I’m planted in front of the TV watching the pre-show… today is Oscar day – and it’s a national holiday at my house! Here’s my first take on the fashions – Salma Hayek – wearing a peacock blue gown, cut beautifully for her figure – her hair long straight and elegant. What is great is that almost everyone is wearing neutrals and she really stands out. Wow! Nicole Kidman – this time she’s surprising us by underplaying it. No big jewels, no big hair, just simple simple simple. Long straight hair, soft white strapless dress. She looks young and fresh and very comfortable in her own skin. Reese Witherspoon – Kind of a silvery taupe beautiful dress, her hair is up, beautiful drop earrings, she looks like Hollywood royalty. I think she’ll win tonight. And she’ll definitely make the best-dressed lists. Felicity Huffman – way low cut, black chiffony kind of number – I think she was going for sexy, and it works! Nice contrast to her character in Transamerica – and at the past few awards shows she’s worn white, so this looks very new for her. Zach Posen is the designer. Jessica Alba – I think she is not the “most downloaded” woman – she’s like the sexy girl next door. Tonight’s gown is gorgeous! It’s Versace – a soft gold, and her hair is swept up in soft curls, very pretty. Sandra Bullock – nice accessory in good friend Keanu Reeves. I think it’s a trend not to bring your hubby/significant other if they’re not in the business. Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts leave their guys at home for these things. And it looks like Jesse James must be watching at some party. Plus it’s good publicity to put Sandy and Keanu together, I hear they have a new movie coming out. Sandra sure has a good sense of fashion – she’s knows what looks good on her – she’s wearing a fun full skirted dress with pockets and she’s really playing it up. Rachel Weisz – seven months pregnant, and you can hardly tell! Wearing simple black, she looks lovely, like a winner. She’s my pick for Supporting Actress. Keira Knightly – great dress, kind of an eggplant color – a silk drapey fabric. Her make-up is beautiful, too. Not too crazy about the ponytail, though – would like to have seen a little more finished look for the hair. All the guys look good – no one is really standing out in a bad way or good way – Jamie Fox looks a little casual with a bright blue shirt and plain black tie. Of course those huge diamond earrings dress up the ensemble. I’ve seen all the movies except for Munich… just couldn’t get to that one. I’m thinking it’s going to be Brokeback Mountain and Crash for pretty much everything tonight. The Academy Awards are now held at the Kodak Theatre every year – but back when I was a page the ceremony was held at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. I worked two shows, must have been 1981 and 1982. Johnny Carson was the host, and I helped with the seat fillers. I got to meet Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope, Meryl Streep (she was pregnant at the time), and so many others. It was pretty amazing to be among those stars… while wearing my polyester page uniform. I vowed to one day return in a proper Oscar gown. Hasn’t happened yet! got close one year when we got tickets from an auction. Got dressed up, got on the limo-bus, got all the way to the red carpet before we were turned away for having bogus tickets. Someone scammed the school who held the auction – sad, but true. We turned around and watched the show on the TV in the bus on the way home. A memorable night for sure – just not in the way we wanted it to be! Maybe I’ll go when Brian or Freddy win their awards. OK, the show’s starting… gotta love it, even the commercials are good!