We Love Us: #BlackExcellence Met #BlackElegance at the 2018 Oscars

Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Danai Gurira dazzle at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony.
Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Danai Gurira dazzle at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony.
Photo: Neilson Barnard (Getty Images)

While there were no big upsets like last year’s last-minute turnover of the award for best picture, the Oscars also weren’t so white this year, as proved by the red carpet of the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night in Hollywood, Calif.


Indeed, we made history Sunday night: Mary J. Blige was the first person in Oscars history to be nominated for both an acting award and for best original song for the same film (and performed!). Jordan Peele became the first black person to score a win for best original screenplay. And in a surprise plot twist, Kobe Bryant is now also the first NBA player to score an Oscar win.

And while we still have a long way to go in terms of representation (and after the success of Black Panther, we are anxious to see what next year’s Oscars might bring), this year’s ceremony was nevertheless filled with refreshing moments.


Our favorite? Seeing Janet Mock, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and Tarana Burke in the spotlight among an array of activists featured in Common and Andra Day’s performance of their nominated song, “Stand Up for Something,” from Marshall.

But this is The Glow Up, so aside from waiting to see if our faves would win, we fixed our collective gaze on the red carpet. And in the immortal words of Darell J. Hunt, “You can’t outdo black people.”

With very few exceptions, we slayed the red carpet—sometimes with a costume change. In an otherwise overly long ceremony, it certainly gave us something to look forward to. So, without further ado, here’s how we showed up and out Sunday night:


But, of course, the evening didn’t end there. One of the best parts of Oscar night is the über-exclusive annual Vanity Fair after-party, and our folks were out in force, giving us a bonus round of big fashion moments (minus one blue vest that felt a bit out of place amid all that glamour—#SorryNotSorry).


It was truly a night full of stars—and they were outspoken and in full effect. And because we couldn’t be there (and are fairly sure most of you didn’t make it, either), we’re going to live vicariously through the paparazzi and fantasize about what next year’s Oscar coverage might bring ...

Maybe a different kind of red-carpet blackout?

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, an avid eyeshadow enthusiast and always her own muse. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.

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Rooo sez BISH PLZ

Don’t even know where to begin. Everyone looks absolutely spectacular.

I know that Ms. Ava and Nicole Kidman were the two ladies Armani Privé dressed in blue. (I don’t know why Ms. Ava wasn’t a presenter.)

I know Ms. Janelle Monae Whoopi and Janet Mock all wore Christian Siriano for either the awards or the after-party because he knows how to dress the larger-than-life.

I am also in desperate need of Ms. Halle’s Pilates plan, and wonder if she has a Reformer in her house.

Winston Duke. That is all. We have our awards presentation in the back and I was a touch peeved that I couldn’t get his solo picture.