Judging the World’s Biggest Reality TV Show: Oscars 2015

Posted on Feb 22 2015 - 12:45pm by Stacy Slotnick, Esq.

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The fashion. The pre-show media blitz. The post-Oscars interviews. Performances dotted by blundered introductions (ahem, Adele Dazeem). People do not want to sit back and consume television alone on reality TV’s biggest night, which starts at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC. Digest all the Oscars buzz on your mobile device instead of serving as a seat-filler at the 87th Academy Awards. (Employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm entrusted with tallying the votes, perform the role of the seat-filler, an unpaid gig.) AATT posters have the best seat in the house!  Let’s spill the tea and judge the First Lady of reality television! 

In 1929 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences first gathered to fête their own. In the commercial environment that governs our television consumption, the economic reality of reality TV, which includes semi-scripted, semi-improvised awards programming, is too attractive for networks to ignore. Reality award shows make for cheap TV. Also, they provide enough comic relief, spectacle, suspense, and entertainment to keep us engrossed while pushing the envelope of what is socially acceptable.  This year Lady Gaga, Common, John Legend, Rita Ora, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Hudson, and Tim McGraw are all set to perform.

How do you “brand” the Academy Awards? A-listers, military veterans, and startup companies round out the types of clients I’ve worked with to produce televised events, and the Oscars is a major opportunity companies have to brand themselves. ABC is charging an average rate of $1.95 million for a 30 second commercial, according to Forbes.  (Can the RHOC from Coto De Caza collect enough dough from their Wines By Wives business to attract new customers through an Oscars advertisement tonight?)

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Big brands that do have their names plastered on everything Oscars include McDonalds, American Express, Samsung, and Cadillac, with Netflix advertising during the broadcast for the first time. Advertisers are willing to pay more to reach the reality TV audience of the Oscars than that of the Super Bowl.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself is planning a $5.5 million social media promotion to drum up viewers.  A Dove/Twitter campaign called #SpeakBeautiful will air during the red carpet coverage of Sunday’s Oscars.  The ad is based around one statistic – that women posted more than 5 million negative tweets about beauty and body image (their own or someone else’s) last year.

Beauty politics plays a major role this year at the Oscars. Beware of Representation Project’s #AskHerMore movement, which started in Feb. 2014. It is being waged by women in Hollywood wanting to widen the scope of their pre-telecast conversations beyond fashion.  I admire the subtext of the crusade, but let’s not pretend the red carpet is a place to find out what an Oscar nominee thinks of Turkish soldiers raiding Syria. It is my position that those discussions have a rightful place in the public discourse, which is on news programs where people who are actually working in the field can best help us digest the material and find potentially workable solutions.

“If you are going to the Oscars, you might as well go to the Oscars,” commented actress Sharon Stone, whom I have personally witnessed be extremely generous with her fans. Is it wrong to ask about couture at a red carpet celebrated for its opulence?  Gender equality matters, but none of us are naïve enough to believe the Oscars are the equivalent of a meeting for the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly.

There is nothing wrong with providing style and content on the red carpet, but shaming the industry for questions relating to style is a bit duplicitous. What may be the most artificial aspect about the #AskHerMore campaign is celebrities have contracts with watch companies, beauty lines, and water brands that they have no qualms promoting on the red carpet. I urge you to watch the red carpet interviews today and see what branding and promotions you can spot. Branding promotion is not sexist; it merely makes good business sense. Additionally, let’s be clear that many nominees and hosts are walking the red carpet and providing commentary solely to audition for more work on the silver screen or to snatch a coveted magazine cover.

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Furthermore, nothing prevents a celebrity from massaging their messaging to relay facts about causes they champion.  In fact, brilliant PR people know how to help their clients do this seamlessly during interviews.

Now that the fashion politics is out of the way, let’s talk fun fashion, but not the kind RHONY’s Sonja Morgan debuted at New York Fashion Week. The 51-year-old launched Sonja Morgan New York at Carriage House Center for the Arts during New York Fashion Week, which includes ready-to-wear, sportswear, evening wear, and swimwear.

The Oscar fashion preshows on cable and network television will include the red carpet special that starts at 7 p.m. EST on ABC and E!’s “Countdown To The Red Carpet: The 2015 Academy Awards” (1:30 p.m. EST) and “Live From The Red Carpet: The 2015 Academy Awards” (5:30 p.m. EST).

Will the “mani cam” reveal a botched manicure or new engagement ring?  Can the “clutch cam” catch fascinating items that lurk in an actresses’ demure handbag? Ryan Seacrest is stationed on the red carpet to interview stars, with Giuliana Rancic inside the Roosevelt Hotel whilst Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Khloe Kardashian shares her style thoughts throughout the night. Please publish and discuss your favorite (and least favorite) looks here!

A fact can be a beautiful thing, and the fact is celebrities borrow gowns, jewels, shoes, bags, etc. for the red carpet. There has been gossip that real housewives, including RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice, appropriates dresses and high-end handbags from designers to wear on the show and during reunion specials, but don’t think nominee Julianne Moore will be freeloading for a frock from a rundown strip mall in southern Jersey or pirating a look from Sheree Whitfield’s She by Sheree clothing line.

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The red carpet has created an extremely advantageous economy for brands and celebrities. Celebrities usually do not pay anything out-of-pocket for their ensemble but the designer gets the better end of the deal for loaning shoes, dresses, and gems because their names and brands are splashed all over the press. For exclusive jewelry, stilettos, and fashion houses, the potential reward in free publicity is huge as style bloggers and the social media stratosphere magnify these partnerships. The Oscars is a major marketing and networking opportunity, and the right piece on the right star is a better investment than placing an ad in The New York Times.

Don’t forget the green room, swag suites, and goodie bags where celebrities get free booty with the expectation that they will pose with sponsor’s products. The result is mass brand exposure for a sponsor while celebrities get to make contacts that can turn into money-spinning endorsement deals. Those of us who are on the front lines creating organic branding opportunities see these nights as pure business profit. 

The 87th Academy Awards is not without its reality TV show controversy. African-American civil rights groups plan to protest outside Sunday’s Oscars show at the Dolby Theatre, where every single one of this year’s 20 acting nominees is white.  Moreover, even fewer thespians of Latin, Asian, Native American, and other non-European backgrounds see sufficient representation in U.S. film today.

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From a branding standpoint, having a scantily represented cross-section of society at the Oscars is bad. From a humanity perspective, it is deplorable.  There is no question a more diverse Oscars-awarding Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose current voting members are overwhelmingly white and with an average age in their 60s, will provide better filmmaking and an improved understanding about global issues.

Spill the tea here on everything Oscars, which will be hosted for the first time by Gone Girl’s Neil Patrick Harris, an actor, singer, and dancer whom WWHL host Andy Cohen has dubbed, “NPH.” While the RHOA is on hiatus tonight, watch the Oscars and judge away! Enjoy this interactive viewing party and tell us what you think about….

