Best Picture Baking Project: Gigi


(Photo Credit: MK Holman)

Firstly, I know I didn’t post about the Tony’s. I meant to, I took notes and everything, but I had a job interview the morning after the show and then, I kind of didn’t want to…and the biggest plus of a blog I do for fun is that…I don’t have to. Anyway…I got the job! (And I’ll be back to posting about awards shows soon I’m sure.)

Something I definitely wanted to do – eat cake, drink champagne, and watch Gigi! 

Had I seen this one before?

Only about 100 times as a child. My mom got me the VHS and I loved it, though I don’t think I understood it at all really.

Top 3 observations on this viewing? 

  1. It’s so much more complex and frankly less horrifying than I remembered it. When I was a kid, I mostly just loved the costumes and Leslie Caron’s hilarious, huffing physicality. But as I grew up songs like this:

and the general plot where a man watches a girl grow up and then falls for her, left a general sense of ickiness in my mouth about the whole thing. But, on this rewatch (having noticed that it was based on a novel by Colette) I can see it’s actually a really arch satire of the misogynist culture of infidelity and the “keeping” of mistresses in Parisian culture and there are so many more layers to the relationship than I could have seen as a kid. (Maurice Chevalier’s character is still super creepy and hard to watch – but I see that’s on purpose.)

2. Even as satire though, the flippant, maybe even giddy, response to Gaston’s first “lady love’s” suicide is really fucking hard to watch, especially since there is no reckoning with that particular sin after his last minute (almost literally) revelation that his lifestyle is empty and sad.


Justice for Eva Gabor

3. This movie is still so much fun to watch, and I’m glad I don’t have to feel as queasy recommending it as I thought I did for years. Gather your girls, pour some champagne, enjoy!

What did it beat? Did it deserve to win? 

Auntie Mame – Haven’t seen it, but it feels pretty culturally similar

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Damn. This is a great movie…I mean, Paul and Liz!

Separate Tables – All I know about this is David Niven won Best Actor for it and I won a trivia point once for knowing that.

The Defiant Ones – Sidney Poitier was in this, I think?

I’m clearly not super qualified to make this call, but between the two I’ve seen…I’m still partial to Gigi, Best Picture is an Oscar for production and this is a grand one.

Bechdel Test Pass?

The Bechdel Test site says no, but I think it does. There are four named women, three of whom talk to each other. Gigi’s grandmother and aunts discuss her life (and teach her about jewels). Yes, these conversations often hinge on the idea of a man, but that’s kind of Colette’s point, I think. Patriarchy limits her options, but they are still hers. I give it a pass.


Given my favorite song from this score, I had to make a champagne cake, which was easy and turned out so pretty!

Champagne Cake


  • 1 package two-layer white cake mix
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1 can 16oz pink Funfetti frosting
  • 4 large fresh strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease two layer cake pans (I did one 9in round pan and one slightly smaller disposable pie plate, but you can adjust based on what you have)
  3. Prepare the cake according to instructions on mix, except replace the water called for with an equal amount of champagne (Mix slightly longer than you normally would)
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans, spreading evenly
  5. Bake according to package directions, approx. 30min
  6. Cool in pans for 10 minutes
  7. Remove from pans and let cool completely
  8. While the cakes cool, rinse and slice strawberries for decoration
  9. Place bottom tier cake on serving plate, frost the top
  10. Frost bottom side of top layer
  11. Place upper tier on top of the bottom cake
  12. Frost top of cake, and place strawberries in circular pattern on top of cake

Award Show Round Up: Oscars 2019

You know, the fact that Green Book won Best Picture, was an unpleasant surprise at the end of the night, but let’s not let that leave a bad taste in our mouths. In general, last night’s show was pleasant and fun and there were some wonderful, history making winners.

(For the record, I do not hate Green Book, but it was pretty clearly a strange choice for best movie of the year. But…at least it wasn’t Vice.) Anyway, on to better things.

For the most part I didn’t find the lack of host to be a lack at all. There are few better ways to open anything than this song:

(Also it was fun to watch which stars were really rocking out in the crowd.)

And these ladies did a great job kicking off the awards presentations:

(If we are going to return to hosts next year – not that we need to – these 3 should do that.)

