An Overview of the 91st Academy Awards


Karyna Hetman

The 2019 Oscars aired this past Sunday, February 24, and it was quite a show. The night was filled with celebrities dressed up in elegant clothes, comical award presenters, show stopping performances, and of course, suspense filled award presentations.

The night started with a comical speech delivered by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph, saying how there would be no hosts for the night. The three woman showed what it would be like if they were the hosts, following up with jokes regarding the people attending the Oscars and the movies that were up for nominations.

For the Best Supporting Actress title, Regina King, took home the Oscar for her role in If Beatle Street Could Talk. She gave a heartwarming acceptance speech, giving a shout out to her mom and her fellow female nominees for the award. “James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry, you nurtured her, surrounded her with so much love and support. So it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone. Mom, I love you so much,” King said in her acceptance speech for her Oscar with tears coming from her eyes. Lastly, for Best Supporting Actor role, the Oscar went to Mahershala Ali for his performance in Green Book.

Now regarding the film category, there were some surprises but a lot of Oscars went to films that received a Golden Globe, which predicted the outcome of the Oscars. Best Documentary went to Free Solo, made with National Geographic. Next, the best animated feature film Oscar went to Spider Man into the Spider-Verse. The Oscar for Best Picture went to Green Book. It was inspiring to see the cast and crew of these movies get together to accept the awards for a project they worked so hard on for so long.

The crowd was delighted to a melodic break in between awards with outstanding performances. Performers included Bette Midler, Jennifer Hudson, Queen, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The songs that were performed were all songs nominated for Best Original Song. The Oscar for Best Original Song went to Shallow from the movie A Star is Born, performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga took to the stage to receive her award and gave a heartfelt speech encouraging viewers and fans to follow their dreams saying “There’s a discipline for passion: it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down and get beaten up, but how many times you stand up, and are brave and you keep on going.”

Debatably one of the most suspenseful moments at the Oscars were the awards for best actor and actress. The award for Actress in a Leading Role award went to Olivia Coleman for her role as queen in The Favourite. Next, the award for Actor in a Leading Role went to Rami Malik for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody. Additionally, Alfonso Cuarón won for Best Director.

Overall, the 2019 Oscars was shocking, climatic, and inspiring to watch. Seeing all the actors and actresses accepting awards that they worked so hard to get was very enlightening. It was also very interesting to witness all the little things that go into making a great movie such as sound effects, visual effects, and costumes. This year’s Oscars was definitely one to remember for the celebrities, their crew, and viewers alike.