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Entertainment | Oscar Night Recap

Entertainment // March 10, 2014

I don’t know about you but I found last night’s Oscars immensely entertaining. Host Ellen DeGeneres eased the audience with her unique brand of humor, interacting with them, even serving A-listers delivery pizza and tweeting selfies with the likes of Meryl Streep and Bradley Cooper. As you can imagine, the resulting frenzy broke Twitter for a few minutes.

But the big winners of the night were arguably some of the most hard-hitting and memorable nominees of last year. Taking home the most coveted spot of the night was 12 Years A Slave, the amazing story of free African-American man, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and had to fight to regain his freedom in a pre-Civil War America. The film won the award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as earning newcomer Lupita Nyong’o the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.

12 Years A Slave wasn’t the only film that swept multiple award categories last night. Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey, who plays an HIV positive man working to find proper medical care and acceptance in the heart of Texas, earned he and co-star Jared Leto, Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

The film also scored the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Award winners Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews said they only had a $250 budget and had to showcase the transformation from sick to healthy with only makeup.

Another film that won multiple awards was Gravity, the space adventure drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, where the stars face their own demons as well as the fight for survival. The film won the awards for Best Directing, -- making director Alfonso Cuarón the first Latin-American director to win this honor-- Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score. Basically, if you want to experience a movie that is going to push the boundaries on visual effects and sound, this is the movie to see.

Following the accolades of critics, frontrunner Cate Blanchett won the award for Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine, adding to her Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards for the role as well.

Disney fans can also rest easy, as fan and critic favorite film Frozen, won the awards for Best Animated Feature as well as Best Original Song for “Let It Go.”

Other notable awards included Spike Jonze’s modern story of love and technology Her, which took home the award for Best Original Screenplay, Italian film The Great Beauty, which took home the award for Best Foreign Language Film, and 20 Feet From Stardom, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

Noticeably absent from the awards was fan-favorite 70's era American Hustle, as well as the greed and debauchery themed Wolf of Wall Street, which both had nominations in a number of categories, but did not take home any Oscar wins.

Which were your favorite films this year? Did you agree with the award selections? Tell us your thoughts in the comments or tweet us at @MadeWomanMag!

Published in Entertainment
Monday, 25 February 2013 18:43

Style | 10 Best Dressed At The Oscars

Style // February 25, 2012


The Oscars are the pinnacle of glamorous red carpet fashion for celebrities, stylists and fashionistas the world over. Days are spent sourcing dresses, struggling through fittings and planning hair and makeup for those precious minutes of flashing lights. So who ended up dazzling us on the 2013 Oscar red carpet? Here were our favorites.

Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani

Jessica Chastain is channeling some major Jessica Rabbit mojo in her bronze beaded gown. Her column sheath is structured and fitted to her body like a glove. She completes her look with Old Hollywood big waves and a bold red lip. Her effortless glam look easily earns her a spot on our list.

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan


Stacy Keibler knows how to work dresses straight from the runway, and this one was no exception. Keibler dazzled in this Naeem Khan gunmetal column halter gown. We were dazzled by the lines of the dress along with the sheer back, paired with her romantic updo and soft makeup.

Charlize Theron in Dior



Dior was well represented on this year’s red carpet, as Charlize Theron also stunned us in a white Dior number. Her embellished peplum, geometric neckline and column skirt wowed, along with her pixie haircut, simple diamond earrings and bling bracelets.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive



Also rocking some serious bling on the red carpet was Naomi Watts. Her gunmetal sequins, structured bodice and geometric cut out top was perfect with her soft updo and simple accessories.

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta



The Oscars is the time to go glam. Amy Adams did it right in an Oscar de la Renta silvery-gray princess gown. The bodice was fitted and the skirt flowed with volume. She paired her look with sparkly drop earrings and a soft updo.

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton



Red carpet veteran Reese Witherspoon kept  it classic in a stunning cobalt blue Louis Vuitton gown. We love the structured bodice, bold color, black details and train of her ensemble. Reese also is channeling Old Hollywood goddess with her large waves, simple accessories and neutral makeup.

