2019 Oscars
February 25, 2019

Spike Lee won his first Oscar on Sunday night, but his movie BlacKkKlansman lost Best Picture to Green Book. "This is my sixth glass — and you know why," Lee said as he walked into the backstage interview room, half-full champagne glass in hand. The second question was about whether his Best Original Screenplay win made up for the Academy's snub of his breakout film, Do The Right Thing, in 1990, the year Driving Miss Daisy won Best Picture. "I'm snakebit — I mean, every time someone's driving somebody I lose," Lee said, pulling a face then laughing. "But they changed the seating arrangement. But in '89, I didn't even get nominated, so. This one we did."

Another reporter asked Lee about Green Book's win. "Let me take another sip," he joked. "Next question!" When reminded that after Green Book was announced as Best Picture, he got up and tried to leave the theater, Lee explained, "I thought I was courtside at the Garden and the ref made a bad call," optimistically predicting that the New York Knicks will win next year. "Hailed as a tribute to racial tolerance by its makers and stars, Green Book was also widely criticized by many as an outdated, sentimentalized movie full of racial stereotypes," The Associated Press notes. Watch Lee's press conference below. Peter Weber

February 24, 2019

The Oscars seemed like it might be headed for disaster when the Academy decided to go ahead without a host. But Sunday's show was anything but.

The first host-less Oscars in three decades went surprisingly well, with the show moving along at a far quicker pace than in recent years, getting along just fine with a line-up of presenters. The ceremony notably didn't have the kinds of drawn-out, lame comedy bits that typically come with a host, such as Jimmy Kimmel crashing a showing of A Wrinkle in Time or Ellen DeGeneres handing out pizza to audience members.

In fact, Sunday's show went so unexpectedly smoothly that many began to ask if the Oscars even needs a host at all.

Of course, the Academy stumbled into this format by complete accident. Kevin Hart was originally set to host, but he stepped down in December after old homophobic jokes and tweets of his resurfaced. The Academy never found a fill-in, with producers recently telling The New York Times they saw this as an opportunity to reduce the show's length.

It worked, resulting in the shortest Oscars in seven years; it clocked in at about 3 hours and 20 minutes. The road to this ceremony was a complete disaster — who could have guessed the format would actually leave viewers asking for a repeat next year? Brendan Morrow

February 24, 2019

Two years after the infamous Moonlight and La La Land switch-up, 2019's Best Picture finish was another shocker.

Green Book took home the top prize at Sunday's Oscars, winning over the heavy favorite, Roma. Although there were some who doubted Roma's chances for a variety of reasons, including the fact that no foreign-language film has ever won Best Picture let alone one from a streaming service, it was still thought to have by far the best chance of winning.

We'll never know for sure if those two factors are what set it back, but Green Book ultimately prevailed after also winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, despite the numerous controversies it faced over the past few months including complaints that it whitewashes history. This means that two of the most contentious Best Picture nominees of the year, Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, walked away from the show triumphant, with the latter scoring the most awards of any film. Brendan Morrow

February 24, 2019

It was his first Oscar win, and Spike Lee was going to savor the moment.

The BlacKkKlansman director won Best Original Screenplay, and not wanting to be rushed off the stage, said something that got bleeped out. Luckily, The New York Times' Kyle Buchanan was there to fill us in, tweeting that Lee "began his speech by saying 'Do not turn that motherf—ing clock on!'" And guess what — they didn't!

Lee was able to thank his family, talk about black history, and encourage people to vote in the 2020 presidential election, all without worrying about being played off. He also leapt into the arms of presenter Samuel L. Jackson and showed off his sweet gold sneakers. Catherine Garcia

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February 24, 2019

Alfonso Cuarón just took home the Academy Award for Best Director for the second time in six years.

Cuarón at the 2019 Oscars won the prize for Roma after winning for his 2013 film Gravity. This repeat win is among the quickest in recent years, although it's certainly not the quickest. After all, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the prize two years in a row, first in 2015 for Birdman and again in 2016 for The Revenant. Ang Lee also won Best Director in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain and then again in 2013 for Life of Pi. And Steven Spielberg won in 1994 for Schindler's List and then again in 1999 for Saving Private Ryan.

That certainly puts Cuarón, among the most visionary filmmakers working today, in great company. Cuarón also made history this year by being the first person to win Best Director and Best Cinematographer in the same year for the first film, per IndieWire. No other person has been nominated in both years for the same film, either. Brendan Morrow

February 24, 2019

In one of the only major upsets of the 2019 Oscars, Olivia Colman won Best Actress on Sunday over the frontrunner, Glenn Close.

Colman in her acceptance speech recognized that Close was widely expected to win the award, telling Close, "You've been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be."

Close had been the frontrunner in this race ever since she won at the 2019 Golden Globes, and although Colman did also win at Golden Globes and the BAFTA awards, most did not expect this to lead to an Oscar victory.

Instead, pundits predicted voters would feel Close's time had finally come. After all, with seven nominations, Close is the most nominated living actor who has never won an Oscar, per the Los Angeles Times. With Colman's surprise win for The Favourite, that has not changed. Brendan Morrow

February 24, 2019

Rami Malek just won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2019 Academy Awards.

Malek took home the trophy for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. In his speech, he thanked Queen for allowing him to be "a part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy." Malek also said that Bohemian Rhapsody was the story of a man who was "unapologetically himself" and that its win shows that the world is "longing for stories like this."

Malek paid tribute to his father as well, saying, "My dad didn't get to see me do any of this, but I think he's looking down on me right now."

This is Malek's first Academy Award win and his first nomination. The early frontrunner in the race was Christian Bale, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in Vice. But Malek also won a Golden Globe, competing in a different category as Bale, and he quickly overtook Bale in the race with wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and BAFTAs.

Malek's win was Bohemian Rhapsody's fourth Oscar of the night after it previously took Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing. Brendan Morrow

February 24, 2019

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper didn't need to prove their chemistry to anyone — their on-screen performance in A Star Is Born was easily one of the most sizzling romances of the year. But boy, did they ever turn up the heat on Sunday during their intimate performance of "Shallow."

That eye contact! That near-nuzzle! That half-smile!

Wow. Watch the full show-stopping performance below. Jeva Lange

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