A viral clip appears to show several members of the audience at the Academy Awards not clapping for Jenny Beavan, a designer, as she walks to the stage for winning best costume design for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
The very short video was first uploaded to Vine, and it shows many of the audience members not clapping. Some media outlets and Twitter users claimed it was only men who “refus[ed] to clap,” but there are several women in the audience who are seen not clapping as well.
Of note is Alejandro G. Inarritu, who won Best Director for “The Revenant” later that night. He sat motionless with his arms crossed. Some speculated that his reaction may have been prompted because “The Revenant” was up for the same award, and he was angry his movie didn’t win.
According to the Daily Mail, some of the strange looks directed at Beavan may be due to her attire, which was relatively casual compared to the tuxedos and gowns worn by other celebrities at the award show. She wore a faux leather jacket, with Swarovski crystals, which retails for $60, the Mail reported.
And on the jacket’s back was a “Mad Max”-style skull with flames. Some speculated it might have prompted the weird stares.
Beavan explained her choice of outfit.
“I don’t do frocks and absolutely don’t do heels, I have a bad back. I look ridiculous in a beautiful gown,” she told the Mail.
“This was a homage to Mad Max and I obviously didn’t get it quite right at the BAFTAs, the scarf was meant to be an oil rag.”
“I just like feeling comfortable and as far as I’m concerned I’m really dressed up.”