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Full 2018 Oscar Winners List: The Shape of Water and Dunkirk on Top of the List!

After sharing with you our predictions, here are the winners of the 90th Academy Awards in all 24 categories which were announced few hours ago live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood: 

Best Picture: The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale

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Best Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

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Best Actress in a Leading Role: 
Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney in I, Tonya

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Best Director: 
Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

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Best Original Screenplay: Get Out by Jordan Peele
 
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Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name by James Ivory
 
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Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
 
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Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk by Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Mark Weingarten
 
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Best Film Editing: Dunkirk by Lee Smith
 
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Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk by Richard King and Alex Gibson
 
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Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049 by John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
 
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour by Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
 
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Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread by Mark Bridges
 
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Best Production Design: The Shape of Water by Paul D. Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin
 
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Best Original Song: “Remember Me” from Coco by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
 
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 Best Original Score: The Shape of Water by Alexandre Desplat
 
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Best Animated Short: Dear Basketball | Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
 
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Best Live Action Short: The Silent Child | Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
 
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Best Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 by Frank Stiefel
 
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Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman (Chile)

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Best Animated Feature: Coco | Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson
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Best Documentary Feature: Icarus | Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
 
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And here’s a small reminder of the nominations which made history:

  1. Best Cinematography: Mudbound‘s Rachel Morrison became the first woman cinematographer ever to be nominated for an Oscar.
  2. Best Foreign Language Film: Ziad Doueiri‘s The Insult became the first Lebanese film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.
  3. Best Director: Dunkirk‘s Christopher Nolan‘s first nomination ever in this category and Lady Bird‘s Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman to be nominated in this category.
  4. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: All the Money in the World‘s 88-year-old legend Christopher Plummer became the oldest nominee for acting in the Academy’s history.
  5. Best Adapted Screenplay: Logan became the first live-action superhero film to be nominated in this category.

We hope that next year will bring more beautiful surprises just like Ziad Doueiri, Joelle Touma and the team of The Insult did for Lebanon.

See you in May for the new awards season’s coverage starting with the 71st Cannes Film Festival!


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Oscar Predictions 2018: Dunkirk Might Take the Lead!

Just like every year, the 90th Oscar predictions take over the internet and the press depending on multiple observations including the reviews, worldwide reception, subjects of the films, and so on. But this year, the predictions are largely different from one source to another, and the truth is that no one really knows which film’s got a bigger chance than the other in every category, only because every film can win for a reason, depending on the observations. Despite this difficulty in the predictions this year, we will share with you which films we think will win the Oscar in all 24 categories.

Best Picture: Dunkirk | Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan

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Best Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

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Best Actress in a Leading Role: 
Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney in I, Tonya

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Best Director: 
Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

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Best Original Screenplay: Lady Bird by Greta Gerwig
 
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Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name by James Ivory
 
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Best Cinematography: Hoyte Van Hoytema for Dunkirk
 
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Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk by Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Mark Weingarten
 
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Best Film Editing: Baby Driver by Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
 
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Best Sound Editing: Blade Runner 2049 by Mark A. Mangini and Theo Green
 
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Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes by Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist
 
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour by Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
 
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Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread by Mark Bridges
 
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Best Production Design: Beauty and the Beast by Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
 
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Best Original Song: “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
 
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 Best Original Score: The Shape of Water by Alexandre Desplat
 
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Best Animated Short: Negative Space \ Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
 
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Best Live Action Short: The Eleven O’Clock | Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
 
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Best Documentary Short: Heroin(e) | Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin James Sheldon
 
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Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
 
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Best Animated Feature: Loving Vincent | Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart
 
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Best Documentary Feature: Last Men in Aleppo | Kareem Abeed, Søren Steen Jespersen and Feras Fayyad
 
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It’s important to know that the nominations already made history in some of the categories:

  1. Best Cinematography: Mudbound‘s Rachel Morrison became the first woman cinematographer ever to be nominated for an Oscar.
  2. Best Foreign Language Film: Ziad Doueiri‘s The Insult became the first Lebanese film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.
  3. Best Director: Dunkirk‘s Christopher Nolan‘s first nomination ever in this category and Lady Bird‘s Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman to be nominated in this category.
  4. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: All the Money in the World‘s 88-year-old legend Christopher Plummer became the oldest nominee for acting in the Academy’s history.
  5. Best Adapted Screenplay: Logan became the first live-action superhero film to be nominated in this category.

