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Tiffany Haddish's dress three-peat was the realest Oscars moment

| Monday, March 5, 2018, 4:22 p.m.
Tiffany Haddish (left) and Maya Rudolph present the award for best documentary short subject at the Oscars on Sunday. Haddish opted for slippers while Rudolph went with bare feet.
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Tiffany Haddish (left) and Maya Rudolph present the award for best documentary short subject at the Oscars on Sunday. Haddish opted for slippers while Rudolph went with bare feet.
Tiffany Haddish wore this dress for the Oscars red carpet. The actress said it was a tribute to her late father's Eritrean heritage.
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Tiffany Haddish wore this dress for the Oscars red carpet. The actress said it was a tribute to her late father's Eritrean heritage.

Tiffany Haddish's white dress accomplished what 1,000 ham-fisted Oscars skits could never do: Make it a show for regular folks.

With Maya Rudolph, Haddish presented the Oscars on Sunday night for animated and live action short films, and she did so wearing the same white gown she wore to host "Saturday Night Live" in November and to the "Girls Trip" premiere the previous summer.

"I wore it on the red carpet for 'Girls Trip' and my whole team, they told me, 'Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on 'SNL.' You already wore it. It's taboo to wear it twice,' " she said on "Saturday Night Live." "And I said, 'I don't give a dang about no taboo.'

"I feel like I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, however many times I want," Haddish said on "SNL." "As long as I Febreze it."

She paired it Sunday night with bedroom slippers.

On a night that saw host Jimmy Kimmel and a handful of stars carry sub sandwiches and hot dog cannons into a movie theater filled with Regular Moviegoers; on a network that tripped all over itself to remind us that the upcoming "Roseanne" reboot is a show about people who look like us; on a show that clumsily poked fun at Hollywood being out of touch — "each of the 45 million Swarovski crystals on this stage tonight represent humility," Kimmel joked — Haddish pulled a dress three-peat.

Remember when Sharon Stone wore a shirt from the Gap to the 1998 Oscars and became, overnight, a woman of the people? Haddish blows her out of the water.

On "SNL," Haddish joked that she'd be wearing her $4,000 Alexander McQueen to any and all formal events she's invited to in the future — bar and bat mitzvahs, a praise-and-worship service at a Baptist church, future weddings if she decides to marry again (and again).

"I might Elizabeth Taylor this thing," she said. "You don't know."

Earlier Sunday, Haddish walked the red carpet in a hooded dress traditionally worn by women in Eritrea. Her father, who passed away last year, was from the East African nation, she explained to Michael Strahan on ABC.

Onstage, though, she was all about the McQueen — a touch of reality in a show that celebrates the opposite.

Heidi Stevens is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.

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