The Wakandan Delegation came to the 2018 Oscars & it was awesome

90th Academy Awards (Oscars) - Arrivals

Were Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o each other’s dates for the Oscars? I think they were. Black Panther was there in force, because Wakanda Forever, with Danai, Lupita, Winston Duke and Chadwick Boseman all in attendance. I think Danai really was Lupita’s date – Lupita and Chadwick were presenters, Danai was not. There were also so many references and jokes about Black Panther during the Oscars, which is great too.

Lupita Nyong’o wore Versace and Danai wore Gabriela Hearst. Chadwick wore a Givenchy tuxedo with some kind of elaborate detailing on the shoulders. He kept doing the Wakanda arms-crossed thing, and other people kept doing it to him on the red carpet too. It was great. I think Danai’s dress was my favorite – it would be a perfect wedding gown, which would usually annoy me, but she’s pulling it off. The way she styled it kept it from looking too bridal. Lupita’s Versace… well, I’m not crazy about it, actually. It sort of looks weirdly cheap and costume-y on her. From the neck up, everything is amazing though. She apparently had her hair styled in a traditional Rwandan style.

The only bad thing I can say about any of this is that I wish Michael B. Jordan was there.

90th Academy Awards (Oscars)

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  1. Lucy says:

    I loved everything about this!! Lupita and Danai, Chadwick doing his thing, and all the references!! Also Winston Duke. HOT DAMN.

    • V4Real says:

      We know Chadwick is gorgeous but damn Winston, right? Danai is still my crush. great body and beautiful skin.

      • VintageS says:

        She is so awesome. I had never seen her before as NO Walking Dead for me. She practically stole the movie.

      • ParlerBleu says:

        Danai is STUNNING! I lived for Okoye (and CTO of Wakanda, Shuri) in Black Panther. Honestly, I lived for Black Panther period, but my goodness ALL of those women are EVERYTHING.

    • TwoPac says:

      I’m so lucky to have lived through this time in history with a rise in African American Esteem and artistry. I know, I know, there is so much work ahead, but let me have today!

  2. HH says:


  3. OriginalLala says:


    havent seen the movie yet but will be going this weekend to support it.

  4. Tig says:

    I didn’t like Lupita’s dress either. The white dress is lovely.

  5. GATy says:

    Sorry but they were absolutely tacky, Lupita use to wear beautiful dresses but no this time

  6. Krill says:

    Guess work here but I wouldnt be surprised if Michael B gave up his ticket for Danai. Organisers are apparently stingy with tickets and POC films get the worst brunt because POC who are supporting actors are often not considered household names. Lee Daniels has spoken about this and just a few weeks ago the Rel Howery (the hilarious guy on Get Out who has more scenes than Catherine Keener) said he didnt have a ticket despite Get Out being nominated for Best Film.

    • dodgy says:


      Yeah, same.

    • noway says:

      Michael B. Jordon is filming Creed 2, and I don’t think he is in town. He was talking about how he was leaving to film it on Ellen a few weeks ago. I’m sure the movie studio could get tickets for any cast member of Black Panther as it is such a big movie, and they seemed to be one of the few things that excited the crowd.

  7. Cher says:

    I love Danai’s dress. Not loving L’s dress.
    The men look great.

  8. Nicole says:

    Also if you don’t know they cleared up that it’s right over left for the greeting

  9. Tanesha86 says:

    I love both gowns, those ladies look fantastic. Melanin just glowing 😍

  10. grabbyhands says:

    This entire cast is just so ridiculously gorgeous.

    I don’t love Lupita’s gown, but she’s amazing so I giver her a pass.

  11. Esmom says:

    Danai’s looks like a better fitted version of Saorise’s to me. She looks beautiful. Not a fan of Lupita’s gown, I think if the slit had not been there the look would be a bit more streamlined and pretty.

  12. Wisca says:

    Danai is my new favorite including her hair and her everything. She’s so brilliant, beautiful and talented. Now when I think back to that magazine cover–was it the Hollywood Reporter?– where there was no woman of color, the bias is even more outrageous.

  13. Maria F. says:

    i love Lupita’s hair, but not the shash on the dress. It is too large or something. The golden undergarment itself i like.

    • Aoife says:

      The sash looks a bit like a bullet belt.

      • Felicia says:

        That would be particularly appropriate then, if she chose a Rwandan hairstyle given the Tutsi genocide. Since the hairstyle is probably tribal rather than “Rwandan”, perhaps she was making a subtle statement that was unfortunately lost on most people.

      • LAK says:

        It’s a Tutsi traditional hairstyle.

      • Felicia says:

        @LAK: Good for her then!

    • noway says:

      I didn’t like the sash part either, but she can really wear a dress especially one form fitting and she still looks amazing. For some reason I liked the dress on her. On anyone else I think I would have said it was awful, but not on her.