  • The Fashion
  • The Winners
  • The Speeches
  • The Controversies
  • The Host
  • The Branding

If you do not have early morning meetings to attend on Monday, watch reality show exhibitionism endure on the annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars,” which airs after the late local news on Sunday. Meanwhile, the “E! After Party” at 11:30 p.m. EST has dispatches from the Vanity Fair party and Governor’s Ball.  Tomorrow at 9 p.m. EST the judging continues when Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, and Brad Goreski provide fashion food for thought on E!’s own reality show, “Fashion Police.”

 

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About the Author

Stacy Slotnick, a.k.a. The Foxy Jurist, holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. Stacy is the recipient of the Honors Deans Award; Simon and Satenig Ermonian Memorial Scholarship; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Opportunity Scholarship; and College of Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship. She is also a William F. Field Alumni Scholar, an honor bestowed upon the most academically distinguished students. In law school, Stacy won two CALI Excellence For The Future Awards® and received an Achievement Scholarship. She is a member of the New York Bar. As an entertainment lawyer, Stacy counsels clients on contracts, branding, and public relations strategy. She negotiates with agents, producers, production companies, and lawyers to secure rights to projects on behalf of high-profile clients. Her clever, spirited, no holds barred legal analysis can be found in articles for The Huffington Post. * Facebook
 
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  • Stacy Slotnick

    Newsflash: E!’s live red carpet show has pulled the “mani cam” due to “space constraints.” The so-called lighthearted red carpet gimmick has been officially canned for this year’s Oscars.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Are all SAG members eligible to vote? Or is voting limited by category or by other qualifications?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Great question. The complex (and arguably “messed up”) world of Oscars voting goes something like this: There are 6,000 Academy members. Around 85 percent of the members vote each year, using either a paper ballot or a secret online ID. SAG membership consists entirely of actors, while the Academy is made up of 17 branches that represent the breadth of the film industry (actors, directors, writers, cinematographers, costume designers, etc.). There are approximately 160,000 actors with SAG cards across the country; the Academy is much more exclusive.

      SAG nominees are selected by a smaller committee of 2,100 members that are randomly selected anew every year. Oscar nominees are selected only by their own branch: actors pick the acting nominees, directors the directing nominees, etc. Once the nominees are determined, the entire Academy votes on the winners. This year, the Actor’s Branch of the Academy includes 1,176 members who will choose the Oscar acting category nominees, versus 2,100 choosing the SAG nominees.

      • WestCoastFeed

        Thank you, Stacy. I have often wondered how it works. So I guess Jac Laurita probably had zero input even though she has had a SAG card for several years.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Hold the phone. RHONJ’s Jacqueline Laurita has a SAG card? For what? Starring in a Lifetime version of herself as the fun, lovable, but altogether one-dimensional sidekick….Do tell.

          • WestCoastFeed

            She had a bit part in a small movie. “Bad Parent?” Was that the name? She played one of the soccer moms.

  • My vote is for “American Sniper.” The real life trial is currently playing out. How will political and social activism (Selma/Ferguson) play a role in this years Oscars?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      You have definitely given us a chock-full number of items to consider tonight. The American Sniper capital murder trial is riveting TV, according to my sources at the networks. It is ratings gold for HLN and Fox News. After each day of the murder trial in Stephenville, Texas, State District Judge Jason Cashon has reminded the jurors to avoid any media coverage, but he has not banned them from watching the Oscars with closing arguments scheduled to begin Monday. What did you find meaningful and interesting about American Sniper the movie? We’d love to hear your comments on the only major blockbuster film that has been nominated for Best Picture.

      Many people, myself included, were disappointed that Selma was overlooked, in large part because the film is art and brilliant. I would love to see them pull out a win tonight. I am also curious to see the protests outside the Dolby Theatre. No doubt we need a cross-section of society represented at the Oscars.

      I don’t know if you’ve heard but the Justice Department may take legal action against the Ferguson police department after concluding its investigation into racially discriminatory policing, and it may take action before current Attorney General Eric Holder leaves office. In short, you WILL see social and political activism reverberate throughout the night. What do you think?

      • Thank you for your analysis Stacy. You make some valid points. Here’s my viewpoint on this. The Academy Awards (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) is a private organization. I feel they are free to honor whomever they want, based off of whatever criteria they desire.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I 100% respect your opinion, and thanks for providing a countervailing narrative. I think the dangerous, slippery slope analysis is that when a private organization discriminates and does not embrace diverse storytellers, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may or may not do, it is a hop, skip, and a jump away from a totalitarian state. I know that may sound like a drastic picture I’m painting but that is the fear among many industry insiders. Inclusiveness is appropriate and makes smart business sense.

      • Dave

        The Oscars only holds stature because the viewer buys into it. The Academy award has not been an honor of artistic achievement for many decades. Indeed, the Best Actress category often goes to either the young, hot thing of the moment or an accomplished woman who just hasn’t won yet and that seems wrong. Julianne Moore’s role in ‘Still Alice’ is fine, but hardly the peak of her artistic expression…which I think came in ‘Far From Heaven.’ She will claim the win for sure, despite Reese Witherspoon’s brave performance in ‘Wild’ or even Jennifer Aniston’s career-defining role in ‘Cake,’ which wasn’t even nominated.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Excellent perspective and thank you for your stylized analysis. Far From Heaven was beyond moving. A great film made into a lackluster Broadway musical, if I do say so myself. Cake was equally impactful, but there is an anti-Aniston sentiment in Hollywood. Crazy but true. You don’t believe the Oscars is the penultimate prize in the movie industry?

  • WestCoastFeed

    I haven’t seen any movie in years. But I’ll be rooting for “The Grand Hotel Budapest.” That’s the kind of movie I enjoy watching. Now that theaters are offering closed-captioning devices for those of us who are hearing impaired, I may try movie going again.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Bravo to theaters offering closed-captioning devices! All venues should strive to bring a superior movie-going experience to ALL guests. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it clear that movie theaters are a place of public accommodation and should provide the accommodations for those people with hearing loss. I am so very glad you can enjoy films in the comfort of a theater. I hope popcorn is included. Extra butter for me!

      The Hollywood crowd has embraced Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. It received phenomenal write-ups in the press, and it is one of those fierce movies about both comedy and tragedy. It is literally full of life. What was your favorite part about the movie? Do you think it will win Best Picture?

      • WestCoastFeed

        I haven’t seen it. But of all the nominees this year, it is the one that I really want to see.

  • TopGear

    I really like watching the glitz and glamour of the Oscars. Winning an Academy award means a higher salary for future acting gigs, and the expectation of additional work. While some winners go on to great success they may or may not have had anyway (Meryl Streep, Daniel Day Lewis), others take a nose dive after peaking at their win (Marlee Matlin, Monique).

    The Weinstein Company does not immediately guarantee a win. Nor does merely being a black actor in a film about black people. Julianne Moore may win this year, not because of a campaign, and not because she plays a white woman. She will win because of her emotional and respectful portrayal of an early Alzheimer’s patient.

    If minority people would quit trying to be rewarded for being a minority and create films about issues anyone could connect with, regardless of race, maybe then things will change.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      And the Oscar goes to….TopGear. Marvelous, insightful, and very astute musings, TopGear. There are some actors like Jessica Chastain who are clearly against branding themselves and parlaying their fame for other projects — at least outwardly. But that is the name of the game nowadays. Whatever happened to Mo’Nique?

