All the Best, Worst & Most WTF Moments from This Year’s Met Gala

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So, last night was the Met Gala. What used to be just an event to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, has become one the biggest night’s in fashion. That means lots of amazing gowns, horrible looks and tons of WTF moments. This year, we put together a list of all three.

 

First, for the night’s best moments:

 

SZA in Versace and Chris Habana head piece and jewelry

 

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For her first Met Gala, SZA paired pastel Versace with BlackBook favorite Chris Habana head wear and jewelry. Literally heavenly.

 

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

 

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Coming off of her double feature “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” video premiere last week, we had high hopes for Nicki. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint. In a red and black Oscar de la Renta gown, the rapper told photographers she interpreted the theme by dressing as “the devil.” If Lucifer looks like this good, consider us Satanist.

 

Rihanna in custom Maison Martin Margiela by John Galliano and Maria Tash and Cartier jewelry

 

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Seriously, bow down. Rihanna’s custom Margiela by John Galliano ‘fit wasn’t just a look — it was a moment. And after last night, Queen Rih has just become The Pope.

 

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry

 

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I usually find Kate Bosworth pretty boring — and I’m not just talking about her acting. But this Oscar de la Renta look was practically perfect. The gold, white, train and veil combo makes me not want to fight with my boyfriend long enough to actually get married.

 

Cardi B in Moschino

 

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Sorry Bey, there’s a new queen in town and her name is Cardi B. The “Bartier Cardi” singer looked like The Virgin Mary in her Moshino gown and headpiece, baby bump and all.

 

Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung, Tasaki jewelry and a Philip Treacy x Tasaki headpiece

 

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Diane Kruger gets our vote for best dressed for the night. Her Prabal Gurun gown may not have been totally on-theme, but the entire look was a religious experience.

 

Solange in Iris Van Herpen and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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Solange’s Iris Van Herpen dress was our other favorite look of the night. The total opposite of Diane Kruger’s sweet blue dress and train, this look was like a sexy bondage Medusa moment that made me a full believer. Okay, that was the last religious pun, I promise.

 

Lily Collins in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

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To be honest, I don’t really know who Lily Collins is. I think she’s a model-turned-actress. But really, aren’t they all? Either way, I don’t really care who she is, because her Givenchy Haute Couture dress and avant-garde makeup were absolutely stunning.

 

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

 

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Jared Leto looked absolutely ridiculous in his overdone Gucci look, but Lana Del Rey pulled her’s off perfectly. Though, that’s partly because she always kind of looks like she’s in costume.

 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

 

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I didn’t see Priyanka Chopra on enough “Best Dressed” lists today. Her velvet Ralph Lauren look gave me serious Joan of Arc vibes — in a good way.

 

And now for the worst. It’s actually kind of sad when celebrities get it this wrong. For one thing, they’re paying stylists a ton of money to fuck them onto the “Worst Dressed List.” But also, you can tell when they’re posing on the red carpet that they think they totally nailed it. Sorry, guys. Better luck next time.

 

Mary J. Blige in Versace

 

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Let me start this by saying I really do love Mary J. Blige. But the girl’s a serious fashion victim. I honestly can’t remember one time I thought she didn’t look ridiculous. I mean, Mary J. loves herself a fedora. And remember the “Family Affair” video? Just tragic. Last night, she tried to amp things up with a Versace gown, but just looked like a kind of sloppy Greek goddess.

 

The Olsen Twins in vintage Paco Rabanne

 

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It honestly baffles me how I spent so many years worshiping the Olsen Twins. I used to seriously — and I mean this in a literal way — take notes during their shows and straight-to-VHS movies, trying to outline how to dress as cool as them. Of course, Mary-Kate spawned the whole bohobo thing, which I readily adopted for a few seconds. But that was like, 2006, and now, the whole oversized thing with way too much jewelry is just kind of depressing.

