Here's a comforting thought: There's very little chance you will do anything as high key cringeworthy as what Warren Beatty did last night at the Oscars.
Unless you were planning on announcing the wrong winner for Best Picture, too?
The moment—immediately pounced upon as #OscarGate—still seems a bit surreal. At the time, while still on stage, Warren explained that he opened up the envelope to find a card that read "Emma Stone, Lalaland". Beatty, clearly feeling something was wrong, can be seen checking in the envelope for another card, before consulting co-presenter Faye Dunaway, who just went for it and announced: "Lala Land!".
Cue everyone in that case rushing the stage, celebrating, and then a man coming up to the microphone saying: "Moonlight has won best picture. This is not a joke."
In the hours that followed, we're getting further details on how something like that happened. According to PWC, the accounting firm that handles the maintenance of the secrecy of the winners, released a statement that basically said: We messed up, he was given the wrong envelope, and we're launching an investigation to see how that happened.
And while, yes, thinking you won best picture and then having it taken from you literally while you're accepting the award sucks, LaLaland did have an otherwise succesful night: Emma Stone won best actress and Damien Chazell became the youngest best director winner at 32.
There's a dramatic moment around the middle of Rosamund Pike's new film, A United Kingdom: Pike, playing a British woman who falls in love with an African king (based on a true story!), faints in the middle of a dusty road, collapsing after driving through the heat while heavily pregnant. Her husband, thanks to the machinations of a racist government determined to end their interracial union, is stranded on the other side of the world, and she's about to give birth to their first child, while knowing she might never see her man again. Suffice to say: It's a tense, emotional scene in a movie that's not lacking in heart-wrenching, gut-punching moments.
But when Rosamund lets us in on a little secret about how that scene was filmed, well...it certainly changes how you'll re-watch it.
"I had to fall down," explains Pike, over the phone from her London home. "We were in a terrible rush, and there weren't any knee pads or elbow protectors. Since nobody else was coming up with anything else, my dresser and I came up with the best possible use for panty liners with wings—I put them all over my body! I finally understand their purpose."
Here are four other surprising things we learned from the 38 year old actress about her new film, in theatres today.
Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams, a real life Londoner who married the King of Botswana (David Oyelowo).
1. They shot in the exact house that the real life couple the movie is based on lived in
"We shot on location in Botswana, and we used the first house they lived in. The feeling inside there is pretty powerful. There was something magical in there. It gave me goosebumps at the time. It's rare that something like that happens, but it's great when it does."
2. Towards the end of the film, Rosamund's character steps out of her house to find the women of her husband's kingdom singing for her. Turns out, that was entirely spontaneous:
"When I came out of the house and they were singing like that, it was the most mind-blowing thing that happened to me on set. I just dropped because they were not asked to sing that song, and yet they were caught up in the moment enough to be playing the moment for real, singing that song about how the king's wife is bright like the morning star."
3. She finally got to work with long-time pal David Oyelowo, who plays her husband
"His laugh is the best thing. It's the most generous, big-hearted, sexy thing. I mean, it’s amazing. We’ve been friends for some time and I never knew we’d have this magical chemistry. I mean we could both play the part, but I didn’t know we’d find something so magical, which I think comes from our passion for the project."
4. Rosamund took away a very valuable personal lesson from making A United Kingdom
"Just being around the director Amma Asante and David, they’re both political, they’re both passionate about the place of people of colour in the film industry and just being around that dialogue all the time was very inspiring to me."
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And more things we learned about the charming star of Before I Fall.
Zoey Deutch is surprisingly perky for someone who is in the middle of a gruelling Toronto press day for her new movie, Before I Fall, (in theatres March 3) But, as I quickly learn during our phone convo, that’s her default setting.
She’s kind and complimentary (she loves Toronto, loves the warm weather streak we've been having, loves ELLE Canada, etc.) and hilarious (we’re on speaker phone and there's a bunch of people in the room with her whom I can hear stifling their giggles.)
In fact, the actress – whose mom is Back to the Future star Lea Thompson and dad is Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch – seems totally unlike her Before I Fall character Sam. Quick Before I Fall plot synopsis: Sam is a popular girl-type who dies in a car crash and is forced to live her last day over and over. Think Groundhog Day with an existential crisis and with really chic chunky knits and tuques.
Image by: Elevation Pictures
Here are five more things we learned about Deutch during our chat.
She loves Drake “Normally I am, generally speaking, a conservatively dressed human, but I was scantily clad my first day in Toronto in the hopes that I would run into Drake in the lobby of my hotel. The address of my hotel is….. [Laughs]
She is super self-deprecating “What is one word I'd use to describe myself in high school? Hormonal. You were experiencing so many different things at times, and it was so emotional and so difficult to navigate.”
She's PUMPED to be surrounded by so many talented women “The movie is based on a book written by a woman (Lauren Oliver). A woman wrote the screenplay (Maria Maggenti); the director, Ry Russo-Young, is a woman and the movie is about relationships between women!”
