Since way back in college, the annual award shows were always a great excuse for a party. My friends and I would haul out our formal dresses, brave the frosty Chicago night and travel across the quad to the dorm with the big TV and comfy couches. We’d spend the evening cheering on our favorite films and performers and reviewing the actresses’ hair, makeup and—most importantly!—gowns.
Two decades later, award show season still excites me. I’m a dedicated movie buff, and delight in making my own picks and predictions for the big night. My besties and I get a huge thrill out of gathering in front of the big screen for an evening of glitz, glamour and some friendly competition as we applaud our faves and compare our picks. And, of course, there are still the gowns to critique!