Octavia Spencer: 'I Refuse to Wear a Muumuu' to the Oscars!

02/23/2013 at 10:30 AM ET

Octavia Spencer Tadashi Shoji Oscars
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Long gone are the days when Octavia Spencer couldn’t find someone to dress her for awards ceremonies. These days, the star relies on Tadashi Shoji, who designed the stunning gown she wore to accept her best supporting actress Oscar last year, and for good reason.

“It’s very difficult to make a woman of different sizes look as chic, as sexy, without making them wear a tent,” Spencer explained at L.A.’s Women in Film pre-Oscar party of her fondness for the designer. “Normally, that’s what they give you. ‘Here is your designer dress, but it’s a tent.’ I’m sorry, I just refuse to do that. It’s not gonna happen, honey! I’m not going to wear a muumuu!”

So what does the presenter plan to wear Sunday night? Even she doesn’t know. “I’m down to two, and it depends on the drape and the whatever, whatever,” she joked. “They’re completely different but I love them both … You will understand that when you see the one that I pick.”

And forget triple Spanx and starving herself: the star is all about having fun this year. “I’m never going to miss a meal!” Spencer said, laughing. “I think it’s about celebrating the journey, and I get to be at the biggest party … on a huge night. Are you kidding? There’s no pressure at all!”

Tell us: Are you excited to see Spencer’s gown tomorrow? Who else are you looking forward to seeing on the red carpet?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Reagan Alexander


The 85th annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 24, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Rain on

Glad she is enjoying herself.

Trinitey on

Kudos to her for not using under garment means or insane diets to squeeze into something that does not fit. I enjoy actors who become famous for their acting and not their appearance.

Sandra on

um and why does she think she needs to wear a muumuu to the Oscars?? strange

Danielle on

Octavia needs to fix her gap between her front teeth and she will be pleasant to look at .it’s something about your smile that needs to be complete. I stopped watching Michael Stratman on Kelly Rippa becauseof his teeth

tillie on

She is beautiful

Sue Jones on

What a sad world we live in.

Just Me on

Danielle, I guess nobody told Lauren Hutton or Anna Pacquin that a gap between their front teeth was unattractive…perhaps you better stage an emergency intervention or at the very least, a private meeting with their stylists.

Susie on

gaps between teeth are sometimes genetic! Im 17 and i have a gap between my front teeth and people say im beautiful.

Crick on

This woman spends more time talking about her weight than anybody else does.

Julie on

Anyone over a size 2 in Hollywood is considered fat. Octavia speaks for REAL women who aren’t of that minority. I admire her spunk.

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