Awards season is wrapping up for yet another year. Social media will be free from movie-related red carpets where celebrities strut their stuff adorned with lavish gowns and expensive suits. The Emmys, People’s Choice, BAFTAs and Golden Globes have all passed, giving insight into what to expect at the main (and most adored) event – the Academy Awards. It has been ninety years since the first ever Oscar was handed to Janet Gaynor at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for her roles in ‘Seventh Heaven’, ‘Street Angel’ and ‘Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans’ (originally actors were recognised for all the work they had undertaken in the past year). Two hundred and seventy people paid five dollars each (approximately $92AUD currently) to attend the ceremony and it lasted for a measly fifteen minutes. The results weren’t even a surprise as a list of the winners was given to the Los Angeles Times which published them three months prior to the event.
A lot has changed since then. Ninety years on and the event has become the pinnacle of film awards. The success of an actor, director, cinematographer, costume designer, movie composer and a range of other film related professions, is measured on the number of golden Oscars they have lining their shelves. As always the internet is swimming in predictions and musings. Will Meryl Streep swipe another Oscar? Can Jennifer Lawrence remain upright despite her dress’ best attempts to render her stationary and on the floor? Who will be included in the next internet-breaking selfie? And how many attempts will it take to correctly announce best picture?
To celebrate the establishment that has become the Academy Awards the team here at Hen’s Party Ideas Adelaide have put together a list of our favourite moments.
The Academy Awards’ red carpet has produced some of the most iconic and jaw-dropping outfits. Celebrities step out of luxurious limousines and stretch hummers in billows of silk, cascades of lace and voluptuous amounts of velvet. Jewellery is a whole other ball game with celebrities adoring themselves with extravagant and exorbitantly priced gems. Gloria Stuart famously attended in a record breaking $20 million Harry Winston blue diamond necklace for her nomination as best supporting actress for Titanic in 1998. These jewels frame faces and sculpt necklines, astounding us home viewers that the movie stars can still manage to strut down the red carpet despite their weight.
When people mention unconventional Oscar style, thoughts inevitably turn to Cher. With her marvellous ability to don sheer fabrics, flaunt her rock hard abs and look intriguing and dynamic in whatever outfit takes her fancy, her style is hard to beat. At the Academy Awards alone she has arrived in pink and gold braids, what was effectively a sarong paired with bright purple eyeshadow, a sheer white dress, a jewel encrusted gothic two piece complemented (of course) with a giant black feathered head piece, and a sparkling fringed bra and dress covering just enough to be legal. Our personal favourite? Her 1973 look where she astounded audiences in a Bob Mackie golden translucent two piece, encrusted with jewels. Forget the small gold statue everyone thought they were there to see, Cher stole the show despite not having even been nominated. This is a look that would go seamlessly with one of our Bollywood Dancing parties. Spin, stamp, shake, jump and move to upbeat, funky Bollywood tracks with the bride-to-be and all her friends. Our talented instructor will guide you through techniques and staple Bollywood dance moves that you can be sure to pull out at your next event.
The other Oscar’s outfit that we can’t go without mentioning is what Barbra Streisand wore to the 1969 Academy Awards for her best actress nomination for Funny Girl. She opted for a sheer two piece designed by Arnold Scaasi with white cuffs and flared pants. The pantsuit, covered in sequins which glimmered and twinkled when hit by the light, was mesmerising. It was also completely see-through, something Barbra was apparently unaware of when choosing. She said that in the hotel room you couldn’t tell the material was translucent. We’re not entirely convinced but either way she looked absolutely stunning. The outfit seemed almost burlesque inspired, albeit slightly more conservative, with the plastic sequins, sheer fabric and material meticulously placed to remain decent. It would be a great look to draw inspiration from for one of our Burlesque Dancing Parties. Get your dancing shoes on and step into feeling sexy and glamorous. Our instructors, all professional burlesque dancers themselves, will run you through various burlesque poses, moves and walks with the incorporation of sensual accessories such as gloves and feather bowers. Little tips and techniques will be given to help you gain confidence in your ability to nail the art form and have you feeling alluring and tantalising.
The Academy Awards is also a great place to draw inspiration from when thinking of a theme. Films are adored by the masses and are a great way to draw people together. No matter their age, background, religion, or gender common ground can always be found when talking movies. Everyone has that one favourite film they can watch countless times over and that one character who they wished was real so they could befriend them. Having a movie themed party is a seamless way to get your guests talking and break the ice.
One idea is to have a general Academy Awards themed party. Invitations could be in the form of golden movie tickets and you could lay down a red carpet which your guests can float down on their way into the party. Champagne could be served accompanied with hors d’oeuvres. If you wanted to imitate the whole Oscars experience have a look at our Glam It Up Package where you can pre-book hotel rooms, appetisers, fine dining and cocktails. Have popcorn served as a fun snack and Oscar statuettes given as prizes for games, which our male topless waiters can teach and run. These games can even be movie themed! Name that movie perhaps? Where quotes are read out and people have to guess from which movie they came. Or film themed charades? The party guests can spilt into groups and compete in guessing which movie is being acted out – testing both movie knowledge and acting skills.
Another big part of the Academy Awards, one which is covered a lot less on camera, is the phase before the award ceremony begins. When all the Hollywood big wigs are in their penthouse apartments and huge hotel rooms being pampered by their styling team. They sip champagne as their hair dresser styles their hair and their dresser puts on their shoes. They laugh with their makeup artist over the latest scandal and make sure to have excess time to take some photos. Have your own preparation party with our Make Up Package, where you can sit back and relax whilst our gifted and charming makeup artists give you that added sparkle.
One day until the Academy Awards and our anticipation couldn’t be higher here at Hens Party Ideas Adelaide. We hope you sink into your couch with popcorn and a drink and watch whilst all your Oscar predictions turn out to be correct. If you are interested in any of the party packages mentioned don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0410 767 869 or contact us here.