Billy Porter was the best red carpet interviewer in custom 24k Giles Deacon

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Billy Porter wore that iconic Oscars Christian Siriano tuxedo dress just last year! He wore it again for a Sesame Street guest appearance, which was incredible. Then, this year, he got hired by ABC to do red carpet interviews and he was hands down the best one there. He brought his honest energy to it and he was a joy to watch. He said that Al Pacino was bringing “disheveled realness” to the carpet, he asked “what’s that stuff?” about Sandra Oh’s dress and Lily Aldridge deadpanned “ruffles.” He mispronounced Michael Strahan’s name and then owned it and laughed about it and he was just so great.

Billy was in custom Giles Deacon. The skirt was designed as a nod to the Cupola Room of Kensington Palace and the top was made of 24 karat gold feathers! His shoes are Jimmy Choo and he’s wearing Swarovski jewelry.

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Later in the night Billy changed to more comfortable long shorts!

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Billy also performed during Jenelle Monae’s opening number and he was everything.

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Speaking of Sandra Oh, I don’t want to make her the headliner because I would feel bad about that. She was in a metallic pink Elie Saab dress with sequin stripes, ruffle sleeves and a puffy hem that matched the sleeves. Plus it had a belt and the color was a bit too muted. It was a lot of gown and gets a thumb down.

Sandra Oh arrives on the red carpet of The 92nd Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA...

Sandra Oh arrives on the red carpet of The 92nd Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA...

Jane Fonda was also in Elie Saab and this was actually a repeat from her from not long ago. She wore this gown to Cannes in 2014. She looked amazing and this is how you do sustainable. I also like that she’s in red, which is surely a nod to her Fire Drill Fridays protests. Jane presented Best Picture and she paused perfectly before saying Parasite. I thought she was doing it for dramatic effect but others said that she probably wanted to just make sure after the Faye Dunaway’s 2017 Best Picture error.

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  1. Scollins says:

    Almost didn’t recognize Jane. I love her so much.

    • Jane looked great. Billy Porter — one of my best dressed picks. He looked better in his dress than a good many of the women. Love Sandra Oh, but what a fashion mess last night. That dress wore her, she did not wear it. Al Pacino — he always looks like one of the unwashed homeless to me.

  2. Betsy says:

    Jane looks amazing but that is a stunnng shade of grey she has. Wow.

    I love Billy’s top but the bottom looks kind of budget. The night into day Barbie shorts don’t help.

    I kind of love Sandra’s gown, though those leg o mutton puffs are a bit much.

    • John Radulski says:

      Yeah–Bruno Mars should borrow the top and sing 24 Karat gold–but the skirt was cheap looking and pattern was wat toooooooooooooo random to make any real effect.

  3. lemonylips says:

    I love Porter so much and appreciate his red carpet, but I can’t with this. It’s just no bueno.

  4. June says:

    Billy looked great. That was a disaster dress for Sandra. Somehow she looked washed out. Jane Fonda: ugly haircut and ugly dress. Sorry Jane. So glad these celebs won’t read these hurtful comments.

  5. Esmom says:

    Oh’s dress is a big no from me too. Lordy. Jane looks really incredible and I love her hair color. Billy’s top is exquisite.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Billy and Jane look great! I loved that collection that James is from, except I didn’t care for it in black. But there was a gorgeous green version.
    The material of Sandra’s is so gorgeous, but ruined by the crazy ruffles, IMO.

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m not moved by any of it, sadly, because each is a bonafide star in their own right.

  8. Eliza_ says:

    Jane letting her white flag fly is amazing. As she’s such an icon for beauty/ fitness standards it’s an amazing nod to any woman who feels pressure to dye that she doesn’t have to to look stunning

  9. Ringrosie says:

    Maybe I don’t watch the interviews enough but I found his interviews very odd in that he often talked over guests, had pauses and uhhhh’s alot while looking at his notes for information and was very focused on bringing the attention to him.

    Comparing that to other interviewers, fhey weren’t that much better but were somewhat watchable.

    I checked out quickly this year…each year seems to be worse and worse including the Oscars.

  10. Keira says:

    I love all three of their looks.

  11. Starkille says:

    Sandra’s gown looks like something she stole from Villanelle’s closet.

  12. Sass says:

    Sandra’s dress would have been fine without the sleeves…and maybe the ribbon.

    Jane looks incredible!

  13. mash says:

    billy looks crazy…sorry not sorry. you all can groan me all you want

  14. bitchy architect says:

    OMG- Jane Fonda looks A-mazing! Had I known BIlly Porter was interviewing I would have watched…

  15. Kaylove says:

    I feel like I’d like Sandra’s dress if it wasn’t for the puff sleeves! But then again, I love her and she can do no wrong. Ha!

  16. Sue M says:

    LOVE Jane’s gray hair. Looks so much more striking than blond. She’s 80-is I think. She looks in great shape, a tribute to all those aerobics!

  17. Charfromdarock says:

    Jane Fonda looks amazing. I realize her fame and wealth gives her access to the best of the best beauty regiments but hot damn.

    Also, I think I may be in love with Billy Porter.

    I like Sandra Oh’s, I think I would have loved it in a more vibrant colour.

  18. AppleTartin says:

    I love Billy I saw him twice in Kinky Boots and he brought the house down both times! So glad to see him grow and flourish as a performer.

  19. Le4Frimaire says:

    Billy Porter was great in the red carpet. Very witty and engaging. Lily Aldrige seemed awkward and out of her depth, personality of wet tissues.