For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: Dianne Keaton talking out overcoming shyness, the Annie Hall look and her relationship with fashion.
“In high school they voted me the Shyest Girl In School. I was so timid I didn’t go up to get the flowers. I’m not as shy and insecure as I once was. I’ve changed. You have to change, otherwise you just get more walled off, more protective, less able to get out and face the world. Sometimes you’ve just got to go out there.
Like everyone else, I worry if I do too much, or that I’m not fulfilling myself, or that I didn’t do enough. Or that I’m going to die or lose all my friend or I’m going to miss my family. These are ordinary fears everyone has, and I’m filled with them.
I go to bed at night so wound up by fear that I’m going to die or I’m going to lose a loved one. It’s overwhelming. But, basically, the next morning I get up, drink a cup of coffee, and boom!
The truth is I never originated (the Annie Hall) look. When I did Annie Hall there were people in the streets looking just like her. I had not created anything. People actually dressed like that. I wasn’t anything like Madonna. It was a cultural thing, but it wasn’t a phenomenon.
I’ve always been very clothes conscious, but I don’t think I’m qualified to establish a line. A lot of famous people have tried that but, frankly, you’ve got to know what you’re doing.I’m good at selecting clothes, but there’s a big difference between buying what you like and making up the idea. I’m not everyone’s taste. I said to a nasty friend, “Whenever I’m down in the dumps I buy a dress.” She replied, “I wondered where you got them.”
Remember when the style for women was the use of padding in everything? Women had wider shoulders than body-builders. When they came down the street they were scarey. They didn’t take off their clothes. They unpacked.”
Now that the awards season has wrapped let’s look at trends that the red carpet solidified. Gone are the gaffes that made red carpets so fun. Everyone has a stylist – so glamour was the watchword of the day.
For evening gowns four trends dominated. Ladies experimented with color. Blue became the new black. While everyone rocks a hard body, many gowns were not like second skins, rather they emulated the grace of yesteryear. Fitted bodices – either strapless, or with plunging, statement backs, and puddle skirts. Bead work was more in evidence than before, making jewels understated or statement pieces. The tromp d’oeiul of lace over nude underlining seems to have hit its peak and should fade from the carpet -though the man – or should that read woman – in the street is only catching onto the phase.
Hair underwent a major change. The flat ironed hair of three years ago has long given way to beach curls, but this year the curls became more controlled. Hair is fuller on the crown and worn either in a pony to the side, or with a side path swooping across the forehead. Two other trends are: up-do’s or smoothed back into a pony down the back – but still with volume at the crown.
Make-up. The obvious fake lashes that are everywhere on the street are history amongst the fashion leaders. Red lips dominate. Skin is fresh and slightly blushed. Eyes smokey, but softly so.
Despite Ben Affleck‘s good luck beard, Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine growth, and George Clooney’s gray mane, expect men to be more groomed. If there is facial hair it is overnight shadow. Hair is trim on the backs and sides, fuller on top.
Way back in January when the Golden Globes began the award gauntlet, Jessica Alba brought all of the trends together that would be echoed again and again as the season wore on. Here’s to you Jessica – ahead of the curve and flawless.