Well, Tommy Lee Jones didn’t have much fun. During what I thought was a hilarious routine by presenters Kristin Wiig and Will Ferrell, he sat at his table looking very glum.
Maybe it was because he lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Christoph Waltz. Or maybe he’s just not into SNL-type humor.
In any case, I thought the combo of Fey and Poehler did a great job of hosting. The only problem? There wasn’t enough of them; as with many award-show hosts, they disappeared for a too-long stretch during the last half.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, it’s my duty to discuss the red carpet. I started watching on E!, a network that usually makes me cringe and turn the channel in disgust. But tonight they bested the “Today” show crew. Ryan Seacrest was clearly more comfortable talking about designer dresses than Matt Lauer, and don’t get me started on Savannah Guthrie; I still can’t figure out why NBC handed her the co-anchor job, as attractive and articulate as she is.
The gowns were mostly gorgeous. I used to enjoy the crazy outfits, but the stylists have taken all the whimsy out of the fashion part of these shows. Still, some of the ladies looked like princesses and I need to give them props. My faves:
Amy Adams. Some people thought the color washed her out, but I liked her monochromatic look. And the shape of the dress was very….mermaid-ish.
Halle Berry. She’s incapable of looking bad, but I loved the colors of her gown as well as the off-the-shoulder top and the Angelina Jolie/bare leg bottom.
Kate Hudson. She went with the long sleeves (it’s cold here in CA – smart move). Some thought the black made her look funereal, but I liked the simplicity of her gown and the plunging neckline plunged but not excessively. I also like blondes with gold accents.
Zooey Deschanel. There seemed to be a lot of red on the red carpet (Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, Claire Danes), but I think Deschanel wore hers the best.
My least faves:
Jessica Chastain. She’s a really good actress and I was glad she won tonight, but the top of her dress reminded me of a bathing suit my grandmother wore in the 50s, saggy boobs and all.
Julianne Moore. Tom Ford designed her gown. My question is what was he thinking? Not pretty.
Nicole Kidman. I wasn’t crazy about this one. Not awful. Just a little too dominatrix.
I had no quibble with the awards themselves.
Daniel Day-Lewis was amazing in “Lincoln,” but since I didn’t like the movie I wasn’t sorry it didn’t win anything else.
I figured Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence would win in their respective categories and all were very deserving. The wild card was Ben Affleck and Argo. I didn’t expect the film to make such an impact, but I liked it a lot. Now it goes into the Oscars with new momentum, which should make that show more interesting.
Other moments of note:
Sasha Baron Cohen made me laugh. Anne Hathway reminded me of a younger, prettier Liza Minnelli with that haircut. Dustin Hoffman must have been hitting the tanning booth pre-show. Jodie Foster was….what, exactly? Her speech had all the earmarks of a therapy session. She wanted privacy but she was broadcasting to the world that she wanted privacy. She wasn’t coming out but she said she’s been out for years. She seemed to be announcing her retirement but maybe just from acting (or maybe not). I did notice that there were many on Twitter who teared up when she mentioned her mother, so there was that. Mostly, I wished her buddy and seatmate Mel Gibson had introduced her (Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t making much sense) so we could have seen what sort of reaction he’d get from the audience. Oh well. There’s always next year.
P.S. I left out all the TV stuff because I don’t watch any of the shows. I know, I know. I’m missing “Homeland” and “Girls.” Only so many hours in a day.