Gifts from the red carpet
The 79th Academy awards set the screens of us, the humble non acting fraternity on fire. Beautifully formed female actors in stunning designer dresses usually outshine the most dashing male in his crisp new suit. Robert Downey Jr (one of my favourite hotties) and his wife both wore Prada; nevertheless, his wife stole his thunder. I feel sure that her apparel was perhaps three times as costly as his.
Our own beautiful Nicole draped in red by Balenciaga walks hand in hand with Naomi Watts wearing a custom made empire waist pale yellow silk georgette gown with a pleated chiffon bow by Escada. To choose another Australian beauty Portia de Rossi shows us her leanness in a Zac Posen navy cross back strapped dress. The guys did some serious spending too.
Clint Eastwood sports Giorgio Armani, while Will Smith wears a tux by David August, and former Vice President Al Gore is dressed in a formal tux and vest by Ralph Lauren. The men were less likely to have been so bedecked in diamonds.
Oh the jewels, did I mention the jewels? Sparklers and bling that are a veritable feast for the eyes. Hired, borrowed, consigned, purchased, whatever the agreement, precious stones around precious necks and wrists and ankles are just what all girls’ need.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a party pooper. I adore the Oscars. I love good films, I like good actors, and I love glamour and niceness in a world where bad things happen. It is good to view success and enter the world of film in order to escape and to live in hope. Many of the Academy Award winners actually thank God in their acceptance speeches, for instance Forest Whittaker, The Last King of Scotland (dressed by Domenico Vacca), and Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls (wearing Oscar de la Renta), were grateful to the higher powers for their ability to believe in themselves and show that the inner light can shine if we let it. Movies like An Inconvenient Truth and Happy Feet are sending messages that we need to take heed off. These beautiful creative people do that for us and they deserve to be awarded for hard work and dedication.
What if we were to further enter the realm of fantasy and consider how just for one night, at the 80th Annual Academy Awards, every actor decided to wear a simple outfit, which bore the name of their favourite charity. They would then donate their Oscar costume money to that charity. The funds would be phenomenal and I am sure we would be just as eager to see who supported which charity, but there are no prizes for guessing the cause of Tom Cruise.
The Oscars would live on, we could still witness the red carpet, the best movies, clips, nominations and speeches, but instead we might hear interesting dialogue on where a few thousand US dollars can make a vast difference.
That I would love to see although I won’t hold my breath.
Written after the last Oscar ceremony. If the rich and famous celebs did this just once, then everyone including themselves, the designers and a vast number of deserving recipients would greatly benefit.