Oscars 2014: June Squibb in Tadashi Shoji

Posted on March 03, 2014

Mr. Tadashi does it again. As we said last night on twitter, he’s the savior of all the celeb-ladies above a size 2 and older than 50. Why Meryl Streep has avoided him so strenuously eludes us.


June Squibb attends the 2014 Oscars at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California in Tadashi Shoji emerald hand-beaded long sleeve gown and jacket paired with a Swarovski clutch.

This is lovely. We think what we appreciate most is that this has some structure and texture to it. Too often, the old lady gowns are diaphanous and overdone. This is sleek and tailored. It fits her like a dream. Plus the color is phenomenal on her and looks great against the cotton candy of her hair. About the only thing that bugs are the accessories, but we’re not about to tell an 84-year-old Oscar nominee that her purse and earrings are too matchy.

If you haven’t seen Nebraska, she’s a treasure. The scene where she goes through the graveyard badmouthing every single dead person she knew is both hilarious and sadly poignant at the same time.




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  • Ros

    I would love to see Tadashi Shoji as guest judge on a PR ‘real women’ challenge.

    • Introspective

      this times a million. feel like the PR real women challenge is always judged by some random celeb without a real world body… shoji is a master at his craft by producing dresses we all want to wear, but further more that we all actually CAN wear.

    • H2olovngrl

      Wow, you called it!!! Kind of kicking myself right now, wondering why that never occurred to me before!

    • DebbieLovesShoes


    • e jerry powell

      You win all the upvotes.

    • Alfred Cox


    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      This x 1000.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Great look for Ms. Squibb. She was so good in Nebraska-but for me, the scene when she reads the money-dazzled relatives the riot act for taking advantage of Woody all of his life was perfect. He’s exasperating, addled, but she still defends him-brilliant.

    • suzq

      She stole the whole movie.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I liked the way that Payne approached those characters-it would be so easy to treat them as caricatures, but he sees their humanity, and respects them.

      • Introspective

        didnt see it but the clip they played during the show of her in the graveyard hiking up her skirt made me realize that she probably was a major scene stealer. and that its time to see this movie like STAT.

        love this look. so fab and totally giving me grand dame in a good way.

        • decormaven

          Please see this movie. Good performances all around. Loved the cinematography and score as well.

    • Tanya Wade

      I concur. I can get behind anyone giving a good “Go eff yourself.”

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        We can sit together and toast Ms. Squibb!

    • bluefish

      Nebraska is a masterpiece from start to finish. I would have loved to have seen June receive the Oscar she so deserved. Along with Bruce Dern. Oh well.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I think Alexander Payne’s work is sadly overlooked. I would have chosen “The Descendants” over “The Artist” for Best Pic the year it was nominated.
        Maybe someday in an alternate universe

  • Glam Dixie

    Ellen yelling over to her like she was hard of hearing was so funny. She looks great, love the color and she looks like she feels good in it and comfortable too which is a shout out to Tadashi. He is genius.

    • marlie

      I seriously love her smile. She’s beautiful.

    • teensmom99

      Didn’t Patton Oswalt do the same to Bruce Dern the night before?

      • dalgirl

        Patton Oswalt was brutal to Bruce Dern at the Independent Spirit Awards. (And I usually l like Oswalt.) I mean, one joke about age is fine, but he wouldn’t let up.

        • teensmom99

          I missed it. I got to say that I am hard of hearing myself and group I am in discussed if it was offensive. I don’t find it offensive as much as stupid. When you ARE hard of hearing, you get a lot of idiots who think it’s funny to make that joke and they have no idea how unoriginal it is. Would expect less expected stuff from Patton and Ellen. As to lacing into Dern, maybe that would be funny if he were going to win because he’s old . . .

    • Jeb

      Anyone over the age of 50 knows that yelling at her assuming she was hard of hearing was disrespectful.

      • Glam Dixie

        She wasn’t assuming she was hard of hearing, she was making a joke, which is completely different. If you think the joke was in bad taste because of her age that’s another thing entirely.

