Have I mentioned that I worked the Oscars this year yet? I’m super chill about it so I don’t think I have. Well, I was there and in our production truck, when Viola Davis showed up, there were “wows” out loud from some of the men in the truck who typically work in sports. Viola Davis was not my best dressed of the night but the thing that’s special about this dress is that it brings the WOW. It’s the colour, absolutely, but it’s also the shape. There is no other word for this dress but WOW.
Viola Davis was presenting Best Supporting Actor, as the returning Best Supporting Actress. She didn’t need to show up to work last night. Viola was there to party. This is a party dress. It actually reminds me, in theory, of Eiza Gonzalez’s yellow dress. It’s tight. It’s bright. It’s a “look at me, I’m hot!” dress. We typically see these kinds of dresses on the young starlets trying to make a statement at their first Oscars. And on one of them, I’m going to call myself out and say that on another actress, this dress may not have been as WOW for me. But LOOK AT AUNTIE VIOLA SLAY! It’s the hair, the makeup, the EVERYTHING. Viola Davis in her hot pink dress is keeping me awake right now.
LOOK AT AUNTIE VIOLA. I’m obsessed.
I’m also obsessed with Viola’s latest casting news. It was announced last week that Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o will be teaming up for The Woman King. They will be playing mother/daughter members of a military unit in West Africa known as the Amazons who fight to protect their land, their people and their honour. Yes. Please. Is that giving you Dora Milaje vibes? Well, one of the producers of the film made the direct comparison to Black Panther to Deadline.
“Black Panther just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes. The Woman King will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation.”
It’s bullsh-t to me that the success of Black Panther is what made studios wake up to the idea that a movie about real-life African female warriors would make a for a great movie because that seems like a f-cking no brainer to me but at least we’re finally here.
Viola and Lupita met up inside the awards to give us a preview of their chemistry.
Viola Davis also had a mini reunion with the cast of The Help. Where’s Emma Stone?