Inspiring Women and Their Iconic Academy Awards Looks

Uma Thurman and Lupita Nyong’o

Although Uma Thurman and Lupita Nyong’o rocked these blue dresses 19 years apart (Uma was up for best supporting actress for Pulp Fiction in 1995, while Lupita took home best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave in 2014), both lovely ladies served up Cinderella vibes that could only be rivaled by the princess herself. Both of these dresses make my soul swoon for different reasons; Lupita’s possesses a flowing, billowy look, while Uma’s has a sleek, periwinkle hue. Lupita’s light blue dress also marks the night when she gave (in my humble opinion) one of the most moving acceptance speeches of all time, in which she said, “When I look down at this Golden Statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Beyonce, Zendaya, and Julia Roberts

Three women looking hot as hell in white and black-- that’s what I wanted to showcase in this collage. In 2001, Julia Roberts wore the black and white gown pictured above when she won the Best Actress award for the film Erin Brockovich. (Fun fact: the Valentino gown was vintage! It was originally made in 1992.) Beyonce performed at the Oscars in 2005 when she wore this plunging and powerful black dress. It makes my heart go wild every time I see it! Zendaya arrived at the Academy Awards in a white satin dress in 2015. Anyone who was on the internet last year will remember how Zendaya skillfully responded to fashion critics when she received backlash for wearing her hair in dreadlocks on the red carpet. These three girls are truly amazing!

Hattie McDaniel and Miyoshi Umeki

These ladies aren’t only incredible for their groundbreaking awards, but also for their sense of style. Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Academy Award when she won best supporting actress for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind (she had to accept her award in a segregated hotel). Hattie looked like Mother Nature herself in a beautiful flowery dress. Miyoshi Umeki was the first Asian actress to win an Oscar (she won best supporting actress in 1958 for the film Sayonara) and she showed up to the ceremony in a gorgeous plant printed kimono. It might be one of my favorite Oscar dresses of all time. These two dresses give off the ultimate nature vibes.

Drew Barrymore, Jacob Tremblay, Quevenzhane Wallis

This last collage simply serves to focus on the little cuties with mad acting talents that take over the red carpet every so often. In 1983, Drew Barrymore dazzled everyone in a pink fluffy dress that I draw inspiration from every time I’m feeling like royalty. Quevenzhane Wallis pranced around in a dark blue dress (with a DOG PURSE!) when she became the youngest best actress nominee ever (she was just nine years old) for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. I Included Jacob Tremblay in this collage series full of girls simply because he looks dapper in that suit.

By Kate Hunker


  1. this was the best way to go about this!!!!! the writing was so endearing and the collages are so well done; a nice change from just a regular picture!