      I could not agree with you more regarding Julianne Moore’s heartbreaking but dignified portrayal in Still Alice.

      Now, I want to learn more about the underpinnings behind your remarks regarding race. Do you not think race could be switched out for any minority trait, be it a religion or age range that is under-represented at the Oscars? The arts should be reflective of a diverse society. Film is art. Therefore, the Oscars should be inclusive, and there was no shortage of great filmmaking that should have been recognized with Oscar noms.

      • TopGear

        Thank you, Stacy. Given that most movies have dozens of characters on screen, mere chance would result in most movies having one or more minority character. When people stop noticing the skin tone of the characters on the screen will be a major feat. After all, a movie should be judged on its artistic value.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          You can understand the #OscarSoWhite campaign/movement came on the heels of the racially charged Ferguson trial and Eric Garner case. Context is everything, and for those of us who have a somewhat insider’s view of filmmaking, it angers us. Even Quvenzhané Wallis playing the title role of Annie was met with skepticism and dare I say it, racism. But you make excellent points and I appreciate your analysis. We need to have these conversations.

      • Dave

        Politics should not be involved in the Award process. Period. Just my opinion.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          What do you consider, “politics?”

  • Birdie

    It annoys me that brilliant comedic roles are always overlooked. The topics always have to be dramatic, heartbreaking, poignant, or socially challenging, blah blah blah. Jim Carrey deserved a nod for his portrayal of The Grinch…fat chance.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Love it! Yes! The Grinch was a challenging and physically demanding role. Moreover, when Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Bridesmaids? Tragedy is easy. Comedy is hard. What show/performance that was comedic in tone would you have nominated this year?

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    Happy Sunday all.
    If I was gonna make a choice, Best Actress? Think I’d have to pick Julianne Moore. Amazing, heart-warming & thought provoking story & her performance received such raves reviews.
    Best Actor? Maybe a surprise & go with Michael Keaton for BirdMan?

    Best picture? Hmmm? Grand Budapest Hotel is also another favorite. Along with American Sniper, BirdMan & Whiplash. Gonna be a tough call this year.

    Hope everyone has a lovely evening

    • Dave

      This is also a strong case for the rest of us to not watch or pay attention to the Oscars because it is now worthless and useless.

      • Birdie

        PREACH and AMEN.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        I can agree that if you look back there were so many years where these great movies or performances should have won or been acknowledged & they were all overlooked for some political or most likely personal reasons.
        It is after all, HollyWood.
        I usually DVR that kind of stuff & FF through to look at what I want & bypass all the rest.

        • Dave

          Movies are a powerful tool but it all depends on the message. Movies have become a tool to spew propaganda to cultivate society.

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            I agree Dave. To put it broadly, for lack of a better word. Anything that is singly funded by some “big” entity/monopoly is usually corrupt.
            But I happen to live in NY. I am lucky enough to get to see a wide variety of movies at the smaller, independent theaters if I so choose.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Which ones in particular? I love your use of language, Dave.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          DVR is our best friend on nights like this. Who was wrongly overlooked this year for a nomination, in your opinion?

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Hmmm. Maybe Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest or David Oyelowo in Selma for Best Actor. Jennifer Aniston, Cake.
            Selma. A powerful film that was wrongfully snubbed, imho.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Agreed. David Oyelowo was robbed of a nomination. It would have been icing on the cake (pun-intended) for Aniston to get a nod. It was a very good performance that in another year would have received a nomination.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for the summation, Tigerlily! Happy Sunday to you!

      Julianne Moore I too think is a shoo-in. I do think Eddie Redmayne will edge out Michael Keaton. The Academy loves a Brit, especially one with royal ties.

      Boyhood or Birdman will probably win Best Picture. Both were challenging films to make, and the Academy rewards inventiveness.

      Who are you excited to see tonight?

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        I would like Boyhood to win something too. Not sure it will win Best Pic. But I think it was such an interesting concept & so beautifully done. 12 years of filming? Wowser.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          The Academy loves a picture where there were filming challenges or actors transformed themselves physically for a role. I think Boyhood is a shoo-in. Honestly, I can’t wait to see Legend and NPH perform. They will kill it.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            How about you Stacy? Any special picks? What stars/movies did you feel were omitted? Anyone you wanted to see?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            The perks are ridiculous. I love the absurdity of it all. Tell me, do celebrities who are worth $10M need a Ghiradelli gift bag or free trip to Canyon Ranch? Those are just examples of some of the swag I’ve seen given away at these events. But branding and sponsorship makes the entertainment world go round. It’s fabulous and at the same time crazy.

            I thought “Big Eyes” could finally put Amy Adams in the winner’s circle. She was phenomenal in the film that was risky and tantalizing. I also thought Ava DuVernay (Selma) would not only score a nomination but receive the award for Best Director.

  • MorningYawn

    The indignation these women stars are portraying over being asked who they are wearing is so hypocritical They have made their bank embracing the most shallow tendencies of our society, looks, clothes, hair, etc. And now they are above it. HA! If we have learned nothing from Rachel Zoe, we have learned that stylists for different actresses fight over these dresses and the designers hold out until the one they want comes their way. If you aren’t going to mention the designers name, you shouldn’t get the dress, my jewelry, etc. It’s a quid pro quo people. This is not a surprise. (Now the mani-cam… totally get why you would shun that).

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you MorningYawn! You clearly savored, appreciated, and agreed with my thoughts on the #AskHerMore campaign. Seriously. You understand the stylist/fashion machine that is the Oscars and red carpet. Let’s not pretend we have blinders on. 🙂

      • MorningYawn

        Why thank you! Biting the hand that feeds (fed) you!

  • Stacy Slotnick

    Nominee Patricia Arquette for Boyhood was not asked one question about her dress or jewels during OTRC At The Oscars (ABC). Instead, she promoted her charity, Give Love. www. givelove. org/ Nicely done, Patricia.

  • Stacy Slotnick

    Best and Worst Dressed? Do we have any nominations out there?

    • Gabby

      Best dressed (so far): Anna Kendrick or Faith Hill
      Worst dressed (so far): Lorelei Linklater or Patricia Arquette

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Nice noms! I’m not necessarily a fan of her work but Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent is one hot commodity. Margot Robbie is so gorgeous but she always gets it wrong on the red carpet.

        • Gabby

          I’m still iffy about Margot’s dress. I keep looking at it trying to figure out if I like it or not. I know what stands out the most…her jewelry. WOW, what a necklace.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I like her dress for a U.S. flagship store opening or pre-Oscar gala but its not Oscar worthy. The dress is a piece of art but it is not high impact enough for the Oscars. That’s just my subjective opinion. 🙂 Did you see Jamie Chung’s dress? I love the transparency and risk-taking involved.

          • Gabby

            Jamie certainly took a fashion risk with that one lol. Ballsy! I just saw a woman in a pretty strapless red dress but failed to see who it was.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Love it! I think you are referring to Adam Levin’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo, who is donning a red sequined Armani Couture gown.

