2019 was a landmark year for Hollywood’s biggest award show; not only were there some unexpected winners but also for the first time in thirty years, the show was aired without a host.
Although Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph took to the stage to grace the audience with some of their timeless humour, the Oscars this year, took place without any formal host after Kevin Hart was removed over his homophobic tweets. As Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg said very rightly at the Golden Globes - there really are very few people in Hollywood ‘who haven’t gotten in trouble for saying something offensive.’
This year, Netflix’s black and white Mexican drama, Roma, and the historical period satire, The Favourite, were tied for the most nominations.
Black Panther also turned several heads as it became one of the very few commercially successful films to score big at the Academy Awards by winning in three out of the seven categories in which it was nominated, including ‘Best Costume Design’ and ‘Best Original Score’. It also became the first superhero movie to be nominated for ‘Best Picture.’
The celebrations for Marvel fans did not stop there as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse beat Incredibles 2 and Isle of Dogs to be declared the best ‘Best Animated Feature Film.’
After being accused of being ‘too white’ for several years, this year, the Oscars have given people of colour their long-overdue recognition.
While Alfonso Cuaron picked up the award for the ‘Best Director’ for Roma, Regina King was the ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role,’ and Mahershala Ali was the ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role,’ for If Beale Street Could Talk and Green Book respectively. This became Mahershala Ali’s second Academy Award in three years, having picked up the same honour for Moonlight in 2017.
Hollywood continued to show its love for musical movies, with Bohemian Rhapsody following in the footsteps of La La Land, and going on to win in four out of the five categories in which it was nominated, including ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury. The surprise winner of the night, however, was Olivia Colman. The British actress was declared the ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for her role in The Favourite, for which she delivered a teary-eyed acceptance speech. After thanking her family, Colman brought her speech to an end by naming her fellow nominee Lady Gaga, and blowing the A Star is Born actress a kiss.
The biggest award of the night was bagged by Green Book, which beat out grossly popular movies like Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born to become the ‘Best Picture’ of 2019. Other big winners of the night include Lady Gaga for ‘Best Original Song’ for Shallow from A Star is Born, First Man for ‘Best Visual Effects’, BlacKkKlansman for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’, Green Book for ‘Best Original Screenplay’, Roma for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ and ‘Best Cinematography’, and Bohemian Rhapsody for ‘Best Sound Mixing’ and ‘Best Sound Editing’.