The Highs and Lows of the Oscars 2019

The 91st Academy Awards was one for the books. With the thrills and performance that left audience members in awe, the awards show this season was one that no one will forget. However, the build up to this coveted event showcased its highs and lows.

For instance, the absence of a host was one thing that drew attention to many with Kevin Hart’s impromptu resignation from his previously accepted position due to homophobic allegations. Thus, tradition persisted, with the absence of a host. Among other things, the Academy had hopes of presenting some of the most popular categories DURING COMMERCIAL BREAK, which entailed great hate from viewers and Oscar aficionados. 

Besides some of these award-show letdowns, the night was filled with some great triumphs. For instance, some female trailblazers behind Black Panther were able to rack up a hefty number of awards. A witty and emotional acceptance speech by Olivia Colman for Best actress had people gasping for air from laughter and in tears from her heartfelt tribute. Above all, Period. End of Sentence, a short documentary on the female menstrual cycle, was able to come away with a win and had Rayka Zehtabchi, the director, in awe.

However, many people were dissatisfied with some aspects of night. For instance, while I adored Olivia Colman’s heartfelt tribute and was happy for her dedication, I had wished to see Gaga’s triumph as Best Actress, among her other accolades this awards’ season. However, the biggest shocker of the night was the winner of the Best Picture, Green Book, who many speculated would not even result in a win.

Yet, for me, and for many other fans of the Oscars, it was great to see the heartfelt, raw, unedited, and authentic performance of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, which went on to win an Oscar later in the night. Moreover, it was phenomenal to see Rami Malek of Bohemian Rhapsody take home Best Actor, with the addition of a Queen and Adam Lambert mix perform some of the band’s hits.

With no host and some drama beforehand, the Oscars came through with a spectacular night of dazzling performances, acceptances, and emotions. As unpredictable as they may be, the 91st Academy Awards proved substantial to carry on the prestige and legacy of this annual celebration of film.