Why It's Always So Refreshing To See Ellen Degeneres Host An Awards Show
On a night, like the Academy Awards, that’s obsessively devoted not just to fashion, but to the performance of gender that fashion is in service of, it is always such a delight to have Ellen Degeneres as a host. Pop culture has played a huge role in changing American attitudes about LGB people, and increasingly trans people. But the Academy Awards are a particularly regressive night when it comes to gender, be it in the incessant questions about dresses and jewelry, the compliments of women’s looks and men’s talent on the red carpet, and the absence of women nominees in the awards for creators. So watching Ellen get up on the Oscar stage not just as an out, married lesbian, but as a woman who can rock the hell out of a tuxedo–a look that’s still considered transgressive enough that it causes comment when Angelina Jolie wears one–is just a wonderful thing. I may not love her cravat-y look tonight. But man am I glad she’s here.