Here are my observations from the 81st annual Academy Awards.
30 Going on 60 – Best Actress winner Kate Winslet didn’t dress her age.
Best Dressed – Taraji P. Henson from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Angelina Jolie (she’s come a long way from her Goth look), Freida Pinto, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman, Amy Adams
Worst Dressed – Mickey Rourke, Philip Seymour Hoffman (or Seymour Philip Hoffman as presenter Alan Arkin called him), and Whoopi Goldberg (although it was a step up from her roll out of bed look on The View).
The Biggest Loser – Knocked Up star Seth Rogen knocked off around 50 pounds.
Coolest Couples – Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane, and Heidi Klum and Seal
Black-Out – After high profile appearances on The Super Bowl and The Grammys, Jack Black continued his streak by presenting with Jennifer Aniston.
Black is nothing compared to Beyonce – Beyonce Knowles continues her hot streak from the Inauguration, The Grammys, and her hit song Put a Ring on It, with a starring role in the show’s big production number. Meanwhile, her and Etta James’ song, At Last, was used in a vaccum commercial during the show.
Host Report Card – Hugh Jackman looked great, sang and danced great, and held his own with Beyonce. That Moulin Rouge inspired number (which I liked) with Baz Luhrman was seen by more people than their last collaboration, Australia.
And the Role of Jack Nicholson will be played by…Meryl Streep, who sat in the front row and basically was kissed up to the entire night. Her pretty daughter who was sitting next to her, got tons of airtime.
Good Job Producers – Show producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon should be complimented for changing the way the awards were given out (More stars), not subjecting us to every Best Song performance, and improving the In Memoriam segment with a song by Queen Latifah.
Nice Girls – Former Mean Girl flunkee Amanda Seyfried of Mamma Mia starred in the big production number and was seen on HBO’s Big Love airing at the same time.
I will be discussing the Academy Awards on WDEL 1150-AM with Allan Loudell at 4:24 p.m. Monday.