Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oscar Awards Wrap; Oprah: "Obama Didn't Start It"

Troublemaker! (image via nysocialdiary)

How convenient is it that Maureen Dowd's most Hollywood sycophantic op-ed came on the cusp of the Academy Awards. We won't entertain the possibility that she shrewdly timed the ensuing kefluffle so as to be the center of conversation. We simply won't. We'll report you decide. From our favorite superhero gossip duo Rush and Molloy:

"Rose McGowan was overheard dissing Marilyn Manson's ex Dita von Teese in the ladies' room; news dudes Anderson Cooper and John Gregory hung with Tom Ford and his partner, Richard Buckley; Maureen Dowd matched wits with Sacha Baron Cohen and his girlfriend, Isla Fisher; and Oprah Winfrey's court included Forest and Keisha Whitaker, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs, Donna Karan, Gayle King and Quincy Jones. (Oprah told us her favorite candidate, Barack Obama, shouldn't be blamed for fellow VF reveler David Geffen's anti-Hilllary rant to Ms. Dowd: 'Barack didn't start it.')"

That Eddie Murphy, whose pre-adolescent obsession with insulting the overweight acted like an ass shouldn't surprise anyone -- he's been doing that for decades. From those intrepid Page Sixxies:

"Eddie Murphy acted like a sore loser when he didn't get the Best Supporting Actor prize for 'Dreamgirls,' our spies said. Murphy left his seat at the Kodak Theatre and ditched the gala. He also didn't bother showing at any of the Oscar parties. 'He was furious and just went home,' a source said.

"His co-star, Jennifer Hudson, did win big - but lost big, too, because of the much ridiculed metallic bolero Andre Leon Talley made her put on. (Post fashion editor Serena French said it made her look 'lost in space.') 'Jennifer was kind of sponsored by Talley and Vogue,' said one fashionista. 'Andre insisted she wear that hideous Oscar de la Renta dress with the awful, awful gold python bolero.

"'Jennifer really didn't want to, and so [noted stylist] Jessica Paster got her a beautiful gold Roberto Cavalli custom-made. But when Andre found out, he went ballistic. Moments before she left for the show, there was a power struggle and Jennifer ended up putting his outfit on.'"

Hmm. We rather like Andre, but we cannot fail to not the TomFordish stench of "Jinx" emanating from the usually dead-on The Vogue editor. First there was the "... Because Mariah needed guidance" episode, in which Talley "guided" Mariah from cultural relevance into the ghetto of relative obsolescence (Exaggerated cough suggesting feigned detachment). Cool points, though, for getting Mariah to eschew the "poom-poom shorts." That was a-okay in our book.

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