The first thing I would like to say about the Red
Carpet is that this summary was broken into three
parts, so there may be more ‘palatable’ chunks and
easier to read. This part is about style, charisma
and other details noted during pre-Oscar interviews.
Mainly, my comments are reflecting my own personal
thoughts, although I may mention something that
was a fact or opinion of someone else, also.
When I had gathered up my snacks and iced coffee
in preparation for what I knew would be a long
night, I was very excited to sit down to watch
the 86th Academy Awards Show. I turned on to watch
the preliminary Red Carpet event.
The first person I saw was the handsome, quirky
(remember he liked to play his bongos in the nude?)
and very honest Matthew McConaughey. I always felt he
had ‘deserved an Oscar,’ for his early career, lawyer
character he played in “A Time to Kill.” This was an
outstanding movie version of John Grisham’s book of
the same name.
Here Matthew’s character was in the South, trying
to defend a man who was accused of killing two men
who had raped and killed his 10 year old daughter.
Race comes into play, as the man Samuel L. Jackson’s
portraying is black, while the men who raped and
discarded the child are white. Sandra Bullock portrays
the lawyer’s wife. There are fascinating characters
including ones portrayed by Donald Sutherland and
Kevin Spacey portray. It is an intense drama, made
in 1996, Matthew was able to ‘sink his acting chops’
into this role and did a fine job, too!
Matthew McConaughey has never been nominated for an
Oscar, which is shocking in itself. That movie was
like a variation of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” for
which I am pretty sure won Gregory Peck an Academy
Matthew had his beautiful wife and mother of his
three children, Camilla, on one arm and his now
famous mother, who has accompanied him to prior
award shows, on the other arm.
Naomi Watts looked outstanding in a glittering white
dress which had cap sleeves. She wore accents of a
silver necklace and held a black and white small
clutch, it sported a zigzag pattern on it.
I really loved Kerry Washington’s lavender dress,
which was made of satin, off her shoulder and
not trying to cover her pregnancy. She is on a
television show that I don’t watch, “Scandals.”
Viola Davis looked very fashionable in a green,
almost aquamarine, colored dress, while showing her
natural ‘down to earth’ beauty. Her husband, of
over ten years, accompanied Viola. When she was
asked, “Who is your date tonight?” by interviewer,
Lara (rhymes with Sarah) Spencer, I thought to
“You didn’t do your homework!”
There will be an even more major ‘faux pas’ by this
Ms. Spencer, in my mind, later…
I like the relationship Jason Sudeikis has with his
wife, Olivia Wilde, who looked lovely in black.
Jason is a comedian, with his roots in Saturday
Night Live, branching out into many comedy roles.
(In such comedies as “We Are the Millers,” “Hall
Pass,” and “Horrible Bosses,” mainly R rated and
not ones to watch for plot or character growth,
but funny!) While his wife, Olivia, has played
conniving, yet beautiful and intriguing characters.
They were smiling and it seemed there were a few
private jokes in their glances at each other. She
is expecting and the black silky dress showed her
Cate Blanchett, in a gorgeous Armani dress which
was sheer with a vine pattern of golden sequins,
just shimmered! Her hair style resembled the 50’s
like the way famous actress, Lauren Bacall, wore
her hair about shoulder length, curled under and one
side pulled back.
I would say Cate looked ‘bejeweled’ and ‘enchanting.’
Sandra Bullock wore a fabulous dress of a deep blue
with purple tones, it was designed by Alexander
McQueen, for her. I liked that interviewer Robin
Roberts, a more serious newscaster, asked her about
Sandra’s role in the movie, “Gravity.”
The way Ms. Roberts asked, it helped draw Sandra out.
She gave a revealing expression of her feelings while
in her role as an astronaut, floating in space and
dangerously disconnected from the spacecraft, left
her a “changed woman.”
She further told Robin that she is quite emotional
about her experience “and hasn’t quite sorted all
of it out yet.”
This is the kind of candid remarks I like to have
the interviewers, in their brief moments, make their
time worthwhile. By asking a serious and thoughtful
question, this makes the Red Carpet a great feature.
