Aisle Style: Inspiration From The Red Carpet

So, the Oscars happened last night. It doesn't seem long ago that we were all sitting there praying for Leo to win for his performance in 'The Revenant' last year. And then enjoying all of the memes the next day of Leo, Oscar-in-hand, in all sorts of weird and wonderful positions. Oh, how you've got to love Twitter. 

Admittedly there was a similar sort of trepidation about the award for Best Male Actor at last night's Academy Awards. Although, if last year legions of people desperately wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to scoop the award; a similar amount desperately did not want Casey Affleck to be its next beneficiary. The thing is, given Affleck's catapult towards the spotlight this time around on the Awards circuit (we've already had the Golden Globes and the Baftas - he won at both) those sexual harassment rumours from 2010 have reared their ugly head. So much so that a whole heap of people are wondering what the hell is going on with regards to his numerous wins. Is this how we react to people accused of such heinous acts?! By giving them the most prestigious and sought after award in acting? Isn't this ignoring the very serious issue at hand, and actively praising them in spite of it?

For those who aren't familiar with the allegations from 2010, you can read about them here. It's been the topic of discussion at the previous award ceremonies, especially at the Golden Globes when Brie Larson, who campaigns for abused women, refused to shake Affleck's hand when presenting him the award for best actor. Penelope Cruz followed suit with very similar distaste at the Baftas. 

Of course, for us commenting on this issue we have no proof. We weren't there, and the dispute was settled out of court - presumably for an undisclosed sum of money. Affleck has refused to comment on any of the allegations himself during this latest awards forray, although I'm sure this is wise on his part. We don't know whether any of the allegations are true, or the full extent of them. He will never be 'proven guilty' because the matter has been settled between the parties themselves. We will never know what really happened.

But it does beg the question of whether an actor should win an award, like an Oscar, based on how good an actor they are or their performance in the film that is up for deliberation. If the prize should just be given based on performance alone, then there's no doubt that Affleck's performance in 'Manchester By The Sea' was a masterpiece. It was sensitive, it was emotional (without being OTT) and it was real. I'm the world's biggest fan of Ryan Gosling, but even I can concede that Affleck's performance was more Oscar-worthy. But if it's the best actor that the award is being decided on, then surely that encompasses a lot more than just acting ability. An actor is more than a performance; it's a job. So surely the judgement should be based on enthusiasm, respect, courtesy and above all, treatment of the other members of the team. Just like with any job appraisal. A great actor knows that they are just one cog in a very big wheel, and they wouldn't be standing on that stage collecting their award without a whole team of people behind them. (There's a reason why some of the greats spend five minutes on that stage thanking people we have never heard of). If the Oscar should be awarded to the best actor, there were four other people sat in that category last night who haven't been accused of harassing and abusing members of their film crew.

I'm not of the opinion that someone should be vilified for their mistakes forever, but when you are in such a public-facing position as a Hollywood actor, the job comes with the responsibility of being a role model whether you want it or not. When you win an Oscar, you become one of the greats. You become a Leo, an Eddie, a Denzel. And you inspire so many aspiring actors to pursue their dream. It's perhaps not Casey's duty in this scenario to take a step back from the limelight in order to discourage young actors from following in his footsteps; I firmly believe that responsibility lies with the Academy. They've responded to comments about race and a lack of representation of actors from other races and this year we saw some balance restored. That's applaudable and long may taking in a wider context than just acting ability continue. Can we now do the same for alleged abusers? It's bad enough that a man accused of very similar crimes is currently running America. If any ordinary Joe or Bob was accused of sexual harassment in the workplace, or otherwise, they'd hopefully be dismissed in a heartbeat. Why is it not the same just because someone has money, power, or influence? Surely that's more of a reason for an example to be made out of them. Donald Trump is a fine example of what someone with money, power and influence can do when they have a whole agenda of questionable beliefs. They build a wall, and they scrap transgender rights faster than you can say "please may I go to the bathroom?"

So maybe in the grand scheme of things my little geordie voice doesn't matter, but I guess this is my way of having my say and knowing I've put my opinion out there. I've been abused in the past, and I wouldn't be the person I am proud to be today if I didn't stand up on issues like this. So to the Academy, an actor's performance has wider implications far beyond their performance on a screen for 2 hours. It's a real tragedy for this not to be taken into account and risks setting a terrible example for young people of the future. You have a duty to think about the far-reaching consequences of any win as significant as this, please do it. 

Right now I've got that off my chest, shall we  look at some fashion?! Gold was definitely colour of the night so below are 3 of top celebrity looks and where you can get some similar numbers! Ideal for wedding guests, ladies!

Charlotte xoxox