Expect a parade of colors on the Oscars red carpet. Though both the Golden Globes and Baftas adopted black dress codes in protest of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, those attending the March 4 ceremony are free to wear what they like.
#TimesUp organizers, including TV creator Shonda Rhimes, actresses Tessa Thompson and Laura Dern, director Ava DuVernay, producer Katie McGrath, and attorney Nina Shaw confirmed the lack of a dress code at a press conference Thursday.
Rhimes said the movement “was launched on the red carpet but was never intended to live there.”
That said, the Oscars will reportedly refer to the movement in some way, though host Jimmy Kimmel initially said he had no plans to speak about #TimesUp or #MeToo during the show.
“Here’s the thing: This show is not about reliving people’s sexual assaults,” the late-night host told ABC News. “It’s an awards show for people who have been dreaming about maybe winning an Oscar for their whole lives. And the last thing I want to do is ruin that for someone who is, you know, nominated for, you know, best leading actress or best supporting or best director or cinematographer, or whatever, by making it unpleasant. I’m not going to stop any bad behavior with my jokes.”
Since then, however, Kimmel has backtracked and teased that #TimesUp would “be a part of the show.”
It just won’t be a part of the red carpet. A recent interview with Kate Young, stylist for Best Actress nominee Margot Robbie, suggests that an Oscars dress code was dismissed weeks ago.
“Everything is ready,” Young told the Telegraph of Robbie’s Oscar gown. “The designer and style were in place about five weeks ago, the color we confirmed about three weeks ago. This is one dress you do not leave to the last minute.”
Young noted, however, that Robbie made a last-minute wardrobe change when it was announced that the Baftas would support a black dress code.
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