Now That Oscar Season Is Over, Let's Look Back At The History Of Red Carpet Controversy | The Weekly Cut

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Breaking news: Oscar season is now officially over, which also means that we need to wait a few more months to admire the beautiful gowns of our favourite celebrities from the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. In the meantime however, how about we look back refresh our memories with the latest red carpet drama?

Movie controversies aren’t a new topic of conversation and its fair to say that cinema as a whole has taken a new step forward and pushed the boundaries of what is considered “acceptable”. Film makers are not afraid to shock anybody anymore and every year film festivals are filled with uproar between sex scenes, violence and much more.

In a decade defined by the rise of social media it has become clear how intertwined the fashion and film industry are. Let me ask you, did you spend more time scrolling through the list of winners this year? Or did you enjoy much more reading all about the red carpet drama that was trending all over your Instagram feed?

To be honest with you, I enjoyed both. I am a massive film fan and therefore always stay up to watch the results on the Sunday evening but I also enjoy a bit of fashion drama (excuse me, who doesn’t?). Just remember that fashion is subjective and who is best dressed to one person may be the worst dressed to another. The only thing that is clear for us, is that there are always looks that get people talking a little bit more, and a little bit more loudly.

Let’s start with the one and only Cher, also known as the “Queen of Comebacks” or the “Queen of Camps” and her look at the 1986 Oscar ceremony. That year she undoubtedly stole the red carpet attention as she wore a design by Bob Mackie which was a midriff-baring black sequinned gown completed with a dramatic feathered headpiece. Sounds tame for Cher you say? The noise wasn’t so much about the outfit itself, but more about the reason as to why she wore it. She told the media that she wore it against the Academy which failed to take  her seriously as an actress. I mean, if you are going to ask for attention I feel like this type of ceremony is the ideal place to do it don’t you think?

Don’t you love it when an outfit also has an entire movement or story behind it? This actually brings us to the dress Natalie Portman wore at this year’s 92nd Oscar which she took as an opportunity to speak up about the lack of female directors nominated at the ceremony. The Dior dress was absolutely gorgeous and featured a black bodysuit with a sheer, golf-leaf embroidered layer top finished off with a cape embroidered with the name of this year’s snubbed female directors.“ I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my [own] subtle way,” she told a reporter on the red carpet.

Finally, what’s a successful Oscar without a bit of sheer and nakedness? You might remember how Gwyneth Paltrow literally shocked the media with her Alexander McQueen dress. The actress who is usually expected to wear elegant and often sweet red carpet looks, surprised the media and everyone else with a completely sheer ruched top and she has admitted regretting not wearing a bra. Although she still openly talks about the lack of styling taste she had back then, I think it’s always great to try something new, don’t you?

Ps: why did we use an image of the gorgeous and stylish Elvis Presley for this piece you may ask? Only because it was impossible for me to find anything negative about his style choices over his life, and we absolutely love him!

What are your thoughts about how much the media pays attention to the red carpet looks? And do you think it should be treated as the ideal occasion to try something new, or make a statement? Let us know in the comments below! 

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