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Oscar pools add to fun during awards show

I have to admit I was expecting a more entertaining Oscars show with Seth McFarlane handling the hosting duties. He did fine despite what the haters on Twitter said, but it’s still The Oscars, and much of the show can still be very boring. I switched over to watch “The Walking Dead” and the Showtime Sunday shows instead.

But, with the popularity of Oscar pools and betting on the winners, plenty of people were still glued to the screen waiting for the announcements. That’s not surprising, as the huge popularity of football has a lot to do with our desire to bet on sports and the exploding popularity of fantasy football.

There were plenty of surprises on Oscar night to keep everyone excited. Things got started with Christoph Waltz winning for Best Supporting Actor for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” He definitely was not the favorite, with Nate Silver and others having him as the third most likely winner in the category with Tommy Lee Jones as the favorite. So right off the bat, many had a miss in their Oscar pool, while a few had a huge early win to start the evening.

Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence were favorites, so that had to reassure those who were less adventurous in their picks, but the Best Director and Best Picture results definitely had to blow up most pools. Ang Lee was a big surprise. As for “Argo,” it did pick up steam with people like Silver picking it to win, and the snub of Ben Affleck by the Academy may have even helped its cause. “Lincoln” was an excellent film, but I didn’t leave the theater thinking it was a lock for Best Picture. Daniel Day-Lewis was probably the biggest lock of the night, as his portrayal of Lincoln was inspiring.

So next year I think I’m finally going to enter a pool so it’s a little easier to sit through some of the contrived dance numbers and lame jokes.

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Most Well-Dressed Celebrities of 2013 So Far

Fashion magazines and websites usually compile their lists of the best dressed celebrities for the year from award shows. Since the major award season is almost over, we already have a good idea on who dresses the best.

The red carpet is where real style is born. Everything in a red carpet outfit has to match and balance out beautifully. There are the shoes, tie, suit, dress, jewelry, hair style and lastly the bag to consider. Also body shape because not all dresses suit an hourglass figure. As for color, if it complements your skin tone, then you should be all set to dazzle the paparazzi.

Celebrities such as Katy Perry at this year Grammy’s worked the classic Hollywood look well. Her mint colored gown from Gucci really suited her body shape because it accentuated her waist and balanced out her long sleeves with a nice trail. Long and flowing, Katy Perry looked willowy but elegant because her long and curly hair suited the flow of the dress.

As for accessories, she did not go overboard and instead continued to hone her balancing act towards the dress. If wearing something light shaded, always go for a darker shade in the same color.

As for dressing up like this famous singer, you can find mint colored dresses all over because the color is becoming extremely popular. If you have a tight hugging waist like Katy Perry, invest in a large necklace to complement the look, you can find many matching necklaces at a clearance sale online. As for earrings, studs always go well with large necklaces.

Speaking of blue tinted colors, sapphire blue is also very popular on the red carpet at the moment. At the BAFTA awards, up and coming actress, Jessica Chastain from the film Zero Dark Thirty looked smashing in her strapless sapphire blue gown by designer Roland Mouret. This nominated actress for an academy award also sported other bold colors at the Golden Globes with sea foam and the Screen Actors Guild Awards with show stopping red.

Bold colors suit Jessica’s pearl like complexion and definitely makes her stand out from the crowd. But since she has chosen bold colors, she cannot over accessorize too much. If the color is striking, you are better going for a much softer and asymmetrical look. For instance, this sapphire blue gown looks more stylish when paired up with matching studs in comparison to a matching choker.

If Jessica wore a necklace, her outfit would look too busy and then she would have to style her hair up. And since the dress is designed with more layers at the neck line, little accessory is needed. With long and flowing gowns, hair styles do have to match the dress more instead of the shoes because you cannot see them.

So next time you are wearing a nice and long dress, pick a hair style that suits its fit and texture. Curls always go well with soft textiles and figure hugging dresses. Straight hair, however suits a tougher texture and layered dress.

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Top 5 Unofficlal awards on Oscar night

Laugh, Meryl Streep. Laugh!

When all the dust had cleared, all that was left were fake smiles of the losers and P.R. people promoting why you should see nominated films yet again. Nevertheless, there were awards that should’ve been handed out for only the best of reasons.

1. Best actress in a bout with gravity – Jennifer Lawrence. She could beat out a dozen teens trying to kill her for food in the “Hunger Games,” but she couldn’t walk in a dress without eating Oscar stairs. She got the last laugh taking home Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook,” but I guess being hot and coordinated was too much to ask.

2. Best Actress who left her headlights on – Anne Hathaway. Anne made an impression that only Mr. Skin could truly love. The only thing perkier than her upper chest region was the 9 year-old in the audience who probably asked her parents “Was she good enough to be the main actress likes me?

3. Best Host who was damned no matter what – Seth MacFarlane. Word is the senior members in the audience thought he was crude and unfunny. Of course, he got to be clowned by the 81 year-old William Shatner and made out with 66 year-old Sally Field. You’d think he’d get free AARP membership just for that alone. Check out the reaction shots from his “We saw your boobs” song and you’ll see why he needed an escort to his car.

4. Actor who will be referred to as “Mr. Meryl Streep” – Daniel Day Lewis. Winning an Oscar is great. Winning twice is exceptional, but winning three is just showing off. The uber-method actor is the Phil Jackson of acting right now. He’s one superhero role away from making people hating him for just being that good.

5. And the Who can get fired on Oscar night goes to…. – The Onion employee who tweeted a highly offensive comment about Quvenzhane Wallis. Quvenzhane is 9, cute and was nominated for Best Actress. The twittersphere unleashed their fury at the Onion and they rightfully suspended/reprimanded the employee in question. He or she is anonymous now, but people are already calling for their identity to get an additional pound of flesh (with dipping sauce and a biscuit).

God bless you, Hollywood.

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Oscars 2013, Your Time is Here

This year was, quite indeed, a great year for the movies. More times than not, I sat on the edge of my theatre seat in great anticipation for what was about to unfold in front of my very easily distracted eyes.  This even includes a twice interrupted viewing of Zero Dark Thirty, of which the projector froze twice. So what am I hoping for with the impending arrival of the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony? Well, mostly I’m hoping that Seth McFarlane keeps his jokes offensive and the crowd roaring, Jennifer Lawrence wears something  other than a dress that looks as though the bust could double as a BB gun, and that Daniel Day Lewis let’s somebody else win for once. Really dude.

Aside from those small requests, I’m hopeful and content with any and all contenders the academy sees fit for the naked gold man, whom I assume is called Oscar. Except, I’d also really prefer if it didn’t go to Hugh Jackman either, as it is he just irks me.

Where am I going with this, you ask? I just want to point out, again, that it has been an awesome year at the movies. Aside from Taken 3. That is. Because I don’t like to drink or socialize on the regular, movie watching is pretty much my part time job, and this year, they really put me to work. For starters, I never anticipated a quasi-romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper to completely overwhelm me to the point where I was at a loss to describe what made the movie so, well, moving. Also, after being dragged to the theatres, quite reluctantly, to watch what was, according to me, a boring historical movie about the capture of a now evil dead guy, it was I who could not shut up about Zero Dark Thirty, or Jessica Chastain’s performance, for weeks. Skyfall, might just have been the best recent Bond movie of yet, and then of course, there was the brilliance of, Argo fuck  yourself.

So, Mr. Oscar, whatever you have in store tomorrow for us I’m sure will be alright with me, as it should be the rest of the world. However, Hollywood 2013, you have a lot to live up to.

And I’ll be watching you.

 

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