Beauty In Color: Oscar Highlights

by Fashion and Entertainment Editor Joseph Lamour

Quvenzhane Wallis and Halle Berry bond at The Oscars. Image via Buzzfeed.

We’re trying something new here at The R. In coverage of awards shows I’ve noticed fashion writers tend to completely ignore people of color, since there are so few nominated for the big awards. This holds true much more so for white-centric awards like The Oscars–less so for The Grammys. Unless you’re Halle Berry (and even then), beautiful people of color have to clamor for the spotlight. That’s where I come in.

There’s so much beauty in the world and, while I love Jennifer, Anne, and Jessica, I would like to shine a light on Inocente, Quvenzhane, and Octavia–some of the best dresses of the night. Beauty in color, under the cut.

Quvenzhane Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis in Armani (go head!), FOREVERMARK jewels and of course, her trademark puppy purse. Image via Huffington Post.


Emad and Soraya Burnat:

Emad Burnat, Nominated for ‘5 Broken Cameras’, his wife Soraya, and their son.
Image via Badass Muslim Girl.

Soraya is wearing a traditional Palestinian thawb. Although I want to keep this post positive, I would be remiss not to mention the fact that they were detained at LAX coming into the country, and Michael Moore (of all people) had to vouch for them so that they could actually come to the Oscars. So…that’s great.

Octavia Spencer:

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji. Accesories include Prada shoes, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and an Edie Parker clutch. Image via Tom and Lorenzo.

Michelle Obama:

Michelle Obama on screen at the Oscars. Image via Huffington Post.


Michelle Obama, in Naeem Kham, presents the award for Best Picture. Image via ABC News. Official White House photo by Pete Souza.


Inocente Galicia with Sean Fine & Andrea Nix. Image via LA Times.
Inocente Galicia with Sean Fine & Andrea Nix. Image via LA Times.

Related! I found her DeviantArt page. Give it love whenever she starts posting there.

Halle Berry:

Halle Berry in Versace. Image via Huffington Post.


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  • de_Pizan

    I loved Octavia Spencer’s dress, one of my favorites. And while I don’t usually like the mullet hemline, I loved the color on Rachel Mwanza’s dress.

  • lyricalkismet

    I also love that Octavia in an interview about her dress and its designer mentioned that everyone can not work with a full figure like hers or even wants do. She gave her designer kudos on knowing how to dress a ful figured woman and make her look glamorous!

  • Allen Herring

    I thought Octavia’s dress was one of the most beautiful of the evening (and completely underrated); and, the pattern on Soraya’s thawb is quite exquisite. Thanks for posting this!