Bask­ing in Os­car glory

RISKY BUSI­NESS: A LIT­TLE BIT OF DAR­ING PAYS OFF FOR SOME

The Citizen (KZN) - - Front Page - Adri­aan Roets

This year’s Os­cars cer­e­mony was again marred by racial ex­clu­sion and a lack of fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion when it comes to women in lead­er­ship roles in cat­e­gories like Best Di­rec­tor.

But that doesn’t mean the first Os­car cer­e­mony of the new decade didn’t have a few highs, most no­tably, for the first time in the his­tory of the awards, the Best Pic­ture win­ner was a for­eign lan­guage film, Par­a­site, from South Korea.

On the red car­pet this year was an ex­cit­ing event – and A-lis­ters didn’t dis­ap­point – with a few celebs tak­ing ma­jor risks and they paid off. Glam­orous

Bil­lie Porter

Now a red car­pet pro, at this year’s Os­cars the Pose ac­tor did not dis­ap­point by con­tin­u­ing his tra­di­tion of wear­ing a gi­gan­tic gown – this year his out­fit com­prised a gold-feath­ered top with a gold and or­ange skirt, de­signed by Giles Dea­con, and Jimmy Choo gold boots. There’s a clear eye for de­tail when it comes to mix­ing and matching when it comes to Porter’s red-car­pet style. Risky in a good way

Bil­lie Eil­ish

If you thought the logo-ma­nia trend was over, Bil­lie Eil­ish gave a re­sound­ing “No!” on the red car­pet. What makes Eil­ish so ex­cit­ing is that she’s so young.

You can for­give every faux pas she makes be­cause she keeps it youth­ful and in­ter­est­ing. For her first Os­car cer­e­mony, she wore a beaded Chanel two-piece busi­ness suit track­suit that was fun and drip­ping with pearls. Proof that you don’t al­ways need a stun­ning gown to stand out.

Saoirse Ro­nan

An­other young ac­tress who re­ally has be­come an ex­cit­ing red-car­pet fea­ture is Saoirse Ro­nan. This year she walked in all Gucci in a gown. Her sleeve­less Gucci gown had a black bodice with a plung­ing neck­line and pe­plum-style waist. Her skirt, on the other hand, was a light pur­ple shade. Some of the black fab­ric was taken from the dress she pre­vi­ously wore to the Bri­tish Academy Film Awards. Bad

Maya Ru­dolph

Well if you don’t want to drape your­self in a potato sack, drape your­self in a sack of se­quins. Oh, wait, both are equally bad. Maya Ru­dolph, who usu­ally is dressed to the nines showed up to this year’s cer­e­mony in what can only be ex­plained as a ill-fit­ting se­quined sack. It gave no pro­por­tions and was ul­ti­mately un­flat­ter­ing.

Ti­mothée Cha­la­met

Sure it’s called the Os­car race, but that doesn’t mean you can dress in a satin track­suit-ish abom­i­na­tion. Dressed in Prada, the young ac­tor looked like he was meant to work back­stage at the show, not walk the red car­pet.

Mar­got Rob­bie

Nearly al­ways im­pec­ca­ble on the red car­pet, Aussie ac­tress Mar­got Rob­bie did dis­ap­point in a black Chanel dress with pseudo chif­fon sleeves. Coco Chanel fa­mously once said, dress as you like then take one thing off. In this case it should have been those sleeves.

Pic­ture: AFP

Joaquin Phoenix, left, wins Best Ac­tor award for Joker, Renée Zell­weger gets Best Ac­tress for Judy, and Brad Pitt wins Best Ac­tor in a Sup­port­ing Role for Once upon a Time ... in Hol­ly­wood at the Academy Awards in Los An­ge­les on Sun­day.

BIL­LIE EIL­ISH MAYA RU­DOLPH

BIL­LIE PORTER

Pic­tures. AFP

MAR­GOT ROB­BIE

SAOIRISE RO­NAN

TI­MOTHEE CHA­LA­MET

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