2019 Oscars Highlights
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, the Oscars have been quite the controversy this year. As you might know, Kevin Hart was originally supposed to be the host; however, after his previous homophobic jokes surfaced, the Internet demanded that he be removed or apologize. When the Oscars gave him an ultimatum, Hart chose to withdraw, meaning that for the first time since 1989, the Oscars would not have a host.
Amid the controversy, fans were on edge about how the Oscars would fair, especially considering the lack of a host did not work last time. We are pleased to announce, however, that the Oscars seemed relatively normal and that there were some great triumphs amidst the drama.
Here is a list of the highlights and a brief play-by-play of the evening:
Queen Performs – The remaining members of the classic rock band Queen, accompanied by Adam Lambert, opened the Oscars, no doubt in honor of the many nominations the recent flick Bohemian Rhapsody received. It was a great way to kick off the evening, and seeing stars like Javier Bardem and Glen Close rock out was incredibly fun.
Blank Panther Makes History – We are super stoked that Hannah Beachler became the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Production Design! We’re always a fan of history in the making but are especially happy that such a talented and deserving woman was recognized.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Were Amazing (As Expected) – Were you really expecting anything but greatness from Gaga and Cooper’s duet? “Shallow” was amazing and yes, I cried again. But how can you not, especially when it’s obvious that the pair gave it their all? In conclusion, it was one of the best parts of evening, by far.
Spike Lee Wins – After being continually snubbed by the Oscars, Spike Lee finally took home an Oscar for BlacKkKlansman. In case you haven’t seen this movie, it’s incredibly moving and has received mass critical acclaim. We definitely support this win.
Rami Malek Won Best Actor – Who didn’t see this coming? Malek’s transformation into rock legend Freddie Mercury was the most impressive biopic performance since Eddie Redmayne played Stephen Hawking back in 2014, in our opinion. Though Christian Bale definitely gave Malek a run for his money with his stellar performance as Dick Cheney, we’re glad Malek was able to take home his first Oscar.
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Beats Disney – Disney and Pixar tend to have a monopoly over the Best Animated Feature category. However, this year, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse took home the Oscar, making it the first time since 2012 that Disney did not win. However, the film is more than deserving, as fans have called it “the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time.”
And Best Pictures Goes To… – No one was sure about who would win Best Picture, but many were especially shocked that Green Book took the Oscar. There’s been a lot of controversy, from an actor’s misstep to Dr. Shirley’s family’s claim that the story isn’t even true. This win, despite competitor Roma‘s wins for Directing and Cinematography, makes us wonder if a foreign language film will ever be able to nab the Best Picture win.