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Feeling Oscars fever

The 87th Annual Academy Awards air Sunday night, and I plan to devote my entire evening to dress-gawking and winner-guessing until I fall asleep in a recliner.

My social life is really going places these days.

That is what the Oscars are mostly all about — seeing who’s wearing whom on the red carpet and watching the who’s who of Hollywood stardom receive accolades from their peers for their creative pursuits. It’s no Golden Globes, which I find much more entertaining for a couple of reasons. Two of my comedy idols, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, have hosted the last few years, taking a bit of the stuffiness out of award shows. And there always seems to be much more champagne flowing at the attendees’ tables. That makes for some rather enjoyable awards presentations and acceptance speeches.

Emma Thompson with her Christian Louboutins and a martini in 2014 was a clear winner.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris’ quick wit and slick song-and-dance moves as an emcee. This will be his 10th awards show hosting gig, outside of the Tonys, Emmys and a few others. He had me at Doogie Howser, M.D., as a medical phenom, then again with the long-running slap bet as Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother.” I’m mostly looking forward to NPH topping Ellen’s star-studded, record-for-most-tweets selfie moment from last year’s Oscars.

No pressure or anything.

As a lifelong fashion fan — my Barbies were always the best dressed, and I spent countless hours creating my own Fashion Plates designs in my childhood — what I really tune in for is to see what the stars are wearing. My favorite style of Oscars attire is haute couture, defined as high-quality, hand-sewn works of art typically coming from the world’s most acclaimed fashion houses. Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent are just a few of the most recognizable labels.

My bucket list includes wearing at least one to a fancy party.

One of my favorite looks from last year was Jennifer Lawrence’s simple-yet-elegant red-hot Dior Couture gown, followed by Amy Adams in a navy blue Gucci Couture number that definitely put her on best-dressed lists. Those young women are two of my favorite actresses and have been great examples of how hard work and perseverance in a male lead-dominated industry pay off.

No matter who they’re wearing on the red carpet.

While all the Oscar nominees are winners in their own right, this year’s list of Hollywood’s elite makes it tough to pick favorites. I’d love to see Julianna Moore win the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “Still Alice.” As the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease that deserves a spotlight to show how devastating it is for families.

I’m also pulling for Emma Stone for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Birdman” and Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher” because I like an underdog, and I was the captain of the mat maids for my high school wrestling team.

Something tells me mat maid is no longer a P.C. term.

I’m hoping “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for Best Picture is the upset of the night. That’s mostly because that’s the only movie from that category I’ve seen, sadly. I suppose I could spend my entire weekend catching up on all the movies, especially “Selma” because I’ve heard it’s moving and fantastic. I really like Wes Anderson’s quirky and colorful style, though, and thought the movie and story was extremely well done, by cinematic standards. Also, those little desserts in the film made me want to reach through the screen and eat one.

Sometimes in movies, and watching the Oscars, it’s the small details that count.

April E. Clark thinks the Oscar for Actor in a Gucci Tuxedo should go to Channing Tatum. She can be reached at aprilelizabethclark@gmail.com.


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