 

Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture and Bulgari jewelry

 

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We have to forgive Cara Delevingne for this look, because she clearly couldn’t see herself in the mirror with that headdress. The Dior Haute Couture gown looked like a giant fishnet stocking.

 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

 

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Oh, and about those fishnet stockings — apparently, Madonna also got the memo. The sad part is, this look actually could’ve been good if it weren’t for its entire top half. Though, she gets some points for her crown — it was epic.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Fischer jewelry

 

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At least no can ever say that Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t go for it. Out of every celebrity, she always leans fully in to the Met Gala’s theme. Unfortunately, this year, it didn’t do her any favors.

 

But of course, for all the good and bad looks this year, there were also a few WTF moments. I mean, what’s a celebrity event without a nip slip or some self-aggrandizing? I’m looking at you, Jaden.

 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

 

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I actually wanted to like Frances McDormand’s Valentino look, if only for the fact that when a reporter asked her about the religious theme, she replied, “I’m a pagan.” But alas, it wasn’t enough to make up for this trainwreck. I will say, though, if I had to imagine what a pagan high fashion look would be, it wouldn’t be too far from this.

Katy Perry in Versace

 

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I’m not sure if this is a real WTF moment, it’s just bad — and really big.

 

Kim Kardashian in custom Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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This one’s a WTF for a different reason. See, I actually liked Kim Kardashian’s Versace dress, but I feel like it was kind of understated — at least, for the Kardashian-West clan. With the religious theme and everything, I figured Kimye would show up decked out in t-shirts with their faces screenprinted on them. “No, you’re brilliant Kanye,” “No you are Kim.” Ah, what a love story.

 

Grimes in who cares because she’s dating Elon Musk?

 

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I know. What? Grimes showed up in a sloppy dress and those platform Marc Jacobs shoes we’ve already seen everywhere for like, two seasons. But for someone who prides herself on being weird, the weirdest thing she’s ever done was show up to the Met Gala with Elon Musk, only to reveal that they two are actually dating.

 

Last but not least: Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton and carrying his own gold record

 

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I really didn’t think Jaden Smith would go this far. Oh wait, yes I did. The singer showed up wearing Louis Vuitton and holding his own gold record. We get it, bro. You’re super smart and way too philosophical for the rest of us pesky humans. But even Kanye isn’t this blatant.

Oh well, at least we have awhile until we have to see what Jaden Smith will wear next year.

 

Cameron Diaz is All Up in the Couture Shows This Season

While the usual suspects make the front-row rounds in Paris for the haute couture shows this week, there’s one celebrity that has surprisingly snuck into the high-fashion mix: Cameron Diaz. Today the bronzer than normal starlet has already hit the Aterlier Versace show with fellow actress Diane Kruger, and was just spotted rubbing elbows with the likes of Bar Rafaeli and Karlie Kloss (pictured) at the Christian Dior show. Is this her new thing?

It’s no surprise that while others have to work their way to be seated in the front row, Diaz need only show up to make it there, especially since designers love a star power moment. We wonder if Diaz will score an extremely limited seat at the highly anticipated Chanel couture show, given that Kruger is a Karl Lagerfeld favorite. 

Diane Kruger Discusses ‘The Host,’ Desert Hiking, and the Joy of Radishes

It’s a chilly evening in New York as I greet Diane Kruger at the restaurant of the NoMad Hotel, a sceney new destination in the recently-made-up NoMad (“North of Madison Square Park”) neighborhood, where midtown suits supposedly mingle with downtown denim. Kruger has just arrived back in the States from a two-week vacation in South America, one of those life-affirming adventures with her longtime partner, actor Joshua Jackson, that involved desert trekking, mountain climbing, and long, quiet moments beholding the vast beauty of the natural world. It was a welcome break from her hectic schedule, as the German-born veteran of such films as Troy, National Treasure, and Inglorious Basterds has been working nonstop. After completing work in The Host, a film based on the book by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, she immediately moved on to the Terrence Malick-helmed The Green Blade Rises, and shot a pilot for FX called The Bridge. But tonight, she seems relaxed and happy to be back in New York, looking cozy and gorgeous in a white patterned sweater. She’ll soon fly back to her house and vegetable garden in Los Angeles before alighting once again in Paris, where she keeps an apartment, and, apparently, her heart. But, for now, we’ll share some radishes and thoughts on acting, gardening, and the meaning of home.  

