The Oscars, 2019 – 91st Academy Awards: We Are the Champions

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Golden OscarTelevised live, in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide, the biggest night in Hollywood, the 91st Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Awards for the film industry has arrived and the golden Oscars awarded, recognizing excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by their voting membership.

Today seen as the celebrity capital of the world, where annually the Red-Carpet parade at the Oscars has become the place to see and be seen, Hollywood is where those who make their living from the performing arts on both stage and screen gather to support those they work with, and to honour their industry.

It was during WW I when Hollywood became the movie capital of the world. After WW II the commercial television stations moved in and in the 1950’s, music recording studios and offices also invaded followed by ancillary industries (such as editing, special effects, props, post-production, and lighting companies).

Oscar 1These days the Academy’s Oscar Awards day involves taking selfies and tweeting throughout the show, as a light-hearted commentary on our all new world of instant online fame.

To start; there was such a lot of ghastly dresses on this year’s red carpet it was overwhelming… there’s sure to be someone who puts together a top 100 uglies; although, it won’t be me.

What were they thinking!

Red Carpet OscarsMarie Kondo, Amy Adams and Emilia Clark led the way in looking lovely, alongside my best from Michelle Yeoh wearing Elie Saab, at least from those seen as at publishing.

Oliva Coleman Oscars 2019However, i’m old fashioned, I really loved what British actress Olivia Coleman was wearing, so understated, so English and entirely right for the moment.

Michelle Yeoh arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Michelle Yeoh arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Then there was the moment when Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry announced the award for Best Costume Design in some costumes of their own. Hilarious.

Queen singing We Will Rock You was a big hit to start, the audience clapping to the beat and when it was followed by We Are the Champions, well what more can you say. Such a musical highlight is surely much better than a host, whose jokes often bomb out.

Throughout the evening singing the songs nominated for an Oscar turned out to be a star-studded event. It was no surprise when the simply stunning Shallow, sung in spine-tingling style by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won, such was its, and their extraordinary power to please.

Bohemian Rhapsody 1Dynamite moment, only exceeded by Rami Malek becoming Best Actor – so well deserved.

QAnne 1He was followed by Britain’s grand lady Olivia Coleman winning her first Oscar, giving the most delightful speech of the ceremony.

Following the many pointers during the course of the evening, it was really no surprise to me that Green Book took home the Oscar for Best Picture… it’s a tale for all time.

Welcome to the Oscars which would turn out to be, as always, a heightened emotional experience.

The Oscars went to:

Regina KingActress in a Supporting Role – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Documentary Feature – Free Solo

Christian BaleMakeup and Hairstyling – Vice

Black Panther CostumeCostume Design and Production Design – Black Panther

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, detail of photo by Benedict Evans, courtesy Variety

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, detail of photo by Benedict Evans, courtesy Variety

Cinematography – Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Joe Mazzello (John Deacon), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), and Gwilym Lee (Brian May) star in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Photo Credit: Alex Bailey

Joe Mazzello (John Deacon), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), and Gwilym Lee (Brian May) star in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Photo Credit: Alex Bailey

Sound Editing and Sound Mixing – Bohemian Rhapsody

(L to R) Verónica García as Sra. Teresa, Daniela Demesa as Sofi, Marco Graf as Pepe, Marina De Tavira as Sofia, Diego Cortina Autrey as Toño, Carlos Peralta Jacobson as Paco in Roma, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Photo by Carlos Somonte

(L to R) Verónica García as Sra. Teresa, Daniela Demesa as Sofi, Marco Graf as Pepe, Marina De Tavira as Sofia, Diego Cortina Autrey as Toño, Carlos Peralta Jacobson as Paco in Roma, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Photo by Carlos Somonte

Foreign Language Film – Roma, Mexico

Bohemian Rhapsody 6Achievement in Film Editing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Actor in a Supporting Role – Mahershala Ali

John Mulaney, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage and Kimiko Glenn voice an army of alt-Spideys in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.'Detail courtesy Sony Pictures Animation

John Mulaney, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage and Kimiko Glenn voice an army of alt-Spideys in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’Detail courtesy Sony Pictures Animation

Best Animated Feature – Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse

Animated Short Film – Bao

Documentary Short Subject – Period. End of Sentence.

First Man 1Achievements in Visual Effects – First Man

SkinLive Action Short Film – Skin

Original Screenplay – Green Book

BlacKkKlansmanAdapted Screenplay – BlacKkKlansman

Best Original Score – Black Panther

Gaga and CooperBest Original Song – Shallow, Lady Gaga

Rami Malek as Freddie 2Best Actor – Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne, in The Favourite

Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne, in The Favourite

Best Actress – Olivia Coleman, The Favourite

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Best Director Academy Awards 2019, for Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón for Roma

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Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book, courtesy of Universal Pictures, Participant, DreamWorks.

Best Picture – Green Book

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2019

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