10 Most Expensive Oscar Dresses Of All Time

As it’s revealed HERE that the sh13m Calvin Klein dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o to the Oscars 2015 has been stolen, we run through the most expensive dresses to ever be worn on the Academy Awards red carpet. From Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé to Grace Kelly in a gown designed by Edith Head, here are the top 10 most eye-wateringly pricey Oscar dresses ever…

1. Grace Kelly, 1955
Cost: sh500,000
It may not seem much by today’s standards, but the aquamarine silk column dress worn by Grace Kelly to accept her Best Actress gong at the 1955 ceremony set the bar for expensive Oscar dresses. Designed by Edith Head, Grace had actually already worn the simple gown a year earlier at the New York premiere of The Country Girl. It goes down as one of the most-loved Oscar looks in history.


2. Keira Knightley, 2006
Cost: sh3.5m
The custom-made taffeta Vera Wang gown, featuring a classic fishtail, worn by Keira made history – not just because it was so beautiful – and it was, but because she later donated it to Oxfam which auctioned it for £4,300.


3. Cate Blanchett, 2014
Cost: sh9.1m
Cate’s entire Oscars 2014 look, including the gown, the shoes and the jewellery, came to a whopping $18.1 million. The stunning nude Armani Privé creation was embellished with hundreds of Swarovski crystals and cost sh9.1m alone.


4. Cate Blanchett, 2007
Cost: sh18.3m
Stepping out in another breath-takingly expensive Armani Privé gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals, this gun metal gray, one-shoulder dress was worth a reported sh18.3m.


5. Kate Winslet, 2007
Cost: Almost sh9.1m
The mint-green Valentino creation Kate wore to the 2007 Academy Awards was reportedly worth around a hundred thousand dollars and was picked out by her daughter, Mia.


6. Charlize Theron, 2013
Cost: Around sh9.1m
This simple, structured gown was a perfect slice of Dior Couture. Though worth around sh9.1m on its own, the Harry Winston diamond cuffs added about $4 million to the value of the entire look.



7. Sandra Bullock
Cost: sh3.6m
The actress, who was Oscar-nominated for her role in Gravity, won praise across the board for this midnight-blue Alexander McQueen gown, which cost a staggering sh3.6m. So simple, but so effective.


8. Anne Hathaway, 2011
Cost: sh7.3m
This was the year Anne Hathaway and James Franco did a cringe-tastic job of hosting the Academy Awards. But let’s not allow that to overshadow the striking letterbox-red Valentino gown she chose for her red carpet entrance. Or, the Tiffany & Co. ‘Lucinda’ necklace she accessorised it with that cost a staggering ten million dollars.


9. Jessica Biel, 2014
Cost: sh9.1m
It may look simple, but this beaded Chanel creation was worth sh9.1m. Stunning!


10. Nicole Kidman, 1997
Cost: sh183m
Now, one of the most iconic Oscar dresses of all time. Nicole pushed boundaries when she wore the chartreuse chinoiserie-embroidered John Galliano for Christian Dior dress at the 1997 Academy Awards and made Galliano the red carpet king. The actress was reportedly paid $2m to wear the dress and other John Galliano creations throughout the year.


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Pistorius gets upgraded in prison and is now entitled to certain priviledges

Pistorius’ spokesperson, Annalise Burgess told the Daily Mail, that her client  who has been upgraded from B to A category status in prison can now be able to make more personal calls, access radio and wear jewellery.

Other benefits  would include personal contact with visitors – he would be allowed to hug and kiss them and a substantial allowance to buy toiletries and treats.

The Daily Mail also reports that Kgosi Mampuru prison authorities believes he poses little threat and this influenced their decision to upgrade his category status which comes two years after he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius will also have the freedom to pick a hobby of his choice and wear jewellery.

A family source said: ‘We have a family Whatsapp group on which we all hear the news about Oscar as well as other family business. Since Aimee and Carl (his sister and brother) are his most frequent visitors, it is usually them who let the rest of us know what is happening with him inside.

‘This has boosted him a lot. He has been very low in prison, although he seems to be getting all the support from the prison authorities that he needs. His new status means he will be able to have more visits – there are a lot of family members who would like to go and see him, but in the past have stayed away so that it is mostly Carl, Aimee, his aunt and grandmother who take the allocated slots.’

Oscar Pistorius appeal is flawed

Oscar’s lawyers have reportedly challenged the State’s intention to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying it is deeply flawed and should be dismissed.

In September, the athlete was found guilty of culpable murder for the death of his girlfriend in his Pretoria home in February 2013. He fired four shots at his toilet door, claiming he thought she was an intruder. In October, Judge Thokolize Masipa sentenced him to five years in prison.

eNCA reported on Tuesday that Pistorius’s lawyers argued in court papers that the State aims to appeal a factual finding and not a legal finding about the athlete’s intent when he fired shots – but it can only appeal the judge’s legal findings, and not her factual findings.

The lawyers also argued that the State failed to argue during the trial that Pistorius intended to kill the person he believed was behind his toilet door. The judge found he intended to shoot the intruder, but not necessarily to kill the person.

 The State also failed to argue that the five-year sentence handed down to Pistorius was not appropriate, eNCA reported.

Earlier this month, Pistorius’s legal team said it would oppose the state’s application to appeal  the conviction and five-year sentence, with the judge hearing the application on 18 November.

The National Prosecuting Authority said previously that it found Judge Masipa’s sentence “shockingly light and inappropriate , and said the jail term would not have been imposed by any reasonable court.

The appeal would be based on questions of law, and the judge’s interpretation of the circumstantial evidence and the principle of dolus eventualis, the NPA said. It will be heard on 9 December 2014.

Source: Guardian

Lupita Nyong’o speaks about her father’s connections that helped kick start her career

Lupita Nyong’o was recently named Glamour Woman of the year 2014. In a short promo with Yahoo’s global anchor Katie, Lupita talks about her interest in film, from her undergraduate days,her forgetful fathers connections that would have almost derailed a now oscar-winning career. All in the video, watch it here