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by Team Thinx | 02/28/2017
Srsly you guys — what a night! For us hardcore pop-culture enthusiasts who were still awake after 937 hours of broadcasting, the finale of Hollywood’s night of night’s was truly one for the books. I’m not going to spend too much time on #EnvelopeGate (is that what we’ve decided to call it? I’m calling it #ReverseLemonade) because it’s Tuesday and you’ve defs already spent 24 hours deep in Warren Beatty memes. But I will say that 2017 is shaping up to be pretty damn wild!
So, without further ado, I’d like to present our fave Oscar moments (our #THINXpix, if you will):
Image via NBC
1. **THIS MOMENT** aka Katherine Johnson & the stars of Hidden Figures
So much to love about this moment: Hidden Figures was defs a fave of THINX HQ; these are three of the best dresses of the night; and it features the real life Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P Henson in Hidden Figures. 98-year-old Katherine Johnson was a physicist and mathematician at NASA where she did math, under segregated conditions, that literally put people in SPACE AND ON THE MOON! We should forever applaud the strength and determination of a woman who battled institutional racism to achieve greatness for her country.
2. ETERNAL MOOD: Brie Larson not clapping for Casey Affleck’s Best Actor win:
Casey Affleck (surprise, surprise) took home the trophy for Best Actor. We’ve spoken about the controversy surrounding Casey Affleck on the blog before, but to recap our recap, his awards season has been plagued by accusations of sexual assault (The Cut has a good run down here). He has denied these allegations, and settled with the two women out of court.
Brie Larson, who won an Oscar last year for portraying a rape victim in Room, is an outspoken advocate against sexual violence. Last year on the same stage, she hugged each and every sexual assault survivor who appeared in Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til it Happens To You”. As is traditional, the reigning Best Actress presents the Best Actor awards, and Larson has reluctantly spent the season handing them to Affleck. Hollywood’s trend of overlooking the troubling behavior of its fave male auteurs is disappointing *cough*woodyallenromanpolanskimelgibson *cough*. Casey Affleck’s rise this year is just another example of how much you can get away with if you’re a moody, privileged, white man.
Sometimes, a Denzel Washington gif says 1000 words:
3. Awards were won and history was made:
Viola Davis was the favorite for Best Supporting Actress, but mostly I think everyone was just hoping for another next-level speech like the one she gave at the Golden Globes. She did not disappoint with her moving speech (how could she, she’s Viola goddamn Davis!) and she became the first black woman to win an Emmy, Tony, and Oscar for acting. Davis was also the first black woman to be nominated for three Oscars. Here’s to many, many more! (Someone’s gotta catch Meryl)
In other historic firsts, Mahershala Ali (aka the internet’s new boyfriend, and yes we know he’s married and has a newborn baby) became the first Muslim person to win an Oscar for his beautiful portrayal of a drug dealer/father figure in Moonlight.
All craziness aside, THINX HQ was soooooo happy to see this beautiful film win Best Picture against the odds. (And if you haven’t seen Moonlight, now you HAVE to! It’s an Oscar winner ppl!). It was a shame that Moonlight didn’t get its perfect Academy Awards moment, but Barry Jenkins (director) and Tyrell McCraney (writer) did get an opportunity to give a moving speech while accepting their award for Best Adapted Screenplay, which you can watch here, and read an excerpt of below:
Barry Jenkins: I told my students, be in love with the process, not the result. I really wanted this result. All you people who feel like there's no mirror for you, the academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back, and for the next four years, we will not forget you.
Tarell Alvin McCraney: Two boys from Liberty City up here representing 305. This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and nongender conforming who don't see themselves, we're trying to show you you, and us. Thank you, thank you. This is for you.
5. The Red Carpet’s Hottest Accessory? A Political Statement
After basically being live-tweeted by the president, this awards season was always going to be a political one, and the Oscar red carpet was no exception.
Stars, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Busy Phillips, Karlie Kloss, and Ruth Negga, showed their support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) by wearing blue ribbons. Negga (one of my best dressed of the night!) was nominated for portraying Mildred Loving in a Loving, a movie based on the true story of an interracial couple whose banishment from the state of Virginia was fought by the ACLU all the way to the US Supreme Court. In 1967, the ACLU’s case struck down laws that banned interracial relationships.
Emma Stone also paired her Oscar winning moment with a gold pin supporting Planned Parenthood, and later repped a blue ribbon at the Vanity Fair after party. Ava Duverney, the only female director nominated on the night, chose to wear a dress by a designer from a majority Muslim country (Lebanon), as a sign of solidarity to those affected by the recent travel ban.
So what did you think? What were your fave moments/dresses/speeches/Taraji gifs? Let us know in the comments!
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