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Oscars 2013

I’m far from a movie buff. Last year I saw The Hobbit and The Hunger Games. Really. I didn’t even see Avengers OR Dark Knight Rises, much less Argo or Beasts of the Southern Wild. But the Oscars were still good fun.

A few of my favorites from the evening:

Kristen Stewart’s dress: Sparkly dresses ruled the night, but Kristen’s gown toned down the glitz with a subtle shimmer. The sheer lacy look is right on trend, and glammed up for the red carpet. Completed with tulle tufts around the skirt and short train, this is the dress I’d most want to wear myself.

Adele: She was pure class singing Skyfall and accepting her Oscar. I hope she EGOTs.

Samantha Barks: I didn’t see Les Miserables, so I wasn’t aware of the astonishing voice talents of its Eponine, Samantha Barks. She was my favorite part of the Les Mis sequence, and now I have to see the movie.

Jennifer Lawrence: She won best actress, tripped walking to the stage, handled it like a pro, and said the phrase “this is nuts!” in her acceptance speech. Oh, and her complete look was stunning.

Michelle Obama: She reminded us that movies don’t exist simply as superficial pageantry to make gobs of money for those who are already rich, but movies are stories, and stories are good for us. Here are her words:

“[These movies] taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our lives in the most surprising ways…They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough, and fight hard enough, and find the courage to believe in  ourselves. These lessons apply to all of us, no matter who we are, or what we look like, or where we come from, or who we love. But they are especially important for our young people. Everyday through engagement in the arts our children learn to open their imaginations, dream just a little bigger, and strive every day to reach those dreams.”