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Scooping up Oscars


Image: The Oscars

Tilda Swinton received the Academy Award for best supporting actress in the legal thriller Michael Clayton.

On the red carpet Swinton wore a black washed silk draped evening gown designed by somebody famous. I am sorry to say I thought the dress looked as if it had gone through a wringer and been relegated to children's theatricals, but nothing can really detract from the formidable presence of Tilda Swinton, or her achievements.

Nominee James McAvoy, whom I found appealing in Atonement – despite having Gordon Brown's bitten fingernails – appeared on the Red Carpet with curls like scimitars on his forehead. He did not win an Oscar.

Daniel Day-Lewis was dressed in brown suede shoes and a tux with brown piping, and looked as if he had been cast by an American movie mogul to play a professor of Romantic English poetry. Who dressed these Brits? Clearly not the men who outfit 007 for the Monte Carlo casino.

Never mind, Daniel Day-Lewis received an Oscar for his role as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. He plays a ruthless California oilman - is there any other kind? - who will stop at nothing to achieve wealth and power.

Day-Lewis said he was deeply pleased to be 'whacked with the handsomest bludgeon in town'. This is his second Academy Award – he received an Oscar in 1989 for My Left Foot.

Cate Blanchett was nominated for two Academy Awards. She did not win an Oscar, but Alexandra Byrne, her costume designer for Elizabeth, did. Byrne’s dresses were regal and delectable, more sensuous, I think, than the dresses the real Queen wore. The designer, who began her professional costume career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, accepted her award with her glasses on her nose, as if she had just turned aside from cutting a pattern.

Well done to one and all.

And never mind my rather snippy sartorial complaints.

Note: A reader offered us a movie review of the Bank Job. Unfortunately, before I could respond, I accidentally deleted his email. I hope he will read this and contact us again.