We review The Oscar’s 2019 so you don’t have to

Words by Olivia De Zilva

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Image via. The Hollywood Reporter

For the first time since 1989, The Academy Awards had no host. Because of controversy surrounding its original choice, Kevin Hart, the team behind the Oscars decided to forge a lone path to the stage of glory. Though there was no one manning the in-between scenes filmed at Hollywood’s Dolby theatre, there were still enough theatrics, laughs and tears to bring us to the end of awards season.

Here are the most important moments of The Academy Awards you may have missed:

  1. Queen opening the show with Adam Lambert:

The safe choice for this year’s controversial awards show, Queen (Brian May & Roger Taylor) + Adam Lambert opened the Academy Awards with all the glitz and glam one would expect. Opening with We Will Rock You, Lambert put on his best Freddie Mercury impersonation while May and Taylor rocked away to the tunes that made them into fully-fledged rockstars. Capitalising on the success of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) at the boxoffice, this opening was only fitting seeing the film’s big wins for the rest of the night.

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Queen open the show with a bang. Image via. Giphy. AMPAS / ABC

2. The Golden Quartet

Without the winners, there would be no Oscars. Rami Malek took home the coveted Best Actor Award for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, while Olivia Colman took home Best Actress for The Favourite. Mahershala Ali accepted his second Best Supporting Actor award for Green Book and first-time nominee, Regina King won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. Watch their acceptance speeches here:

Rami Malek wins Best Actor in A Leading Role for Bohemian Rhapsody. AMPAS / ABC
Olivia Colman wins Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Favourte. AMPAS / ABC
Mahershala Ali wins the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Green Book. AMPAS / ABC
Regina King wins the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for If Beale Street Could Talk. AMPAS / ABC

3. Roma gets the recognition it deserves

Alfonso Cuarón’s searing insight to everyday life of a cleaner in Mexico has been largely overlooked this Award’s Season due to production juggernauts A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody taking up most of the spotlight and publicity. This mean’t that Alfonso’ Cuarón’s win for Best Director (and fourth Oscar) was a pretty big deal.

Alfonso Cuarón wins the Best Director for Roma. This is his fourth Oscar. AMPAS / ABC

4. Green Book wins Best Picture

Though it received a hammering in the press for it’s idealisation of racial tension during the 1960s, caricatures of ethnic minorities and inaccurate depiction of Dr. Don Shirley’s real story, Green Book took home the Oscar for Best Motion Picture. A safe choice to avoid this year’s controversy? Yes. While many were hoping to see the teams behind Black Panther or Roma take home the most important award of the night, the Academy just couldn’t spare another PR misstep. Plus, they love movies about the 60s and historical figures.

Green Book takes home the Oscar for Best Picture. AMPAS / ABC

5. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform Shallow on the Oscar’s stage

Though losing out in heavy categories including Best Picture, Director, Actor & Actress, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper still brought the musical magic of A Star Is Born to the Dolby Theatre. Performing their Oscar Winning song Shallow, Gaga and Cooper treated the audience to a tender, dynamic display of their enviable chemistry.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sing Shallow. Image via. Giphy. AMPAS / ABC

6. Period. End of Sentence wins the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject

It’s not everyday a documentary about menstruation wins an Academy Award. Director Rayka Zehtabchi was more than ecstatic with this achievement, saying “I’m not crying because I’m on my period of anything! I can’t believe a film about menstruation has won an Oscar!”

Period. End of Sentence wins the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject. AMPAS / ABC

7. Shangela walked the red carpet with Jenifer Lewis

Ru Paul’s Drag Race alumni Shangela made everyone forget that this year’s Oscars was a shambles by proudly walking the red carpet with the “Auntie of Black Hollywood”, Jenifer Lewis. Their appearance at the 2019 Oscars signified a change in the heteronormative couples and relationships usually encouraged on the red carpet.

