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Academy Awards 2019: the very relatable accessory sweeping the Oscars

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From Laura Dern to the Black Panther designers, it was a great year for reading glasses at the Oscars.     

When Laura Dern walked onto the Oscars stage to introduce the forthcoming Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science museum, she nearly broke the internet.

It wasn’t just because she entered to the strains of the Jurassic Park theme song, but because she was wearing a stunning accessory. A pair of glasses.

And it wasn’t even the first glasses moment from the ceremony. Dern in her spectacles followed winners Ruth E Carter and Hannah Beachler, costume and production designer for Black Panther respectively, who both fished out their reading glasses in order to better see their acceptance speeches.

Beachler even handed over her Oscar statue to her design partner Jay Hart so that she could reach for her glasses and her iPhone notes app, which contained her emotional and very powerful speech

Both Carter and Beachler matched their glasses to their dresses, a true sign of design and artistry, which made for a strong fashion statement on the podium. Carter even wins bonus points for matching her speech cards to her gown, both in a shimmering dark blue. 

Ruth E Carter, where are your glasses from?

For many, the image of so many women in glasses was a marker of how awards season has finally become more inclusive and welcoming towards. Where, once, the Oscars stage was reserved for white actors and actresses only, the Academy Awards has become a place to celebrate the work of a range of talented men and women of all ages.

And with that, comes the need for reading glasses.

“I know it almost sounds irrelevant, but for someone who is wearing glasses for whole life and usually meets people trying to avoid wearing them,” one twitter user wrote. “Seeing actresses coming to stage wearing glasses is super important.” 

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“I just wanted to say that I really appreciate all of the diverse people at the Oscars,” another wrote. “It’s so nice to see real people, not characters, wearing glasses on TV.” 

Speaking as glasses wearers ourselves, we couldn’t agree more. Best dressed at the Oscars? Anyone in glasses. 

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