But what’s sure is that at least one of these categories will make history in the career of one of the nominees who’s the most common predicted winner: Gary Oldman for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

Where to watch the Oscars this Sunday hosted by Jimmy Kimmel: ABC Channel / OSN Movies HD Channel / Canal+ Channel / VOX Cinemas in Lebanon (and other sources depending on the country that you live in)


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Alaïa: Farewell Master!

When I discovered French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, it felt like I finally discovered one of the greatest masters of all time. It was back in 2013 – yes pretty recently considering his career and greatest fashion moments – in Paris where I was mesmerized by his unique creations which were exposed at Galliera Museum and displayed at Galeries Lafayette. I remember the precision of his cut – never trust a designer who can’t handle a pair of scissors! , his timeless close-fitting designs – could be worn anytime and throughout the years – and the architectural shapes. The latter could have been influenced by his early career as a sculptor and his fascination for the human form.

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Azzedine Alaïa at the Palais Galliera | Photo: Trendland

Alaïa was known as a rebel in the fashion industry. He never abided by fashion weeks’ calendars, organizing his own shows according to his own schedule. The man in black who greatly impacted the 80s and could stand out on the runway despite his small figure was one of the most independent designers yet one of the most influential.

I can’t recall Alaïa through the hundreds of public figures who wore one of his designs. Because what makes Alaïa so special is his own design not who wore it as well as the statement he made: fashion is more than a piece of clothing: it is a way of empowering women.

Farewell Master Alaïa…


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Lebanese Cinema’s Journey at the Venice Film Festival throughout the years

La Biennale di Venezia is currently celebrating its 74th edition with a variety of films by acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. The spotlight in this edition is on the Lebanese film The Insult which is Ziad Doueiri’s fourth feature film and his first one to get in the official competition of the festival. The film was very well received by the international audience in Venice and by the press. While Doueiri is waiting for the jury’s final decision to perhaps bring home Lebanon’s first Golden Lion Award, we wanted to write this post to pay tribute to him and to his fellow Lebanese filmmakers who also took part of the festival in the past few years.

RANDA CHAHAL SABBAG

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Starting with the ladies, the late Lebanese filmmaker Randa Chahal Sabbag who passed away in 2008 from cancer, is one of the most celebrated female filmmakers in Lebanon and the Arab world.

She’s one of the very first ladies to become a director in the cinematic field. Here’s a look at her participation at the Venice Film Festival:

  1. Screens of Sand / Ecrans de Sable (1991)

In a city in the middle of the desert, the passionate friendship of ladies, Sarah and Mariam. One who saw the day after the oil boom and thinks that she can have everything with the power of money, the other is a survival of the war in Lebanon. In this desert, between bans and conflicts, the tension rises.

It was Chahal’s very first feature film. It premiered on September 8, 1991 at La Biennale di Venezia in the official selection.

  1. A Civilized People / Civilisées (1999)

While working in the city, a young woman finds love in the midst of war with an Arab soldier.

This film also premiered on September 4, 1999 at the festival in the official selection and was awarded the UNESCO Prize, before heading to the Toronto International Film Festival. Unfortunately, the film was banned in Lebanon because of some dialogues and characters.

  1. The Kite / Le Cerf-Volant (2003)

A young 15-year-old girl, Lamia, from a Druze community, who is forced to marry her cousin across the Israeli border, but finds herself in love with an Israeli soldier.

It is her last film which premiered on August 30, 2003 at the 60thVenice Film Festival as part of the Official Competition. It was nominated for the Golden Lion. Despite not winning the Golden Lion, she won 3 awards: the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize, the Lanterna Magica Award and the Cinema for Peace Award.

