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A hostless Oscars? Best Popular Film category scrapped before its Oscars debut? This is the rundown of the 2019 Academy Awards.
Much controversy surrounded the prestigious night; with many allegations focused on the original host – Kevin Hart.
Kevin faced backlash after a few of his old homophobic tweets surfaced, and Hart made the executive decision to remove himself from this year’s line-up before the Academy had the chance to make a decision on his role in in the 2019 Oscars.
The Academy struggled to find a replacement – with many celebrities not too keen on having their old social media posts scrutinized. But the show must go on, and the Academy swiftly transitioned into preparations for its first year without a host.
The show began with Regina King collecting her prize for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. The film revolves around an artist Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny and his fiancé. However, things take a turn when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
The biggest win came to the surprise of many; The Green Book took home the award for Best Picture. The biographical drama is based on the Great Depression. The Best Supporting Actor award was given to Mahershala Ali for his performance in The Green Book. Notably, Ali received the same award in 2017 for his role in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.
Many believed the Academy’s intentions to introduce The Best Popular Film category were based on the decision to not award Black Panther with Best Picture. Hence, the public didn’t welcome the new category with welcome arms – and the Academy scrapped the category in fear of the backlash.
Bohemian Rhapsody, despite having an absent director during filming, took home 4 awards. During filming, director Bryan Singer was faced with sexual allegations that followed him long after his ties with the film were severed.
Rami Malek – for his breathtaking performance in the biopic – was given the Best Actor Award. Malek played Queen’s frontman; Freddie Mercury. The film revered in commercial success. Bohemian Rhapsody was given awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing Trophies.
Olivia Colman seemed shocked when awarded with Best Actress Award. ‘This is hilarious – I’ve got an Oscar!’ Colman won the award for her role as British Queen Anne in the film The Favourite. The actress’s interpretation of the role was unique – Colman gave Queen Anne’s character a childish disposition who finds comfort in her confidante; Lady Sarah.
BlackKklansman is based on a true-story drama about an African-American cop who successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan’s local unit with the help of a white colleague. The film’s director, Spike Lee, finally won an Oscar, The Best Adapted Screenplay, after over 5 previous nominations by the Academy.
Lady Gaga tearfully accepted the award for Best Original Song, for “Shallow.” Encouraging the audience in her acceptance speech that, “If you have a dream, fight for it.” This was Gaga’s first Academy Award. The singer later accompanied co-star Bradley Cooper on stage for a breathtaking performance of the song. Shallow has since the performance topped the Billboard Top 100 Chart. Speculation still surrounds the pair; with many believing that Gaga and Cooper are more than just an on-screen romance.
It wasn’t a surprise when Vice won awards for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Christian Bale’s transformation into ex American Vice President, Dick Cheney. Christian Bale was given thick makeup to give his head the bald, round look of Cheney.
Black Panther took home Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score categories. Notably, the film is the first Marvel Movie to win an Academy Award. Despite the movie walking away with three trophies, many fans were upset the film didn’t take home Best Picture.
This Academy Awards will be remembered for having no host, brilliant performances and a few surprising wins.