WITH the lead-up to the 2019 Academy Awards marred by controversy, from having no host to backflipping on the announcement to show four awards – including cinematography and editing – during the ad breaks, many people probably tuned into this morning’s broadcast to watch a disaster unfold.
However, the ceremony went smoothly, almost too smoothly with only a few entertaining highlights to break up the just-under three-and-a-half-hour show.
Instead of the usual beginning host monologue, the audience looked happy to enjoy Queen medley performance from Adam Lambert and original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, plus an actually funny short intro from Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Melissa McCarthy and If Beale Street Could Talk actor Brian Tyree Henry entertained by introducing the nominees for Achievement in Costume Design by wearing all the nominated costumes.
Keegan Michael Keene floated down from the ceiling with an umbrella to introduce a performance of The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns and pretended, Trump style, to not know how to close the umbrella.
And if you have had trouble getting Lady Gaga’s Shallow from A Star is Born out of your head, prepare to hear it even more now it is an Oscar winner.
“I’m not crying because I’m on my period,” said Period. End of Sentence producer Rayka Zehtabchi, when receiving the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.
Olivia Colman not only won Best Actress for The Favourite but also best speech of the night as she blew a raspberry at the signal for her to wrap it up.
The biggest winners of the night were Bohemian Rhapsody with four awards including Best Actor for Rami Malek and Blank Panther with three awards including Best Production Design and Costume Design.
Taking out Best Film was Green Book which also scored for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.