Quick fashion interruption – thought you’d want to know. Ben and I were waiting to be picked up outside the Roosevelt at 4am for morning talk show interviews. Orlando Bloom rolls in with a wingman or two, heads upstairs, comes back down a few minutes later and an SUV full of giggling girls is idling at valet – you’ll be happy to know he travels in an environmentally friendly SUV. Full Story
Constipated fashion winner incapable of looking anything but dour on the carpet – Charlize Theron has the same problem and it has everything to do with smiling. And it’s a shame, really. Because Emily Blunt is really so beautiful. And fashionable. And she was fantastic – if not a little boring – in this metallic blue strapless Calvin Klein made even more unremarkable because there was so little sparkle coming from inside of her. Full Story
Not saying she looked like sh-t or anything…just saying I didn’t care. And since when does Jennifer Lopez inspire indifference? The colour, whatever. The cut, whatever. The makeup, whatever. The hair…total ass. And I think she knew it too. Something about the way she worked it tonight. Full Story
I was indifferent about the dress. But trust me, no one who saw her was looking at the dress. I’m telling you – Rachel Weisz is drop dead gorgeous. Like, absolutely breathtaking. The best shade of plum/wine ever and flawless skin, topped off by a quiet calm confidence and a smile for everyone as she came down the carpet. Full Story
Three years ago…fine. If SJP and Nicole and several others hadn’t already dabbled in the fluffy skirt, absolutely. But this dress is over. It is SO over. And wearing something that’s been SO over for 3 years is a crime. Even though the colour is lovely, even though she’s mercifully not rockin’ the beehive, even though her skin is delicious and she was as sweet as they come on the carpet – even still, a showing like this is not impressive. Full Story
All this hype about who was dressing her, Andre Leon Talley mentoring her, everyone wanting her… and this. This is what comes out of it? Two words: MAJOR Letdown. Two more letters: H&M Because I don’t care if it’s Oscar de la Renta. When you can buy it for $89.99 at the mall – it ain’t right and it certainly ain’t ok. Full Story
She arrived early and she made an early splash. I don’t think the photos do her justice either. You had to see this dress up close. You had to see her from all angles…especially the black and blue combination, ordinarily an unacceptable bruise but on Maggie tonight, it was unf*cking believable. A band of black feathers at the bottom of the skirt, they caught the light from every photograph and I loved her quirky touch with the hairpiece, an old school glamour vibe – it was exactly the right note for exactly the right person. Full Story
Of course it was Cate. But it’s always Cate. And because it’s always Cate, let’s just assume that she’ll own it every time. Which requires a new elevation – the Hall of Fame - so that others can have a chance to be fair. Fair? Again – it’s not what you and I would wear, but what THEY can and SHOULD be wearing. Full Story
Fully frozen with her dutiful husband/employee stationed at her side, Nicole Kidman is ready for the big night and her big showdown with both Katie Holmes and Penelope Cruz. Of course Nicole and Keith, being the ultra private couple that they are, of course they had to go out for dinner at Mr Chows. Full Story
Just back from full day rehearsal outside the Kodak theatre on the red carpet and the balcony. I have to admit…it was pretty trippy. And I’m not ashamed to tell you that we all just HAD to have our photos taken with a few Oscar statues. What’s access if you don’t take advantage, right?
Anyway, about the carpet – everyone is running through tech preparations right now. The Academy is doing sound checks and the best…the BEST was Andre Leon Talley.
Never took his shades off. Dressed in a designer toque and scarf, a huge coat with electric blue lining, basketball shorts – yes, basketball shorts!!! - sports socks pulled up to his knees, and trainers! I nearly lost my sh-t. Would Anna Wintour approve???
He was sitting on his very own director’s chair and get this – he had his initials ALT embroidered in the back of the seat.
Love, love, love.
Anyway, our carpet position is fantastic and our balcony position is even better. eTalk host Tanya Kim and I overlook ATL’s spot and we see the arrivals immediately following the photo area, right before they go into the theatre, in the spot where the stars usually congregate and powwow before entry – in other words, where they let their guards down a little.
Wonky eye on full smut alert.
Especially now that even more presenters have been announced including Gael Garcia Bernal, Emily Blunt, Al Gore, and that sexy beast James McAvoy.
Don’t forget, catch the live pre-show on CTV in Canada and on CTV Broadband via ctv.ca – international readers can access the entire broadcast via ctv.ca as well!
As for Ryan Gosling … more on that below.
Oscars in one day! Britney’s still in rehab (at press time).
Yours in gossip, Lainey