“Who’s going to win big at the 90th Academy Awards?” isn’t the only question we have about the Oscars this year. We’re also wondering whether or not celebrity actors will be wearing black in support of Time’s Up, a campaign and protest spreading awareness about sexual harassment in Hollywood. As you may recall, an overwhelming amount of attendees wore black last month at the Golden Globes Awards, where the movement kicked off, and more recently at the British Academy Film Awards last month.
The rights activitst and founder of Me Too, Tarana Burke, spoke about the possibility of an Oscars blackout at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon and answered our question. “We have real work to do, making sure survivors have what they need to have to heel. Wheather they do something for the Oscars or not doesn’t matter to me,” she told BBC.
So while all of the stars may not be dressed in black again on Sunday, we definitely have not heard the last of Time’s Up and Me Too.
Here are a few celebrities up for an Oscar that we think may still be wearing black (again) at the March 4th event:
- Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie is nominated for “Best Actress In A Leading Role” for her performance in I, Tonya. Not only did she wear black at both the 2018 Golden Globes and BAFTAs, she has been very outspoken and active in the #TimesUp movement. She shared an Instagram post encouraging people to donate to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, where she Robbie wrote, “To my sisters (from all industries) Time’s up on silence. Time’s up on waiting. Time’s up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse.”
- Denzel Washington
It isn’t just women who are taking a stand for sexual harassment. Denzel Washington, who is nominated for “Best Actor In A Leading Role” for his performance in Roman J. Israel, Esq., wore an all-black tux black to the 2018 Golden Globes. “It’s important tonight, but it’s important to follow through,” Washington said about the #MeToo movement. “It’s important to see what’s going to happen a year from tonight.”
- Octavia Spencer
We predict that Octavia Spencer, who is nominated for the “Best Supporting Actress” Academy Award for her role in The Shape of Water, will wear black to the event in support of #TimesUp. “Right now, this is a movement and moment that has to happen, it has to occur. But what we can’t allow to happen is that it becomes about women versus men,” Spencer said. “That’s not what this is about. We have to separate that out and make sure that we understand it’s about people who are being abused and to empower them. The only way to empower them is to hold those people accountable.”
- Meryl Streep
Not only did Meryl Streep grace us with a black gown at the 2018 Golden Globes, but she also walked with activist and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen Poo to raise awareness of the Time’s Up campaign. “We’re showing solidarity across a lot of different lines,” Streep said. “We’re standing up together.” Streep is nominated for the “Lead Actress” Academy Award for her role in The Post.
The Oscars is one of the biggest events in Hollywood. Actors have already shown solidarity at The Golden Globes and at the BAFTAs so we think they’ll definitely continue the trend for the what is essentially the main event!
So, what do you think? Will celebrities wear black at the 90th Academy Awards? Let us know what you think in the comments below. And be sure to tune into the awards on March 4, 2018, at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
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