Category: Movies
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2020 Oscars
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2020 OscarsThe Oscars happened! And with them, a very particular subset of a very particular level of performance comes to its annual end, leaving behind nothing but the inescapable web of industry positioning and image management, punctuated by occasional moments of deep satisfaction. (Ten years from now, those brave souls who walk past the Dolby Theater in the dark Los Angeles night will swear the phantom guests who applauded Parasite’s Best Picture win are clapping still.) As always, I am fascinated by the red carpet as a microcosm of celebrity (itself a microcosm of a bunch of stuff we just don’t even have room for right now, I wrote two books about it and I haven’t even scratched the surface of my thoughts on performance, image, audience, dress, and absurdity, because it’s just where we all live now, I don’t make the rules).…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2020 Golden Globes
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2020 Golden GlobesNothing says red carpet season like a starlet styled to within an inch of her life descending into the many-lensed abyss. Thanks, Golden Globes! I will never stop thinking about this photo no matter how much I try.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Oscars
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Oscars  :sinister carnival music in the distance reaches a sudden fever pitch: Oh hey, it’s the Oscars!…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 BAFTAs
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 BAFTAsWelcome to the Red Carpet Rundown of the BAFTAs, tha red carpet that pretends it’s more sophisticated and understanding than those Other red carpets (look! Soothing greenery!), until you actually look at it:   (Please understand how sincerely I mean this: Yikes.) This event certainly never stood a chance against the Grammys, where much bigger statements are made.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Golden Globes
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2019 Golden GlobesAh, the dystopia of red carpet season is really hitting its stride. Recently a friend who doesn’t watch red carpets much asked me, “You keep saying the red carpet is weird, but – what’s so weird?” And sure. Fundamentally, it’s people in the industry – many of whom routinely appear on camera for their job – getting dressed up and appearing on camera again to talk about things they did for their job.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 Oscars
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2018 OscarsOnce again, the most high-stakes red carpet parade of all has come and gone.   As the broadcast (and the photo backdrop, and the ad bumpers) kept reminding us, this was the 90th anniversary of the Oscars. I actually watched all those things because I got talked into an in-person viewing party, which meant going through the whole business in real time.…