Or, perhaps…. Red is the new Black. Last night at the 80th Academy Awards – ladies were draped in scarlet. Marion Cotillard, who played Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, won the Oscar for Best Actress AND she wore a daring, delicious Jean Paul Gaultier design.
Thankfully, there weren’t a bunch of anti-war speeches at last night’s Oscars. No “yes we can” moments during an acceptance speeches. Only briefly, when Taxi to the Dark Side won for Best Documentary Feature was there even a hint of political speechmaking – but Taxi is a grim, anti-extraordinary rendition documentary – so at least the diatribe was in context.
I noticed that Spike Lee was sporting an Obama lapel pin. Thankfully, this year it was the legacy of movies at center stage. How writing, production design and costuming or makeup inform a film – and by extension the viewer’s perceptions. It was lovely, lovely.
And speaking of writers, the folks at Saturday Night Live returned for the first time since November. Tina Fey returned to her old haunt as Guest Host – and boy, did she take the low road by declaring that Hillary Clinton is a B!tch – and that “B!tch is the new black.” Technically, Fey endorsed Hillary – but somehow – I don’t think that the angry, cynical, who-cares-if-Bill-cheats, position has proven very effective.
I suppose one more tone-deaf diatribe can’t hurt.
On the other hand, back in the real world – Hillary Clinton launched a new line this weekend. Noting the “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me” – rather daring, since she is THE authority on a man shaming her more than once.