“Dress has always been my Strongest Suit.” – Maggie’s Red Carpet 2016 Wrap-Up

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Another red carpet season with Maggie has come to an end. She’s spent the past month sorting through countless photos of every awards show in existence in order to determine her favorite (and most hated) looks of the season. What did she choose? Read on to find out! (Also, your moms are so proud of you, Marshmallow.) –Kim

FIVE BEST OF THE SEASON

Saoirse Ronan, Oscars

Looking back, Saoirse’s gown picks were a little uneven for me, but there’s no question: This is the best look from anyone all season. Everything about this works: the sparkling emerald-green (and whose heart doesn’t melt at the fact that she chose it to represent Ireland?), the classy and sexy silhouette, the perfectly tousled hair and low-key yet dramatic makeup, even the mismatched earrings. It wasn’t Saoirse’s year to win, but I think we know she’s a contender and she’ll be back.

Kate Bosworth, Golden Globes

I know, I’m like a raccoon, I can’t resist shiny things. But this dress! How does this pink beading with silver accents manage to look understated? I think Kate looks so lovely here and I know people use “old Hollywood glamour” to death, but this look is the epitome of that feeling to me.

Jennifer Garner, Oscars

Well, well, look who came to play. Jen only had one appearance this season and she certainly made it count. There are always so many black gowns on the red carpet, so they’re not always memorable and they don’t always stand out from the crowd, but this one. This one is flawless. You can see the interesting details in photos, it’s not flat, it’s sophisticated and flattering. She looks beautiful and completely at ease. Well done.

Krysten Ritter, Critics Choice Awards

THIS. IS. A. MOMENT. We didn’t cover the Critics Choice Awards (although maybe we should have, you’ll see several looks made it into this post), but Kim was watching and she texted me a picture of this dress “for future reference.” And looking over the season, it was an immediate lock for the Best list. I’ve loved Krysten Ritter for years (Veronica Mars, Apt. 23, anyone?) but I’ve never seen her look like a star before. She commands your attention in this (burgundy? Brown? Who cares what the color is, it’s gorgeous) gown that’s perfectly suited to her statuesque figure, raven hair and pale skin, and I think she styled it perfectly (the rare occasion I approve of no bold lip!). With Jessica Jones, she’s found the role she was always meant to play and I feel confident she has a long career, and many red carpets, ahead of her, which I couldn’t be happier about.

Alicia Vikander, Golden Globes

I know this look is divisive but I loved it on the night and I love it now. I think it’s just out of the box enough without going too far. It’s deceptively simple. The ruffles, the belt, the subtle stripes and the way the skirt moves. It all works for me. Easily my favorite white of the season (and there were A LOT of white gowns, seriously).

FIVE WORST OF THE SEASON

Brie Larson, SAG Awards

This remains one of the most significant bummers of my lifetime. I can’t find anything about this that I like, not even the glacier shade of blue. There’s just so much going on from the twists of fabric to the slash over the bust to the sparkle ties on the side to the slit and can we not even mention the orange luggage strap on the back? No, you’re right, we have to mention it because why. Just why. That’s all I want to know. WHY.

Kate Winslet, Oscars

During one of our many heated discussions about Kate’s style at HOF headquarters this season, Kim insisted that at this point in the game Kate would be choosing fit over flare. And I understood that about her early picks, bored though I was. But look at this, you guys. It makes her gorgeous figure just look… wide? I hate even typing that but this liquid metallic trash bag isn’t flattering, it does nothing for her. It’s just sad.

And you guys know I’m pro-eyeglasses at awards shows (so that, you know, people can see), but you have to straighten them before you walk out on stage. Kate, just like keep an eye on Reese, a real friend would have fixed them for you.

Jennifer Lawrence, Golden Globes

No, absolutely not. Okay, I mean, I like this shade of red. But that’s it. It’s kind of matronly, no? And believe me, it feels weird saying that about a dress with cutouts, but here we are, Dior, are you happy now?? I wish I could see it with her hair down (and maybe not quite that shade of blonde). And whoever tacked on that necklace needs a firm talking to.

