by Jason Howard Kelly
I’m not even going to start by asking, “Did you happen to watch The Oscars last night?” because there’s a 99.9% chance that you did. I mean, what else are you going to watch? Reruns of CSI? Please.
Well, if you did watch the Oscars last night then you saw Jenny Beavan win the award for Best Costume Design for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road. Beavan also won the award at the BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards) back on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Remember how that went down? That was the night that Stephen Fry, a very good friend of Jenny Beavan, made a joke comparing her appearance to that of a, “bag lady” which is British slang for a homeless person. Fry was eventually chased off of Twitter by angry Tweeters who claimed that he was being insensitive and sexist with his comments. Just a few days later Beavan addressed Fry’s comments and made it very clear that they are still friends, and that she is not upset about what he said.
Last night Beavan was at it again as she strode up to the stage to accept her Academy Award, wearing a badass leather jacket with a studded, flaming skull on the back.
Jenny Beavan / Image courtesy of Ashley Givan (@ashleygivan)
How awesome is that? It was an especially cool moment when she quoted her own movie when accepting the award by saying, “what another lovely day!”.
It was, indeed, a lovely day. It was lovely to see Beavan fearlessly and unapologetically be herself while working in an industry that is so hyper focused on looks and fashion. Beavan was surrounded by her peers wearing expensive, custom-made suits and gowns, and she confidently walked down the red carpet in her leather jacket and jeans.
It may seem like a small thing but Beavan showed the world last night that you don’t have to fit anyone’s specific mold or idea of what a person should be. Just be yourself, and be damn good at that.