Monday, February 27, 2012

(more) 2012 Oscars

My second favorite part of the Oscars is scouring the internet for after party pictures, red carpet moments, and lots of details. Here are some of my faves...

George signing autographs. Love that about him. Also, the press always remarks that he shows up on red carpets early to let each reporter have a moment to interview him. So kind. (photo).

Claire Danes and Gwyneth Paltrow (photo). 

Jean DuJardin basking in his win (photo). 

Cruise's and Beckham's (photo). 

A couple shots of Jessica Chastain...

Dear Gerard Butler, please don't mess with Jessica's heart (especially after hearing of your rendezvous with a certain Beverly Hills housewife). (Photo).

(This and that photo from here).

Jessica and her Grandma. So sweet. 

Gosh, I hope to be go to an Oscar after party someday. A girl can dream! 

2012 Oscars

Favorite moments and random thoughts on my favorite day of the year (I really did get more excited for yesterday than for my upcoming birthday on Thursday!)...

Here is my twitter feed of thoughts:

Host with the most: I loved Billy Crystal! I'll admit it lagged a few times, but honestly, Billy just does so well with the show. He's classy and funny and respectful and doesn't take himself too seriously. I hope he hosts many more times.

(photo from here)

Peek-a-Boo body parts: I totally saw J.Lo's sort of nip slip (awkward) before the press mentioned it. Also, you know I adore Angelina, but even I have to admit I wasn't a fan of her protruding leg. Loved her dress though. I also loved how playful and happy she seemed. 

(Emma in her second dress of the evening walking into the Vanity Fair party. Photo from here.)

Best presenters: Emma Stone was hilarious. She is so confident and funny, but also sweet and smart. Love the mix of her many sides. I also have to admit that I enjoyed when Melissa McCarthy and one of her other "Bridesmaids" costar continued the "Scorsese" drinking game joke. 

Most shocking moment: When Viola Davis did not win for Best Actress. Ironically, it was one of my ballot votes that I felt most sure of, as were many. I think Viola was robbed by the Academy. I was very disappointed, but of course I love Meryl, I just think we need to share the Oscar love. 

(from here)

Best speech: Meryl Streep thanking her beloved husband and good friends. I love her and she is such a class act. 

(from here)

Girl I'm most jealous of: Stacy Keibler. Obviously. 

(found here)

Best dressed and latest actress I'm obsessed with: Jessica Chastain. She is lovely and gorgeous and seems so kind and naive. I also think she's a fantastic actress. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oscar Predictions

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year! Oscar Sunday. I swear, I like it more than my birthday (which is Thursday, by the way). I try to predict who will win every year. As you know, I am obsessed with all things pop culture and I pride myself on reading up beforehand, so, with fingers crossed, here is my list of who will win and who I would like to see win.

Best picture 
Will win: The Artist
Should win: The Help - my favorite movie of the year, for great acting, great book adaptation, great historical truths, and great women's rights kind of movie. Loved it.

Best Actor (this is a very tough one to call, and I so want to be right, but think I'll be wrong)
Will win: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Should win: It's a tie for me between George (my love) and Jean Dujardin. I think that if George wins it is not just for The Descendants, but for his body of work (which the Academy is known for doing). I think if Jean wins it is because he was amazing in The Artist as a silent film actor. Part of me thinks it will be Jean, because his performance reminds of when Roberto Benigni won Best Actor for Life is Beautiful

Best Actress (also a close race)
Will win: Viola Davis, The Help
Should win: Viola Davis. Despite the brilliance that is Meryl Streep and despite that I hope Michelle Williams wins a Best Actress Oscar someday. 

Best Supporting Actor
Will win: Christopher Plummer, Beginners 
Should win: Jonah Hill. He was phenomenal in Moneyball. Loved him. I also fell a little in love with him today when I watched my taped Oprah's Oscar Special. 

Best Supporting Actress
Will win: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Should win: Jessica Chastian (also from The Help) because as much as I think Octavia was great, Jessica stole the whole movie to me. She was fantastic. I also think Emma Stone and Allison Janey were overlooked for The Help this season too.

Best Director
Will win and should win: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Should win: Michael Hazanavicius 

Best Animated Feature Film
Will win: Rango
Should win: don't care

Best Foreign Film 
Will win: A Separation
Should win: no idea, but because I love Angelina Jolie I wish her film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, was nominated.

Best Original Screenplay 
Will win: Midnight in Paris, written by Woody Allen
Should win: The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay
Will win: The Descendants  
Should win: The Ides of March (it was great... and George helped write it)

Enjoy Oscar Sunday!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Top Ten: Bachelor Ben

Reasons I can't stand Bachelor Ben...

1. His hair.
2. His lack of interest when the women (minus Courtney) talk to him.
3. He got naked.
4. He doesn't listen to the women's warnings about Courtney.
5. He got rid of Kacie B.
6. He didn't walk the two women to the car last week, despite being in the top 6. The least he can do is have a conversation with them and be a gentleman.
7. He calls the women "girls."
8. He's too guarded. 
9. He thinks with the wrong part of his body.
10. He is completely obsessed with Courtney!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

This was my day...

Joe Fox: It wasn't... personal.
Kathleen Kelly: What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that. All that means is that it wasn't personal to you. But it was personal to me. It's personal to a lot of people. And what's so wrong with being personal, anyway? 
Joe Fox: Uh, nothing. 
Kathleen Kelly: Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal. 

This was my day... only Joe Fox was a group of men, none of whom turned out to be charming... and I was Kathleen Kelly wondering if I said the right things. Why is it that when women are opinionated, strong, and focused they immediately feel bad and wonder if they were rude? Men never wonder this. Maybe it's just me? Oh the joys of the workplace...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bloggers are people too

I love my little corner of the blogosphere. In fact, I love most all of the blogosphere (just not the haters, mockers, and bullies... of which I know none, although sadly my cousin now does). This week, one of my favorite bloggers, C. Jane, started following me (and her 2000 other Facebook friends) on Pintrest. I know it's only Wednesday, but that made my week! Then, as if that wasn't happy-making enough, she wrote on my FB status (that I mentioned her in)! 

The bloggers I follow feel like my neighbors. The kind who are friendly and enjoy living next door, but don't actually have dinner together or go to movies. These bloggers are my Internet neighbors in my corner of the blogosphere. It makes the world feel small, safe, and happy. 

I remember the first time I met a blogger, it was the brilliantly talented Jasmine Star. I met her when she was photographing a good friend's wedding and she was SO sweet and exactly as I had hoped she would be! A few years later, I e-mailed with Joanna when I asked if she wanted to meet my mom and I for lunch while we were visiting NYC. She too was quite lovely. Recently, Olivia at Everyday Musings, started a FB page and I commented on it and she responded. That too was fun. Then I twittered Nina about pausing her blog and she wrote back a lovely response (she also sent me a Christmas card a couple years ago, which was very fun). And now, the interaction with C. Jane.

Love all of this social media bonding!

(and let's not forget that I re-connected with the lovely Kacie, who I knew as a little kid, through the blog world too!).