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.

The Daily Update: Monday, Feb. 28

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

On today’s Daily Update you’ll see what kind of bomb was dropped in L.A. last night. Also, the tension in Libya continues to develop and the Space Shuttle Discovery makes its last flight. All this and more on your Daily Update.

The Daily Mustang: Monday, Feb. 28 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Mustang Weekend Guide: Feb. 25-27

February 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe and Natalie Blankenship
mustangeditors@gmail.com

With the Oscar’s coming up on Sunday, we encourage you to treat yourself to a star-studded weekend. From cupcakes to movies to shopping, there’s something for everyone.

Let’s Go To the Movies:
Best Picture Showcase at AMC Northpark
What: Head to the AMC as they screen all the 2011 Oscar nominees for “Best Picture” in a full-day marathon of film.
Why: You can brush up on all the buzzed-about films and spend an entire day eating popcorn.
Time: The shows kick off Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. and run until 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35 for all five movies including Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and The Social Network

Saw Shaw?:
“You Never Can Tell” at Meadows
Showtimes: Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m.
What: The Division of Theatre in Meadows continues their season with this whitty play with a bright set from Tony-award winning set designer John Antone.
Why: Student tickets are only $7
Read More: Our review from opening night can tell you what to expect.

Cupcake Wars: Dallas’ newest cupcake shop

Picture from www.trailercakes.com

What: A cupcake shop based out of an Airstream trailer has now hit Richardson. They deliver if you live near Richardson, but if not you can stop by to try all of their innovative flavors like chocolate coconut, peanut butter and jelly and lemon.
Why: Who doesn’t love cupcakes?
Where: order online at www.trailercakes.com

Shop til you drop.

What: a new pop-up store that houses fun clothing brands at up to 60 percent off.
Why: great deals, location, location, location.
Where: Mockingbird Station
When: Thursday-Saturday, 11 -8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

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.

Arts Beat: Jackman Fell Flat, Man

February 23, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The 81st Annual Academy Awards provided little in the form of surprises: Heath Ledger was posthumously named Best Actor in a Supporting Role (as Joker in “The Dark Knight”); “Slumdog Millionaire” was named, among other things, Best Picture; and Meryl Streep garnered her record 15th Best Actress/Supporting Actress nomination, only to be once again overlooked in favor of a younger face – Penelope Cruz. (Streep has already won an Oscar, so why not spread the wealth, right?)

But the most surprising element of the evening was an overwhelming lack of continuity throughout the show – and we can thank host Hugh Jackman for this. Never has so unqualified a name been appointed the proverbial face of Hollywood’s biggest night.

Perhaps viewers were spoiled in the 1990s (and beyond) when comedic juggernauts like Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin took turns hosting the event. But even the relative newcomers of the past few years (such as Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres) have pulled the audience through the evening with their comedic personas.

But Hugh Jackman is by no means a comic personality. His claims to fame include a couple of “X-Men” roles and the title of People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in November 2008. In fact, one has to go back 20 years to find the last Academy Awards ceremonies not to be hosted by someone generally regarded as a “comedian/comedienne”; this is only because there was no host at the 1989 Oscars. Beyond that, one must turn back the clock to the 23rd Academy Awards, hosted by acclaimed singer/dancer/choreographer Fred Astaire in 1951.

With all due respect to Mr. Astaire, he hosted the ceremonies long before they turned into the present-day marathon which necessitates a bit of stand-up to keep the gears running. Unfortunately for Mr. Jackman, who presided over Sunday night’s marathon, all the good writers in Hollywood can’t force laughter from an expecting and ever-impatient television audience.

–Posted by Nate Regan

Global News Blog: India Reacts To Slumdog Millionaire

February 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Ashlee Rivalto

India celebrated Slumdog Millionaire’s great success at the Oscars last night. As the news of the eight Oscar wins hit India Monday morning, Indian’s cried victory for the rags-to-riches film about a boy from Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi, located in Mumbai. But the country has not always embraced the film in this way. In fact, since the film’s release, there have been angry protests and outraged India natives accusing the film of portraying Western stereotypes.

As India continues to grow and establish itself as a modern world power, some Indians see the Western world handicapping the country with stereotypes. But is the film portraying stereotypes or realities? Poverty is real. Not just in India but all over the world—it exists in all developed nations. It is a reality that many do not like to face, which is why films like Slumdog Millionaire are important, they open our eyes to realities that many of us want to ignore.

One Indian woman was quoted in a New York Times article saying, “This movie is showing poor India and that is liked by Westerners.” I believe Slumdog Millionaire fans like the movie because it is a depiction of a real world reality—not just an Indian reality. Maybe anti-Slumdog Millionaire moviegoers rather see the sparkly fairytale India that is portrayed in most Bollywood movies.

Others accuse the film of being unauthentic. Some Indians even refer to the movie as an entirely British film—with British Director, Danny Boyle and British Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy. If this were true, then why would the movie be embraced by India now as an Indian film victory? Would it have anything to do with the eight sparkly fairytale Oscars it won last night? Now that the movie has morphed into a sparkly fairytale it can be accepted?