Let’s look back on the 91st Academy Award show with my five favourite moments, from Olivia Colman’s acceptance speech to Glenn Close being Glenn Close.
It’s the day after Hollywood’s biggest event and the world is still buzzing. From the best dressed on the red carpet to the juiciest stories from the after parties: everyone seems to be talking about the Oscars and so am I. Even though I didn’t stay up until 02:00 in the morning to watch the award show live (even my dedication has its limits), but I did search the Internet for all the articles and I just finished watching the show on tape (yes, my dedication does reach far enough for me to tape the program). So here are my thoughts on the Oscars 2019 and my five favourites moments, from Olivia Colman’s adorable acceptance speech to Glenn Close channeling her inner Oscar.
Yesterday I shared my predictions and even though I didn’t get them all right, I still did pretty okay as an Oscar-themed crystal ball. Lady Gaga won the Oscar for best song with “Shallow” from A Star is Born, and Olivia Colman gave the best acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for Actress in a leading role for her performance in The Favourite. Then Rami Malek won the award for Actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Freddy Mercury in Queen-biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and Mahershala Ali won the Oscar for Actor in a supporting role for his role in Green Book (who won the award for Best Picture, which to be completely honest with you, I didn’t see coming) – all exactly as I predicted. So of course those were personal triumphs for me, but what about my other highlights of the show?
Olivia Colman’s acceptance speech
Definitely one of my favourite moments, if not my favourite, was Olivia Colman’s acceptance speech for her portrayal of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite (the irony isn’t lost on me). Colman genuinely didn’t except to win the Oscar, as her fellow nominee Glenn Close was seen as the front-runner for the award, which made her speech all the more spontaneous and endearing.
Glenn Close during the opening ceremony
When we’re on the subject of Glenn Close; she genuinely is my favourite. Her performence in The Wife was just stunning and the way she presents herself, with so much grace and humor, is equally stunning. In her golden Carolina Herrera gown, the actress proved that you don’t have to win an Oscar, you can also become the Oscar. But my favourite Glenn Close moment at the Oscars last night was her rock ‘n rolling to Queen and Adam Lambert’s performance of “We Will Rock You”. Classic.
Emilia Clarke offering her dragons to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Emilia Clarke was one of the presenters during the star-studded award show and she announced Jennifer Hudson’s performance of the song “I’ll Fight” from the documentary RBG, about Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Judge Ginsburg, if you ever want to borrow the dragons, give me a ring,” says Khaleesi in a beautifully scripted announcement. Only at the Academy Awards, people.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing “Shallow”
Perhaps the most talked-about moment from the Oscars 2019 is the intimate performance of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from their nominated film A Star is Born. The two sat down behind a piano and performed their song, their eyes closed and their heads close together. It was a beautifully tender moment, reminding us all of why A Star is Born was nominated for Best Picture.
Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson hugging
Finally we have BlackKklansman director Spike Lee jumping into actor Samuel L. Jackson’s arms after the latter announced that Lee won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The two long-time friends and collaborators fell into each other’s arms and in that moment, all was well in the world.
And those were my five favourite moments from the 91th Academy Awards. Be sure to check my Instagram tomorrow, where I’ll be sharing my 10 fashion favourites from the Oscars red carpet – and yes, Glenn Close is one of them.
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