Tiffany Haddish gives beloved Alexander McQueen dress a third outing at Oscars

Tiffany Haddish recycled her favourite Alexander McQueen gown for a third time at Sunday night’s (04Mar18) Oscars.The U.S. comedian and actress wowed in white at cinema’s biggest night of the year, though she first stepped on to the red carpet in a…

Tiffany Haddish recycled her favourite Alexander McQueen gown for a third time at Sunday night’s (04Mar18) Oscars.

The U.S. comedian and actress wowed in white at cinema’s biggest night of the year, though she first stepped on to the red carpet in a traditional Eritrean gown to honour her background and her late father.

By the time she appeared on stage with Maya Rudolph to present the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Live Action Short Film, Tiffany had changed into her bejewelled McQueen, and showed off her comic skills by dangling her high heels on her fingers and wearing a pair of Ugg slippers.

Tiffany first wore the dress, which she paid for herself, at the Los Angeles premiere of Girls Trip in July, and then again during her opening monologue when she hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) four months later, where she promised fans would see it again.

“I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, however many times I want, as long as I Febreze it,” she laughed on SNL. “My whole team told me, ‘Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on SNL. You already wore it. It’s taboo to wear it twice.’ And I said, ‘I don’t give a dang about no taboo. I spent a lot of money on this dress. This dress cost way more than my mortgage.’

“This is a $4,000 dress! I’m gonna wear this dress multiple times. You might see this dress in two sketches tonight. If someone invites me to a ball or a bat mitzvah, guess what I’m wearing to it? This Alexander McQueen.”

However, in the days leading up to the Oscars, Tiffany admitted to People magazine that she hadn’t made a final decision on her dress yet.

“I’m still working on this Sunday Oscar dress problem,” she said. “It’s going to be something, I know that much.”

“You will see the white dress again, yes you will,” she added. “That dress will be making a comeback.”

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Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar hairstyle inspired by Rwandan tradition

Actress Lupita Nyong’o paid tribute to Rwandan culture at the Oscars by wearing a hairstyle that originated in the country.The star wowed on the red carpet on Sunday (04March18) in a stunning Versace gown, and she polished off the look with a unique up…

Actress Lupita Nyong’o paid tribute to Rwandan culture at the Oscars by wearing a hairstyle that originated in the country.

The star wowed on the red carpet on Sunday (04March18) in a stunning Versace gown, and she polished off the look with a unique updo that honoured her African roots.

The Kenyan beauty was inspired by a crescent-shaped hairstyle known as Amasunzu, which is historically worn by men and unmarried women in Rwanda to signify eligibility.

“Lupita’s look was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles, which are traditional to Rwandan culture,” her stylist Vernon Francois told Hello Giggles. “We wanted something clean and sculpted to accent her dress and show off the neckline.”

Francois also noted that Nyong’o wanted to make a strong statement as she continued to promote her global hit Black Panther.

“As we have travelled around the world for the Black Panther opening, creating looks of empowerment that showcase the strength of African heritage has been our priority,” Francois explained to Refinery 29. “For Lupita’s Academy Awards look, we knew that we wanted a structured hairstyle with a strong identity.”

Nyong’o took to Instagram to post a slideshow of herself on Oscar night along with photographs of Rwandans sporting the look.

“Crown inspiration: the Amasunzu hairstyles of Rwanda,” she wrote. “By the incredible hands of @vernonfrancois @theacademy #oscars2018.”

Francois created the complicated style by dividing the 35-year-old’s hair into sections and using a classic stitching technique to weave them together. He then wrapped each piece around her gold crown.

The show-stopping style was accented by blue eye shadow and floral silver earrings.

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Jordan Peele hopes to inspire the younger generation with Oscars win

Jordan Peele hopes his Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay on Sunday night (04Mar18) inspires young people from all backgrounds to pursue their dreams. The 39-year-old won the prize for his directorial debut Get Out, becoming the first black person…

Jordan Peele hopes his Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay on Sunday night (04Mar18) inspires young people from all backgrounds to pursue their dreams.

The 39-year-old won the prize for his directorial debut Get Out, becoming the first black person to triumph in the category, and confessed to reporters backstage that he almost didn’t become a writer/director because there were so few African-American role models to inspire him.

