Oscars best bits 2019: ‘Shallow,’ Olivia Colman’s delighted shock and women win big
The 2019 Oscars was a strange one. No host or cringy monologues at every interval meant the ceremony was shorter than previous years, but Green Book taking Best Picture was a curveball few expected. Still, there were plenty of talking points this year, from record-breaking wins for women of colour, to menstruation equality and that performance of ‘Shallow’ – here’s a rundown of the best of the show and all the winners.
The hosts we deserved
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 25, 2019
We needn’t have worried about a lack of opening monologue because we got some quality puns in the first 10 minutes of the show thanks to the first set of not-hosts, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. The three women also delivered a ‘Shallow‘ joke and a Fyre Festival joke. This is the Oscars we deserved. Why in the name of God, weren’t they asked to be the hosts?
It would appear that, at last, the Academy is slowly genuinely making an effort to include and reward films made by women and men of differing ethnicities and colour. Two African-American women won Oscars in nonacting categories: Hannah Beachler for production design and Ruth E. Carter for costume design, both for their work on Black Panther.
They became the first African-American women to win Oscars in their categories. Both wins were so deserved given that the film they won for was a barrier-breaking spectacle and a box office smash.
Black Panther director Spike Lee won his first competitive award for best-adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman (an award he shared with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott), delivered a rousing speech that ended with him urging viewers to get active in the next presidential election.
“Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history . . . let’s do the right thing!”
How several other bids at history panned out:
-Ruth Carter is the first black woman to win a costume-design Oscar
-Marvel Studios has won its first Oscar
-Spike Lee has won his first Oscar
— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikWaPo) February 25, 2019
More women won big
“To all the nerdy girls who hide behind their sketchbooks don’t be afraid of sharing your stories with the world” – Domee Shi pic.twitter.com/rj5XOJF1IF
— Nicole Clark (@nicalexiac) February 25, 2019
Regina King was nominated for — and won! — her first Oscar for her supporting role in If Beale Street Could Talk, the James Baldwin novel turned Barry Jenkins masterpiece. Bao was Disney Pixar’s first animated short to be directed by a woman, Domee Shi, who said the film was inspired by her Canadian upbringing with her Chinese parents.
She won the award with producer Becky Neiman-Cobb and her words were wonderful: “To all the nerdy girls out there hiding behind your sketchbooks, don’t be afraid to tell your stories to the world,” she said.
A film about periods won best documentary
Given that period talk or scenes on screen is still stigmatised, the fact that Period. End of Sentence – a film about fighting the stigma of menstruation, directed by a 25-year-old woman – won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short is quite groundbreaking. “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!” exclaimed its director Rayka Zehtabchi as she went on to discuss the importance of fighting for menstrual equality worldwide.
“A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.”
Olivia Colman was utterly charming
Colman deservedly won Best Actress for The Favourite but pretty much everyone was shocked as it was expected to go to Glenn Close. Nevertheless, we were thrilled, Colman’s husband was thrilled (and cried – aww!) and the lady herself was completely shellshocked – her speech stole the show.
“Any little girl who’s practising their speech on the telly, you never know. I used to work as a cleaner, and I loved that job,” she exclaimed. “I did quite a lot of my time imagining this.”
‘Shallow’ was amazing
The vocals, the eye contact, the looks at the end – EVERYONE is talking about it. Make of it what you will, but Gaga, in particular, looks especially adoring of Cooper… She also won her very first Oscar for the track, along with her three co-writers.
And finally, the winners…
In summary, Bohemian Rhapsody scored four Oscars (including Best Actor) while Black Panther and Roma won three each with Alfonso Cuarón adding another Directing Oscar to his collection and Green Book taking Best Picture. Below is the full list.
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Best Original Score
Best Production Design
Best Original Song
Shallow – A Star Is Born
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Costume Design
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing
Best Film Editing
Best Feature Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Short Documentary
Period. End Of Sentence.
Main image via @gagaimages