Nebraska's June Squibb: My Custom Oscars Gown Will Be the 'Whipped Cream On Top' of Awards Season

02/10/2014 at 10:26 AM ET

June Squibb OscarsJim Smeal/BEImages

That Oscar nod means everything to an actor. It’s respect from your peers, it’s celebrity and prestige, it’s glamorous parties and red carpets. And, of course, it’s designers fighting for the chance to dress you for the biggest night of your career.

At 84, Nebraska star June Squibb isn’t going to let this opportunity go to waste.

“It’s great! It really is!” Squibb tells PEOPLE of the newfound attention from the fashion world since landing her Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination. “There’s no bad about it! It’s just wonderful. I’ve always liked clothes, I’ve always enjoyed shopping and the magazines, so this is just sort of whipped cream on top of everything.”

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And the cherry on top? The actress has already found her new favorite designer. “I wore Tadashi Shoji for both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, and he is making me an Oscar dress from the bottom up, completely mine!” she told PEOPLE while attending the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards in Beverly Hills. “I am so thrilled, because I love his gowns, they’re just so wonderful.”

Shoji famously collaborated with Octavia Spencer on her showstopping gown when she took home the Academy Award in the same category in 2011, and Squibb is also enjoying input into the design of the big day’s dress.

“My stylist and I both wanted an emerald green,” the actress says. “Then [Shoji] gave us a drawing, which I’m going to frame of course, and it’s gorgeous! We got a swatch of the material, and it’s unbelievable material. It has beading, and everything that you can imagine on it, so I’m really excited about that.”

Are you excited to see the finished result? How fabulous is Squibb? Tell us below!

–Reagan Alexander

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Jess on

The red ddress she is pictured in really looks beautiful on her.. This designer accomplished something very hard to do with the red dress. He manageed to make an age appriopriate fashion forward gown for an 80+ year old woman that I could easily see Angeline Jolie or Selma Hyack wearing.

jckfmsincty on

She is delightful in “Nebraska”.

law on

A lot of these starts who routinely attend these things likely view styling for these events as routine and their responses about fashion are so canned. So, I am not in any way being condescending when I say Ms. Squibb’s enthusiasm is really adorable and endearing. It’s a refreshing change.

KikiNic on

She is so adorable, I can’t stand it! I’m excited to see how beautiful she’s going to be in her dress.

Sarah S. on

Bless her heart…I love it when stars get so excited for the Oscars!! Well deserved nomination and I’m sure she’ll look fabulous in the Tadashi Shoji gown. Have a ball, June!! :)

Steph on

She is so cute! I love her attitude!

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