        • http://www.lindamerrill.com/ Linda Merrill

          Totally hated that “joke” – very disrespectful and just plain lame. Similarly how she treated Liza Minelli. It was definitely a low point for the evening, otherwise, I though Ellen was pretty dull.

          • Glam Dixie

            I’m not one of those people that takes themselves too seriously and I can laugh at myself and I can take a joke. June seemed ok with it and took it very good naturedly (is that a word?) so to me it was all good. Liza has become a caricature of herself and did look like an impersonator but also seemed uncomfortable with the joke so to me, that one fell a little flat. But it was more about the reaction of the person being poked fun of than the joke itself.

          • Carrps

            Looked more to me like Liza was pretending to be offended.

          • Call me Bee

            Yes exaaaaactly. Liza knows who she is, and doesn’t take herself too seriously either.

          • Glam Dixie

            Could be, there aren’t a lot of expressions that she can still make so it makes it very hard to tell the difference or to figure out what emotion she is trying to convey.

          • fursa_saida

            I found her mostly hilarious, but agree that those two jokes rubbed me the wrong way.

          • Jacob Bowen

            See, Liza Minelli is basically a drag queen. She’s a larger than life caricature, EXACTLY who drag queens love to “impersonate”. Quite frankly I don’t understand how the joke was disrespectful or offensive, and I mean this in a sincere non-bitchy way. I actually want to understand how people read it. My party was dying because as drag queen lovers we have seen Liza done (tragically and RARELY fiercely) SO many times.

      • Betsy

        I could be wrong but I am pretty sure that these jokes (or at least some “version” of them) are all rolled by the target celebrities or their peeps before the ceremony. Ricky Gervais said as much when he hosted the Globes.

      • Call me Bee

        I am WELL over 50 ad I thought it was hysterical, because it was a joke. A really cute joke.

  • suzq

    She looked spectacular. I agree with you. A am both over 50 (yikes!) and not a size 2 (more like hovering around 8, if I work at it.) He’d be one of my go-tos.

  • webslice33

    this is very age appropriate..

    • barbarienne

      Age-appropriate without being “old lady.” If a 50YO wore it, we wouldn’t be saying, “Geez, lady, you’re not that old yet.”

  • Wendi126

    She looks radiant

  • marlie

    She looks absolutely lovely. That color is amazing, and the beading detail is exquisite. Good for her!

  • phylora

    Perfect for her. A necklace would have been nice.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Grandma WERQ

  • Julie Chase

    So so gorgeous. I haven’t seen Nebraska but she was wonderful in About Schmidt. I want to have a glass of wine with her and just listen to her stories.

  • DinaSews

    Her conversation with Jared Leto and Seacrest was one of the highlights of my night. I will have to go back and re-watch her movies with a different eye. She looks perfect here.

    • GeoDiva

      I so what to know what happened in Santa Barbara!

  • Tanya Wade

    From now on, this should be known as “Squibb Green.” What a flawless look.

  • Anna

    She is simply fantastic, couldn’t agree more about her performance in Nebraska. Loved this on her, age-appropriate but not fusty or too *old lady*.

  • Frank_821

    So glad you spotlighted her. She was too, too adorable on the red carpet

  • Coleen

    She was another one of my top 5 looks of the night. Beat that jewel-tone stick with pride, June!

  • ashtangajunkie

    I thought she looked so lovely – the colour is perfect on her and I love that it has sparkle to it.

  • Crystal

    “I was not a pole dancer. I was a stripper, and it was on Broadway! ”

    I love her.

  • 3boysful

    I am hoping those are real, borrowed (or better still, gifted!) emeralds hanging from her ears. She is of a generation where she may well want matchy. I would have love some big, drippy diamonds there, but it’s a quibble. Recommend Nebraska.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      I bet they are real (and they are spectacular…)

      I think matchy is totally appropriate for a woman her age. In my hands she’d have fire opals or padparadscha sapphires, and a silver purse, but the emeralds and green clutch are gorgeous.