          • Gabby

            I figured out who it was…Rosamund Pike in custom Givenchy! I love, love, love it.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            The hair and the color of the dress is perfect. I love the intricate work near the bust-line. The slit could be a little less dramatic for me. Demure, after all, can be very sexy.

          • Gabby

            I am so tired of slits. Did you see John Legend’s wife? I liked the color but not that high slit…looked out of place at the Oscars.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Yes! Love Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, but the baby blue Zuhair Murad dress does not work. The top is ill-fitted and the slit is not effortlessly chic. Maybe I don’t get what she was trying to accomplish. She is a smart business woman. I look forward to hearing the backstory of that selection and dress in the days to come.

            I am not impartial because I LOVE Viola Davis but honestly she always gets it right. She is perfection on the red carpet and is the consummate professional actress. LOVE her. The jewels, the shape, the fit, and the color is perfection. What say you?

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Supremely disappointed in Julianne Moore’s choice. She is going to win and she has a superb figure. Why elongate the torso? Also, the color washes her out. I have reddish brown hair and fair complexion. I know that color does not work.

    • MorningYawn

      Naomi watts for worst dressed. I think she might be heading to pool after with that bandeau under

      • Stacy Slotnick

        It is like two dresses in one! I bet it was a bargain. She has a beautiful face and stunning figure but there is an identity crisis going on there.

        • MorningYawn

          She is absolutely gorgeous. She looked better at golden gloves in her yellow dress!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            She also has a small frame so being a risk-taker goes even more wrong on a petite woman. Yes, she totally gets it right on other red carpets. Who did you like best?

          • MorningYawn

            Jury is still out! I’ll let you know. Might be robin Roberts at this point!!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I hate to admit it but I loved the Saint Laurent on Dakota Johnson. Also, Cate Blanchett is channeling Sharon Stone from the 90s and I love the simplicity.

          • MorningYawn

            I’ve seen Dakota interviewed 2x since switching stations. She was a witch both times. Ugly on inside resonates on the outside!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            What is with her attitude? That is a good point. I suppose I would like to own that red number and think it translates well in print and on TV.

          • MorningYawn

            It is a beautiful dress! Is she that entitled? Ungrateful? Or maybe she is having stomach issues…

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I hope the awkward interviews we can chock up to a publicist who did not prepare their client for the red carpet. Public speaking and interviewing is a must for celebs. She should have been coached and prepared.

          • MorningYawn

            From all my gossip sites, this is not the first time she has been a witch. Her pr team either failed miserably in the weeks since golden globes or they had an insurmountable task. Lol!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            “We’re having a special conversation here,” is what she said to E!’s Ryan Secreast. What? Is she solving the ISIS problem with Ethan Hawke. Speaking to press (intelligently) is part of your role as an actress.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Did you catch her interview with ABC’s Lara Spencer? Her and her mom Melanie acted completely uninterested in participating. It’s not brain surgery. Answer the questions politely! Producers and directors are tuning in, and her job opportunities will be narrowed if she continues this behavior.

          • MorningYawn

            Common sense Dakota… Don’t get annoyed with your mom, smile, giggle… Even if ur ACTING… Aside from potential job offers, she’s auditioning for potential fans… Is anyone going to want to see her films if she’s a raging wanker? Perception is everything! That’s ur industry baby- u chose it!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Excellent points and well said. I hope she receives the message!

          • MorningYawn

            Emma stone, love dress and color! Extra points for awesome mom!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            She is fashion personified.

    • Dani-K

      Rosamund Pike for best dressed. Loved that gorg red flowers dress. And I totally agree that Naomi Watts glitter workout bra with dress was the worst!

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Wasn’t the Gone Girl star gorgeous? Wouldn’t you like to own that tasteful yet intricately designed piece of art? What did you think of the slit on her Givenchy gown? For some reason, I thought it didn’t quite translate right. Maybe it needed to be shorter or non-centered. Rosamund’s hair and jewels were flawless.

        Did you catch Behati Prinsloo’s red strapless gown? Adam Levine’s wife wore Armani Privé but it looked nowhere near as good as Rosamund’s confection.

        As for Naomi Watts, “Oye” as they say in my parents old neighborhood in the Bronx. The dress was an identity crisis. It didn’t know what it wanted to be…ethereal or structured. It was a mess, and such a shame because she is pretty, she has a great figure, and usually she makes good selections for the red carpet.

        • Dani-K

          Yes I loved both dresses, but give Pike more props because she’s not a Victoria Secrets model. Some of these dresses don’t look as nice on the red carpet as when they are sitting down. So tough to choose the right dress.
          Can I ask you what you thought about Scarlett Johansson’s ensemble? To me, less is more. I didn’t like the necklace. Too matchy matchy.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Rosamund gets an A++ from me on her entire look. She was flawless and stunning.

            Scarlett Johansson had a lot of people talking today. I loved the emerald green Atelier Versace color against her fair skin. The necklace was too costume for me. It also swallowed and hid her elongated neck, which was a poor styling choice for someone who was a former ballerina and has a beautiful neck to showcase. Off screen, there are tons of pics circulating that show John Travolta getting too close for comfort with the married lady. He was all over her on the red carpet, and did you see his awkward Idina Menzel moment? He was like grabbing her face as they were presenting. Strangeness.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Rosamund was pure Hollywood glamour. 100 %. Perfection.
            Scarlett is so beautiful. Loved the dress. Thought she looked great in it but the necklace was overdone. Just too much. Would have been so much prettier without it. Jmho.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Your humble opinion is very much appreciated! The dress showcased Scarlett’s amazing body and killer figure. I agree with you about the necklace. It was a misfire but she gave a moving speech to introduce the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music’s release. Did you like Lady Gaga’s custom-made white Azzedine Alaia dress for the occasion of honoring the film and Julie Andrews? I thought it was perfection and I loved how she used the sweeping skirt to punctuate moments during her singing.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Scarlett is just smashing. Amazing beauty & talent.
            Loved Ga-Ga’s second dress. I thought it was so pretty & it made her look really princessy.
            A little bit of a tribute to Liesl’s dress in I am 16 going on 17

          • Stacy Slotnick

            That is a very sharp observation. Bravo! Did you also notice how moved Julie Andrews was after Gaga’s performance? She uttered, “Thank you for that,” and “It really warmed my heart” but what stuck with me was the embrace between the two women. Their hug felt heartfelt and genuine, and it lasted for a considerable amount of time. Dame Julie was clearly touched and Gaga you could see felt grateful to be there performing these iconic songs. It was a lovely moment of female power on the Oscars stage.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            That made my heart melt. They were both so in awe of each other. I mean Julie Andrews how could you not be in awe? LOL!
            Julie is so gracious & so sweet. & she’s a pisser to boot. Did you ever catch her on the Graham Norton show with Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum?
            She is such an imp! What a blast!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Thank you a million for posting this video. I love that Dame Andrews is hip and participates on shows like this one as well as WWHL. She is a class act and a riot. Guess what? Those traits have given her longevity in this wacky world of showbiz. Last night was just icing on the cake because it was two powerhouse performers coming together and showing appreciation for one another. Egos were left at the door. LOVE IT!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Jonah is so enamored & so sweet on her too. He’s absolutely adorable.
            Unfortunately I can’t find the whole show. Seems it’s not available online but if you ever have the chance you should check it out. I love Graham Norton. He’s just so cheeky & cute! & he has some of the best guest stars on. & I love, love the “red chair”!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            It is a great spot! Thanks for making us all aware of Graham Norton and the show. It’s fun, irreverent, and a bit in the style of Jon Stewart/Bill Maher without taking itself too seriously.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            YW Stacy. Oh Graham is a blast. So full of fun. I would love for him to be my BFF. LOL!
            & the stories that the audience shares from the red chair are some of the best I’ve ever heard. I DVR him & binge watch on the weekends.

