The Oscars Red Carpet Fashion 2017

A-list beauties everywhere at The Oscars but there was only one real risk-taker and that was Janelle Monae - she gets my best dressed. She wore that Elie Saab gown like a winner. Look through the slideshow above to see my fave picks, and to be clear, these ladies and gents were gorgeous, smashing and glamorous, but I want to see show-stoppers at The Oscars. Of course, one can say that the La La Land / Moonlight fiasco was a show-stopper. Literally!



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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards. It will be the comedian's second time taking on the hosting duties, after headlining the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.  

“I'm so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It's great to be back.” added: With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” which premiered this month on HBO.  In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature “Top Five,” and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of “Good Hair.”

Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director.  His feature acting credits include “I Think I Love My Wife,” which he also wrote and directed, “Head of State” (writer, producer and director), “Death at a Funeral” (also producer), and the first three films in the blockbuster “Madagascar” series, as the voice of Marty.  His other acting credits include “The Longest Yard,” “Nurse Betty,” “2 Days in New York” and “Lethal Weapon 4.”  In 2011 Rock made his Broadway debut starring in “The Motherfucker with the Hat,” which was nominated for six Tony Awards®, including Best Play.  In television, Rock created, executive produced and narrated the series “Everybody Hates Chris,” which ran from 2005 to 2009 and was inspired by Rock’s childhood.  He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993. 

The 88th Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 28, 2016.


Oscar Winner Patricia Arquette Announces Scientific Breakthrough: Unveils World’s Largest Lab-Cultivated Pure Grown Diamond


Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Winner Patricia Arquette unveiled a global scientific breakthrough just before the annual Oscar ceremonies -- the first-ever, world's largest lab-cultivated Pure Grown Diamond, which is indistinguishable from an earth-mined diamond, even under a microscope, yet costs 30 to 40 per cent less, according to the International Gemological Institute.

The Federal Trade Commission confirms that these diamonds have the same chemical, physical and visual properties as earth-mined diamonds.

 “This is a true 21st Century technological achievement that is the eco-friendly and conflict-free solution in diamond mining,” says Arquette, who emphasized the extensive environmental damage caused by mining and the history of human rights violations associated with so-called ‘blood diamonds.’

She continues, “There is no blood involved with this diamond, which is why it is beautiful in its own-right, but it is especially beautiful because no children died for this diamond; there were no slave wages paid to people for this diamond; there was an actual working wage paid to create this diamond and that’s about love."

Joining Arquette for the unveiling were Grammy winner Natasha Bedingfield, NBC "Aprentice" star Kevin Jonas, "90210" cast member AnnaLynne McCord and other celebrities attending Hollywood's annual Pre-Oscar Chairty Soiree. 


Award Show Viewing Party Tips from Emmy/Oscar Event Producer Cheryl Cecchetto



With awards season in full swing, millions of Americans will be tuning in to watch their favorite celebrities and there is no one better than Cheryl Cecchetto to give her insider tips and tricks to host the PERFECT VIEWING PARTY as featured in her fascinating new book, Passion to Create - Your Invitation to Celebrate. With humor and candor, Cheryl's book details the collaborative inspiration and challenges of many of her creations, as well as behind-the-scenes drama and hilarity that often comes with the territory.

Cheryl's tips to host the perfect awards night party include:

  • Pick a theme: If you want to host a formal get together suggest guests wear black and white. Themes are not only social, they're fun!
  • Send save the dates: Whether you send them via email or in the mail put all the information on it and tie in with your theme. 
  • Play nominated soundtracks: Great to set the mood when your guests arrive and to play before the awards show begins.
  • Champagne for everyone: A splash of bubbly kicks of the celebration or mix pomegranate juice and soda water as a non-alcoholic option.
  • The ballot game: Download and print the big nominated categories and give prizes to the 3 guests who guess the most winners right.
  • Party favors: Who doesn't like party favors? It's the last opportunity to tie in your theme and give your guests a fun parting gift.