Closing ceremony of the 60th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy on September 6th, 2003

4 years later, she took part of the jury of the Premio Venezia Opera Prima Luigi De Laurentiis section which was presided by the American producer Bill Mechanic. Today, her family is working on releasing very soon all her films as well as the scripts that she wrote but couldn’t turn into movies.

 

NADINE LABAKI

nadine_labaki.jpgThe second filmmaker who made it to Venice is the well-known female director Nadine Labaki. She took part of the Orizzonti (Horizons) jury at the 69th edition of the festival, awarding the Hong Kong documentary film Three Sisters the Best Film Award of the section. The jury was presided by the Italian actress and director Isabella Rossellini.

 

 

MAZEN KHALED

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We don’t want to forget to mention the director Mazen Khaled whose film Martyr is also selected at this year’s 74th Venice Film Festival in the Biennale College Cinema section and got its world premiere there few days ago in the presence of the cast and crew.

 

 

Martyr (2017)

The last day of the life of a young man drowned on the coast of Beirut.

 

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Director Ziad Doueiri poses during a photocall for the movie And last but not least is the Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri who takes part of the festival for the first time and in the Official Competition alongside internationally acclaimed filmmakers such as Darren Aronosfky, Ai Weiwei, Guillermo Del Toro, Abdellatif Kechiche and Robert Guediguian. The film is written by Doueiri and the screenwriter Joëlle Touma and was described as “gorgeously short and classily acted feature” and “a fascinating piece of work” by The Hollywood Reporter. It will be released on September 14 in Lebanese theaters and on January 26, 2018 in US theaters.

The Insult / L’insulte (2017)

In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

 


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No to Censorship Protest in Lebanese Movie Theater!

After 10 days of screenings, panels and events, the closing ceremony of the 9th edition of Beirut Cinema Days (a.k.a Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya) in Lebanon wasn’t quite usual.

After receiving several bans and censorship from the Lebanese General Security for many selected films in the festival including The Beach House by Roy Dib and The Preacher by Magdy Ahmed Aly, the festival tried to raise the voice in a different way and this cinematic revolution event proved that it really deserves this title.

In the past few days, several videos of filmmakers, organizers in the festival and supporters were posted on social media inviting people to join a protest scheduled during the closing ceremony of the festival at Metropolis Cinema in Sofil Center, Ashrafieh. This event took place tonight and many cinematic supporters, professionals as well as the public gathered in Metropolis Cinema holding their signboards, each one stating a different sentence, but all of them were saying “No to censorship”.

In order to see how this really happened in a very peaceful, decent and beautiful way, check out the following video and photos taken by the organizers a while ago.

Well done Beirut Cinema Days team and Lebanese audience!

 

Oscars 2017: Moonlight wins Best Picture after Announcing La La Land !

The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, just ended and the winners were announced. But the Best Picture category announced was different from the ones of the past 88 editions. La La Land was announced as the winner of the award, the team was on stage, they started with their speeches, until a sudden announcement was made. Check it out in this video.

 

Afterwards, Warren Beatty explained that he was holding the wrong envelope which was the one of the Best Leading Actress category for Emma Stone, which is why he was hesitating before announcing the winner of the Best Picture.

Here’s the full winners list:

Best Picture: “Moonlight” – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Best Director: Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”

Best Actor: Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” as Lee Chandler

Best Actress: Emma Stone – “La La Land” as Mia Dolan

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight” as Juan

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – “Fences” as Rose Maxson

Best Original Screenplay: “Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Best Animated Feature Film: “Zootopia” – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

Best Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman” (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi

Best Documentary – Feature: “O.J.: Made in America” – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best Documentary – Short Subject: “The White Helmets” – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best Live Action Short Film: “Sing” – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy

Best Animated Short Film: “Piper” – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best Original Score: “La La Land” – Justin Hurwitz

Best Original Song: “City of Stars” from “La La Land” – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Best Sound Editing: “Arrival” – Sylvain Bellemare

Best Sound Mixing: “Hacksaw Ridge” – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace

Best Production Design: “La La Land” – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Best Cinematography: “La La Land” – Linus Sandgren

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “Suicide Squad” – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson

Best Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Colleen Atwood

Best Film Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge” – John Gilbert

Best Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book” – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon

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A Lebanese Model Hits Balenciaga’s Runway!

