Posts Tagged ‘Robert Downey Jr.’

RIP, Davy Jones.  ‘Daydream Believer’ lives on…

See Michelle Soucy’s moving Guest Post on singing with Davy Jones…


Oscar had a comforting if somewhat numbing retro feel last night.  17-time nominee Meryl Streep (deservedly) took home the gold along with 82-year-old winner Christopher Plummer.  9-time Host Billy Crystal (joking that  “We’re gonna slam the 78 to 84 demographic”) led the audience gently into this long night, culminating in an Oscar for a film inspired by 1920’s Silent flicks.

My own ‘Best’ grades, the bright lights in an Old School show:

BEST CRYING: Octavia Spencer ‘freaking out’ with memorably genuine tears

BEST PERFORMANCE BY PRESENTER (tie): Robert Downey Jr. & Emma Stone bringing manic inventiveness to their schticks–

BEST ‘FLYING COLORS’: Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain rocking the house with their brilliantly colored gowns (Michelle scoring duel Flying Colors in Oscar history since this year’s coral gown rivaled her classic daffodil gown)–

 BEST QUIP: Crystal introducing Bayle: “A dark knight, a charismatic coke addict, a psychotic killer.  You’ll get to pick one on Super Tuesday…”

BEST LEG-UP: Angelina Jolie flashing her gam with movie-star panache– and inspiring an insta-parody by screenplay winners plus a Tweet-tag for AngiesRightLeg

BEST SPORTSMANSHIP: Meryl Streep laying a motherly hand on Viola Davis’s cheek before claiming her prize–

BEST-DRESSED DOG: scene-stealing Uggie in bow tie…

And finally, for a comment on the evening’s sole scandal, we consult own Oscar connection: screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy.  Her film in development, WONDER DRUG, has just signed on Academy Award® nominated director Joan Stein Schimke.  Joan was nominated for an Academy Award® for her short film ONE DAY CROSSING.  Caitlin offers this view of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Red Carpet ‘Performance‘:

The Dictator dumping Bisquick (or whatever that was) all over Ryan Seacrest wasn’t funny. Ryan didn’t seem to be in on the joke.  I thought Ryan handled himself VERY well. Sacha can kiss E! coverage goodbye

(photos: buzzbox.com, abc.com, hitfix.com; Googleimages)

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Best Speeches: Mo’nique & Robert Downey Jr.

Best Quote from a Presenter: “Animation is not just for children; it’s for adults taking drugs” (Sir Paul McCartney)

Best Quote from a Winner: “This is for anybody and everybody who ever got a wedgie in high school” (the guy accepting for GLEE)

‘Bust’ Quote: Jay Manuel on E! commenting on Mariah Carey’s very visible ‘globes.’

Best/Bust Invention: The ‘Glam Cam 360,’ a somewhat scary virtual Lazy Susan that rotates hapless stars in their gowns onscreen while a snarky voiceover critiques every angle and ‘shoulder detail’…

Best Kiss: Longtime couple Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgewick; so what if they lost millions to Bernie Madoff; they’ve got happiness & hair that money can’t buy…

Best Dress: Loved Julianna Margulies in scarlet & black (& love the fact  that she starred in SLIGSHOT, a film co-written by the director of the forthcoming CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE film, Matthew Quinn Martin…)  Also loved Anna Paquin in gold & Christina Hendricks of Mad Men in ‘peachy champagne’…

Best Trend: Celeb.s outdoing each other for a good cause, for a change. Madonna, Sandra Bullock led the way with stellar donations for aid to Haiti as George Clooney leads a star-studded  TELETHON on JAN. 22; stay tuned…
PS: A big THANKS to Rachel Robbins for reminding us that no Golden Globe coverage is complete without mention of Amanda Palmer and her antics, including a see-through dress and a ‘drop-dead’ routine on the red carpet.

Check out the essay on Amanda Palmer, GAIMANDA, by Ingrid Mansfield on our StarLit. page…

(photos- Mo’nique: realityTV.about.com; double Meryl:NYDailyNews)

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