Guest Post by Akasha Garnier on the 2017 #Oscars
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With the precedent and political climate set during the 2017 awards season, film aficionados and fashionistas were wondering what #Oscars2017 would bring.
Are the Academy Awards representing style or substance? Frequently Oscar movies are about deep subjects and historical journeys, but this year present several new ideas to consider. Many saw “La La Land” as a paean to old Hollywood and the zany lives of many Angelenos in the film industry. Some called it “frothy” and wondered if escapism would prevail, or if the Oscars would play it straight and serious by paying homage to “Moonlight” as Best Picture?
Voila, now we all know what happened next. The Oscar stage and the ballot counts, cast upset as a new norm.
Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture by
Ricardo Tisci/Getty Images.
|Viola Davis was the one to beat they said. Here she’s
poised in Armani Prive.
She went on to become the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award for acting.
See all the dresses from this year’s red carpet.
Check out the men on the red carpet.
As the red carpet parade was underway, K. Patrick Tutera and I were having a photoshoot and catching up on our arrival with photographer and suave driver in tow. Extra thank you and toast to Bre and the Hollywood Roosevelt guest relations team who reached out to make sure we had built in enough travel time and knew arrival protocol.
As the red carpets were winding down. Patrick and I had a chance to catch some candids in character on our way to the Oscars soiree.
The Blossom Ballroom gourmet soiree was sponsored by Piper champagne. the official champagne of The Oscars. When I asked Bre Smith from the Roosevelt and Blossom Ballroom team if she had a favorite course from the evening’s menu, she said: “I’m a champagne girl. As long as there’s champagne, everything else is secondary!” She also told me that they knew the dinner should be held in one room – the main event with the grand space where the first Oscars’ guest gathered. AND they are gearing up for even more special celebrations as they get ready for the 90th Academy Awards.
Patrick and I both had reasons to celebrate with the his “The Last Hurrah” film festival track and my
#ShineThroughTheNoise book and branding projects reaching 9 countries and winning Marcom awards. I truly appreciate that we both have things to celebrate. #Truth – the Piper champagne was fantastic! We also both really enjoyed the prime rib carving station and extra tender chicken with sundried tomato.
We both tweeted some highlights from the show (without becoming completely glued to our phones, fortunately). Give Patrick’s gamesmanship a look and a follow. (Last Hurrah Film) I am sure we will both have new things to share and celebrate soon!
Check out the foreshadowing and stills from the Best Picture debacle.
I will leave you with some wisdom from an outstanding speech:
Viola Davis, best supporting actress winner, Fences
“There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered – that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say exhume those bodies, exhume those stories, the stories of the people dream big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost. I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it is to live a life. Here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed, and exalted, the ordinary people.”
Thank you again Enricoh, and blogging community for this guest author opportunity. I’ll see you on the flipside. 🙂
Cheers & fair winds,