The 13 Most Memorable Things that Happened at the Oscars

Anyone else have an Oscars hangover this morning? As the biggest night in Hollywood was going down just blocks away from our apartment, my roommate and I hosted a viewing party complete with friends (yes, we have some!), Oscar ballots, and tons of food (duh). Cherry on top of an ideal Sunday evening: TRUE DETECTIVE. In case you missed it, here are some of my favorite moments from last night’s Academy Awards:

1. First thing’s first, I correctly predicted 20 out of 24 possible awards, winning the ballot competition. Can I put that on my resume? No prize, just pride and the realization that I’m way too competitive for friendly games.

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2. J.Law takes a tumble – again. It wouldn’t be an awards show without Jennifer falling and, unfortunately, this was probably the most exciting moment from the red carpet.

3. DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU’RE MY HEROOOOO? Bette Midler performed ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ after the In Memoriam. So many tears.

4. Discovering p!nk has a real name. Did anyone else not realize that she has a government name? And that government name is Alecia Moore? Mind Blown. Still love her.

5. FASHION. We saw TONS of embellished nude dresses on the ladies and several gents sporting white tuxes. I loved seeing the men experimenting outside of the traditional black ensemble.

My best dressed picks:

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada.

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Giuliana Rancic in Adelaide label Paolo Sebastian.

Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena. Not to mention her pretty dapper arm candy.

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Kate Hudson inAtelier Versace.

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6. Jared Leto. Because he has better hair than I’ll ever have. Not to mention his amazing acceptance speech for his much-deserved Best Supporting Actor win for Dallas Buyers Club.

7. Lupita Nyong’o. Not only was she my Best Dressed pick, but her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress was perfect. “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” PREACH, girl.

8. ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT. I am so, so happy Matthew McConaughey got the recognition he deserves for Dallas Buyers Club. That was by far my favorite movie and performance of the year. He’s certainly come a long way since How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Not that I don’t love that movie. ‘Cause I do.

9. Cate Blanchett tells fellow nominee Julia Roberts to #suckit in her acceptance speech.  Enough said.

10. Go home, John Travolta, you’re drunk. Well maybe not, but he completely butchered Idina Menzel’s name. Yolo.

11. Pharrell. And he got to dance with Meryl Streep. He certainly has a lot of reasons to be ‘happy’.

12. Khloe Kardashian. OK – maybe she wasn’t AT the actual Oscars, and say what you will about the Kardashians, but you gotta admit she was looking #flawless.

13. Ellen’s most retweeted tweet of one of the greatest pictures of all time. Best part: Lupita’s brother.

Spoiler Alert: Here are the Official 2014 Oscar Winners

There are three specific things I live for: Beyoncé, elephants, and Awards Season. As the latter comes to a close, the clock is ticking to get in your final predictions for the 2014 Academy Awards. Only 2 days, 1 hour, and 18 minutes (17, 16, 15…) to decide who’s gonna take home the gold. Speaking of gold, if your faves don’t win – you’re not intellectually movie-challenged, blame the Winter Olympics! The broadcast pushed the Oscars back a week, which gave voters extra time to make (or break!) your predictions.

I have to say, this was one of my favorite years in the movies. The top categories are super competitive, and I’m really hoping for some upsets *cough* Dallas Buyers Club *cough*.

Without further ado, here are the winners for the 2014 Academy Awards – according to me, anyway…

BEST PICTURE: I’ll admit, I’d be perfectly fine with Dallas Buyers Club winning every single category. But alas, it’s not one of the top 3 frontrunners which are: Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle.

  • Who Will Win: 12 Years A Slave
  • Who Should Win: Dallas Buyers Club

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: See above.

  • Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Cate, Amy, Sandra, Judi and MERYL? Are you kidding me? All amazing performances, but somebody’s gotta win…

  • Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Who Should Win: Any of them. But – Amy Adams, American Hustle.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Barkhad, amazing performance. Bradley, love him. Michael, excellent. Jonah, wow incredible. Jared, DUH.

  • Who Will Win: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Who Should Win: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

I chose a picture with his real face in there, just cause he’s so ~dreamy~

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Tough choice for me between Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita, and Julia Roberts.

  • Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Her in this dress is EVERYTHING.

