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Fun Friday–Awards Ceremony Hits and Misses

Friday, June 25, 2010

“Gee, this isn’t like I imagined it would be in the bathtub.”

~Dianne Wiest, on winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1987

I’m supposed to write a one-minute “acceptance” speech before I go to the Christy Awards. While I’m not superstitious, and I’m convinced there’s no way I’ll win (I respect the other two authors in my category too much to even begin to believe I have a chance), I almost feel like writing something down will “jinx” any fraction of a chance I have at winning. Anyone else ever feel that way? I guess I’ll go ahead and do it so I don’t end up saying something like Ms. Wiest did.

So I’ve given myself a manicure and pedicure, I’ve colored my hair (couldn’t have those little silver sparklies showing up in any of the pictures), I have my dress and wrap hanging on the door ready to go, and I’ve been reassured that I’m not going to be the only person dressed in a semi-formal/cocktail gown. But with that in mind, I thought it would be fun today to look back on some of the more outrageous fashion statements people have made when attending awards ceremonies.

I had to wonder not just what Charlize Theron was thinking to choose this dress, but what designer John Galliano was thinking when he decided to put those swirls of fabric there.

Really, Demi? Lace-trimmed bike shorts under half of a ballgown skirt?

Y’all know purple is my favorite color, but this is just a little too far out there for even me.

She’s worn some wild things to awards shows, but I think this was the craziest.

Not the obvious choice for a Best Actress nominee.

I always felt a little sorry for her anyway. I have a feeling this was chosen for her not by her.

Dang! I should have died my hair electric purple!

And I thought Mariah Carey’s and Paula Abdul’s penchant for wearing tiaras to awards shows was over the top. Think Liz Taylor was trying to send a message to boyfriend Glenn Davis (a West Point student)?

I know it was the 1960s, but seriously, Babs?

Don’t leave home without costume designer Lizzy Gardiner, who used 254 gold American Express credit cards—from the company with her name and card number (one digit short to invalidate them)—to make this dress. And she won the Academy Award that night for Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

And of course, who can forget Bjork?

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  1. Sylvia M. permalink
    Friday, June 25, 2010 8:41 am

    My word! Those outfits are horrible. Even though Liz Taylor’s is a little over-the-top it’s not too bad. At least it…uhm….covers her.

    This past Saturday was the wedding of the crown princess of Sweden. Most of the royal guests wore tasteful, evening wear, but one of the daughters-in-law of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands wore a horrible outfit. The husband of this woman is not in line to the throne, but they still come to royal events sometimes.


    • Friday, June 25, 2010 9:16 am

      If that was her husband, he didn’t look any too happy to be in the picture, did he? Wow.


    • Michelle permalink
      Friday, June 25, 2010 1:48 pm

      That has to be one of the worst royal dresses, (is it even a dress, cause it almost looks like it could be a pant suit), that I’ve seen in a long time.


  2. Friday, June 25, 2010 9:18 am

    You definitely picked some winners! And some of the others make Charlize’s dress look quite nice! LOL


  3. Friday, June 25, 2010 12:54 pm

    That credit card dress could NOT have been comfortable to sit in.

    Can’t wait to hear how the awards go. 🙂 So excited for you that you were nominated for an award!


    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Friday, June 25, 2010 4:19 pm

      Do you think the lady with the credit card dress had any name imprints on her body afterwords?


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