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Oscars 2016: Max Max

Oscars 2016: Max Max

The 58-year-old actor-and-writer made the gag in reference to what Jenny wore to the ceremony after she collected yet another award for Costume Design for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road.

The outrage and abuse that followed led Fry to close his Twitter account and blog that the micro-blog site was a "stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous" and populated by a humourless lynch mob.

Slate identified the men, who are film heavyweights, but of the behind-the-scenes sort.

Instead Hollywoodites including The Revenant's film director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu sneered and crossed their arms in protest. Spotlight director Tom McCarthy seems to stifle a giggle, and producer Steve Golin looks her up and down with an otherwise expressionless face.

They are all wrong of course, Beavan was the coolest looking person in the building.

The less-charitable interpretation, and one it's awfully hard to avoid, is that they were taken aback by her appearance. True, this is the Oscars, but we're struggling to imagine a casually dressed man eliciting the same disdain.

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To be clear, there's definitely a chance they did clap at first, but had stopped by the time she walked by them.

For the record, Beavan is the woman responsible for Mad Max: Fury Road's post-apocolyptic costumes.

The costume designer Stephen Fry jokingly described as a bag lady defied sartorial tradition by attending the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in a custom designed leather jacket with fire on the back, in tribute to Mad Max: Fury Road.

"I am very happy to talk about it", she said of her outfit backstage.

"I don't do frocks and absolutely don't do heels, I have a bad back". And she took the prize her way - looking comfortable as hell. So if you think Jenny Beavan doesn't know how to dress, she's now got two Oscars that say she does.

If the best revenge is living well, Beavan's already won.


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