In a charged year of firsts and surprises, stars came out in support for the ACLU, sealing-wax red gowns and plenty of statuette gold
Is the Oscars about style or substance? That was the question about this years ceremony. Would frothy La La Land prove that escapism triumphs over all, or would the Oscars play it serious by paying homage to Moonlight?
Well, by know we all know what happened next. On the Oscar podium as in the ballot box, the upset is the new normal. Meanwhile on the red carpet, the battle between style and substance also ended on a cliffhanger.
There were no placards and no trip-ups. But while the political ribbons and pins on the red carpet might look like a minor detail, in images which will be beamed around the globe these small statements punch above their weight. The highly charged mood of American public life raised the stakes on the red carpet, as well as the podium. The celebrities stepping into the spotlight at this moment had to make a statement: is this all about me, or do I acknowledge issues outside this bubble?