Oscars Backstage: It’s a wrap!


Dress by Thai Nguyen Atelier

Jewelry by Ash + Ames

Alexander McQueen clutch from MyHabit

The biggest red carpet in the world.  Dozens of interviews.  Six and a half hours on air.  Four inch heels.  One STUNNING dress.  Hosting the Academy’s #OscarsBackstage this year was a blast!

It was a mad race to prepare for this event, late-night cramming on nominees and presenters, watching everything I possibly could and of course, dressing for the most high profile red carpet of the year, but it all came together seamlessly and I am very proud of the work that we did.

Interviewing 9-time Academy Award nominee, Diane Warren.
Hitting the red carpet with my co-host, Orlando Jones

My co-host Orlando Jones was an absolute delight to work with, and put me at ease with his quick wit, intelligence, and enthusiasm. We felt so much in sync, we even ended up wearing matching looks in mixed metallics without even planning it.

Speaking of outfits, I feel so lucky to have worn Thai Nguyen Atelier’s gorgeous hand-beaded gown!  He is about to break through big time and on a night where diversity was the hot button topic, it was important to me to represent an Asian American designer, especially one who feels like family.  Let me explain.  When I was 19, my first job as a back up dancer was for a Vietnamese variety show, kind of like the MTV of the Vietnamese community.  Thai designed costumes for the show, and has since translated his mad skills into opening his own atelier and dressing stars for the red carpet.   Aside from his being the most stunning dresses I tried on, it just felt good and right, to support a fellow journeyman who’s now hitting his stride, to use this huge platform to turn the spotlight on someone’s work that is exceptional, original and impeccably crafted.  If Jennifer Lopez wears him on American Idol and Kelly Osbourne, Jeannie Mai and Tracee Ellis Ross all chose him for Oscar night, clearly, I’m not alone.

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From being a 19 year old back up dancer, to walking one of the biggest red carpets of the year, it’s more than just a pinch-me moment.  To see myself on an Oscar best-dressed list?   Completely surreal.  It’s icing on the cake to be mentioned on Jezebel’s list of least boring Oscar looks.

But the best part of all, was seeing my sister, who coincidentally works for the Academy, bring my 10-year-old niece down the red carpet and smile and wave to Auntie Di.   That was truly priceless.



  1. Nicco March 1, 2016 at 12:36 am - Reply

    You looked 10 times more beautiful than most of the so-called stars that came out last night. You are inching your way toward where you should be in the ‘constellation’. Hope your climb takes you right to where you always wanted to be!!

    • Diane Mizota March 2, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Nicco!! I hope the same for you!

  2. Nicco March 1, 2016 at 12:43 am - Reply

    You truly outshone many of those so-called stars last night. Maybe next year the network execs will get a clue and put you on with the dj and the stick lady from E! They should be standing in your shadow. I hope your climb to the top takes you to just the spotyou’ve always dreamed you would reach and you find your true fulfillment there.

  3. Rasta Josiah March 1, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

    NiCe, you still loOk good. I don’t know if you remember me, but I first saw you in G4 show back in 2006. We emailed each other a couple times. It’s nice to see you’re still on the scene…

    • Diane Mizota March 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      THANK YOU!!! Hearing from my G4 fans always makes my day. 🙂

  4. Rich Bispham March 12, 2016 at 1:15 am - Reply

    A crimson gown does all the talking, so keep your accessories simple with barely there sandals and a box clutch.

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