Monday, February 25, 2013
The 85th Academy Awards Recap
Tinsel & Tine's Oscar Night Red Carpet Picnic Menu:
I featured a sampling of Trader Joe's hot and cold appetizers for The Golden Globes and had decided for the Oscars to try Mwaza Catering, as I had met and interviewed the owner at the Black Filmmaking in Philly Forum. Mwaza offers Afro-fusion cuisine platters on the weekends. They have a great facebook app which allows you to click on the menu items you want to order, select a pick up time, it then totals and you hit submit order. Only I noticed my order was saying pending for a long time, turns out weekends for Mwaza means Friday and Saturday, no Sunday platters.
Not everyone takes the Oscars as seriously as I do. Most people don't mark their calendar the day the date is announced or take a day off from work post Oscars. So, earlier on when I told the owner, Ajoke, that I would be featuring her establishment on Oscar night - it probably didn't even register with her that Oscars are always held on a Sunday night and they would be closed. I guess it's my hubris for thinking being featured on Tinsel & Tine would be a big deal. To Mwaza's credit, Ajoke did call me to apologize for the miscommunication and offered a complimentary meal for any up coming Friday or Saturday (must order on Thursday).
So I went with what was easy, tried and true - Popeyes Chicken, Biscuits and Redbeans & Rice.
The movie candy and popcorn is courtesy of my Aunt Knuckie. I love that she ingeniously filled an empty oatmeal container for the popcorn. I classed it up a bit with Holly Golightly and sparkling wine by Nando Fragolino, which I have to say was a bit too sweet for my taste.
|Catherine Zeta-Jones / Stacy Keibler / Nicole Kidman|
The other two ladies look stunning as well, except for their middle sections - Stacy's gown doesn't need the black belt and Nicole's has a weird batman-like insignia on the front.
|Jennifer Lawrence / Amanda Seyfried / Amy Adams|
but I have to give the 4 Tines to Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, it may have been too much dress for her to make it up the stairs to receive her statue, but this Dior Haute Couture gown with amazing texture was perfect for her age and the occasion.
|Anne Hathaway / Charlize Theron / Jessica Chastain|
She shaved her locks for the role of Furiosa in upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road. But I think she should do a Halle Berry and leave it short.
The darted pointed breasts on Anne's dress was too distracting. Jessica's dress was an interesting color, not gold, or bronze, but something in between, yet perhaps she tried too hard to look like an Oscar statue.
|Kerry Washington / Octavia Spencer / Zoe Saldana|
At any rate, Octavia Spencer gets 4 Tines among this group. I think this Tadashi Shoji gown is a far better and lovelier dress than what she wore last year when she won her Oscar.
Kerry's dress is just fine. Zoe's gown is gorgeous, but again, lose the belt, my favorite part is the shades of gray layering underneath.
|Shirley Bassey sings "Goldfinger"|
Yes, Shirley Bassey hit it out of the park, (did you notice the glee on Tarantino's face after her performance?) And later, Adele sung "Skyfall", but that was because the song was nominated, not as a tribute to the music of the James Bond franchise.
|The First Lady: It's through cinema, that "our children learn to open their imagination and dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams."|
|Barbra Streisand's voice may be deepening, but so was her love for the departed Marvin Hamlisch|
Tinsel & Tine Picks the Winners:
Here's the link to the rest of my ballot picks
Tinsel & Tine's Pick For Best Speeches:
Yet, his tribute to his wife, made me want to weep - "...since we got married 16 years ago, my wife Rebecca has lived with some very strange men. I mean they were strange as individuals and probably even stranger if taken as a group. But luckily she's the versatile one in the family and she's been the perfect companion to all of them".
(Click for Tinsel & Tine review of Argo )
Philly Food & Film Blog - The Oscars