by Dominique Michelle Davis
Jimmy Kimmel’s witty and clever one-liners infusing political commentary with Hollywood elite was right on time and made this Oscars much more fun and funny to watch than in recent years. Though many were understandably not happy with his handling of the cast and crew of “Moonlight ” almost leaving the evening without the award that was rightfully theirs, Kimmel did shine with comic moments like his tweeting President Trump live and referencing the “overrated” Meryl Streep tweet from the petty President. One of my favorite moments of laughter.
The other highlight of the evening was Moonlight receiving awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture. The 2017 Oscar Awards brought a refreshing and much needed perspective in presenting inclusivity. I was in awe and admiration of Mr. Farhadi’s refusal to attend the awards because of the ridiculous and outrageous ban that President Trump has enacted against immigrants – documented and undocumented. It was inspiring to see Hollywood Celebs using this platform as a means to promote human rights and speak in opposition of laws that go against the very nature of the founding principals of the United States of America.
On the fashion front, here are my Best Dressed Looks for Oscar Night 2017:
Tony, Emmy, and now Oscar winner Viola Davis wearing Armani Privé.
Janelle Monae wearing Elie Saab Couture.
Last year’s Best Actress winner Brie Larson, wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown.
Nominee for Best Actress, Ruth Negga of the film “Loving,” in a glorious custom Valentino in the signature “valentino red.”
We always love Chrissy Teigen, and we also always love her in Zuhair Murad. A perfect match.
The “around the way girl” herself, Taraji P. Hensen, stealing the show as always in a sexy, sophisticated, Alberta Ferretti gown.
The sensational Carmen Ejogo of “Selma” pictured in the movie issue of W Magazine. I love this whole fashion story, Edward Enninful and team did a fab job. I especially loved the quotes from the actors and Ejogo’s discussion of Coretta Scott King’s (who she portrays in the film) legendary style as fashioned in “Selma” saying King thought a lot about style and “knew she was the Jackie Kennedy of her community.”
Really wonderful article in The Root by historian and “haute couture intellectual” Dr. Tanisha Ford (@soulistaphd on Twitter and Instagram) titled “Selma Costumes Reveal Class and Consciousness of the Movement.” The article looks at the film about new film “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, and costume design choices demonstrating attention to “class and consciousness”in the civil rights movement. The film stars David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Check out Dr. Ford’s article at the link, and I hope you will also see the important film by one of my very favorite directors.