CRITIC'S CHOICE: JENNIFER LOPEZThe ever-gorgeous J-Lo. I thought this dress looked uncomfortable with the fabric stretched tight underneath her cleavage and a bead or wire poking into into her breast throughout her red carpet interviews and award presentation. The critics have declared her the star of the evening, though. Her co-presenter Jeremy Renner was impressed enough to proclaim that J-Lo had "the globes." MY PERSONAL FAVORITES:
#1 is Julianne Moore in Givenchy--sequins and feathers?????? It doesn't get any better than that!
#2: Jessica Chastain in Versace: Va-va-voom! Even though it plunged and I'm a bit ready for the severely plunging neckline trend to go, the beautiful bronze metallic and incredible flow of this dress was perfect with her skin and hair! Loved it.
#3: Lupita Nyong'o: because it's purple and flowy and fluffy, and it's Lupita!HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Catherine Zeta-Jones looked fabulous in red, setting Twitter ablaze with comparisons to the red-dressed emoji salsa dancer.
Jane Fonda: OMG. The woman is 77 years old. Stunning. Amazing. I'm thinking she didn't stop doing the Jane Fonda workout when the rest of the country moved on.WINNERS: I intentionally try to avoid any picture I think will be an Oscar Best Picture nominee because my friends and I participate in the AMC Best Picture Showcase for a marathon of movies right before the Academy Awards. After seeing the number of awards taken by Boyhood and Birdman last night, I am certain they will both be in the Showcase, and I can't wait to see them! I have seen Theory of Everything, however, and I feel confident saying Eddie Redmayne deserved the win without even seeing his competition. His physical transformation to play Stephen Hawking was extraordinary. The range of emotions, strengths and vulnerabilities he brought to the role were truly award-worthy. Always nice to see a newcomer win, but I loved the number of old favorites getting some recognition. Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton, and of course, Kevin Spacey. ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES: Truly my favorite part of any awards show. I love hearing the heartfelt emotions, the gratitude, the excitement. Acceptance speeches make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Last night did not disappoint in that regard. Jane the Virgin newcomer Gina Rodriguez revealed her dad had always encouraged her to say each morning, "Today is a good day. I can. I will." She tearfully thanked him with "Today is a good day. I can, and I did!" Michael Keaton's touching speech referenced his blue-collar upbringing as one of seven children and thanked his best friend, son Sean. But my favorite was George Clooney. He reminded Hollywood's elite that each person in the room had already grasped the brass ring. There were no losers there, regardless of whether or not they took home a trophy. He rallied us to defend the right for free speech and stand with France (Je suis Charlie!). Then he set the internet on fire with his loving tribute to his new bride, Amal. He acknowledged how nice it is to find love in life, and told his beautiful and accomplished wife how honored he was to be her husband. Which brings me to the true star of my night, My Knight, who watched the festivities with me all the way from red carpet to final award. I am so blessed to have a husband who supports my interests, my passions, and my hobbies. I love that man!