Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, and the rest of the cast of Fruitvale Station traveled around the world to promote their powerful film, from Cannes (shown) to Los Angeles to New York. Earlier this year, we caught up with them in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival, where the film went on to win both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the Dramatic category. “We’re a really, really close group,” Spencer told InStyle.com at the festival. And they had to be to work on such an intense drama. The movie depicts the true story of Oscar Grant (Jordan), a 22-year San Francisco Bay Area native killed on New Year’s Eve 2009 by a police officer responding to a reported fight on a subway platform. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film follows Grant’s last 24 hours with his family and friends, including his mother Wanda (Spencer), his girlfriend Sophina (Diaz), his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal), and his old friend Katie (O’Reilly). Scroll down to sit in on our conversation with the cast. More
Fruitvale Station’s Octavia Spencer on Her Devotion to Tadashi Shoji: “It’s Harder to Cut for a Body Like Mine. He Makes Me Feel Sexy.”Jul 10, 2013 @ 9:15 am
Octavia Spencer doesn’t have to worry about looking good on the red carpet. Not with Tadashi Shoji around. The designer is her BFF when it comes to red carpet dressing, and she turns to him often for making her look great at event after event. During last year’s award season, the Golden Globe and Academy Award winner wore Shoji’s designs, and even cried when she put on one of his dresses. ”I appreciate that she wore my dresses and she appreciated that I designed for her. It’s mutual admiration,” the designer had told InStyle.com. Today, Spencer remains loyal Shoji as she promotes her new film, Fruitvale Station (out July 12), at the Cannes Film Festival (teal lace frock), in Los Angeles (in a cobalt lace dress), and New York (in an ivory and black lace embroidered cap sleeve dress).
The secret, said Spencer, is Shoji’s ability make her feel sexy. “People will be very angry when I say this, but I think it’s easy to cut for a perfect body,” she told InStyle.com when we caught up with her at the Sundance Film Festival. “Anybody can cut for a body that’s a size two. [It’s harder] to cut for a body like mine. People don’t realize I have an ample waistline. They say, ‘Oh, she knows how to dress her curves.’ What curves? I have lumps! But Tadashi makes them look smooth. He makes me feel sexy. He makes me feel beautiful and presentable.” Spencer and Shoji are loyal to each other, creating a great team on the red carpet—and the actress is happy to cheer him on. “Listen if you were as busy as I am, the very last thing you want to be worrying about is how you look,” she said. “[With Tadashi,] I would roll out of bed and let him turn this cow into a silk purse!”
Plus, see more stars who love Tadashi Shoji designs.
Bonjour, Solange Knowles, Octavia Spencer, Emma Watson, and Nicole Kidman! With the Cannes Film Festival underway in the French Riviera, we’re staying on top of all the fabulous fashion right here. See what these stars wore and plenty more of the biggest Cannes fashion moments in the gallery.
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!
Plus, see this year’s Oscars nominees.
What a day at the InStyle pop-up portrait studio at the Sundance Film Festival! Over 30 stars came through from nine different casts to take their photos (see them in April’s InStyle issue!) and we caught up with the actors and actresses as they relaxed on our comfy couches in between takes. “It’s my sixth time to the Sundance Film Festival and to me, it’s just a momentous occasion for me in my life,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt told InStyle.com of premiering Don Jon’s Addiction at the festival, a film he wrote, directed, and starred in. “I’ve had the luck to have a bunch of movies that I’ve been in play here, so there’s really no where else in the world that I’d rather premiere my movie.” Click through the gallery to see Matthew McConaughey, Octavia Spencer, Tony Danza, Naomi Watts, and more star behind the scenes at Sundance!
Last night’s annual amfAR Inspiration Gala left us inspired! The event raised $10.3 million to benefit the Foundation for AIDS Research, as well as honor Kevin Huvane, HIV/AIDS activist and longtime agent to stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, who flew to the west coast to congratulate him herself. “He’s really become a leader in this community in a lot of ways,” Parker said of Huvane at the event, held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. “Especially for the young people around him in an organization that he’s helped to build—it’s so inspiring.” Guests included Octavia Spencer, chairman of the amfAR Kenneth Cole, Chelsea Handler, Kate Hudson, and Katy Perry, who gave special performance of some of her firework-starting songs. Click through to learn more about last night’s gala and see more photos from this week’s hottest parties.
After collaborating with Octavia Spencer on her awards season attire, designer Tadashi Shoji transformed the elegant lavender column The Help star wore to this year’s Golden Globes into a stunning wedding dress. “I decided to make the ‘Octavia’ gown in ivory for our new bridal collection after the positive response,” Shoji told InStyle.com of the Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress winner’s pastel number. “I love the way the soft draping envelops the figure while the jewel embellishment adds sparkle for a bride’s big day.” And every bride deserves her own red carpet moment! The gown will be available for Spring 2013.
Plus, see how Shoji made her Oscars gown!
Octavia Spencer’s Tadashi Shoji Oscars gown just got a wallet-friendly makeover! The designer created a $448 version of the original, which had taken 1,000 hours of work, a team of 10, and six fittings to finish. You don’t need a red carpet to work the look—we think the remake is a great option for brides who aren’t afraid to sparkle. Score yours at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California today and Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas, Nevada starting Thursday, April 5th. Call 1-877-TADASHI for more information.
Plus, see how the original was made!