The 2018 Oscars aired last night, and as usual, pop-culture media was obsessing over the various fashion statements, risks, and flubs that made their way onto the Academy Awards red carpet. And if the unprecedented box office success of Marvel's Black Panther wasn't enough, the film continued to make a mark on the fashion world, thanks to stars like Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke's choices in outfits.
Boseman and Nyong'o go some particular spotlighting in the "Best Dressed" category for the night, as they both wore outfits that combined high-end elegance with the Afrocentric influences that are now the definition of Wakandan culture. Needless to say, the visual representation of Wakanda's "Black Excellence" has gotten the Internet talking! Read below for a sampling of what they're saying:
You colonizers are in the presence of royalty.March 5, 2018
These are the outfits worn by Black Panther's lineup of stars at the Oscars. While Danai Gurira (Okoye), Winston Duke (M'Baku) and Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi) went more traditional, Boseman and Nyong'o represent their film and characters with some Vibranium-inspired fashion.
Chadwick Boseman on the red carpet shouting “Wakanda forever!” has already made this the best Oscars ever.— Caroline Siede (@CarolineSiede) March 4, 2018
If the fashion wasn't enough, Boseman drove it home with the Wakandan battle cry to let the Oscars know they were Outchere! Hey never froze.
I just saw Lupita and Danai for a split second and my heart stopped.#Oscars— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) March 5, 2018
If you want proof of just how much Black Panther is making stars out of its cast - read the above. They're now more than actors - they're global rock stars!
Saw Black Panther again instead of watching the Oscars... I like my decision. I have a couple tweets to tweet after seeing the winners though...— Dylan Minnette (@dylanminnette) March 5, 2018
For some fans, there wasn't even a debate: the multiple hours spent watching the Academy Awards was better spent re-watching Black Panther.
The blackest superhero around took the podium alongside the chalky-whitest supervillain in the genre - and both of them together looked like a high-class, well-dressed versions of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger. Back stage, Nicole Kidman added a little Aquaman regency to the mix!
Listen , the Oscars come on tonight y’all. Please don’t be asking all night “Where is Black Panther?”.... it just came out . We will see them next year— IG: AYANATHEDIVA (@AyanaTheDIVA) March 4, 2018
In case you were triggered about this, just a small reminder: Black Panther hasn't even been out for a month in theaters, so it will not be in contention for Oscars until next year. Wakanda Forever (until next year)!
....And some fans are already getting their threats in line for next year.
Did you see the Black Panther influence on the Oscars red carpet fashion? What did you think about it? Let us know in the comments!
Black Panther is now in theaters. It will be followed by Avengers: Infinity War on April 27th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8th, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3rd, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5th, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.