Crazy But True: We Can Predict an Oscar Winner Based on Their Nail Polish
Every awards season, we, the beauty-obsessed, are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed waiting for celebs to grace the red carpet so we can catch a glimpse of their hair and makeup. Of course, we also gawk at their incredible ensembles and bask in the sheer delight of their otherworldly presence, practically blinded by every sequin and sparkle. Admittedly, though, one element of their look that takes a bit of a back seat in our minds is their nails. Trust us—we love a good nail polish and an even better manicure, but it just doesn't immediately grab our attention like the other standout elements. However, we recently learned that we should have been paying way more attention to their digits all along.
Backstage at NYFW, a top celebrity manicurist and nail mogul revealed to us that when she's getting a client ready for the Oscars (or any award show), if she has a feeling that they're going to win, she'll paint their nails either a nude or pale neutral colour. The reasoning? When they hold the award for photographs, she doesn't want anyone to be distracted by a bright nail colour or intricate design. "The focus should be on the statue," she explains. Deeply fascinated by this, I decided to take a look through Oscar winners past and their nail colours. The results were shocking. Take a look for yourself below.
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Patricia Arquette actually didn't have time for a manicure at the 2015 Oscars, but her look still fits the theory that nude/neutral nails=victory.
Another interesting tidbit: Jennifer Lawrence wore a pale pink/nude nail at the 2013 Oscars when she won, but at the 2016 Oscars, she wore black nail lacquer and lost to Brie Larson, who wore—you guessed it—a pale pink nail. Coincidence? We think not. Sure, there have been several nominees who also wore a nude/pale nail and lost, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a winner with a strong contrasting, bright, primary, jewel-toned, or detailed nail.
We're placing bets that Allison Janney and Frances McDormand will be wearing a pale/nude nail this weekend—follow our Oscars coverage Sunday night to find out.