Fashion took a dark turn at the 2014 Academy Awards, where, for the first time in recent memory, black and midnight blue were surprisingly popular choices among A-list actors and nominees (along with the occasional over-the-top sparkler, of course). This made for a fairly sober, rain-soaked red carpet that was, at times, even a little sleepy. What the awards lacked in bold and bright colors, though, was made up for with some daring shapes and fabric treatments – so long as you could make them out.
This year marks Meryl Streep‘s 18th Academy Award nomination (she also holds a record for that!) and on March 2nd she could possibly win her fourth Oscar statuette. “There are amazing women in our business, and they continue to break ground. I make a joke about Meryl Streep: They just need to give her her own category at the Academy Awards, and when she makes a film that year, give her a statue,” Sandra Bullock tells InStyle in the March 2009 issue. In this year’s nominated role—she previously won for The Iron Lady, Sophie’s Choice, and Kramer vs. Kramer—Streep plays a dysfunctional mother in Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play-turned-film, August: Osage County. As for her red carpet looks, they have been nothing but classic and cool, just like Streep herself.
Usually Wears: Streep goes for comfort but likes to throw in a few surprises into each look, whether it’s eyewear, a bold color, or fun embellishments like sequins or studs.
Wildcard Factor: Streep manages to change up her look with each appearance and based on her personality, she pulls off each look effortlessly. ”Acting is the perfect profession for me,” Streep once said to InStyle, “because I get bored easily. I have a very short attention span.” Many would call Streep a chameleon on the silver screen, but the same goes for her red carpet looks!
What We’d Like To See: Since it’s the Oscars, we would love to see Streep in something that makes her stand out, just like her gold eco-friendly Lanvin gown from the 2012 Academy Awards.
Take a look back at all of Meryl Streep’s best looks from this awards season in our gallery!
Several years ago, producer Francine LeFrak set out to make a film about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The movie never got off the ground, but that didn’t put a dent in her determination to improve the lives of women there. Same Sky, a jewelry line she founded and helps design, now employs 130 female Rwandan artisans many of whom are victims of rape and HIV-positive. Starting at around $39 and with 100% of net profits going back to the makers, the colorful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings feature Japanese beads, Venetian glass, or traditional fabrics and have found fans in Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Meryl Streep among other stars.
“I open my jewelry drawer every morning and always end up picking one of these to wear,” says LeFrak, pointing to a bright-as-sunshine yellow glass bead necklace she’s paired with a pinstripe power suit. “These pieces affect the lives of the makers and their children, so they inevitably outshine my other jewelry.” Late last year, LeFrak launched a program in the United States whereby women just out of jail produce some of Same Sky’s pieces. “These women told me when they make the jewelry they don’t feel the pull of the street,” she says. “I own diamonds, but to me, these pieces, these are my real diamonds.”
What’s Really Going On Backstage At the Golden Globes? We Take You There With Exclusive Photos by Art StreiberJan 14, 2014 @ 5:40 am
Photographer Art Streiber saw the Golden Globes from a position that few people have ever experienced—right backstage where all the winners and presenters pass. While dodging frantic stage hands and waiters delivering trays of desserts, Streiber was able to capture many unseen moments—from a triumphant Jennifer Lawrence walking off with her statue to Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor sharing a laugh (while Johnny Depp squeezes by behind them). Trust us, these are some photos you will not want to miss.
Say Cheese! Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep Are All Smiles at the Premiere of Their Film, August: Osage County in L.A.Dec 17, 2013 @ 7:13 pm
Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep were all smiles at the L.A. premiere of their new film, August: Osage County and they sure had reason to. Not only are the two leading ladies nominated for a Golden Globe (Streep for Best Actress and Roberts for Best Supporting Actress), but they also received both SAG and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nods, including Best Ensemble nominations for the film’s cast featuring a roster of Hollywood’s biggest names—including Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, and more.
Back in September, InStyle caught up with Nicholson during the Toronto International Film Festival, where she spoke candidly about working with the big cast. “Everybody is so lovely and funny and it was that way immediately,” she said. “It probably started with Julia and her openness and excitement about doing the movie.” The cast brings Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play onto the big screen, which is based on a trio of sisters (Roberts, Lewis, and Nicholson), who reunite at their Oklahoma home with their dysfunctional mother (Streep) due to a family crisis, and what follows is a touching, comedic story about family. The film opens in theaters everywhere on December 25th.
In case you missed Girl Rising in theaters this past March, you can catch it tonight on CNN for its international television debut. The Richard Robbins-directed documentary follows nine girls from Africa to India, and illustrates how attending school is often a challenge. The film explores how a proper education can change the lives of girls growing up in underprivileged communities around the globe—and consequently change the world. Catching Hollywood’s attention, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek (who is also our July cover girl), Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, Cate Blanchett and others lent their voices to help narrate the inspiring film. In a recent effort to call attention to the Girl Rising movement, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, a longtime advocate for children’s education, wrote an open letter to the “girls of the world” inciting the need for change and support by stating, “if we want all girls everywhere to rise up, then we must find them, befriend them and support them…If one girl with courage is a revolution, imagine what feats we can achieve together.” Because, as Beyonce says, “Who runs the world? Girls.” Visit 10x10act.org to learn how you can get involved, and tune in tonight for the film’s debut. Check here for local listings.
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The countdown until the 85th Annual Academy Awards is on! Yesterday, the nominees gathered for their annual class photo and luncheon, and today the show’s producers announced that last year’s winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, and Christopher Plummer are confirmed to present at the ceremony. “We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher, and Jean, last year’s Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. Tune in to ABC on Sunday, February 24th to see all the action!
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“I will read. I will study. I will learn. If you try to stop me, I will just try harder,” Anne Hathaway says in the inspiring new trailer for the Richard Robbins-directed documentary Girl Rising, an exploration of how a proper education can change the lives of girls growing up in underprivileged communities around the globe—and consequently change the world. (It’s not the first time the Les Miserables star has taken on a girl-power cause!) The film takes viewers into the lives of girls from Africa to India, and illustrates how simply trying to go to school is sometimes a significant challenge. Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, and Cate Blanchett are just a sampling of the stars who lent their voices to the film, in addition to a haunting cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” by up-and-coming British singer Birdy, which also appears in the trailer. Watch the clip above and see the film when it hits theaters March 7th. And click here to find out how you can be more involved in the Girl Rising movement.
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