Monday, February 27, 2012

Lessons From The 2012 Oscars

I love love love the Oscars and last nite did not disappoint.  I was blown away by so many dresses not to mention the glitz & glamour of the evening.  Last year I did a post after the Golden Globes on 5 lessons that brides can learn from award shows.  And what did the Academy Awards teach us?  Let's take a look.

#1. Know & dress your role.   The ranking of looking good at an awards show are: nominees, presenters, past winners and lastly the nominees dates.  Much like a wedding in that the couple getting married should shine the brightest on their big day, followed by the immediate families, wedding party and then the guests.  Trying to steal the happy couple's thunder is always a "don't".

Michelle Williams, Oscar presenter 2011  (Source)

Michelle Williams, stepping it up as an Oscar nominee 2012 
(Photo credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty)

#2. Find a dress that is in line with your values. While watching the E! Red Carpet Countdown, I saw Guiliana Rancic interview Missi Pyle from The Artist.  Missi was proudly wearing the winner of the "Red Carpet, Green Dress" contest.  Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of director James Cameron, created this contest in 2009 to marry eco-friendly with high fashion with the only requirement for designers was to create a dress made entirely of sustainable materials.  Eco-beauty is officially here to stay and will hopefully be a stable on future red carpets. 

Missi Pyle (Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

#3. Always have a speech ready. For some people, giving a toast at a wedding is just as nerve racking as  an award show nominee giving an acceptance speech.  In my experience, toasters wanting to 'keep it fresh' and not rehearse always talk too long and all over the place.  Unfortunately there is no music to cut off speeches at weddings so keep that in mind.  Organize your thoughts ahead of time and jot down a few key ideas/points you want to remember.  The best man typically goes first and is always a bit funnier and the maid/ matron of honor goes last and is more heartfelt/ emotional. The best equation for a great toast is: genuine emotion + heartfelt and/or funny memories + what this couple means to you - anything embarrassing.

Julia Roberts, Best Actress Winner 2001 (Source)  

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