OTHER CATEGORIES:

  • ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Frozen
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: Gravity
  • COSTUME DESIGN: American Hustle
  • DIRECTING: Gravity
  • DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: The Square
  • MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE: Gravity
  • MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG: Let it Go, Frozen
  • SOUND EDITING/MIXING/VISUAL: Gravity
  • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Her, Spike Jonze

The Oscars are this Sunday, March 2nd @ 8:30EST/5:30PST, just blocks away from my apartment at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. If you’re like me, the real show starts hours before on the Red Carpet. Tune into Oscars Red Carpet live  at 4pm PST on ABC and Countdown to the Red Carpet at 1:30pm on E!, followed by E!’s live red carpet coverage.

What are your predictions for this Sunday? Who are you most excited to see on the Red Carpet?

Drunk In Love with “BEYONCE”

On December 13th, 2013 our lives were changed forever. And if for some reason you live under a rock and don’t know already – Beyoncé shocked the world and dropped her surprise self-titled album after two and a half years since her last record. The “visual album” has a whopping 14 songs and 17 videos. My reaction to the news was kinda like this.

Since, the album has shattered the iTunes’ record for fastest selling album of all time – with an astonishing 828, 773 copies in just three days. The album also broke the record for U.S. first-week album sales, with 617, 213 units sold in America. She managed to do this without any promotion or warning whatsoever, which until now was absolutely unheard of. With that said, are we actually surprised? Beyoncé does what Beyoncé wants. And just like that, she has reinvented how we listen to music.

For the past two months or so I have been taking a TV Hosting/Broadcasting class, where I met Eman – and we instantly bonded over our love for Bey (duh). Being the die-hard Beyoncé fans that we are, we decided to record our thoughts about the surprise album. What was supposed to be just a few minutes of discussion turned into over 30 minutes of us dancing, laughing and chatting about all things Beyoncé. And trust me, we still had PLENTY more to say. But alas, ain’t nobody got time for that. Eman graciously got it down to about 13 minutes, which we know, is still too long but we are passionate about our girl Bey…so please bear with us! XO

My Week in TV pt. 1

Revenge (Sundays 9/8c): MEH. I don’t know if it’s the new writers they have this season or the acting, but I am just not feelin’ it. I was literally OBSESSED with seasons 1 and 2 and this new one just feels different. In the season premiere episode (SPOILER ALERT) when Emily/Amanda was shot – and apparently killed – on the boat, I didn’t really care. That’s saying something if you don’t have a reaction when the main character dies in the first 5 seconds of the season. I think they started out that way so viewers will stick around all season to see who killed her, but it could honestly be ANYBODY. Everyone seems to hate Emily/Amanda these days. Usually that’s what makes it exciting, but unless there’s some huge plot twist coming up, I’m just really not into it. But I’ll continue to watch, obvi.

New Girl (Tuesdays 9/8c): HOORAY. I love that Jess and Nick are finally together after all that awkward sexual tension in the previous seasons. I gotta say, I was a little disturbed when Schmidt took all of Jess’ birth control pills out of rage/in attempt to break the new pair up – but then I remembered it was just a TV show and that didn’t really happen, thank GOD. All in all, loving this season so far. Well-written, funny, relatable, woohoo.
 
The Voice (Mondays 8/7c & Tuesdays 9/8c): Guilty pleasure, for sure. I just love Blake Shelton. And the rest of the judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, & CeeLo Green) are pretty great too. Judging based on the few auditions I saw, I think it’s going to be a fun season to watch with a lot of talent.
 

Modern Family (Wednesdays 9/8c): …is it just me or do all of my favorite shows come on at 9? Anyway, this week’s Modern Fam was hilariiiious. My roommate and I were just lol-ing all over the place. But would you expect anything less? If you haven’t already jumped on board the Modern Fam
bandwagon, 1) who are you? and 2) stop that right now and do it.
 
Parks & Rec (Thursdays 8/7c): This show is EVERYTHING. Amy Poehler is truly the greatest, and I cry a little inside every time I think about all of the Emmy’s she has been robbed of. Other than Modern Family, this is the funniest and most underrated show on television. If you need to catch up, all the beginning seasons are on Netflix – no excuses!
 