Julianne Moore, SAG Awards

When she misses, she really misses. I fully hate this. I could have been convinced to get on board with the color but that fabric just looks so itchy to me and I hate the strap/bandeau/cutouts/weird trim of it all. Hard pass.

Rachel McAdams, Oscars

I don’t think this shade of green is doing her any favors, this (wrinkled!) fabric was a terrible choice, and it just looks cheap. Period.

You thought you could get me with a train, Rachel? Nice try, but I remain unmoved.

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“Little black dress just walked into the room.” – Oscar Fashion 2016

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It’s the Super Bowl of Red Carpets! Who scored a touchdown? Who fumbled at the 1 yard line? Who made a two point conversion? Who missed an easy field goal? How many more sports metaphors do you need? Let’s get to Maggie’s picks for best and worst of the night!

BEST

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse slayed, you guys. The dress is to die for. Her hair was perfect. I even liked the mismatched earrings! She is a smoking hot, classy, emerald-green mermaid and I for one am delighted.

The very definition of tasteful side boob. Also paging Niall Horan, this is your future wife.

Jennifer Garner

Listen, I think we all know who the phoenix is and who the ashes is, okay? Jen looks flawless here, down to every detail. The beading and the swoosh of fabric (I know, we’re getting super technical here) could have easily tipped toward too much but this is simply elegant and if you try to tell me different, I will take umbrage.

WORK.

Cate Blanchett


My personal feelings are she’s Cate fucking Blanchett, she can wear what she wants, but friend of HOF Shannon put it more eloquently, “she looks like Venus emerging from sea foam, I am all about it.” SAME.

Charlize Theron

I am not strictly crazy about the straps, but it’s a minor nitpick. Charlize is wearing the hell out of this dress and I love the necklace.

Bonus Emily Blunt preciousness.

Daisy Ridley

I think her hair is too severe and I’m not sure about the detail in the middle, but I am in love with this overall look. I think the metallic is so lovely on her and the length, you guys. This is just so refreshing, I can’t wait to see more from her.

Margot Robbie

Here’s what I love about Margot: she knows how to look like a grownup without looking matronly. She’s not afraid of a long sleeve and she can really pull it off. I’m super attracted to shiny things, so of course I’m really into the gold, and that CLUTCH. I know the hair could be better, but honestly I don’t even care.

Naomi Watts

At first I wasn’t sure about the kind of 80s accent colors in the dress but the sparkles won me over, as they always do. I think this dress is so flattering on her, and she’s styled to perfection. The soft waves and bold lip really pull the look together.

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“This is a really volcanic ensemble you’re wearing.” – SAG Awards 2016 Fashion

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Bless the SAG Awards for being on a Saturday this year, my awards show hangover is much easier to deal with on a Sunday, thank you very much. This was kind of an off night in the season; not a lot of wow moments, l could only come up with seven Best looks when we usually include ten. There were lots of sleeves and textures and patterns, which was interesting, but the night was kind of whelming overall? Let’s take a look and then let me know what you thought in the comments!

BEST

Emilia Clarke

I don’t know if we’ve talked about Emilia much before but I’ve noticed she tends to go for let’s say “mature” looks on the red carpet that I don’t think always do her justice, so I basically started seal clapping when I saw her in this. I die for this bold pink and, as you may remember from the Golden Globes coverage, this neckline and skirt shape are right up my alley. Her accessories are subtle, letting the dress do most of the work, and I think the soft wavy hairstyle looks amazing. She looks age appropriate finally, and elegant and fun at the same time.

Marisa Tomei

Easily the best long-sleeved gown of the night. This style and shade of green are so flattering on her and you know I love sparkles. The belt detail really pulled it all together for me.

Amy Poehler

Look at our ginger queen, you guys. This is so good on her, it’s dramatic and yet she looks perfectly at ease and like herself. Amy can be kind of hit or miss on the red carpet but I think she knocked this one out of the park. (Apparently this was my night for subtle accessories and lowkey hairdos.)

