Backstage at the Oscars

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The lead up to this year’s Oscars may have been shrouded in controversy (Kevin Hart dropping out as host because of homophobic tweets and the Academy reversing their decision to hand out awards in commercial breaks), but the biggest night in movies still delivered some standout and historic moments. All eyes were on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper during their intimate performance of their Oscar winning song Shallow, Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter made history becoming the first African-American women to win Oscars in their categories (Production Design & Costume Design for Black Panther), Mahershala Ali is now the first African-American actor to have won two Best Supporting Actor trophies, and Billy Porter turned heads when he stepped onto the red carpet in a tuxedo gown.

There were also plenty of moments that happened backstage that you didn’t see on TV.

After winning for Best Original Song Lady Gaga got emotional with her co-writers Mark Ronson and Anthony Rossomando.

Best Supporting Actress winner Regina King couldn’t contain her excitement posing in the Oscars backstage portrait studio.

Rami Malek also hit the portrait studio after taking home the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

J.Lo (who looked like a stunning human disco ball in Tom Ford) checked herself out in the mirror before heading to the stage.

When it came to Julia’s bump-in with Paul Rudd, the hashtag says it all…

Former Game of Thrones co-stars Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke shared a sweet squeeze!

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah caught this candid moment of Spike Lee preparing some notes in case he had to accept an award. Spike ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film BlacKkKlansman.

Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina couldn’t believe they presented at the Oscars.

Jennifer Hudson was left pretty much speechless while meeting Bette Midler for the first time.

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And Melissa McCarthy spoofed the bunny loving Queen from the nominated film The Favourite, and really got into character.

Office Chatter: Award-Worthy Fashion

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The fashion at the Oscars did not disappoint last night and the office was buzzing this morning… Here are some of our top picks for award-worthy looks from last night’s show!


Chris – Amy Adams
“Classic Old Hollywood glam and the perfect dress type to flaunt her flawless figure!”


Carly – Jennifer Aniston
“Go bold or go home! Valentino was the designer of the night, and Jennifer looks red hot in this number.”

Leah – Jennifer Aniston
“The colour and shape of the gown was FAB and when doesn’t she look amazing??”


Hayley – Naomi Watts
“She shimmered down the red carpet in a beautiful Armani Prive gown. The stylish and shimmery dress was perfect for the occasion and the fit showed off her incredible body! I also loved the interesting and modern should cut – so chic!”


Micah – George Clooney
“Because it’s George Clooney and normally I’m not a fan of facial hair but I will make an exception this one time, he looked like a total silver fox!”


Ania – Jennifer Garner
“The dress seemed simple at first glance but it had a dramatic ruffle all down the back, the colour was unique and it suited her perfectly.”


Destiny – Quenzhane Wallis
“Being the youngest person at the show, she walked the carpet in confidence and looked adorable in her blue gown. Not trying to be too grown up, pairing off the ensemble with a puppy purse was the icing on the cake.”


Lara – Zoe Saldana
Simply: “Her taste is always impeccable. Always.”

Jessica – Zoe Saldana
“Classy but not too safe.”


Lauren – Jennifer Lawrence
“Loved the simple draped necklace down her back. She didn’t overdo it, but she was gorgeous.”


Kristin – Jessica Chastain
“The colour was perfect for her skin tone and hair! One of the first to walk the carpet and she started the show off on the right note!”


NKPR’s Top 10 Favourite Films

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Looking forward to the Oscars? So are we! In the spirit of Hollywood’s biggest night, NKPR is counting down our staff’s Top 10 favourite films of all-time!

 10) Pretty Woman

Let’s be honest, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts were a match made in early 90s romantic comedy heaven. (Remember Runaway Bride?) And besides who doesn’t enjoy a good rags to riches and romance story?


9) Coming to America

Eddie Murphy stars as an African prince who comes to the United States in hopes of finding a woman he can marry in this hilarious comedy.  Murphy and Arsenio Hall (at the height of his career) both play multiple characters without resorting to a fat suit for laughs.


8 ) Elizabethtown

Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst star in this unexpected romance directed by Cameron Crowe. Need we say more?


7) Anchorman

Will Ferrell is hilarious as news anchor Ron Burgundy! We could watch it every day and  would laugh every time!


6) Once Upon A Time in America

Got to represent the men in the office! Though some might be put off by its length (229 min of graphic violence), Once Upon a Time in America is also a cinematic masterpiece. The acting, the re-creation of the time period, the cinematography, and the music are all outstanding!


5) Roman Holiday

A classic! One of Audrey Hepburn’s first starring roles as a sheltered princess falling in love in Rome!


4) Gladiator

The perfect movie for a history and movie buff!  We love its stirring action and a tough but honourable Russell Crowe!


3) The Departed

Martini Scorsese’s first Oscar win for Best Director! (He’s nominated again this year for Hugo) We love the twists and turns that always keep us guessing. Not to mention Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg all in one film!


2) Clueless

Funny, smart, witty and Paul Rudd at his peak! Besides, what girl wasn’t envious of Cher’s electronic closet?!


1)   Love Actually

The only film to truly master the intertwining story format! Love Actually is everything you want from a film, heartwarming, heartbreaking with an incredibly satisfying conclusion! A must-watch during the holidays!

 What’s your favourite film of all-time? Tweet us @natashankpr!