There was a lot of buzz heading into last night's Academy Awards about how the show would be host-less for the first time in 30 years. To compensate, the first people to take the stage were Adam Lambert and Queen, in a tribute to Bohemian Rhapsody.
The first award was presented by Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Why on earth the Academy didn't ask these three to host, we'll never know. Their jokes slayed. They presented the prize for Best Supporting Actress to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk.
A few segments later, Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry walked out to present the award for Costume Design and I nearly spit out my drink. Melissa McCarthy was dressed as the queen from The Favourite, bunnies in tow.
Eventually it was time for the moment we'd all been waiting for, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's performance of "Shallow" from A Star is Born. Those two have insane chemistry. They were looking at each other like no one else was in the room. I kept waiting for the camera to cut to Bradley's girlfriend in the front row (for the death stare) but it never did!
Rami Malek took home the trophy for Best Actor, followed by Olivia Colman for Best Actress, who I loved in Broadchurch as well as The Favourite. Her speech was honest, jumbled, and absolutely perfect.
And then, just as my eyelids were starting to droop, Julia Roberts emerged, a vision in hot pink. She looked stunning in that one-shoulder gown, her wavy hair shining from every strand, and her megawatt smile lighting up the entire auditorium. She presented the award for Best Picture to Green Book (an upset!).
While I love watching live, and seeing if my predictions are correct, the true reason I tune in is the fashion. The Oscars always bring out classic, Hollywood glamour. This year several nominees knocked it out of the park, and a few need to knock out their stylists.
Here are my picks for the evening's best and worst dressed.
1. Regina King - I am so happy for Regina King. She has been in this industry for decades and is finally being celebrated for all of her talents. She turned heads in this white, Oscar de la Renta dress, cinched perfectly at the waist, with a thigh-high slit up the front.
2. Angela Bassett - Can we talk about Angela Bassett and how she is aging in reverse? Damn. She is 60 years old. This hot pink Reem Acra dress showed off her figure, while bringing some drama with the oversized left shoulder.
3. Jennifer Hudson - I am always on Team J. Hud. This red Elie Saab dress felt like it was made just for her. I applaud the bold color, and the ruffles made it fun and flirty. I wish she had worn a slightly brighter lipstick, but other than that, gorgeous.
4. Michelle Yeoh - Michelle Yeoh, the matriarch in Crazy Rich Asians, is 56 years old and does not look a day over 40. She twinkles like a star in this Elie Saab gown. As we watched her enter the red carpet, I said to my girlfriends, "She looks like she just stepped off the wall of the Museum of Fine Arts."
5. Amy Adams - I had to see this dress from a few different angles before I realized how stunning it was. When we talk about fit, this is the ideal. This Versace dress looked like it was painted onto her body. While I found the white color kind of a snooze, there's no question she worked it.
6. Brie Larson - Brie Larson walked the red carpet with her Captain Marvel co-star, Samuel L. Jackson. She sparkled in a silver Celine dress with a high neck and a very dramatic slit.
And now onto some of the night's biggest blunders.
1. Stephan James - I loved Stephan James in both Homecoming and If Beale Street Could Talk, which is why I was so disappointed when he stepped onto the carpet in this red get up. The oversized bow tie looks like a wilting flower, and that brooch is just unexplainable. It looks like something from my grandmother's costume jewelry collection.
2. Jason Momoa - Everything about this look is wrong. The pink and brown color combination, and worst of all, the matching scrunchie on his wrist!
3. Rachel Weisz - Does this top remind you a little bit of Britney Spears' red body suit in the "Oops, I did it again" video? The bottom of this dress could be beautiful, but the shiny, plastic-looking top just wrecked it.
4. Diane Warren - Diane Warren was also on my Worst Dressed list at last year's Oscars. While she is a brilliant song writer, her fashion choices always miss the mark. This year, the oversized necklace was the most offensive part of the outfit.
5. Maya Rudolph - Maya Rudolph is hysterical, and her bit with Tina and Amy was one of the highlights of the night. However, this dress is a disaster. I thought she looked like she was wearing a bubble gum pink hot air balloon.
6. Emma Stone - I wanted to like Emma Stone's dress, but I just couldn't. The sleeves looked like they were ready for takeoff, and the color of the dress was somewhere between copper and red. My friend commented, "It's giving me meat dress vibes." I thought her hair and makeup were flawless, but I just couldn't get past the sky-high sleeves.
There you have it! My picks for the best and worst.
Tell me, did you watch? Who were your favorites?