OSCARS: Which best actress nominee was best dressed?

by Rebecca Lumley

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Although Julianne Moore was named best  actress for her role in “Still Alice”, the question remains; who won in the style stakes? Here are the talented nominees and their Oscars 2015 outfits.

1. Marion Cotillard

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Marian went for a simple, chic, Parisian look in this classy white gown. The back, however, doesn’t really work and is both unflattering and unsightly. This detail, I feel, ruins an otherwise gorgeous dress.

2. Felicity Jones

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Jones, who was nominated for The Theory of Everything regularly looks as classy and timeless as the characters she plays. The high neckline on this dress is a staple of her wardrobe and the detail on the top half of the dress is lovely. The bottom half could do with less material, in my opinion, and looks somewhat clunky but overall, a nice, sophisticated look.

3. Julianne Moore

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Sticking with the light coloured trend we’ve seen with our two previous nominees, Moore dazzled in this embellished white piece. The material hung beautifully due to the heavy beading and the cut was simple, age appropriate and flattering on the Oscar winner. It’s safe to say that it was an all round successful night for Moore.

4. Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund looked ravishing in this lace, red number. The detail on the waist really pulls the eye in and emphasizes her dainty figure, while the slit and the bold colour add some sex appeal. Amy Dunne would be proud. (Bonus points for matching the carpet!)

1. Reese Witherspoon

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Reese is one of those celebrities who just doesn’t seem to age and can get away with looks she would have worn 20 years ago. For this year’s Oscars, however, she chose a simple, elegant dress which, in shape and colour scheme, wasn’t unlike Meryl Streep’s. Of course she looks gorgeous and her hair, makeup and jewellery are beautiful, but I think Reese could have gone for something a little more interesting. Just because she’s been transitioning to a more “serious actor” of late, doesn’t mean her clothes have to follow suit.

Verdict:

My personal favourite from this category has to be Rosamund Pike. The simplicity of her hair made sure the dress wouldn’t look tacky or overdone and her makeup was flawless. It’s unbelievably depressing to look at her and realize she only recently had a baby! She looks healthy, happy and her skin glows- not like she’s been up all night with a crying child. To top it all off, she triumphantly brought the fearsome Amy Dunne to life last year and truly proved what a talent she is.

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Top Ten Most Memorable Oscars Moments

by Keava O’Loan

With the 2015 Oscars fast approaching and competition as fierce as ever, here’s a rundown of our top 10 most memorable Oscars’ moments of all time.

  1. Oscars’ hell with Franco and Hathaway

What we’re kicking off with is less of a moment and more of an ordeal. When James Franco and Anne Hathaway took to the stage to host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, we were treated to a night full of awkward jokes, forced laughter and uncomfortable silences. This pairing will go down in history for their complete lack of chemistry.

  1. Cuba jumps for joy

Cuba Gooding, Jr. couldn’t hold in his delight in 1997 when he won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jerry Maguire. In what has to be one of the most exuberant speeches in Oscars history, Cuba’s contagious happiness and ecstatic leap of joy brought the entire audience to their feet.

  1. Gwyneth Paltrow’s endless speech

Now on the other end of the spectrum, Gwyneth Paltrow’s win for her role in Shakespeare in Love. Paltrow’s never-ending rundown of thank-yous regularly tops lists as the most annoying Oscars speech of all time. If you’re in the mood to torture yourself, feel free to watch (it really kicks up a notch around the three-minute mark):

  1. Heath’s posthumous win

Proof that although he is gone, he’s never forgotten; Heath Ledger posthumously won the award for Best Supporting Actor in The Dark Knight at the 2009 ceremony. His family accepted the award on his behalf, delivering a moving and humbling speech that brought many in the audience to tears.

  1. John Wayne’s last hurrah

In what was to be his last public appearance before he lost his battle with cancer, John Wayne presented the Best Picture award in 1979. As the crowd rose to give him a standing ovation, he said: “That’s just about the only medicine a fella’d ever really need.” He passed away just two months later.

  1. Scorsese’s recognition

Martin Scorsese finally took home the gold in 2007, winning a long overdue Best Director award for The Departed. The director, who had been passed over for the award five times previously, couldn’t believe it, incredulously asking “Could you double-check the envelope?”

  1. Jack meets Jennifer

Okay, so it didn’t even take place during the awards ceremony, but when Jack Nicholson interrupted Jennifer Lawrence’s post-ceremony interview to tell her “You look like an old girlfriend”, it definitely provided some comic relief. Props to Lawrence for her quick response of “Do I look like a new girlfriend?”

  1. Bigelow wins big

Kathryn Bigelow made history in 2010 when she became the first woman to take home a statuette for Best Director with her low-budget war film, The Hurt Locker. Beating her ex-husband James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, Bigelow described it as “the moment of a lifetime.”

  1. Lupita’s debut

Lupita Nyong’o caused waves at last year’s awards, not only taking the red carpet by storm, but also taking home the Best Supporting Actress award for her breakout role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. She then topped it off by giving one of the most beautiful and inspiring acceptance speeches in Oscars’ history. “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every child, no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

  1. Oscars’ selfie

The moment Ellen DeGeneres decided to jump on the selfie bandwagon at the 2014 Oscars, history was made. In what became the most retweeted tweet of all time (3.36million retweets and counting!), a host of famous faces crowded together for the ultimate celebrity pic. Featuring Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie amongst others… there’s no question that this was a pretty iconic moment.

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