Another good way to start anything: GIVE REGINA KING AN OSCAR!!!!

Everything about the costume awards presentation was epic (especially the historic winner):

Keep the good Black Panther feelings flowing for the Production Design ground breaker:

(Also I saw a tweet last night asking if the director didn’t know where Ryan Coogler was sitting or something? Why were they never cutting to him?)

I’m going to go out of order here, but like, Alfonso Cuaron got to give a lot of speeches last night, and I liked all of them. (I only wish he also got to give the final one, but we can’t everything):

(Also love how much Angela and Javier relished rolling that R.)
“There are no waves there is only the Ocean,” is also a great philosophy for looking at art.

I also LOVE that Guillermo was there to present this to Alfonso, their friendship has always made me really happy and that hug was wonderful.

Mahershela Ali is a class act who I am always happy to see get lauded, but he’s holding Richard’s Oscar:

I didn’t see Buster Scruggs but I liked our little Western moment last night:

This was a fun moment:

But my favorite duo of presenters are these awards dorks:

My first tears of the night:

And then the second:

(Sorry about the captions, the Academy was better about uploading speeches this year, but not performances for some reason…) And yes, I see all your tweets about how their chemistry is incendiary. But to quote Katey Rich, “In this house we respect Irina Shayk!”


The least surprising win of the night (totally deserved of course):

And the most. Look, I love Olivia, I really really do, but what does Glenn have to do? Kill and skin a horse?

(Also – I know his speech wasn’t perfect and he should have thanked Freddie more directly, but I love Rami and I especially love that he and Lucy Boynton are in love and so this speech warmed my heart a lot):

This blog is a Peter Farrelly free zone, so I will not be posting the video of Best Picture. So, let’s move onto fashion. It was a night of a lot of fluffy pink (like a lot) of fluffy pink, but there were a lot of great gowns!

Constance Wu in custom Versace (Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)


Yalitza Aparicio in Rodarte (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Regina King in Oscar de la Renta (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera (Photo Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/LA Times)

Give this woman a fucking Oscar.


Melissa McCarthy in Brandon Maxwell (Photo Credit: Getty/Steve Granitz)


Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli Haute Couture (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Nielson Barnard)


Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton (Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)


Lucy Boynton in Rodarte (Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage)


Danai Gurira in Brock Collection (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Award Show Round Up: BAFTAs 2019

Once again the British Academy scheduled their awards on the same night as the Grammys, so sorry you won’t get a crazy fashion countdown from me. But, there was a lovely, very British, awards night that I enjoyed last night. But, BBC America – why did you start the rebroadcast at 9 this year instead of 8?!?! I need to sleep. And all you were showing before the show was The Godfather, for the 3rd time that day!

OK, rant over, Joanna Lumley’s opening was uncomfortable and the crowd was silent, which was not a great way to start the night, but the first few awards of the night going to the supremely British The Favourite, got us back on track. Regina was somehow not nominated for Best Supporting Actress, but since she wasn’t nominated, I’ll take a win for Rachel:

EE Rising Star speeches are usually bombastic affairs, but Leticia Wright went much more humble, and religious with hers, but I liked her humility:

And really appreciated Andy Serkis and Danai Gurira’s celebration for her later in the show. (Which I can’t find a clip of right now, but trust me it was cute. There was a dance.)

I would have given Best Adapted Screenplay to Barry Jenkins for Beale Street but I like to see Spike Lee win things. And also, liked to see that the good Brits in the Royal Albert Hall didn’t know what to do with the Brooklyn shout out at the end:
Also, I’m pretty sure he photobombed the Duke of Cambridge, which I love.

Bradley Cooper finally got to give a speech! And yes, it was partly, because Gaga was at the Grammy’s, but whatever:

(Sorry this is such bas quality, BAFTA was weirdly selective about what categories they uploaded.)

Mahersehla Ali is a lovely human, but he is holding Richard E. Grant’s award:

Roma won a lot of awards, which meant Alfonso got to give a lot of speeches. My favorite speech was his first for Cinematography, but there is no clip of that on YouTube so here’s his producer being great:

Rami gives a good speech:

Also please note at the beginning of this video 2 things:
1. He and Lucy Boynton are the cutest couple in Hollywood right now.
2. Spike Lee is so pumped for him!

