Fashion Hits at the 2013 Oscars

With the Oscars being known for awarding fine talent and achievements in film-making, it is also one of the biggest nights for fashion! Our writers Elizabeth and Tania team up to highlight some of their personal favorites of the best dressed from the 85th Annual Academy Awards, and who takes top honors with the best look of the evening.

The Dolby Theater lit up with the best of Hollywood, as the industry’s elite hit the red carpet this past Sunday wearing top designers and showcasing the latest trends and colors for the season. There were many classic trends that celebrities turned out in with dramatic trains, gun metals, glittery ensembles, flowing pastels with soft tones and hues, tousled hair or goddess curls bordering Veronica Lake, and styles straight out of Downton Abbey. It was a night full of glitz and glamour with a romantic golden era twinkle.

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Movie Review: The Help

Based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett, The Help follows the lives of a group of Jackson, Mississippi women during the 1960s and reveals the often-concealed reality of racial discrimination in America.

The film adaptation stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer as Aibileen Clark and Milly Jackson, two black maids who divulge their experiences of working in white households to Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), an aspiring writer who plans to compile their stories into an engaging exposé. The three women come into constant conflict with their high society employers, led by the icy and ignorant Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard).

Through the help’s tales of turmoil, tragedy and injustice, shocking and shameful examples of racial bigotry are unfolded. The fact that strong prejudice perspectives against African-American citizens ran rampant only less than fifty years ago is difficult to grasp, but The Help reminds viewers that such close-minded opinions still exist in present-day society.

However, hope is offered through The Help’s memorable and compelling characters: in the resilience of Aibileen, in the courage of Milly, in the ambition of Skeeter and in the tolerance of blonde bombshell and society outcast, Celia Foote (Jessica Chastain).

With great humour and tremendous heart, The Help delivers an important message about realizing one’s potential and using one’s voice – a powerful tool that can make a positive difference in society.

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.