Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Perfect Oscar Shoe?

NO! This is NOT the perfect Oscar shoe!
It's a perfectly ugly shoe ... isn't it? *
Last year I was lucky enough to attend the Oscars as my brother's date - he works for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and goes every year. For a few years his wife was sick of it all, so he started taking other family members and last year was my big chance.
But I had nothing to wear plus I was feeling heavy and out of shape and couldn't bear the thought of revealing my bare arms in a gown and besides I couldn't find a long sleeved gown that didn't look like a nun's habit. 
I went shopping with my BFF of almost 40 years. We finally found a simple velvet tuxedo at The Address in Santa Monica. It's one of those upscale boutiques where socialite types and celebs - or their assistants! -  sell off their old designer duds. They also had a gorgeous pair of Yves Saint Laurent pumps that I could walk in for $100.


You can see my post about going to the Oscars last year here if you're interested.

This year I'll be staying home in jammies, swilling cheap champagne, and stuffing my face - in moderation - with Nancy's Mini Quiche, Kaukauma port wine cheese and English biscuits. I may live TWEET during the show but I reserve the right to leave it aside while I munch and try to spot my big bro and his wife among the more sparkly invitees!

Oh and for those of you who voted in my OSCAR poll - thank you! As noted, Les Miz won (it has my vote) but we all know it won't actually win, right? It's still looking like it will come down to Lincoln or Argo, I think the betting money is on Argo has the fabulous Lincoln is a little talky and academic. Argo picked up another award - Best Foreign Film at the Cesar Awards this Friday night in Paris. Amour won almost everything else - the best film, Michael Haneke for his direction, best original screenplay, Jean Louis Trintignant for Best Actor and Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress. 

I've seen Amour twice, btw. The first time I was just astounded such a dark and claustrophobic film could even be nominated. I was astounded as well that it left me tearless - considering the subject matter. I watched it again and got more out of it, including some tears. It's a movie that demands you pay attention, and haunts you afterward.


* a saleswoman came over as I was taking this picture with my iPhone 
"Can I help you?" 
"No thanks, I just wanted to take a picture of this shoe."
"Why, because you'd never buy this shoe?"
"No, because I have so much that would go with them. I just need to check my closet."

17 comments:

  1. I'd never be able to walk in that shoe! I love the story that goes along with taking the picture of it. I'm thinking Lincoln will win. I haven't seen all of the movies but I think Silver Linings Playbook is my favorite of those I did see. I know it won't win, though.

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    1. I LOVED SLP, book and movie. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence had amazing chemistry on screen. Offscreen he says she's too young - he's 38, she's 22 or so I think. A refreshing viewpoint!

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  2. How cool that you got to attend the Oscars--and yet, the dressing up part sounds like a hassle to me, too. I'd probably be hitting the thrift stores hoping for a bargain on somebody's last-year Oscar outfit.
    My snapshot is up, too: http://worducopia.blogspot.com/2013/02/snapshots-portland-japanese-garden.html

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    1. Laura and I hit up every bargain bin in town looking for the perfect outfit to wear to the Academy Awards - I had to settle for what my budget --- and my body --- could manage:)

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  3. I'm glad you aren't wearing the ugly shoes and that you got to fool the saleswoman. I'm right there with you watching the Oscars in my pjs, but I'll be struggling to stay awake since it's 3 hours later here. Here's Mine

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    1. I love to see the girls struggling to walk in these ... they all look like they're walking with bound feet. Is your daughter too sensible for those high heels or is she a typical young lady?

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  5. I love it, but don't EVER see myself wearing anything like that. :)

    THANKS for the photo.

    And...thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews

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    1. Elizabeth; Not having to wear shoes like this is one of the few things that make me happy to be old!

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  6. You looked exquisite with Oscar! What a treat that you were able to go, and I am glad that you had sensible pumps rather than those shoes in your photo.

    I love the story of you and the salesclerk - hah!

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. Sweet of you to say! It was, as they say, a night to rememember.

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  7. LOL! Is that a real conversation? That's a great answer and I must remember that! Now, I feel honored just reading your post since I don't know anyone who has ever gone to an Academy Awards. I'm sure that was quite an experience. But then again, I'm sure too that you're feeling much more comfortable this year in the comfort of your own home. Can you imagine all the food those stars have to give up on?

    Now, as for Amour. I saw it yesterday, and I'm afraid my opinion may well marginalize me. I feel it's a bit over-rated maybe due to the great director, and actor/actress. For a film with the same subject, I'd prefer Sarah Polley's Away From Her (2006) which was Oscar nominated for adapted screenplay (written by Polley from an Alice Munro short story) and Best Actress for Julie Christie. It didn't get much notice cause it was a debut feature from a 28 yr. young Canadian Sarah Polley.

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    1. I've heard that Julie Christie was amazing in Away from Her but I haven't seen it and can't compare the two. I know that Christie's character had Alzheimer's so I think I would find it almost unbearable to watch; my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2001 or so. After a long debilitating journey she died last year. That was a drama - a very long drama - I didn't just watch, I lived. And it was awful. So painful when someone you love doesn't remember not only you, but themselves, their life. I recall a particularly painful moment before she completely lost the ability to form sentences, to articulate words, when my mother sighed and said she wished she'd married. She said she had always wanted children. I told her she had been married, that she had had children and that I was one of her three children but she didn't believe me. It was heartbreaking that she'd lived this wonderful life, traveled the world and had no memory of it. As if it had been erased. It was extraordinarily painful for me to feel she didn't know me. It was as if my life was erased too. In Amour, the stroke speeds that process along, heightening the intensity of the moment, sparing everyone the exhaustion these trials place upon one and all, but the questions are the same; how do we die with dignity? And how do we and those we love, live with grace until that final moment?

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    2. I share your sentiment, and know exactly what you're sharing... I have two elderly parents in their 90's under my charge, my mom with dementia. Although I'm not their immediate care-giver, I have to make all decisions for them, almost. That's why watching Amour is like watching a reality show, in real time, another day of life. It shows love just the way we'd expected, seeing it realistically acted out. I admire the director and actors, not to undermine their efforts. The ending reminds me of another film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Away From Her is different, it shows love in a different scenario, and quite poignant considering that... something you've not thought of before.

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    3. Oh, Arti that's hard. I wasn't her caretaker either; my sister tried for awhile but mum kept escaping so we had to put her in a home. I felt as though I was living with the couple in Amour, a relentless look at their private lives. Knowing your experience with dementia I'll be brave and watch Away From Her. Thanks for the heads up.

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  8. Great post! That shoe is terrible- but sadly representative of so many, many terrible shoes these days.... How fantastic that you were able to go to the Oscars, just perfect for you. I love your outfit- you look great.

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    1. That was last year as my brother took his wife as his guest this year but THANK YOU for the compliment. This year I watched from home; much more comfortable, much less exciting.

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