I was encouraged that there was more individuality (though it sometimes led the ladies astray). Not as much flashy vulgarity as we’ve come to expect, not as many actresses who could be mistaken for sucessful ladies of the evening. I liked the fact that messy hair finally seems passe. Kate Winslet’s gown I found matronly, Marisa Tomei’s quite overwhelming. Sarah Jessica Parker seems to think she’s a Barbie Doll. Ms. Streep looked elegant, age appropriate and lovely … unlike Sophia Loren who looked like a caricature of herself. By and large, I believe that the entire Red Carpet parade is looking out of synch with a nation in economic trouble…I kept thinking about Marie Antoinette … and look what happened to her!