He hopes that young people watching at home will see his win and feel like they can achieve anything – just like he did when he saw Whoopi Goldberg pick up the Best Supporting Actress gong for Ghost in 1991.

“When the nominations for this came out I had this amazing feeling of looking at the 12-year-old that had this burning in my guts for this type of validation, and I instantly realised that an award like this is much bigger than me,” he said.

“This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe they could achieve the highest honour in whatever craft they want to push for. You’re not a failure if you don’t get this, but I almost didn’t do it because I didn’t believe there was a place for me.”

He said he called Whoopi after receiving nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture to thank her for inspiring someone who doubted himself to feel like they could achieve the honour, and added, “I hope that this does the same and inspires more people to use their voices.”

Peele added he feels proud to be a part of the achievements African-American filmmakers are making in Hollywood right now.

“We had Spike (Lee), we had John Singleton (before)… but they felt like the exception to the rule,” he said. “I’m so proud to be part of a time, the beginning of a movement, where I feel like the best films in every genre are being brought to me by my fellow black directors. It’s very special and I think that goes for all areas of inclusion, but it’s clear by the work that Ava (DuVernay)’s doing, that Ryan (Coogler)’s doing, F. Gary Gray, Barry (Jenkins), that this is a very special time.”

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Frances McDormand’s ‘inclusion rider’ Oscars speech goes viral

Frances McDormand officially set the Internet ablaze with the closing words of her Oscars speech – “inclusion rider”.The veteran actress picked up her second Academy Award for Best Actress on Sunday night (04mar18), for her role as Mildred in Thr…

Frances McDormand officially set the Internet ablaze with the closing words of her Oscars speech – “inclusion rider”.

The veteran actress picked up her second Academy Award for Best Actress on Sunday night (04mar18), for her role as Mildred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a mother demanding answers from a small town police force after her daughter is murdered.

Taking to the stage at the Dolby Theatre, Frances first floored the audience when she asked “all the female nominees in every category” to stand with her, and she name-checked Meryl Streep to encourage the other women to rise.

Then as she was finishing up she stated, “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider,” before curtseying as she exited the stage.

Viewers flocked online to find out what inclusion rider meant, with the term trending on Twitter and Facebook. Actress and writer Whitney Cummings tweeted an explanation, “an inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets. We should support this for a billion reasons, but if you can’t find a reason to, here’s one: it will make movies better.”

Backstage after her win, Frances shared that she’d only recently found out about an inclusion rider and she is now committed to the concept.

“I just found out about this last week. This has always been available to all — everybody who does a negotiation on a film — which means you can ask for or demand at least 50 per cent diversity in not only the casting but the crew. The fact that I just learned that after 35 years in the film business — we aren’t going back,” she promised.

The idea of an inclusion rider was first raised by Stacy Smith, a gender equality in film and television researcher at the University of Southern California, in a 2016 TED Talk.

Speaking to The Guardian after the Oscars wrapped, the academic admitted she was “utterly elated” that Frances had mentioned her idea.

“It’s a complete surprise,” a shocked Stacy added.

Following on from Frances’ memorable speech, stars threw their weight behind the idea.

“I’m committed to the Inclusion Rider. Who’s with me?” Brie Larson tweeted, while Don Cheadle told fans: “been doing that” with a thumbs up emoji next to an inclusion rider story.

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Drew Barrymore: ‘We need more Bjork swan dresses on the red carpet!’

Drew Barrymore is “bored to tears” of safe awards gowns.With the 2018 Oscars just days away, actress Drew sat down with Us Weekly to discuss some of her most iconic looks, including the outfit she wore to the Academy Awards 20 years ago, where she …

Drew Barrymore is “bored to tears” of safe awards gowns.

With the 2018 Oscars just days away, actress Drew sat down with Us Weekly to discuss some of her most iconic looks, including the outfit she wore to the Academy Awards 20 years ago, where she rocked daisies in her hair and body glitter.

“(I) did spray glitter, just spraying all over.. it’s all on the chest, the arms, the face. And I’m just happy because I’m being myself, and I don’t care what people think on the red carpet, because I know I’m so bored to tears when everybody is so playing it safe,” she sighed. “So say anything you want, I need a Bjork swan (dress) here and there.

