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Anna Williamson's Showbiz Peek at the Week: It's awards season!

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Ahh, you gotta love the world of entertainment. Whilst us mere mortals battle the weekly February dross of dreary weather, unflattering winter clothing (my Ugg boots are in tatters) and shoddy public transport, we can always rely on the world of celebrity to sprinkle a little bit of glamour dust to brighten up our lives; And with the 84th Academy Awards - or Oscars to me and you - taking place this week, we certainly got our fix of celeb stalking!

Oscars 2012 - Kodak theatre Oscar statues

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Of course the Oscars is all about... the fashion. OK, it's supposed to be about the films, but who am I kidding? We all know who the winners are going to be thanks to the UK-hosted Baftas a few weeks ago, so this ceremony serves purely as a social jolly of the who's who of A-list Hollywood royalty, all trying to outdo each other in the most original and expensive frock stakes. Thank you LA, we weren't disappointed.

First up the delightful, and my girl crush of the week, Michelle Williams. Looking stunning in a tomato red, tiered Louis Vuitton number, the 'Best Actress' nominee wowed the world's media with her elegant choice. All credit should be given to her young daughter Matilda though, as it was apparently the fashion-savvy 6-year-old that advised her talented Ma to wear the dress - based purely on the colour. Well done Matilda, a universally acclaimed great choice.

Angelina Jolie at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

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Angelina Jolie at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

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Hollywood's most desirable couple Brangelina wowed the crowds, but it was Angie who grabbed the headlines with THAT leg. A stunning woman, a stunning dress, and we couldn't help but be forced to notice - a stunning right leg. Angie's incessant flashing of her finely honed limb was bizarre if nothing else. Quite why she felt the need to 'strike a pose' in every conceivable photo opportunity I don't think anyone is sure. Still, if I had a leg even half as toned as hers, I'd be wearing bikini bottoms every day of the week.

'Comedy' moment of the night (and yes, I use the inverted commas deliberately) came in the guise of Will Ferrell and the mad bearded bloke from The Hangover. Entering through the orchestra pit whacking a pair of oversized cymbals together, after attempting to deafen Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the front row, the duo continued their 'routine' onto the stage.

Now I'm all for jazzing up what can be a rather predictable and formulaic event, but really?! Was this the best such a pair of comedy heroes could muster up for what is arguably the most glitzy night in the showbiz calendar? Guys, I love you, I love you in your movies, but this was about as funny and entertaining as Katie Price's new Sun on Sunday column.

Good ol' Meryl Streep thankfully managed to keep her stilettos on this time, as she picked up yet another award for her role in The Iron Lady. A heartfelt, understated and humble speech from a truly deserved winner. Some might have found the tearful nod to her devoted husband schmaltzy, but I thought it was sweet and showed what a 'real' women she is away from the movie mayhem.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Ryan Seacrest, Oscars 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen pours ashes over Ryan Seacrest

Meryl Streep, 84th Academy Awards

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And of course the scandal we were waiting for came in the shape of Sacha Baron Cohen. Dressed as his newest creation 'General Aladeen' from upcoming film The Dictator, his chosen target of the night couldn't have been better picked than that of US TV host, Ryan Seacrest.

Chucking an urn of cremated ashes over the normally suave and sophisticated presenter wasn't perhaps the funniest of stunts, but it did serve to liven up the glitz and gloss of the red carpet, especially as Seacrest was clearly stunned and annoyed at having his tux ruined and traipsing ash into the finely hoovered shag pile. Whether you're a fan or not, you've got to admire Cohen's sheer bravado, an awards ceremony isn't a proper do without one of his creations grabbing the headlines.

Back in Blighty, the furore over Adele's Brit speech continues. Reports suggest she is still so annoyed that she has decided to pull out of a potential ITV special.

Oh come on Adele, we know you're miffed, as a fan I wanted you to have your moment too, but it's happened now, it's been and gone; c'est la vie. No-one is doubting that the timing was terrible, but that was exactly the problem in the first place. So it transpires, Damon Albarn unexpectedly waffling on for three and a half minutes was the real cause of the timing crisis and with no choice but to cut you short it ended in the predicament it did.

It's live TV, it happens. James Corden didn't exactly help matters. OK, I didn't envy him having to play 'bad cop', but perhaps his lack of experience handling such a huge live event showed? I don't know. All I know is that Adele, you cannot put a foot wrong at the moment in the eyes of the British public, so please don't deny us, and indeed yourself, the chance to give back to your fans. Hey, with an ITV special you'd have at least a whole hour to thank the world and his wife this time!

Adele collects the MasterCard British Album of the Year award on stage during the 2012 Brit awards at The O2 Arena, London

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A quick mention to my fellow 'athletes' taking part in the Childline 'Step Change' charity race up the 40 floors of the Gherkin in London this Sunday. I've got my trainers and asthma inhaler at the ready for what will be a really fun and worthwhile day raising money for a terrific charity. As a training volunteer counsellor and key supporter, I can't highlight enough how much help we need to keep this vital helpline going as it enters its 25th year. For details please go to www.nspcc.org.uk Thank you.

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Octavia Spencer, Academy Awards
Octavia Spencer nicking the 'Gwynnie' crown with her blub fest speech at winning 'Best Supporting Actress' for The Help

Jonah Hill of Moneyball fame bringing his glamorous twin along as his Oscar date. Otherwise known as, Sharon Lyn... his Mum!

Separated at birth twins, Viola Davis from The Help and Oritsé JLS.

> Meryl Streep donates $10,000 to Viola Davis hometown schoo

Look back at the best and worst dressed celebrities from the Oscars' red carpet below:

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