From Russell Brand’s Date to Natalie Portman’s Bump: Moms Rule at The Oscars!
Awards were accepted and dresses were drooled over, but the real stars of the Acadamy Awards were moms everywhere.
-April Daniels Hussar
The 83rd Academy Awards show was quite an … interesting evening, no? There were boring bits, funny bits, and rather odd bits (what was with the kid’s choir at the end?), but one theme stayed true the whole night: Motherhood.
Yes, whether intentional or not (and I think not) the night ended up being a rather sweet homage to moms. Here are the top 5 mommy Oscars moments from Sunday night:
1. Russell Brand, perhaps not to be outdone by wife Katy Perry who brought her Grandma to the Grammys, escorted his beautiful mom to the Oscars. Check out this fab red carpet interview below. Russell introduces “my mum Babs, perhaps the most beautiful woman in my life in addition to my beautiful wife.” Aww! Russell is hilarious as usual in the rest of the video, but a super sweet moment comes about halfway through when Billy Bush asks Babs if she ever had a moment where doubted Russell would “make it.” She just shakes her head and says, “Never. I always believed in him.”
Spoken like a true mama.
2. Anne Hathaway and James Franco’s opening monologue included Anne’s mom and James’ grandma (in some of the cutest moments of the show, alas). From the audience, Anne’s mom told her to stand up straight … and then as part of the same bit, James Franco’s grandma reminded us all how hot “Marky Mark” is. Thanks, James Franco’s grandma!
3. Penelope Cruz proved she is not a regular mortal, as I have long suspected, by showing up with the most kick-ass “post baby body” ever. Didn’t she have that kid like a week ago?
4. During her acceptance speech for Best Actress, Natalie Portman (Black Swan) thanked her “love” Benjamin for giving her her “most important role ever,” as she gestured to her pregnant tummy. Pretty major for a woman holding a gold statue actresses everywhere would kill to have. (By the way did anyone else notice how Benjamin escorted Natalie up the stage stairs? Such a gentleman.)
5. Best Director winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) not only brought his mom as his date (swoon!), but thanked her in one of the sweetest, most sincere acceptance speeches ever. The expression on Hooper’s face as he told the story of how his mom discovered a play called “The King’s Speech” and then called her son to say, “I’ve found your next movie” absolutely killed me. What a lovely homage he paid her. He ended by telling us all, “The moral of the story is, listen to your mother!”
Good advice, Tom!
April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s Executive Editor and, yes, a mom.