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The Oscars Audience Refused to Clap for Jenny Beavan, ‘Mad Max’ Costume Designer, After Her Academy Award 2016 Win: Why?

What gives? Some of Hollywood’s biggest talents refused to clap for Mad Max: Fury Road costume designer Jenny Beavan on Sunday, February 28, as she walked up to the Dolby Theatre stage to accept her Academy Award — and the reason why they didn’t applaud her is even worse.

Beavan broke away from the Oscars’ traditional dress code at the 88th awards ceremony, proudly grinning and walking down the aisle in a leather jacket (complete with a studded skull on the back) and a striped scarf. 

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Jenny Beavan
Costume designer Jenny Beavan accepts the Best Costume Design award for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ on stage during the 88th Academy Awards.

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As she walked by, several audience members glowered and gave her judgmental looks. Four-time-Oscar-winning director Alejandro Iñárritu crossed his arms and glared, while Spotlight director Tom McCarthy touched his face with a confused expression. Other members of the audience were seen giggling and smiling before raising their hands to belatedly clap for the recipient.

The award-winning British designer addressed her dress code after accepting the honor. “I just like feeling comfortable, and I’m sorry,” Beavan noted (according to the Washington Post). “As far as I’m concerned, I’m really dressed up.”

Jenny Beavan and Cate Blanchett
Jenny Beavan, winner of the Best Costume Design award for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ poses with actress Cate Blanchett in the press room during the 88th Academy Awards.

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This wasn’t Beavan’s first Oscar win. The costume designer won her first Academy Award 30 years ago for her work on A Room With A View. Mad Max: Fury Road won a total of six awards by the time the night was over.

Watch the moment above. 

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