I love Oscar time. Watching Hollywood’s elite all coiffed and coutured as they grace the Academy Awards red carpet in show-stopping gowns is a night that I, along with countless others, enthusiastically look forward to each year.
Over the years this event has become Hollywood’s biggest fashion runway. Unfortunately for us the camera does not always capture the color and splendor of a dress that fashion critics (myself included) eagerly wait to put on the Oscar hit and win list. This year, aside from the cleavage mishap on Jennifer Lopez and the strange red-carpet encounter of Sacha Baron Cohen with Ryan Seacrest, the evening’s stars all put their best leg forward. Some literally like the stunning Angelina Jolie in her leg barring black velvet Versace gown.
This is the night young starlets and movie stars alike gather under one roof to celebrate the year’s best in cinema and what a year it has been. With Oscar worthy performances in Albert Nobbs, The Artist, The Descendants, The Iron Lady, The Help, My Week With Marilyn and the hilarious Bridesmaids to name a few, there were definitely many Oscar Gold performances to toast and toast I did with a glass of Champagne Dreams! (See recipe below.) Just because I wasn’t invited to sip cocktails with celebrities at one of the many Oscar Awards events doesn't mean I can't enjoy the fun with my best friends.
The Oscars provided endless hours of amusement. From the Pre-Oscar Red Carpet Fashion, to Billy Crystal’s humorous opening skit, to Meryl Streep’s surprise 3rd Oscar win, to Octavia Spencer’s emotional speech, the 84th Academy Awards was an evening to be remembered.
It was great to have Billy Crystal back for his 9th time as host doing what he does best, making us laugh with his precious one liners like my favorite, “Nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with gold statues!”
And while some of you may disagree with the evening's fashion, winners and show, I think it’s safe to say that we all agree on one thing – The Oscars are an evening to sit back and enjoy!
Recipe for my Oscar Night Drink:
· 2 oz Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
· .25 oz Orange liqueur
· 1 oz Fresh orange juice
· 2 oz Champagne
· Garnish: Orange twist
· Glass: Flute
Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with an orange twist.
Cheers to live, love and success!