Spanish Maison de Couture Balenciaga showcased its SS2017 collection during Paris Fashion Week. The collection was defined by its flower prints and architecture shapes – two major signatures of Balenciaga. The collection was characterized by its vivid colors, brooches on draped tops, wide-shouldered trenches and jackets as well as large bags.

The collection was showcased at the Paris Event Space. It featured a Lebanese model and actress, Carla Daher, whose international debut would kick off with Balenciaga. Like the French say: “Affaire à suivre!”

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Lebanese model and actress Carla Daher

Sonia Rykiel: The Queen of Knitwear Dies at 86

Sonia Rykiel’s influence in the world of fashion was seen and often compared to Coco Chanel’s. Both advocated in favor of liberating the woman’s body from sombre tones and skirts. She was seen as a symbol of eccentricity with her designs and it fitted her well since she wanted to make clothes to stand out from the crowd.

Known as the “queen of knitwear”, Sonia Rykiel opened her first boutique in Paris in the 60s. She dressed major figures like Francoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan and Audrey Hepburn. She will be remembered through her stripes, her flame hair and her perseverance despite her illness.

Cannes 2016: The Fairytale Kicks Off Tonight!

It is finally THE time of the year! The Cannes Film Festival’s official opening is scheduled for tonight, May 11th 2016. As we are waiting for the stars defilé on the red carpet, we recall the magical moments of Cannes 2015. Last year, Naomi Watts dazzled in her Elie Saab gown and Fan Bin Bing amazed us in her Ralph & Russo dress. To check the list of our best and unforgettable fashion moments, check our gallery!

We will update you with the best looks of this year’s festival! So stay tuned!

Follow all our Cannes Film Festival updates on #CineTrotterCannes

 

When Technology Met Fashion at the 2016 Met Gala, Claire Danes in Zac Posen Made History!

The 2016 Met Gala was a rendezvous for Fashion in an age of Technology in an attempt to challenge the creativity of designers and the daring potentials of the stars. A lot of them failed the test, seduced by too much bling-bling. The Balmain dresses which invaded the red carpet were just too much for the eye: Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosia …

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Sarah Jessica Parker looked like she made it out of a Shakespearian play! Nicole Kidman could pass as a galaxy with her stars, moons and meteor showers. Rita Ora was too feathery in her Vera Wang. Lady Gaga was back to her old tricks. Nicki Minaj was chained in her Moschino custom made outfit. Not to mention some extravagant hairstyles: Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Von Furstenberg’s. Or the odd popping red flowers on Elizabeth Cordry’s Gucci dress or even Ellie Bamber’s bed sheet look alike Giles Deacon outfit, topped with Grimes odd frock! Taylor Swift, Alicia Vikander and Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton were a huge disappointment. Demi Lovato was a failure in her Moschino. The Lemonade lady Beyoncé, despite the adequacy of the peachy color with her complexion, failed to choose well her dress, falling for a latex outfit by Givenchy. As for Saoirse Ronan’s dress, it looked very crowded with the unexplainable feathers. On top of it all, Katy Perry, Madonna and Kris Jenner could officially pass as the evil witches of the evening!

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Despite the faux-pas of so many stars, some others made daring fashion statements. Claire Danes in Zac Posen is one of the most extraordinary moments of fashion industry. The magical fairytale dress will never cease to amaze generations! If this is fashion at the age of technology, well count me in!

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As for the other best looks of the evening:

Nina Dobrev in Marchesa

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

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Zoe Saldana in D&G’s peacock train

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Kate Bosworth in D&G

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Bee Schaffer in McQueen (though she played it safe)

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Jessica Chastain in Prada (though I prefer less black lace on the bottom to highlight the precious satin fabric which matches her hair color and complexion)

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Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell

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Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler

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