When children are little, you remember this, they love to be someone
else. They may play “Daddy” by simply wearing his shoes, clumping
around in them, or put his old, discarded tie or scarf on. They may
play “Princess,” by wearing a crown and a ballerina ‘tutu’ skirt.
The best part about children’s dress up clothes is that they are able to
use their imagination. A white coat or vest becomes the wardrobe of
a ‘doctor’ or ‘nurse.’ A fringed vest makes them a cowboy or cowgirl.
The way children love to try on different hats and come up with
their own choice of profession is amusing. Sometimes, my kids or
grandkids are ‘proper ladies’ while they also can be rowdy clowns
in the very same hats. The aprons I have can transform them into
a ‘chef’ or a ‘butler.’
Taking off his shirt, my grandson, Micah feels he is ready to ‘wash
dishes.’ He cracked me up this weekend, by telling me his ‘other’
grandmother”Mimi,” paid him ten dollars for cleaning the toilet.
I told him I would pay him one dollar if he did the dishes after he
helped make pancakes. He followed this comment with a big grin
“That’s a real deal, isn’t it, for you?”
As I was watching the S.A.G. Awards, (Screen Actors’ Guild), I was
picturing the times when I would get ‘gussied up’ in my childhood.
I also imagined those lovely dresses the women were wearing ‘on
loan’ for me to try on and play ‘dress up,’ once again.
The Red Carpet is always a fun place in my mind to be. Here are
some of the people who looked ravishing or handsome last night.
In the male category, there are only a few who I noted any kind
of unusual or fancy tuxedos.
1. Matthew McConaughey wore a azure blue tux with black tie
and pants. He had a nice look about him, although I am not as
crazy about his beard. He may be getting ready for another film,
but his beard was scraggly. And not like the ‘5 o’clock shadow’
stubble, which famous actors seem to gravitate towards, maybe
to look ‘more masculine?’ Not sure why this style is so popular.
Matthew was looking more healthy than last year, when he lost
a lot of weight to look like an AIDs victim in, “Dallas Buyers Club.”
2. The British Eddie Redmayne looked outstanding. He was
wearing a traditional tuxedo, but his boyish good looks in such
contrast to the role he had portrayed for his award nomination,
Stephen Hawking. At the awards ceremony, his hair was nicely
styled combed back with a few strands coming forward.
(In the movie, “Theory of Everything”he wore his glasses off-kilter,
his hair not cut well, and of course, his posture was sometimes so
crooked, he looked like he might fall out of his wheelchair.)
*Eddie Redmayne WON the Best Male Actor in a Movie, 2015.
3. Michael Keaton, who wore his hair so closely shaved he
almost looked ‘bald.’ I am sure the military haircut was part of
his dressy attire. The tuxedo had a black velvet collar, which
matched his black velvet bow tie. He was very friendly with a
big smile, which made him more attractive in this event.
(He was nominated for his performance in “Birdman.”)
*The movie WON for Best Cast in a Movie.
This is the equivalent to “Best Picture of the Year.”
4. Kevin Costner looked handsome but his wife was his best
‘accessory.’ He also was wearing black sunglasses. She had
on a beautiful scarlet dress with half sleeves and her blonde
hair was flowing down her shoulders.
She said she loved his movie, “Black or White.” He told the
interviewer he felt one of his legal speeches in the movie
was reminiscent to the one in “Inherit the Wind.” If so, this
would be a great reason for his movie to be nominated next
year for the 2016 film awards.
I usually choose brightly dressed women, but there are a
couple of fabulous white dresses to note also.
1. Keira Knightley was simply gorgeous in her deep purple
dress, showing her ‘baby bump’ when the camera caught her
facing sideways. But the layers of the lacy, plum dress actually
hid her form when she was standing ‘straight on.’ as she
presented an award.
(Nominated for movie: “The Imitation Game.”)
2. Viola Davis was stunning in her beautiful white dress which
accented her shapely figure with a ‘throw back’ style of a halter
dress. She looked thinner in this dress than any other gowns I
have seen her in this season. She had a short, styled ‘fro, which is
the shortened way of saying she wore an ‘Afro.’ This hairstyle
went perfectly with the 70’s style of her dress.
*Viola Davis WON for the television drama, “How to Get Away
3. Felicity Jones wore a beautiful pastel pink dress that criss-
crossed across her shoulders. It looked like an Audrey Hepburn
styled dress, while her dark hair was pulled back and up. She
was lovely in this and she held herself well, very mature in her
appearance. (She played Stephen Hawking’s first wife and was
nominated for this role in “Theory of Everything.”)
4. Reese Witherspoon was wearing white with her hair slicked
back into a pony tail. The hair was okay but her dress was very
classic and elegant. She created a lovely ‘demure’ look with this
white dress. (She was nominated for her role in “Wild,” which
she was almost the only character and in every scene.)
5. Uzo Aduba wore a brilliant yellow dress with some designs on
it which made her look very pretty. She is a medium sized woman
who can also look masculine, while wearing her ‘prison garb’ on
the show, “Orange is the New Black.”She looked radiant the whole
*Uzo Aduba WON for her Best Actress in Comedy Television Series.
She was exuberant.
6. Julianne Moore, with her auburn colored hair and her gorgeous
green dress looked like a young Irish lassie. Her emerald dress was
shimmery and almost like a mermaid in its appearance.
(The movie Julianne Moore was nominated for was in a recent post,
*Julianne Moore WON Best Actress in a Movie.
7. Julianna Margulies wore a blue dress which was beautiful and
she looked regal. Her choice of wearing her hair pulled back
accentuated the dress, but I prefer her thick hair down. My
favorite time she appeared on an awards show this season was
when she was the one to give George Clooney his “Lifetime
Achievement Award,” which made me smile. Did you ever watch
those two as a couple when he was a doctor; she a nurse on “E.R?”
The award was given at the 2015 Golden Globes.
(Julianna Margulies has been nominated for her role in “The Good
Wife” and won before.)
8. One of my favorite funny women, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, wore
such a fabulous black, long-sleeved lacy dress. The sheerness of
the black lace and her long, curly hair style looked captivating.
I felt the black lace dress seemed ‘vintage’ and liked the way
it looked on her.
(Last year, she was nominated for her role in the late James
Gandolfini movie, “Enough Said.”)
During the television program of the SAG Awards, there was a
preview commercial for a movie with live actors and actresses
in a new version of, “Cinderella.” After watching all the fancy
dresses and tuxedos, I was wishing I could head on out to see
this upcoming movie.
I have always enjoyed both the Disney animated version of,
“Cinderella.” Along with the various movies which have done
a ‘take’ on the idea of a mean stepmother and two self-centered
“Bippity boppity boo.”
See you in my dreams, pretty Cinderella!