  • MorningYawn

    Khole comes on e so mute! Then she’s on a panel.. Change channel.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Its all about the branding! Kardashians and E! are a family. Imagine Hollywood royalty thinking about a Kardashian being at the Oscars. Good thing they only recently introduced her onto the panel. Will you tune in for a new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians?

      • MorningYawn

        Never have, won’t start now! 😉

        • Gabby

          I won’t ever tune in to that GARBAGE!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Did you see Jennifer Hudson’s ensemble? I think it is a hit.

          • MorningYawn

            Ohhhhhh not yet! Look forward to it! Gaga looks like insanity personified!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            We know she is probably not going for Best Dressed so she instead seeks to make a statement and that she did. I just hope George Clooney’s better half didn’t start a glove trend that will continue through the year.

          • MorningYawn

            But her sound of music montage was breathtaking!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            She did well. It is difficult when you sing such iconic songs to live up to the high standards set by Julie Andrews (or Ms. Andrews’ vocal range). I think Lady Gaga is a class act and she definitely pays homage to those who came before her like Tony Bennett and Dame Andrews. I love that about her. Very classy.

  • TartLemon

    I was watching E! until a few minutes ago when they brought in Khloe K-TRASHian as a commentator. WTF cares what she has to say?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      OK. She was in a car accident? What is with the Jenner/Kardashians? Oh no. What did you think of her red Lanvin dress?

      • TartLemon

        I thought her dress was tacky. Maybe not the right word, but something Barbie would wear. Not the right style for her already medically enhanced hip area. Isn’t that the same dress from Lanvin EVERY awards season?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Yes, it was not an original look and there was nothing particularly Lanvin about it. Khloe keeps asking, “What color is that?” Why introduce someone who has no articulate position onto the panel? Remember when Joan Rivers was alive Khloe wouldn’t appear on Fashion Police after Joan made fun of Kim and Ray-J was it?

    • MorningYawn

      Ah! We were typing at same time! I’m happy watching robin Roberts now!

    • Gabby

      I turned to ABC to see Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, I refuse to watch Khloe. She knows NOTHIN and is out there dissing Anna Kendrick’s gown…..”It’s not an Oscar color.” WHAT? What is an Oscar color?

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Bizarre times ten. Robin Roberts looks AMAZING. She got it right. Oh yes, and she is smart and savvy enough to pull off commentary, interviews, and listen to producers in her earpiece all at the same time.

      • TartLemon

        Thanks for the heads up.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        I wonder what she’d say about Sienna Miller’s black frock. How do you describe that? (I actually like the dress very much. Usually her choices are very avant-garde and sometimes too fashion-forward.)

    • Stacy Slotnick

      She also admitted at the outset that she was in a car accident in Montana. What the heck is going on with the Kardashians/Jenners? Who do you think would be a better guest host? I’d like to see Brad Goreski (Rachel Zoe’s former stylist) and/or Maria Menounous…though I know Maria received backlash for the SAG hosting gig.

      • TartLemon

        She was driving on a highway in obvious winter conditions and hit some black ice. Car skidded and she drove away. Scary when it happens to me, but newsworthy? GMAFB! The only reason anyone knew about it was because the K-Trashians put out a press release about it. Anything for same PR, huh? I guess they saw what wide ranging PR Bruce’s accident got so they had to get in on it. JERKS! Somebody DIED in Bruce’s wreck!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Here is my takeaway, but first and foremost I am glad too that she and her family were fine and safe: She was told to address the accident upfront because viewers I suppose would question what happened. Producers wanted the show to be about the fashion and movies rather than her motor vehicle accident.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Guess what? They just previewed the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which premieres March 15, in case you wanted to know. 🙂 It’s all about cross-promotion and branding over at E!

      • TartLemon

        All the years this KUWTK has been on, I’ve watched MAYBE 20 minutes. I tried. Couldn’t do it.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I totally get it. E! is trying to protect their franchise and salvage what they can since KUWTK is skating on thin ice. The show’s numbers are down and the family is not on the same page when it comes to the direction of the series, according to gossip magazines.

  • Stacy Slotnick

    Did Neil Patrick Harris hit all the high notes during his opening monologue and song-and-dance number?

    • Dani-K

      That first joke didn’t get many laughs. The one where NPF said, “We are here to celebrate the best and whitest…I mean brightest.” The Oscars aren’t my favorite. I love the Grammy’s because of the entertainment and fashion risks. Then the Golden Globes is my next fav. People are too serious/stuffy at the Oscars. IMO.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        I completely appreciate your comments. The Grammy Awards are all about artistic expression. That was missing last night at the Oscars.

        I usually like NPH’s hosting but last night his jokes and even the opening number fell flat. I appreciate the immense effort of that opening number but he failed to focus on commentary regarding the nominated films of 2014. When Billy Crystal hosted, he made jokes and a song work using the nominated films only. Why are we hearing about Argo years after it was nominated? There was a disconnect, at least for me, between the jokes and his opening number, and the movies nominated.

        The Golden Globes work as an award show because you have TV people, who I think take themselves much less seriously than film actors (it’s a generalization but generalizations are sometimes true) so they know how to have fun. Also, there is alcohol and food freely flowing at the Grammys and the Globes.

  • MorningYawn

    Did anyone else think that Nicole Kidman was a bit buzzed?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Really? Do tell. Did she seem “off” as a presenter or on the red carpet? Did you catch her doing something while she was seated in the front row? I actually loved the strapless Louis Vuitton gown she wore accessorized with a red belt and accompanied by more than $7 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds. Oh, the loaner program of the Oscars. Imagine receiving even $1 million worth of free jewels for the night. Cinderella for the new millennium.

      • Dani-K

        I know which part you are talking about and actually played back the beginning of the show because she and Keith were laughing at NPH about something, but I couldn’t tell what happened.

        • MorningYawn

          I’m not the only one!!! Good eye!! I just posted to Stacy about a blind on blind gossip . Com about an “out of it” presenter… Not drunk but perhaps an anti anxiety pill. She was a mess backstage and the folks back there were worried she wouldn’t make it on! I never post there but I put my two cents in!

