Oscars 2014/2015: Fashion Gallery

3 Mar

Well, by all accounts, this year’s Oscarcast took a tumble in the ratings. Oh sure, it still ranks as the highest rated entertainment–as opposed to sports related–program over the past 12 months, but the numbers were lowest in six years, definitely a dip from last year’s Ellen Degeneres hosted ceremony, which boasted the highest ratings in about 10 years. Of course, viewers are more likely to tune in the Academy Awards show when they have a rooting interest in the nominated movies, hence the whoppingly fantastic numbers for the 1998 do, the one in which blockbuster Titanic claimed 11 out of 14 awards. Right? In Ellen’s case, she presided over an evening in which such movies as 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street were well positioned. Not to mention a little flick called Frozen, a Disney computer animated extravaganza that seemingly captured the hearts and imaginations of young people in staggering numbers–and some not so young as well–with its anthemic Best Song sure-thing, “Let It Go.” Plus, Ellen is just so dang nice, a comedian who well understands how to put people at ease and make them laugh through her incredible good nature and implicit sense of boundaries. Her predecessor Seth McFarlane, and her successor, the ubiquitous Neil Patrick Harris, are much less fortunate in that regard. More on that to follow.

Also, consider the overwhelming, well, whiteness of this year’s race. No actors of color among the nominees though the winning director was born in Mexico, as was last year’s winner. Still, maybe not all potential viewers felt equally comfortable. Then, again, keep in mind that most of the major nominees were films with limited appeal, the exception being Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which has earned over 300 million dollars domestically. All but shut out on Oscar night, in spite of six nominations (including  Best Actor, Bradley Cooper), the controversial featured might have fared better had it not so riled high profile media hacks.

With that in mind, consider one of the evening’s most talked about bits. So, after a commercial break, host Neil Patrick Harris was allegedly nowhere to be found, so the camera operator journeyed backstage only to find Harris in his tightie-whities, the whole thing an allegedly uproarious homage to Best Pictue frontrunner Birdman, as the seemingly dazed host took his place back onstage, still in his skivvies, similar to a sequence in which Birdman’s Michael Keaton takes to the street in his underpants as well, Okay, so here’s the problem. As of now, Birdman has earned about 38 million in this country, on an 18 million dollar budget, which means in this country at least more people HAVE NOT seen Birdman than those who have, so if you’re one of the have-nots, how are you supposed to take the sight of a 40 year old man, an openly gay man, let’s not forget for the sake of the haters, running around in his underwear for no discernible reason? See how that works? Harris over-estimates his appeal, and I imagine at that point lots of folks turned off their sets. That’s just a guess. The rest is ratings history.

Anyway, now on to the evening’s Best Dressed. That’s right, Best Dressed only. I don’t do Worst Dressed. That’s someone else’s job. That noted, I also don’t shill for designers the way some of these high profile celebrants do. Yes, free clothes for celebrities, in spite of their enormously enviable salaries, in exchange for shameless designer plugs during red-carpet interviews. Why? So, no.  Finally, aside from my number 1 pick, these do not appear in any special number. Here we go, led by….

Photo: Getty Images/Vogue

Cate Blanchett (Photo: Getty Images/Vogue)

Not the flashiest look of the evening, but oh so incredibly elegant, thanks to the high contrast between the tasteful, drop dead gorgeous black gown and the significant turquoise choker. Such a beautiful statement that nothing else is needed. I would have thought that Blanchett might have gone for a bold red lip. I know that’s always my first choice, but I guess she was wise to opt for a more neutral lip. Her simple, smoothed back updo is perfect as well. Oh, and what great arms. I’m envious.

Cate Blanchett-Jordan Murph-AMPAS-Shopping Blog

(Photo: Jordan Murph-AMPAS-Shopping Blog)

^ Viola Davis (Photo: Getty/the Fashion Spit)

^ Viola Davis (Photo: Getty/the Fashion Sp0t)

^ Anna Kendricks (Photo: Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP-Star)

^ Anna Kendricks (Photo: Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP-Star)

Picture 14

^ Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon

^ Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Photo: Jason Merrit-Getty/Zimbio)

^ Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Photo: Jason Merrit-Getty/Zimbio)

^ Best Supporting Actress nominee Meryl Streep (Photo: Getty Images/Vogue)

^ Best Supporting Actress nominee Meryl Streep (Photo: Getty Images/Vogue)

^ Zoe Saldana (Photo: Getty/Just Jared)

^ Zoe Saldana (Photo: Getty/Just Jared)

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Best Supporting Actress nominee Kiera Knightley (Photo: Studded Hearts)

^ Jennifer Hudson (Photo: Getty Images/Vogue)

^ Jennifer Hudson (Photo: Getty Images/Vogue)

Model Bhiati Prinsloo who attended the ceremony with her husband, scheduled performer Adam Levine (Photo: Fashionisers/Zimbio)

^ Model Bhiati Prinsloo who attended the ceremony with her husband, scheduled performer Adam Levine (Photo: Fashionisers/Zimbio)

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^ Margot Robbie (Photo: Gemplatinum.com)

^ Lupita Nyong'o (Photo: Reuters-Mario Anzuoni-Metro-Co-UK

^ Lupita Nyong’o (Photo: Reuters-Mario Anzuoni-Metro-Co-UK

Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne (Photo:  Sydney Morning Herald-Getty)

Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne (Photo: Sydney Morning Herald-Getty)

^ Sophie Hunter (l) and hubby, Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (r) (Photo: Moviefone)

^ Sophie Hunter (l) and hubby, Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (r) (Photo: Moviefone)

Okay, thanks for your consideration….let’s do it again next year….

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