By Contributing Writer Gabriella Barthe.
Sunday night’s airing of the 91st Academy Awards left many feeling completely underwhelmed. After almost two months of anticipation to find out who this years winners will be, the Oscars just didn’t seem to hold up.
Going into the 91st Academy Awards rumors circulated by John Mulaney himself left many hopeful that his character alongside Nick Crowle’s from “Oh Hello: On Broadway” would be hosting this year. Sadly this was debunked weeks ago and the Oscars decided to forgo a host altogether.
The lack of a host was not entirely missed as guests are always invited to read the results and announce each category. Many gave lead ins to this year’s biggest nomination picks often with some rather charged jokes.
It seems that this year was able to pass by without too much of an incident but it did leave the night lacking in energy.
Among several knock out films this year, Green Book took home the title of original screenplay, and best picture despite being a story about a famous person of color in history written and produced by an overwhelmingly white production team.
In fact, the movie itself focused on the driver of this notable figure, who just so happened to be white.
Mahershala Ali did however take home the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for his performance of a character who should have been the focus of the entire movie.
Fan favorite Black Panther walked away with Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Production Design, and Best Original Music Score.
Lady Gaga got her first Oscar win for Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original Song) for “Shallow” in A Star Is Born. These were notable wins this year as Gaga made her first appearance at the Oscars, and Black Panther was the first Superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture.
Regina King took home the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” a film that wasn’t even nominated for best picture.
Olivia Colman gave a remarkably awkward and endearing speech for her win as Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Vice was recognized with the Achievement in makeup and hairstyling for the amazing work put into making Sam Rockwell and Christian Bale look like Former President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Rami Malek caught one of the awards for Bohemian Rhapsody as Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Among wins for Bohemian Rhapsody, the film won an understandable Achievement in Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, as well as surprisingly, Achievement in Film editing.
Though, Roma really took home the cake as an untraditional film slotted as a nomination in almost every category.
After the night’s ceremony the film went home with three awards for: Achievement in Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, and Achievement in Directing. Many were expecting the love for this film to translate over to a Picture of the Year win but were surprised to see Green Book surpass it.
Some lesser known films of 2018 won their own categories as well. Skin was crowned victor of the Best Live Action Short Film category, First Man won the Achievement in Visual Effects race.
Period. End of Sentence. was found to be rather punctual this year with its Best Documentary Short Subject win, and Free Solo won over the Academy for the Best Documentary Feature title.
Though, when it came to the animation categories no one was shocked by what was to come.
Bao, the adorable short about a woman raising a dumpling as a son won Best Animated Short Film and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse crushed the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year category. Overall, this was a great year for superhero films it seems.
The real superhero at the Academy Awards this year had to be Spike Lee who showed up in an entirely purple outfit ready to represent his film Blackkklansman. Sadly, the work wasn’t able to acquire the title of best picture but it did win for Best Adapted Screenplay. Lee however used his acceptance speech as a time to call viewers to “Be on the right side of history” and to do the right thing – a message that every one should be reminded of from time to time.
Spike Lee wasn’t the only one in a memorable outfit Sunday night. Chadwich Boseman looked stunning and Gemma Chan yet again came in a dress sporting pockets. Though when it comes to stunning dresses Billy Porter shocked everyone.
Overall the Oscars did what it set out to do but whether or not people agree with the results is entirely different.
For now everyone just has to wait for the last of the year’s films to come out on DVD or some streaming service to catch up on what they missed and hope that something amazing is released in 2019