No, it’s not Christmas. It’s awards season! There’s a mere four days left until I spend an entire Sunday engulfed in all things Oscars and I couldn’t be more excited.
The Oscars are by far my favorite award show for many, many reasons. First, the red carpet fashion doesn’t compare to anything else. Other award shows (i.e. The Golden Globes, The Grammy’s) call for off-the-mark, bold fashion choices. But, the Academy Awards represent class, sophistication and glamour and each invitee’s style choices must reflect this timeless tradition. Plus, this awards show brings together only the best of the best in the film industry, what could be better?
The coverage of the Oscars compares to nothing else. On Sunday, I will plop down on the couch with all of my devices (and chargers, as they’ll surely die from extreme over-use) starting at 12:30pm central time and tune right into E! (where else?!) to watch my favorite correspondents spend countless pre-red carpet hours discussing the night’s expected fashion trends, the most-anticipated after-parties and the likely winners. Yes, the coverage is extensive and most people would think I’m crazy to invest a whole day watching this stuff. But it only happens once a year and I don’t care what you say, it’s totally worth every minute.
The best, of course, is watching each celeb arrive on the red carpet. I will likely be freaking out and frantically live-tweeting the emergence of my favorite stars and making rash judgments on what they’re wearing. And, I live for red carpet interviews with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic. Besides the classic (and required) question, “Who are you wearing?” I love hearing about how they chose their gown, got ready for the event, what they’re most excited or nervous about, who they’d love to meet, etc. Jennifer Lawrence is my absolute favorite to watch on the red-carpet as she’s always so painfully honest and candid during interviews (see “armpit vagina,” and “I’m starving!”). E! also gets crazy amounts of red carpet coverage bonus points for their GlamCam and ManiCam.
Ellen DeGeneres is hosting this year (her second time!), so the show is sure to be endlessly entertaining and hilarious. The last time she hosted was in 2007 (check out her opening monologue), so she’s long overdue. In fact, I’d vote for Ellen to host every Academy Awards until the end of time if it’ll save us from another year of Seth MacFarlane hosting. The line-up of presenters and performers also looks amazing, (hellooo Idina Menzel singing “Let it Go” and Pharrell singing “Happy”) so I’ll definitely be glued to the TV the entire show.
This year’s Academy Awards additionally has the best crop of Best Picture nominees I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve tried my best to watch all nine of the nominated films (still need to watch the last three by Sunday!), and have thoroughly enjoyed watching each one. These stories are diverse, interesting and enthralling and I honestly can’t decide which has been my favorite. I loved The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Gravity and Dallas Buyer’s Club. Notable mentions definitely go to Captain Phillips and Her. Stay tuned for a later post about my specific predictions for the winners of each award!
With such a short time left leading up to the show, I’ve loved reading all the Tweets and articles about all things Academy Awards, especially the speculation of who will walk away with an Oscar based on previous wins this awards season. But, my pick for best award season article of late, published on the HuffPost Celebrity Blog, is “21 Oscar ‘Firsts’ And Other Trivia You May Be Surprised to Learn.” Here are my eight, favorite little-known Academy Awards facts and tidbits…
- The first Academy Awards, which was the only ceremony to not be broadcast on radio or television, took place in May, 1929 took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and lasted only 15 minutes.
- The phrase “And the winner is…” was replaced with “And the Oscar goes to…” in 1989 to imply that every nominee is a winner, regardless of actually earning the coveted award.
- In 1931, Norma Shearer announced herself as the winner of the Best Actress award. This was the last time a nominated actor presented an award for his or her own category.
- The first actor to turn down his Best Actor award was George C. Scott in 1970.
- Toto (aka Terry) from “The Wizard of Oz” received a Best Supporting Actor nod, but lost.
- The first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture was 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
- The first and only tie in the Best Actress category went to Barbara Streisand and Katherine Hepburn for their 1968 films.
- Director Steven Spielberg collected his first Oscar in 1996 by purchasing the award for $550,000 at an auction. He went on to win his own in 1999.
So, you’ve been totally forewarned that I will be live-tweeting and generally freaking-out the entirety of Sunday, so don’t blame me for taking over your social media. Here’s hoping you’ll still like me after awards season is over!