I still haven’t seen The Wife but I was pulling for Gwen, but Olivia Colman was the most delightful winner of the evening:

One of the things I really love about the BAFTAs is the way their Lifetime Achievement Award (“The Fellowship”) is awarded more broadly than to just actors and famous directors. Like, last night they gave it to Scorsese’s editor Thelma Schoonemaker, who is a legend, and it was very cool to see her honored:

(This is a shortened version of her speech. She told a cool story about editing Cate Blanchett in The Aviator but the BAFTA social media team is strange and cut it.)

Best Picture went to Roma which I guess makes it the Oscar front runner, as much as we have one this year, which is great!

It was a relatively hum-drum fashion night (all the fun designers were focused on the Grammy’s I bet), but here were my favorites:


Regina King in Versace (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock)


Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab (Photo Credit: David Fisher/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock)


Olivia Colman in Emilia Wickstead (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (Photo Credit: Getty/Samir Hussein)


Elizabeth Debicki in Armani Privé (Photo Credit: Getty)

Also – she didn’t attend the main show, because she and her boyfriend (and star of like 4 awards season movies) Joe Alwyn don’t walk carpets together, but this picture on her Instagram is too pretty not to share:


Taylor Swift in Stella McCartney (Photo Credit: Instagram)


Music For Your Weekend

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As always if you want to listen to this playlist on Apple Music, you can click here!

Carolina – Harry Styles

Happy Birthday Mr. Styles!

TROUBLE – Parov Stela feat. Nikki Wiliams

Wedding in Finistère – Jens Lekman

Come On-A-My House – Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra feat. Imelda May

Did you know Jeff Goldblum is a jazz pianist? I didn’t until today, when something from his album came up on my “For You” on Apple Music.

Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy

(Just in case you need a cry this weekend…)

Call My Name – I’m With Her

Thunder Road – I’m With Her

Did you know there is a charity album of ukulele covers of Bruce Springsteen songs? Well, now you do.

Carry On With Me – Júníus Meyvant

The Tide – Niall Horan feat. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra

It’s not surprising to anyone who knows me/follows my Instagram and saw the trek my boyfriend and I took last fall to Niall play in deep Jersey, so I was pretty excited to see today that he released a new version of his album Flicker today with the backing of the Irish TV station RTÉ’s in house orchestra. The original album is lovely, but we thought he and his band were much better live than in studio and I think these versions of these songs show a part of why.

Where Do Broken Hearts Go – One Direction 

Since we now have two former members of One Direction on this list, let’s end it with a classic. Have a great weekend!

Award Show Round Up: SAG Awards 2019

This awards season has been insane, we really still don’t have a front runner for Best Picture, which is insane. But, I had a lot of fun with the SAG Awards last night. (Despite Megan Mullallay kind of bombing as host.

The traditional, “I’m an Actor” intro was worth it just for the Geoffrey Owens appearance!

It was a big night for Maisel (as it should be), and Tony fanboying out over Alan Arkin was a delightful way to start the speeches:

Obviously, Regina King should have been nominated for Supporting Actress, but Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are the most adorable couple, maybe ever:

JUSTICE FOR RICHARD E. GRANT (But Mahershela Ali is a class act always):

Patricia Arquette is bonkers and I love her:

Sandra Oh should win all of the things:

This Is Us winning best Drama cast again was a lovely surprise, mostly because we got to see the kids in the cast look adorably happy. (If I may suggest, press cause when Justin Hartley starts talking all he does is make a stupid joke.):

I literally yelled with joy when Rami won best lead. I don’t even love his performance that much (it’s great don’t get me wrong), I was just so excited that Vice didn’t win anything, because awards season does something to my brain:

Calling it now, Glenn Close is going to finally win her Oscar, (and if she doesn’t pretty much anyone else in her category would be cool too):

(Also, I really need to see The Wife.)

