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OSCARS 2019

Here are the best moments from the 2019 Academy Awards.

Outrageous dresses, wrong envelope blunders (La La Land vs Moonlight, anyone?), and the internet going commendably apeshit for some reason or another.

Year after year, the Academy Awards remains the most prestigious film industry highlight of the year, plus it’s a chance for us to see if our favourite films will get the due recognition they deserve. And this year’s festivities had all the usual drama – here are the best 7 moments from the 2019 Oscars…

Billy Porter

Billy Porter at 2019 Oscars
Billy Porter at 2019 Oscars

When FX’s Pose star Billy Porter stepped out during the Oscars at the weekend, the Twittersphere collectively screamed. In jet-black swathes of velvet, Porter won (we repeat, won) the red carpet in a black Christian Siriano tux gown – complete with ruffled sleeves and a bow tie.

A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing at 2019 Oscars
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing at 2019 Oscars

We raised our eyebrows. We believed. We cried. We sang along. We saw a star being born (well, Gaga reborn as an actress, anyway). And there might even have been a little part of us rooting for her for Best Actress, but it was pretty much good enough seeing Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s mega-hit duet “Shallow” winning Best Original Song. Oh, and then the pair took to the stage for a surprise performance. Tears everywhere.

Olivia Colman acceptance speech

Olivia Colman winning Best Actress at 2019 Oscars
Olivia Colman winning Best Actress at 2019 Oscars

Many people were expecting seven-time nominated actress Glenn Close to snag Best Actress for her role in The Wife, but instead, the win went to genuinely surprised Olivia Colman for her incredible portrayal of a gouty Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ pitch-black period-comedy, The Favourite. The best part was the actress’ emotional acceptance speech where she remembered her days as a cleaner and made fun of her very teary (and proud) husband of 25 years. Bravo, Colman (aka forever Sophie from Peep Show to us).

Green Book controversy

Green Book winning Best Picture at 2019 Oscars
Green Book winning Best Picture at 2019 Oscars

Every year without a fail, a main talking point sees the audience tentatively hooked to screens awaiting the result for Best Picture – and this year was no different with most people putting their money on Alfonso Cuarón’s heart-stoppingly beautiful Roma. But instead, there was perceptible shock as the statuette went to Green Book, a film that has been steeped in controversy due to it’s widely-believed naive approach to race relations, as well as unearthed racist tweets from writer Nick Vallelonga…

…Spike Lee storm-out

Spike Lee at 2019 Oscars
Spike Lee at 2019 Oscars

And one person who seemed to especially take issue with Green Book’s victory, was Spike Lee, whose film BlacKkKlansman was also up for Best Picture. Reportedly, the director was “visibly angry” once the announcement was made, attempting to storm out, and later commenting “the ref made a bad call.” Many have made comments of déjà vu, comparing this year to the 1990 Oscars in which Lee’s film Do The Right Thing lost out to Driving Miss Daisy (a film that has historically been called out as having a “white saviour” complex).

Spider-Man win

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Yes, we stan a hero! And in this case, we’re talking about Shameik Moore who plays the first black Spider-Man in history (read our Autumn 2018 interview with the actor). And at the weekend, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse snagged the award for Best Animated Feature Film – and we’re obsessed.

Wakanda forever

Chadwick Boseman at 2019 Oscars
Chadwick Boseman at 2019 Oscars

With the never-ending barrage of big-budget Marvel films hitting our screens, it can be hard to believe that up until this year, the Universe has never before enjoyed an Oscar win. Until now. Okay, it may not be Best Picture, but sensational blockbuster Black Panther scooped Marvel’s first Oscar in the category of Best Costume Design in a Motion Picture. We stan the work of designer Ruth Carter (Malcolm X, Selma, Love & Basketball). Wakanda forever.

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