Laura Prepon

I know, I don’t think the waist is exactly right either, but I am still here for this poetic noble land mermaid. That bodice completes me and I love the way the skirt of the dress hangs when she’s standing still or flows around her as she twirls. (We call that a ter-wully dress in my family, although I’m not sure of the spelling? due to an adorable mispronunciation of ‘twirl’ by my sister when she was four.)

Anna Faris

Am I crazy or is this so different for her? I love how sleek and elegant she looks, the short sleeves are adorable, and did you see the deep vee in the back? I’m not wild about the slit, but I’m also not really mad at it.

Naomi Watts

There were a lot of textured fabrics on the red carpet and this one was my fave. The blue is gorgeous with her complexion and I love the simplicity of the black belt. Obviously I’m into the bold lip, but I think the hair was not perfectly on point?

Helen Mirren

Take notes, ladies, this is how it’s done. She’s sparkly, sexy and classy all at the same time.

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Live Blogging the 2016 SAG Awards and Red Carpet

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Welcome to the 2016 SAG Awards everyone! Join us for all the fashion, celebs, and awards. Will Kate and Leo walk away winners? Will Spotlight take home the Best Ensemble Award? Will SAG ever learn that there is a difference between a leading performance and a supporting one on Television? Join us to find out.

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Kim Reacts to the Oscar Nominations

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Merry Christmas, Oscar Lovers!  Aside from a few lumps of coal in our stockings (Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and the fact that Her didn’t get more nominations), I’ve got to say I’m pretty happy with this year’s nominations.  Being a student of awards season, even the “surprise” nominees didn’t really surprise me, as they were performances and movies that had still been discussed as possibilities.  Let’s dive right into the nominations, shall we?  I’ve covered all the major categories plus Best Song and Make-Up, cause even I could see the egregious snub in that one…

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Ladies and Gents, we have a three-way horse race on our hands in American Hustle vs. Gravity vs. 12 Years a Slave.  All the other ones are just glad to be invited to the party.

But who wins?

In my mind, Best Picture needs to be one that can be looked back on 20 years from now and still be considered great and meaningful.  American Hustle is SUPER fun but really…is it best picture worthy?  Is it a monumental achievement in film making? No.  If it were to beat 12 Years a Slave (or to a lesser degree, Gravity) we would have a true Shakespeare in Love vs. Saving Private Ryan situation on our hands.  YES, 12 Years is brutal and tough to watch.  I’ve seen it once and I never want to see it again.  I would never BUY it.  But do I still think it deserves to win Best Picture?  Yes.  Yes, I do.  I think sometimes the Academy fears the difficult films that are harder to watch and instead embrace the films that are easy to swallow.  American Hustle is the lime slice you suck on to ease the burn of the tequila shot of 12 Years a Slave.

Come on, Academy.  Man up.  Just do the tequila shot straight up.

Best Actress
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

As I said on Facebook and Twitter this morning, I never thought that if Amy Adams got into the race that it would have been at the expense of Emma Thompson’s superb work in Saving Mr. Banks.  As it seemed that no one had affection for August: Osage County (which I can’t figure out for the life of me), I thought that Meryl would be the one who was bumped…despite the fact that had she not won for the stupid Iron Lady (NEVER FORGET VIOLA DAVIS) she would have been the frontrunner here.  I should know better than to ever doubt La Streep.  But…but…EMMA!  Who is going to walk out barefoot with a martini NOW?  Saving Mr. Banks got NO love, so I can’t imagine they’ll even invite her to present.  So now I am sad.

I don’t think there is any way Blanchett loses here, unless they FINALLY decide to reward Amy on her fifth nomination.  We’re getting close to a Kate Winslet situation here with her.  But really…Blanchett’s name has been on that statue since the day Blue Jasmine came out.

Best Actor
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BUT TOM HANKS THOUGH.  THE BEST WORK HE’S DONE IN AT LEAST FIFTEEN YEARS.

We all knew this was a stacked field going in…so many worthy performances this year.  Given Leo’s history with the Academy though, I imagined he would be the one left out.  His performance in Wolf of Wall Street IS incredible though and I sincerely hope they use his mostly silent scene where he is stoned out of his MIND on quaaludes as his Oscar Clip.

