American Beauty star Thora Birch, who attended last year's ceremony, says, "It's a ritual, all right; the length it takes to prepare for the Oscars is extending every year. Like, two weeks before the Oscars, all the dresses are gone already. It's like, 'Hello, people! We've got two weeks!' I think there's a little more frenzy than the show is due, but you know what? It's fun."
Sela Ward, who's a regular at awards shows thanks to her hit show, Once and Again, says, "Everyone's so obsessed with fashion these days, it's an ordeal to just go out, I'll tell you. It's a lot of work getting dressed to go to these things. But it's fun and it's an exciting time around the Oscars; there's so many events happening, and it's part of the old Hollywood that's gone."
Concentrate on Acting, Not the Clothes Author Jackie Collins says, "I think it's so hilarious that the whole Oscars has become like a fashion show; they should be concentrating on their acting and not on their clothes. And all these woman are so thin that it's like they turn sideways and you don't see them anymore. I think it's a very bad example for all the girls across America. I think they should be able to see the acting performances and not the clothes. It's not a fashion show, but it's turned into that, and that's kind of a shame."
Model Cindy Crawford, who wore a black lacy Roberto Cavalli dress to the tribute benefit, didn't agree that there's too much fashion in Hollywood, lamenting, "Los Angeles is not the fashion capital. New York is."