“I just… baby pink dress and perfect hair and soft make-up. It’s beautiful and I actually did that exact thing for the Emmys when I went up for Grey Gardens, and I wanted to feel like the princess prom moment, and I wanted everything clean.”

Drew’s princess prom moment came in 2010, when she went home victorious for her portrayal of Edith Bouvier Beale, cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, in the film version of 1975 documentary Grey Gardens.

However she switched up her “clean” look for the Golden Globes that same year.

“Oh my god!” she exclaimed. “Lee Harris, the stylist I work with, had Versace build me this dress that had a corset. It was see through, and (had) these giant sea anemones. It was the most beautiful dress I’ve ever worn. It’s my number one favourite dress.”

Drew also highlighted her fashion fails, with the 43-year-old cringing at green Gucci dress she wore in 2006 to present at the Golden Globes.

“I came out and all I have to say to women is: Be careful wearing a high-waisted belt with a really tall neck, because your boobs look like – it literally looked like I was smuggling two fat eggplants!” she laughed.

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Jennifer Lawrence goes for gold as she leads Oscars glamour

Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock took inspiration from the Oscars statuette itself as they donned glittering gold dresses for the awards ceremony on Sunday night (04Mar18).The Red Sparrow actress looked stunning in her sequinned Dio…

Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock took inspiration from the Oscars statuette itself as they donned glittering gold dresses for the awards ceremony on Sunday night (04Mar18).

The Red Sparrow actress looked stunning in her sequinned Dior gown, which clung to her figure in all the right places, as she posed for photographers at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old teamed her dress, which featured a corset-style top and flowing bottom, with wavy hair and glamorous but simple make-up. She wasn’t the only famous face to have opted for gold for the ceremony, however. Black Panther star Lupita looked incredible in her Atelier Versace gown and joked on Twitter that the dress was made from Vibranium – a fictional metal found in the Marvel comic book series. “Vibranium by Versace. #Oscars #Wakanda Forever,” she tweeted. Lupita complemented her stunning dress with an unusual and eye-catching hairdo, which saw her locks braided around a gold thread, and was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles traditional to Rwandan culture.

Sandra Bullock was another star who opted for a metallic ensemble, shining on the red carpet in a golden Louis Vuitton dress. She teamed the outfit with poker straight hair and heavy smoky eyes, which gave her look an elegant, rock chick finish.

Gal Gadot followed suit in an equally resplendent Givenchy dress, which she paired with an eye-catching Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace.

Compared to previous years, the fashion on this year’s Oscars red carpet was relatively understated. Elisabeth Moss, Allison Williams, Mira Sorvino and Gina Rodriguez tried their luck in pastel offerings, while Meryl Streep and Allison Janney, who won the supporting actress gong for her role in I, Tonya, looked strikingly similar in long-sleeved red numbers.

Jane Fonda, Laura Dern and Mary J. Blige were white hot on the red carpet, while accents of colour came from Ashley Judd, who looked incredible in a deep purple number, and Jennifer Garner, who turned heads in her breathtaking cobalt blue Atelier Versace gown, finished with a staggering $605,000 (£439,100) worth of jewels.

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American Black Film Festival honours Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay & Billy Dee Williams

Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay and Billy Dee Williams went home victorious at the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honours.The annual event, an independent film festival that focuses primarily on black film, was held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday…

Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay and Billy Dee Williams went home victorious at the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honours.

The annual event, an independent film festival that focuses primarily on black film, was held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night (25Feb18).

Peele’s Get Out went home with the Movie of the Year, the same accolade it’s up for at this week’s Oscars.

“People ask me if I was surprised at the timing (of the film). Referring to the fact that we are living in a country of heightened racism. This is the exact same country we have always been living in,” Peele, who wrote, directed and produced the hit film, said as he collected the award. “All these sentiments, hatred, and bigotry has been there, though sometimes it’s just a little bit under the surface. I feel honoured to be a part of this renaissance.”

DuVernay went home with the Industry Visionary Award. The director, who’s currently promoting her upcoming Disney flick A Wrinkle in Time, got her start at the ABFF, and she thanked founder Jeff Friday in her speech.

“(Thanks) for putting in good work for black filmmakers in the independent space,” she said, referring to Friday.

