Was This The Feminist Oscars?
Patricia Arquette. Photo: Getty Images
Patricia Arquette’s speech heard around the world
She started off shaky: reeling off a list of people she wanted to thank in a breathless voice. But, towards the end of her speech, Arquette really started to gain momentum. “To every woman who gave birth,” she said, “to every tax payer and citizen of this nation. We have fought for everyone else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” In the front row, Meryl Streep officially represented all womankind as she leant forward in her chair, clapping her hands and fist-pumping joyously. She wasn’t the only one who responded so passionately to Arquette’s speech. “PATRICIA 4 PREZ” Lena Dunham Tweeted.
The Mani Cam is No More
Jennifer Hudson in the Mani Cam.
Notable absences on the Oscars red carpet included Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and E! Hollywood’s controversial Mani Cam. Yes, that’s right, the Mani Cam is no more. After stars including Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston refused to take part at this year’s SAG Awards, E! decided to dump the segment, making room for more interview time on the Oscars red carpet. We definitely don’t miss seeing the stars’ huge, spider-like hands parade up and down a diorama showcasing their diamond rings.
#AskHerMore gets an A-list boost
Reese Witherspoon on the red carpet. Photo: Getty Images
The groundswell movement challenging red carpet journalists to ask about the woman in the dress (rather than just the dress) really took off at this year’s Oscars. It was championed by Reese Witherspoon (who posted a list of questions she would rather be asked on the red carpet than “Who are you wearing?” on her Instagram) and Amy Poehler. E!’s host Ryan Seacrest painstakingly asked actresses on the red carpet poignant questions about their careers, posing to eventual Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette whether Boyhood’s title should have been changed to Motherhood. The #AskHerMore hashtag went viral on Twitter. At the Oscars, Witherspoon said “[#AskHerMore] is a movement that says we are more than our dresses… The dresses are beautiful and we love the artists that make our clothes, but we’re [also] a group of women who want to talk about the work we’ve done.”
Steve Carrell wears #HeForShe cufflinks
Emma Watson had a fangirl moment on Twitter when she revealed that Steve Carrell would be wearing #HeForShe cufflinks at the Oscars. “You were pure genius in Little Miss Sunshine (one of my all time favourite films)… I wanted to marry you or have you adopt me after Crazy Stupid Love… I think you’re so awesome and now you are wearing #HeForShe cufflinks,” Watson wrote. “Couldn’t be more proud.” The gold cufflinks, designed by Monique Pean, feature #HeForShe’s logo and stand for UN Women’s new campaign for gender equality, as spearheaded by Watson herself.
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