One word here: awkward! It’s difficult to talk about the 89th Annual Academy Awards without mentioning the big A-lister mix-up. Forget the Miss Universe pageant (Steve Harvey, we’re looking at you). The announcement for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards was, for a fleeting moment, record-breaking for everyone’s favorite new movie-musical. When it was revealed that the actual winner was Moonlight, the La La Land cast and crew were nothing short of gracious. (Quick crisis PR lesson here: will PwC’s quick reaction and taking of the blame save its brand?)
But one of the primary reasons the world tuned in was to see which designers shined as brightly as the movie stars they style. Below, we dive into Hollywood PR’s favorite moments from the red carpet and beyond.
Best Moment of the Night: Denzel Washington Married a Random Couple
Host Jimmy Kimmel’s stunt of the night led to a tour bus filled with un-knowing guests. According to our host, it took a lot of coordination and thousands of dollars to make this happen (PR professionals know your pain, Jimmy). An engaged couple, enthralled with a front-row Denzel Washington, was given the honor of having him utter the words, “You may kiss your bride.” Talk about something borrowed.
Best Speech: Mahershala Ali
The first winner of the night, Moonlight Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, gave the cutest nod to his wife and newborn baby. Charming and humble, he delivered a heartfelt message about being in the “service of [telling] the stories of these characters.” Whether it was due to his newly found fame, his second award this year, or perhaps his being the first Muslim actor to take home an Oscar, he held back tears the whole time. Plus, he was looking especially dapper in his all-black Ermenegildo Zenga Couture tux.
Best Couple: Chrissy & John
We don’t have to say much more than that this couple SLAYS. From Chrissy’s sparkly, leg-bearing Zuhair Murad gown to John’s Gucci suit with an exaggerated bow tie, they killed the carpet. Her one-shouldered illusion gown still has us buzzing, his piano performance was dynamite, and that nap during Casey Affleck’s speech will live on in Internet history forever. #RelationshipGoals
Best Suit: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
While all the men of Hollywood came dressed to make us swoon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson proved that the velvet trend isn’t just for those of us who miss the days of Juicy Couture jumpsuits. Blue tuxes were trending, but this guy showed everyone else how to rock it.
Honorable mention: Lion's Sunny Pawar, who is just TOO freaking cute.
Best Dress: Brie Larson
The theme of Sunday night was in vogue. A spectrum of dresses ranging from tame to sexy and subtle to sparkly walked the carpet, many with warmer tones for February.
While we were torn on 2016’s best dress, this year, the results are unanimous. One look stood out as more than a dress, but a gown, and that was Brie Larson (2016 Best Actress winner and 2017 presenter) wearing a black, sculptured Oscar De La Renta. The dramatic neckline is a stand-out without being all-out (if you know what we mean), and her relaxed, pinned back up-do and red lipstick screamed Hollywood glam. Bonus points for subtle side-eye.
Honorable mentions are deserved: Emma Stone in a golden flapper-esque Givenchy Haute Couture sheath dress dazzled almost as much as her LaLa Land performance (hello, matching gold Oscar statuette). But we also loved Taraji P. Henson, who was ravishing in a skin-tight, navy blue velvet custom number by Alberta Ferretti, and Nicole Kidman who resembled an angel in a sparkling Armani Privé (wait...she’s not in Chanel?)
Hollywood’s biggest night has come and gone once again, and with that, we have just one more, semi-related thing to say: Emma Watson, can we be you?
-Deanna Haas and Linnea Kennison
(P.S. We did this last year, too. Click here for a refresher on our 2016 Academy Awards round-up).
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