      • MorningYawn

        The first time I saw her sitting in her seat, her hair was a wreck! Looked like what I call “drunk hair.” Next shot it was better but a bit out of place. When she presented, she had a tiny wobble and that’s when I posted. Made me giggle. But yes, her dress was stunning. The red belt really made it. She can wear anything. $7 m in jewels!?!? I would be afraid to leave the house! I would be afraid IN the house! Lol!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thank you for the insight, MorningYawn. The media seems to be harping on the fact the actress and her country singer hubby rocked startlingly similar haircuts at the Oscars red carpet. I like her hair style very much. I’ve got to go back and see her presenting but I totally trust your instincts.

          • MorningYawn

            Not a huge stumble, but a wobble. My husband and I happened to be standing at the time, so there was some re-enactment going on (& the required embellishing {{hic}} )

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Oh my goodness. 🙂 I wonder how Fashion Police at 9:00 pm EST tonight will rate her look.

          • MorningYawn

            OMG Stacy! There is a blind in blind gossip . Com that talks about a female presenter that was so “out if it” that people backstage were worried that she wouldn’t make it on. It says she wasn’t drunk they suspected she took a pill for anxiety or to relax. I never comment there, but I did this time!!!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Wow. The pills and alcohol available to these stars for anxiety is plentiful. I bet we will hear more about the story in the coming days. Please report back when you find out more, and we will do the same!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Finally I saw an interview on Entertainment Tonight, and Nicole Kidman did not make eye contact with Nancy O’Dell. I see there was something off about her facial expressions. She has in the past been widely criticized for overusing Botox. It is possible she had a procedure, whose effects have not yet settled. Just a thought….

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    Props to Ga-Ga for the Sound of Music tribute. Totally kicked butt!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Agreed. She pulled off something very difficult. The four tracks from the film that she sang, “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” were performed with mega heart and commitment. Besides, she looked elegant with an edge thus remaining true to her original self. I think the musical performances may have been the standout of the night. What say you of John Legend and Common’s moving performance of “Glory?”

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        To have to sing Julie Andrews in front of Julie Andrews? Oh my! I would die! I think my throat would just close up from terror.
        But she killed it! & Julie was so honored by her rendition. As always Julie is such a gracious & classy lady.
        I would be floating on cloud 9 for a whole year!

        Common & John Legend were awesome. Brought me to tears. So moving. & their acceptance speech was just as moving. Glad they won.

        • WestCoastFeed

          John Legend and Common had the entire audience in tears and on their feet. It was the highlight of the evening.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            I agree. It truly was an awesome performance. & Ga-Ga doing the Sound of Music medley was so good. She really did Julie proud.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I could not agree more. Performing in front of a backdrop of Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, where hundreds walked across in 1965 for the right to vote was both a literal and figurative dissertation on justice and equality then and now. Legend is also one of the nicest, most philanthropic musicians there is — I got a chance to work on a Project Sunshine charity gala where Legend was an integral part of the night’s success. I’m very happy he took home an Oscar last night.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Yes, he is a very special man. And did you know that Chrissy Teigen is a friend of the Manzo family?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I did not know Chrissy and the Manzo family are friends. Did Chrissy appear on an episode of RHONJ or are they photographed around town together? That is a very cool nugget of information. Thanks WestCoastFeed.

          • WestCoastFeed

            No, Chrissy has never been seen on RHONJ to my knowledge. But from family tweets, she has been a frequent visitor to the home. Mostly before she and John married. Chrissy shares Caroline’s love of cooking. And I did spot the Manzo family on a show that Chrissy did with one of those celebrity chefs a while back. I don’t remember which chef it was, but it was either Roble or Rocco.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I see. I did not remember Chrissy appearing on a RHONJ episode. The cooking connection makes sense. She and Legend did a spread for Architectural Digest and the focus of the article was definitely on food and their L.A. kitchen.

          • MorningYawn

            She was on watch what happens live raving about Caroline. I think they were at her wedding.

  • Trippinhhard

    Wow I never watch the Oscars, I saw a clip of Lady Gaga singing she was amazing–go Gaga and she did several songs, right?? John and Common was amazing with the choir in the background, nothing like a good church song..

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Good Afternoon Trippinhhard! Thanks for joining this ongoing post-Oscars discussion. I think it is safe to say we were all Gaga for the musical numbers. Gaga’s vocals were powerful and she looked amazing onstage. She gave us a wonderful tribute to The Sound of Music and Dame Julie Andrews.

      When musician John Legend and rapper Common took the stage to perform “Glory,” the audience came alive and smiled as well as weeped. Did you catch Adam Levine, Rita Ora or Tim McGraw’s performances? Those numbers, heartfelt as they were, many believed paled in comparison.

      • Trippinhhard

        No I’m not a fan of them, but I liked when Adam say “Let’s stay together” by Al Green.. It’s on my long play list — he gave it a pop soul sound that is awesome to hear, if you like the song.. I’m mostly a 60, 70, 80 with some 50 and 90. Stacy give me Darryl Hall, Frankie Beverly n Maze, Sade, the Who
        Too many to name.. ,Sir ELTON John, George micheals

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          Hi’ya Samra! I agree. Adam did a great job, but nothing beats the original.
          Sing it Al!
          Sing it!

          • Trippinhhard

            Girl don’t make me put on my music blasting alone and dancing.. Nothing like music that had meaning and sound good decades later.. I my nieces and nephews loves my old jams, the lave a cd of them…

          • Trippinhhard

            Oh Tigerlily I should have listen to the song before I post you back. I’m in love again
            LNFAO that song really say it for the old timers… Go listen to Van Halen somebody like you— my mother and I would listen together. Makes my heart so warm n fuzzy…

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            I was a good Momma Trip. I made sure my son listened to everything. His taste in music is quite eclectic & varied.
            Love me some Al. Otis & Teddy & Marvin.
            All those great, great songs! My son is 25 & he knows them all.

          • Trippinhhard

            I was the mommy that danced my butt off in my house, taught both of them to dance, I mix ballet with soul.. Now I’m so broke down, but I still dance everyday.. It’s good for kids to know the people who made the song famous decades earlier..smdh
            All this ripoff they do in the rap/hip hop I don’t like, they making more than the people who made the song.. I know others types that ripoff beats and phases or the hook, but it’s not fair…
            My daughter like the same types of music I do, and also she listen to artist in her age group 25-30
            The ONLY rap CD my husband purchased for my son was the chronic —I did like some of the song with snoop and dr. Dre.. The chronic really was the hit back two decades ago. Lol

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Same here Samara. I sang to him & with him. & I always, always danced with him.
            He loves music. Taught himself to play the guitar & even has his own band.

            Ha-ha! too funny.
            You should see my hubby singing along with Snoop on Gin & Juice.
            Little white Jewish man with NO rhythm what-so-ever & the dreaded “white-boy” overbite to boot!
            He cracks me up everytime. I literally have tears streaming down my face.

          • Trippinhhard

            My husband is AM Indian n white 6’5 but he and our son knows that while damn CD.. Gin n juice is still Google.. Laughing out Loud
            Some songs are meant to live on, my son has his boys know all kinds of gaps, but the know the better not say a foul word to me…

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Good for you Samra. School those men right!

            (Btw, your hubby sounds gorgeous.)

