The Oscars 2019: Highlights, Wins, and Surprises, Oh My!

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The Oscars 2019

With the Oscars’ telecast on Sunday night, the 2019 awards season officially came to a close. And, as always, the Oscars did not disappoint, despite it being one of the strangest and most divisive years yet. Missed the show? No worries, we’ve got you covered! From soaring highs to tender, touching moments, here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Oscars.

A Wild Oscars From The Start

The Oscars 2019 Billy Porter
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Even before the 91st Academy Awards took place on Sunday, with surprising, and not-so-surprising, Oscar-snags about. However, this year’s Oscars already kicked up a storm before a single celebrity stepped on the red carpet. For the first time in thirty years, the Oscars had no host whatsoever.

But, as the saying goes, the show must go on. The award ceremony went on for nearly three hours, cutting to occasional breaks. Despite a recent outrage over the Academy’s decision to not air the Best Cinematography and Editing wins (which they reversed), everything went smoothly. In fact, in a year where the Grammys and Emmys scored their lowest ratings ever, the Oscars’ viewers rose by 18%! Maybe no host is the way to go?

Additionally, one of the biggest stories broke before the telecast even began! Star Billy Porter (Pose) turned heads when he arrived at the ceremony in a combination tuxedo-gown (above). One of the first of its kind, created by famous fashion designer Christian Siriano. “The most divine moment!” Siriano posted on his Instagram account. “Shut this carpet down!”

Biggest Winners And Surprises

The Oscars 2019 Queen

The ceremony started with Queen’s performance of “We Are The Champions,” headed by Adam Lambert. The Hollywood crowd loved it, and the song received a standing ovation. Afterward, the show went on as expected – with celebrities and stars introducing the categories and the winners, with short monologues in between. Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph were first up to present an award – and they gave a “sample of jokes they would have used” if they would’ve hosted (Fey and Poehler are some of the most loved hosts of the Oscars, ever).

Green Book is one of the night’s biggest winners – receiving Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, which went to Mahershala Ali. He is the first, and only, African-American to win this award two years in a row. Last year, Ali won the award for his part in Moonlight, which also incidentally won Best Picture, like Green Book.

To no one’s surprise, Alfonso Cuarón snatched up Best Director for Roma (which also won Best Cinematography). However, some major surprises did come during the acting-related awards. First, Rami Malek won Best Actor for his role as Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, beating out the likes of Christian Bale (Vice) and Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born). Another huge shock came with Olivia Colman’s Best Actress win for her part in The Favorite. Many expected the award to go to Glen Close (The Wife) or Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born). Best Supporting Actress went to Regina King – it happens to be her first Oscar nomination, too – for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk.

Going Gaga

The Oscars 2019 Spike Lee

Speaking of Gaga – she did not go home empty-handed. After losing the Oscar to Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre in 2016, the singer/actress won Best Song for “Shallow” from the movie A Star Is Born. Later on, Gaga and director/co-star Bradley Cooper performed the song, making the audience teary-eyed.

Legendary Spike Lee won Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman – his first Oscar win. Samuel L. Jackson presented the award and told the winning director on stage that the Knicks had won that night against the San Antonio Spurs (Lee is a huge Knicks fan – so it was a double celebration for him!). Lee jumped on Jackson for a hug, which became one of the most memorable moments of the night.

This award show ends the award ceremony season – we’ll see you at the next one! Here’s a complete list of all of the 2019 winners.