>> The red carpet is only half the style story on Oscar night; from the Vanity Fair party to the Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party, the evening is so jam-packed with events that the potential for chicness is nearly endless. This year, the parties saw everyone from models (Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio) to designers (Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera) to muses (Sofia Coppola, Claire Danes, Dita Von Teese) — and the ensembles on display were just as gorgeous as those of the main event. Click through to see some of the best looks from the evening — with more added as they come in — right here.
>>The biggest red carpet moment of the season has finally arrived — and with it comes some of the most memorable looks of the year. Among the evening's greatest hits? Jessica Chastain's gilt-embroidered Alexander McQueen, Gwyneth Paltrow's cape-endowed white Tom Ford, and Rooney Mara's ivory Givenchy Couture — which she said she picked out the morning before. See those — plus more of the chicest looks of the night — right here, in our 2012 Oscars best dressed slideshow.
The Academy Awards are just a couple days away, and this week on The Buzz we're taking a look at the underdogs of this year's race! Will Brad Pitt pull off an upset? Could The Help take best picture against front-runners The Artist and The Descendants? BuzzSugar's Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal and PopSugar's Molly Goodson are breaking it down for you. Take a look, and then tell us which award season dark horses you'd like to see win come Oscar night!
From George Clooney vs. Jean Dujardin to Meryl Streep vs. Viola Davis, there are plenty of heavy hitters going head to head at this year's Academy Awards. In this episode of The Buzz, BuzzSugar editors Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal welcome PopSugar editor Molly Goodson to the show to declare who they think will take home a win at the Oscars.
Wolfgang Puck's menu at the annual Oscars Governors Ball is legendary, and with good reason. The chef has not only developed some classic favorites over the 18 years he's been creating the cuisine for the official Academy Awards afterparty, but each year he also finds a way to outdo himself. This time, it's with a 3D dessert that will be served with 3D glasses!
We chatted with Wolfgang yesterday at a preview of the celebration, where he filled us in on some celebrity favorites — Tom Cruise loves his steak dish and Barbra Streisand's a fan of his chicken pot pie — and gave us a preview of the more than 50 dishes he'll be serving up to the 1,500 guests on Feb. 26. We also got the recipe for the signature cocktail at this year's event, Moët & Chandon's Red Carpet Glamour. Check out our gallery for even more inside scoop on the drinks and dishes from the Governors Ball.
The Oscars' best picture category has been a work in progress, as the past two shows have seen 10 nominees for the award, but next year we'll have somewhere between five and 10 movies competing for the title. Here's how it works: when Academy voters fill out their ballots, a film will have to have at least 5 percent first-place votes in order to vie for the crown. What this means is that only the cream of the crop will make the final cut rather than throwing away extra nods simply to fulfill the 10-picture requirement.
I'm definitely on board with this development; really, not much will change (with 10 contenders we can usually spot at least three movies that have no chance), and I'm excited about the added element of suspense, since we won't know how many films are up for the category until the nominees are announced. Are you intrigued by the new process, or do you wish the Academy would just stick to a hard-and-fast rule?