Red Carpet Madness

OscarsPicture this: Floating conversations about who is going to wear what on the 25th night,;debates about which celebrity will show up wearing which designer wear; people telling you they couldn’t sleep Sunday night because the excitement was killing them; your cousins staying in the U.S not answering your phones and mails because they’re apparently too “busy”. Welcome to the world of “Red Carpet Madness”, for all those who can catch the sarcasm and cringed every time you heard someone talk about THE Oscar night- erm-the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

The best part about the Oscars is, in case you didn’t catch which designer each celebrity was endorsing, that you always have shows like E! News and ET- Entertainment Tonight, who meticulously describe every minute of the Oscars. You can never miss the Oscars; you could be a day late in finding out who the winners were, but only one day later, and not later than that, under any circumstance. Apparently, “bling took a back seat this year, and yum mums went out for comfy outfits”, which would be Cate Blanchett, Jessica Alba and Nicole Kidman, this year being “sober”, because many celebrities chose not to experiment and stick with safe colours like black and red. If you didn’t like what a particular celebrity was wearing, you can join popular entertainment channels that appoint “fashion gurus” (seasonally, ofcourse) to trash every celebrity on what they chose to wear. Surprisingly, year after year, the only celebrity who wins “best dressed” is seen wearing either a white, black or red gown, adding no excitement to the “special” night. Experimentation is never appreciated unless it is conducted by famous designers like Armani, Gucci, Versace, etc.

For the rare few who would want to know, the movies that made it to the Oscar list this year were: No Country for Old Men for Best Directors- Joel and Ethan Coen, There Will Be Blood for Best Actor- Daniel Day-Lewis, La Vie En Rose, the first French movie to win an Oscar for Best Female Actor- Marion Cotillard, second French Actress to win the Award since Simone Signoret in 1960, Juno for Best Screenplay and No Country for Old Men for Best Motion Picture. Best Supporting Actor and Actress were Javier Bardem and Tilda Swinton for No Country For Old Men and Michael Clayton respectively. Enchanted won an award for best Soundtrack.

The men took a backseat this year with the ladies contributing to the extravagance of the night. Cameron Diaz was seen wearing a beautiful peach gown, and celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Katherine Heigl and Heidi Klum were seen in red gowns. Penelope Cruz and Hilary Swank were among the many in black. Many couples, controversial and otherwise, were seen together, like Sarah and George Clooney and the much talked about Sean Penn and Petra Nemcova. Many jokes were made on Angelina Jolie’s alleged pregnancy. Among the most discussed topics were Nicole Kidman’s 4 million dollar diamond necklace and Cameron Diaz’s 3 million dollar ring. Brace yourself to hear about the “Red Carpet Madness” for a few more weeks from now.

Swetha Ramakrishnan

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