The 86th annual Oscars have wrapped and another awards season has come to an end. This year’s show, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, brought moments for us to cheer for as we scoped out the red carpet-ready designs and pretty much waited around to see if the cast and crew of the critically acclaimed “12 Years A Slave” was going to get their propers. Check out the moments that stood out for us during the show!
Lupita’s First Awards Season Got A Fairytale Ending…But Don’t Call Her Cinderella
Lupita Nyong’o kicked off Women’s History Month by cementing her name in the books as the seventh Black woman to win an Academy Award. Her Best Supporting Actress win for “12 Year’s A Slave” comes 75 years after Hattie McDaniel became the first Black woman to win an Oscar (Best Support Actress in 1939′s “Gone With The Wind”). The awards season darling, who also kicked off the month celebrated her 31st birthday (March 1) and a Independent Spirit Award win, accepted her Oscar looking like a modern day Cinderella in a custom Prada gown and gold-and-diamonds Fred Leighton headband. “It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, and so I wanted to have a little bit of home,” she told E! News of her gown.
Don’t let the meme’s fool you: Lupita’s custom-made Prada was inspired by Nairobi, not Disney.
The Kenyan-born actress also admitted she didn’t know what the Oscars were until she hit college, but during her awards acceptance speech it was clear the importance of the honor was not lost on her. “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance,” she said, referring to her “12 Years A Slave” character and women like her.
Lupita also thanked members of the cast and crew of her film, which became the first the first picture from a Black director to win top honors in the 86 years of the Academy Awards.
2014 Oscars: The Absolute Best & Worst Dressed
1. 2014 Academy Awards: Best & Worst Dressed1 of 21
2. Lupita Nyong'o2 of 21
3. Lupita Nyong'o3 of 21
4. Alfre Woodard4 of 21
5. Lupita Nyong'o & Alfre Woodard5 of 21
6. Kerry Washington6 of 21
7. Kerry Washington7 of 21
8. Pharrell Williams & Helen Lasichanh8 of 21
9. Michael B. Jordan9 of 21
10. Michael B. Jordan10 of 21
11. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith11 of 21
12. Viola Davis12 of 21
13. John Legend & Chrissy Teigen13 of 21
14. Chiwetel Ejiofor & Sari Mercer14 of 21
15. Robin Roberts15 of 21
16. Steve McQueen16 of 21
17. Faysal Ahmed & Barkhad Abdi17 of 21
18. Michael Strahan18 of 21
19. Rocsi Diaz19 of 21
20. Tyson Beckford20 of 21
21. John Ridley & Gayle Ridley21 of 21
Oscars 2014: Lupita’s Fairytale Ending + More Black Hollywood Moments was originally published on hellobeautiful.com