Oscar winner declined $1 million shoes

Although the actual viewership of the Oscars has seen a decline in recent years, it’s nonetheless one of the most discussed (read: “gossiped about”) events of the year. Catching up on the awards news this morning, fashion followers will be interested to learn this tidbit about a certain screenwriter’s footwear.

Diablo Cody at OscarsStuart Weitzmann, known to be one of the most glamorous names in women’s shoes, creates a special pair of “Cinderella” shoes each year. The lucky celebrity elected to don them is an up-and-coming star, a hand-chosen Oscar nominee, and obviously the subject of much discussion. This year’s choice: Diablo Cody, nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Juno (pictured at left).

According to, the T-strap heels are beige metallic, resembling a 1940s style, and feature two diamond roses, made with more than 1800 diamonds to total their $1 million-plus price tag (shown in inset). Weitzmann thought he fully communicated the value of the shoes to Cody, but she disagreed in a now well-cited myspace blog:

“They (shoes) were sparkly. Kind of retro. With hefty brooches to be affixed atop each narrow toebox … I’m flattered that they picked me (surprise!) to wear the Pimp Shooz… (but) I’m actually really pissed about this, now that I think about it. They’re using me to publicize their stupid shoes and nobody asked me. I’m sorry if I sound like a party-pooper, but Jeebus.”

Weitzman’s response? “I’m just embarrassed that she wrote what she wrote,” he told the Associated Press. But he wouldn’t change his mind. Previously he had also expressed his support, saying, “Diablo Cody is a wonderful, talented writer, whose movie I enjoyed watching. I will certainly be rooting for her on Sunday evening. We wish her the best.”

Thus, Cody was seen strutting down the red carpet (and up on stage to accept her golden boy) in a flowing, Dior leopard-print dress, with a mid-thigh cut to show off a dainty pair of gold flats instead of the million-dollar heels. Actually, those ballerinas reminds me a lot of the Joie Kass at Solestruck, minus the piping … and I think Diablo made the right choice. :)

-- Katie

  • Elle

    I want those shoes! Apparently, she actually was REALLY active in the design of the shoe, too, so that’s EXTRA uncool that she turned them down.

    E! also had a runway special about shoes where they tried to make Kim Kardashian talk about trends, but she was pretty inarticulate. :(

    Thanks for the update!

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