The 91st annual Academy Awards took place last week on Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s awards marked the first time in 30 years that there had not been an official host for the night. Unfortunately, Kevin Hart, who was supposed to have been this year’s host, announced his decision to resign from the position three days before the Oscar awards. Due to the lack of time, the Academy could not recruit somebody else to take up the job. The ceremony solely depended on the presenters to guide audience members through the evening’s awards.
This year’s lineup for presenters included Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Chris Evans, John Mulaney and Michael B. Jordan.
Three of the four winners announced for best lead and supporting actors were of color: Rami Malek, Regina King and Mahershala Ali. On top of that, Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American women to win best costume and production design. In the words of The New York Times, “We’re a long way from #OscarsSoWhite.”
One of the awards people believe to be the most overdue was Spike Lee’s Oscar for best adapted screenplay on “BlacKkKlansman.” After almost 30 years of the Academy “snubbing” Lee, the 61-year-old director won his second Oscar in the span of his 33-year directing career.
However, people are not fully satisfied due to the best picture award going to “Green Book,” which is, according to The New York Times, “another film in which American racism is neatly resolved through a white character’s proximity to a black one.”
Nevertheless, this year’s Academy Awards winners were definitely a step in the right direction for racial diversity.
On a different note, the performances this year had people either crying or up on their feet. To start off the night, Adam Lambert and Queen sang together due to the success of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film; however, the performance that seemed to be everyone’s most favorite was Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s passionate “Shallow” duet.
Gaga and Cooper’s song “Shallow” won the Oscar for best original song, and “A Star is Born” fans were screaming. Gaga said in an interview after the win “I don’t know that I’ve ever had a closer artistic relationship that I have had with Bradley.”
Though Cooper was the director of “A Star is Born,” he did not receive a best director nomination. He was nominated for best actor, but Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”) ended up winning.
Going on to Oscar news that does not involve performances or awards, there were at least eight celebrities who brought their mom along with them: Michael B. Jordan, Amy Adams, Regina King and Bradley Cooper.
“It’s my first time bringing them and it’s super exciting and I’m looking forward to us having a really fun time tonight,” Adams told The Hollywood Reporter.
This year’s Academy Awards, though different than previous years, were memorable for both watchers and attendees. And for those of you who do not think “Shallow” deserved to win best original song, you are wrong.