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10 Mind-Blowing Moments from the 91st Annual Academy Awards

By: Randi Ziegler

Award season may have officially ended, but we’re not done talking about some of the most memorable moments from Sunday evening’s 2019 Oscar Awards show.


1. No host? No problem!

Kicking off Hollywood’s biggest award ceremony for the film industry, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented the first award of the night. Photo courtesy of Washington Post.

The Oscars last went without a host in 1989, and this year many viewers were displeased with the Academy’s decision to go host-less . We may have missed out on a good monologue, but luckily we got a taste of comedy from the night’s first presenters: Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The lady SNL vet trio did not disappoint to give us all the comic relief for the night we desired.

2. Glenn Close dawns a 42-pound gown

Glenn Close on the red carpet of 91st annual Academy Awards. Photo courtesy of Time Magazine.

“The Wife” actress looked just like the gold statuette every winner brought home last night in a gold Carolina Herrera gown. Close also rocked a gold cape made with four million beads.

3. Adam Lambert and Queen’s opening performance

Adam Lambert joins Queen in an opening performance of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Photo courtesy of ABC

Instead of a host standing on stage making show biz jokes or roasting individuals in the film industry, the Oscars started with a mind-blowing performance– seriously, there was fire.  Adam Lambert sang alongside Queen performing, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, which sparked many in the audience to sing along to the class rock ballad. 

4. Regina King wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Regina King accepts her award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair.

King won the first Oscar of the night, becoming the third black actress to earn both an Oscar and Primetime Emmy Award. She shares her new title with Viola Davis and Halle Berry, and give us another reason to celebrate Black History Month this February.

5. “Black Panther” is the first Marvel film to win an Academy Award

The film’s costume designer and production designer are the first black winners in their categories

“Black Panther” made history at the 91st Academy Awards, taking home the awards for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score. Hannah Beachler became the first African American to be nominated and win the Oscar for Best Production Design and Ruth Carter became the first African American to win the Oscar for Best Costume Design.

6.”Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Director Peter Ramsey wins Best Animated Feature 

“We see you. You’re powerful. This world needs you,” Peter Ramsey said in his Oscar acceptance speech. Photo courtesy of Kartia Velino 

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, making Ramsey the first black director to win in this category. It was only fitting that he spoke about the importance of diversity representation in films.

7. “Avengers: Infinity War” gets snubbed for Best Visual Effects

The “Avengers” film fell short to “First Man”, which won the award for Best Visual Effects. Photo courtesy of IndieWire.

Though the Academy rarely gives awards to superhero films, the night’s track record with “Black Panther” gave Marvel fans hope that “Avengers: Infinity War” would take home the award for Best Visual Effects. 

8. The on-stage reunion of “Wayne’s World”

Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey present a clip from Best Picture Nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Photo courtesy of Screen Crush.

Before the comedic duo took the stage, the screen flash-backed to 1992 showing us the iconic car scene from “Wayne’s World” where the gang belts the words to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The tie-in was a segue for the two to introduce a clip from Best Picture Nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

9. Spike Lee wins his first Oscar

Spike Lee leaps into Samuel L. Jackson’s arms as he takes the stage to accept his first Oscar win of his career. Photo courtesy of IMDb.

After five nominations throughout his career, Lee finally won his long overdue Academy Award Sunday evening for Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman.”

10. “Green Book” wins Best Picture

Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe

People were already unhappy that Green Book was even nominated for Best Picture because of its negative reviews. Though some critics applauded the film, many pointed out that the film essentially gives white people a pat on the back for how far we’ve come as a country.  Needless to say, people would’ve rather seen a win for “The Favourite” or “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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