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Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone (Blackfeet and Nimíipuu) paid tribute to Native culture on the red carpet for the 96th Annual Academy Awards with a stunning Gucci gown made in collaboration with Joe Big Mountain of Ironhorse Quillwork (Mohawk, Cree and Comanche Nations).

The midnight blue velvet gown was adorned with a printed cobalt blue trim at the neckline. According to the Wall Street Journal, the gown included porcupine quill-work edging by Big Mountain. 

Gladstone (Blackfeet and Nimíipuu) made history as the first Native American nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Gladstone, 37, received the honor for her critically acclaimed performance as Mollie Burkhart in Martin Scorsese’s sprawling crime epic Killers of the Flower Moon. The film tells the true story of a series of murders orchestrated against citizens of the Osage Nation in the 1920s for their oil rights, which resulted in the birth of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
 
Gladstone has been an Oscar favorite since the film’s release in October 2023. Her performance as Burkhart, an Osage woman whose family is killed by her white husband for their oil wealth, received critical acclaim for its powerful subtly. 

Gladstone received public praise and support from her co-star, Oscar winner Leonardo Dicaprio, who wrote on Instagram: “Working with her will forever be a highlight of my career.”  

Her portrayal of Burkhart earlier this year earned her a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Gladstone spent the first 11 years of her life on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana before moving to Seattle. 

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