  • luludexter

    wait, she’s 84? I can’t believe it she looks great. and that color is fantastic

    • 3boysful

      I know–she looks great, and the fact that she can memorize lines at an age when memory issues abound?

  • frannyprof

    I love everything about this. Mr. Tadashi is a genius.

  • Alyssa

    Age appropriate, but not matronly, and yet exquisitely beautiful. I can handle the matching earrings, but I’d swap out that purse.

  • Lilyana_F

    Aww, she looked so lovely! Tadashi Shoji truly is a master, a perfect way to make her feel special and confident on an important night like that.

  • willworktomorrow

    Gorgeous. She looks fantastic.

  • butterflysunita

    What a gorgeous color. She looks radiant.

  • Aidan B

    She looks beautiful! I really need to see Nebraska. Just the clips of her graveyard screen have had me cracking up.

  • dalgirl

    It was a June Squibb double feature last night; the Academy Awards AND Girls! Nicely done, Ms. Squibb. Nicely done.

  • Judy_S

    She looked so great. I thought it was actually a look that had to be styled carefully, even though she blessedly gets a pass on the possibility of looking matronly. She looked so polished. I loved the earrings. To my eye, the dress was there to pick up their color.

  • alyce1213

    This was one of my favorite looks of the night, actually. Shoji is a master and she is radiant.

  • mozzer0906

    She looks fabulous! Well done Tadashi for showing the designers of the world you can make fabulous dresses for women who aren’t built like little boys.

  • Janet B

    She beautiful and the dress is so lovely on her.

  • TAGinMO

    LUV. HUH.

    It made me sad that she was up against the force of nature that is Lupita, because just about any other year, a June Squibb win for Best Supporting Actress would have made my night.

  • colleenjanel

    She is my dream grandma. I want her to crochet me a multi-colored granny square blanket.

  • Gatto Nero

    Beautiful color, fabric and fit. Totally agree on how the structure and texture work well here.
    She looks marvelous.


    Wonderful! She is an absolute hoot and a half in Nebraska. (Whoopi would do good to contact Mr. Shoji as well……)

    • alyce1213

      Oy, Whoopi. After all these years, I have no hope for her.

      • Coolekat

        Whooping could look fab. Remember the Star Trek outfits?

        • Coolekat

          Gotta love iPads spelling corrections

          • demidaemon

            Do you speak of whooping cough? Because I would love to see what design that could inspire. 😉

    • marlie

      I don’t think Whoopi *wants* to look nice. At least, not conventionally “nice.”

      • sagecreek

        Agreed. I think there’s always an implicit FU.

  • hugatreemom

    Finally, some lip color!

  • KT

    FAB. Finally, something bold but still elegant. I kind of wanted her to take the whole thing – love this bitch.

  • Maryanne525

    She’s adorable, lovely & that green is a dream on her.

  • lexilexi

    She was on “Girls” last night – and just great!

  • MaggieMae

    It is so inspiring! I want there to be beautiful clothes for me to wear when I’m her age!

  • Sara__B

    This 61-year-old would love to have a makeover that included an outfit from Tadashi. I would wear this lovely green gown in a heartbeat, matchy accessories and all.

  • mcbishop

    She’s just fantastic! In Nebraska, in About Schmidt, in an episode the first season of Getting On (I DIED, I swear!) LOVE this actress!! And she looks like a million bucks. What a charge this must be, at this stage of life and career. Hope she had a blast!

  • Tarn

    It’s so nice to finally see a non-Helen-Mirren woman of a certain age look amazing on a red carpet. Beautiful color and texture of the ensemble, as well as perfect hair, jewelry and makeup.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    What a beautiful outfit. I was so happy to see her looking absolutely lovely last night! She was definitely a winner.

  • zuzu


    I just recently cut all the color out of my hair and am letting it go gray naturally. I’m nowhere near this kind of cotton-candy yet, but I see why I should start wearing colors like this to set off my silvers.

