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A Night with the Stars at The Oscars

The Oscars 2019 1After months of anticipation, we finally made it to this year’s Oscars last Sunday.

Annual viewers have been waiting anxiously to see how this will play out. Some of the drama surrounding this year’s Academy Awards included Kevin Hart’s stepping down as a host, which left the Oscars host-less, and rumors of awards not being televised.

Oh, and Lady Gaga recently broke off her engagement, hinting at rumors of an affair with Bradley Cooper.

Don’t worry, this year’s Oscars answered all of our questions and more.

We began our Academy experience with an opening performance from Adam Lambert and the remaining members of Queen.

It was a great way to begin the evening, especially with Bohemian Rhapsody nominated for various awards including Best Picture.

I was sitting on my couch, vibing with Queen, almost forgetting that we were lacking a host!

Not having a host was a little weird at first, considering the presenters in place of a host kept commenting on it.

The first  presenters, actresses Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler attempted to make jokes out of it to release tension.

The presenters also informed viewers that all awards would be televised, causing me to breathe a sigh of relief.

I got over my frustration at a host-less Oscars and was excited for the change.

Although it felt different without a host, I was not disappointed.

Each couple that presented an award joked around with each other and showed some chemistry.

Melissa McCarthy attracted the most attention as a presenter with her bunny-covered outfit for the Best Costume Design category.

The Oscars 2019 2McCarthy alone proved that the Oscars does not necessarily need a host in order to maintain its ongoing humor.

The Oscars did a great job representing minorities with their presenters as well.

The Academy made a point of diversifying and it impacted the audience in a positive way.

Another recurring theme throughout was the support of women.

This began with the first three female presenters, who are each well-known for their active feminism.

Women empowerment found its way into many other speeches, and the audience clapped for those mentioning it before they even finished speaking.

Politics were also at the forefront of many speeches at the Oscars.

Some presenters and award winners found time to express their political views, when on stage. Some may argue that politics should be separate from the Oscars, while others may feel it’s a platform to reach millions around the globe.

Even for its ninety first year, this debate goes on for the ceremony.

On the other hand, you could say that it was not the politics that stole the show in the speeches; it was the moms.

Regina King, winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in If Beale Street Could Talk, cried on stage while thanking her mother who she brought as her date. Other stars such as Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Yalitza Aparicio waltzed into the event with their mother by their side.

Speaking of heartwarming, A Star is Born costars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga gave an incredible performance of “Shallow,” which was nominated for Best Original Song.

Cooper walked up to the stage to sing with Gaga, while his girlfriend Irina Shayk was forced to sit and watch him gaze lovingly into Gaga’s eyes.

Everyone could tell that there has to be something there!

Lady Gaga later won the award for Best Original Song and gave the best speech of the night.

The singer encouraged audiences to persevere and overcome all obstacles, regardless of the odds placed against you.

Rami Malek won Best Actor for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, which was extremely fitting and well-deserved.

However, Olivia Colman’s Best Actress win for her performance in The Favourite was not.

Any of the other nominees - Melissa McCarthy, Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, and Yalitza Aparicio - would have been better for this award.

Best Picture is another category that always causes some fret with viewers and it did even with those at the Dolby Theatre.

Green Book took home the award for this one, causing Spike Lee, director of BlackKkKlansman, to storm out of the Oscars.

This year’s Oscars had a lot of drama coming into it but definitely sizzled out by the end.

I would’ve liked some more action throughout it, and even at times thought it was boring. It may not have been golden, but it was worth watching.


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