Waiter: Can I get you something to drink?

Diane Kruger: Can I get the Riesling? Is it dry?

It’s a bit dry.

A bit dry? 

It’s quite dry.

I’ll try it. 

BlackBook: Mad Men’s back soon. I thought Season 4 was the best season.

I’m really good friends with January Jones, so I hope to see her more in the show.  She said when she signed on that her character didn’t even have a name. She was “wife of.” [Drinks arrive. Clinking glasses.] Cheers, nice to meet you. 

Waiter: The menu goes from the raw vegetables here to the meatier components. These radishes are dipped in tempura butter. I don’t even like radishes normally but I love these. 

I’m for the radishes.

BlackBook: Let’s radish it up.

The food here is very good. Funny enough, I’m actually going to the Fat Radish later tonight. I love radishes. When I have a dinner party I always have radishes.

You cook? 

I do.

I gave up on cooking a few years ago and never looked back. What’s your special dish?

I don’t really have one. I just love the process of cooking. And I’m obsessed with cookbooks.  I collect cookbooks and I love to just pick a recipe and spend a day cooking it. It’s my way of unwinding. I’ll go to the market on Saturday and buy everything fresh. It really takes my mind off everything. We just started a garden, so we try to grow as much as we can. It’s so satisfying. Beets, tomatoes, and cucumbers. So much food. Now I’m pickling stuff, which I’ve never done before in my life.

Beets?

They grow like wildfire. It’s so cool having a garden.

Tomatoes are the best when you grow them yourself.

Bizarrely, our tomatoes didn’t turn out as good as we’d hoped. We bought the tiny plants and I felt like they were watery.

(Waiter arrives with what looks like a hat box with radish hors d’oeuvres on top.)

Tell me about your trip to Chile. Was that a vacation?

Yes, it was great. We were there 14 days.  We flew into Santiago. It was my gift to my partner, Josh (Joshua Jackson). He just finished a project and it was his lifelong dream to go to Chile. Have you been to Patagonia?

Not yet. I’m a northern hemisphere guy.

We hiked every day. (Shows some pictures on her phone.) We went to the Atacama. It’s an elevated desert. We hiked up a mountain and summited at 18,600 feet.

That’s pretty hardcore. You’re not lounging on a beach.

There’s so much space. It was different than anything I’ve ever seen.

Was it warm down there?

Yeah, Atacama was really hot, it was 85 degrees. Patagonia was cooler.

I’ve never been to South America at all.

I’ve been to Argentina, Uruguay …

Our photo editor, Lorenna Gomez-Sanchez, is Uruguayan. 

Yeah, from where?

Uh, I’m not sure. In the middle somewhere. Uruguay City?

That’s funny.

And she’s a vegetarian. She says it’s impossible to be a vegetarian down there.

And on a diet, forget it. All they have is meat.

How’s the Riesling?

It’s very nice. I love wine. Every two or three years I try to go on a wine tour. Go to vineyards and buy some wine. 

I write about booze but find wine difficult to describe.

It’s very difficult to describe. I find it hard to tell people why one wine is better than another. And you read descriptions in Wine Spectator like “chocolatey.” What does that mean?

No idea. Tell me about The Host. Looks like an interesting story.

It’s a sci-fi. I personally happen to be a big sci-fi fan. I love Star Trek and Star Wars and all those. No one’s every offered me to be in that genre, so I was hesitant at first. But my character was very liberating to play. In sci-fi most characters are larger than life. Your imagination can really break free. You can create something that is out of the norm. Also, in The Host, the aliens have a human body, so it doesn’t involve prosthetics.

