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Oscar Recap 2019

"Roma," "Black Panther," and Best Picture winner "Green Book" took home three Oscars apiece, while crowd favorite "Bohemian Rhapsody" led the way with four wins. All of the Best Picture nominees won at least one Oscar, with the biggest shock of the evening coming as Olivia Colman from "The Favourite" won Best Actress instead of Glenn Close for "The Wife."

During each commercial break, I noted what struck me while watching the 91st Annual Academy Awards:

-The opening of the show was safe but enjoyable. Queen and Adam Lambert didn't quite bring the energy one would expect, in part because that energy is hard to convey to a home audience, and in part because it's odd to open the Oscars with such well-known rock ballads. A little riffing from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph is always good for the soul, but I was surprised to see tradition break as they presented Supporting Actress to Regina King for "If Beale Street Could Talk" (usually last year's acting winner presents to the opposite gender). Kudos to the filmmakers of Documentary winner "Free Solo" -- it's risky filmmaking at its finest.

-This horrible acceptance speech is why they wanted to award Makeup during commercial! It's the Academy and home viewers' worst nightmare: The "Vice" winners for Makeup, whom no one at home has heard of, take turns just listing people's names that those at home (and many in the theater) also haven't heard of. Don't tell me this wouldn't have been better as part of a quickly edited montage at the end of the show. Thankfully, Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry brought some laughs with their British period costumes when presenting Costume Design to "Black Panther." There was no way "Black Panther" was going home empty-handed.

-Congratulations to Hannah Beachler for being the first African-American to win Production Design. Next time have your speech ready when you get to the stage. As expected, Alfonso Curaon wins for Cinematography -- the "Chivo" he thanked is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who won Oscars for shooting Cuaron's "Gravity," and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" and "The Revenant."

-"Bohemian Rhapsody" wins Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Nice speeches from the winners -- short and sweet.

-This is two Oscars for Alfonso Cuaron, this time for Foreign Language Film for "Roma." Emily Blunt sung "The Place Where Lost Things Go" better in "Mary Poppins Returns" than Bette Midler did here; all the original singers were asked to perform tonight, and Blunt apparently refused (as did Kendrick Lamar when asked to perform "All The Stars" from "Black Panther").

-Another win for "Bohemian Rhapsody," this time for Editing. Boring speech. Remember, director Bryan Singer was fired before production wrapped, which placed more emphasis on the editor here to do his job well. And because "Bohemian Rhapsody" was such a crowd-pleasing success, it was easy to foresee this win. Supporting Actor goes to Mahershala Ali for "Green Book," who joins the list of actors with two Oscars (he also won for "Moonlight" two years ago). But what's with the hat?

-So happy "Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse" won Animated Feature -- it's terrific. The performance of "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" from "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' reminds me of my longstanding position that not every Original Song nominee needs to be performed live. In fact, I'd be okay with none of them performed live. This isn't the Grammy's.

-Ordinarily I would be snide about the short film winners because many at home haven't seen them. It's a bunch of nobodies emotionally rambling on to the indifference of many. But two women won for both Animated Short and Documentary Short, and darn if their speeches weren't moving and inspiring. Kudos.

-"First Man" won Visual Effects, which was not expected given that director Damien Chazelle used as many practical effects as he could in the film. Then Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sang "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born." He didn't sound great, but she did, as usual. Did you notice that they didn't break eye contact the entire time, and nearly kissed when he sat next to her?

-"Skin" won Live Action Short. Didn't see it, but the clips look creepy as hell. And these were probably the most purely happy winners of the night! Then "Green Book" took Original Screenplay, and "BlacKkKlansman" took Adapted Screenplay. This was a way to reward the directors of those two films -- Peter Farrelly and Spike Lee, respectively -- with Oscars for their great work.

-"Black Panther" won Original Score, and Lady Gaga won an Oscar for Original Song for "Shallow" in "A Star Is Born." The "In Memoriam" segment was depressing as expected, but nicely done.

-The fourth Oscar for "Bohemian Rhapsody" is Best Actor for Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury. He did not thank the film's credited director, Bryan Singer. No surprise, given that Singer was also recently accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a teenage boy.

-Oh no! Poor Glenn Close. To the shock of just about everyone, Close did NOT win Best Actress for "The Wife"; instead it went to Olivia Colman for "The Favourite," and yes she was terrific, but your heart breaks for Close. This was her seventh career nomination, and she's never won. She's now tied with Richard Burton with seven nominations and no wins; the only person surpassing them is Peter O'Toole, who was nominated for eight acting Oscars and never won.

-Alfonso Cuaron wins another Oscar, this time for Best Director. This was expected. And man, presenter Guillermo Del Toro is huge. Hope he's healthy.

-"Green Book" won Best Picture! Hoo-ray! Admittedly I thought "Roma" would win and "Green Book" would place second; happy to see that the heartwarming movie that felt the most like a Best Picture Oscar winner came out on top. It is only the fifth film in 90 years to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination; even though Peter Farrelly wasn't nominated for Director, he did win for Original Screenplay, and as a producer of the film he'll take home a Best Picture Oscar as well.

List of winners:

Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Makeup and Hairstyling: Vice
Documentary Feature: Free Solo
Costume Design: Black Panther
Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Production Design: Black Panther
Cinematography: Roma
Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody
Foreign-Language Film: Roma
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse
Live Action Short Film: Skin
Animated Short Film: Bao
Documentary Short Subject: Period. End of Sentence.
Visual Effects: First Man
Original Screenplay: Green Book
Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
Original Score: Black Panther
Original Song: "Shallow," A Star Is Born
Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Picture: Green Book

Films that won more than one Oscar:

Roma -- 3

Black Panther -- 3

Bohemian Rhapsody -- 4

Green Book -- 3

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