Abounds at 73rd Annual Oscars©....
have returned with scoops galore folks. The excitement level
of this years Oscar© season was beyond,
well, seeing your favorite restaurant offering a two for one
dinner night including a complimentary bottle of a fine Merlot!
arrived at the red carpet with Belinda armed with Blunt Review
T-shirts, an arsenal of four color cards and riding the ship
were not disappointed! I met a wonderful gentleman named Anderson
Jones from E-Online, my new mentorman. I met a gaggle of stars
the endless list would bore you...I was interviewed on several
local networks and by gorgeous UCLA student for their college
network show. I met possible husband number three disguised
as a Press Escort...(email me schmuck!) Found out what
Catherine Zeta Jones sees in Mr.
Douglas...He's extremely handsome in "real" life.
And I spoke with Tina Hernandez.
that? Well, Tina waited over eleven days for her 18th year to
be in the front row of the bleachers that run along side of
the red carpet. Okay, I guess she really, really digs the Stars.
I prefer a wide screen, a plethora of snacks laid before me
and my trust remote to switch channels from preshow, to preshow.
then again it is THE red carpet were the mini-waisted
ex-dubutantes all animate and move slowely like glittering movie
to life. The spot where those double-dipped demi-gods and unearthly
dudes you yearn for pass calmly by...unaware of the dangerous,
yet delicate, chickbabe feline crouching in the wings...A magical
place, where tall-looking-dashing-smart dressed-shimmering mega-watted
mansteak stars saunter past with their very best face put forward...Joaquin
He's certifiable I swear. Not only did he have real bedhead,
not salon created 45.00 bedhead, but his tie was askew like
after you've parlayed nineteen or so shots of Jaeggermeister
at Wolfie's and your a touch
indisposed. You'd forgotten you had turned your tie 'round to
avoid it hitting the toilet water. Yeah, that was what the young
handsome, if a bit mad, Joacquin looked like. He was also very
charming and a down to Earth (well...Mars) kind of guy who leapt
in the air at the taller side of the bleachers to high-five
(literally) a couple of excited fans.
"Hotter than a fresh steamed dumpling" Del Toro died
his hair!!! Yeah. ( it could be for
The Hunted which he was in from shooting , and heading
right back out to, in Portland with rough and tumbler newlywed
Tommy Lee Jones). Ben's already getting
deathly handsome. His Armani fit him like the glove I wish
I were wrapped around his six foot three frame...Let me catch
he won the Best Supporting Actor award for Traffic.
Like he wasn't a Bally shoe in. His acceptance speech was normalness
squared. It was his after-show press conference in which
he showed the coolest of non-cool- regular- schmoe- done- good
side... He used the term "you know" 1204 times in
his four minute hombre sobre el terreno with the media.
Unlike his Oscar© speech which was
perfectly quirk free and verbatim here->
semi-watching/listening to Excess Baggage as I write...
Roberts was a charmmeister, I thought, accepting her Best
Actress Award. As well as with the press later when she acknowledged
she had forgotten to mention The real Erin
Brockocabbagevich. She has, on several occasions, made
the real Erin quite a centerpoint of her speeches. So, I am
sure the faux pas wont turn into a press nightmare or at least
Everyone's been so vicious about her whacky speech...You decide,
her speech verbatim is here->
if it were me up there accepting such a prestigious award,
it would be the "Meeting Kevin Spacey Incident of 1999"
all over again. My family newsletter headline read: Educated
Gal Relative Shames Family By Drooling and Mumbling Incoherently
in Front of Favorite Actor About O'Neill. I still wake in
a sweat over that little moment in Blunt Memory Hell...Anyway
were was I? She was sweet!
now I can tell you Russell Crowe was registered at six hotels...Apparently
to ward off would be assassins, press (ahem) and kidnappers.
He threw a big bat cave secret party at the Bel Aire... Gee,
I guess my invite was, er, lost in the mail...yeah...
won Best Male Actor for his role in Gladiator
as we all expected...There was a nano-second of doubt due
to his extracurricular getting cookie crumbs in the bed activities
with Meg Ryan, who had been labeled by us all as "Ms.
Polly Purebred. " How dare she be human! Hollywood
can be so snobby. I personally think the Academy gave him the
Oscar© for best actor not just for
his riveting- all encompassing- tour de force- performance in
Gladiator (Best Picture as well), but for their heinous
mistake from last year for NOT giving him his just desert
cake with fudge topping and chopped nuts for his colossal and
exquisite performance in movie they may not have seen, The
thanked his family and mentioned his grandfather (who's war
metal he wore proudly), and his Uncle Dave, (who I have an odd
connection with which maybe someday I'll share)...and advised
fellow beautiful dreamers go for it. His speech verbatim is
has quite a rep around town as being a horses ass! A grand conceited
bunion of a lad and a bit of a wanker. I didn't think so before
and I'm not sure if I think that now...Time may change him but
he's still a good guy in my book mates.
Gay Harden ...well...well...well...the upset of the evening.
She took the Best Supporting Actress trophy for Pollack.
The actors kind of wanted Ellen Burstyn, the public expected
Kate Hudson. Not that she, Marcia, didn't deserve
the best supporting actress award, far from it. It's just usually
the awards are a popularity contest and her campaigning was
under the radar as they say... Her hair looked great.
I say that because she's always got these idiotic bangs in her
films. In every film it seems. Thank her hairdresser for that!
Her lovely speech is
big winners of the night were Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(4) , Gladiator ( 5)and Traffic (4). Here's the official
Grinch won for Best Make-up. So, at least in someway
Hollywood acknowledged the work that went into that masterpiece!
Carrey is so close now to getting up there himself. Maybe his
newbie Majestic will get him the little guy? Er, but
it's a comedy. Hmm. They should have taken Costume design too.
Not because the winner, Janty Yates (Gladiator), isn't
great...But it's easier to recreate Roman trendy wears, then
invent Whoville Townsfolk!
Famous scripter, Cameron Crowe snagged Best Original
Stephen Gaghan (Who's quite a studmuffin-in-waiting by the way...)
ran with the gold for his screen adaptation of Traffic,
which was based on a BBC program across the great big pond.
can be hard...Have you ever read Midnight in The Garden of
Good and Evil? It is ten times as intricate as the multifaceted
film. Screenwriter, John Lee Hancock, certainly worked magic
on that adaptation too. Remember without Gaghan young toro-
Toro couldn't have spoken those award winning words...
made Renee Zellweger use the potty during commercial breaks
with an "Official Academy Pee-pee Escort" armed with
a Rolex stop-watch! You can pull that stunt with the Golden
Globes© but not here missy! She was
on cue, and elegant.
Soderbergh, up a couple of times for direction, parlayed
the Best Director trinket for Traffic. He looked so calm
I wanted them to check his pulse at first...I'd have leapt and
shimmed and bounced ala Life is Beautiful's Roberto Benigni
till they shot me with a tranquilizer gun...but, that's just
me. P.S. Benigni lost his "Most Oscars©
ever won by a Foreign Film" title to Crouching
Tigger, Hidden Dragon this year!
have not seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon YET! Unbelievable
but true...It's not for lack of trying. But I did want to mention
the best Cinematographer award went to them, well to Peter Pau.
When we see a movie, it is the cinematographer who really sets
the mood. Case and point? Hurly
a special note to all you Vincent Price fans... Grieve no more!
He didn't really die, he evidently just changed his name to
Bobby won for Best Original Song In A Motion Picture Wonder
Boys' Things Have Changed
aside: Michael Douglas is ten years younger looking in "real"
life and a super open personality. Catherine Zeta is impeccably
beautiful, and very much in love.
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