2013 Academy Awards Roundup
Black ties, glam dresses and sparkling jewels came together Sunday as Hollywood’s elite took center stage at the granddaddy of the awards show season: The Academy Awards. The formal ceremony, officially rebranded this year as its better-known nickname, The Oscars, celebrated the accomplishments of film actors, writers, directors and producers – but of course, what do we care about most? The clothes, the speeches and the dynamic personalities that make the Oscars one of our favorite awards shows!
The red carpet was filled with gorgeous dresses in many neutral hues, including Jessica Chastain’s beaded Armani Prive gown in pink and copper, Anne Hathaway’s silk baby-pink Prada gown and Jennifer Lawrence’s off-white Dior Haute Couture gown with a mermaid silhouette and a long, puffy train! Nin-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, wore a midnight blue dress from the Armani Junior collection and showed off her playful, youthful side with a cute “pooch” purse – a red-carpet staple for this pint-sized phenomenon.
One of the highlights of the red carpet was the gorgeous Jenna Dewan-Tatum and her handsome hubby, Channing Tatum (proving his rightful place as People’s Sexiest Man.) Jenna wore a black lace Rachel Roy dress that showed her growing baby bump, and Channing kept it classy in a classic black tux. Channing Tatum also surprised the audience during host Seth MacFarlane’s opening number by ballroom dancing with Charlize Theron (and now we know the Magic Mike star can do at least two kinds of dancing.)
Speaking of the opening act (and the hosting itself), there were mixed reviews of Seth MacFarlane’s performance. Although not the worst host, Seth MacFarlane’s jokes and one-liners seemed to fall short, and the show was largely free of surprises and suspense, but with plenty of controversy nonetheless. Seth was criticized for sexist jokes, like a mention of Rhianna and Chris’s tumultuous relationship, eating disorders, and the now infamous “We Saw Your Boobs” musical number (if that doesn’t tell you something about the show…..)
The high moments of the shows included the touching acceptance speeches from Oscar winners. Anne Hathaway, a shoe-in for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Fantine in Les Miserables, started her speech by whispering, “It came true!” and went on to say, “Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never in real life.”
Best Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis, got a laugh as he explained he was originally cast as Margaret Thatcher and Meryl Streep (the award presenter) was Lincoln producer Steven Spielberg first choice to play Abraham Lincoln – but the two did a “straight swap” for the roles!
Finally, Jennifer Lawrence, star of Silver Linings Playbook, took a tumble on her way to the podium to accept her award for Best Actress, but took it all in stride: “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell.” What a good sport! Check out five of the best 2013 Oscars speeches for more fun moments.
Did you watch the big ceremony? Did your favorites win?
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