With his trademark deadpan delivery, Bill Murray has offered us more iconic lines and cultural references than is reasonable to count. He put Japanese whisky Suntory on the map in Lost in Translation; as a frequent collaborator of Wes Anderson he’s had roles in such touchstones as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Rushmore, and Moonrise Kingdom; and then, of course, there are films like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, and Caddyshack. So it should come as little surprise that Murray was elected the latest winner of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (as a humorist, he’s also put on specials — A Very Murray Christmas — and featured on SNL in the ’70s), an annual award presented to funny people who embrace satire and social commentary. Murray follows a succession of A-listers awarded the prize including Eddie Murphy, Lorne Michaels, and Tina Fey. As if it needed further evidence, his impact in Hollywood was visible in the equally radiant crowd that turned out to celebrate Murray in Washington, D.C., including one-time co-star Emma Stone, a pretty hilarious lady herself and one who knows how to work a red carpet.
Who: Emma Stone.
When: Sunday, October 23.
Where: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Awards for Humor, honoring actor Bill Murray, in Washington, D.C.
What: A bordeaux, sable-silk Prada dress with contrasting, crystal-embellished piping and silver sandals.
Why: Stone consistently defies the notion that female humorists don’t take risks on the red carpet. In Venice, she wore an adorable floral design by Giambattista Valli; in Los Angeles, a ruffled Rodarte number; and here, in D.C., a wine-colored Prada gown. It’s a little bit flapper, with its tea-length, sleeveless silhouette, and by foregoing jewelry (a bold choice on a dress with such a wide collar), she allows the dress to speak for itself. It’s all about wearing your Prada with confidence.