          • Trippinhhard

            He is better looking than me now, I have dark circles, but I’m still alive and take care of me..
            I was making sure Big Sexy dinner was hot and awaiting his arrival.. LOL
            I’m blessed he still attentive to me, I’ve had some many illness and chronic pain n RA, stomach problem, CANCER n remission, swim blessed…miss my mother and sister RIP..

          • Stacy Slotnick

            We all hope good health follows you in the future, Trippinhhard.

          • Trippinhhard

            Thank you Stacy and keep me in those prayers, I’m a fighter, if not I would have given up, a decade and a half ago.. It’s not over by the doctors mouth, they have someone more powerful, than man, he’s my God, I can only claim him for myself and keep the faith… I surely have more than a mustard grain seed of faith. “footsteps” is my all
            OT:: just a word of being totally humble, YALL are the best and we pray for each other… It just so beautiful, especially when we don’t know who prayers, God will answer… That’s why we can’t lose faith… Sincerely

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Good people deserve good things Samara. & you deserve all good things!

          • Trippinhhard

            Tilt thank you very much, my husband heard the music playing above my iPad and knew I was really feel good… You made me jam out today, hadn’t did that in 6 months.. Thank you sincerely, I always say, one never knows who inspired them..

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Anytime you wanna jam Samra, just hit me up!

            Oh criminy, I forgot. Just remebered AAtT asked us not to post videos & stuff on Stacy’s threads.My apologies Stacy.
            I posted some songs on the Porsha-Claudia thread.
            Pop on over & take a listen.

            http://allaboutthetea.com/2015/02/23/rhoa-tea-is-porsha-williams-worried-claudia-jordan-may-take-her-spot-on-dish-nation/

          • Trippinhhard

            Ok thnk you, listening to Teena Marie Take a good look, she made Smokey proud..
            Teena could sing her butt off.. She was so nice live and in concert… Awww

          • Stacy Slotnick

            You are too funny. Music is the true equalizer, as demonstrated during the awards show yesterday where rhythms and lyrics were one of the main reasons to tune in. I can totally picture your husband, “a little white Jewish man,” grooving to legit music. Basically, its every bar or bat mitzvah I’ve ever gone to where Uncle Moishe rocks out to Earth, Wind & Fire.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Ha-ha! He jams as best he can Stacy. I will give him props for that. He truly gets down wit his bad-self! LMBO!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Stupendous! I mentioned to a poster above music is the key element of an event or party. With good music, the decorations and food becomes secondary. Last night proved music matters and can save an awards show from obscurity.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Music is everything. I can’t go one day without listening to some kind of music. Love to sing. Love to dance.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I could not agree more. The rhythm will get you no matter your preference of rock, new wave, country, pop, R&B or reggae. Let the beat go on!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            I’m dancing with ya Girl! Love playing great songs & singing & dancing along.
            Adam does some really good versions of some old standards. Nice tributes. Really liked his version of “Lovely Day” with Bill Winters too.

          • Trippinhhard

            He did some song by Alicia keys that was good, heard it in my daughters cars.. I have a rule with my kids, grandkid and anyone, don’t touch my music playing on my CD, if you don’t like it, stay home, but I’m not changing it.. My grandkids know all my music my heart. They love it

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Yes. That was good too. “If I ain’t got you” by Alicia Keys.

            The usual road trip rules are that the person who calls shot-gun gets to be the car DJ. But not when I’m driving.
            My car.
            My music.
            You can hit the road & walk if ya don’t like it.

          • Trippinhhard

            Ita my house too or go in your room and close the door, m not having it..

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Ditto!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Thanks for posting the video! I also liked President Obama’s rendition. It had total heart and soul. Good for him for making it work too!

          • Trippinhhard

            I like him the President singing from his hart and dancing.. I love his walk. Ummm

          • Stacy Slotnick

            What is it about presidents and musical talent? Bill Clinton had the saxophone. Obama has his voice. What did George W. have that was musically relevant? An inability to hear his detractors. Hmmm…..How did this get political? I suppose last night was political too. 🙂

          • Trippinhhard

            Stacy I love when President Clinton played that sax on Aresno (sp) I could see why women, are drawn to him, crap he was the best looking, after John Kennedy (awww Lawd forgive my lust, only lust). Laughing out Loud
            Now we got 3 good looking president all they were all the peoples president…
            “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what can I do for my country the great USA.
            It’s not a quote, but most of the words are there—Please correct me, but my father would say the world don’t owe you dodo, go and make your way and work hard for anything you want… There’s a darn fool born everyday, don’t you be one of them…girl I’m not politician because I talk shit on all of them, so no biggie too me.. So if anyone coming gunning for me, I’m only speaking my truth..just like asses we all have one…

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Yes! Loved the Arsenio Hall collaboration. “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny,” Bob Marley once said. Action will delineate and define your path. So to quote your astute father, “…go and make your way and work hard for anything you want!”

          • Trippinhhard

            Girl my sister DENA passed out a Marley Razz (RIP) to the both of them.
            My whole family the th of us are all musical in one way or another.
            Music calms the spirit and the soul, no joke, it’s the only reason why I don’t take Zanotes or nerve pills, music and dancing, is a part of me…

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I think that is beautiful the way you express how music has played an integral role in your life. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

          • Trippinhhard

            It’s so many older artist it’s amazing.. I know for sure I been to over 80 concerts.. We were stealing a ride with classmates, to make the out of state musicians.. The good old days
            Music is better than drugs, to me, that’s only my opinion.. But whenever I’m in the hospital my music is playing and I go to different rooms, letting others feel something except what you are presently going thru.. I tell tell your spouse or other to make you a CD of your favorite songs..

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Your music education is huge! 80 concerts?! Impressive and equally wonderful. At the Oscars, Lady Gaga’s performance will change the trajectory of her career — for the better.

          • Trippinhhard

            Gaga has her lil monsters and they are loyal.. She good at what she does period, but this showed her voice is the bomb.. Julie Andrews was a hard act to follow.. That is one cd only..
            Um solider of love by Sade is great and she looks so YOUNG and her dancing solders…

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Love it! I’ve got major nostalgia for Sade. The music made the Oscars last night.

          • Trippinhhard

            I played all the musicians at work for 20 yrs, my bosses would ask for copies of my CD…. They used they for time with their mates.. I used it because it calming to me and no one could hear in my office, although I lowered the volume except in meetings… Love my music

          • Stacy Slotnick

            It is great music. I’m glad your bosses let you listen on the job — I bet it made for a more productive staff! One of the first elements to an event is the music. When a musician gives us their quote for a charity function, gala, etc., I always say “yes” or meet them near their quote because the response is always glorious. Stevie Wonder is worth a million bucks for a 20 minute set. (He doesn’t ask for that but you get the point. :))

          • Trippinhhard

            Awww Stacy, stevie is on another level I went to my first stevie concert “when he made the album Heave is ten light years away” I cried like a baby and his older songs that are still amazing.. Stacy anywhere you have a classic act, folks just fall in love again, music from childhood to death…

          • Stacy Slotnick

            That is so true. Good music endures and will be like magic to members of every generation. I am so glad you had the chance to see Stevie Wonder live. There is nothing like it. The man is brilliant, writes amazing songs, and sings today like he sang 20 years ago. Plus, he is a true professional who will rehearse for hours to get a song and arrangement right.

