A night in the spotlight. Taya Kyle went glam for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, representing her late husband Chris Kyle.
Taya, 40, attended the star-studded evening in support of the box office smash American Sniper, which was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper. Though she glowed at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre in a strapless green gown, Taya took to Facebook just hours earlier to give her true feelings about the awards show and the evening ahead.
"So, I am always real with you," she wrote on a Facebook page honoring her husband. "Today is no different... I have a pounding headache and woke up from intermittently sleeping and having nightmares about the evils of the world. And yet, I am in beautiful Southern California courtesy of Warner Brothers who have been exceptional to work with in every aspect. Turns out they are like the fairy GodMother for a regular woman who has kids, a murder trial for her beloved and dear friend and am honestly exhausted."
The murder trial that Taya referenced is an investigation into her late husband's death. After he returned from four tours of duty in Iraq as a military sniper, Chris was shot and killed on a gun range in February 2013, allegedly by the suspect Eddie Ray Routh — a vet with PTSD. Taya has testified in the ongoing trial, which is taking place in Texas.
"I don't like whining and I believe in the power of recognizing blessings even when the chips are down," continued Taya, whose husband Chris was the inspiration for Cooper's character in American Sniper. "I wanted to support everyone who made this movie representing real veteran families, but I didn't think I had the energy to show up at the Oscars, let alone be presentable. So, I find myself in a surreal position... like Cinderella who scrubs the floors but has a fairy Godmother (Warner Brothers) who got me on a plane and had a dress and jewelry and even the shoes and Spanx waiting for me."
"And so it is. I am here," she added. "To represent my husband, military families and the beautiful people who put more than they had to to make this movie happen… It's by the Grace of God and the support of people like you who literally give me the energy to get out of bed each day and see the beauty through the ashes of my life. I hope the same for all of you. We all struggle and we all have to find the strength to fight another day. I know I am not alone. The details may be different but our stories of fighting on, finding the strength to help ourselves and accepting the help of others when we can ... Our constant fight to get on a path to renewal is always common ground - it's the human condition."
After preparing herself for the big night, Taya went on to honor her husband during the ABC red carpet pre-show for the Oscars.
"I'm so thankful," she said. "I wanted to be here to represent Chris... He would be absolutely blown away."