However, Leo is not going to win, so I look forward to the new “Leo screams/cries internally” gifs that will pop up on Tumblr minutes after the winner is announced.

After a completely charming speech at the Globes, you have to figure this is Matthew McConaughey’s award to lose.  I have yet to see Dallas Buyers Club (this weekend I PROMISE), but I have heard nothing but good things.  He didn’t get the BAFTA nod though, so don’t count out Ejiofor.  Like I will say later, I feel like if 12 Years is going to win Best Picture it will HAVE to get an Acting Award somewhere.  So it’s a two-man race, unless Leo REALLY hits the campaign trail.

Robbed in this category? JOAQUIN PHOENIX for the greatest performance of his career in Her.  Perhaps the Academy has been unable to forget when he lost his marbles a few years ago.  Even though he got a nomination last year for a far lesser film than this one. Boo, I say.  BOO!

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

First of all: Barbara Weston is by NO MEANS a Supporting Character, so it is atrocious that Harvey campaigned her as such.  Yes, the Best Actress field was clearly crowded, but a lead is a lead is a lead.  Violet and Barbara were both leading roles at the Tonys.  I don’t understand the fear of campaigning 2 leads for one movie.  Both Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon got nominated for Thelma and Louise…though neither won.  However, this ranks among the best work Julia Roberts has ever done, so I am thrilled to see her recognized.

But let’s be honest, this race is between two women.  Lupita and JLaw.  We’ll see how the Critics Choice and SAGs go, but I have a hard time imagining that the Academy will give a 24-year-old back to back Academy Awards.  No matter HOW good she was in American Hustle.  And she was very very good.

My theory is such: If Matthew and Jared take the male awards for Dallas Buyers Club, they will want to reward 12 Years somewhere in the acting awards.  Lupita is a WORTHY winner.  She’s heartbreaking and she has the bonus Cinderella-esque acting story of this being her first major gig.  But then again, my theory could also be applied to American Hustle.  They may want to toss THAT ONE an acting award.  JLaw’s role as the unhinged wife is Oscar Catnip.

Basically I DON’T KNOW.  Though I will say this…whichever way this one goes, expect the winner’s respective movie to likely win Best Picture.

Also remember back in August when everyone said Oprah was going to walk away with that Supporting Actress Trophy?? HA!

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Can anyone touch Jared Leto here?  I don’t think so.  He seems to be the surest of sure things, though if Fassy starts campaigning, he could be a threat.

Let’s discuss the fact that the kid from Superbad is now a Two Time Academy Award nominee.  Who’d have thought THAT would happen?

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Head Over Feels Live Blogs the 2014 Golden Globes

Amy Poehler Tina Fey dancing

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Tina and Amy make their triumphant return to the Globes! Stick with us for all the fabulous gowns, huge upsets, and boozed-up celebrity antics of the drunkest award show of the season!

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Breaking Down the Golden Globe Nominations

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I have a confession to make.  Yeah, yeah The Oscars are considered the “Super Bowl” of Awards shows, but The Golden Globes tend to be my favorite of all the awards shows out there.  Maybe it’s because they celebrate both film and TV, meaning that many more of my favorite people are in the room.  Maybe it’s because they split the movie awards into Comedy and Drama, giving more films and performances the chance to be honored.  Maybe it’s because out of all the awards bodies, the Globes are the ones most likely to think outside the box and honor new shows (they were the first champion of Mad Men after all).  Maybe it’s because that many celebrities + free-flowing champagne = the potential for all sorts of shenanigans.

Wait.  I KNOW it’s because of the free-flowing champagne induced shenanigans.

The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes were announced this morning and I found myself faced with a peculiar feeling.  And that feeling was…happiness and excitement.  Definitely not one I am used to feeling on Nomination Days.  I’m used to feeling RAGE.  Perhaps I am growing less grumpy in my old age or perhaps the fact of the matter is that The Globes got WAY more right this year than they did wrong.  Sure…there were some moments that had me perplexed (NO MAD MEN), but there were more moments that had me squealing with joy (MONICA POTTER Y’ALL!).  Let’s break down the categories, shall we?

