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Helena Bonham Carter–Oscar nominee–won’t be wearing the usual designer dress tonight at the Academy Awards. No Prada, Armani, Dior, Gucci for her. HBC, who is an original herself, will be wearing a costume designed by Oscar winner and nominee tonight Colleen Atwood. Atwood does all of Tim Burton’s costumes for his films. What will it be like? I asked Helena. Colorful? “Widow’s weeds,” she told me at Harvey Weinstein’s SoHo House party last night. We were sitting in a booth with Tim, HBC’s mum, and our pal Melody Korenbrot. Helena said: “This whole thing has become about the fashion industry. I want to bring back to movies.” And this wasn’t even her original plan. HBC wanted to wear “a flag–the British flag and it drapes around. But everyone said it was too much!” She laughed. “I may wear it to the after parties. It would be a shame to waste it.” Yes, it would!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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