Recap of the Oscars!

Ali Adams '20 and Catherine Villante '20

The Oscars is the most renowned night in the film and entertainment industry, each year acclaiming some of the most talented movie-stars, directors, and screenwriters for their incredible cinematic achievements. If you happened to miss this year’s 91st annual Oscars, here is a recap of some of the biggest wins of the night!

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Best Picture: The films nominated for Best Picture this year were: Roma, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Black Panther, Greenbook, and A Star is Born.

Winner: Greenbook (directed by Peter Farrelly), nominated for 5 Academy Awards this year, took home the Best Picture award for the night. Greenbook tells the true story of the Don Shirley, an African American pianist (played by Mahershala Ali), and his Italian-American driver and bodyguard (played by Viggo Mortensen). The film takes place in the 1962 Deep South as Don Shirley embarks on his pianist tour, encountering both racism and segregation while developing an unexpected yet beautiful friendship with the driver.

Best Director: the nominees: Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), and Adam McKay (Roma).

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for the film Roma. Roma takes place in Mexico during the 1970s, telling the story of a Mexican domestic worker living with a middle-class family. Roma is one of nine foreign-language films to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 3: best director, cinematography, and foreign language film.

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Best Actor: The actors nominated for Best Actor this year were: Christian Bale (Vice), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Viggo Mortensen (Greenbook), and Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate).

Winner: Rami Malek won Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemian Rhapsody tells the remarkable story of the music legend’s life as Queen evolved into one of the most famous bands of all time. Upon receiving his award, Malek gave a touching speech in which he thanked the real Freddie Mercury, his family, and girlfriend (both on screen and in real life!) for their inspiration and support throughout his journey as an actor.

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Best Supporting Actor: the nominees: Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman), Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Mahershala Ali (Greenbook), and Sam Rockwell (Vice).

Winner: Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Best Picture film Greenbook. Mahershala played Don Shirley in the film, an African American pianist on his music tour through the South. Ali spent months perfecting the body movements and techniques of a pianist, delivering an impressive performance.

Best Actress: The actresses nominated for Best Actress this year were: Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga (A Star is Born), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), and Yalitza Aparicio (Roma).

Winner: The Best Actress award went to Olivia Colman for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite. The movie is set in the early 18th century and follows two cousins (played by Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) as they fight for the approval and attention of Queen Anne. Colman gave an endearing and appreciative acceptance speech, acknowledging the talent of the other nominees and thanking her fellow castmates and family .

Best Supporting Actress: the nominees: Amy Adams (Vice), Marina de Tavira (Roma), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Emma Stone (The Favourite), and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Winner: Regina King won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. The movie is a romantic drama which tells the story of an African American woman who seeks to prove the innocence of her lover before giving birth to the child. King played the role of the main character’s mother and warmly thanked her own mother during her acceptance speech. She concluded her speech saying, “God is good all the time.”

A Highlight of the Night:

Even those who didn’t watch the Oscars surely encountered articles and pictures buzzing about the undeniable chemistry between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper during their “Shallow” performance. Lady Gaga won an academy award for Best Original Song, and she was also nominated for best actress. The evening’s touching performance reminisced the romance of Ally and Jackson, characters from the best picture nominee A Star Is Born. Gaga and Cooper’s chemistry was palpable, leading audience members as well as at-home viewers curious as to whether the pair are dating in real life. Despite the immense speculation, the incredible performance delivered an awe-inspiring and unforgettable harmony that definitely was one of the highlights of the evening.  

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