Hollywood has long had a reputation for being an unfriendly town full of catty starlets, arrogant male leads, and hurtful gossip. If the 91st Academy Awards celebrated one overarching theme on Sunday night, though, it was the surprising strength of the celebrity friendship in 2019.
The red carpet and Oscars ceremony were full of #FriendshipGoals, with actors and actresses often tearfully celebrating each other's accomplishments. Here are the nine greatest moments of celebs championing other celebs at the 2019 Academy Awards.
1. Spike Lee + Samuel L. Jackson
Spike Lee won his first Oscar on Sunday night for the BlacKkKlansman screenplay, and the presenter, Samuel L. Jackson, couldn't have been more excited for his friend. Afterwards, the former Do the Right Thing collaborators shared a hilariously sweet hug on stage.
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— Complex (@Complex) February 25, 2019
2. Glenn Close + Melissa McCarthy
Glenn Close regally reigned over the 91st Academy Awards in 42 pounds of gold fabric, but even she had to stop to admire fellow actresses' looks. Close was caught on camera giving Melissa McCarthy's cape ensemble an appreciative once-over on the red carpet.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 25, 2019
3. Emma Stone + Olivia Colman
Emma Stone was overwhelmed with emotion when her costar in The Favourite, Olivia Colman, unexpectedly won the Oscar for Best Actress. Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman tweeted that she saw Stone still crying in the lobby afterwards. "That was the best thing that's ever happened," Stone reportedly effused.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) February 25, 2019
4. Bradley Cooper + Lady Gaga
Human heart-emoji-eyes-personified Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper turned up their already-superheated chemistry on live television. The duet of "Shallow" by the A Star Is Born co-stars left audiences alternatively sobbing and fanning themselves. Tiffany Haddish put words to what we were all wondering: "I was like, are they doin' it?"
"It's not about how many times you get rejected... It's about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going."
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed their hit song "Shallow" from the film "A Star Is Born" at the Oscars Sunday: https://t.co/W0PHpB3LeA pic.twitter.com/2ZujHmdvTA
— CNN International (@cnni) February 25, 2019
5. Madonna + Lady Gaga
Cooper wasn't the only person Lady Gaga shared an intimate connection with on Sunday night, though. Time released photographs of Gaga snuggling with Madonna at Madonna's famous after-party. The moment was particularly touching because there's been bad blood between the pair in the past. Who'd have thought that even in Hollywood it's possible to bury the hatchet?
— TIME (@TIME) February 25, 2019
6. Chris Evans + Regina King
Sometimes supporting each other means actually, physically supporting each other. When Regina King briefly got tangled in her gown after jumping up for winning Best Supporting Actress, Captain America himself stood up to offer an arm and escort her to the stage.
— Sky Cinema (@SkyCinemaUK) February 25, 2019
7. Richard E. Grant + Barbra Streisand
It's reassuring to know that even stars can get starstruck. Best Supporting Actor nominee Richard E. Grant had a little freak out in the audience when Barbra Streisand walked out on stage to honor Spike Lee. Earlier in the evening, Grant had gushed to red carpet reporters that he planned to propose to the singer if he met her. Streisand, for her part, had earlier shared that she thought Grant was "terrific" in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Gloriously, the pair did meet after the ceremony — and snapped a selfie.
hello here is the moment when richard e grant saw barbra pic.twitter.com/NEjVUxXenG
— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) February 25, 2019
8. Guillermo del Toro + Alfonso Cuarón
Director Guillermo del Toro was clearly thrilled to award his friend, Alfonso Cuarón, the 2019 Best Director award for Roma. "This name I can pronounce," del Toro quipped upon seeing that the fellow Mexican filmmaker had won. The pair are two of the so-called "three amigos" (the third being Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu) who have ruled the Oscars for five of the past six years. Del Toro must be proud.
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) February 25, 2019
9. Olivia Colman + everyone
Perhaps the best moment of the whole Oscar ceremony was Olivia Colman's moving Best Actress acceptance speech. The first time nominee (and subsequently first time winner) was adorably overcome, thanking everyone from her "idol" Glenn Close to Lady Gaga. This is what the Oscars are all about.