Reviewing the Oscars 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book & Kevin Hart

There has never been so much controversy around the biggest event of the awards season nor so many surprise wins, so here we go.

Kevin Hart

Back in December, the comedian Kevin Hart was enlisted as the Oscar host and it felt like a perfect combination.

He was the obvious choice to set the right tone to the event and it was an opportunity of a lifetime for him but his enthusiasm was quickly marred when users started retweeting his homophobic tweets from several years ago.

He stepped down from the gig, even refusing to apologize at first and the event was “hostless” for the first time in history.

The amazing comedian trio, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler introduced the show with few witty comments and presented the first award.

“We are not your hosts this year but if we had hosted, it probably would have gone like this,” Fey joked as they launched into a sketch making fun of some of the nominees.

The Big Winners

The audience then enjoyed the breath-taking performance of Adam Lambert who performed the medley of Queen’s most popular songs “We will rock you” and “We are the Champions” as Bohemian Rhapsody took home four Oscars including the one for Best Actor.

“I may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out. Thank you, Queen, thank you guys for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt,” said Rami Malek on stage.

The 37-year-old actor also celebrated the strugglers saying his young self was struggling as well.

“That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out, and to anyone struggling and trying to discover their voice – listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself.”

Green Book sprang a surprise by winning Best Film and stole the spotlight from the category’s favourite Netflix’s Roma. Green Book and Black Panther won three awards each.

The biggest surprise of the night was when Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her role in Favorite. She was so surprised herself that she started her speech by apologizing to Glen Close who has now officially set the record for the most nominated actress that has never won an Oscar.

Mahershala Ali and Regina King won Best Support Actor/Actress and Lady Gaga won the Best Original Song for “Shallow”.

Spike Lee got his first Oscar in his 30-year-long career for best-adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, which tells the true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

Spider Man into the Spider Verse won best animated feature film and Two Black Panther crew members made history by becoming the first black winners in history in the costume design and production design categories.


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