She also gave Star Wars legend Williams a shout out: “He broke boundaries that no one ever thought could be broken so I thank you.”

Williams, who rose to global fame after landing the part of Lando Calrissian in the sci-fi franchise, took home the biggest honour of the night, the Hollywood Legacy Award.

“I can tell you that my journey hasn’t always been smooth but ultimately a positive one,” the 80-year-old actor told the audience. “If on that journey I have helped pave just a little bit of a way for black talent… that will have more opportunities today than yesterday, then I can say that has been the greatest role of my lifetime.”

Other winners included Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish and Power’s Omari Hardwick.

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Margot Robbie: ‘Acting is far from glam’

Margot Robbie has labelled acting one of the most unglamorous jobs out there.Margot started her career on soap opera Neighbours in her native Australia, but after being cast in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the actress has become a Holly…

Margot Robbie has labelled acting one of the most unglamorous jobs out there.

Margot started her career on soap opera Neighbours in her native Australia, but after being cast in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the actress has become a Hollywood A-lister.

Her latest role in I, Tonya earned Margot her first Oscar nomination, and despite spending the last two months getting dolled up for awards ceremonies, Margot insists acting is not a glam profession.

“Acting is the least glamorous job,” she stated to British newspaper Metro. “I feel like my friends who work in offices have more glamorous jobs. They do their make-up, put on a tailored skirt and blouse and go to work.

“I go to work in my pyjamas and my Ugg boots and we are pretty much on a glorified construction site, sitting in the dirt on plastic chairs using Portaloos and eating fried food. That’s what acting actually is. Then a handful of times in a year you get to put on a designer dress and get glammed up.”

Margot will once again don a designer dress for the upcoming Oscars on 4 March (18). So far this awards season, she’s worn gowns by Givenchy, Miu Miu and Gucci.

As well as wearing high-end dresses on the red carpet, Margot also gets to dress up when she’s at work. One of her most famous looks was the hotpants and baseball jacket she wore as Harley Quinn, with fans all over the world copying the look following the release of DC movie Suicide Squad in 2016.

“I had friends who dressed up as Harley Quinn. I thought they were taking the p**s,” she laughed.

“What got me really excited was when men started dressing up like her.”

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Guillermo del Toro wins top honour at Directors Guild of America awards

Guillermo del Toro is on track for Oscars glory after winning the top honour at the Directors Guild of America awards. The Mexican filmmaker was crowned Best Director at Saturday’s (03Feb18) ceremony for his Cold War-era fantasy romance The Shape of W…

Guillermo del Toro is on track for Oscars glory after winning the top honour at the Directors Guild of America awards.

The Mexican filmmaker was crowned Best Director at Saturday’s (03Feb18) ceremony for his Cold War-era fantasy romance The Shape of Water.

The awards are seen as a reliable predictor of success at the Academy Awards, with 13 of the last 14 winners of the prize going on to win the Oscar.

Del Toro, 53, scooped a Golden Globe for the movie last month (Jan18), which stars British actress Sally Hawkins as a janitor in a top secret government laboratory who falls in love with a mysterious merman-like sea creature.

“This movie particularly took me to do things I was very afraid of,” Del Toro told the audience as he accepted the honour at the Beverly Hilton.

“It was a movie that was full of many reasons why it shouldn’t work, and those are the reasons why it works,” he added.

The director was visibly emotional as he dedicated his win to his mother and his father, who was recently taken ill, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“While they are still with me, and they can still hear me say this, thank you dad, thank you mom. You believe in me and my monsters all the time,” Del Toro gushed.

The Shape of Water is up for 13 Oscars, which will take place next month (Mar18).

The other nominees for the award were Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Jordan Peele for Get Out.

Despite losing out in the category, Peele did walk away with the honour of First-Time Feature Film Director for his bleak comedy horror, and received a standing ovation from the star-studded audience.

“This has been the best year of my life, hands down,” he said. “At the same time I’ve had to balance that with the knowledge that this is not a good year for this country. This is not a good year for many of us.

“For everyone in this room, what we do is important, what we do is powerful,” Peele continued. “Keep doing the only thing we know how to. Keep using your voice. It’s the most powerful weapon we have against evil.”

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