Oscars 2014: The Best Dressed

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Amy Adams in Gucci. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Julia Roberts in Givenchy. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta. (Photo Credit: Getty)

My 2014 Oscars Predictions

Today is the day! The Academy Awards are TONIGHT, people! In fact, there’s less than one hour to go before the red carpet and I’m totally gearing up for the best red carpet fashion and crop of award winners we’ve seen in years.

This year, I chose Glitter Guide’s “Printable 2014 Oscars Ballot” as my ballot of choice, mostly because it’s a cutely designed one-page of the top six awards that will be given out during tonight’s show. If you’d like to choose a winner for each award, you can find the official Oscars printable ballot of all awards here.

As I was going through the ballot, trying my hardest to pick a winner for each award, I found myself checking off one, two or even three winners. For some awards, it’s just impossible to pick only one!

So, with that disclaimer, here is my 2014 Oscars Ballot! Continue reading below for my thoughts on who I’ve chosen as the winners.

For a few of the awards I was able to choose obvious winners based off of performances and  previous wins at other award shows this season.

Best Supporting Actor will undoubtedly go to Jared Leto for is moving characterization of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club— plus, he’s already won the Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice and Independent Spirit Award for this role so he’s definitely the Oscar front-runner.

While all of the Best Supporting Actress nominees are more than worthy, I went with Lupita Nyong’o as the winner. While I’d love to see Jennifer Lawrence walk away with another Oscar to make her wins consecutive, or see June Squibb win her first Oscar at age 84, I think the Academy will recognize Lupita’s performance in 12 Years a Slave. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Lupita has quickly become this year’s breakout star by being a style icon and giving a few adorably charismatic acceptance speeches this award season. She’s basically this year’s Jennifer Lawrence.

Best Directing will likely go to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. But, I totally wouldn’t hate Martin Scorsese taking home another Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street. 

Best Lead Actress is a total toss-up for me. I’m almost positive Cate Blanchett will win tonight, but I wold love to see Amy Adams win for her role in American Hustle. Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine is definitely worthy, but I could easily argue that Adams’ performance is the best of her career. Plus, Amy Adams is the only woman in this category who has never won before! It’s her time.

I have never had a more difficult time choosing the winner’s for the last two awards: Best Lead Actor and Best Picture.

Best Lead Actor is again, a total toss-up. Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey deserve to win and I really cannot decide who’s going to edge out the other. Both won Best Actor Awards at the Golden Globes (in different categories). McConaughey won the SAG and Independent Spirit Award, while DiCaprio walked away with the Critics’ Choice Award. McConaughey may be the winner tonight, but I can’t ignore DiCaprio’s three previous Academy Award nominations and would be absolutely thrilled for Leo to finally get his chance to win this coveted award– and I’m not the only one who’s wondering when Leo will finally win.

And, last  but not least, Best Picture. While I still can’t choose one clear winner, I’ve narrowed the likely choices down to American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street. I’d be happy with any of the three winning, but if Leo doesn’t manage to win the Best Actor trophy he could win his first Oscar as producer of The Wolf of Wall Street, and that would be pretty cool. The recipient of the last award of the night will definitely be a surprise!

Do you agree with my choices? Who do you think will win an Oscar tonight? Comment below.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

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?

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Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. (Photo Credit: Getty)

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.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ (Photo Credit: R/R)

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!

For the Love of (or Lack Thereof) the Game

It’s no secret that sports are just not my thing.

I will almost always argue there is something better to watch than another game or read than another sports news article about the latest draft pick. Sorry, but if you’re not married to Kristin Cavallari or Victoria Beckham or once dated Jessica Simpson, I probably don’t know who you are (and don’t really care).

Team USA wears Ralph Lauren's Olympic Ceremony cardigans. (Photo Credit: Getty)
Team USA wears Ralph Lauren’s Olympic Opening Ceremony cardigans. (Photo Credit: Getty)

But, I will admit– there are just some sporting events that even us sports-impaired can’t ignore (see my previous post about the Super Bowl), and the Winter Olympics is definitely one of those instances.

My roommate, Kristen, has been talking about the Sochi Olympics weeks before it began and in all honesty, I couldn’t help but think how disinterested I was in watching each time she mentioned it.

However, over the last six days, I’ve tuned-in to a ton of events (mostly thanks to Kristen always having it on in our apartment), and have really loved watching.

Of course, one of my favorite parts has been the Olympic fashion. Unlike so many others, I love Ralph Lauren’s designs for Team USA’s apparel. The ceremony cardigan is undeniably cool, regardless of it’s similarities to a Bill Cosby sweater. And Nike’s podium jacket, with its color-changing “USA” on the back and special message to medal-winners on the inside (and even inside one of the pockets!), exemplifies just how awesome it must be to be an Olympian on Team USA.

Watching the Sochi Olympics has also been an interesting study in social media’s undesirable affect on spreading news before things have even aired in the U.S. (hello, failed opening ceremony snowflake) and spoiling the results of countless events. Thank goodness for spoiler shield apps!

Nike's Team USA Podium Jackets. (Photo Credit: Nike)
Nike’s Team USA Podium Jackets. (Photo Credit: Nike)

So, with the good and the bad (#SochiProblems, anyone?) the Olympics are undoubtedly a fun and special event to watch and really reminds us just how small the world can seem when all the sports-obsessed people of the world join together for two weeks every few years.While it was a bummer to learn Shaun White hadn’t managed to medal at all in this year’s men’s halfpipe event (still can’t believe it!), I wouldn’t change social media’s nature at all. We are, after all, a full  ten hours behind Sochi in central time, and most of us would really hate it if we didn’t get those breaking news updates.