Ok, Ok, let’s start with the big news. Leo finally won an Oscar. YEY! Like the entire planet, I, too, rooted for him. This is a much-deserved recognition, not so much for his role in The Revenant, but more for his amazing career and tremendous talent. After clean sweeping the Awards Season (the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAGs, etc.), the world was waiting breathlessly for the ever gracious Julianne Moore to announce him as the Best Actor of 2015. Di Caprio lived up to the occasion using his speech to raise awareness on the issue of climate change and global warming. It may not have come as a surprise, but I bet the win means the world to him, and he “doesn’t take it for granted.”
Brie Larson was crowned Best Actress for her portrayal of Joy in the touching drama, Room. Probably the biggest surprise of the night came when Mark Rylane won Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies, holding off bookies’ favourite Sylvester Stallon for Creed and, my favourite, Tom Hardy for The Revenant.
There were two frontrunners for the top distinctions—and the Academy couldn’t really differentiate between them, splitting the awards: Spotlight won Picture of the Year, while Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu got to keep his title, winning Best Director for The Revenant—he also won last year for Birdman.
For me, the story of the night was Alicia Vikander’s win for her sublime performance in The Danish Girl. Playing a woman who witnessed her happiness turned into misery, she shows utter determination and fragility as she fights to cope with the situation. Eddie Redmayme’s portrayal of Einer/Lili is great, but this movie has one star and that star is Alicia.
The Oscars are no solely about the movies, they’re also about fashion. Let’s take a look at what some of the Hollywood royalties wore down the red carpet.
The New Face of Hollywood
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton.
Brie Larson in Gucci.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein.
There’s a new generation of talented young ladies who shone at this year’s edition. Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander hold off stiff competition from the likes of Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet to crown themselves as the best leading ladies. To add to this, Saoirse Ronan got her first nomination for her role in Brooklyn. On the red carpet, the trio brought a touch of fresh air, looking young, vibrant, and sharp in Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein, respectively.
I grant you that these aren’t the most iconic dresses, but the joyful, exuberant vibe is just amazing. We can rest confident, Hollywood is in good hands.
Long Live the Queen
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive.
Julianne Moore in Chanel.
Charlize Theron in Dior.
Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren.
Although this year marked a great string of successes for the young generation, it’s fair to say that Hollywood has its undisputed queens. Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, or Charlize Theron are not just extraordinary actresses, they’re also style icons. Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore—both faithful to their signature style—may opt for predictable outfits, but they always manage to look stunning on the red carpet. Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet on the other hand are a bit more daring. They take risks. While I applaud the courage, this year it didn’t really pay off for these otherwise lovely ladies. Kate’s dress is horrendous and totally unflattering, while Charlize’s styling is unfortunate—just remove all the unnecessary jewelry.
Black Is the New Black
Leonardo Di Caprio in Giorgio Armani.
Roger Federer in Louis Vuitton.
Sam Smith in Dunhill.
Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen.
There’s nothing safer than wearing your perfectly tailored black tux at a red carpet event—and these great men of the world know the ins and outs of putting together a stunning appearance. Leading men, Leonardo Di Caprio and Eddie Redmayne, four-time Grammy winner, Sam Smith, and tennis legend, Roger Federer, all looked flawless as they came to cap off an unforgettable night in style. The Oscars are all about elegance and grace, thus a black tuxedo is always the best bet, although it’s been done year in, year out. I wouldn’t recommend anything else for the big night.
How did you view the Oscars? Did your favourite win? Who landed on your best and worst dressed list? Let me know in the comments section below! Remember, #WeAreFabulous