Then Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph came out as our non-hosts and you kinda wish the Academy had asked them to stay all night, they were so funny. But they said we were NOT getting puns and jokes about movies, like Rudolph asking Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman,
“Wakanda plans you got later?”
Fey cracked wise with,
“Roma’s on Netflix. What’s next, my microwave makes a movie?”
As expected, Alfonso Cuaron snatched a trophy for best director for Roma, Rami Malek won the best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, Regina King was best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, and Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor for Green Book which took home four awards, the most of the night.
But the big surprise was neither favorite for best actress, Lady Gaga nor Glenn Close heard their name called (or tied as I posted yesterday) They cancelled each other out I guess, and somewhat ironically, Olivia Colman, won for her role in The Favourite. (She also had the best speech of the night)
But Gaga got her gold man too winning best original song, for Shallow, from A Star Is Born, which she performed with co-star, and director, Bradley Cooper coming straight out of the audience to be shot from behind, ending cheek to cheek at the piano. Bette Midler performing Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman‘s The Place Where Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, giving the night another beautiful performance.
Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry presented best costume in outrageous get ups, and Ruth E. Carter made Oscar herstory by being the first black woman to win that award for her amazing work for Black Panther. Best production design was won by Hannah Beachler, who made history by being the first black woman to win that award, also for Black Panther.
It wasn’t televised (unless I missed it) but Cicely Tyson was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award. The 94-year-old actress is the first African American to take that honor.
Spike Lee won best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman and Ludwig Göransson won best score for Black Panther.
Roma also won best foreign-language film and best cinematography, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was the best animated feature and Green Book took home the best picture Oscar.
The red carpet had its hits and misses, as always (loads of pink) but I kinda loved the personal kooky looks, although Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Jlo, Charlize Theron and Lady Gaga killed it. But no one wowed more than Billy Porter in Christian Sriano‘s half tux, half ball gown and Cecily Tyson!
Overall, not the disaster everyone was predicting, sans host.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) February 24, 2019
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 25, 2019
(Photos, screen grabs, ABC; via THR)