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And the Oscar goes to…

By Lisa Schaefer

reg_1024.lev.seth.cm.22413_copyThe glitz, the glamour, the gold…Last night Hollywood’s biggest stars hit the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards celebrating the best in film, sending the social media world abuzz with winner projections, potential Oscar snubs and fashion faux pas. In case you missed the 3.5 hour event, here are some of the highlights.

Designers Deemed Red Carpet Royalty. Stars arrived one-by-one at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood dressed in the most elaborate designer gowns, jewels and tailored tuxes. The Red Carpet is arguably just as important as the award ceremony itself, where designers are center stage in the media spotlight in hopes of a rave review and a placement on the “Best Dressed” lists. Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain channeled old-time glamour in Armani Prive and Harry Winston vintage jewelry. Silver Lining’s Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence stole the show in a strapless Dior Haute Couture dress and presenter Charlize Theron turned heads with a short pixie haircut sporting a Dior white gown that trended worldwide.

The Host With The Most (Offended). Host Seth MacFarlane kicked off his opening monologue with song and dance numbers featuring Oscar nominees and presenters. The “Family Guy” and “American Dad” creator didn’t play it safe with his joke lineup, leaving audience members laughing, gasping and a little uneasy. Most notably, a few zingers left some offended when a comparison was made between the nominated film “Django Unchained” and a Chris Brown/Rihanna ‘”date night” scenario, drudging up the controversial and public domestic violence scandal between the couple. For some critics and viewers, the remark left a bad taste in their mouths.

The Golden Lining. To fill the awkward silence between flopped jokes were show stopping performances such as Jennifer Hudson, Oscar winner Adele and the “Les Miserables” cast.  Among those raking in the coveted golden statues, Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Les Miserables”. Christopher Waltz accepted an award for his role in Quentin Tarentino’s “Django Unchained”. The crowd leapt to their feet for a nervous and humbled Jennifer Lawrence who tripped on her dress as she took the stage to accept her award for Best Actress. Three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis snagged  Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

Closing Words. The evening progressed with Hollywood alum Jack Nicholson presenting “Argo” with Best Picture alongside surprise guest First Lady Michelle Obama via satellite. In his acceptance speech for Best Film, Director Ben Affleck, made light of being snubbed by the Academy in year’s past and thanked producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov and family to end the night on a high note.

As directors may say, it’s a wrap! While we now must say farewell to awards season, we look forward to the new trends in fashion and film, and the potential PR scenarios that may follow.

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