T LOunge for April 26th, 2021

Posted on April 26, 2021

Meddens Bar and Restaurant – Hilversum, Netherlands

 

Kittens! It’s post-Oscars Monday! The busiest day on T Lo’s yearly calendar and not coincidentally, also the day where we work on the absolute least amount of sleep possible for a human nervous system to function properly! It was an odd, but weirdly captivating ceremony, which seems appropriate for this odd period where we’ve all felt like captives. We’ll sprinkle our thoughts about the whole deal throughout our posts on the fashion and in this week’s podcast, but we’ve got to say, the bizarre shuffling of the awards right at the end of the ceremony was a massive trombone sound of failure that probably colors everyone’s perception of the previous three hours. That’s a shame (not least for Chadwick Boseman’s family and Chloe Zhao, whose historic win should have been the capper to the night), because the stripped-bare, more intimate ceremony and the rambling, poignant, personal acceptance speeches had a certain charm to them, even if it all got a little too earnest and serious at times.

This might not rate in the top ten list of worst ideas by the producers, but it’s insane to us that the performances for all the nominated songs were moved to a pre-show that many people didn’t watch. Just look at this astonishing performance of “Husavik” by Molly Sanden and a gaggle of adorable Icelandic girls in matching sweaters under the Northern Lights and marvel that the Oscar producers didn’t think it needed to be featured during the ceremony:

 

 

Steven Soderbergh, what on earth were you thinking?

Anyway, chat amongst yourselves, dolls! We’ve got some Oscar opinionating to get to!

 

The 20 Best- and Worst-Dressed Celebs at the 2021 Oscars
Tom + Lorenzo spill the tea. Find out who rocked the red carpet and who didn’t.
After far too long in the desert, the stars descended from the heavens to bestow glamour and fabulousness on an exhausted world population that didn’t realize how much they missed those very things. Are we being a bit dramatic about the 93rd Academy Awards? Okay, yes. But can you blame us?

 

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday Costumes Honor History With Contemporary Prada
Costume designer Paolo Nieddu delved into the Prada archives to recreate—and reimagine—some of the iconic singer’s most memorable looks.

The movie boasts high style behind-the-scenes; thanks to the director’s connections, Prada not only opened up the contemporary archives for the film, but also collaborated with Nieddu to reinterpret nine of Holiday’s most recognizable looks. After scouring over 40 seasons of runway collections, Nieddu pinpointed Holiday-referential elements and worked with in-house artisans to design one-of-a-kind pieces. “It was literally custom Prada,” Nieddu says over the phone.

 

The Fashion World Pays Tribute To Alber Elbaz
The legendary designer died this week at the age of 59.

Tributes have been pouring in from the fashion world following the tragic news that designer Alber Elbaz has passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with Covid-19.
Designer Peter Dundas spoke of what a talented designer and a great showman Elbaz was, adding: “He was always so friendly, supportive of us his fellow designers and such fun to be with whenever our paths crossed.”
Giambattista Valli remembered the designer’s beautiful mind and his effortlessly cultivated attitude for life, while Erin O’Connor described what a “fine, kind, creative gentleman” he was.
Fashion editor Suzy Menkes paid tribute to the “witty, wise and whimsical designer who put women first” in a lengthy Instagram post, and photographer Mert Alas referred to him as a great man of our time.
ELLE editor-in-chief Nina Garcia described him as someone who “transferred his joie de vivre into his designs.” “He was generous and kind, what we call a true friend.”

 

How Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’s Oscar Win Just Made History
Hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson are the first Black women to win in the hairstyling and makeup category.

Black women define beauty. Just take one look at the runways or red carpets or scroll through Instagram. There you’ll see their profound influence on trends, style, and culture. Tonight, the Academy finally recognized these trailblazing achievements for the very first time in the event’s history when Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar. The history-making team is made up of hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, the first Black women to win in this category.

 

The Nevers Star James Norton on the “Insane Hedonism” of Victorian London
Norton plays Hugo Swan, the HBO Fantasy Series’s Irresistible Bad Boy.

The scenes are big and they are fast, so you really have to come prepared with your A game. For me, the challenge I most enjoyed was that Hugo has these amazing lines, which are really funny—and I haven’t done much comedy. So, to play a role that has these really funny lines was intimidating because I knew that there was a potential for them to really sing, and being so I was worried that I was going to fall short or the rhythm wasn’t going to be there. There was a part of me that was like, “Am I going to be funny enough?” And I think Hugo is funny, hopefully, so that was nerve wracking.

 

Chloé Zhao Makes History As The First Woman Of Color To Win Best Director At The Oscars
The ‘Nomadland’ director is also the second woman to ever win the award.

It’s finally happened: For only the second time in Oscars history, a woman has taken home the Academy Award for Best Director, one of the evening’s top prizes. The winner, Chloé Zhao, is the writer, director, and editor of the film Nomadland, and she has now become the first woman of color to ever win in the category.
In her speech, Zhao spoke about finding goodness in people everywhere she’s been in the world. She said, “This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves and hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that. This is for you. You inspire me to keep going.”

