The 91st annual Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles, California, which for the first time ever did not include a host nor Popular Film category. History was made Sunday with many unpredictable wins which included Bohemian Rhapsody leading actor Ramin Malek being awarded for Best Actor. Regina King for Best Supporting Actress and Black Panther as multiple Oscar winners of the night.
The red carpet had many surprising outfits that stood out and surprised many viewers. Billy Porter who wore a Christian Siriano tuxedo gown, expressed his thoughts on masculinity. “To challenge expectations. What is masculinity?” he asked. “What does that mean? Women show up every day in pants, but the minute a man wears a dress, the seas part,” said Porter.
Alfonso Cuarón won his fourth Oscar; taking home Best Director, Cinematography and Best Foreign Language for his film “Roma” which made history. “I want to thank the academy for recognizing the film centered around an indigenous woman,” said Cuarón. With the win, it officially marked the fifth time in the past six years that a director of Mexican descent won an Oscar.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga quickly went viral on social media after performing their hit “Shallow” from the film “A Star Is Born” causing viewers to go crazy about their “special connection” on stage after gazing into each other’s eyes while singing the song. Continuing after the performance, “Shallow” was awarded for Best Original Song. “Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could’ve sang this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you so much,” said Gaga as she co-accepted the award.
At any rate, with Rami Malek being the first Arab- American to accept the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Olivia Colman winning Best Actress for her role as Queen Anne in a historical dramedy, and the film “Green Book” winning best picture, the 91st Academy Awards was interesting, unpredictable and historical.
By Jasmin Urquiza
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