Full disclosure: this will not be a true "R&R." Why? Because this was the first year in - I don't know how long - that I did NOT watch the Oscars live.
I know, what? How could I possibly do that? I consider Oscar Sunday a holiday! I must've had a good reason...
I like to think I did.
Keep Calm, There's An After-Party
It was a full weekend leading up to the Oscars. I decided to head to my parents' place for all the pampering and prep. Since my apartment is only a few blocks away from The Dolby Theater, I figured there was no way I would be able to get anywhere (even though it would have been really cool to be there). Plus, I have been going to Amy (my hairstylist) and Niki (my aesthetician) since I was in high school. Credit for my appearance goes to:
Dress: Badgley Mischka, Rent The Runway
Hair: Cut and Color by Amy Scott (Instagram @aiims77). Styled at Drybar Westlake Village.
Brows: Niki Mamakos, The Waxing Goddess. Howie Mandel mentioned her in his book "Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me" and talked about her on The Tonight Show!
Nails: RAK Nail Bar (Instagram @raknailbar). I unfortunately didn't get a good picture, but they're a light neutral color with a green-undertone chrome nail powder on top. Very cool, clean, and subtle.
It was a fun-filled night, complete with a red carpet, a photo booth where we could take pictures with Oscar, good drinks, great company, and amazing truffle fries. Here are some pictures of my adventures at an Official 89th Academy Awards After-Party:
Live Updates, Recaps, and Highlights, Oh My!
My mother and some of my friends sent me updates during the broadcast, and I was able to keep track of the winners via live blogs. Though I still plan to watch the full ceremony on Hulu, here is what they deemed important enough for me to know (besides the winners, of course):
In Memoriam Snafu. They listed the correct name of the deceased, costume designer Janet Patterson. Unfortunately, the picture was of the Australian producer Jan Chapman, who was a great friend and long-time collaborator of the deceased and is very much alive today. She was not happy. Whoops! They listed the correct name of the deceased, costume designer Janet Patterson. Unfortunately, the picture was of the Australian producer Jan Chapman, who was a great friend and long-time collaborator of the deceased and is very much alive today. She was not happy. Whoops!
Of course, that wasn't the biggest mistake. No, that award goes to The Best Picture Mix-Up. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the incorrect envelope, and announced La La Land as the winner of the big prize. Everyone went up to the stage and began their speeches when the news came out - Moonlight was the true winner of the category. Despite the shock and confusion, everyone seemed to handle themselves pretty gracefully (from what I saw, at least). You can see the transcript here. Both movies were fantastic, and it could have been a tie in my opinion, but I am glad that Moonlight got the win.
The Results Are In!
In my previous blog post, four friends (all young women in the arts/entertainment/media world) and I filled out Oscar ballots. Here is the complete list of nominees and winners, along with the results of our pool:
After tallying up the ballots, we have our results.
The third runner up is Chloe Lane, with 5/24 correct.
The second runner up is Éli Chau, with 10/24 correct.
The first runner up is a tie between Jamie Pisciotta and Heather Rachael Owens, with 11/24 correct.
And the winner is me, with 16/24 correct. Yay! I also came in second place in my office pool, earning myself an Arclight gift certificate. What a comeback after coming in last in the Golden Globes pool, am I right?
There were only two that no one got correct: Best Sound Editing (Arrival) and Best Documentary Short (The White Helmets). So excellent job, everyone! We were all pretty much in the right ballpark.
All in all, I had a very eventful Oscars celebration. I can't wait to see what next year will bring.
NOTE: I made some structural and grammatical updates on 2/28.