“And so it ends” I said sighing dramatically and looking at my now black TV. Ok, maybe I’m being a bit of a drama queen but, accord...

“And so it ends” I said sighing dramatically and looking at my now black TV. Ok, maybe I’m being a bit of a drama queen but, according to the looks that walked this year’s Academy Awards red carpet, dramatic is the way to go. How else would you describe Lupita’s astonishing, custom-made gown? I mean, the girl was sporting a total of 6,000 pearls! If that doesn’t qualify as dramatic I don’t know what does. The truth is that it’s the Oscars, and because of that there is this sort of silent agreement going on between the audience watching them and the actresses attending them: “I sit through four long hours of speeches and performances and you show up wearing unbelievably amazing gowns”. This is the reason behind Julianne Moore’s sequined Chanel couture number, Lady Gaga’s huge custom-made Alaïa gown (ok, maybe that has less to do with the Oscars and more to do with Lady Gaga being Lady Gaga) or Rosamund Pike’s curve-hugging red Givenchy look. This year though something changed: even with a red carpet filled with unforgettable and dramatic looks – hello! Care to talk about Emma Stone’s backless chartreuse Elie Saab?-the attention was less on the gowns and more on the fantastic performances given by the actresses wearing them. This was a result of the #AskHerMore twitter campaign that encouraged interviewers to ask the actresses more than the usual “Who are you wearing?” question. The campaign found the support of many actresses - Reese Witherspoon even tweeted about it before walking down the red carpet – as well as of interviewers like Abc’s Robin Ross who never asked the infamous question. After all, the reason why those women were there was because of the amazing and challenging work they’d done both in front and behind the scenes. The dresses were just the added bonus

Cate Blanchett in Maison Martin Margiela Couture and Tiffany jewels

Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture and Chopard jewels

Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent and Forevermark Diamonds jewels

Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture and Chopard jewels

Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection and Chopard jewels

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Haute Couture and Lorraine Schwartz jewels

Emma Stone in Elie Saab Haute Couture and Tiffany jewels

Naomi Watts in Armani Privé and Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie jewels

Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford and Tiffany jewels

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