 

Riz Ahmed Fully Paused the Oscars Red Carpet to Help His Wife, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Fix Her Hair
While posing for photos on the Oscars’ red carpet at Union Station in Los Angeles with his wife, Fatima Farheen Mirza, the actor asked photogs to give him a second to do something very important—help his wife fix her hair.
“I’m the official groomer,” Ahmed joked.

 

Oscars Face Backlash Over Chadwick Boseman Snub
Boseman, who died last August, is the first Black actor to be posthumously nominated for an Academy Award and was seen as a heavy favorite to win best actor.
Following Joaquin Phoenix announcing that Hopkins had won in the category for his role in The Father, the actor and presenter noted that Hopkins was not in attendance and the Academy would accept the award on his behalf. What followed on social media was a mix of disbelief and disappointment over Boseman not winning for his final awards season nomination.

 

Youn Yuh-Jung Makes History As The First Korean Woman To Win Best Supporting Actress At The Oscars
“I don’t believe in competition,” she continued. “How can I win over Glenn Close? I’ve been watching her, so many performances. So this is just, all the nominees, five nominees, we are the winner for the different movie. We play the different role, so we cannot compete with each other. Tonight, I’m here, it’s just, I have a little bit luck, I think, maybe. I’m luckier than you.”
Youn is the second-ever Asian woman to win in the Best Supporting Actress category, following Japanese American actress Miyoshi Umeki’s 1958 win for Sayonara.
Youn was also the first Korean actress to win Best Supporting Actress earlier this awards season at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the British Academy Film Awards. She was also the first Korean actress to be nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for the category.

 

Steven Yeun’s Perfect Accent in “Minari”
The actor’s Oscar-nominated performance is a linguistic triumph.

Steven Yeun recently made history as the first Asian-American to receive an Oscar nomination in the Best Actor category, for his role as Jacob Yi, a South Korean immigrant who relocates to rural Arkansas in the nineteen-eighties, in “Minari.” Although Yeun’s performance has been described with the strings of praise usually given to Oscar nominees, there is an integral quality to his acting—without which the film would lose its delicate verisimilitude of immigrant life—that has not been widely celebrated: Yeun’s accent, both when he is speaking English and when he is speaking Korean. One way to look at Yeun’s film career in the U.S. and in South Korea is as a series of meta-castings. The actor was born in Korea but grew up in Michigan, mainly speaking English. He played a Korean-American boyfriend with a knack for malapropisms in the South Korean film “Like a French Film,” in 2015. (“Your Korean is really bad,” one character says to him.) In Bong Joon-ho’s film “Okja,” from 2017, he is a klutzy translator whose deliberate mistranslation provides a key plot point. In “Burning,” from 2018, Yeun is a mysterious character with lethal charm named Ben—a hint of ties to the West—whose voice never rises above the soothing murmurs of a psychopath (which Ben presumably is). Though the role required Yeun to act in Korean, the skill demanded was not so much phonetic expressiveness as an ability to bracket each moment with an unvarying tone that reflects Ben’s muted insanity.

 

Maskless on Camera, Socially Distanced Seating and Remote Locations: How the Oscars Reflected the COVID-19 Era
A new location, socially distanced seating and nominees appearing remotely were just some of the pandemic-inspired elements at the 2021 Oscars.
While some of the 2021 Oscars aired from the awards’ longtime home, Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, the ceremony largely took place at Los Angeles’ Union Station, with the set looking like a banquet dinner, with small, separated seating areas and tables.
The team behind the show also took advantage of the natural light from the station’s 40-foot windows before the sun set and used localized lighting via small lamps, with lampshades embellished with mini Oscars, on tables in the room. Nominees were shown sitting, with space between them, in dark blue booths in front of small, round tables.

 

Oscars 2021: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Chadwick Boseman to Frances McDormand
After all the talk about the unexpected and unpredictable, the 93rd Academy Awards delivered with surprise wins in the lead actor categories for Anthony Hopkins and Frances McDormand. Another shocker was that best picture was not announced last — they saved the lead acting categories for that.
As expected, history was made when Chloé Zhao won best director for her work on “Nomadland,” which also won best picture. Both supporting actor categories corresponded with the SAG Award winners, with Yuh-jung Youn of “Minari” and Daniel Kaluuya of “Judas and the Black Messiah” taking home trophies.

 

7 winners and 4 losers from the deeply eccentric 2021 Oscars
A fantastically unpredictable show ended on a huge bummer of an anticlimax.

The 2021 Oscars could have been a disaster. Maybe they should have been a disaster.
Even at the tail end of the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated quarantines, much of the world remains locked down. Holding an awards show in a Los Angeles train station, even at limited capacity and with socially distanced stars, could have come off as tasteless at best.
Yet the awards were actually pretty darn memorable — at least until a last-second upset in a major category ended the night on a downer note. They moved along beautifully, and a team led by head producer Steven Soderbergh (an Oscar-winning director) and director Glenn Weiss (an Emmy winner) came up with a show that looked a little bit like a movie that was being made about the very awards show you were watching. At its best, the telecast had a pizzazz and effortless cool to it that the Oscars rarely achieve. And even at its worst, it was still interesting.

 

 

 

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