The Academy Awards’ Red Hot Red Carpet Ends Award Season With a Bang

February 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Caroline Foster
cfoster@smu.edu

The red carpet was buzzing with glamorous ladies at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Hollywood’s top actresses ruled the red carpet in bold colors and shimmery sequins.

The color of the night was red. From Oscar newbie Jennifer Lawrence’s red body hugging Calvin Klein Collection dress to Sandra Bullock’s strapless Vera Wang number, bold was definitely better last night. The award show host, Anne Hathaway strutted down the red carpet in a radiant red Valentino gown with red lips and nails to match.

Other leading ladies continued to prove that color on the carpet definitely works. Academy Award winner Natalie Portman showed off her pregnancy bump in a wine colored dress by Rodarte. Another star who chose the deep purple hue was Scarlett Johansson. She wore a lace Dolce & Gabbana gown with an open back, proving that even without Ryan Reynolds on her arm she can still look amazing. Mila Kunis continued the lace trend in a lilac Elie Saab Haute Couture dress.

Tangerine was the choice for newly slim Jennifer Hudson, while Amy Adams chose blue. Fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld was pretty in a pale pink Marchesa tea-length dress with a full tulle skirt.

Neutrals were anything but basic when livened up by feathers and sequins à la Hilary Swank. The Oscar Winner wore a Gucci gown that glittered with metallic sequins and had an ombre feather skirt. The always-stunning Halle Berry complimented her skin tone in a nude Marchesa dress with sequins and a tulle train.

Gwenyth Paltrow took the glitz to a whole new level in her simple silhouette Calvin Klein Collection dress. The pale-gold shimmery gown reflected the light beautifully. Her sleek hair completed the head-turning look.

Leave it to Reese Witherspoon to show us classic combinations will never go out of style. The Hollywood starlet wore a black and white strapless Giorgio Armani Privé gown. Her high blonde ponytail and emerald Neil Lane earrings evoked the feeling of a vintage Barbie doll.

The stars were out to shine last night, ending award show season with a bang.

Oscar Nominees: Not All Surprises

February 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Elisabeth Brubaker
ebrubake@smu.edu

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2010 Oscar nominees first thing this morning in Hollywood.

This is the first year the Academy Awards has had a list of 10 nominees for Best Picture. Avatar is up for nine awards including best picture which is not quite a surprise after racking in more than $595 million.

The Nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards are:

Best Picture:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Bastards
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

Actor in a Leading Role:
George Clooney
Morgan Freeman
Jeff Bridges
Colin Firth
Jeremy Renner

Actress in a Leading Role:
Sandra Bullock
Helen Mirren
Carey Mulligan
Gabourey Sidibe
Meryl Streep

Actor in a Supporting Role:
Matt Damon
Woody Harrelson
Christopher Plummer
Stanley Tucci
Christoph Waltz

Actress in a Supporting Role:
Penelope Cruz
Vera Farmiga
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Anna Kendrick
Mo’Nique

The Awards go live March 7, 2010 at 7 pm central time on ABC.

For more information on other awards including Cinematography, Directing, Makeup, and others go to The Oscar Web Site.