She gets life – and she’s only 22 “I feel like it would be impossible for me to have had the opportunity to play this great part and be a part of the story without doing a lot of self-reflection. It just reminded me to not take things for granted and to continue to appreciate my family. You can never say I love you too many times to your mom and dad. Also, to actually appreciate routine and understand the privilege [like my character has] of being able to wake up every day with a roof over your head and a mother that loves you and a toothbrush and a breakfast. There is something to be said about the privilege of routine. Taking nothing for granted."
Watch the Before I Fall trailer here:
Ruth Negga's doll like features are a makeup artist's dream.
If you're a celebrity, the day before the Oscars likely includes the following:
1. Hydrating facial with plenty of massage to help deport clogged pores and get those cheekbones poppin'.
2. Your workout of choice, whether it's muscle-lengthening Pilates or a cardio session that will get you in the acceptance speech zone (will also help with loser face prep).
3. A spray tan.
4. A brow tint/wax.
5. Eyelash extension application, if you're going that route.
6. A good blow out. Most hair stylists love second day hair (more on that later) to help add some grit to an updo that will land at the top of a best beauty slideshow in the next day.
But what about the day of? Celebrities book time with their go-to hair and makeup people, but a lot of that happens early on in the day. Hours later, when they're exiting the 'stretch and about to stomp the red carpet...those people who got them "red carpet ready" are back in the hotel suites where they prepped said celebs, hopefully a glass or two deep and ready to watch the big show. So what's a celebrity to do? Here, our fave tips from the image makers who prep and prime the celebs.
"I don’t get to go with them to the red carpet. I have to trust the universe. I send them off with concealer, lipstick, Q-Tips and sometimes one of those tiny little Beautyblender sponges with a little bit of foundation on it [wrapped] inside a tissue. But that's only if there’s space for that — sometimes there isn’t. I send Q-Tips because they are the perfect little fix-it for something around the lips if things are moving, or to clean-up any fall out from eyeliner or mascara. It's just the best way not to disturb the rest of the makeup. And I definitely use a primer. I used the new NARS primer, and it gives a beautiful base — it has this satiny finish, it’s an airy feel. That’s usually what I do on days like today when I know that makeup needs to last for hours. — Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, who works with Emma Stone and Michelle Dockery
"Nicole Kidman wore my new Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask (launching next month in Canada) before she had her makeup done for the Golden Globes and obviously she looked amazing, I mean her skin was like wild and then you put that on and it was even more glossy and luminous and amazing and dewy and incredible. — Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who has also worked with Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss and Jennifer Lopez.
"Clean hair has no guts—it really doesn't. It doesn't hold a wave, it doesn't hold a curl. Even if I'm doing an updo, I even spray dry shampoo on my hair pins with Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo. It powder and starch in the formula gets in there and creates a good kind of friction so it won't slip out. Every single bobby pin has to count. When I do an updo on Mary-Kate Olsen, she wants an updo that doesn't require more than five bobby pins. And it drove me crazy that she said five because the biggest rule is, hair pins always have to be in an even number, you can do 1, 3 or 5 you have to do 2, 4 or 6! If you cross them to really really hold, so that's when I was like ok… I tried spraying hairspray on the hairpins first but its so wet that it really will slip out of get or get that awful texture." — Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, who has worked with Jennifer Lawrence and Hailee Steinfeld.
"Before leaving for the show, take a picture with your phone with the flash on—that will help give you an idea of how the makeup will react on the red carpet. To keep lips impeccable and to minimize the touch up, use an ultra-long wear lasting lipstick as Chanel Rouge Double Intensity. The flash from all the cameras on the red carpet makes the glue from the false lashes very visible. To conceal that, I apply a matte black liner (try Chanel Calligraphie de Chanel Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner) on top of the false lash strips to eliminate the undesirable shine reflection. In your bag, you'll need to bring Q-tips and blotting papers. — Chanel makeup artist Julie Cusson, who has worked with celebrities such as Jessica Paré and Isabelle Huppert.
"Prescribe to your biggest issue, and pick a shampoo and conditioner based on that. It will make styling so much easier. And deep condition! People are so lazy and don't want to do masks that take ten minutes in the shower. I tell them to put John Frieda Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner (launching soon in Canada) in their hair and go to sleep with it. Or do it on while you do chores. But do it, because it makes such a difference when you get down to styling." — Hairstylist Harry Josh, who works with Olivia Wilde and Gisele Bunchen.
"Dry shampoo can be used to prevent flatness and stickiness. I spray it into an actresses' hands and have her pat her open palms along the back of her neck. If she's wearing her hair down, dry shampoo like Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo will prevent the hair from sticking to her neck. I've also used it on men underneath their tuxes, right down the middle of their back where they really feel the heat. This keeps the area dry. I did it with David Beckham."—Peter Gray, hairstylist who has worked with Kate Bosworth and Cate Blanchett.