T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Homework

Posted on March 02, 2018

Darlings, if we’re going to be spending every waking moment of the next 72 hours posting and tweeting about the Oscars (and we are), then it’s probably no surprise that this weekend’s homework has a very heavy Oscars theme to it.

First up, the fabulous Caroline Framke at Vox with a wide-ranging piece about the Oscars red carpet, the “Time’s Up” movement, the watershed moment that the Black Panther promotional tour has turned out to be and whether or not Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet “dressed gay” for the Call Me By Your Name promotional tour. In other words, it’s an interview with us – in which we are dubbed “celebrity fashion experts!”


Oh, right. The link: Oscars 2018: “Why The Red Carpet Matters – And Why It’s Not Built for Political Protests.”

Also, Nate Jones at Vulture wrote a piece: “Oscars 2018: Who Won Awards Season?” in which he rates all the major nominees using a wide range of metrics to determine who aced the awards season game. One of the metrics he used to rate their success? What WE said about their red carpet game.

And while we’re at it, let’s throw a grateful spotlight on Bitter Kitten Roxana Hadadi, who wrote a fun piece for Pajiba about whether or not Joel Kinnaman and Joel Edgerton are, in fact, two different people, with a shoutout to some of our red carpet coverage: “Joel Edgerton is in Red Sparrow and Joel Kinnaman is in Altered Carbon And They Are Not the Same Person.

This concludes the self-serving portion of your homework assignment. Back to the Oscars:

They Got the Wrong Envelope!’ The Oral History of Oscar’s Epic Best Picture Fiasco,” by Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter is a fun, if a bit too exhaustive look at all the people involved in or associated with last year’s envelope debacle.

Speaking of which…

Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway to Return to Oscars to Hand Out Best Picture,” reports Meriah Doty at The Wrap.

Keep your fingers crossed. Back to the world of Oscars red carpetry, our main focus:

Caroline Leaper at The Telegraph talks to Margot Robbie’s stylist about dressing her for the big night: “‘It needs to stand up in history’: Margot Robbie’s stylist Kate Young on finding an Oscars-worthy dress.

Booth Moore at THR has a piece: “The Politics of Dressing Oscar’s Over-40 Stars.”

Director Sofia Coppola had a few things she wanted to say about the modern red carpet, so she turned to W Mag and she did not hold back: “Why Hollywood Stylists Are Killing Red Carpet Style.

In other Oscars RC news, no one wants to talk to accused sexual harasser Ryan Seacrest! Or so reports Oli Cole at PageSix: “Publicists to steer stars away from Seacrest on Oscars red carpet.

In related news:

Jennifer Lawrence Unsure If She Will Speak With Ryan Seacrest at Oscars,” reports Sam Reid at THR.

Hmmm. We’ll have to see how this plays out. We suspect certain more vocal or visible “Time’s Up” proponents will refuse to speak to him, but he’s extremely well-connected among the celebrity set, and largely well-liked. He won’t be standing out there alone.

Now, who wants to talk straight-up fashion?

Thigh-High Ugg Boots (Finally?) Happened,” says Justine Carreon at Elle.

In other fashion dispatches from Satan, Hannah Marriot at the Guardian has some alarming news: “The scrunch bunch – the surprising return of the scrunchie.”

Cam Wolf at GQ looks at Walmart’s new fashion offerings in “Walmart Wants to Sell You Fashion.”

In news at the other end of the fashion spectrum, Elizabeth Paton at the New York Times fills us in: “Burberry Names Riccardo Tisci as Its Chief Creative Officer.”

Moving away from high-fashion to more sparkly affairs: Laverne Cox on ‘Glam Masters’ and what the beauty industry needs right now,” from Alexa Teitjen at the Los Angeles Times.

Also, everyone needs to check this right now to see if they made the list: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Release New Guest-List Details,” from Sarah Spellings at The Cut.

And finally, a little Oscars-themed soundtrack for this post, the Oscar nominated “Remember Me” from Coco:





We’ll be back tomorrow with pre-Oscars stuff to get to, and don’t forget to follow us on twitter as we tweet our damn thumbs off through the entire Oscars red carpet and ceremony on Sunday, darlings! It’s the biggest week of the year for us! Gay Super Bowl!


[Photo Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Polaris]

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