Williams stars in Nike commercial

We all know that Serena Williams is the greatest of all time, but a recent Nike commercial is making sure we have no doubts about it.

According to The Cut, the tennis powerhouse was featured in a brand-new commercial for Nike that debuted during the Academy Awards to celebrate recently-passed International Women’s Day. Showing a highlight reel of her illustrious career, Williams delivered the most inspiring voice over:

“I’ve never been the right kind of woman. Over-sized and over-confident. Too mean if I don’t smile. Too black for my tennis whites. Too motivated for motherhood. But I’m proving time and time again that there’s no wrong way to be a woman.”

Ending on the words, “Until we all win,” The Cut reports Nike said in a release that the ad aims to “recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women everywhere and share our belief in gender equality, in this case, delivered by Serena Williams, the greatest athlete of all time.”

The G.O.A.T., indeed. Watch the ad in full right here.

Plaza points out lack of representation at Oscars

After winning an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, actor Aubrey Plaza decided to use her acceptance speech not only to express her gratitude for the honor, but to also point out some representation issues in a major award ceremony.

According to Glamour, Plaza — who won an award for performance in the film Ingrid Goes West — took a moment in her acceptance speech to share an interesting finding she was told:

“I’m going to accept the leading best actress award on behalf of the Oscars ceremony because I heard a fun fact tonight that I never knew before, which is that no Latina actress has ever won best actress at the Oscars,” Plaza said. “Ever. So I’m going to accept that tonight to manifest that energy.”

But Plaza didn’t end her comments there; instead, Glamour says she issued herself a challenge of sorts, saying that she will “play some kind of psychotic character, some kind of criminal lunatic, those complicated characters I’m good at, and I’ll do that for you” in order to “win that award.”

And her remarks were certainly not lost on those in attendance; Glamour says Variety describes the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Awards as not only recognizing “the work of Hollywood’s Latinx community, but also individuals in that community making a difference through activism,” holding a special interest this year in Latinx representation in the industry.

Looks like Plaza looking to get the Latinx community on the map in a major way!

Gadot defends ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar snub

When box-office smash and feminist favorite “Wonder Woman” received a grand total of zero nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, fans took to social media to vent their frustrations.

According to PopSugar, fans tweeted their frustration over the snub, with some “wondering how a critically panned movie like ‘Suicide Squad’ could get nominated and ‘Wonder Woman’ isn’t,” while others asked, “‘Did any of those a*sholes see Wonder Woman?'” But for Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot, the film was never about trying to garner awards, anyway.

“I was very moved and touched by the people who were disappointed that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated, but we certainly never did the movie for that,” she said during a recent interview with ET, according to PopSugar. “I think that you can’t have it all. We’ve done this movie and it was received in such an amazing, wonderful way, and we want to stay humble and grateful, and we’re going to have another movie, so who knows? Maybe the next one!”

…And that’s how you handle this situation with grace.

Blige becomes first to earn acting, songwriting Oscar nods in same year

There’s a first for everything, and for Mary J. Blige, her latest achievement is a major first.

According to Huffington Post, the R&B singer — who stars in the Netflix film “Mudbound,” which tells the story of two families living in Jim Crow-era Mississippi — earned two nominations for her contributions to the film. For her portrayal of Florence Jackson, HuffPost says Blige received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress; additionally, her song for the film, “Mighty River,” secured a nomination for Best Original Song.

With her two nominations come a place in history, says HuffPost, as she is now “the first person ever to receive an acting and songwriting nomination within the same year,” not to mention she is also “the first actor to be nominated for a film directed by a woman of color [Dee Rees].”

Also scoring a nomination for the film was Rachel Morrison, who was recognized for Best Achievement in Cinematography and scored another first, becoming the first female director of photography to be nominated in the Best Cinematography category.

Congratulations to these two talents!

 

Davis makes history with Oscar win

The Academy Awards are always filled with history-making moments, and this year was no different.

According to Buzzfeed, Viola Davis not only took home her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, she also made acting history at the award show on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The win launched her into the exclusive “triple crown” of acting club, says the Huffington Post, a group of now 23 actors who have each won “at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys.”

However, HuffPost says Davis is the first black woman to achieve such a feat. Her previous accolades that contribute to her now elite status include a 2015 Emmy for her role in How to Get Away With Murder, reports HuffPost, as well as two Tonys: “first in 2001 for her work in ‘King Hedley II‘ and then again in 2010 for her work in the Broadway rendition of ‘Fences.'”

Well deserved, Viola!

She Leads, You Follow: Oscars After Party Edition

After a night of stunning red carpet looks for the 88th annual Academy Awards, the after parties brought on a host of other high fashion ensembles that may have topped those from the awards.

Trading in her Dior Haute Couture ceremony gown for an Alexander Wang number, Jennifer Lawrence attended the after parties in a custom two-piece gown featuring a bustier top with barbell piercing and a black skirt with the same details stitching together a thigh-high slit, says InStyle. The Joy actress topped off her look with Anita Ko jewelry, an Alexander Wang bucket bag and metallic sandals.

Rachel McAdams headed out for a celebratory night in a light pink Naeem Khan number with head-to-toe beading, according to InStyle. The sexy look came courtesy of a deep V-neckline and a thigh-high slit, in addition to her platform silver heels.

Lady Gaga gave an alternative look, wearing an ultra-chic jumpsuit that was a custom creation by Brandon Maxwell, says ELLE. Featuring a peplum and a demi-skirted bottom, the “Til It Happens to You” singer completed her look with diamond earrings and an old Hollywood glam hairstyle.

Following suit in another custom ensemble was Mindy Kaling, who worked the after-party circuit in a tailor-made Salvador Perez number says ELLE. The quasi-tuxedo style gown featured an asymmetrical satin lapel with beading on the other side of the bodice. The Mindy Project star showed some skin in a deep V-neckline and side slit that grazed the top of her thigh.

Elizabeth Banks attended the after parties in a Ralph & Russo gown with a semi-sheer lace  beaded bodice, from which a dramatic cape flowed from her shoulders to the hemline of the gown, according to ELLE. Banks completed her regal look with a small frame clutch and an upswept hairdo.

Although these ladies are dressed to party the night away after the film industry’s most important celebration, there is one very important thing we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

While fit, V-necklines and embellishments can all combine to create fashionable looks, confidence is the most important thing you can ‘wear’ with any outfit. If you are confident in who you are, you will feel confident in what you’re wearing; this will shine through, allowing beautiful you to be the star of your look while your fashionable outfit will play a supporting role. Looking great on the outside is great, but knowing you’re great on the inside is worth so much more.