The 2019 Academy Awards came to an end and it gave everyone enough to laugh, cry and talk about. From Lady gaga winning her first Oscar, to Billy Porter’s outfit, here is everything we loved, hated and couldn’t care for:
What We Loved
Lady Gaga Winning Her First Oscar
Lady Gaga won her first Oscar for Best Original Song for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. She’s now halfway to the EGOT status, just a Tony and Emmy away from attaining the prestigious title.
Olivia Colman’s Speech
Olivia Colman took home the Oscar trophy for Best Actress for her role as Queen Anne in the film, The Favourite. Her speech was filled with a lot of laughter and crying, cracking up the audience in the process. While in the middle of her speech, someone hinted for her to move on, which she happily ignored, by shushing them and giving them the finger. Undoubtedly, one of the best speeches of the night.
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph
Why one of these women (or all three of them) host this year’s Academy Awards is still a mystery, because in just a few minutes, they managed to steal the show. The former Saturday Night Live stars presented the first award of the night, best supporting actress. And of course, Maya Rudolph took the opportunity to flirt with Chadwick Boseman. “Hey Chadwick, ‘Wakanda’ plans you got later on tonight,” she said.
An India-based Documentary Winning The Oscar
The Oscar for best documentary short subject went to Period. End of sentence., – a movie that seeks to end the stigma associated with menstruation in certain parts of the world.
The documentary was set in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur District and was produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment and crowdfunded by students from Los Angeles along with their teacher Melissa Berton, reports Indian Express.
“Oh, my God. I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar,” said Director Rayka Zehtabchi in her acceptance speech.
“To the women, know that you are empowering women all over the world to fight for menstrual equality,” she added.
What We Hated
Billy Porter’s Outfit
A lot of folks would definitely argue that Billy porter was bold and courageous to pull off something like this, but we really don’t think so. The whole thing looked like an ill mess and the whole ‘tux-gown’ looked badly tailored. Definitely not a fan.
The Lack Of Stars
The Oscars is always considered to be the hub for all major celebrities, but this year, the turnout was rather disappointing. No Brad Pitt, no Robert Downey Jr, no Jennifer Lawrence, no major stars basically.
The Absence Of A Host
This was the first time since 1989, that the Oscars aired without a host, and you could clearly make out something was missing. We understand that Kevin Hart probably wouldn’t be the best choice, but there’s a pool of talented people out there who could do a great job. For example, the hilarious Tina Fey-Amy Poehler-Maya Rudolph trio.
Damien Chazelle directed, First Man, was only nominated for 3 awards and managed to win one. The film was based on the chilling story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong, who was played by Ryan Gosling.
As great as Olivia Colman was in The Favourite, we feel the Oscar for Best Actress should have been awarded to Glen Close for her stellar role in The Wife.
What We Couldn’t Care For
Queen and Adam Lambert’s Opening Performance
Bringing an irrelevant pop-star to perform the same old songs alongside a legendary band was somewhat sad to watch. That too, for an opening performance, it was pretty lackluster.
Rami Malek Winning Best Actor
Don’t get us wrong, Malek did an incredible job as Freddie Mercury, but either Christian Bale or Bradley Cooper should have definitely bagged the award.
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