Your character is the Seeker. Are you good or evil or what?

The jury is out on that. Earth has been invaded and the alien souls are going into human bodies. Usually in sci-fi movies the aliens are always evil. They take over earth and destroy everybody. But in this case they’re actually better than human beings, because there are no wars, there’s no competition, nobody gets killed and so forth. The flip side of that being the human spirit gives way to the alien that enters their body. And there are pockets of human resistance that don’t want to be taken over by this alien force. What’s striking is that the aliens are very peaceful. They don’t use guns. They just want to live in peace with each other.

Were you offered this role or did you go out of your way to ask for it?

They offered it to me. I had just finished being Marie Antoinette in a French movie called Farewell, My Queen, and this was the total opposite of what I’d been doing. I’m a big fan of (Host director) Andrew Niccol—Gattaca is one of my favorite movies ever—and (author) Stephenie Meyer is a big draw. (Actor) Saoirse Ronan being attached to the project was as well. There’s a gravity to her that adds something to this genre. For half the film she has two people living inside of her. Andrew actually recorded the other person’s dialog and played it in her ear while we were doing scenes together, so she had to talk to me while she had this voice in her head to make her believe in the scenes.

What else do you have lined up?

I did a pilot for FX called The Bridge. I play a girl that has a mild version of Asperger’s, so she’s socially awkward. That was a lot of fun to do and we’ll see where it goes. And immediately after this movie I made a black-and-white film with Terrence Malick, called The Green Blade Rises. It’s about Abraham Lincoln as a child. I play his stepmother. She gave him books and convinced his dad to let him go to school. It’s Lincoln as a five-year-old, six-year-old.

You work in every genre, act in every language? Even comedies?

Pretty much. I made a comedy last year. A French comedy. It’s challenging to go back and forth.

You’ve been so many things. You were a ballet dancer in London, a model in Paris, and an actor all over the world. What’s your next career?

The older I get, the more I realize that it’s about being creative, pushing yourself to extremes, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable. When you’re young you have open eyes. The older you get, the more closed off you get to the world. But with acting, and also directing, it’s your job to be as open as possible. I find it freeing to know that I can still feel that much, the extreme emotion.

It’s good to keep an open mind as you get older, but it takes a lot more work than when you’re young. Still, it bugs me when I hear people my age complaining about culture today, like “there’s no good music anymore.” I’m like, do you remember some of the stuff we listened to in high school? It was terrible.

Oh me too. In The Bridge, there’s a scene where I drive this car that belonged to my sister, who was killed in the early ‘90s. There’s a cassette stuck in the player, so it plays the same songs over and over. The writers were asking “What should we put on the tape?” And I was like, I don’t know, Journey, Britney Spears? They were like UGH! 

The small town that you’re from, Algermissen, is in what was once West Germany?

Yes, It’s an hour and a half south of Hamburg. It’s called the Lower Saxony area. But I left Germany so young.

You left home at an early age, and you’ve traveled and worked all around, lived all over the place. Do you have an idea of home, or are you comfortable wherever you are? 

It used to be worse when I was younger and modeling. Now I have a green card so America is a big part of my life—there are so many things I love about this country. But I think I’ll always be connected to Paris. Germany for me is like a homeland, but, other than my family, I don’t have a lot of attachment to Germany, other than culturally. Paris, to me, is home. In America, I want to say New York is more home than LA, but given that my job’s there I had to give up my New York apartment. But I’ll be back.

What language do you think in? What language do you dream in?

Usually English, but when I’m in Paris for a long time I dream in French.

Your dad was a computer specialist?

I think he was. I haven’t seen my dad in a long time but I think he worked with computers.

So much for basing questions on your Wikipedia page. Is there anything you’re sick of being asked in interviews?