Jennifer Lawrence has been sporting a nice, short
young-looking hair style this whole season of awards.
Her portrayal in “American Hustle” was a whole
different look, matching the seventies movie. Her
short blonde hair and red satin dress, made her look
like a classic beauty. I did not mind her flat waist
with red ruffles on the side continuing onto her
back. The dress flattered her, emphasizing her curves.
Now, here goes the problem with Lara Spencer, when
Sidney Poitier approached her, being told to head
that way, (off camera) she recognizes him, or maybe
there are big cards with his name, hidden from our
view? But really, who doesn’t know how to pronounce
his last name? She mangled it, not sure if anyone
else will notice, but he did! He did not seem too
pleased, very quiet and not answering her questions
too frankly, either. He deserved respect. Surely she
knew who he was, 87 years old, presenting later, during
the Oscars’ show. On the Red Carpet, this is something
that really bothered me about this woman and other
interviewers in the past. I would have loved a chance
“Mr. Poitier, which was your favorite role?”
I liked him in many movies and he played different
kinds of men. Educated, in “To Sir With Love” and a
handyman stranded amongst nuns in “Lilies of the Field.”
He won an Academy Award in 1963, for this role, as the
first male black actor, winning “Best Actor.”
(I did a post about this movie, actor, director and
Then proving himself a major star, drawing large
audiences to the box office, Poitier played a great
police detective, in “The Heat of the Night,”
followed by two other sequels, “They Call Me MISTER
Tibbs” and “The Organization.”
Jonah Hill, nominated for his role in “Wolf on Wall
Street” has ventured into dramatic roles, growing from
his comic roots. He looked like he is trimmer, nicely
dressed in a tuxedo, having brought his mother as his
‘date.’ His first Oscar was for an interesting movie,
I had not expected to like him, in “Moneyball.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor was the only man in my forecasts and
posts for the Academy Awards, 2014. I predicted he
would win “Best Actor,” for his role in the intense
movie, “12 Years a Slave.” He has acted for years,
contributed to a lot of fantastic movies, an edgy
character role of a transvestite, included.
Ejiofor comes across, in interviews and on the Red
Carpet, as a very dignified and articulate man. The
interviewer labeled him, “Dapper,” and I agreed.
Lupita Nyong’O looked very beautiful in her light
blue, airy like the lightest turquoise colored
sky dress with a low cut v-neckline. She was very
attractive, beaming and spinning for the cameras.
She portrays a young slave woman in “12 Years a
I have yet to find an “ugly” dress or someone who
didn’t look ravishing or handsome. I do wish to say
that Julia Roberts’s black dress was very pretty,
but upon closer look I found the ruffle around her
waist made her look ‘thicker’
than her sleek body usually looks. I remember this
style, had a jacket that had the ruffle, my mother
had pointed it out as ‘not very flattering.’ I hate
to say much about Julia because her hair, makeup and
jewelry were ‘just right.’ She looked glamorous,
except for the odd weave to the black lace on her
bodice and ruffled waistline.
Julia looks great in what is called a “mermaid style”
We will hear during the different follow up shows on
“E!” channel, “Entertainment Tonight” and the “Billy
Bush” show, who the ‘worst dressed’ were…
Another unattractive look was that Bill Murray had
no makeup or cover up over his age spots. I thought
his whole appearance looked like a disheveled, absent-
minded professor. He is a very humble man, when asked
by an interviewer what makes you laugh? Murray said,
“The two sportscasters on ESPN, my kids and good
humor in comedies.” (Paraphrased, I started to
not get things down as quickly at this point!)
The last glamorous couple who look like they fit
together and show an easy going relationship,
were Will and wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. She looked
effervescent in pink. Her Versace dress had a
stylish twisted halter top with another twist of
fabric on one side of her waist. It suited her
well. Will Smith’s tuxedo looked very handsome
with a black vest and tie.
Later, during the Oscars, there was some concern
about Kim Novak’s plastic surgery and her outward
appearance. She seemed distracted or flighty, but
she may have been nervous. It has been a long time
since she was the beautiful actress in “Vertigo.”
After all, that was 1958 and she is now 81 years old!
On to the Main Event…
Please join me in the next post!