I have an addiction. To the Oscars. Every February when the red carpet rolls around, I get over the top urges to cook gourmet appetizers involving olive oil and fine cheeses. I
demand suggest to all my friends that they dress up and drink wine with me! And for the four hours of awards and 2 hours of pre-show, I make them deal with my company!
It is an extreme guilty pleasure of mine to ooh and aah over the dresses worn at the Academy Awards. So for this Guilty Pleasure Friday, allow me to REALLY INDULGE and share my favorite, and not-so-favorite, looks of the evening as well as provide the decadent recipes you all asked for in my previous Oscar post, A Red Carpet Affair!
For Outstanding Achievement in Evening Wear, the Nominees Are:
Stunning, Penelope; I love it! Gorgeous and unique color for the evening. Classic hair and Hollywood glamor!
While Sandra appeared on some blogger’s Worst Dressed list, I wholeheartedly disagree! I adored the unique silhouette of her gown, loved the beading at the waist, and thought she looked sleek and beautiful.
Michelle Williams, this year’s Natalie Portman! She looked darling and youthfully vibrant in this coral gown, both fun in silhouette and super girly.
Her first big Red Carpet event, and Kristen nailed it! Gorgeous gown with subtle texture on the bodice and frilly femme fatale in the skirt. A knockout look if you ask me!
While Ellie’s bangs are an extreme ‘do, I LOVE her gown. A simple shape is made bold and fiery with these red and gold sequins. Hot, hot, HOT!
Best Actress Nominee, Glenn Close, looking so chic and pardon my french, DAMN FINE in this pleated bodice and form fitting gown. I love that she topped it with a suit jacket! She looked radiant!
The Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Evening Wear Goes to:
I’m completely biased towards anyone who wears a bold color at the Oscars, and Viola looked smashing! I adore the emerald green gown with beading in the bodice and mermaid-like pleats in the skirt. To accessorize, she even wore emerald earrings. Voila, Viola!
My Nominees for Poor Achievement in Evening Wear Are:
I am a fan of Rose Byrne’s acting, but this look is too harsh for me. Everything about it is too blunt. There’s no whimsy at all. The hair is too sharp, the gown too garbage bag saggy, and the shoes look like geisha shoes to the point where I’m afraid she’s going to tip over.
Tell me this doesn’t remind you of the scene in The Little Mermaid where Ariel makes a dress out of ship sails and rope, and I’ll give it another try. I think my bigger issue is poor Angelina’s body. Her arms and legs are much too thin for my liking. She looks ill.
Not bad, but not great either. A little lackluster for such a graceful face and frame as Gwyneth. I like the cuff bracelet, but that’s about it.
And the Award for Poorest Achievement in Evening Wear Goes to:
Last year, she won an Oscar! Now look at her! It’s like someone bedazzled her pajamas! I hate the top! It isn’t flattering, and that bow just doesn’t go. The shoes are about all Leo’s got going for her.
And now for the sharing of food! Cause you can’t talk fashion on an empty stomach!
Fresh Mozzarella with Toasted Garlic and Capers (from Bon Appetit Magazine)
- 12 oz fresh water-packed mozzarella cheese, drained, cut into 1/4 inch-thick slices
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 t dried crushed red pepper
- 1 T minced fresh oregano
- 1/4 t coarse salt
- 1/4 t ground black pepper
- 2 T capers, chopped
Overlap cheese slices on medium platter. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed pepper and stir just until garlic begins to change color, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in oregano, salt, and pepper. Cool. Stir in capers and remaining 4 tablespoons oil. Spoon over cheese slices.
Slow-Baked Tomatoes with Garlic and Mint (from Better Homes and Gardens magazines)
- 1 1/2 lb cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 7 garlic cloves, peeled, split lengthwise, and green shoot removed
- 1 bunch fresh mint, trimmed
- 1 to 2 t coarse salt
- 1 t freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 325° F. Wash and drain tomatoes well. Pat dry with paper towels. In a nonreactive 2 quart baking dish, place tomatoes in a single layer. Pour on olive oil so they are well coated and there is a thin layer of oil on bottom of dish. Toss in garlic, mint, salt, and pepper. Bake uncovered for 45 to 60 minutes or until skins split and soften but tomatoes still retain their shape. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. Spoon or mash over slices of bread or serve with warm goat cheese.
Godfather Crostini (from Simple and Delicious magazine)
- 1 loaf (8 oz) French bread, cut into 16 slices
- 2 T plus 1 t olive oil, divided
- 8 bacon strips, halved
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 T minced chives
- 2 t lemon juice
- 16 fresh basil leaves
- 16 oil packed sundried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup prepared pesto
- 2 T shredded parmesan cheese
Brush bread slices with 2 T oil and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° F for 5-6 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp in a large skillet. Remove to paper towels to drain. Combine mayonnaise, chives, lemon juice and remaining oil in a small bowl; spread over toast. Top each with a basil leaf, tomato, pesto and a piece of bacon. Sprinkle with cheese.
There you have it! My picks for what to wear to the Oscars, as well as what NOT TO! And some delightfully easy and delectably tasty appetizers you can serve at your next guilty pleasure soiree!
What have you been indulging in lately?