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Monday, February 25, 2013

DivaDebbi's 2013 Academy Awards Report Card

I started watching Red Carpet coverage for the Oscar's at about 5:45. By the time it wrapped up, well after midnight, I had taken in Girls on HBO and Shameless on Showtime. Good God, it was dull.

I'm not a twenty something male, so I know precious little about Seth McFarlane and if that is the demographic they are trying to cultivate, well, good luck with that...The Academy Awards are not called, "the Superbowl for Women" for nothing. I found him tedious.

Five words of advice for next year---Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

On a personal note, all of my favorites won, including the magnificent Christoph Waltz, the talented and lovely Jennifer Lawrence and in a roundabout way, Ben Affleck.  Seriously, how can a film win for Best Picture and not nominate its Director???

Anyway, on to the Fashion.  Overall, the women looked quite beautiful and there were far fewer gaffes on the Red Carpet than usual damn it.  Trend favorites included strapless, pale washes of color, metallics and the shades of love, red, corals and pinks.

Still there were some almosts and some clear misses....

The A Team:

As Richards Brand Ambassador for Giorgio Armani,  I was thrilled to see both Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts looking incredibly beautiful in Armani Prive.  When it comes to Red Carpet elegance, Mr. Armani can always be counted on to make his star and those he creates for, shine.

Jessica Chastain. Her best of the season. Adored the red lip.

Naomi Watts. Flawless. Loved the dress, hair and makeup.

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan. The bod, the dress, and that hair. K. O.

Jennifer Lawrence, the new face of Miss Dior Handbags in
Dior couture, by Raf Simons. Breathtaking.

Always stunning, Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Kerry Washington, who has yet to miss on the Red Carpet
 this awards season, in Miu Miu. Impeccable.

The always beautiful Charlize Theron in Dior. Flawless, even
while growing in a buzz cut, worn in a recent role.
I loved Anne Hathaway's Prada gown more from the perfectly
 fitted  back,then the slightly ill fitting  front, but all in all, she killed it.
I haven't completely forgiven her for dissing Mr. Valentino though...
the press release was already issued, when she made her switch

A very happy Mrs. Affleck in custom Gucci, looking very polished.

Le Miz co-star Samantha Berks, exquisite in a simpleValentino
cut to there.  Divine.

Robyn Roberts looking happy and healthy in a sapphire velvet
Mark Bouwer beauty

The B Team:
Here's where it will get nit-picky, since some of these may have been your faves.

Sally Field in Valentino. Her hair and makeup couldn't have been prettierI wish she missed this train...

Nicole Kidman looking Va Va in L'Wren Scott.  I was
thrilled, until they panned down below the knees.

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino. Meh. Flat hair didn't elevate it either,
Especially since she now owns a chunk of "Living Proof".

Jennifer Hudson in Cavalli. Pretty dress. Too much hair.

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton. Great hair. This pretty dress
felt deja vu of other RC looks we have seen on Reese.

The lovely Zoe Saldana.  I was so much happier before I saw the
bottom of this Alixis Mobile gown.

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta.  Beautiful dress, but the color is just too
wishy washy. Her hair also looked too undone for this much dress.
 A little Elnett would have gone a long way...

The C Team:

Donning her Red Carpet fave, Carolina Herrera, Renee Zellweger
looked ill in this pale gold dress with messy hair, bad hair color
and I suspect a good deal of "scalpel please".

I like Adele's bat lashes and big hair, but it looks like Miss Liberty's crown.
I am also a huge Jenny Packham fan, but I much preferred the shorter
version she wore on stage to this.

Halle Berry in Versace. I really didn't like the strong shoulder on
this gown that felt costumey to me.  'Beam me up, Scottie".

Kristen Stewart looked disheveled in this Reem Acra dress, with
uncombed hair...and yes, I know about, "the foot". No excuses.

I could easily have seen this Versace dress worn by Jane Fonda
in a scene from Dynasty, where Alexis and Chrystal both arrive
in the same frock and attempt to rip it off each other, tumbling
into a fountain in the process. Dated.

Helen Hunt in "couture H&M"  can someone please 'splain this  to me?
The whole thing is an oxymoron. Rumpled is not pretty.

The Train Wrecks:

Helena Bonham Carter in her Vivien Westwood Le Miz Costume

Brandy Glanville in a topless dress of, surprise!, her own design.

Melissa McCarthy in a David Meister stage curtain

Meryl Streep in Lanvin with olive hair.   Call me Babe...

Heidi Klum in part of a dress. Can someone kindly
explain to me how she hosted Project Runway for 10 years???
Olivia Munn in Marchesa looking like she walked off the set of
Aida at the Met. By the way, what was she doing there?  She neither
performed, nor presented. That always boggles me. Not your year
honey, go to the VF party instead.

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan Atelier. Shockingly bad.
Wilma Flinstone,  say hello to Jane Jetson...

So my lovelies, there you have it. The Good, the Bad and the Fugly. Agree?
Disagree?  Did I leave anyone out???

Till the Emmy's...



  1. I enjoyed your critique, Debbi. Personally, I didn't feel any of them knocked it out of the park. And waaay too many, "What in the world were they thinking?" moments. Really rather inexcusable given all the resources at their fingertips.

    Gotta give Jane credit for doing her homework when surgeon shopping though!

  2. Thank you for including Robyn Roberts! She's a class act.

  3. Always love your reviews and have to agree - bit of a snooze fest including the attire - all very nice but no major home runs in my book and I felt Jennifer Garner's dress was pretty but supremely unflattering - made her look like she had the figure of a 12 year old boy.

  4. Dawn,
    LOL, yes, she does look fab and I think its great that she has been open about it...If you hate your neck and your Jane Fonda, go for it (or anyone else,for that matter. Truly, no one's beeswax.)

    I had just seen Robyn Robert's amazing journey on 20/20. Remarkable, brave, raw. I wish her good health and happiness. She looked amazing.

    Im frequently tough on Jennifer Garner. I think her figure is pretty boyish, so I'm OK with the fit. I always love seeing the after party THERE were some fabulous frocks!



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