Everyone is abuzz about the 91st Academy Awards and all feeds re filled with each and every little tidbit about Hollywood’s biggest night—and for good reasons.
Over the past few years, the show have seen continually declining viewership, which is what led to a number of proposed changes to shake things up. According to Deadline, statistics from last night’s ceremony shows a 14.3 percent increase in ratings from last year’s Oscars. If you missed all the action, here’s a compilation of the glitz, glam, the political, the weird and surprising moments last night:
The Academy opted to go host-less for the first time in 30 years.
In a bid to appeal to the more audiences, the organization kept things light and a bit more spontaneous by not designating a host who probably looks on screen for cues when it’s time to crack a joke. Ani Bundel of NBC News writes, “Not having a host means the academy finally has an opportunity to improve the show, and perhaps find new ways to update it for the next generation of movie fans.”
Queen opened the show and rocked the stage.
The stars loosened up from their tight gowns and stiff suits after a great performance by Queen and Adam Lambert, as We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions kickstarted the show.
Rami Malek’s rise and fall… literally.
Rami Malek’s captivating performance of the iconic Freddie Mercury earned him an Oscars for Best Actor, but it seemed like the win overwhelmed the star as he fell of the stage after a touching speech. The Oscar was intact—and the actor. Malek said in his speech, “I may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out.”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper face to face onstage
Sparks flew as co-actors Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed “Shallow” live onstage as the former played the piano. Twitter, of course, exploded.
Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Green Book.
This makes him the first black man to win the award two years in a row.
Akwafina takes a swig of booze in her sneaky little clutch.
Trust Akwafina to liven the mood at the extremely formal setting of the Oscars as she was caught sipping what she said was tequila from a flask slash fancy clutch. It was her first time at the awards ceremony and she already won the crowd.
Black Panther won Best in Costume Design.
This is significant as she and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American women to win Oscars in the Best Costume category. “Wow, this has been a long time coming,” Carter said. “Marvel may have made the first black superhero, but through costume design we turned him into an African king.”
Regina King’s teary Oscars speech
Regina King wins Oscar for best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk. Regina King has won the best supporting actress for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Her voice cracked as she thanked her mother Gloria. “It’s a little surreal,” she said.
Olivia Colman got “stressed” when she won Best Actress
Colman began her emotional speech by saying the experience of winning was “genuinely quite stressful” and that “this is hilarious! I’ve got an Oscar!”
The iconic Wayne’s World reunion
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey brought back nostalgic memories of their characters on “Wayne’s World” on stage while presenting.
Spike Lee called on Americans to “do the right thing!”
Spike Lee accepted the award for Best Adapted Screenplay and began his speech with an anecdote about Black History. “Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night.” He said, finally, “We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. The 2020 Presidential election is around the corner… let’s all do the right thing!”
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