    • sagecreek

      Right there with ya…I’m going gray like my mom, it’s more silvery and ash, plus I’m saving so much money on getting my roots retouched :)

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She’s from a “matchy” generation so I can see why her accessories are “too matchy” by today’s standards. I love this color on her and the fit is so good. Maybe she could have used a necklace, maybe a nice emerald.

    • Billie_Dawn

      Definitely agree about the generational aspect. If my grandmother were around today, I’m pretty sure she’d be flummoxed by the idea that her dress, purse, and shoes don’t always have to all be the same color.

      So yeah, I’ll give June Squibb a pass, and she looks great.

  • LJCdoc

    She looks terrific, and now I really, really need to see Nebraska.

  • Liz

    I love this. Is it bad that I’m thinking how great it would look on me? (Natural redhead-this is one of my colors!)

  • decormaven

    She looked great! So pleased she chose a strong color.

  • maretha2

    This is one of my favorites of the night — June wins where many younger women were just coasting. The color, style, and fit of this dress are amazing. It’s also more memorable than many of the bland gowns ( Jolie, Blanchett, Lawrence ). Her hair and make-up look perfect, especially that gorgeous lipstick color. This is how to do dressing for the Oscars!

  • Blair Sylvester

    This is a be me dress! I would love to be so self assured. She looks like she’s loving life and the way she looks.

  • Qitkat

    What a beautiful color and gown. She seems like fun.
    And now I really need to see this movie. Along with the seven others I missed (saw Gravity, loved it).

  • Jessica Freeman

    Gorgeous and without crossing into mother of the bride territory.

  • Constant Reader

    She looks great!

  • SylviaFowler

    She was one of my top 3 best dressed. Beautiful.

  • AmeliaEve

    She may be from the matchy generation, but she is also from the girdle generation, God bless ’em. What a difference the proper foundation garments can make.

    I’d never heard of her before this. According to IMDB, it looks like she started her film career at age 70!

  • stubbornthoughts

    She looks radiant! Such a great color on her, and she is so painfully adorable.

  • MilaXX

    Praise must be given to Mr Shoji. He tailors his garments to every woman he dresses. This is perfect for her. The only thing I would change is the bag to black. Nebraska was a hoot. All the BK’s should check it out.

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  • SierraDelta

    This is definitely a Be Me!

  • Danielle

    WERQ! I laughed out loud with delight when JLeto said she was his girlfriend.

    • Shawn EH

      That was the cutest!

  • g8rbait

    Love the beautiful emerald color, the texture, and the princess seaming. Especially when paired with the bold red lip and nails. This lady knows how to WERQ it.

  • Akemi

    This is a FANTASTIC color for her, and looks so good with that lipstick. Love it.

  • jw_ny

    The style, fabric, and colors are so flattering to her, and elegant. well done! :)

  • Stubenville

    I like the color and she looks great, but we’ve seen Mr. Shoji do better for other plus size ladies. I wish he had stepped it up another notch.

  • brown-eyed girl

    These photos don’t do her justice as compared to seeing her on TV last night. She rocks!

  • majorbedhead

    She looks so much like my late grandmother that it’s kind of freaking me out. Although, my late grandmother was never dressed like that, dripping in emeralds, but still.

    I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t seen any of the Oscar nominated films yet.

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  • Candigirl1968

    I hope at some point, when they have one of those “real women” PR challenges, they have Tadashi come to advise and judge. He gets it, and young designers could really learn from him.

  • E. D.

    She looks great!

  • Mojone

    She is an amazing, powerful, naughty actor and I’m hoping she is around for a long time. I think she looks great, but it’s a bit too tame. She could rock something a little edgier, maybe earings or clutch that’s a bit mod and not so matchy.

  • Sunraya

    I liked this on her. A little MOTB, as I really have seen this on countless MOTBs, but she looked elegant, the color was great and the bling – loved that!!

  • Betsy

    The color and the fit are wonderful. She looks like a million bucks!

  • e jerry powell

    I thought she was adorable, and this look made me smile so hard my face hurt.

  • nannypoo

    This was my favorite look of the night. She looks beautiful.

