The New York Times Magazine has pulled together a series of video vignettes of actors portraying classic screen types – simple black and white, no sound except thoughtfully composed instrumentals. Fourteen Actors Acting is captivating. There’s something sexy watching Javier Bardem breaking tableware and mesmerizing seeing Vincent Cassel as he moves. Michael Douglas and Tilda Swinton were also some of my favorites.
Directed by Solve Sundsbo
Music by Owen Pallett
With Javier Bardem, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Jesse Eisenberg, Chloe Moretz, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jennifer Lawrence, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel, Anthony Mackie, Robert Duvall, Lesley Manville, Tilda Swinton.
As usual there was a lot to take in at last nights gala. Of course, plenty of beautiful dresses and a few that weren’t so hot, but either way it was great fun to see everyone dressed to celebrate the “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” Here’s a rundown of some favorites and a few trends I spotted.
TOP 3 FAVES:
Emma Watson in Burberry. I think the best dressed of the night, and also in one of the more popular colors. She’s gorgeous from head to toe, and so poised and graceful.
Sienna Miller in Emilio Pucci. A very close second favorite of the evening. Edgy and sexy, yet somehow quite elegant and tastefully done. She looks so radiant, maybe it’s because this was her first outing with on-again lova Jude Law.
And finally, the always gorgeous Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein Collection. Simple but all of the finishing touches add up to one gorgeous dress. I’m not usually a fan of the asymetrical top, but I love the modern twists on a classic style.
There were tons of other dresses so here’s a quick recap of some of the more obvious trends of the evening.
ULTRA-WHITE: Love the sleek and simple silhouette of Diane Kruger’s dress, but not too crazy about the others. I can see some potential in the top half of Kirsten’s dress though.
Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein, Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte for Gap, Taylor Swift in Ralph Lauren, Joy Bryant in Marchesa.
SHIMMERY NUDES: I love the nude hues here, but I think Gwen may have my fave. I wish Jessica Biel had styled hers differently, not really feeling the hair.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston Heritage, Jessica Alba in Sophie Theallet, Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B, Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace, Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney, Jessica Biel in Ralph Lauren.
COLORS: I love this category! Oh the hot pink on Rachel, and the electric blue on Emmy…simple gorgeous. I really do love every dress here. I’m a bit on the fence with Thandie’s but she’s so gorgeous that she can wear anything, so I’ll just call it all good. I had to throw in Maggie Grace because the steely grey color of her dress really caught my eye.
Rachel Weiss in Oscar de la Renta, Emmy Rossum in Kenneth Cole, Melissa George in J. Mendel, Mariska Hargitay in Vera Wang, Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney, Thandie Newton in Vera Wang, Kerry Washington in Thakoon, Maggie Grace in Vera Wang.
Without cable TV I’m having to get creative in getting the latest gossip and news from TV land. I really don’t miss much (ask me again when Top Chef comes back around), and I’d really much rather look at photos of the red carpet than watch the impersonal and awkward interviews.
I had a perfectly wonderful Oscar night stalking the blogs to see what everyone was wearing. So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorites and some not-so-favorites too.
Ok, so let me first say that it kills me to admit this. I am not a fan of Miley Cyrus in any way, and I certainly never thought I’d post about her here; but I must give credit where it is due, and I absolutely loved her dress. The color, the bodice, the perfect amount of sparkle, and the lovely flow of the skirt. Trust me, I tried to like Cameron’s dress more since they were sort of similar, but I just couldn’t do it. Although, I do love being able to deduct points for the tan lines, too much eyeliner, and not-so-great hair.
So disappointed in Zoe Saldana. So beautiful, and usually so stylish, but her choice here confuses me. Ok, so I do love the idea of a purple gradient dress, but not with every embellishment possible added to it. It’s just way too much. Her hair, make-up, cocktail ring, and shoes are beautiful though.
And because I love her always, the one and only Meryl Streep looking classy and radiant!
I knew I liked Rachel’s dress when I first saw it, but I didn’t realize just how much I liked it until I saw it in motion in this picture. I think maybe I would have added a big sparkly necklace for more of a statement, but overall she looks lovely. (And of course Jakey does too.)
And finally I had to share my utter distaste for J.Lo’s dress (and her posey ways). While I’m not particularly a fan of her, I do look forward to seeing her in fashion action. When she does classy and avoids tacky I can always appreciate it, and especially in Armani Prive, I had high hopes. Now, I can appreciate high-fashion for sure, but here, even while channeling the classy vibe I just can’t get over how it looks like an old quilted granny bathrobe with a blanket sewed on the hip just in case…. (I’m in the minority here though, most of the fashion blogs are loving this.)
Amanda Seyfried, also in Armani Prive had a similar dress. Definitely better but I’m still undecided…I’m seeing bubble wrap in the close-up. What do you think?