Glee (Thursdays 9/8c): Oh, my heart. This week’s episode was the much-anticipated tribute to the late Cory Monteith. If you know me, it probably isn’t surprising that I usually cry at some point or another during every episode of Glee anyway. Needless to say, I spent most of Thursday leading up to the episode feeling kind of nervous, trying to emotionally prepare. I wasn’t sure how they were going to address his death without losing Finn’s innocence. For many fans, Finn and Cory went hand-in-hand, both seeming so relatable on and off the screen. They didn’t address how he died in the show, and I don’t think they needed to. Cory’s death was so public in real life and affected so many people, it would have been strange for him to die any other way in the show. Instead they documented how each character was dealing with the loss in their own way. I thought it was beautifully done, and it showed the obvious bond that the entire Glee cast and crew have formed over the years. I see the cast on the Paramount lot from time to time, and I really just want to give them a hug. I’ve strangely felt so affected by Cory (and Finn’s) passing, as it is always heartbreaking to see someone taken so soon. I respect Glee for giving the fans some closure, and some pretty amazing music.
 
Scandal (Thursdays 10/9c): OLIVIA POPE DA GOD. I one day hope to be half the bad ass that Olivia is. As much as I want Liv & Fitz to be together, I hope it isn’t for a veryyy long time so the show never ends. Season 3 is becoming what I hoped it would be — Huck is still terrifying but sweet, Quinn is actually really scary now (calm down, girlfriend), and the rest of the Gladiators are doing their thing. Mellie and Cyrus need to just go somewhere, except not so that we can keep the show going. The introduction of her father and his role in b316 is genius, I knew Liv had some serious daddy issues. & YAY Jake’s alive (barely)! LOVE YA SHONDA, keep em coming!
 
 
Shows I want to watch: Nashville, The Mindy Project, The Walking Dead
Any other suggestions???

Wedding Bells: Maid of What?

A few weeks ago my sister got engaged, and I could not be happier for her. Needless to say she is already in full-swing wedding planning mode as the date has been set to a year from now. She has selected me as Maid of Honor, which is semi-frightening because all I know about weddings I learned from Bridesmaids and Wedding Crashers. I have received a laundry list of all of my responsibilities, highlighted and organized by priority. If any of you will be a Maid of Honor in the future, or for some strange reason are just interested, here is the list of the duties my sister sent me – which essentially amounts to doing everything and is a mild form of slave labor. LOVE YA SIS!

The maid of honor has one of the most important (and demanding) jobs out of the bridal party.Not only does she need to be responsible, she must be very close to the bride as well and be able to keep her cool, calm, and collected throughout the entire process. Duties include the following:

  • Assists the bride with all wedding related shopping: the dress, bridesmaid dresses, accessories
  • Helps organize hair and makeup for the bridesmaids
  • Plans and hosts the bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Witnesses and sign the Marriage Certificate
  • Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Carries an emergency kit for the bride on the day of the wedding (although if you have a planner or day-of coordinator, they usually hold onto this)
  • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Stays by the bride’s side at all times and oversee the bridesmaids – KEY!
  • Holds onto the groom’s ring during the ceremony
  • Helps make favors and address invitations
  • Gives a speech and toast during the wedding reception
  • Acts as air traffic control for the bride, wedding planner, and family
  • Responsible for paying for her own travel, attire, and accessories
  • Gives the bride both a shower gift and wedding gift
  • Helps out however and whenever she can
  • Encourages guests to get on the dance floor during the reception (You shouldn’t have a problem with this)
  • Create and maintain wedding website

And I was like…DANG, ANYTHING ELSE? But seriously, I’m honored she chose me to stand beside her throughout this process and I can’t wait to be apart of it all.

Since I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing and my best idea so far of the Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas got rejected (what?), I turned to Pinterest. I have compiled a board of all of my favorite ideas for dresses, decor, invitations, parties, etc. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses – Simple & Elegant

Little Black Dress Themed Bachelorette Party

Bridemaids Dresses

With Buoy!

For the Reception

Checklist for Bachelorette Party – 21st Birthday Style

Spa Weekend in Charleston, SC

Dancing Shoes for the Bride/Bridesmaids – VERY necessary

Reception: sweet tea, water, and pink lemonade for guests, all pre-poured into mason jars

So there you have it, you’re welcome sis!