What do you identify being? Because there’s no good answer to it. I get asked that a lot.

And I couldn’t help myself. Okay, what director would you like to work with?

My dream role would be with Darren Aronofsky.

It could happen.

I know!

You have plans after this?

Yeah, dinner. Josh is going to come pick me up. And here he is. This is Josh.  (Small talk. Nice to meet you. Can you take these magazines up to the room. See you in five…)

I like him, he seems nice.

(Sweetly) Yeah, he’s alright.

Were you always confident and glamorous?

It was different when I was little. I was definitely an outcast at school. I did not fit in. I was a ballerina. I was little and dainty in Germany where all the girls are six feet tall. I went to a Catholic school and was rebellious. I just never felt like I fit in at all. I hated school. I dropped out when I was pretty young.

Do you fit in now?

Not really, but I’ve learned to make it work.

Do you have any enemies?

There are people who don’t like me very much, but I’m not sure they’re enemies. But I do think there’s a bit of a double standard. As a woman, when you have something to say, often you’re labeled difficult. But if a guy does it he’s labeled as passionate about his work. So, you like radishes now?

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Jesse Eisenberg, Emile Hirsch, and Diane Kruger to Star in Chris Eigeman’s ‘Midnight Sun’

Best known for his roles in Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, Barcelona, and Last Days of Disco as well as Noah Buambach’s post-collegiate classic Kicking and Screaming, accidentally hilarious actor Chris Eigeman has gone behind the camera in recent years. In 2007 he penned and directed the Famke Janssen pool shark drama, Turn the River, which I think I may have been the only person who saw that—and that’s only because Eigeman came to my college class to discuss it. However, it would a good directorial debut and showed that he did have the chops in him to make something great.

But now, Screen Daily reports that Eigeman’s next feature Midnight Sun will star Jesse Eisenberg, Emilie Hirsch, and Diane Kruger. The 1940s-set drama takes place during the creation of the A-bomb, following young post-grads whom in 19943, are recruited by the government to work on a secret project. Richard Rhodes who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Making of the Atomic Bomb will actually be consulting on the project as well. 

Well, sign me up. I must admit, the premise does sound pretty great and eternal post-grad Jesse Eisenberg seems suited for a film like this and it’s hard for Emile Hirsch and Kruger to go wrong. The project is being sold at the European Film Market this week with principal photography set begin this summer. Let’s hold our for a 2014 release, please.

Watch Trailer for ‘The Host,’ Stephenie Meyer’s New Movie

Apart from the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer has written just one other book: The Host, which is appropriately getting adapted for the big screen now that the Twilight engine is winding down. Starring Saoirse Ronan, it’s about a race of aliens who survive by taking over the bodies of human beings, and one of them who begins to get a little guilty about the whole body snatchers act. There’s a teaser trailer, via Yahoo!, and judging solely from the imagery it looks like a combination of The Ring, Melancholia and every Internet conspiracy about lizard people ruling the world.

Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show, Lord of War) is heading this one up, and Ronan will be joined by William Hurt and Diane Kruger in key roles. With such a solid creative pedigree, it should at least be presentable — that is, if the Meyer connection doesn’t throw you off. Some people have never gotten over what she did to vampires, but there are too many types of aliens in pop culture to get snitty about whether or not they should have feelings. The Host is out on March 29, 2013, which is quite some time away.

Music, Glamour, & Laundry at the St. Regis Bal Harbour

The other day I found myself in Miami (as one does) for the grand opening of the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Bal Harbour, for those of you who don’t know, is an area north of South Beach on the Miami coast known mostly for its luxury shopping center, The Shops at Bal Harbour. The Shops average $2,306 per square foot, which is how the success of malls is measured, while the national average hovers around $385.