Then Black Panther won Best Cast! Because the Best Picture race is wide open!! What a time to be alive! And also, Chadwick gave a very good speech:

It continues to a year full of strange sheer panels and extra sleeves. (Or extra collars? What was that thing on Emily Blunt?) But there were some wonderful standout looks:




Contance Wu in Oscar de la Renta (Photo Credit: MediaBest)


25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet

Margot Robbie in Chanel (Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)


Mandy Moore in Jason Wu (Photo Credit: Getty)





Marin Hinkle (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Melissa McCarthy in Lorane (Photo Credit: Getty/Dimitrios Kambouris)


Susan Kelechi Watson in custom Christian Siriano (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Jane Fonda in Valentino (Photo Credit: Getty/ Mark Ralston)


D’Arcy Carden (Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage)


Music For Your Weekend


I’m still in a mix-making mood! This week’s is pretty mellow over all, but it’s a gray, pre-storm day here in NYC so that feels appropriate somehow. If you want to listen to this mix on Apple Music you can here, and if you want a mix of your very own, let me know! (I can send them on Spotify if that’s your streaming platform of choice.)

Land of the Free – The Killers 

I know it’s cliche (and not always accurate) to say The Killers are trying to be Bruce Springsteen, but this (great) new single, feels very Boss/Pete Seeger to me, in the best and most emotional way. And by that, I mean it makes me cry.

My Mistake – Gabrielle Aplin 

Human – dodie feat. Tom Walker 

Lost – Natalie Prass 

Retrograde – Maggie Rogers 

Her whole album came out today (finally) and it’s great, and instead of finishing this mix you should just go listen to it. (Or I mean, finish my mix then go listen to it, but I’ll be just listening to this on repeat for awhile.)

Dress – Taylor Swift 

(The studio version of this song isn’t available on YouTube, but you can hear it on the Apple Music playlist!)

Cashmere – Rita Ora 

Bedroom Floor – Liam Payne 

(Yeah, it’s short this week, but like, this ending trio of songs occurred to me and then I couldn’t figure out how to transition out, so…you get 8 songs for your weekend!)

Award Show Round Up: Critics Choice Awards 2019

Up front, this isn’t going to be a good recap, since The CW is annoying and doesn’t stream anywhere, I had to follow last night’s awards on a Deadline liveblog. There aren’t even good clips of it on YouTube, they’re all dubbed in Spanish. I miss when this show was on A&E and I could stream it on Sling, and they uploaded YouTube clips overnight. But, enough interesting things happened that I’m going to try and soldier through.

First – Elsie Fisher won Best Young Actor/Actress, which is the only Eighth Grade love so far this season, and it deserves so much more.

Regina won Best Supporting Actress as she deserves:

Then Mahershela Ali won Best Supporting Actor, which is baffling. Like, he’s great, and he’s good in Green Book, but there are spectacular performances in that category (my choice is Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? but Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy would be deserving as well) and this seems like a very weird choice.

I love the #SeeHer Award, and I love Claire Foy:

Also – I want a sampler cross-stitched with “there’s no such thing as just the wife.”

The Critics Choice are always odd, they’re held in an airport hangar, lots of winners don’t show up. The Favourite, won best Ensemble and Best Actress in a Comedy, and none of them were there. But, though that wasn’t my favorite movie, the cast is really great, so that’s a good win I think.

Darren Criss continues to be very charming:

(Sorry this cuts off at a weird point.)

There were TWO TIES!!!! Both with great actresses, and I love sisterhood:

(Also, I still really have to see The Wife.)

“It’s OK, I can still do this with a piano background,” is a pretty great awards moment.

Critics Choice tends to give its comedy awards to actual comedies, and sometimes even romantic ones, so it was fun to see them extend that to Crazy Rich Asians, and the cast had so much fun:

ROMA winning Best Picture is totally deserved, and also makes this year’s Best Picture race feel really wide open. The Globes going totally rogue means we really don’t have a sense of who is going to win going forward and I LOVE that as an awards fan. Also, I know the dubbing on these videos is confusing, but these announcers were so excited for ROMA here and I kind of love that I heard that:

But here’s part of the speech undubbed:

Fashion wise, it seemed like there was an unofficial black and white dress code that didn’t get announced to everyone, which meant for a more subdued fashion night than I would choose, but there were some fun looks:





