The 93rd Academy Awards last morning has been conditioned by new instructions sent to the nominees and attendees regarding their clothing. After a year of “online” awards full of actresses in tracksuits, pajamas and home scenes with little glamor, the producers of the act, Steven Soderbergh y Stacey Sher, have written to the nominees to indicate that refrain from dressing casually and respect the safety regulations against Covid at all times, since the Academy would collect the award for those who could not attend.
The event focused on the Los Angeles train station, a controllable and off-circuit venue, and two European venues in London and Paris for the attendance of the winners on this side of the Atlantic. No Zoom or home videos this time. The organizers specified that it was possible to “dress in the classic formal attire and not casually, in order to maintain the inspirational and aspirational look of the gala.” In this way, they have not allowed hooded sweatshirts, as some wore last year, or sneakers – some have escaped them -, or shorts, or jeans.
This decision to raise the stylistic scale – which has not stopped having some detractors – represents a turning point for the fashion industry and for a future return to normality.
In this edition it has been evident that the world of high fashion it’s still at half gas: the proposals available for the actresses and nominees have not been so numerous nor so good in general; fashion houses have not created as many pieces during confinement, and many have even canceled their latest shows or have prevented their teams from working together to avoid contagion. With less raw material, stylists have not been able to perform miracles either. In addition, and until very recently, the exact format of the Oscars ceremony was not known, nor has there been the usual “auction” between fashion houses and actresses.
From among the attendees, the best dressed according to our criteria have been:
1. Renee Zellwegger and Armani Privé. The actress, who was part of the team of presenters of the act, chose a sober strapless dress in a dark peach tone and a simple styling, with new hair, darker hair color and simple makeup. Impeccable for the occasion: neither so much nor so bald. Hit it, as always.
2. Maria Bakalova. The young Bulgarian actress, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Borat’s “mockumentary”, shone dressed as Louis Vuitton in a stellar – albeit plain – white tulle layered dress, much in the style of Audrey Hepburn in Vacation in Rome. Her necklace, earrings and ring, from Moussaie.
3. Dana Murray, Pixart producer and responsible for the winner of the best animated film, “Soul”, chose a strange but elegant balloon dress by Christopher John Rogers that – despite what one might think – was appropriate and relatively sober.
4. Ariana DeBose. She chose a daring but well-worn orange Versace dress with an asymmetrical neckline and side slits, paired with gold Stuart Weitzman sandals and Harry Winston jewelry.
5. Writer and screenwriter Fatima Farheen Mirza. She arrived accompanied by her husband, the actor and musician Riz Ahmed, wearing an elegant and subtle lilac Valentino model with a cape neckline. Sober and adequate.
6. Margot Robbie. The actress, nominated this time as associate producer of “A promising young woman” wore a simple and straight silver Chanel dress with which what stood out most was her hairstyle and her new bangs.
6. Amanda Seyfried. She chose a red strapless dress with a very marked V-neckline, made with a Japanese-style pleated fabric in red tulle from Armani Privé.
7. Carey Mulligan. The leading actress of “A promising young woman” attended the gala with a magnificent gold strapless dress by Valentino. Although perhaps she looked too pale for the model’s tone, the large pleats of the pleats and her “carefree” high chignon hairstyle, contrasted well with the outfit.
8. Paulina Porizkova. The famous 80s model, widow of the leader of the musical group The Cars, came accompanying producer Aaron Sorkin. Her draped copper dress went perfectly with a new bronze mane, producing a very Rita Hayworth effect.
9. Angela Bassett. The actress and film director attended the most favored and beautiful gala than 20 years ago. Her red Alberto Ferretti dress, with a bardot neckline, had less suitable puffed sleeves topped by a back bow. Although somewhat exaggerated for the occasion, the outfit favored her and perfectly complemented her makeup and her new straight hair.
10. Marlee Matlin. The actress who won the Oscar for Best Leading Actress 37 years ago for “Children of a Lesser God” appeared in a simple black dress with great fall and Japanese sleeves that combined impeccably with her new blonde hair. More elegant and attractive than 4 decades ago. Miracles of fashion and hairdressing.