Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Holding a Mirror to the Oscars

Sleep tight...

This is going to be a tough piece to write. Much has been said already about the Oscar telecast, Oscar fashions and Oscar fiascos, yet I feel I need to weigh in on three women— Liza Minelli, Kim Novak and Goldie Hawn— who may have gotten too much attention, and not in a good way.

But first, ladies and gentlemen, would someone tell me why the ethereally gorgeous Lupita Nyong'o, she of the impeccable style and taste (thus far), would decide to have an "I dreamed I went to the Oscars in my Maidenform nightgown" moment?


Yes, plastic surgery is bad. Okay, bad plastic surgery is bad. If I don't know you've had any it's obviously good. Phyllis Diller was first, but Joan Rivers has made her procedures a part of the act. You don't feel sorry for someone who laughs about it before you do and holds her head up high— because she can't lower it? Quick drumroll please.

I wish I'd never seen Liza, Kim and Goldie Sunday night because now I can't get them out of my head. Despite the crack being quite mean-spirited, Liza Minelli really did look like a male Liza impersonator, an amateur Liza impersonator at that. I know she's not well, fragile physically and perhaps mentally. I don't wish her ill. I feel terribly sorry for her, but I wish to heck she had not worn those shoes!!! They weren't even polished. Eeek. I'm so, so sorry, but those shoes really bother me.

Definitely not ruby slippers...

Poor Goldie Hawn. The hair, the dress— bad choices. But the plastic surgery was the worst choice of all. Too bad. In twenty years she could have played June Squibb's part in Nebraska II and won her second Academy Award. Not anymore. To add insult to injury, Goldie's daughter Kate Hudson looked every inch a movie star.

Smile tight...

This hurts the most. A Hollywood "ice princess" who bowed out of the movies early and has had a happy and meaningful life,  81-year-old Kim Novak doesn't need to be remembered as she looked Sunday night. It's not out of spite to show a picture of her from those movie star days; many younger people have no idea who she is. I'm actually relieved the photos appear this small.
No words needed

There will be no more about how awful is plastic surgery, how I wish no one, man or woman, ever had any (except when obviously needed in obvious situations and you know what I mean). It cannot, should not ever be done to make one appear younger. The older I get the more happy I am to be old! Crikey— think of the alternative!

Let me conclude with an Oscar winner from Sunday night. Unfortunately she passed away two weeks ago— at the age of 110, but her life story won an Academy Award. And it was a short subject.

Alice Herz-Sommer
"The Woman in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"


  1. I live in a part of the world where it's not unusual to see some pretty freakish plastic surgery results. What I find sad though, is that women have been programmed for so long to tie their value to a youthful appearance that looking like *themselves* becomes secondary. Poor Goldie couldn't even move her face.

  2. Finally, someone who agrees with me about Lupita's dress. Unflattering and cheesy looking. Everyone seems to adore it.
    I too live in la la land where cheek implants and Botox overdoses are the norm. It's sad, unfortunate, but the victim likes it, so who am I to throw stones?

  3. I didn't hate Lupita's dress, but she could have done better.

    The sight of Kim Novak has haunted me for a week. Why is it that women (and some men) in the spotlight feel they have to go to such lengths to look young? All it took was one look at Priscilla Presley's botched job to convince me that "work" is not a good idea.