The Shops at Bal Harbour were built over old Army barracks back in 1965. Eleven years earlier, in the space the St. Regis now occupies, the Americana Hotel opened. A Rat Pack hangout designed by Morris Lappidus, the grandpapi of Miami design, the Americana Hotel was the crown jewel of what was then the American Riviera. By the time that was imploded in 2007, it had already, one might argue, lost its vivacious spark. If you’re into implosion porn, check out the video of it all tumbling down.

Anyway, as I was saying: I found myself in Miami at the grand opening. The 243-room hotel was designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the New York design firm. I always thought it was one guy with a very interesting ethnic background. (I didn’t know Japanese Jews existed though I recently found out on the internet that all Japanese people might be Jewish!) In fact, it’s two very nice gentlemen, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg. The lobby is like Versailles-meets-Sammy Davis Jr.’s rec room. It’s not gaudy in a traditional Miami sense, but it definitely has guts—bright, shiny guts. The marble floors are marbled with a black marble with white bursts called Godflower and it is quarried specifically for St. Regis. The mirrors, which line the wall in beveled boxes, are hand antiqued. There’s a restaurant, J & G Grill, by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, plus another tapas joint called Atlantico. There are two pools, one for family folk and one for adults and, best of all, you can sit on the beach — to which the property has usufructuary rights — and be served things like salads with sushi-grade tuna and also, wonderfully, alcohol. Someone even takes the time every morning to carve a little logo of the St. Regis in the sand. There are massive jugs of sunscreen which I didn’t but do highly recommend using.

The rooms are great suites of solitude. Mine overlooked the ocean, was larger than my entire house, and had a washer and dryer. This last bit was, for me, the primus inter pares. I was in Miami for the weekend, with only two pairs of pants, a pair of shorts, and three shirts. I did at least eight loads of laundry. Just because I could.

The deal with these grand openings—and with St. Regis in particular—is that they have brand ambassadors down there to mingle with the press and other more local celebrities. The St. Regis, for instance, has a relationship with Jason Wu and Nacho Figueras, the polo player, who are Brand Connoisseurs.  This whole media-celebrity interaction is sometimes awkward. For instance, Nacho Figueras is a very cool, laid-back guy. We talked about tattoos. His wife, Delfina, is also super friendly and has a tattoo of a dolphin on her ankle. Jason Wu, on the other hand, also seems quite nice, but what do he and I really have to discuss? He spent most of his time—at a Midnight Supper and, later, at the Opening Gala—chattering with the model Arizona Muse, his partner Gustavo Rangel (the Pierre Bergé to his YSL), and to the socialite Olivia Chantecaille. This, of course, is natural since a) there’s none of the uncertainty, so chilling in social intercourse, as to whether they are conversing with him due to his fame since they too are famous and b) they exist in overlapping spheres. I, instead, spent my time talking to Olivia’s husband, a guy named Ren who, nicely, stands every time he shakes someone’s hand, and Frits Van Paasschen, the CEO and President of Starwood. First of all, his last name sounds like Van Passion, which is great. Second of all, read his bio. He’s extremely interesting to talk to, not really famous, and we exist in overlapping spheres.

The climax of the event was the Grand Opening party, a lavish poolside affair. There were many people there. In fact, the entire demimonde of Bal Harbour showed up. They are, as a demographic, sparklier than their New York counterparts and also of more indeterminate age. They do, however, like heavy hors d’oeuvres as much as their Northerly cohort. In this they were not disappointed. Lobster on a bamboo skewer! Steak cut thinkly! Caviar in little beady mounds! There was a woman making sushi standing in a fountain, wearing galoshes. The entertainment was a really tremendous band called Jonathan Batiste and His Stay Human band, a group associated with Jazz From Lincoln Center with hints of a Second Line brass band though they were equally at home covering Lady Gaga as they were Charlie Mingus.

The climax of the climax—le grand petit mort, if you will—was a celebratory sabering of legion champagne bottles. These were held by a long line of gray-clad butlers who would not have looked out of place in a Kazuo Ishiguro novel. (I had a butler. Her name was Marina and she brought me as much detergent as I wanted.) As soon as the bubbles arced across the air, an impressive fireworks display began over the ocean. They were nice bookends to the implosion five years ago that cleared the way for the St. Regis.

