17. Academy Awards 2012

Last night marked the 84th Annual Academy Awards, where the years finest in cinema were honored for their achievements. The past few years, the telecast has been increasingly ‘vanilla’, so I had low expectations for this years celebrations. However, this year I was pleasantly surprised – especially with the fashion. Let’s recall this years most memorable Red Carpet Oscar moments.

The Red Carpet

The Red Carpet at the Academy Awards is one of the top couture events of the year. We expect the celebrities to flock to the cameras wearing the years hottest styles and for the most part, they did not disappoint.

One of the carpet’s most stylish was Gwyneth Paltrow, rocking a white dress and cape from Tom Ford’s 2012 collection. The simplicity of the dress matched with the long cape was perfection. All of my social media platforms were blowing up with commentary on Paltrow’s unconventional look. The simple hair and jewelry were chic and tied the look together. Gwyneth referred to her dress as her “Jackie O moment“.  

Another Red Carpet hit was “The Help” star Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen. The intricate gold details on the dark dress went perfectly with her flawless fair skin and red hair. It also didn’t hurt that she was wearing $2 million worth of Harry Winston jewelry. She looks like a golden goddess. This was most definitely my favorite look of the night.

And now this brings us to arguably the biggest breakout star of the night…

Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg

Looking rail thin and a tad chicken-esque, Angelina Jolie’s leg was arguably the most talked about ahem – star – of the night. While her black velvet Atelier Versace dress was gorgeous, the leg upstaged the rest of the look.

The leg was so prominent a Twitter page was promptly created – just for the leg – and already has over 18,000 followers. It’s latest tweet reads, “Left leg and I talked — everything’s cool. Next Oscars, she gets the slit.” And then this picture surfaced:

While there were plenty of Oscar winners last evening (I was very happy with Octavia Spencer’s win for “The Help”), it seems as though social media was the biggest hit of the night. There was approximately 3.8 million comments on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, the second-most talked about television event after the Grammys. Online discussions were up 300% from last year’s show.

Of course, honoring the industries finest is what Oscar night is truly all about. However, I think its safe to say we can thank Gwen’s cape and Angie’s leg for the amazing spikes in social media commentary this year.


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