Shangela and Jenifer Lewis walk the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre. Video via. Access Hollywood.

8. Billy Porter wore a tuxedo dress on the red carpet

Defying gender norms, The Pose star Billy Porter arrived at the Academy Awards in a custom-designed tuxedo dress by Christian Siriano. Porter claimed that he wanted to challenge the conventional expectations of masculinity, telling US Vogue, “women show up everyday in pants, but the minute a man wears a dress, the seas part”.

Billy Porter wears a custom designed tuxedo-dress by Christian Siriano to the Academy Awards. Image via. Giphy. AMPAS / ABC

9. Black Panther Wins 3 Oscars

Wakanda Forever! After becoming the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture, Black Panther finally took home gongs for Best Costume Design (with the first Black woman Ruth E. Carter taking home the award), Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures and Best Achievement in Production Design. Although many had hoped it was in the runnings for Best Picture/Director, it was still a monumental achievement for diversity in Hollywood and the comic-book genre.

Black Panther wins the Oscar for Best Costume Design. AMPAS / ABC

10. In Memoriam

The Academy Awards paid tribute to all of those lost this year and last with a stirring memoriam reel in the middle of the ceremony. Among those remembered was comic book legend Stan Lee, actor Burt Reynolds, publicist Paul Bloch, animator Will Vinton, actress Penny Marshall, writer William Goldman, actor Bruno Ganz and actor Albert Finney.

In Memoriam. AMPAS / ABC

And with that, the 91st Academy Awards comes to a wrap. Goodbye Awards Season, Hello new contenders!

Goodbye Oscars 2019, gone but not forgotten! Image via. Giphy. AMPAS / ABC

Here are the full list of winners:


Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

WINNER: Green Book


A Star Is Born



Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Adam McKay, Vice


Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Glenn Close, The Wife

WINNER: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

WINNER: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book


All The Stars from Black Panther by Kendrick Lamar, SZA

I’ll Fight from RBG by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson

The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

WINNER: Shallow from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch


BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard

WINNER: Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson

If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell

Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat

Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

WINNER: BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins

A Star Is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters


The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

First Reformed, Paul Schrader

WINNER: Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Vice, Adam McKay


Detainment, Vincent Lambe

Fauve, Jeremy Comte

Marguerite, Marianne Farley

Mother, Rodrigo Sorogoyen

WINNER: Skin, Guy Nattiv, Jaime Ray Newman


Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

WINNER: First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story


Black Sheep, Ed Perkins

End Game, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Lifeboat, Skye Fitzgerald

A Night at the Garden, Marshall Curry

WINNER: Period. End of Sentence., Rayka Zehtabchi


Animal Behaviour, Alison Snowden, David Fine

WINNER: Bao, Domee Shi

Late Afternoon, Louise Bagnall

One Small Step, Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas

Weekends, Trevor Jimenez


Incredibles 2, Brad Bird

Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson

Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda

Ralph Breaks the Internet, Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman


WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice


BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown

WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman

Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito

The Favourite, Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Vice, Hank Corwin


Capernaum (Lebanon)

Cold War (Poland)

Never Look Away (Germany)

WINNER: Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)


Black Panther

WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man


A Star Is Born


Black Panther, Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker

WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst, Nina Hartstone

First Man, Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan

A Quiet Place, Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl

Roma, Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay


Cold War, Lukasz Zal

The Favourite, Robbie Ryan

Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel

WINNER: Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

A Star Is Born, Matthew Libatique


WINNER: Black Panther, Hannah Beachler

First Man, Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas

The Favourite, Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

Mary Poppins Returns, John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Roma, Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Zophres

WINNER: Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter

The Favourite, Sandy Powell

Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell

Mary Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne



Mary Queen of Scots



WINNER: Free Solo, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross

Minding the Gap, Bing Liu

Of Fathers and Sons, Talal Derki

RBG, Betsy West, Julie Cohen


Amy Adams, Vice

Marina de Tavira, Roma

WINNER: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

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