Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Octavia Spencer chose a hand-beaded, ivory silk tulle Tadashi Shoji gown for her big night. Fun fact: it took 1,000 hours of work, a team of 10, and six fittings to get the customized gown from the designer’s showroom to the red carpet, the label told us. “She’s a genuine, nice person,” lead designer Shoji said of outfitting the actress. “I appreciate that she wore my dresses and she appreciated that I designed for her. It’s mutual admiration.” See the gown’s journey from sketch to reality in the gallery!
The results are in! We’ve rounded up the biggest wins at the 84th Academy Awards, from Meryl Streep‘s Best Leading Actress score (her third Oscar!) to Octavia Spencer‘s teary Best Supporting Actress victory. See more Oscars winners in the gallery, including Best Picture and Best Leading Actor!
Basic black was the most popular nail polish color at the 2012 Academy Awards tonight. Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Sandra Bullock, and Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer all painted their tips an inky sable lacquer. Want to try this easy-to-wear look? Take note: Dark polishes tend to stain, so be sure to apply a good base coat to act as a barrier for your natural nails. Tell us: Do you ever paint your nails black?
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Graphic black and white ruled the red carpet at the 2012 BAFTA Awards! Best Leading Actress winner Meryl Streep wore an inky Vivienne Westwood corset gown, while The Help‘s Octavia Spencer scooped up a Best Supporting Actress award in Tadashi Shoji. Comedienne Kristen Wiig went minimalist in a silk strapless Alberta Ferretti column gown, and Michelle Williams kept things budget-friendly in an ivory and black gown by H&M Bespoke. See what everyone else wore to The British Academy of Film and Television Arts event in the gallery!
Octavia Spencer’s go-to designer for awards season is Tadashi Shoji. The Help star has worn his creations to the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the designer is thrilled. “She’s a genuine, nice person,” Shoji told InStyle.com at his fashion show in New York yesterday. “When I went there for a fitting and she put on my dress, she literally cried. I appreciate that she wore my dresses and she appreciated that I designed for her. It’s mutual admiration.” And her faithfulness to him is what he loves most. “She’s getting really well-known, but in the beginning she wore my dresses. Then, the much bigger designers came to say, ‘hi.’ But she’s loyal.” So, does this mean we’ll see the Best Supporting Actress nominee in one of his pieces at the upcoming Academy Awards? “That, I don’t know,” he said. “Surprise, surprise.” Here’s to hoping!
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This year’s crop of Oscar hopefuls talked about the thrill of getting a nomination and the rigors of awards season when they gathered for lunch at the Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday. “I spent so much time on this film naked,” Rooney Mara said of stripping down to play the lead role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. “Between the piercings and the tattoos and the make-up and the hair and my body being a little smaller—it always felt like I was in costume.” Read more of the best celebrity quotes from the 2012 of Academy Award nominees luncheon in the gallery. Then, tune into ABC on Sunday, February 26th at 7e/4p to see who takes home the trophies, and make sure to check back to InStyle.com for all of your pre-show and night-of red carpet updates.
— Bronwyn Barnes, with reporting by Lindzi Scharf