Stars shine early at JW Marriott

         
From left: Fauziah Latiff, Ezlynn and "Best Dressed Celebrity" Camelia

Kuala Lumpur, 26 February 2007

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Classy JW Marriott Hotel had a special "Breakfast with The Stars", comprising of breakfast and a special live telecast of the Oscars, direct from Hollywood.

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Local stars and celebrities descended on JW Marriott Hotel for a special live telecast of the Oscars. Organised together with Astro, "Breakfast with the Stars 2007" celebrates one of the most prestigious events in any social calendar - the 79th Annual Academy Awards.

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The morning began with Malaysia's own version of the Oscar's Red Carpet Show outside JW Marriott Hotel, featuring local celebrities like Dayang Nurfaizah, Ning Baizura, Fauziah Latiff, Anuar Zain, and Vince (Akademi Fantasia), just to name a few. Like their Hollywood counterparts, they were all dressed to the nines. Many took the opportunity to either wear something from their own collection or one that had their own personal touch.

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Some of the more outstanding guests on the red carpet included Fauziah Latiff, who wore a simple but classic black gown, Dayang Nurfaizah in a cheerful blue-green short gown, Aznil Nawawi in a military-style suit, and the boys from Ruffedge, all looking dapper in the suits they had chosen.

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For others, nothing beat classic elegance. Sarimah Ibrahim looked elegant in a black Farah Khan creation, while Amazing Race Asia winners Joe Jer and Zabrina looked fresh and lively in their BCBG gowns. Ning Baizura was a picture of glowing radiance in her yellow Jovian Mandagie gown, while Akademi Fantasia's Vince stood out in a colourful and shiny Wan Huzairil suit.

It was songstress Camelia though, who walked away with the Best Dressed award for the day, appearing innocent and youthful in her gown from Temperly from Tribeca. She walked away with a trip for two to an international awards show, a 3-day stay at the JW Marriott Hotel and RM5,000 worth of Giorgio Armani Cosmetics.


 
   Camellia and Sarimah Ibrahim greeting fans as they made their way on the red carpet

Joining the celebrities were lucky fans invited from Astro, InTrend magazine, Wayang Kita, and Era FM. Many were seen rooting for Babel to win the Best Motion Picture award, but the coveted prize went instead to Martin Scorsese's The Departed. Based on the Chinese blockbuster The Infernal Affairs, it was a surprise winner, netting its director a long-awaited Oscar after nearly 40 years in show business.

 

However, it was not a surprise that former US Vice President Al Gore's environmental An Inconvenient Truth swept away the Best Documentary Feature and the Best Original Score (with Melissa Etheridge’s "I Need to Wake Up"). The documentary speaks about the climate change crisis and urges individuals, communities and organisations to take charge of the environment today.  

 

"People all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis. It's not a political issue. It's a moral issue," Gore appealed, while holding the Oscar during his speech.

 

The issue of climate change is such an urgent and pressing one, it has even influenced the Academy Awards to go green. This was revealed by Blood Diamonds star Leonardo DiCarprio and Al Gore during the awards. Stars turned up to the prestigious event in environmentally friendly limousines, organic foods were served, recycled paper was used and there was even an energy audit done for Kodak Theatre, where the event was held.

 

To promote awareness of this issue in Malaysia, YTL is organising the "Climate Change Week" from 6-9 March 2007. Among the activities planned are free screenings of An Inconvenient Truth [free passes to the screenings have all been snapped up], a "Cut Carbon, Grow Profits" Conference and the launch of the "Cut Carbon, Grow Profits" book. To find out more, log on to www.ytlcommunity.com/climatechange.




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