Once again, my brother and sis-in-law hosted an Oscar-viewing party. I don’t even know how many years they/she’s been doing this; I’m pretty sure she started doing it before they got married, so my guess is this was our seventh year. So it’s become quite a tradition. The first couple years, we would dress in our “red carpet finest” which ended up being old bridesmaid dresses. Now, some of us dress as characters from nominated movies. And they deck out the house as well.

Oscar Party 

From Les Mis – my niece was Cosette and I was Enjolras (aka “the hot guy”).

Oscar Party

My dad enjoys Civil War history and is a bit of a Lincoln buff. So this was no surprise. Also this is not the first time they have dressed as Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln.

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And we had quite a spread of food. My contribution was bacon-wrapped dates. [Recipe forthcoming, oh wait, that’s the recipe.] I love to dip them in the chocolate fountain. Not pictured: lots of champagne and the growler of Alpenglow.

Before the show starts, we always play the “who am I?” game. Each guest gets the name of a celebrity stuck on their back, and has to ask yes-or-no questions to figure out who they are. I was Alan Arkin, so [once I figured out who I was] I spent the rest of the night telling everyone to “Argo f*** yourself.” Sorry. That was the best line of the movie.

During the telecast, we play “Oscar Bingo” in which we all have a bingo-style grid with various actions written on them, such as “Joke fails” “Winner walks wrong way off the stage” “Presenter fumbles with the envelope” “Winner gets cut off by music” etc. Did you know hardly any of the winners thank God? This is at least the second year in a row that square went uncrossed.

The real competition comes with the ballots. We all fill out a ballot before the start, guessing who will win in each category and whoever gets the most correct gets a prize. I’ve been the reigning champion of this game for a few years running, but my reign is over. I got 12 correct, but my dad got 19 correct. My mom even killed it with 18 correct (I think). So bravo, mom and dad. Hope you enjoy your champagne fountain. (Just kidding, they left it behind so my sis-in-law could keep  it.)

As for my thoughts on this year’s telecast…

The host. I wasn’t looking forward to Seth MacFarlane. I am not a fan of Family Guy, although I did like Ted. I was pleasantly surprised by his performance – I was worried the show would feel like a really long episode of Family Guy. Although he is not getting very stellar reviews, so maybe I just set the bar really low.

The jokes. I know the “We Saw Your Boobs” song isn’t going over well. I thought it was funny, however, I wish they would have taken it a step further and included a verse for “We Saw Your Wang” which would have been noticeably shorter, and thus be a comedic commentary on the fact that it is so common for female nudity in movies, but not male nudity. Sadly, I think it was just meant to be a crude joke, and nothing more.

The awards. While I love Christoph Waltz (I’ll leave it there as my true feelings may be borderline inappropriate), and I thought his Oscar for best supporting actor was so well deserved, I was shocked Tommy Lee Jones didn’t win. And I was shocked both that Quentin Tarantino won, and that he gave such an awesome acceptance speech.


The dresses. Why did Anne Hathaway wear a nipple dress? Was that a dig at the upskirt shot?

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I think I was the only one in the room who liked Amanda Seyfried’s dress during the tribute to musicals. I dug the built-in choker and tulle skirt, and the fact that it was a bold color.

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Personally, I think Jessica Chastain was best dressed, and I’m not just saying that because she’s a redhead, and because I have worn a similar colored dress twice in my life. OK, maybe I’m lying. Those are exactly the reasons I loved her look. And that was a gorgeous dress. Plus I think she plays some great roles, so I have a lot of respect for her. Plus this was such an improvement over her look at the Golden Globes.

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I also loved:

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Naomi Watts, Olivia Munn, Samantha Barks, Stacy Keibler

And what was with the talons on Adele and Babs? Are we doing that now? Because I pass. They both gave some great performances though.

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How do you watch the Oscars? What did you think of Seth MacFarlane? Who did you think was best dressed? Worst dressed?