Lady Gaga in Calvin Klein by Appointment (Photo Credit: Getty)


Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé (Photo Credit: Getty/Frazer Harrison)


Constance Wu in Rodarte (Photo Credit: Getty Images) 


Jameela Jamil in Oscar de la Renta (Photo Credit: Getty/Jon Kopaloff)


Awkwafina in Elizabetta Franchi (Photo Credit: Getty/Frazer Harrison)


Kristen Bell in Cushnie (Photo Credit: Getty/Jon Kopaloff)


Award Show Round Up: Golden Globes 2019

Well the season has officially begun! And, while a lot of the winners were…um…surprising? (Bohemian Rhapsody, Best Drama? Really? We’re going all in Green Book? Really, Green Book? Um, OK… I guess, I mean you’re wrong, but also, OK?)

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg were adorable hosts:

Highlight of this though: Emma Stone screaming her apology for starring as an Asian woman in Aloha.

I haven’t watched A Very English Scandal yet, but I love Ben Whishaw in all of his nervous British energy.

Always love an excuse to talk about the brilliance of Carol Burnett

(The other lifetime achievement award of the night – Jeff Bridges – is also a legend, but his speech went off into the stratosphere so I’m not including it here.

The least surprising (but completely deserved) win of the evening:


(Also, every one go see If Beale Street Could Talk.)

Sandra Oh is a legend, and her parents are so cute!

I love Patricia Clarkson:

I also love Darren Criss:

And I love that the HFPA gave Roma Best Director along with Best Foreign Language Film!

Continuing the list of people I love. The Favourite was not my favorite movie, but she is fantastic in it as she is always in everything:

I guess, I really have to see The Wife:

And, well, there’s no way it was in the best Drama of the year, (it wasn’t even the best musical miscategorized as a drama), but Rami is a beautiful weirdo, and his performance was very good.

And now, fashion! There were a lot of trains and a lot of capes, but also some glitter and some yellow!



Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton (Photo Credit: Getty Images + Todd Williamson/NBC)



Rachel Brosnahan in custom Prada (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Valerie Macon)


Kerri Russell in Monique Lhuillier (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian/NBC)


Regina King in custom Alberta Ferretti (Photo Credit: Dan MacMedan/USA TODAY NETWORK)


Laura Dern in Valentino (Photo Credit: Getty/Steve Granitz)


Claire Foy in Miu Miu (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Frazer Harrison)


Lucy Boynton in Celine (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Nicole Kidman in Michael Kors Collection [& super cute hair bow] (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Frazer Harrison)


2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 13)


Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

I know I said last week that I don’t love this song, but I do really, really love Taylor Swift and so her whole setlist is on the playlist.

Don’t Swallow The Cap – The National


Ryland – I’m With Her

I Could Use a Love Song – Maren Morris

No Children – The Mountain Goats

All These Things I’ve Done – The Killers

I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar – Fleet Foxes

Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves

Holiday – Olivia Chaney

Ready For You – HAIM

As always you can see the whole list (including T. Swift’s whole set) on Apple Music here. And this week’s non-streaming bonus song is:

Life In The Fast Lane – Niall Horan covering The Eagles

2018 Live Highlights Playlist (pt. 12)


Call It What You Want – Taylor Swift

This was the first performance from the Reputation era that I really fell in love with (“Look What You Made Me Do” is not my fave song). So, I’m glad I could find a video, even if it strangely cropped.

Second Wind- Maren Morris

Cheerleader – St. Vincent


Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National 

“I still owe money to the money to the money I owe” is one of my favorite lyrics of all time.

Still Life – I’m With Her 

Kiwi – Harry Styles 

Sinking Sands – Sunflower Bean 

Somebody Told Me – The Killers 

Bad Idea – Katharine McPhee and Eric Bergen 

(Obviously this sounded better in the acoustics of a theater, but I really love the score from this show, and McPhee was SO GOOD in the title role.)

Mirrors – Niall Horan 

Funnily, this means we have the closing encore songs from both of the former members of One Direction I’ve seen play live this year on the list this week.

As always, you can listen to the whole list on Apple Music here. And this week’s not available to stream is:

Sacré Coeur – Niall Connolly