Its only days away, and the Hollywoods elite are no doubt already preparing themselves for this years Oscar congregation in LAs sumptuous Kodak theatre. The Oscars are the glitziest event of the year with the most stunning dresses and elaborate hair and make-up money can buy. Oh, and theres even something for film lovers too!The 79th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday 25th February is when the movie industry presents the highest of cinematic honours the infamous golden Oscar statuette. It is hard to believe a ticket to the first Academy Awards was $5. It is now the hottest ticket of the year, but unless youve been invited you dont stand a chance of getting in.On this special Oscars night, Claudia Winkleman will be the host of the live show for Sky Movies.
A popular English TV presenter and journalist, the 35 year old has appeared on the likes of the Beebs Holiday programme, the National Lottery, the entertainment show Liquid News and The House of Tiny Tearaways.
Shes also a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, The Independent, the Metro and Cosmopolitan magazine.
Claudia lives in London with her husband Kris Thykier and two kids Jake, 3, and Matilda, 1. FemaleFirst were able to have a chat with her whilst she took a break from feeding her baby daughter to ask about Fame Academy, fashion and fishnets.Hows motherhood going at the moment - would you like more children in the future?Its fine. I love it I like juggling. Id like a hundred more if you see my husband can you please ask him. What fashion trends do you think we can expect at this year's Oscars?Oh God! I just think it will be more and more glamorous. I remember like 12 years ago when Cindy Crawford wore a red dress and everybody was like Wow, thats pretty out there. But they seem to better themselves each year and I think that the pressure is on for them to get it right. Whereas 15 or 20 women would get a lot of coverage for their particular dress, now theres only really room for one or two proper stars of the catwalk so the actresses must be terrified. One bad decision like deciding yellow and purple look good together and youll be forever thought of as badly dressed.
The ceremony is to be broadcast in HD for the first time do you think this will be a major extra concern amongst some of the celebs?
High definition is good. It can only be good, particularly for us as viewers because we can see everything. See every little detail. (Laughs) If theres like a thread falling off a dress or, you know, like my favourite clutch bag is so old that it actually doesnt close. They cant get away with stuff like that with HD.
Is there anybody that you feel tends to get quite overlooked by the Oscar panel each year?
I dont think that many people are overlooked. Like Kate Winslet, its about her fifth time for being nominated though. You do sort of think Oh shes not going to win, because probably Helen Mirren will But I still think shes a fantastic actress five times nominated. Shes only about 12 years old and yet still gets such roles. The person who Id love to see get Best Director is Paul Greengrass for United 93. He won a Bafta and thats what Im praying for but I dont think Ill be right.
I also love the film Pans Labyrinth Id like that to win everything that its up for and I really like Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine. I thought she was brilliant.
The Beauty Countdown is on at the moment for the awards. What will you be wearing on the night?
I think Im going to wear a track suit (Laughs) No I wont really. Im going to get properly glammed up. Im not going to try and compete with the gorgeous girls. Maybe a pair of fishnets and a feather coming out of my ear and well be away.
Whats your best piece of fashion advice?
Its never ok to wear a beret!
Oscar style is a double edge sword. Lets be bitchy -which celebrity would you personally like to do an Oscar makeover on?
See I always disagree with people. I think Bjorks swan dress was the best one that anybody has ever worn to the Oscars, but mainly because well never forget. Its better than wearing another f***ing black dress. Im right up there for the Swan. I thought Celine Dions half what did she wear she wore a backwards tuxedo was particularly gruesome. Chers feathered and cashmere costume was all right. Shes very bonkers; shes allowed to wear whatever she wants.
I liked the Cate Blanchett yellow Valentino dress from a few years ago.
Did you ever write to a film/ TV idol when you was a kid tell us about it?
Yeah Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran. I thought he was great. I was a proper Duranie.
Youve been a travel writer for a number of British newspapers for many years which particular place in the world have you found yourself falling for?
Wow, so many. I think India is pretty amazing and I love Costa Rica and Wales. Ill go anywhere, but now that I have nine million children its harder to put them on a plane.
You once said you'd do Playboy for a bag of crisps ..
I would do a lot of things for a packet of crisps, honestly but since the nine million children nobody wants to see me naked.
What would be your recommendations for getting into the Oscar spirit?
Oh a glass of champagne, toasted cheese sandwiches and wearing very uncomfortable shoes. Thatll do it.
There are plenty of showbiz parties after the awards. When was the last time that you were so drunk, you threw up?
Not for a long time and I hate throwing up! After my finals, probably.
Whats the most outrageous thing that youve ever seen at a bash?
Jeez Louise! I dont go to enough of them. Chris Eubank eating a Terrys chocolate orange. Cmon Claudia, spill some gossip. No Seriously, Chris Eubank eating a Terrys chocolate orange. (She Laughs)
I believe you once told people youd played cricket with the Iron Lady herself Maggie Thatcher - and then confessed to a journalist that you had made it all up and were a compulsive liar .
Yes I just made that up. I make everything up (Laughs)
Its just been announced that youre going to be the new host for Comic Relief does Fame Academy this year how are you feeling about that? Are you nervous about taking over from Cat Deeley at all?
No, Im looking forward to it I cant wait. Its for charity, and Im beside myself Im so excited. I love Paddy and its such a good format.
Patrick Kielty tends to clash with one of the judges Richard Park. Can we expect fireworks again this time round?
Oh yes I love that. Its real, you know, its not made-up. Its not panto, which is fantastic.
Who do you think will surprise viewers in the Celeb talent contest and prove to be a bit of a dark horse? Names that have been mentioned include Shaun Williamson, Linda Robson and Tara Palmer Tompkinson.
Oh, no Im not even allowed to say any of the names of anybody who's going in. Otherwise Im gunned down! If I had to stay in the Academy I would choose to stay with Nigella Lawson then she could tell me how to cook.
What Karaoke classic always gets you up singing?
Oh shit. Anything by the Spice Girls.
You present Strictly Come Dancings sister show It Takes Two. What do you think about the last series with the benefit of hindsight should Mark Ramprakash have won it?
Its so not up to me but yeah, I thought he was a very worthy winner. His dancing was pretty brilliant.
I will be coming back for Strictly at the end of the year. Great I love it although I cant dance.
Youve been an interviewer for years, particularly when you were the presenter of the BBCs Liquid News is there anybody that has ever been offended by your questions?
Nobody apart from the pop group S Club 7 who walked off. That was just my fault because I asked them a cheeky question. Not that I know Im sure some of them leave and go, God she was a nightmare. But to my face theyve always been smiley.
Do you like being interviewed?
No I dont maybe because I think Ive got nothing interesting to say.
Both your parents were journalists as well have you ever felt pressurized to follow in their footsteps?
No I havent, but Ive always been interested in newspapers and journalists. I love writing my column. But I dont think Ive ever felt pressurized.
Going from one all the way up to ten how big of a luvvie are you?
Oh two, I hope. No I try not to do that oh darling stuff.
Looking at current news what do you think about Britney Spears at the moment shes splashed all over the tabloids?
I think Britney needs a cuddle.
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