My favorite parts of tonight's Oscar show:
* Christopher Plummer. First of all, he's always reminded me of my father. Something about his face. And then in his speech, he used phrases I think my dad would use. He was so darned classy. And then he mentioned his daughter, Amanda, who co-starred in one of my favorite movies, "So I Married an Axe Murderer."
* The Christopher Guest & Co. bit as the "Wizard of Oz" focus group. Have you seen "Waiting for Guffman"? Go rent it. Go rent it now.
* The "Bridesmaids" stars. Gorgeous and funny. They didn't try too hard and were still absolutely hilarious. I so wanted Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo to win for best original screenplay. At least Dean Pelton from "Community" won (for adapted screenplay, for "The Descendants").
And now Kate's best dressed list, in no particular order:
Wendi McLendon-Covey, of "Bridesmaids." Gorgeous color. Loved the lace and bodice work. I always appreciate a dress that's super-feminine but not too frilly, not too simple.
Penelope Cruz: Wow. Penelope defines Hollywood glamour here. A color no one else was wearing -- I love blue-gray. I also love organza. A simple, off-the-shoulder gown by Giorgio Armani. An elegant train. Nothing frou-frou. Her hair and makeup are sheer perfection. I imagine she will be atop everyone's best-dressed list this year.
Natalie Portman: Red with black polka dots. Pinch me, because I must be dreaming. She's like a 1950s Barbie doll in vintage Dior. When she walked on stage, I said out loud (to my TV), "She looks stunning." She didn't overdo the makeup, like some actresses would have. It was perfectly executed. Excellent work, Natalie.
Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America." She was one of the first celebs I saw tonight. I thought she looked fabulous. That sparkly dress fits her like a dream, and she has the figure to pull it off. I adore that cowl-neck necklice. What a perfect choice.
The fashion faux pas ...
So glad that Robin didn't go the route of her TV-talk-show counterpart Nancy O'Dell. (Is it fair to lump journalist Robin Roberts into the same TV category as Nancy O'Dell? ... Nevermind.) This is one of my least-favorite gowns of the night.
Egad. The truth is, I would have LOVED Nancy's dress if it weren't canary yellow. It would've been gorgeous in a medium brown or ivory or a steel gray. Maybe even a copper.
OK, now what were your favorite parts? Your best (and worst) dressed?