Considering the massive reckoning that was kicked off when the New York Times published that initial report on Harvey Weinstein, the anticipation of the season’s first awards show was very high. We knew the celebs were going to be wearing black, and we knew that Seth Meyers was hosting, but everything else was a guessing game. Fortunately, the “drunk Oscars” were filled with unexpected and beautiful and very funny moments. And now maybe Oprah’s running for president?
- Connie Britton’s “Poverty is Sexist” Shirt — Connie Britton wore black — and sent an additional knitted message while doing so. Her “Poverty is Sexist” shirt, stitched in white, cursive font by New York cashmere brand Lingua Franca, was in collaboration with One.org, a group devoted to fighting extreme poverty, particularly in Africa. Britton has been a longtime advocate of the organization, partnering with Robin Wright in March to demand action from the United Nations on the global education crisis in girls’ education.
2. (Almost) every celeb wore black — As had been announced in the weeks before, nearly every celebrity wore black in support of the #MeToo movement and as promoted by Time’s Up, the Hollywood-driven initiative to fight sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond. The only exception was Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna — who wore red because, as she told Entertainment Tonight, being Indian, “it’s a cultural thing…When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black.”
3. Oprah’s speech (and presidential rumors?!?!) — Oprah gave a speech last night so powerful, that it sparked discussion of a potential run for president (a discussion that has been had before). In her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Oprah’s speech was incredibly poignant and emphasized the importance of women speaking their truth.
oprah for president.
— steffan (@steffanargus) January 8, 2018
The speech also left many wondering whether she would consider a run for president. Seth Meyers’ monologue jokingly forbade Winfrey from running, and even her longtime partner Stedman Graham commented on it. “It’s up to the people,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “She would absolutely do it.”
4. Debra Messing calling out E!’s workplace sexism — E! News anchor Catt Sadler quit her job in December after finding out that her co-host Jason Kennedy earned double her salary. In a truly excellent move, Messing called out E! To E! When she told Giuliana Rancic, “I was shocked to hear that E! Doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts.” This year’s red carpet coverage was also demonstrably different than ever before. Questions that made female celebrities seem more like fashion props — “Who are you wearing?” etc — were replaced by more poignant questions of activism and what this year’s ceremony meant for women.
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5. Last but certainly not least, Natalie Portman calling out “all-male nominees” — It was the simplest slight and the sickest burn. While presenting the award for best director alongside Ron Howard, before reading the list, Natalie Portman said, “And here are the all-male nominees.” Guillermo del Toro ending up winning for “The Shape of Water,” which of course was a great film, but the all-male list was especially obvious considering Lady Bird won best motion picture – musical or comedy and Greta Gerwig wasn’t even nominated. Some argued that Portman’s comment took away from the moment of achievement, but honestly who cares? It highlighted the discrepancy is a clear, public way, and that’s what the past few months have been about.