2019 Oscars Recap


Erica Schindler

On Sunday Feb. 24, millions of people tuned in to watch the 91st Academy Awards. The show, also known as the Oscars, took place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
24 awards were presented to actors, directors and other people who worked on nominated movies. There were also performances and other memorable moments that made the night one to remember. But before that, stars took to the red carpet to show off their dresses and suits.
Singer Lady Gaga, who took home the award for Best Original Song later in the night, wore a black, strapless Alexander McQueen gown with matching gloves and a $30 million Tiffany diamond necklace. Many other female stars donned similar simple black or white dresses, but pink was also a very popular color. Kacey Musgraves, Gemma Chan, Sarah Paulson, Linda Cardellini and more brightened up the red carpet with various shades of the color.
Others, like Amy Poehler and Elsie Fisher, wore sleek black suits. On the men side, Rami Malek wore a three-piece Yves Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello tuxedo and completing the look with a Cartier watch and cufflinks. Michael B. Jordan wore a Tom Ford blue velvet suit.
When the Red Carpet event was over, it was finally time for the show to begin! For the first time in 30 years, the Oscars were without a host. Kevin Hart was originally set to host the show, but after several old tweets of his that many viewed as homophobic were uncovered, the Academy decided to go host-less.
This left many wondering what this year’s show would be like. Luckily, presenters, musical performances and other memorable moments helped make the 91st Academy Awards enjoyable for guests and viewers alike. The awards even earned higher ratings than last year.
The lack of a host made way for more celebrity appearances than years previous. After Queen and Adam Lambert’s performance, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph took to the stage. Later on, Keegan-Michael Key drew laughs from the crowd when he “flew” down with an umbrella to present the performance of “Where the Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.”
Another highlight for many viewers was Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s intimate performance of “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” which prompted rumors about the co-stars’ relationship. Additionally, the acceptance speeches from Spike Lee (who won his first competitive Oscar for “BlacKkKlansman”) and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) made headlines.
The winner of the main prize, Best Picture, was “Green Book.” The film, which tells the true story of a black musician and his white driver traveling through the South in the 1960s, beat out “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Roma” and “Vice.”
The highly coveted award of Best Director went to Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma,”which highlights the struggles of an Indigenous Mexican woman and the family she works for.
Other winners include Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) for Best Actor, Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) for Best Leading Actress, Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) for Best Supporting Actor and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”).
Overall, the 2019 Oscars were one to remember for movie-lovers and stars alike, regardless of their opinion of the results. Check out the list of all the nominees in some of the top categories below:

    • Best Picture
      • A Star is Born
      • Black Panther
      • BlacKkKlansman
      • Bohemian Rhapsody
      • The Favourite
      • Green Book (WINNER)
      • Roma
      • Vice


    • Best Director
      • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
      • Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
      • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
      • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (WINNER)
      • Adam McKay, Vice


    • Best Actor
      • Christian Bale, Vice
      • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
      • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
      • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody (WINNER)
      • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book


    • Best Actress
      • Yalitza Aparcio, Roma
      • Glenn Close, The Wife
      • Olivia Coleman, The Favorite (WINNER)
      • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
      • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


    • Best Supporting Actor
      • Mahershala Ali, Green Book (WINNER)
      • Adam Drive, BlacKkKlansman
      • Sam Elliot, A Star Is Born
      • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
      • Sam Rockwell, Vice


    • Best Supporting Actress
      • Amy Adams, Vice
      • Marina de Tavira, Roma
      • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (WINNER)
      • Emma Stone, The Favourite
      • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite