Award season wraps up with an evening of colour and positivity at the Oscars

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What a joy to welcome techni-colours back to the red carpet. Hollywood’s leading ladies and gents gathered for the 90th annual Academy Awards in L.A. and host Jimmy Kimmel stressed that the evening was a ‘night for positivity’.

Best Actress winner Frances McDormand dressed in a beautiful black and gold gown skipped the red carpet in favour of sitting with her co-stars inside the theatre.

In a lovely move, McDormand asked all the other female nominees to stand up and celebrate with her during her speech – a continuing nod to all that has gone.

A rainbow of outfits rounded up a historic awards season with notable looks from Viola Davis in a shocking pink Michael Kors gown. Also pretty in pink was 3 times Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan in a strapless dusky pink custom Calvin Klein dress with huge bow on the back.

Despite losing out on an award Margot Robbie looked positively regal in a full length white Haute Couture gown by Chanel. At one point of the night one of the straps snapped and she hurriedly fixed herself – ‘Oh, I ain’t got time for that!’

Guillermo del Toro’s surreal beauty ‘The Shape of Water’ won Best Film and Best Director. The brilliant Gary Oldman won Best Actor in ‘Darkest Hour’ and rounded up a heartfelt speech by thanking his mother ‘thank you for your love and support, put the kettle on, I’m bringing Oscar home.’

The award was presented by Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren, who both looked jaw-droppingly magnificent in Balmain (Jane – 80 years old) and Reem Acra (Helen – 72 years old).

Alison Janney added to her collection of awards for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘I Tonya’ also choosing a dress by Reem Acra gown. The stunning red dress was teamed with an eye watering $4million worth of diamonds by Forevermark.

The politics

Emma Stone referenced Greta Gerwig’s historic nomination as Best Director for Ladybird. Greta was the only woman in the male-dominated line-up.

Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez reminded Trump that ‘In the afterlife, there are no walls’, and rapper Common was among those who referenced the most recent Florida gun attacks in his spoken word performance; ‘Tell the NRA, they’re in God’s way’.

Jordan Peel made history after becoming the first black male to ever win the Oscar for Best original screenplay for arguably the most relevant film of the season ‘Get Out’ starring Daniel Kaluuya.

Other fun titbits from last night’s awards included snack boxes with hand written notes from host Jimmy Kimmel: ‘It wouldn’t be right to make you sit through this without snacks. Please don’t throw them at me.

All in all, lovely end to a tumultuous awards season.

The most memorable moments from this year’s award season

Hollywood’s most influential coordinating a chic fashion blackout at The Golden Globes for #TimesUp in a bid to end the systemic sexual abuse of women in the workplace. Founding member Eva Longoria said ‘This is not a fashion moment. This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl about’.

Many actresses took influential activists as their plus ones to the Globes including Tarana Burke, an American civil rights activist who coined the phrase ‘Me Too’ in 2006.

Actress Blanca Blanco, best known for her roles in ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Fake News’ confused us somewhat by wearing a bright red Atria Couture dress, instead of the pre-agreed black.

Many criticised the decision to which Blanco, speaking to Fox News, responded ‘I like red. Red is passionate’. Blanco did express her support for the movement saying ‘true change is long overdue’ and speaking directly to her critics added, ‘Shaming is part of the problem’.

Oprah made history with her acceptance speech after winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, which was greeted by a standing ovation and tears from #TimesUp member and ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, amongst others. Videos of her speech quickly went viral with stars like Sarah Silverman stating #OprahForPresident.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards was held on January 28th back at Madison Square Gardens New York for the first time since 2003. There was no fashion black out instead celebrities wore white roses in support of the cause.

National treasure Joanna Lumley  set the tone as the host of the Baftas with her opening speech likening #TimesUp to the Suffragete movement. ‘A century ago, the Suffragettes laid the groundwork for the sort of dogged resistance and powerful protest that is carried forward in with the #TimesUp movement. And with it, the determination to eradicate the inequality and abuse of women the world over’.

Director Ridley Scott accepted the Baftas Fellowship Award and also used his speech to stress the importance of education in the arts arguing ‘Teaching is the most important of all professions, sort that out and social problems will get sorted out’.

Scott was introduced by Kenneth Branagh who referenced the ‘unforgettable women who produced indelible moments in the work of’ Scott including Thelma and Louise and Officer Ripley.

Stormzy who scooped up awards for Best Album and best Male Solo Artist closed the Brits with a ferocious performance – topless in a downpour of water – with the lyrics ‘Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? You thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals and you’ve got the cheek to call us savages.’

Grenfell Tower is now trending again on Twitter, just as campaign group Justice 4 Grenfell recently expressed concerns that the tragedy was falling out of public and parliament minds.  

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