  • Carrps

    Dang, I wish my hands looked that good at 20+ years younger.

  • Call me Bee

    Beautiful! I’ll have to remember this when it’s time for me to be the MOB. And that is not a slam–it’s an age-appropriate nicely tailored dress in a great color.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    She looks beautiful And it looks like she’s feeling pretty damn beautiful too!

  • Truthiness2U

    Loved the colour of this, love the richness of it, and I think June looks great in it. The shape is flattering, and it has structure, without looking torturous. And the woman in it looks comfortable, and knows she looks damn good.

  • Alfred Cox

    Very nice. She looks so comfortable. And it fits beautifully. Kudos.

  • Anathema_Device

    How amazing that all the color and sparkle doesn’t overwhelm her. She looks like the queen of the Keebler Elves, and I mean that in a really good way. She’s adorable.

  • andi56

    Fine and elegant, loved her in Nebraska!

  • Fred Vaughn

    Well done, Ms. Squibb. My town’s public library does free showings of recently-to-DVD films, and I CAN’T WAIT for “Nebraska” to get here.

  • RuthGo

    She was fantastic in Nebraska and I love that she’s having her moment at 84. She looks wonderful and I especially love her hair.

  • Haley Buchanan

    Absolutely gorgeous. Easily one of my favorite looks of the night.

  • guest2visits

    Loved the spirit in all her interviews; and this was just beautiful on her, a striking color and wonderful lux fabric.

  • kerryev

    I wished that she would have worn prettier glasses, then felt terrible about it.

  • Kelly

    My first thought was that this dress was a little too grandmotherly (which, I know, is not necessarily a bad thing for an 84-year-old), but when I looked at it closely, I saw how beautifully tailored it is to fit her and how flattering the design is — the black lines of the jacket drawing the eye in to narrow and focus the shape. The color is lovely — just an elegant, great look overall.

    And this is OT, but I have to say that I was offended by Ellen’s treating her as if she was hard of hearing and slightly dotty. it was age-ist and unnecessary. I don’t usually have a problem with comedians pushing the envelope, but it just seems petty for someone of Ellen’s position and power to ridicule the age of someone with less power (not that June couldn’t probably kick Ellen’s ass if she wanted to). I mean, it’s one thing to take on super-A-lister, power-player Jennifer Lawrence; it’s another thing entirely to go after a supporting actress who is little known. I’m not objecting to the joking as such — June seems like the sort of person who can take a good joke (witness her hilarious exchange with Jared Leto) — it’s the form the joking took: a joke about age that was designed to make June look less than competent. It was the age-ist equivalent of body-shaming (ditto Ellen’s treatment of Liza Minnelli), and I didn’t like it. It was beneath Ellen, or should have been. (I mean, come on, it’s Liza — in her prime, there were few to touch her. So very talented. A legend, really, and I didn’t appreciate seeing her turned into a cheap joke.)

    Okay, sorry, end of rant. I’ll understand if you want to delete this, TLo.

  • bringbackbeatles

    I thought this was fabulous. He nailed this like you all said. Sometimes you see older actresses getting styled in really plain flowy dresses that just don’t enhance their beauty like this. The color is amazing on her pale skin (I, myself an Irish gal have it as well, maybe more) and I love that it’s structured and has some pizazz (sp?). I’m still on the young side, but I don’t think I would ever want to give up wearing color and style. She’s a gem.

  • AnneElliot

    Stunning. Great color, and that beading is amazing — I didn’t realize how detailed it was on screen. Gorgeous. Hot mother of the bride!

  • KinoEye

    Nebraska is now on my list, because the clips I saw of June looked incredible. She was one of the best-dressed of the night for me. Adorable, and happy to see the Academy is embracing progressively older nominees. Emmanuelle Riva, nominated last year, was the oldest in the category’s history — Madame June broke that record. Awesome.

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  • DesertDweller79

    This is beautiful! I love the shape, I love the texture and I LOVE the color! Bravo, Tadashi Shoji! And go, June Squibb! She looks fantastic!