And it’s kind of lovely
Emma Stone won the Oscar for best actress at the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, seeing La La Land dominate the ceremony, taking home six statues.
After cleaning up this season, winning the Best Actress gongs at the Golden Globes, SAGs and BAFTAs, Emma was the favourite for the Oscars 2017, with a host of celebrities from her ex boyfriend, Andrew Garfield, to her close friend and 2016 Best Actress winner, Brie Larson, showing their support and pride.
However, it wasn’t just the way that Andrew Garfield was looking at her during her acceptance speech or the hug that Brie gave her backstage that got everyone talking. It was instead the surprising link between Emma and fellow Best Actress winner, Audrey Hepburn, who picked up the statue in 1954 for her role in Roman Holiday.
The two actresses are linked not only by their shared accolade, Best Actress Oscar winner, but also through their choice of attire.
On Sunday, when Emma donned her stunning gold-fringed embellished Givenchy gown, she became the first woman to win an Oscar wearing Givenchy since Audrey Hepburn in 1954.
To make it even more special, the Haute Couture gown (taking 1700 hours to make by the way), was Riccardo Tisci’s last design, before leaving his 12 year role as Creative Director of the fashion house in January.
Audrey’s Givenchy gown at the 26th Academy Awards is one of the most iconic in Oscar history, designed by her lifelong friend, Hubert de Givenchy, himself.
To follow such a historic look is pretty daunting, but Emma managed it, looking flawless as she thanked the Academy and praised the other women in her category, assuring them, ‘you are all so extraordinary and I look up to you and I admire you more than I can put into words. It has been the greatest honour just to stand alongside you. That is the greatest honour of all.’
She continued: ‘I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey and I’m so grateful for that.’
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