Melissa Leo Remembers Her Greatest Fashion Hits on the Red Carpet – Variety

Two-time Oscar nominee and supporting actress winner Melissa Leo continues to be getting used to the limelight. “It’s a battle that I frankly have had, of not having grown up as an actress strolling pink carpets and being seen in locations, besides my work,” she says. “And now, at fiftysomething years previous, this previous actor finds she’s bought to discover a swish approach to stroll in that world.” She credit costume designer greats together with Ann Roth and Marlene Stewart for educating her find out how to costume for her physique. She typically considers her character in her trend selections. “I don’t assume, ought to I get invited to great locations this yr with ‘Novitiate,’ that I'll present up in a behavior,” jokes Leo, who’d at all times longed to play a nun. “However I feel a ladylike gracefulness would associate with the Reverend Mom; darkish colours would swimsuit her. It’s a respect that I pay to the character.”

The yr she scored an actress Oscar nom for “Frozen River,” Leo donned a copper costume by Badgley Mischka. “I had such a stunning time at their studio, however I used to be new to this,” says Leo, who fell in love with a frock from their line — and requested some modifications. “I requested them to do that, and possibly that … and I used to be very blissful sporting it, however I do understand, studying extra about it as I'm going, you don’t go inform Badgley and Mischka find out how to design their costume!” Her expertise in the “elegant” ensemble proved magical: “‘Frozen River’ was a tiny little movie — one by no means may have anticipated myself and the screenplay to make all of it the approach to the Academy Awards. The entire yr was very dreamlike for this actor who had been working for a while earlier than I had any expertise like that.”

Leo met designer Marc Bouwer by means of actress Sally Kirkland. “I actually simply spoke to him myself on the phone, and by the time we had been in the thick of it with ‘The Fighter,’ there have been so many issues to go to,” she remembers. She’d been visiting Bouwer’s studio getting outfits for different occasions, when he unveiled a shock. “By now Marc knew my physique very nicely, and he constructed that costume for me to put on to the Oscars earlier than he even knew I used to be nominated,” she says. “It’s white like a marriage costume, and consider me, that night time shall be the wedding ceremony of this lady’s life!” Leo went on to obtain the supporting actress Oscar from Kirk Douglas whereas sporting the lace design with gold sequin underlay. “For me, that is the costume of my lifetime.”

“I used to be there as a presenter, invited again to offer the award to the supporting actor winner that yr, Christopher Plummer, and so I made a decision that this night time was not about me,” says Leo. “I spent some very nice time in New York with Reem Acra, and as quickly as I put this on, it had the magnificence I used to be in search of — the simplicity to go graciously and current the fortunate winner with their award.”

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Melissa Leo Remembers Her Greatest Fashion Hits on the Red Carpet - Variety