  14. GATy says:

    Imaging for a moment Lupita and Danai in JANE fonda dress, now returns to these pictures, these dresses don’t fit them well

  15. hey-ya says:

    …Boseman must have got his coat straight off last weeks runway…now thats A list clout….

  16. Red says:

    I guess I’m the opposite. I think both ladies have beautiful faces, almost to the point that it’s not fair for us regular folk. However, I think Lupita looks great in her dress. It’s different, not the same old type of dress everyone wears. She looks like a queen. Danai looks boring. The dress is boring. She looks like everyone else. The color is nice on her, but I’d assume most colors do. Not impressed at all.

    • Felicia says:

      Completely agree. Lupita has no fashion fear 🙂

    • CommentingBunny says:

      Seriously! Lupita has got to be one of the most beautiful women ever. Her face is perfect. And to top it off she seems intelligent, capable and kind. I have a girl-crush on her.

    • RedWeatherTiger says:

      Agree. I thought Lupita looked amazing onstage in that dress. It doesn’t photograph as well, I think, as it looked in motion. STUNNING.

      We saw Black Panther yesterday afternoon and it was fantastic. Loved it.

  17. Annika says:

    Wakanda forever 🐱

  18. Umyeah says:

    Danai is so damn beautiful, that bone structure is incredible.

  19. lannisterforever says:

    They all looked gorgeous and while I think Lupita’s dress wasn’t a pretty dress per say, it was BEAUTIFUL on her.

    Wish Michael Bae Jordan would have been there!

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – as a dress I don’t love it, but she makes it work and looks powerful and gorgeous.
      Danai looks beautiful as well. Her dress is lovely.

  20. Mia4s says:

    Danai is just so cool, that’s all I’ve got. Lupita’s looked beautiful but yeah that dress gets a “no” from me.

    Not feeling that beard on Chadwick at all. I’m totally cool with (and often in to) a full beard/full scruff but the half and half look? HAAAATE IT!!

  21. lautie says:

    gosh! CHADWICK!!!!…….😍😍😍

  22. marianne says:

    I normally love what Lupita wears, but I didnt like this Versace gown that much. The detailing makes it look like shes wearing a sash, it just kind of weird. Chadwick looks great though! Its so nice to not see some boring old tux on the carpet. Plus, he’s still giving us some Black Panther flavor.

  23. Otaku Fairy says:

    Lupita’s outfit is pretty. Danai’s isn’t bad, just kind of plain. I finally got to see Black Panther last week and, while Wonder Woman was good, Black Panther was even better- I did not want to leave my seat for even a moment.

    • Jayna says:

      I really loved Danai’s look from the front shot. A simple but elegant gown, accessorized with the stunning choker necklace and bracelet and earrings

      I thought Luptia looked fantastic also.

  24. Nancy says:

    Prettiest I’ve ever seen Lupita. She looked so happy, she was glowing. The only one slight negative comment I have is the blue eyeshadow. Her face is so beautiful, she doesn’t need eye makeup.

  25. Her Higness says:

    I saw Black Panther for the 2nd time this wknd first time in 3D thou! still awesome! They all look like royalty, powerful images for blacks like me, esp us in extreme poverty.

  26. IMUCU says:

    I liked getting to see Danai at the Oscars and on The Walking Dead last night!

  27. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Gorgeous people. Damn.

  28. Janet says:

    Wakanda!!!!!!! Wow! It feels so good to have this film and the positivity it brings.

  29. Sherri says:

    Love their hair and clothes. They look beautiful.

  30. lobbit says:

    I seriously love the entire Wakandan delegation.

    • Flan says:

      Delegation, exactly.


      It’s almost like they’re really from Wakanda and just start to become more involved in the world, as they planned to at the end of the movie. It was the first time in years I was excited about a Marvel movie and they sure delivered.

  31. ParlerBleu says:

    I love Lupita in Versace. I think she is stunning and it is a wonderful contrast to her normal red-carpet choices. She usually looks beautiful and ethereal, like a lovely princess, but it is great to see her in a sexier, more sensual look. Versace needs to give her a contract!

  32. teacakes says:

    Eh I LOVE the ammo-belt looking sash on Lupita’s dress, I’d take that molten gold armour-looking Versace over some of the boring basic ‘slinky and metallic’ dresses that are the alleged Best Dressed here (Gal Gadot, I’m looking at you).

    Lupita knows her fashion, and she’s never afraid to play. I actually like that she doesn’t limit herself to ‘pretty’, her styling choices (especially hair) through this press tour have been amazing.

  33. sadie77az says:

    Danai’s dress is so Old Hollywood to me and I just love it. No idea what is up with Lupita’s dress. It’s so bad it almost feels like a bad joke. Chadwick looks so cool. Overall, the men really brought it this year.

  34. Lady Rain says:

    I loved Lupita’s and Danai’s dresses. Beautiful ladies with gorgeous styling. Chadwick and Winston brought it as well.