Awards Season has officially kicked off with the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards and on an evening that forecasted a rainbow of color, tinseltown’s leading ladies predominantly opted for black, ivory, blush, and nude. When we did see color, it tended to be on the softer side of seafoam as with Jessica Chastain, Golden Globe Winner for Lead Actress in a Dramatic Film, who wore a plunging Calvin Klein Collection gown and the strapless salmon Oscar de la Renta fishtail gown that Jessica Alba chose or swung the palette pendulum to a more deeply saturated
eggplant of nominee Taylor Swift in a Donna Karan Atelier mermaid gown; bright peony as with Golden Globe Winner Jennifer Lawrence in a strapless Dior Haute Couture, which felt fantastically modern with a mirrored metal belt; persimmon for nominee Zooey Deschanel in a strapless Oscar de la Renta; and Naomi Watts in an oxblood, keyhole long-sleeve Zac Posen mermaid gown.
While some might have felt that the color selection veered on the safer side of neutrality, many of the black dresses featured the evening’s most daring silhouettes such as Katherine McPhee in a plunging Theykens’ Theory, presenter Kate Hudson in a keyhole column gown with gilded neckline and gold-buckled belt by Alexander McQueen, and presenter Eva Longoria in a lace keyhole and thigh-high slit Pucci dress (This was one of my favorites of the night; Eva always manages to show just enough skin to be provocative, while remaining elegant!) Blush and nude tones were also prominent from Kerry Washington who was lovely in a beaded vintage-inspired Miu Miu dress with an illusion twist; Amy Adams in a strapless Marchesa mermaid gown; and Jennifer Lopez whose lace overlay Zuhair Murad molded her curves exquisitely—she was truly STRIKING! Shades of ivory were luminescent from nominee Hayden Panettiere in a strapless trumpeted Roberto Cavalli gown, Lea Michelle in an Elie Saab ivory halter with a high slit to another one of my favorites, Best Actress Golden Globe Winner Anne Hathaway who appeared divinely long and languid in a strapless beaded Chanel!
While there were a few upsets and breakout darlings as far as the awards were concerned—Argo winning both for Best Film and Best Director and Lena Dunham taking home the prize for Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Comedy Series, there was nothing especially insouciant or scandalous. I was admittedly thrilled to see Homeland win; Claire Danes and Damien Lewis are SO AMAZING!!! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were delightfully hilarious without ever crossing the line. I loved when during their opening Tina Fey joked “The Hunger Games was one of the biggest films of the year and also what I call the six weeks it took met to get into this dress.” And her partner in crime, Amy Poehler, was quick to reply, “Ang Lee’s been nominated for Best Director for the Life of Pi (sic pie) which is what I’m going to call the six weeks after I take this dress off!”
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig also provided great comic relief as they wandered onto the stage in complete awe and fascinated bewilderment, brilliantly improvising through their presentation of nominees for Best Actress in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, while they “assured” the audience that they had indeed seen all five performances. “This year the Golden Globes has asked if each presenter would watch all of the films in their category to have an appreciation of these amazing performances, which I did; I totally watched them!” I think this was the most HILARIOUS sketch of the evening!
Sure it was a fantastic coup to have former President Clinton or as Amy Poehler referred to him, “Hillary Clinton’s husband” make an appearance to introduce Lincoln as a Best Picture nominee, my favorite moment of the night was by far and large Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech for her Cecil B. DeMille Award, celebrating her 47 year-long career. The award-winning actress was beaming in a custom navy Armani beaded halter style column gown as she took the stage. I thought it was especially poignant that she chose such a public forum to defend her right to privacy. “But now apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a primetime reality show… If you had been a public figure from the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds—then maybe then you too might value privacy above all else… I have given everything up there from the time that I was three years old; that’s reality show enough, don’t you think?” And while many will be buzzing about an awkward public declaration of her sexual orientation, what I found especially moving was her honesty, integrity, and vulnerability—especially when she delivered a special message to the greatest influence in her life, her mother Evelyn, who suffers from dementia, “Mom, I know you’re inside those blue eyes somewhere and that there are so many things that you won’t understand tonight, but this is the only important one to take in—I love you. I love you. I love you.” Before I lost my gram, I remember telling her that repeatedly, always hoping that she too would hear it, understand it, know it, and take it with her. I’m sure any one of us who has watched a loved one slowly fade away can relate to that. On a night when we’re all a-buzz about fashion statements and accolades to witness that was so beautiful and incredibly touching.
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