We’ve really got to hand it to Jane Fonda. Not that this would rank anywhere near the top of the considerable list that comprises her accomplishments, but she’s such a consummate actress and performer, as well as an activist who knows a great deal about symbolism and political theater, that she quietly served up a moment that is likely to be played on Oscar highlight reels for decades after she’s gone.
First, the look: She announced recently that she was finished buying any new clothes, which makes her choice to recycle an old dress of hers not a bit surprising; especially since it looks pretty great on her. The coat is her now-iconic signature piece that she’s worn countless times while getting arrested on a weekly basis for protesting climate change. The hair is fabulous. No surprise here, but she looks spectacular with a full head of silver hair.
But fashion aside, a whole bunch of critics and commenters noted just how superbly she delivered the news of Parasite’s historic win:
Also, Jane Fonda should just a nomination based on her pause alone. She gave us a MOMENT. https://t.co/DIdXKrIEGi
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) February 10, 2020
When you watch the Best Picture announcement again and again, enjoy how exquisitely Jane Fonda rose to that moment. She knew that a wall was coming down. Thrilling. A win for the ages. Bravo Bong!!! #Parasite
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 10, 2020
I just want to say that Jane Fonda’s presentation of Best Picture was perfect: right amount of pause, great control of her reaction to the envelope where there’s just a HINT of emotion, then a wonderfully nuanced joy as she reads “Parasite” aloud. Truly stellar work. #Oscars
— Myles McNutt (@Memles) February 10, 2020
She knew exactly how to play that moment and she wrung an exquisite amount of drama out of it. What a pro.
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