I hung around for a few minutes after the fireworks, long enough to see Diane Kruger talking to Jason Wu in the VIP section. (Naturally.) I was briefly entranced by some sparkly dresses. I talked to the band. I ate some more seafood croquettes. Then I headed through the marbled lobby, passed the mirrored walls, up the keyless elevator and into my room. I took off my pants, shed my shirt, and did a load of laundry.

5 Reasons Why Diane Kruger Should Play Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Green Lantern’ Girlfriend

Of the five names being tossed around as potential candidates to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in the big-screen adaptation of Green Lantern, the most sensible woman for the job is obviously Inglourious Basterds‘ Diane Kruger. In fact, here’s a five-pronged argument for why casting agents need no longer entertain Blake Lively, Jennifer Garner, Eva Green, or that broad from Felicity, when Diane effing Kruger runs circles around all of them.

• Elocution. Some of these front-runners lack the ability to clearly pronounce words. Kruger has never been one to mince syllables so clumsily.

• Screen presence. Many of these ladies will cower and crumble if forced to stand opposite of a leading man material like Ryan Reynolds. Here is a still from Inglourious Basterds that proves that Kruger will not wilt and if anything, may even make Reynolds buckle.

Sass. Sadly the superhero world is still a bit backwards and sassiness remains a defining trait of the women selected to foil or sway the hearts of superheroes. Kruger is quite ace at this too.

• Sartorial streak. Kruger’s also been drafted as the next global spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris, succeeding a list of shiny names like Beyoncé and Freida Pinto. Also, she’s stands tall as an excellent red carpet fixture.

• Charisma. Off-screen charisma pretty frequently translates to on-screen vivacity. Observe then, Kruger’s sparkle on Letterman earlier this year.

Golden Globes’ Blindsight: Highlighting Oscar’s Dark Horses

Yesterday, we learned many things with Golden Globe nominees. Above all: That many of all will overlook most industry snubs if Joseph Gordon-Levitt picks up not only his Golden Globe, but also his Independent Spirit Award, and makes real the chance for Cameron from 10 Things I Hate About You to become a real Oscar contender. But also that movie awards snubs come in two classes. There are those that while snubbed by the decidedly popcorn-flick favoring ranks of the Hollywood Foreign Press, still stand a very real chance at Oscar gold. And then there are those must scale a nearly impossible impasse before they get on Oscar the Grouch’s radar. These are what we call “dark horses” and they’re delightful! A quick run-down after the break.

Best Picture, Drama, Musical, or Comedy: I don’t really understand the point of separating films up into such three pointless genres, but that’s the Foreign Press for you! In any regard, Precious for its many well-deserved nominations, probably shouldn’t be counting a Best Picture among them. Rather, a film like Amreeka, and perhaps even Up which only appears in the Best Picture, Animated category but was one of the year’s most universally-appealing films, would’ve made excellent additions. Oscar still possible? Eh, the competition for this prize will play out almost the same way at the Oscars with Amreeka getting ignored and Up being marginalized to the kids’ table.

• Best Actor, Drama: Dafoe’s turn in Antichrist is an odd case. It works as an offbeat Oscar favorite and a dark horse alike. Even though, at this point, an actor must realize that for all the critical attention starring in a Lars von Trier vehicle earns him, it will never get him anywhere near Oscar gold. If Björk couldn’t do it with Dancer In the Dark or Nicole Kidman with Dogville, Willem Dafoe will never do it with something even more outrageous like Antichrist. Proceed to rage, rage against the dying of the light, if you must. Oscar still possible? Nope.

