Today's the big day! The 2014 Oscars take place tonight, thus ceremoniously ending winter awards season for the year and crowning (essentially) the kings and queens of Hollywood for the next 365 days. There were so many important, beautiful films released this year (I know firsthand; I watched most of them yesterday—thanks, internet!), and while certainly not all of them did, many had surprising style moments that stuck with us long after the credits rolled. In an attempt to commemorate these standout scenes, we've rendered them in our favorite medium: emoji.
'DALLAS BUYERS CLUB': RAYON'S DRESS QUESTION
Jared Leto's Rayon is a girl with a heart of gold. Even while receiving treatment for her HIV from Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner), she's making sure the cut of her dress is just inappropriate enough. *WINK*
Transformation timeline from Echelon to Rayon
Photos: Getty Images/Truth Entertainment
Jared Leto is a man of many talents. In addition to fronting Thirty Seconds to Mars and having some seriously enviable ombre hair to ever grace this Earth, he beautifully portrayed a transsexual AIDS patient named Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Jared went through a major physical change in a short amount of time for the role, so we figured, in honor of Jared's nomination for Best Supporting Actor, we would take a look back (mostly via Leto's own Instagram) at his transformation. Let's get this started.
OCTOBER 24, 2012
Jared Leto before Rayon.
Photo: @jaredleto Instagram
Before undertaking the role of Rayon, Jared had a full beard and impersonated Abe Lincoln for fun. He wore his hair in a man bun.
If you haven't paid much attention to the fierce competition raging in the Oscar race for "Highest Pants," don't worry—we're here to break down the contenders for you. The creased slacks designed by Casey Storm in Her were given a lot of attention because of their extra-long zippers and hidden buttons, but they were not, in fact, the only high-waisted pants on screens this Oscar year. Below you'll find the four films vying for the coveted trophy, in the order that we think is least to most likely to win (this completely trivial category that we made up). Cast your vote in the comments at the bottom of the post. Best of luck to all.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Matthew McConaughey lost over 40 pounds to play the role of Ron Woodroff in Dallas Buyers Club. His character continues to lose weight throughout the film due to his battle with AIDS, so a belt was necessary to hold up the jeans on his wiry frame. From the front, the pants don't look all that high, but from the back, you can see how they're cinched, sitting at the top of his waist. On the waistline spectrum (your grandfather to Britney Spears in the "I'm A Slave 4 U" video), they could sit higher, but they could also definitely be lower.
Sure, the Oscars are the crown jewel of awards season fashion as far as the red carpet is concerned, but don't sleep on the Costume Designers Guild Awards. The clothes from your favorite movies and TV shows (and even commercials) deserve love, too, and the CDGAs is where they get it. Being that we're fans of style off and on the screen, we're breaking down this year's biggest winners.
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
A still from "Behind The Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
Category: Outstanding Made For Television Movie Or Mini Series
Winner: Behind the Candelabra costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick
What Makes This Wardrobe Rad: It's no secret that we loved (still and will forever love, TBH) HBO's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra. Between Michael Douglas drenched (DRENCHED) in head-to-toe baby pink sequins and Matt Damon swanning out of kidney bean-shaped pools in bedazzled man-kinis, what's not to love, amirite? Liberace is the definition of over-the-top opulence, and BOY, Ellen Mirojnick delivered.
A still from "Behind the Candelabra."
Photo: HBO Films
And, while it's hard to tell because Douglas and Damon (AND ROB LOWE) are pictured pulling so many Drakes ("I wear every single chain, even when I'm in the house"), dripping with gold at every hour of the day, I dare say Ellen didn't go too far overboard with the baubles and gems. In a really surprising way, it all feels just right.
Preen shows Darth Vader designs for Fall/Winter 2014 at London Fashion Week.
