Stars caught in the high-definition headlight at the Oscars 23 February 2007 It’s the Oscars as you’ve never seen them before. British TV viewers will be able to see Hollywood stars – warts and all – as the ceremony is broadcast in high definition for the first time. Experts say the technology is particularly adept at revealing which celebs’ beauty isn’t entirely natural.”Lack of sleep or dehydration will strongly impact the look of the skin and the challenge set upon make-up,” said Deborah Paulmann, an Emmy Award-nominated make-up artist. However, there is also a flaw for viewers – they need a compatible TV and satellite or cable service to see high definition pictures, which are four times clearer than a standard TV.
Hilary Perchard of Sky HD, which is showing the event, said: “You can see every blemish-and spot. “One thing we’ve noticed from our sports coverage is that sweat shows up, so it will be intriguing to see how nominees cope with the stress of the ceremony. “Celebs spend a lot more time in the make-up room when they are being filmed in HD.” Sky’s make-up artists have helped develop a new airbrushing technique for HD, which ensures make-up is applied across the entire face.
Hollywood expert Philip Swann said: “High-definition TV can be cruel. The picture is so clear you can detect even the hint of a new wrinkle forming.
“But celebrities who are naturally beautiful in real life look even better in ultra-real HD. Their skin, hair and smile take on an extra radiance.”
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