There is something intriguing about Oscar Night! It’s one show highlighted on multiple channels, focusing on hundreds of examples of fabulous fashion with a few flops, and hours of red carpet award presentations, acceptance speeches, post parties, and months and months of E! replaying not-so-live scenes from the red carpet. Every year, at the end of February we are willingly abducted from our living rooms by the glamour of Hollywood. This experience is not only entertaining but there is much to learn from the Hollywood insiders as they work the red carpet and make their on-stage speeches.
So, please join our Oscar panel (Ms. Katie Johnson on speeches, Ms. Joanna Van Vleck on fashion, and me, Mindy Lockard discussing etiquette) as we stroll down the red carpet, into the Kodak Theater and relive the raves, faves and a few misbehaves of Oscar night 2009
Ms. Joanna Van Vleck
Image Consultant, Trunk Club
The accessory is key. Angelina Jolie was the perfect example of this tonight. She wore a simple, strapless black dress. The best piece of her outfit, the emerald green earrings. The green stands out among the black and the other “white” diamonds of the crowd. Angelina knows best, let your accessories do the talking.
When there is a dress code, add something that will make you distinct. As we all know, the dress code for men at this ball is a black suit/tux, white dress shirt, and black bowtie/tie. When everyone around you will be sporting the almost same thing, choose something that will make you stand out. Will Smith displayed that wonderfully tonight. He agreed with the dress code and also added a white pocket square. This simple touch of white distinguishes Will among his peers.
When in the spotlight, stick with classic. We all knew that Kate would win best actress in a leading role. She must have known as well because she sported a classic look: gray and black, simple lines and very sophisticated. No frills. No trendy colors. Nothing outlandish. Classic always makes the individual beautiful, stick with it.
Tip! The Academy Awards are always a night of beautiful people adorned in fabulous clothing. As a blue jean girl at heart, I have a hard time feeling connected to the fashion at the Oscars, knowing that I may only wear a gown like that once in my life. However, style rules hold true even in the case of once in a lifetime formal wear at the most formal event.
When attending the most formal event, keep style rules at hand. There are rules for a reason and will always keep you looking fabulous.
Ms. Katie Johnson
Fusion Marketing & Consulting
The Ledger Family (father, mother and sister) accepting the award on behalf of the late Heath Ledger: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for The Dark Knight.
Heath Ledger’s family used the emotion of an uncomfortable situation to make a meaningful speech. They were all very prepared and used their notes as a guide not as a script. The family was brief and got to the point with well chosen and impactful words. Heath’s mother made it clear they missed him dearly but that they wanted to use the evening to celebrate Heath’s accomplishments as an actor. They ended the speech on a high note, leaving the audience inspired
Greg Cannom: Best Makeup for the Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Given this was his ninth nomination and first win I would have expected him to be a little more excited! After walking up to the stage and accepting his award Greg immediately pulled out his note card and began reading. He continued to read a long list of names in a monotone voice as a quick speed, only looking up twice. I am not sure if nerves got the best of him, he was unprepared, or if he just didn’t want to be at the Oscars, but it seemed like he was indifferent!
1. Be prepared—Organize your thoughts and write them down. Practice what you are going to say out loud a few times to make sure it flows. It is not necessary to memorize what you want to say, but make sure you feel comfortable so you don’t read word-for-word off of your notes!
2. Don’t be afraid to increase your volume—When you raise your voice, you add energy to your presentation!
Manner of the Month
Reviewing Oscar Etiquette
I love the way the beautiful women of the best actress category accepted the praise that was bestowed on them as they were announced. For many of us having someone compliment us can be down right painful–imagine having this happen on national television. Each of the women made fantastic eye contact, gracious gestures (without clapping for themselves) and mouthed words of thanks. Responding to compliments with a sincere “thank you” even when we are out of our mind uncomfortable is very important. We must keep in mind that just as giving compliments is good manners, so is our ability to accept praise!
From the Red Carpet:
Ms. Kate Winslet‘s interview with Mr. Ryan Seacrest was beautiful. She was candid and honest while remaining professional. She was honest about being nervous and shared a short story about asking her children what she should say should she win. Ms. Winslet was humble, and kind. There is a lot to learn from her as we work the room at our next event. Being real, honest, humble and kind are all attributes that make for good conversations. Although we need to be mindful of the amount of detail we provide, people want to engage with the real and not the rehearsed.
Ms. Winslet’s Interview, it may take a moment to load
From the red carpet. I am a fan of Mr. Brad Pitt. However, I must admit I was a bit disappointed with his interview with Mr. Ryan Seacrest. Although Mr. Pitt was answering the questions it was very clear from his non-verbal behavior that he had other places to be. Being truly present for conversations is important. As my mother always said, “Actions speak louder than words.” When we are talking to people but looking around or moving, we are non-verbally communicating that they are of little importance to us. Showing care to those in our presence is one of the first rules of manners!
Ms. Joanna Van Vleck, founder of The Trunk Club, has a long history with style. Beginning as a style consultant in the Northwest, Joanna began working with busy, professional males who were adamant about not stepping foot into retail stores. This lead to the development of The Trunk Club and a vision of revolutionizing the way men buy clothes.
Ms. Katie Johnson, is the owner of Fusion Marketing and Consulting, and brings a blend of solid business intellect and creative inspiration which allows her to provide strategic vision for her clients. She brings freshness and energy to every project she tackles.