The 91st Annual Academy Awards ceremony was broadcasted live on ABC on Sunday night, February 24, 2018, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this year purposely without a host (and truthfully, it worked beautifully).
Check out the list of all the winners from Oscars 2019, along with several highlights from this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, most of which have accompanying videos.
Obviously, these are the highlights according to me.
First, a little Pre-Show…
BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee gave a nod on the Red Carpet to his classic film Do The Right Thing with some LOVE/HATE rings.
Kinky Boots actor Billy Porter rocks a Christian Siriano velvet tuxedo gown hybrid on the Red Carpet. Cue the complaints.
Yay, girl power!
Karl Lagerfeld, who was the creative director of Chanel and Fendi, passed away last week, and several people on the red carpet honored the late designer, including Aquaman star Jason Momoa and his actress wife Lisa Bonet.
Queen and Adam Lambert opened the ceremony with classics “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.”
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph tells us what they would have said had they been hosting the Oscars tonight.
Marvel star Chris Evans, always the gentleman. This is why he is Captain America in our hearts forever.
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine presents Vice, Adam McKay’s film about former Vice President (and evil MFer) Dick Cheney.
Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry present the Costume Design, whilst dressed in costume. McCarthy, who was nominated for Lead Actress for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, dressed in mocking homage to Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne from The Favourite, complete with a nod to the character’s many rabbits.
Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter won the award, making it the first Oscar win for a Marvel movie and the first win in this category for an African-American.
Black Panther, as noted above, won its first Oscar with the award for Costume Design, making it also Marvel’s first Academy Award. Right after, the film won for Best Production Design. Winners were Jay Hart for Set Decoration; Hannah Beachler for Production Design. Beachler is the first African-American nominated in this field and first to win.
Keegan-Michael Key swings in on an umbrella to introduce The Divine Miss M Bette Midler performing the nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns (written by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman).
The Marvel universe gets yet another win, this time for Best Animated Feature for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – a much deserved win!
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey introduced the Best Picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody and did their little “we’re not worthy” riff from Wayne’s World. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the basis for one of Wayne’s World‘s most memorable scene (part of which was shown before Myers and Carvey’s entrance).
YES – Period. End of Sentence, a film about menstruation wins the Best Documentary Short. (You can watch this short right now on Netflix.)
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform “Shallow,” their nominated song from A Star Is Born.
Written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice, the song went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song later in the ceremony.
Spike Lee’s acceptance speech for the Best Adapted Screenplay win for BlacKkKlansman.
Civil Rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis introduced Best Picture nominee Green Book and received a standing ovation. During his intro, he said that having lived through those times and nearly dying while fighting for civil rights that the film gave an accurate depiction of what it was like. “I can bear witness that the portrait painted of that time and place in our history is very real,” he said. So if John Lewis is OK with Green Book, then so am I. (It was my favorite film of all the nominees.) Watch the full video here.
In Memoriam segment, scored by John Williams, conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, which is currently in its Centennial season.
I always include the In Memoriam portion in my highlights because I like to remember those who have passed, and it typically has a lovely musically accompaniment. This year, though, it seems sadly they left quite a few people out, such as Carol Channing, David Ogden Stiers, and Dick Miller, as well as Singin’ in the Rain co-director Stanley Donen and Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz (per THR).
Olivia Colman winning Best Lead Actress for The Favourite and everything about her acceptance speech (and about her, because she’s awesome).
Anything Guillermo del Toro says and does in his life.
In a major surprise, Green Book, my pick for Best Picture, wins the top award!!!
Green Book also won for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. (And, in my opinion, star Viggo Mortensen was robbed of the Best Lead Actor award.) And congrats to Green Book executive producer Octavia Spencer, who is now the first Black female executive producer to win an Oscar.
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