We all know the Academy Awards are a celebration of film making and the actors who make these stories come alive. Before we get inside the ceremony, a ritual begins — the ritual of “the peacock.” It all takes place on the infamous red carpet, where the illusive starlet gives it her fashion all to impress her fans. Tonight, as I watched the Oscar pre-show, I was impressed and depressed by certain style choices; here are two that stood on both ends of the spectrum for me.
Worst Dressed- Amy Adams
Amy Adams is a vivacious, stunning actress who captured my heart in the film “Catch Me If You Can,” where she played Brenda Strong, Leonardo DiCaprio’s adorable, naive fiance. She is usually type cast as the girl next door character with not too much depth. I was blown away when I saw her in “The Fighter” as a scrappy, foul-mouthed broad from Queens who is not afraid to throw a fist or two.
Tonight, as I saw her step up to the mic on the Oscar Pre-Show, I was blinded by her gaudy glittery royal blue L’Ren Scott Gown. She was also wearing emerald green and diamond Cartier jewelry that was said to be worth over one million dollars. She apparently accepted Cartier’s offer to let her wear the jewels because the price tag wet her whistle. The adornments clashed severely with the lounge singer type dress. Her hair looked as if she had casually run a brush through it; it just hung there like an old mop. When the interviewer asked what the difference between the clothing her character, Charlene Fleming, would wear and what she was wearing for the Oscars, Adams nervously said that Charlene’s wardrobe is for the after, after Oscar party.
I would have way rather seen her as Charlene Fleming on the red carpet than the cruise ship entertainer get-up she chose to drape herself in for the Academy Awards.
Best Dressed – Helena Bonham Carter
When you hear the name Helena Bonham Carter, you think bizarre, unique and brilliant actress. I first took notice of the British thespian’s acting chops as Marla Singer in “Fight Club.” The roles she sinks her teeth into are usually over the top and sometimes plain scary, like her recent role as the mad queen in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Bonham Carter actually became quite smitten with Burton during the filming of “The Planet of the Apes” remake, and they have been together ever since. She has dug her heels in and proved her longevity in this crazy business. Most would agree she oozes talent but lacks a fashion sense. It seems ever since she has been in the spotlight, her wardrobe choices have been deemed atrocious. She was ripped to shreds by critics when she showed up to the 2011 Golden Globes with two different color shoes. Tonight at the 2011 Oscars, when she was asked about her fashion choices, she said she figured it would be “nice to celebrate film,” not “fashion.”
As soon as I heard her say that, she became my hero. To me she was the best dressed because she is so comfortable in her own skin; I believe she could pull off wearing a paper bag and still exude radiance. Helena Bonham Carter looked ravishing tonight in a dress made by costume designer Colleen Atwood, the same designer who made the costumes for “Alice in Wonderland.”
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