Let’s Break Down Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry’s Glorious Oscars Costumes

Ruth Carter won the best costume design award for “Black Panther”

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When Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry took the Oscars stage on Sunday night to present the award for best costume design, they wore elements of the costumes from all four of the nominees.

It may have been hard to keep track given all the stuffed rabbits, makeup, and spectacular costumes, but their clothes were inspired by the films nominated in the best costume design category: “Black Panther,” “The Favourite,” “Mary, Queen of Scots” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Here’s a list of everything McCarthy and Henry wore.

Melissa McCarthy:

  • A Tudor-style dress for “Mary, Queen of Scots”
  • A train on the dress peppered with stuffed rabbits, which was a reference to “The Favourite”
  • A short, red-colored bob, much like Margot Robbie’s in “Mary, Queen of Scots”

Brian Tyree Henry:

  • A Tudor-style dress in the style of “Mary, Queen of Scots”
  • Gloves, a shawl and a hat like Emily Blunt wore in “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • Dredlocks, to pay homage to “Black Panther”
  • Face makeup like that worn by Wakandans during the ceremonial combat in “Black Panther”

McCarthy went all in, demonstrating some impressive puppeteering skills with the bunnies. (The rabbits play a prominent role in “The Favourite,” though they actually aren’t part of any of the character’s costumes, thankfully.)

“Black Panther” ruled: Ruth Carter won the best costume design award for her work on the Best Picture nominated “Black Panther.”

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” Carter said. “It’s been my life’s honor to create costumes. Thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead onscreen.”

She added: “Thank you to my crews around the world who helped bring Wakanda to life. Our genius director, Ryan Coogler, you are a guiding force. Thank you for your trust and understanding my role in telling the African-American story. Adding vibranium to costumes is very expensive so thank you Victoria Alonso, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Jeffrey Chernov, Bob Iger and Nate Moore. My career is built with passion to tell stories that allow us to know ourselves better. This is for my 97-year-old mother watching in Massachusetts. Mom, thank you for teaching me about people and their stories. You are the original superhero. Thank you.”