Photo: Getty Images
Rodarte presented some of the most memorable pieces at New York Fashion Week this year thanks to a range of dresses printed with iconic Star Wars imagery. I mean, putting Luke Skywalker and Yoda front and center on your chiffon gowns is definitely going to get people talking. While I was personally delighted to see the greatest sci-fi franchise of all time (thoughts and opinions are my own, but also, don't argue) sneak onto the runway, the literal interpretation of geek chic was admittedly a tad random. Or at least it seemed that way, UNTIL NOW. *duuuun dun dun dun DUNdun dun DUNduuun* Star Wars just made another appearance for Fall/Winter 2014 at Preen's London Fashion Week show, so Rodarte's Jedi regalia could actually have been the first signs of a nerdy new trend.
A few looks from Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection.
Photos: Getty Images
The Force is strong with this one. "This one" meaning Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection (obviously). Yesterday, the Sisters Mulleavy sent their latest line down the runway, which featured a few VERY familiar faces—and we're not talking about the models. With the blessing of director George Lucas, his wife Mellody Hobson, and Disney (who recently acquired the rights to Lucas' Lucasfilm Limited production company) Rodarte presented a series of Star Wars-themed looks that were both very literal (i.e. gowns emblazoned with Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and C-3PO) and creatively interpretative.
Before the beloved character-print dresses closed out the show (sans noticeably absent leads like Princess Leia and Darth Vader), Rodarte duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy delivered a collection filled with what we believe were more-discreet references to the cult-classic trilogy—which, to the average ogler, might seem
totally a bit random, but have been several years in the making, as George Lucas took a highly coveted front row seat at Rodarte's Winter 2012 show. We consulted our resident Star Wars fangirl, Lauren Reid, for some much-needed insight on the collection's less-obvious nods to the films.
By now you've probably heard what is arguably the greatest news of 2014 (AFTER Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged, of course *hair flip*)—Tyra Banks' confirmation of a Life-Size sequel! The 2000 made-for-TV movie tells the story of a girl named Casey (played by Lindsay Lohan) bringing her Eve doll (played by Tyra, obvi) to life and learning valuable lessons about humanity and makeovers.
We're excited about the reboot for a million reasons (e.g. getting a continuation of the greatest plotline ever, experiencing more of Tyra's award-worthy acting, etc.), but we're the MOST pumped about seeing if the sequel's costumes will be anywhere near the caliber of the original's. Life-Size brought us some truly stunning outfits that encapsulate the heartbeat of early-aughts style with a little (OK, a LOT) of Barbie flair. It's impossible to pick which of Tyra's fashion moments are the most memorable, so instead, we've itemized every single one of her outfits from the movie and ranked them from meh to BEST:
15. PRETTY IN PINK
A still of Tyra Banks in "Life-Size."
Photo: ABC/Walt Disney Television
Yea yea yea, Eve can rock a hot pink ball gown with a floral bustle better than anyone else, but, as you'll see, she can do a lot better. Plus, the whole ~pretty pink princess~ thing is a little played out. Zzzzzz.
14. CONFUSING '70S VIBES
A still of Tyra Banks in "Life-Size."
Photo: ABC/Walt Disney Television
It's not offensive from the waist up, and we wouldn't go so far as to say we hate those plastic yellow hoops, but something about the styling here is just...off. Also, white bell-bottoms do favors for NO ONE.
Nicki Minaj as a blonde in "The Other Woman" trailer.
Photo: 20th Century Fox
It's a cycle we're all familiar with by now: Nominations for big awards shows come out in early December, you see movies you'd never heard of before listed for major accolades, you use your holiday break to catch up on these critically acclaimed films, and in the process, you see a trailer for a movie starring Nicki Minaj. OK, so that last part is only true of this year (and Nicki's more of a supporting character to Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton
's boobs in The Other Woman), but the rest of that is an inevitable annual truth.
I'd heard mumblings of Nicki's breakout film role all spring during filming and saw that the trailer dropped last month, but it wasn't until I was FACE TO FACE with the preview in theaters that it all sank in (all it takes is one cat GIF to break me #factsonly). A sampling of my initial reactions: OMG! Kate Upton! Acting! Sort of!; Am I willing to watch another movie just for Leslie Mann if Paul Rudd is not also in it?; and the one question that has stuck with me since prying myself from those dingy, butt-worn theater seats, "Am I crazy or did I just see Nicki Minaj with two different hairstyles and colors for a two-minute trailer?"