Not to jinx it or anything, but Emma Stone stepped onto the red carpet of the Academy Awards on Sunday night in a dress that practically demands a statuette. The La La Land actress, widely regarded as the frontrunner to win Best Actress, arrived clad in a gold column gown by Givenchy, a custom couture look by Riccardo Tisci in what was likely among his final acts as creative director of the storied French house before he stepped down earlier this month. The elaborate design features nude lace embroidered with a gold beaded fishnet detail and three-dimensional Swarovski crystals that dissolves into ombré, ivory-and-bronze fringe with coordinating bronze sandals. It’s practically Oscar-worthy in itself.
But beyond her gown, which is peak “Oscar-winning actress” attire, Stone also seems to have worn a tiny Planned Parenthood pin affixed to the bodice. (We’re suspending our disbelief for a moment that Stone stuck a pin through a priceless Givenchy gown.) Dakota Johnson, not a nominee for the night but attending nevertheless, similarly showed her support for Planned Parenthood with the logo adorning her clutch. And regardless of whether Stone wins on Sunday evening, she’s slated to step onto the stage as a presenter. She, like fellow actresses Johnson, Brie Larson (who broadcast her support for a whole slew of causes, including the ACLU, GLAAD, and Planned Parenthood, in an Instagram post earlier this weekend), and Ruth Negga (herself a Best Actress nominee), is using her position to subtly continue to campaign for reproductive justice and civil rights.
The dress the Best Actress nominees wear on the red carpet is one of the most coveted assignments of the night for designers—just think of the flap caused when Karl Lagerfeld told WWD that Meryl Streep had declined one of his couture looks—and in this gilt dress, Stone dressed for the part of winner. Once filming has wrapped, the work of the nominee is far from complete—there are months of campaigning leading up to the awards ceremony itself, and Stone has consistently commanded the red carpet in a series of looks, especially those by Chanel and Prada, that have glimmered and shone their way to the Academy Awards stage.
Paired with retro waves, a wine-colored lip, and chandelier earrings and rings by Tiffany & Co., Stone looked every bit the Golden Age movie star—and fittingly so, since her film has been touted as the second coming of the classic Hollywood movie-musical. A Golden Age movie star with a cause.
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Emma Stone in Prada at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘Manus x Machina’ in New York, New York, May 2016.
Emma Stone in Roland Mouret at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills, California, August 2016.
Emma Stone in Atelier Versace at the opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival and the premiere of La La Land in Venice, Italy, August 2016.
Emma Stone in Chanel at the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, August 2016.
Emma Stone in Rochas at the party for Katie Says Goodbye at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, September 2016.
Emma Stone in Chanel at the press conference for La La Land in Venice, Italy, September 2016.
Emma Stone in Chanel at the premiere of La La Land at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, September 2016.
Emma Stone in Rodarte at the special screening of La La Land during the Mill Valley Film Festival in Mill Valley, California, October 2016.
Emma Stone in Prada at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize in honor of Bill Murray in Washington, D.C., October 2016.
Emma Stone in Chanel at the premiere of La La Land at the Denver Film Festival in Denver, Colorado, November 2016.
Emma Stone in Rosetta Getty at a special screening of La La Land in Los Angeles, California, November 2016.
Emma Stone in Prada at the premiere of La La Land in Westwood, California, December 2016.
Emma Stone in Rochas with Ryan Gosling at their hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, December 2016.
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli at the Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles, California, December 2016.
Emma Stone in Jason Wu.
Emma Stone in Gucci at the W Magazine Best Performances pre-Golden Globes party in Los Angeles, California, January 2017.
Emma Stone in The Row at a screening of La La Land in London, England, January 2017.
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