The 91st Annual Academy Awards, held in Los Angeles on February 24, was a night to remember, especially with historic wins and moments that will be etched in the history of Oscars for eternity. While Regina King picked up her first ever Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk, Lady Gaga performed on stage with Bradley Cooper apart from winning her first Oscar as well in the Best Original Song category for Shallow - the popular track from the hit film, A Star Is Born.
Rock band Queen, along with Adam Lambert, gave an electrifying start to the show while Chris Evans proved to be Captain America in real life by escorting Regina King to the stage. In case you missed watching the Oscars, do consider catching up on the best moments from the show, listed here. Thank us later, but.
The Best Opening Act, Ever!
Rock band Queen with Adam Lambert opened the show with We Will Rock You, which was prominently featured in Bohemian Rhapsody. The stars in attendance loved the musical start - Jordan Peele was seen enjoying the moment while Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were singing along. "Welcome to the Oscars," Lambert screamed in the end. Guitarist Brian May was the first to appear on stage with his guitar, working on his iconic beat of We Will Rock You. An image of late Freddie Mercury was shown behind them as they wrapped up the performance.
No Host For the Oscars But a Good Show, Still
For the first time in 30 years, the Oscars were held without an official host. This comes after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down after being criticised over his past 'homophobic' comments. In the absence of a host, actresses Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph cracked us up with their jokes before presenting the first award of the night. "We're not your hosts, but we're going to stand here a little too long so that the people who get USA Today tomorrow will think that we hosted," Tina Fey said. "There is no host tonight, there won't be a Popular Movie Category and Mexico is not paying for the wall," added Maya Rudolph, before Amy Poehler quipped, "And we won't be doing awards during the commercials, but we will be presenting commercials during the awards."
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Light Up the Stage
It would be safe to assert that Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s duet on Shallow was one of the best moments of the show. As Lady Gaga played the piano, it was an emotional moment while Bradley was caught in the midst of a romantic moment during their act. Needless to mention, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper received a standing ovation for their performance. After the act, she was honoured with her first Oscar in the Best Original Song category for Shallow as she thanked Bradley - her A Star Is Born director and co-star. "Bradley: there's not a single person on the planet that could have sung this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us. And if you are at home and you're sitting on your couch, and you are watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work. I've worked hard for a long time, and a it's not about winning. But what it's about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There's a discipline for passion, and it's not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down, or you're beaten. It's about how many times you stand up, and are brave, and you keep going,” Lady Gaga said during her emotional speech.
What a Speech, Spike Lee! What a Speech
As Spike Lee collected the Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for BlacKkKlansman, he delivered a speech that will be remembered forever. During his speech, Spike paid a tribute to his grandmother -- whose mother was a slave -- and who lived to be 100 years old and was responsible for putting him through Morehouse College and New York University film school. And of course, a political comment from Spike was much expected as he said, “The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let us all mobilise, let's all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate." His speech, actually, was made in reference to his iconic 1989 film Do the Right Thing, which was snubbed at the Oscars in that particular year.
Our Captain America IRL
One of the most-discussed moments on the internet during the Oscars was Chris Evans escorting Regina King to the stage as she won her Oscar. Regina, stunning in a white Oscar De La Renta dress, found it difficult to walk through after her name was announced. So, she got help from Chris Evans, who helped her to the stage so that she doesn’t slip on the steps. Folks were thrilled as were we.
Rami Malek’s Big Fall
After receiving the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading role for portraying the life of late Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody with conviction, Rami Malek tumbled down the stage and hurt himself as he was helped by the paramedics team. Rami was fine after a while as he walked away with his trophy but the internet of course, remembers the incident in detail.
Big Day For Black Panther
It was, indeed, a historic day for most of the Oscar winners with respect to their work in Black Panther. Ruth E. Carter won Best Costume Design trophy for her work in Black Panther, becoming the first black woman in history to win in the category. She is the first African-American woman to take home an Oscar in this category. Hannah Beachler, winner of Best Production Design for Black Panther, became the first African-American to be nominated and to win an Oscar in production design.
The Best Actress Epiphany
Olivia Colman was teary-eyed as she was announced the winner of the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in The Favourite as she defeated Glenn Close in the category. It was the first major upset of the night that came about three hours into the show – Olivia won over Glenn Close, who dominated trophies throughout award season and was favored by many to win for The Wife. In her speech, Olivia also mentioned Glenn Close as she said, “It's genuinely quite stressful... This is hilarious. I got an Oscar. Glenn Close, you've been my idol for so long... This is not how I wanted to it.”
What a night! Isn’t it?