Sunday, 24 February 2013

20 Oscar questions we're dying to answer

It was Angelina Jolie's leg that made a splash at last year's Oscars. At last week's Grammys, it was Jennifer Lopez's. Whose will we see striking a pose come Sunday?

Yes, we want to know who wins. But the show is also about wardrobes, presenters and dates.
Naturally, Americans eagerly await the outcome of the Oscar best-picture race, which will be dramatically revealed tonight.

But some of us are not so high-minded: We can't wait to see who's going to come undone — in tears, in shock, in bliss or (maybe best of all) in the wardrobe department.

For many viewers the annual Oscars telecast (ABC, Sunday, 7 p.m. ET/4 PT) is a much-anticipated feast of head-slapping Hollywood hilarity. He said what? She wore what? He came with who?

With that in mind, we present the 20 questions our inquiring minds want to know ahead of the 85th Academy Awards.

1. Who's next for a wardrobe malfunction?

You can bet the network censors are thinking the same thing, now that we've been treated (at earlier awards events) to way too much talk about boob windows and nip slips. Still, we are almost sure that neither Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) nor Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), both nominees, will be guilty in this department, since they've already had their dress issues this awards season. Getting out of her car at a Les Mis premiere, Hathaway inadvertently revealed that she forgot to wear knickers, gleefully captured by paparazzi. Oops. At the SAG Awards, Lawrence's dress appeared to rip away at her thighs when she stood to accept her award. Wardrobe malfunction! But it wasn't really: Structured in tiers, the dress was meant to be sheer in that spot, although Lawrence admitted that it came as a surprise to her.

2. Will the stars dress to impress the censors?

Attendees at the Grammys last week were sternly warned against showing too much flesh: "Thong-type costumes" and "bare sides or under curvature of the breasts" were banned, as were "visible buttock curves" or "buttock crack," along with "sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples." (Who broke the rules? Katy Perry's breasts looming from a boob window.) Will finger-wagging for the Oscars merely egg them on to subtract more? Doubtful, but we're counting on numerous jokes being told.

3. Whose long, naked leg will go viral?

Seems as if there has been an Angelina Jolie leg-slit dress on every red carpet this season, including Jennifer Lopez's at the Grammys and Eva Longoria's at the Golden Globes. Last year, Brad Pitt's fiancée thrust her delectable right limb out from her dress, and within minutes, it got its own Twitter account, @ajoliesrightleg.

4. Will there be a lip-sync diva of the night?

For the first time in 36 years at the Oscars, Barbra Streisand will be singing, even though she has suffered from stage fright in the past and doesn't sing in public very often. Still, we are betting she will belt it live. Take note ... well, everyone.

5. Who will Bradley Cooper bring as his date?

Inquiring female minds want to know who will accompany the cutie-pie best-actor nominee (Silver Linings Playbook). Looks as if he and Zoe Saldana are no longer a couple, but his former sweetie, Renee Zellweger, will be there as a presenter, so they could bump into each other. She has moved on to musician (and Sheryl Crow's ex) Doyle Bramhall II, but whom has Cooper moved on to?

6. What will Anne Hathaway's hair look like this time?

Her pixie cut, which is still growing out from her role as doomed Fantine in Les Misérables, has turned out to be surprisingly versatile. She has slicked it back, combed it over, tousled it, worn it shaggy, spiked it up, parted it and pinned it back. There seems to be nothing she can't do with that cut — except pull it up into a ponytail.

7. Will this be the year of short cuts?

Oscar winner Charlize Theron will premiere her new 'do — a buzz cut — as a presenter. Besides Hathaway, Halle Berry (also a presenter) promises to rock a short 'do.

8. Speaking of pixies, which puppy will Quvenzhané Wallis have on her arm?

The best-actress nominee (Beasts of the Southern Wild) has a clutch of pup clutches made by Poochie and Co., which is reported by Yahoo to be custom-making one to match her dress for Oscar night. She says the cuddly puppy purses are her "signature." Hey, she's only 9!

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