Academy Award Winner Julianne Moore, who won Best Actress for her role as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice, took to the stage on Sunday night in a one-of-a-kind Chanel dress, which the actress told E! Karl Lagerfeld made himself.
Reps at Chanel said the organza gown lined with silk crepe and a hidden bustier had 80,000 “small white hand-painted resin sequins and flowers made of ivory, beige and black organza, tulle and sequins.” It took 27 workers 987 hours to create, and glided like liquid on the red carpet. “As Moore moved, all of the thousands of sequins moved in concert, creating a vivid three-dimensional illusion,” reported the New York Daily News.
But what truly captured our hearts was Miss Moore’s speech in which she thanked the Academy with the grace of a beauty queen. “There is no such thing as Best Actress, as is evidenced by the performances of my fellow nominees,” she said. “I've been honored to be among you every step of the way.”
She took the opportunity to raise awareness for the disease at the front and center of the movie, saying that people with Alzheimer’s feel isolated and marginalized. “They feel that they aren’t seen,” she said. “They deserve to be seen.”
She balanced it off with a touch of humor. “I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living 5 years longer. If that’s true, I'd really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me.”
Wit, and a heart that shines even brighter than Chanel? Now that’s true Best Actress style.