Best Television Series — Drama

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Masters of Sex

The shocker here is the exclusion of awards darling and winner of this category for the past 2 years Homeland.  I’ve only watched the first nine episodes of the show, so obviously I am behind, but I have really heard NOTHING good about Season Three.  So props to the HFPA for not just sticking to the shows they have honored in the past just cause they are the trendy ones.  Mad Men is out of this category for the third year in a row (Again SO WEIRD because like I said…the HFPA were the first ones to reward this show), so while I am MAD, I am not surprised.  Thrilled to see The Good Wife here because this season has been AMAZING.  But really the favorite in this category HAS to be Breaking Bad for its masterful final season.  Though House of Cards could be a spoiler if the HFPA is feeling tricksy.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Drama

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

This Category is where the HFPA REALLY shook things up, with only ONE returning nominee from last year, in the form of Bryan Cranston, who lost last year to Homeland‘s Damian Lewis.  This makes me quite happy, as it really irks me when the same people get nominated every year because it feels like the nominators don’t even WATCH submission tapes (LOOKING AT YOU SAG AND EMMY).

I called it the moment that The Blacklist premiered…James Spader would get a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.  So you can imagine I felt quite smug when his name was called this morning.  I just started watching Masters of Sex and while I think Bill Masters is KIND OF the worst, I think Michael Sheen does brilliant work.  The nomination for Liev Schreiber is the only one that strikes me as ODD, but the Globes ALWAYS have at least one WTF nominee.  Who is usually a famous person.  BUT JON HAMM THOUGH.  I guess I am resigned to the fact that his awards days are over.

Bryan Cranston has to be the favorite here for his brilliance in Breaking Bad, but watch out for Spader.  He has an extensive history with the Globes and they LOVE HIM.  I would not at ALL be surprised if he walked away with the trophy.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Drama

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

With two-time winner for Homeland Claire Danes out-of-the-way (seriously guys, they must have HATED season 3), I really feel like this is ANYBODY’S to win.  Once again, the Globes did a clean sweep of this category, with only Juliana Margulies returning from last year’s crop.  I could hear screams of joy from my friends all over the world when Tatiana Maslany’s name was called.  I PROMISE I will watch at least SOME of Orphan Black before the Globes so I will GET IT.  I am QUITE surprised that Taylor Schilling is the sole nominee from the buzzy Orange Is The New Black, considering that it is a show I really thought the Globes would embrace.  I’m very sad that Lizzy Caplan didn’t get in for Masters of Sex, but this is a TOUGH category.

My pick to win is Kerry Washington.  If there is any organization that would embrace a show as crazy as Scandal it is this one.  Plus Kerry has movie star cred, which the HFPA loves and oh yeah…she’s fucking brilliant as Olivia Pope.  She’ll need to watch her back for Maslany, but for now, I give this one to the Gladiator.  It’s handled.

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

AT LONG LAST PARKS AND RECREATION GETS A NOMINATION FOR SERIES.  YOU GUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYS.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you KNOW how we feel about Parks and Rec.  Will it win?  Probably not.  But it got recognized and we’ll take it.  Yes, I yawn at the inclusion of The Big Bang TheoryModern Family is always a given in this category.  And the HFPA loves Girls, as it won this category last year.  And I imagine it will win again.  But with the exclusion of Glee and nomination for Parks and the SUPER surprise nomination for newbie Brooklyn 99, there will be no table flipping gifs here today.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL QUEEN AMY WINS A TROPHY FOR PLAYING LESLIE KNOPE.

*mic drop*

(Also, subbing in Edie Falco for Tina Fey and you have the EXACT same line-up as last year.  Lazy.)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Aside from the surprise nomination for Andy Samberg, this category bores me.  And the nomination for Michael J. Fox is a bit of a joke to me.  Unless the show has MAGICALLY gotten better.  Next please.

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