Oscars 2019

Dylan Casella, Staff Writer

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This year marks the 91st annual Academy Awards better known as the Oscars. This year the Oscars had many surprise winners. In the wake of the #MeToo movement during the 2018 Oscars, there were controversies this year as well. Kevin Hart was planned to host the Oscars but after a homophobic tweet made by Hart from the past was found, he withdrew from hosting before the Academy responded. This year was the first year the Oscars had no host.

The first award of the night went to Regina King for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk which is about a young black woman who hopes to prove her wrongly charged lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit. The biggest award of the night Best Picture was won by Green Book, inspired by a true story of Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) driving African-American piano player Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour through the Deep South. Ali won his second Oscar as Best Supporting Actor previously winning in 2017 for his performance in Moonlight.

The award for Best Actor was won by Rami Malek for his performance as Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) from the band’s formation to the famous Live Aid performance in 1985. Bohemian Rhapsody won four awards including Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Film Editing. The movie received controversy for director Bryan Singer’s sexual assault allegations.

The award for Best Actress was won by Olivia Colman for her portrayal in The Favourite in a surprise victory over Glenn Close, who was thought to win for her performance in The Wife. Many also believed Lady Gaga would win for her performance in A Star Is Born. The Favourite is a movie about two cousins fighting to be the favourite of Queen Anne. The award for Best Adapted Screenplay was won by BlackkKlansman about a black Colorado Springs police detective, John David Washington, with the help of a white Jewish colleague infiltrates and exposes the Ku Klux Klan. This was the first Oscar win from director Spike Lee.

The award for best Original Song was won by the song “Shallow” featured in A Star Is Born performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. After their performance live at the Oscars the chemistry between the two was undeniable and the performance was acclaimed by the viewers. The award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling was won by Vice a movie about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s (Christian Bale) rise to becoming the most powerful Vice President in history. The awards for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design was won by the popular superhero movie Black Panther about a fictional African nation with modern technology but traditional types of government.

The movie Roma didn’t win Best Picture, even though many thought it would, however it did win Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. Roma is about a middle class family in Mexico City, it is followed by a housekeeper living with the family. The award for Best Animated Feature was won by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a movie about multiple versions of the famous cartoon character Spider-Man helping take down an evil to the save the multiverse. This movie had a great soundtrack, animation, and story to win this award. The Best Visual Effects was won by First Man upsetting Avengers: Infinity War and Ready Player One. First Man is a movie about Neil Armstrong becoming the First Man intended to land on the moon.