The 20/20 Experience

JT has officially brought sexy back, and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. Like almost everyone else, I’ve been listening to his new album “The 20/20 Experience” on repeat since being released. I’ve heard some complaints about the songs being too long, but I say the more JT the merrier. And as if one wasn’t enough, JT confirmed that a follow-up album is not only in the works, but has already been recorded. With all of this new music, it seems only right that he partner up with none other than Jay-Z to co-headline a stadium tour this summer, starting on July 17 in Toronto. He has also been rumored to be in the running for the role of Daddy Warbux in the remake of “Annie,” produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and will star Quvenzhane Wallis from “Beasts of a Southern Wild.” Not entirely sure how I feel about a sexy Daddy Warbux – but I guess we will just have to wait and see! Regardless, I love Justin just as much as I did when he looked like this.

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Before “The 20/20 Experience” was released, JT put out two singles – “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors.” According to HuffPost, the song and the music video for “Mirrors” are dedicated to Timberlake’s grandparents, William and Sadie. William passed away last year, and the song serves as a retelling of their love story. AW!

Aside from “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors,” some of my other favorites from the new record include:

1. Tunnel Vision

2. Spaceship Coupe

3. Let the Groove Get In

4. Pusher Love Girl

 

Every Great Dream Begins with a Dreamer

Playground of Dreams (POD) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping kids pursue their dreams and visions for our world. “The most life-defining, impactful moments in a child’s life are created when they are free, safe, and inspired. POD is in the business of creating these moments.” The kids in the program are putting together “The Coolest Variety Show on Earth,” which will be hosted by Catt Sadler of E! News, and will take place on April 6, 2013 in LA. The show is an opportunity for each child to turn his or her dream into a reality. This is a truly inspirational organization that genuinely believes in the power of our youth. Kids believe they can do anything. It’s up to us to keep that spirit alive. Who knows, maybe they will help us discover our own passions in the process.

“I could bake a better cake than anyone because it has love in it.” How great is that?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman

Merry Oscars Eve: My Predictions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As Audrey Hepburn said, “Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” The Academy Awards are about honoring excellence in the film industry, one of our most valued forms of entertainment that gives us the movies that inspire us, make us cry, think, and laugh. The Oscars air tomorrow night, February 24th at 8:30pm on ABC. But if you’re like me and the red carpet is just as important as the actual show, the Oscars Red Carpet live begins at 7pm on ABC and Countdown to the Red Carpet begins at 1:30pm on E!, followed by live red carpet coverage at 5:30pm.

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85th Academy Awards

Here are the nominees and my predictions for the 2013 Oscars. Let’s see if my hard work of going to see all of these movies paid off.

Best Picture: I think it’s very possible for Lincoln to sweep a lot of categories, but I have my fingers crossed for Silver Linings Playbook. Wouldn’t hate if Django won either.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, and deservedly so. Abraham?? Is that you??

  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook (LOVE)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight (Paramount, whatup!)
  • Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained (Oh wait, he wasn’t nominated. WHY?)

Best Actress in a Leading Role:  Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook. Amazing Performance! She’s already won if you ask me (Bradley Cooper, need I say more).

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (Close second to my girl, Jennifer)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (duh)
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Actor in a Supporting Role: Torn between Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook and Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained. Can both win?

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln (My 3rd favorite)
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables. Although I would love to see Sally Field give her a run for her money.

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Mis
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Animated Feature Film: I have to admit, I’ve only seen Brave out of all of the nominees, and I fell asleep half way through. So, I’m assuming it’s not that one. I’ll go with Wreck-It Ralph, whatever that is.

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie (#lolwut…)
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi.

  • Amour, Michael Haneke
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
  • Life of Pi, Ang Lee
  • Lincoln, Steven Spielberg (close second)
  • Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Other Categories:

  • Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
  • Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
  • Best Production Design: Anna Karenina
  • Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina, or Les Mis
  • Best Original Song: Skyfall, Adele (duh)
  • Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Lennon & Maisy Stella

Obsessed with these two sisters who are absolutely the cutest and could sing the alphabet and it’d still be amazing. I’ve loved watching them grow over the past year, as they successfully used their popularity on YouTube to land starring roles on the TV hit series, Nashville. Here are a few of my favorite covers by the duo. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for both of these talented artists. In the meantime, I’m still trying to figure our why I’m not the third Stella sister.