And the Oscar Morning Hangover Goes to...
Anyone else want their Sunday night back?
Seeing the stars turn out en masse for Academy Awards night is kind of neat and each year I inevitably park myself on the couch to ogle outfits while my husband decamps to anywhere out of earshot, in this case to the kitchen TV to watch "The Bad and the Beautiful" on Turner Classic Movies.
The red carpet, at least, is an awesome feat to watch unfold in what ends up being a very short 120 minutes prior to the Oscar broadcast. For every George Clooney or Charlize Theron, there are an exponentially greater number of behind-the-scenes scurriers. Look a little to George's left or over Charlize's shoulder and you'll see them: producers, cameramen, security details, handlers and publicists all jockeying their clients into position.
Starlets calculatedly dally in front of banks of cameras, going through a predictable range of poses (This year it was painful to watch Heath Ledger shooed away from Michelle Williams for solo shots), while Joan Rivers, Isaac Mizrahi and who knows how many other live coverage hosts all compete to get the best quotable (best is a relative term here, where the burning question is usually "Who are you wearing?") from the passing smorgasbord of stars.
Fashion wise, there are the reliably glamorous (Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston), the reliably out-there (Dolly Parton, Lisa Rinna) and some stars who you're loathe to condemn -- after all, it's their first Oscar night -- but just want to hustle back to the stylist before they make it too far down the red carpet (Felicity Huffman, Michelle Williams).
There is the gossip: why is Sandra Bullock with Keanu instead of new hubby Jesse James? Will Hillary and Chad come together? No. Will Jennifer show up with Vince Vaughn? Erhm, no. Could Ryan Seacrest possibly be over-exposed. Yes. How cringe-worthy was Jon Stewart's monologue? Not as bad as Ben Stiller's lame green screen spoof.
There were some nice moments, too. Ludacris telling a clueless Isaac Mizrahi his fashion idol is "Chris Bridges" (hint: that's Luda's real name), Lauren Bacall introducing a special tribute to film noir, Wallace & Grommit creators Nick Park and Steve Box accepting their best animation Oscar in matching ties and matching refreshing good nature, the absolutely jubilant acceptance by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard for their Oscar-winning song (Hustle & Flow's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp").
Despite all the concentrated star power, though, my attention started wandering early in the evening. After 90 minutes of red carpet gawking and the evening's early awards, I was overcome by the perennial feeling of watching a convention for an industry I don't work for and or a prom for a high school I don't attend and that like most conventions or proms, the attendees aren't enjoying themselves that much. Employee of the year awards are distributed, deals are made, someone's making out in the corner, feet hurt and we're counting down the time till we can make a break for home.
When all is said and done, I kind of wish I'd spent the evening with the husband watching "The Bad and the Beautiful", the 1952 Kirk Douglas/Lana Turner story about a man who became one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood by using those around him. Why? Because I'm not into Hollywood for the truth, but for the fantasy. And, sorry, but Oscar night's just a little too real.
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