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2019 Oscars Recap

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Without a host, the Academy Awards managed to pull off a relatively smooth night, with some big wins that surprised everyone. The big one being Green Book taking home the award for Best Picture, beating out front runners Roma and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Roma, produced by Netflix, showed up big at the Oscars, showcasing that Netflix is capable of putting out a great film that can hold weight at the renowned award ceremony. The film did well for a foreign-language film, taking home awards for best cinematography and best director for Alfonso Cuaron.

Rami Malek, who portrays the eclectic Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, took home a well-deserved best actor award. Malek delivered a heartwarming speech, stating, “we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself, and the fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”

Best actress went to Olivia Colman for The Favourite, which seemed to be an upset as Glenn Close was expected to win her first Oscar for The Wife. Colman’s charming speech was one of the best of the night, as she seemed to be incredibly surprised and grateful for the award.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took home a well-deserved win in the best animated feature category, beating out the major studios behind other nominations like The Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Director Peter Ramsey made history by becoming the first black director to ever win in the category.

As for performances, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga stunned audiences by performing the award-winning song “Shallow” from A Star is Born. Cooper showed that his vocals are the real deal live, while Lady Gaga blew it away as usual.

The 91st Academy Awards went off surprisingly well, without too much emphasis placed on silly stunts and montages. The lack of a host didn’t seem to put a damper on the night, acceptance speeches were sweet, and the musical performances were incredible.

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