To avoid the publicity disaster of clashing with the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Monday – at least, when it comes to the all-important column inch – the savvy designer Tom Ford (who, please remember, was once up for an Oscar himself) shifted his show to Los Angeles. He’d already decided to do it last October; he told me he was going to pack his front row with celebrities and have a red carpet laid out front.
Tom Ford is a man of his word, and of bloody-minded conviction. At about three this morning, GMT, he did just that.
Watching this year’s Oscars ceremony brought back memories of when I used to live in a tiny studio apartment not five minutes walk away from the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where the Oscars are held. It was on a street just off Hollywood called Sycamore Avenue, home then to a transient population of Hollywood wannabes (me included), mostly Japanese music students, and others in need of cheap accommodation.
To commemorate the 85th Academy Awards artist Olly Moss in collaboration with Gallery1988 have created a poster that celebrates the Best Picture award for each of the 85 years of the Oscars.
Probably for many of you this has been the week of getting back to work and look forward to a new year, especially to a healthier lifestyle and eating, reason why Anna Richardson’s tips on a healthy diet after the overindulgence of the festive season was one of the most read blogs.
With the 85th Academy Award nominations set to be announced on January 10th, Kieran Turner-Dave previews the films most likely to be in contention for cinema’s most prestigious prize
Nostalgia is a funny thing. These days, we really can’t get away from it. Whether through vintage fashion or tinted Instagram photos, we seem to want to live continually in the past. Which is perhaps one reason why The Artist, which comes out on DVD today, was such a surprise hit last year. A love letter to silent cinema, it triumphed at the Oscars with its story of George Valentin, a silent movie actor who struggles with the arrival of the talkies.
Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award for the 17th time, for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. It’s hard to believe, but Streep hasn’t won since 1983 for Sophie’s Choice. but in Oscar history sometimes multiple nominations never guarantee you a prize. Words: Liam O’Brian, Graphic: Liz Gould.
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