It's so hard to be really funny when you're hosting an awards show without purposely insulting the privileged group of celebs sitting in the audience. If you're too soft on them, you get backlash for wimping out. If you're too hard on them, you get backlash for being mean. You almost can't win! Unless...you're Tina Fey and Amy Poehler!
Not to be accused of lobbing softballs all night, they upped the offense-factor by lauding Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow's expertise on torture since she had been married to James Cameron for years (ouch!). But my biggest laugh of the night was a saucy little piece of advice to Taylor Swift: "Stay away from Michael J. Fox's son". Because you know she was already thinking about asking for his number, right? You know it! Can they please make a Back to the Future reboot with him in it? Adorable!
And while I loved both of these red dresses on winner Jennifer Lawrence and the talented Marion Cotillard, I would have expected the House of Dior to NOT send two A-list actresses down the red carpet in such similar dresses of theirs. Come on Dior - you've gotta have another colour and belt in your current repertoire, no? Is there a stylist out there who is getting fired today? I kind of hope so. The are maybe 50 women who will really get noticed on the red carpet...are there not at least 50 different dresses out there too?
Misteps were aplenty, with too many stunning women looking dramatically sombre in varying shades of burgundy/maroon. I was hoping for something a little more vibrant from Naomi Watts. And I think Jessica Chastain raided Cameron Diaz's closet. And not in a good way. Give that dress back to Cameron where it belongs! Claire Danes went just a wee bit overboard with her eyeliner, but I'll give her props for how annoyed I am by her awesome post-baby bod. Seriously? Her and Megan Fox are clearly not of this world if they look that good that fast!
Have to say congrats to Jodie Foster for whatever she said. It seemed brave & important...I think. It was kinda hard to tell.
All in all, an entertaining night with many memorable moments and big laughs! Shall we start the campaign to have Tina & Amy host again next year? I'm already cringing just thinking about how Seth MacFarlane is going to ruin the Oscars next month...