Another year, another Oscars. There has been quite a lot of controversy and build up to this year’s show, but it actually ran pretty smoothly after all. That being said, it wasn’t the most exciting awards ceremony, and even though there were a couple of shocks throughout the night, it was all a tad lacklustre. If you weren’t watching it live, here’s a rundown of the 24 winners:
Best Picture – Green Book
Directing – Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Actress in a Leading Role – Olivia Coleman, The Favourite
Actor in a Leading Role – Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Actress in a Supporting Role – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Actor in a Supporting Role – Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Original Screenplay – Green Book
Adapted Screenplay – BlacKkKlansman
Animated Feature – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Documentary Feature – Free Solo
Foreign Language Film – Roma
Original Score – Black Panther
Original Song – ‘Shallow’, A Star Is Born
Sound Editing – Bohemian Rhapsody
Sound Mixing – Bohemian Rhapsody
Makeup and Hairstyling – Vice
Costume Design – Black Panther
Cinematography – Roma
Production Design – Black Panther
Film Editing – Bohemian Rhapsody
Visual Effects – First Man
Documentary (Short Subject) – Period. End of Sentence.
Short Film (Live Action) – Skin
Short Film (Animated) – Bao
From the get-go, we knew the producers were throwing everything it could into putting on a good show. Booking Queen to open the night was an instant win, with Adam Lambert getting everyone up on their feet, smiling and dancing along to some of the most iconic music. It did seem slightly out of place for the Oscars, but it was good fun.
The first stars to present an award also had the tough task of delivering an opening monologue. The Academy made the best choice when asking Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler to take this spot, showing the audience that these three talented ladies should have been hosting. There opening was one of the best in years.
Throughout the night, we heard many films, stars and talented individuals being announced, all accompanied by varying levels of applause and cheers from the audience. One film really stood out with how much love it received from the audience, and that was Black Panther. Every time the film was mentioned, there was rapturous roars from the crowd, showing the monumental impact that this movie had on Hollywood.
A small moment that made me chuckle was Helen Mirren clearly falling in love with her co-presenter Jason Momoa. Walking out with the biggest grin on her face, the British actress just seemed overjoyed to be paired with the Atlantean King. I can’t help but love Helen Mirren more every time I see her.
Lastly, I have to mention Olivia Coleman. Putting aside her surprise win (more on that later), Coleman’s speech was definitely the best of the night, with the actress clearly not expecting to win and being so gracious, humble and unintentionally hilarious. She seems like a lovely human being and I expect her speech to be the talking point of many conversations over the next few days. I was initially sad about Glenn Close’s snub, but after Coleman took the stage, I’m glad we got to see the pure joy in her face.
There weren’t that many shocks this year, but there were still a couple that made me stand up and talk at the telly.
I might as well jump in with Olivia Coleman first. At first, there was tremendous shock at her win. After all, this is Glenn Close’s seventh nomination and with the widespread critical acclaim for her performance in The Wife, it seemed like a given that she would finally take home the trophy. Alas, this was not her year, and at least we got to witness that fantastic speech from Coleman.
A couple of smaller ones that I do feel were completely wrong: Sound Editing and Visual Effects. A Quiet Place uses sound like a character, and the sound editing is so intrinsic to the story that it surely should have won the award. With visual effects, I believe this is down to Infinity War being a superhero film because how on earth could anyone not vote for Thanos alone?
The biggest shock though was in Best Picture. I had previously said that Green Book would get the award if it didn’t go to Roma, but I was pretty sure that Roma would end the night with the top prize. Though as the evening went on, Bohemian Rhapsody started creeping up as the potential favourite, racking up quite a few wins. I do believe that Roma lost because of the Academy’s view on streaming, although a lot of articles have been mentioning the preferential ballot system as a potential downfall for Roma and the rise of Green Book.
Overall, as I said above, it was a bit of a lacklustre night. With no host, it all seemed slightly disjointed. There were a lot of awkward moments, such as Awkwafina and John Mulaney, along with the many times the music starts to rush people off during their speeches. There were a couple of points that the mic was cut midway through a speech, which was just the worst.
Obviously, I will tune in next year, but I do hope they mix it up a bit. I think a host is needed to give a bit of order to the ordeal. After the debacle with the Popular Vote, who knows what the Academy is going to pull out over the next year in the hopes to pull in more viewers. Regardless, there is nothing like an Academy Awards show, good or bad, and at least they didn’t call out the wrong winner this year.
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