Oh, yeah, the Academy Awards were handed out Sunday night. That most glamorous of awards shows! Hollywood’s biggest night! Or whatever hyperbolic term you may apply to it (with or without an exclamation point).
It’s been two days since the Oscars ceremony, so I’m sure all of you have had the chance to digest what went down. The biggest news of the night was Moonlight winning Best Picture, literally taking the gold statuette from the hands of La La Land. Since I’m an early-to-rise type of person, I turned in early Sunday night not realizing what happened. And when I checked out my Twitter feed Monday morning, I thought folks were joking when tweeting/discussing/whatever about that envelope snafu because… well, it’s Twitter.
But then I went to a source much more reputable than the Twitterverse and discovered… wow, the Twitterverse wasn’t kidding. And that’s when I inserted my own joke about PricewaterhouseCoopers beging taken over by Dewey, Cheatem & Howe:
All joking a salad, it’s an incredible honor for Moonlight, which became the first LGBT-themed motion picture and the fist motion picture with an all African-American cast to take home Best Picture, so put any envelope snafus aside and appreciate the film for the work of art it is. It’s a shame, though, that not as many people saw the moment compared to last year. Oh, sure, the Oscars will always be a huge TV draw. And, sure, it came at the end of a very long night (as Oscar Night always is). But it’s sad to see this statistic that the year-to-year decline in Oscar telecast viewers could be attributed to a certain audience segment that also likes to watch a certain TV news channel that deserves to go nameless here, all because they don’t like politics with their Oscar Night. Yeah, I understand politics on Oscar Night can be a big bugaboo no matter what side of the political aisle you’re on; still, though, the least the viewer could do is put their own politics aside for a few hours and tune in, for you never know what you’ll see. (Yes, having to turn in early can be a valid viewer excuse, but still…)
Putting aside thoughts of who won what and who said what, Oscar Night is always known for… you guessed it! Red carpet fashion! (I’m sure the title of this post helped you, now didn’t it?) After watching a little bit of the red carpet and seeing a lot of the Monday morning photos, I’ll devote the rest of this post to some noteworthy Oscar Night ouftits that caught my eye. I’ll go in no particular order, starting with the Best Actress winner, Emma Stone. The picture you see at right of Emma in this incredible gown probably doesn’t do the dress justice; it’s an amazing design. W magazine (who I must credit as the photo source) described the dress this way: “The elaborate design features nude lace embroidered with a gold beaded fishnet detail and three-dimensional Swarovski crystals that dissolves into ombré, ivory-and-bronze fringe with coordinating bronze sandals. It’s practically Oscar-worthy in itself.”
One of the aspects of Emma’s dress that caught my eye were the cascading effect of the fringes that made up its lower half; the waves of golden/ivory shades are dramatic. Note, too, how beautiful Emma is just standing in that dress; her hair and skin are on point, and her poise is just as elegant as what she’s wearing. W is right in describing the dress as Oscar-worthy; it’s easy to see why Emma made several of the “best dressed” lists the day after the Oscars.
Next is the dress worn by Taraji P. Henson. I will go ahead and say the first word out of my mouth upon seeing it Sunday evening: Wowzer!
Midnight blue fabric? Check.
Off-the-shoulder design? Check.
A little bit of leg? Yep.
Cleavage? Oh, yeah.
And let’s not fail to notice that beautiful diamond necklace that nicely accentuates said cleavage.
I hate to do some comparisons, but in this instance, I must make one: Unlike, say, Emma Stone’s dress, Taraji’s outfit doesn’t have any lace patterns or beaded fringes. Really, it doesn’t have all that busy of a look. Still, it gets a lot of mileage through the basic principle of “less is more.” From the top of the off-shoulders to the end of that train, Taraji’s dress certainly had heads turning and cameras snapping.
The train on Taraji P. Henson’s dress may not seem like big shakes to the layperson, but here are a couple of more dresses with a longer rain. Ruth Negga’s dress on the left is a nice piece of lace turtleneck, dramatic flow, matching red shoes (you can’t see them there, but Harper’s Bazaar confirms it). Note, too, how Ruth’s blue ACLU support ribbon (a common sight on Sunday night) stands out in the blue-on-red contrast. Kirsten Dunst’s black dress on the right looks so very dramatic in how the skirt not only trails in back but also seems to expand on the front and sides. Oh, and it’s a strapless design, which is always dramatic in itself.
Two more attention-getters from Oscar Night: I am in awe of Jennifer Anniston’s gown on the left. The black sequin design looks so electric and shimmers so divinely. And, yeah, she’s showing a lot of leg, going all the way to the hip bone (talk about dramatic). I’m also struck by the design of Brie Larson’s velvet gown, and not just the V-neck line that seems to go just past her chest line. Look at the lovely ruffles and flourishes that creates her hemline and train. Note, too, the curly bow right on the center of her waist. Brie’s gown is playful in its sheer elegance.
Okay, three more honorable mentions from Vanity Fair‘s after-party (photo source here) that shouldn’t go unnoticed: I guess I’m not the only one with a kick for color block dresses; Nicola Peltz and her two-tone dress (left) is evidence of that. It’s not a Bisou Bisou dress from JCPenney, but it still creates a statement. Jennifer Anniston wasn’t the only one in shimmery black, as evidenced by the Michael Kors design worn by Priyanka Chopra (center); she tops it off with the perfect accessory for any outfit — a cute smile. And I included Karlie Kloss’ dress not so much for the glittering fabric or the dramatic bare-shoulder design but more for something Karlie’s “come hither” stare at the camera, which is just as dramatic as the dress.
So, what did you enjoy from the Oscar Night red carpet that I failed to mention? Feel free to add it in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.