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81st Oscars 6:59 p.m. (Pre-Show)

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 22, 2009 06:59 PM

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Heidi Klum ought to be at every awards show. That, to me, is A Dress - red, slitted, origami-asymmetry, and a shoulder situation that seems to have a life of its own. On anybody else, that dress would be wearing them. She has a lovely haircut, great jewels, and enthusiasm. She knows she looks good. So does Taraji P. Henson, who just hiked up her gown to show us all, courtesy of Ryan (everything seems lost on him), her ankle tribute to her late father.

I wish Marisa Tomei had gone for the hyperactive pilates-instructor look she sported to perfection at the Golden Globes. Tonight, in a porcelain one-piece, she looks tamed. The great Melissa Leo, though, has a better dress than she did last night at the Spirit Awards. This one is monotone, though not quite monotonous (and how about that Jane Fonda hair?). Amanda Seyfriend, Meryl Streeps's daughter in "Mamma Mia!," looks great, also in red with a giant, elaborate bow. I like Amy Adams's necklace. It's like somebody threw a candy dish around her neck.

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