            To be honest, I was familiar with all of Stevie’s songs but when I had the immense joy of working with his team for a project, I thought he was the cat’s pajamas, and I don’t say that about everyone I work with. I LOVE LOVE LOVE his music. It’s the only thing I play on long car rides. I would LOVE to work with him at an event anytime again. “We Can Work It Out” is my all-time favorite.

          • Trippinhhard

            Wi love most of his work “all is fair in love… I told ppl if my husband was to leave me and play that song.. I won’t be angry…LOL I’m crazy… But don’t play with my music…

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I wrote a bit about my Stevie Wonder work experience in this Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacy-slotnick/this-magic-moment-a-starr_b_5978476.html Again, his music and voice is mind-blowing and impressive.

      • MorningYawn

        Tim McGraw made me cry. My mom is on the early stages of dementia and it hit me hard. Very poignant look at what is to come. All the coverage of Alzheimer’s and dementia with Still Alice and Julianne Moore is necessary but so hard to read. 🙁

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through. I hope you and your family have much support and are able to lean on others during this time. I too hope that your mom receives tremendous comfort.

          Thank goodness stars like Tim McGraw, Julianne Moore, and even Seth Rogen (whose wife’s mom has Alzheimer’s) are raising awareness and funds for research. That is the best kind of star power.

          • MorningYawn

            I was surprised and proud of Rogen. He was so passionate when he testified on the hill, even calling out congressmen who blew him off. For the most part I see him as a goof, but he impressed me. I’m glad to see Julianne Moore making the cause her own. I hope she continues. Hope is here as studies I read show great things are coming. It’s, unfortunately for my mom and other current patients, about prevention rather than cure. Hopefully it will be helpful for my kids.

            Thx so much for your kind words. It still shocks me every time. We are early enough into it that we aren’t allowed to talk about it. The fear of others knowing, The fear of the disease. Until we get to the point that we can talk about it, support is limited.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Through virtual reality, please know that we all offer our support to you and your family. Rogen wrote a very moving article about the changes and challenges that his family will be tackling in the months and years to come. Knowing that you have others to turn to who are experiencing the same thing can help a great deal. Making you and your family feel that much less alone I hope brings you comfort.

          • MorningYawn

            Sincere, heartfelt thank you.

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          I am so sorry Mornin’. It’s rough & it’s scary. My FIL was diagnosed a few years ago & has been declining ever since. I can only hope with more awareness that there will be a breakthrough very, very soon.
          All my best to you Hon.

          • MorningYawn

            Thank u TigerLily! I’m so sorry for your FIL and your husband, the caretakers etc. it’s staggering. This is my dad’s 2nd go round…. His mom had it too. Thx for your kind words.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thank you so much.
            Anytime Hon. We are here for you.
            When my Mom’s cancer spread & her medications became more & more powerful, she would sometimes have hallucinations, or not remember who was who. She’d mix us up & call us the wrong names.
            It’s frightening. It’s unsettling & you feel helpless. & It hurts, even though you understand it. It still hurts.

            I wish you & your Mom peace & strength Morning. Thoughts & prayers to you, your Mom & your family.

          • MorningYawn

            Thank you. I feel your good wishes and I am humbled. Your experience with ur mom sounds heartbreaking. I’m so sorry.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            It was. I can’t lie. But… She took damn good care of me & my sisters. It was the least I could do. We could do.
            & she deserved only the best.

          • MorningYawn

            <3

  • misstc

    Can’t believe I sat thru all near 4 hours of that show. Ugghh! NPH was okay as host, not my fav. KhloeK as a fashionista made me ill. And what’s with all the hugging & kissing before going up to the stage to present a 10 minute roll of praise to people I don’t need to hear about? Sorry, I guess after watching 55 A.A. shows in my life, they have gotten so out of touch with reality, IMHO. I am cranky from wasting 4 hours of my life to be spoon fed BS.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for the analysis, misstc!

      The telecast was probably 2.5 hours too long. What stood out for most people were the poignant speeches for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress as well as the musical acts, from Lady Gaga to John Legend and Common.

      There were high hopes for NPH to soar but he stumbled a lot with names and his jokes weren’t altogether relevant to the films nominated. It was like he was hosting for an entirely different show.

      Will Khloe be on Fashion Police tonight? Her claim to fashion fame is designing a line for Sears and owning boutiques, right? For the Oscars, the relationship she has to couture is too far removed perhaps.

      Why do you think the shows do not remain true to reality? How can the Academy and producers make it better? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

      • misstc

        Sorry for my rant yesterday, but the Oscars have become, IMHO, an overplay of materialism & commercials. Yes, there were some highlights that grabbed my heart, like Lady Gaga putting on a tremendous display of her vocal prowess as opposed to the mean spirited joke NPH did about a woman having “balls” to wear a dress like she did, referring to a woman who just announced her documentary was dedicated to her losing a son who died from suicide-Did NPH not just hear what she said? Sad attempt to lightening the mood. For every nugget of good that came out, there was hours of crap to navigate. The Oscars could be in future better if the winners could refrain from spending 10 minutes hugging those around them; better done after getting the Oscar, giving more time to get on w/ the show. There R some awards that shouldn’t even be presented that many don’t care about, or will never see – like short cartoons/docs/foreign that I have yet to see?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I think your remarks are, well, on the mark! The show probably needs to be reworked and restyled. The advertising revenue comes from the TV audience, so if viewers are not there, the Academy makes less money. Therefore, producers have to fashion the telecast for the viewers at home. As you astutely stated, the production team did that with Lady Gaga but not many other portions of the program. There are awards viewers at home do not care about. The show needs to have a better flow and presentation quality. There are ways to make the award for Best Foreign Language Film more interesting, like doing a live performance of a scene with A-List celebs or having the actors in the movie tell a backstory about filming when each nominee is announced. It can be better. Nicely said, misstc.

  • MorningYawn

    There were so many looks that were rated high in different articles today that I thought were “meh.” Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Anniston being two. No mention of my girl Emma Stone. I still have to see a full body pic of Jennifer Hudson (after best supporting actress I watched Walking Dead and ff commercials on DVR. Back in time for screenplays!).

    • Stacy Slotnick

      For me, a standout fashion “Do” was Jennifer Hudson. She looked like a star who understands how to wear couture. I agree that Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s attire was underwhelming. Jennifer Aniston wears the same silhouette to each awards show.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        I agree Stacy. Jennifer was stunning in that yellow dress. Beautiful. Just sunshine in yellow. The first thing you noticed was Jennifer, then you stopped to look at the details in the dress. Whereas I felt with some of the other ladies all you saw was the dress. (Or on some, the lack there-of! LOL!)

        • Stacy Slotnick

          She has a gorgeous face and darling personality. The dress plus the person is the perfect combination. Moreover, her performance was very moving. I hope she gets good movie roles. She is the whole package — great actress and singer.

      • MorningYawn

        Just saw JHud. She was GORG!!!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          FYI: Jennifer wore a Romona Keveza dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and bag, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Her emotional ballad brought down the house!