Following a tumultuous lead-up to the 91st Academy Awards, you’d be forgiven for expecting a trainwreck of Anne Hathaway/James Franco proportions on the night. What we got instead was a drastically streamlined ceremony that cut to the chase, clocking in at a fat-free three-hours-and-a-bit that felt like one.
Rambling and tearful acceptance speeches, Best Picture nominees and Original Song performances provided the padding, and Trump barely rated a mention. This year, the Oscars ceremony was actually focused on giving out the awards, which has to be the biggest highlight of the event! Here are ten others…
STRIKE A POSE
There’s nothing to it, especially if you’re Billy Porter from Pose, who wins the STACK award for Best Dressed on the red carpet.
— STACK (@STACKmag) February 24, 2019
NO HOST? NO PROBLEM!
A medley of Queen hits from Adam Lambert and band replaced the traditional opening montage, and without the inane banter, flat gags, gimmicky public stunts and group selfie opportunities, the ceremony proceeded at a rapid clip.
WHY ARE YOU AT THE OSCARS?
The presenter roster featured the usual past nominees and Hollywood A-listers, as well as some random ring-ins like er, Serena Williams, Emilia Clarke and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello!?
HUDSON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Jennifer Hudson took to the stage to murder Best Song nominee I’ll Fight from RBG. Some things you can’t unhear.
SPIDER-MAN DEFEATS PIXAR
Incredible as it may seem, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse beat Pixar’s Incredibles 2 to the Oscar, breaking the studio’s monopoly on Best Animated Feature. Not only is the animation a game changer, this all-inclusive adventure broke new ground for the superhero genre.
BRADLEY COOPER AND GAGA – LIVE
The A Star Is Born duo brought their musical chemistry to the stage with a passionate, goosebump-inducing rendition of Best Song winner Shallow. Gaga wasn’t just going for gold in the Best Actress category, which a standing ovation acknowledged.
DO THE RIGHT THING
And the Academy did, with BlacKkKlansman winning Best Adapted Screenplay. “Do not turn that motherf–ing clock off!” shouted a triumphant Spike Lee, claiming his first Oscar after a big hug from Samuel L. Jackson.
THE MERCURIAL RAMI MALEK
Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody was the shoo-in for Best Actor. “Thank you Queen for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal legacy. I am forever in your debt.”
THE REGAL OLIVIA COLMAN
A well-deserved Oscar for a consistently wonderful actress and one of the only big upsets, considering the other favourite in this category, Glenn Close. And the night’s best acceptance speech!
GREEN BOOK WINS BEST PICTURE
The other major upset of the night. Despite three hugely popular and atypical entries in the category, the Academy remained true to form, honouring Peter Farrelly’s reversal of Driving Miss Daisy with the biggest award of the night. Closest competitor Roma took out Best Foreign Film and Director (Alfonso Cuarón) – a win-win in anyone’s book, green or otherwise.