While handing out the Best Costume Design Oscar to Black Panther's Ruth E. Carter, Melissa McCarthy rocked a hare-raising ensemble in a nod to The Favourite
Taking the stage Sunday evening alongside Brian Tyree Henry to hand out the award for Best Costume Design, the actress proved that although she may be nominated for Best Actress for her dramatic turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, her comedic chops haven’t dulled a bit.
McCarthy, 48, kept a straight face the entire time as she walked out on stage in an outfit that — in a nod to nominated film The Favourite — any animal-loving queen would envy.
Topped off with a wide-brim white hat, McCarthy wore an over-the-top multicolored dress with pants underneath and white boots, boasting a frilly royal-style collar around her neck.
The crowning details? Dozens of plush bunnies (which feature prominently in The Favourite) covered her entire look, from the front of her ensemble all the way down her long fur train. She even used one of the stuffed animals as a puppet, making it “talk” as she discussed the importance of recognizing costume designers and their “subtlest” work.
Fellow nominee Henry, 36, gave McCarthy a run for her money in his own courtly attire, wearing a not-entirely-unlike-a-tablecloth skirt, blue cape, pearls and a polka-dot bow tie and gloves as they presented the award to Ruth E. Carter for her work on Black Panther.
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Earlier in the evening, McCarthy wowed on the red carpet, wearing a chic black-and-white pantsuit — which received heaps of praise from her fellow Best Actress nominee Glenn Close.
The stars were caught in a funny moment on the carpet when McCarthy was on a platform being interviewed by Billy Porter for ABC. And when Close got a good look at McCarthy’s ensemble, she showed her appreciation with a flurry of facial expressions.
Close opened her eyes wide before turning her head and gave McCarthy an approving side-eye and finally looked up and closed her eyes, seemingly in pure joy.
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Porter also mentioned to McCarthy that he’d heard she planned to use her Oscar as a door knocker if she took the trophy home.
“So the door-knocker thing, if you win an Oscar: For real, girl? That’s a heavy door knocker!” Porter said.
“I’m gonna get a bigger door!” McCarthy jokingly replied.
The 91st Academy Awards are broadcasting live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.