Another excellent night of fashion hits and misses has come and gone. Before getting into the outfits - I thought it might be helpful to break down these awards shows and explain why the heck there are so many and just what each one is for. Growing up I was always really confused about who was invited, nominated, hosting, and voting on the winners. So hopefully this is helpful:
Academy Awards (Which officially got re-branded as "The Oscars" in 2013) -  is the major Hollywood film event of the year. The awards are chosen by "The Academy" which is a hush hush invitation only 6,000+ membership of elite past recipients or other notable contributors to film. 
Golden Globes - This is an award for an outstanding performance in TV or film, as judged by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press association - which is comprised of journalists and photographers in the entertainment industry. 
SAG awards - the winners of this award are voted upon by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) , which is a 160,000+ membership labor union of actors, journalists, and radio personalities. These awards are considered "the Oscar indicators". 
Emmy Awards - this is to recognize outstanding performances in the TV industry, and is broken down into daytime Emmys and primetime Emmys. Like the Oscars, these awards are voted on by an academy (the academy of TV arts and sciences or ATAS)
Tony Awards - these are held in New York city and recognize outstanding performances in live Broadway theater.
Grammy awards - "the oscars" of the music industry
Alright. So there you have it. Hopefully that helps keep the awards shows straight! Just in case you missed the show, here were the big nominees and winners of the night (in bold)!
Best Film: Birdman, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lead actors: Steve Carrell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Jake Gylenhal
Lead actress: Jennifer Aniston, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon
Small sidenote: If Birdman wins the Oscar for best film I will lose faith in humanity. 
Ok, yada yada yada. On with the fashion!
If you haven't seen The Theory of Everything yet please - run, don't walk to your nearest theater and swoon over Eddie Redmayne's acting chops. You will straight up not BELIEVE his performance. I've pegged him as my Oscar winner this year - and his dapper fashion and newlywed glow make him all the more irresistible. (Did you guys know that he rubbed shoulders with Prince William at Eton college???)  If you saw Les Miserables - you know hes as full of talent as he is of British charm. As my sister wisely said: #MariusForever!
I am in awe of Juliana Margulies' timeless perfection. How she has not aged AT ALL is beyond me. And I lovelovelove the blue cobalt color of this dress and the modern high neckline. Her hair, shoes, and jewelry were perfectly styled and she was one of my favorites of the night!
There is so much to love about Lupita Nyong'o. Her youthful cheer, the modern colorfulness of this dress with the graphic stripes - her adorable corn rows and braid. She completely redeemed herself from her floral purple nightmare from the golden globes! I love that she is a risk taker on the red carpet and you never know what you're going to get! I LOVE this dress. I want it in my closet. 
Emma Stone is always styled impeccably. Whether the modern silhouettes are your thing or not - you can't argue that her hair, makeup, nail polish, and shoes make her look stunningly pulled together. I happen to love this take on menswear - especially the pockets. I love the mesh insert at the top although I will admit I am not a fan of the bottom of this dress or the odd belt like situation around her hips. 
Julianne Moore got a little lost in 1999 with this beaded jolly green giant dress. The neckline is all wrong, it needed sleeves, and her hair needed something....oh yes. A brush. Ok, so its not THAT bad - and the color is actually stunning on her. But I'm not a fan of this look overall. 
I don't know where Jennifer Aniston's friends were - but they certainly weren't in the dressing room to talk her out of smashing her pancake boobs into this snake skin dress. 
Claire Danes??? Oh yes, there she is twisted amidst this homemade toga of sorts in an awkward greenish black color with even more awkward hieroglyphics down the side.The karate belt around the middle (is it quilted?!) was the final odd touch to a very baffling ensemble. Oh Claire, you never fail to amuse me!!!
Keira Knightly appeared like the ghost of grandmas past, in this tiered, lace dress, which fittingly happens to be the color of prunes. Perhaps the "baby brain" of pregnancy has made her lose control of her fashion senses. I just hope she has time to fire and hire a new stylist before the Oscars!!!
Laura Carmichael (from Downton Abbey) brought both this exotic Siberian tiger print AND her lazy eye to the SAG awards (Im allowed to say this because I often have a hilarious lazy eye in my pictures!). The worst part of this look though, was how she accidentally got her white linen napkin somehow folded into an origami straightjacket around her bodice. How embarrassing. 
Sophia Bush (from One Tree Hill) looks Stunning. Her dress color kills me - its perfection. I love her hair and makeup and shoes and rings!!!! My favorite look of the night!!
I ADORE this look on Reese Witherspoon. I love the short sleeve (instead of the usual strap), and her smokey eyes and dramatic lips make her look very sultry without being overtly skanky. I think she looks very glam.
Taryn Manning (Orange is the new black) is simply a darling in this Coral gown. Im obsessed with the structured shoulders and cool piecing of sheer panels - but nearly as much as her amazing eye makeup and nude lips. Two thumbs up!
Rosamund Pike gets major kudos for showering and leaving her house in less than 2 months since giving birth to her second son. It appears that her legs have been shaved, and she has even applied lipstick and curled the front of her hair. Even though she basically borrowed the black swan costume that looks like a loofah sponge - I'm impressed she left her house! 
And finally....Dascha Polanco (Orange is the new Black) - is seen here wearing what used to be a tablecloth. Coincidentally, it is the exact same fabric used by Elizabeth Taylor for her "white Diamonds" campaign. Just seeing this dress makes me here the phrase "these always brought me luck"....
Who were your favorite looks from the night? Who do you think needs a new styling team???! If you aren't completely stoked for The Oscars yet, its time to get excited!!!! Save the Date for February 22nd! Ill be Tweeting and Instagramming live!
ps - small disclaimer: These reviews are just my own shallow opinions made in good fun. 
January 26, 2015 — Christy Beal


Shelley Beal said:

Ahhhh, you gave me an evening of complete entertainment! LOve reading all your fun thoughts!

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