• Best Supporting Actor, Drama: I’m totally going to keep crowing the same old song here: Alan Rickman needs more than a single prize for his turn as Severus Snape. Oscar still possible? Possibly in 2012, which is when the last Harry Potter flick will ideally take home a barrel-load of awards for the entire franchise’s cinematic and blockbuster achievements.

• Best Actress, Drama: As highlighted with her ISA nomination, Amreeka‘s Nisreen Faour would’ve made for a refreshing upset. Especially in the place of someone like Julia Roberts who must’ve gotten an award because many voters, having not seen any of the filmes, voted on name alone. Honestly though, the real shitshow’s in the Best Actress, Musical or Comedy category where Meryl Strep is nominated twice. Oops! We’ll cut Faour’s loss here, then. Oscar still possible? Yes and here’s why. The Oscars are like a genetic cross-breed between the Golden Globes and the ISAs. It’s that rare recessive trait that presents a totally unexpected candidate–and because such nominees tend rile up critics and consumers alike, the Academy tries to curb such instances. Should Faour turn her ISA nomination into a win, then Oscar chances spike accordingly. The Academy also loves immigrant tales and occasionally vaulting unknowns into the limelight. Both should help Faour overcome this glaring GG oversight.

• Best Supporting Actress, Drama: Diane Kruger from Inglourious Basterds. Yes, yes, the Bear Jew was quite yum!, the Jew Hunter was ahh! ,and even Aldo was LOL! at times, but damn, Bridget von Hammersmark was diii-vine. In fact, von Hammersmark was the bad-assiest of all the Basterds in all the movie. More than that, von Hammersmark is easily one of Quentin Tarantino’s most impressive accomplishments as a heroine. Tarantino basically sucks at writing women. This insight from someone who adored all of Kill Bill. Nonetheless, Krüger did something remarkable with von Hammersmark’s character: She essayed a Tarantinian femme fatale while keeping her fatale from completely overtaking her femininity. The end result was the only supporting character who could hold her own against Colonel Landa and make you wonder why Basterds didn’t simply feature Christoph Waltz and Krüger butting heads. Oscar still possible? Not really. She’s failed to amass buzz this far and as the awards shuffle goes into overdrive, sadly Kruger seems set to get lost in the mix. Although the Academy is totally welcome to prove me wrong.

• Best Director, Drama: Many are faulting Pedro Almódovar for kind of phoning it in with Broken Embraces, which is why he’s slid from “critical darling” to “dark horse” this year. Although, such positive response really can’t lie. And let’s say that Broken Embraces wasn’t quite Talk to Her, we’ve let industry favorites slip in with worse material. Who else is going to remember Renée Zellweger’s undeserved 2003 Oscar for Cold Mountain? Anyone? Oscar still possible? Easily.

Links: Ashton Kutcher Most Popular Boy on Twitter, Drew Barrymore’s Bat-Crush

● It’s a sad state of affairs when Ashton Kutcher has surpassed President Obama as the most-followed person on Twitter, with a million followers. Kutcher does update multiple times a day with ever-more-inane details of his life, while our President has been a tad distracted running the world and all. [CNN] ● In case we didn’t already know, Diane Kruger would like to remind us Brad Pitt has a “sweet family” and that Angelina Jolie is “beautiful.” [Us] ● Lindsay Lohan is slowly crawling back to the top, or maybe it’s the middle; she’s mounting a palimony case against ex Samantha Ronson. Lohan feels she’s entitled to a cut of Ronson’s DJ gigs, as they’ve gone up from $10,000 to $100,000. [PopCrunch]

● Drew Barrymore has been caught canoodling with Ed Westwick and old beau Justin Long, but Barrymore’s true crush is Batman himself: Christian Bale. [PA] ● Reese Witherspoon will be channeling Tracy Flick again for the new film Nice, where Witherspoon’s character finds it’s easier to kill her boyfriend than break up with him. [Variety] ● Gloria Estefan is starting her farewell tour, which if Cher’s and Elton John’s are anything to go by, will never end. [LiP]