Not content with racking up a reputation for finding it hard to recognise talent that doesn’t come in a white package, at the actual Oscars ceremony, some of the finely dressed and talented people in the audience showed they can and did recoil at someone who chose, deliberately, to dress the way she damn well pleased.
One of the Oscars was awarded to Jenny Beavan for costume design, one of 6 oscars that went to Mad Max:Fury Road.
Now Jenny is very much her own person. She’s a Brit, 65, has now won 2 Academy Awards and been nominated for an award an additional 8 times. In other words she’s right at the top of her field and there’s few in any field who can match her.
And showing her liking for doing exactly as she chooses, she chose to turn up at the ceremony with her hair very much uncoiffed, wearing trousers, and a leather jacket emblazoned on the back with Swarovski crystals in the shape of a deaths head and flames.
When the award to her was announced she had a fair hike down to the podium and as she walked down some of the beautifully dressed men she passed recoiled and didn’t clap as she walked past, see the video. As far as I could see the only ones clapping enthusiastically were women, who were also beautifully dressed as per the current dictates of women appearing on the red carpet but who had enough decency left to salute talent no matter what package it came in.
Oscar glamor is all very well but when it trumps saluting people for their instrinsic worth people are behaving in a seriously crazy way. I saw a clip of Francis McDormand, another super talented lady, at the Emmy’s last year who had obviously also decided that she was going to go with as close to natural as she chose. Good luck to her. I’m starting to suspect that women especially have to be super, super good to have the freedom to just do it the way they choose whereas plenty of male performers dress differntly and no one turns a hair. Go Frances.
But what about New York City. Let’s take something like the Met Ball in NYC. Yes it’s all about clothes and everything that goes along with it and we applaud those men and women who wear really stunning clothing to it. But if someone chose to turn up in ordinary, clean but unspectacular clothing I would hope they would be greeted with all the warmth and appreciation due to anyone regardless of time or place.
People at the Oscars ceremony were underlining yet again that there’s a group among them who expect people to adhere to their standards which have nothing to do with people’s basic deceny as human beings and everything to do with whether they ‘look right’. New Yorkers I hope the people in this town never take that route.