If you can’t grab a statuette (or even if you can), then look like one — that seemed to be the theme of the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards, held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday night.
Taking that cue: Emma Stone, looking absolutely “La La Land-y” (yeah, that’s an adjective now) in a glistening Givenchy, Charlize Theron in a Grecian Dior, Dakota Johnson in shimmery Gucci and Jessica Biel, in KaufmanFranco (and Tiffany diamonds on her neck), which glittered gold — no, silver — no, gold. “I call it perfection,” said her husband, Justin Timberlake. “Perfection, baby.”
Proving that gold can be soft and feminine, Nicole Kidman, in a stunner Armani Privé with delicate gold beads with underlays of pale apricot. “I’m actually very comfortable right now, so that’s always a good thing,” she said.
Of course, there were other standouts — Taraji P. Henson, bringing some serious Cookie to the carpet in navy velvet Alberta Ferretti (as low-cut as it was high-slit). Hailee Steinfeld in a shimmery and sheer Ralph & Russo. Octavia Spencer in fluttery Marchesa. Viola Davis in red-hot Armani Privé. And Naomie Harris in super-white high-low Calvin Klein (from its new creative director, Raf Simons).
There was a dramatic lack of color, unless you count blue ribbons supporting the ACLU, popping up on stars like Ruth Negga, model Karlie Kloss and “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda (and his date — his mom, Luz). The most serious miss of the night: Natalie Portman, who we missed — in late pregnancy, she skipped the ceremony entirely.
As for the guys, big ’70s bow ties seem on the verge of a trend. John Legend (in Gucci), Luke Bracey (Salvatore Ferragamo) and Andrew Garfield would seem to agree. Or there’s always Pharrell Williams, who rocked some Chanel bro-beads.
But the best accessory of choice has to be . . . the mom. Miranda brought his, as did Dev Patel. “My mum’s constantly on the verge of tears, so I’m worried,” he said, chuckling, and brushing his super-white tux jacket.
Mom tears? That kinda stain is totally permissible, Dev. Totally.