very appropriate, given that Angelina Jolie’s leg (@angiesrightleg) must be setting some kind of record for most Twitter followers for a limb gained in a single evening. From Jennifer Lopez’s almost wardrobe malfunction to Billy Crystal’s epic jowls, we have our list of faves from the night. Head on down to the gallery below to check ‘em out!
Sacha Baron Cohen vowed to bring his personal brand of evil hilarity to the Oscars tonight after having his Oscar ban lifted, sashaying down the red carpet in character as the madcap despot from his upcoming film The Dictator. Cohen did his best to deliver on his insidious vow, going so far as to dump “Kim Jong Il‘s ashes” on Ryan Seacrest‘s tuxedo on his way into the Kodak Theatre. Unfortunately, the comedian’s promotional prank might have backfired, as everyone and their mother seemed to have greeted his silliness with groans and eye rolls rather than chuckles. And no, they were not groans and eye rolls of hysterical laughter…
We almost didn’t want to write this one, people. Because honestly, for the first time in as long as we can remember, there were no completely egregious fails on the Oscars red carpet tonight. No gowns made out of garbage bags, no inappropriate body parts hanging out, no missing undergarments. So what follows is a list of the people whose outfits were less than than the spectacular fashions we’ve come to expect from their kind. We think we might be struck down on our very couch for daring to criticize Meryl Streep, but that gold material looks more suited for a downtown cabaret backdrop. And Melissa McCarthy, you know we love you. But we wish you would dress to show off your curves, not drape them in bags. Also, it’s really hard for men to make this list, but we’re giving an honorary mention to Bradley Cooper and his silly mustache. You are not a Williamsburg hipster form 2010, you are the Sexiest Man Alive. Now please shave.
Of course, this is just our humble opinion. Peruse the gallery below and defend or attack as you please in the comments below!
With the exception of Sacha Baron Cohen dumping a pile of Bisquick “ashes” all over Ryan Seacrest during the live E! Pre-Show, the 2012 Academy Awards have been a bit of a snoozefest thus far. That is, until Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz took the stage to present an award. While Cameron Diaz prepared to read the winner of the Best Costume Design category, it appeared as if J.Lo’s left areola tried to escape her stunning dress. As you’ll see in the video above, it appears that someone signaled to the American Idol judge to cover up, as she demurely moved her hand to cover the offending area as quickly as possible.
Billy Crystal kicked off the Oscars with one of his signature musical medleys about the nine Best Picture nominees, and we are … on the fence. On one hand, it wouldn’t be a Billy Crystal show without some egregious puns. It just wouldn’t! On the other hand … perhaps Crystal is a little rusty. But maybe we’re being a little harsh on Billy. What did you think of how he kicked off the show? A few things to consider:
1) All the Jonah Hill weight jokes! “Jonah Hill used to have more to his middle”? “They’re serving cupcakes after the show”? Even if Jonah wasn’t looking a little heavier, this would be cringe-worthy. As it is … yikes.
2) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close jokes! “Tom Hanks is a memory”? We know it’s hard to make a musical joke about a 9/11 drama, so…maybe not make one?
3) The quietness! We literally couldn’t hear about half of the lyrics.
4) The tight shot! There’s no need to fill our TV screens with so much Billy. Just no need.
On a related note, were there any jokes in particular that tickled your funny bone and/or made you bury your face in your onion dip?
The big stars are just beginning to arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and we’re chomping at the bit to see who will shine and who will totally flop on the red carpet tonight. Just to get things warmed up, let’s take a look at the ladies who either couldn’t wait to get there, or whose publicists really wanted to assure them lengthy interviews (while all the reporters are just biding their time until Brad and Angie and George and Stacey show up). It’s the first Oscars for some, like Milla Jovovich, though you wouldn’t tell by the way she’s killing it with a dazzling sequined Elie Saab. Sequins seem to be the early trend — they’re also a big feature on Rose Byrne’s Vivienne Westwood and Ellie Kemper’s Armani Prive. Berenice Bejo is also wearing Elie Saab, but she chose beading over sequins. Berenice’s hair is our fave of the night so far — we’re kind of envying her Tyra-esque high forehead. Missi Pyle is an early winner, if only because she manages to make the phrase “cruelty-free silkworms” seem like the next big thing in fashion. Check out the gallery for our early pics below, and then watch along on MTV News’ live stream for more!
Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday. We’ve looked at Berenice Bejo’s, Shailene Woodley’s, Melissa McCarthy’s, Rooney Mara’s and Jessica Chastain’s big moments so far, and now we turn to …
What she did before 2011: A graduate of Auburn University, Octavia knew she wanted to work in the film industry, but had no idea it would end up being in front of the camera. Her film debut was appearing as a nurse in 1996’s A Time To Kill; though she was initially hired to work on the movie’s casting. After her first role, Octavia continued acting and has appeared in over 80 movies and television shows including Never Been Kissed, Being John Malkovich, The X-Files, Big Momma’s House, Bad Santa, Ugly Betty and Seven Pounds.
Sacha Baron Cohen is not happy about his potential Oscars ban, but it seems that Admiral General Aladeen is even more enraged than he. “On behalf of the nation of Wadiya, I am outraged at being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Zionists,” Cohen’scharacter from The Dictator rants in his new video. The comedian also takes a swipe at Hilary Swank for attending the birthday of Chechnyan President and alleged human rights violator Ramzan Kadyrov. We never thought we’d say this but: burn, Hilary Swank!
“While I applaud the Academy for taking away my right to free speech,” Cohen continues. “I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctions and give me my tickets back by 12 p.m. on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences.” We are praying this means the comedian will try to take the red carpet anyway; he’s the only person alive who has the guts to intentionally horrify Meryl Streep. Also intentionally horrifying? Cohen’s past movie-related pranks. Take a walk down Memory Lane to revisit the Borat star’s finest stunts, and see how his Oscars prank is measuring up so far. Just so you know: at the end of Memory Lane is Bruno in a skin-tight knit naked suit. With built-in pubes. You have been warned!
Update: According to Deadline, the Academy has decided to allow Cohen to bring general chaos to the Oscars red carpet with his Dictator stunt after all. “Does Sacha need a changing room?,” the Academy allegedly asked the comedian’s reps this afternoon. No, but his armed guards, camels and manservants might!