Oscars Recap: Diversity and Women Were The Real Winners Last Night

blackoscarsThis years host-less Oscars ceremony were one of the better ceremonies in recent history if you ask me! the lack of not having a host streamlined the ceremony in ways that haven’t been seen in years. Even though the telecast did run almost 3½ hours, there was none of that unnecessary bloat at the beginning and throughout the show due to a host’s opening monologue or skits. Last night the Oscars did exactly what it’s suppose to do, honor the movie industry and hand out trophies.

This had to have been the most diverse group of winners in the Academy Awards’ 91 year history. Five African-American artist walked away with Oscars: Mahershala Ali (Green Book) and Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) took home Oscars in the Supporting Actor/Actress categories. Hannah Beachler for Best Production Design (Black Panther), Ruth E Carter for Costume Design (Black Panther), and Spike Lee FINALLY won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (BlacKkKlansman). Alfonso Cuarón, a Mexican-born Director, won three Oscars for Roma (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Director). Rami Malek, Best Actor winner for Bohemian Rhapsody, is a first generation American born to parents of Egyptian decent.

Green Book, the 1962-set biographical drama about an African-American jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his Italian-American driver and bodyguard (Best Actor nominee Viggo Mortensen) won Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

Other highlights included Lady Gaga winning Best Original Song for A Star Is Born‘s “Shallow” and Olivia Colman pulling a complete upset in the Best Actress Category, beating Glenn Close (The Wife) – who is now 0-7 in Oscar wins. However, Colman’s complete shock and genuine, heartfelt, and hilarious speech may have won over anyone who wanted Close to win, including me!

Even though I was only 4-10 of my Oscars predictions, I was genuinely happy for all of the winners, and it turns out that having a host-less Oscars isn’t as bad as everyone thought. Hopefully they continue that trend into next year.

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