Halle Berry in Versace



We’re a sucker for sparkle, and Halle Berry brought some serious glitter in her black and white striped Versace number. We are still in awe of her plunging neckline, sheer sleeve and glam smokey eye look.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu



In a sea of pale palettes and dark metallics, Kerry Washington’s pop of color on the red carpet was refreshing and eye catching. We love her peach sequined bodice and her bright pink-red skirt. Her column skirt was a perfect combination of fitted and flowy, with beautiful details like a train and a belted ribbon.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior



Jennifer Lawrence made a statement on the Oscar red carpet with her voluminous Dior gown. Her pale pink ensemble had a rounded neckline, fitted dropped bodice and textured skirt. We also love Lawrence’s delicate draped backward necklace, elegant updo and bling drop earrings.

Jennifer Garner in Gucci


Another celebrity who made a bold color choice on the red carpet was Jennifer Garner in a plum Gucci gown. We love the simplicity and fitted front with the tiered ruffles and train of the back. We also love her look paired with a statement necklace and soft updo. Her classic silhouette and beautiful color choice easily earn her a spot on our best dressed list.

Published in Fashion
Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:44

Entertainment | Oscar Best Picture Nominees

Academy Awards // February 21, 2013

Every year at about this time, movie lovers everywhere spend time in theaters, reading reviews, and debating their critical assessments in preparation for The Oscars. The nominees have been selected and we’re waiting with baited breath to see who will go home victorious. Unfortunately, the Academy doesn’t take our opinions into account, but let’s take a look at what regular people are saying about some of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture.

Argo:

Whoa, Ben Affleck! Argo, the gripping tale of the mission to smuggle American embassy employees out of Iran during political upheaval in the 1970s, took the film world by storm, with both critical and mass audience appeal. “Just so we're straight, Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor and the nerve-frying suspense,” wrote Peter Travers in his review for Rolling Stone.

Social media tends to agree with the positive reviews, with an extra dose of love for our main man, Ben Affleck… and his beard.





Beasts of the Southern Wild:

As a dark horse contender, Beasts of the Southern Wild caught attention with its small budget, heart and indie vibe.  Critics and viewers alike were charmed by the tenacity of 9 year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis’s performance, which earned her a Best Actress nomination for her role. Reviewers praised the film’s drama and beauty, but acknowledged that it required possibly more thinking than should be required. “Its impact, its glory, is sensory rather than cerebral,” said critic A.O. Scott in his review for The New York Times. “Let me try out an analogy. Discovering this movie is like stumbling into a bar and encountering a band you’ve never heard of playing a kind of music that you can’t quite identify.”

Accordingly, some thoughts on social media reflected similar feelings: beauty, but also a little confusion.



Les Misérables:

One of this year’s front-runners is yet another version of Victor Hugo’s classic romantic novel of crime, love, and redemption in the midst of the French Revolution. Les Miserables is packed with an A-list cast, including a highly-anticipated performance from Hugh Jackman. But critics had mixed feelings about this film, citing lots of emotion but a lack of fulfillment . “At the end of 158 minutes, you really have experienced something. What exactly, I'm still not sure,” said critic Peter Bradshaw in his review for The Guardian.

Views on social media were also mixed, but there were plenty of fans who just simply love Wolvererine (aka Jackman) no matter how ragged and dirty he is.




Life of Pi

Brokeback Mountain director, Ang Lee, made waves again with his adaptation of author Yann Martel’s novel, Life of Pi. The visual effects and emotions in the movie earned it a staggering 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director and a bunch of other “bests.” Accordingly, critics were also awed by the beauty and story of Lee’s film. "Ang Lee’s 'Life of Pi' is the best-looking film I’ve seen this year, and possibly so far this century," said Lou Lumenick in The New York Post. "It's so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate their new TV monitors."

Similarly, viewers were dazzled by the cinematography, and many seemed caught unawares by the deeper themes of the movie. Or by thoughts of actual pie.





So who will take home the Oscar? The victor could be any one of these films, but you can bet that we will be watching.


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