Festival de Cannes is always rich with red carpet fashion, stunning films, and breakout talent, and this year was no exception. In equal measure, Cannes 2016 saw red carpet fashion statements and Oscars 2017 predictions made for silver screen stars, with two stand-out names dominating Cannes conversations: Bollywood beauty queen Aishwarya Rai and Loving actress Ruth Negga.
Aishwarya Rai wowed audiences on the Cannes 2016 red carpet with purple lips and a glittering gown, a bold statement from the classical beauty. Meanwhile, Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga was named an Oscars 2017 Best Actress prediction for her role in Loving.
Cannes 2016 red carpet fashion statements have so far included Blake Lively’s baby bump-hugging number, Kendall Jenner’s flawless feathery cocktail dress in cream, and Kate Moss’s floor-length fire engine red gown. With equally stunning looks worn to the annual Cannes Film Festival of 2016, perhaps the reason that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made waves with a bejeweled dress is that the Indian model and actress normally plays it safe when it comes to red carpet fashion.
Indeed, the Cannes 2016 red carpet hosted a parade of smoldering starlets, but the classical beauty’s decision to opt for a bold, bright purple lipstick with her golden gown, decked with multi-colored floral embellishments, took social media by storm.
Talk of the Cannes 2016 red carpet fashion statements and the Oscars 2017 predictions made for silver screen stars like Ruth Negga characterizes the Cannes day five publicity. The Indian Express called Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes 2016 red carpet fashion statement a fashionable “ace card,” which was controversial and received mixed reviews.
“The gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan proved her mettle with her latest, extremely controversial look at the Cannes red carpet. The Sarbjit actress wore a pretty Rami Kadi floral gown, but what stole show was the damsel’s daring purple lips at The Land Of The Moon premiere,” said the Indian Express of Bachchan’s Cannes 2016 look.
“The fashion fraternity is divided on whether the colour purple worked on the ex-Miss World or not, but those who have been saying Aishwarya’s played it safe with Cannes wardrobe, thus far, will certainly be elated. Step back, Sonam Kapoor in whites and blues, purple is all that social media can talk about.”
Cannes 2016 and its wealth of independent and international film also gave rise to an array of Oscars 2017 predictions. Having starred in Loving, an American drama based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving alongside Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga is now among the Oscars 2017 Best Actress predictions made for silver screen stars after this week’s Cannes 2016 Festival.
According to the Irish Independent, the film, which premiered at Cannes 2016 film festival, was inspired by Emmy Award-winning documentary The Loving Story and has been met with rave reviews.
“The film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple whose arrest for marrying in 1958 and subsequent legal battle led to the end of America’s anti-miscegenation laws,” reports the Irish Independent.
“It was like being with a friend for two years,” Negga told the Independent of playing Mildred in the Cannes 2016 breakthrough film.
“I fell deeply in love with Mildred and Richard and their story. I think we all just wanted to do them justice.”
Having worn a floor-length gold lame dress that wowed Cannes 2016 red carpet fashion critics, Ruth Negga earned her stripes not only as an Oscars 2017 Best Actress prediction but also by making a fashion statement on the Cannes red carpet.
Negga said the role was both a professional and personal highlight, regardless of resulting success in making a Cannes 2016 red carpet fashion statement and ranking in Oscars 2017 predictions. As Cannes 2016 enters day six, more bold looks and Oscars predictions are expected to emerge from the film festival ahead of the closing ceremony.
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