And there we have it, the grand finale to award season!
Being fashion obsessed, and an actress myself, there are so many things I love about The Oscars: the fashion (obv), the celebration of film and acting, unscripted live TV gold (aka Travolta awkwardly touching Idina Menzel's face while attempting to apologize for announcing her as Adele Dazeem last year), and last but not least, the acceptance speeches.
I'm such a sucker for those things. Maybe it's because I've been practicing mine since I was a little girl, or because it's pretty damn cool to watch someone achieve their dreams, but what I really love is when a humbled actor gets on the stage and uses their spotlight to say something beautiful or address a cause that needs attention.
Here are the speeches that inspired me most, and the gowns that had me drooling.
Stay weird. Stay different.
"When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong, and now I’m standing here. So, I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she's weird, or she's different, or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you do - you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn, and you’re standing on the stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along."
- Graham Moore's acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay for Imitation Game
"Talking about that little prick called, Ego. Ego loves competition, right? Because for someone to win, someone has to lose, but the paradox is that true art, true individual expression (as all the work of these incredible fellow filmmakers), can’t be compared, can’t be labeled, can’t be defeat because they exist. And our work, only, will be judged, as always, by time."
- Alejandro Inarritu's acceptance speech for Best Director for Birdman
Emma stone is perfection. I am always a fan of hers (in acting and style), but I was beyond OBSESSED with this Elie Saab Haute Couture dress. Thigh-high front slit and open back, while sparkling in yellow? Yes, please! She might not have snagged Best Supporting Actress, but she won Best Dressed in my book.
J. Lo's red carpet signature is definitely the plunging neck. Although I'm not always a fan of her choices, I was certainly on board with this beautifully beaded, nude tulle, magical number by Elie Saab Haute Couture.
YAAAS, ScarJo! I absolutely loved this Atelier Versace dress. The emerald color, the crystal collar, the hair, the way it perfectly clung to her hourglass shape. Yes, yes, yes, YES. Edgy Glam done perfectly.
Zoe Saldana looked radiant in Atelier Versace. I love the way this dress perfectly draped her curves. Simple, yet stunning.
Ohhh, that Chrissy Teigen. She really never gets it wrong. I don't even know where to start with this Zuhair Murad dress. I'm obsessed with all of it. The lotta leg, the perfect plunge, the embellishments, the old hollywood waves, and of course the dark lip. A+, Teigen, as always.
Gwyneth Paltrow is pretty in pink wearing a Ralph & Russo gown. I'll admit it, I wasn't sure how I felt about this initially (I mean, come on, she does have a pretty large flower on her shoulder), but it grew on me quite quickly. The color, cut, and fit are perfect and she looks stunning.
I read somewhere once that no actress has ever won Best Actress while wearing a red dress, and although Rosamund Pike might have assisted in perpetuating that statistic in this Givenchy stunner, she was an obvious winner in the best dressed category.