'Mad Max' Oscar-Winning Costume Designer: They Didn't Have to Clap for Me

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Oscar-winning “Mad Max: Fury Road” costume designer Jenny Beavan

Oscars: Mad Max’s Costume Designer Jenny Beavan Doesn’t Care About Applause

Costume designer Jenny Beavan became an overnight sensation from the viral Vine of the celebrity crowd at the Oscars apparently failing to applaud when she won the Academy Award for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

But there are no hard feelings — and a little misinformation.

“I didn’t clap the whole time [during the ceremony] — your hands get tired,” Beavan tells  The Hollywood Reporter. “We had done a huge amount of clapping by that time. They didn’t have to! I don’t mind in the least if they didn’t clap. I felt really good, I felt the warmth, I was so proud of doing the film for George and it didn’t matter what anyone else thought, really.”

Also, right after the Vine was shot, director Alejandro Iñárritu did unfold his arms and start applauding video shows.  “What you don’t see in the 10-second clip being circulated is my applause for Jenny as she ascended the stairs to the stage,” he said in a statement to EW. “I’ve learned a lot this awards season… that I should never cross my arms when I am sitting down.””

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Costume Designer: What She Wore

Beavan got almost as much attention by her ensemble: She accepted Sunday’s honor in a bedazzled motorcycle jacket, striped scarf, pants and boots.

“I am a real jeans person,” she said. “I have clothes to dress up in, but [the Oscars] was a really conscious thing of not just doing the plain black suit. I am British with a slightly rebellious character; I always have been. But, actually, in truth, you’ve seen me. I’m short, I’m fat. I really would look ridiculous in a gown.”

More importantly, she said, “What I was actually wearing at the Oscars was sort of an homage to “Mad Max” — a kind of biker outfit.”

 

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