You know, the fact that Green Book won Best Picture, was an unpleasant surprise at the end of the night, but let’s not let that leave a bad taste in our mouths. In general, last night’s show was pleasant and fun and there were some wonderful, history making winners.
(For the record, I do not hate Green Book, but it was pretty clearly a strange choice for best movie of the year. But…at least it wasn’t Vice.) Anyway, on to better things.
For the most part I didn’t find the lack of host to be a lack at all. There are few better ways to open anything than this song:
(Also it was fun to watch which stars were really rocking out in the crowd.)
And these ladies did a great job kicking off the awards presentations:
(If we are going to return to hosts next year – not that we need to – these 3 should do that.)
Another good way to start anything: GIVE REGINA KING AN OSCAR!!!!
Everything about the costume awards presentation was epic (especially the historic winner):
Keep the good Black Panther feelings flowing for the Production Design ground breaker:
(Also I saw a tweet last night asking if the director didn’t know where Ryan Coogler was sitting or something? Why were they never cutting to him?)
I’m going to go out of order here, but like, Alfonso Cuaron got to give a lot of speeches last night, and I liked all of them. (I only wish he also got to give the final one, but we can’t everything):
(Also love how much Angela and Javier relished rolling that R.)
“There are no waves there is only the Ocean,” is also a great philosophy for looking at art.
I also LOVE that Guillermo was there to present this to Alfonso, their friendship has always made me really happy and that hug was wonderful.
Mahershela Ali is a class act who I am always happy to see get lauded, but he’s holding Richard’s Oscar:
I didn’t see Buster Scruggs but I liked our little Western moment last night:
This was a fun moment:
But my favorite duo of presenters are these awards dorks:
My first tears of the night:
And then the second:
(Sorry about the captions, the Academy was better about uploading speeches this year, but not performances for some reason…) And yes, I see all your tweets about how their chemistry is incendiary. But to quote Katey Rich, “In this house we respect Irina Shayk!”
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER SPIKE LEE LADIES AND GENTLEMAN!:
The least surprising win of the night (totally deserved of course):
And the most. Look, I love Olivia, I really really do, but what does Glenn have to do? Kill and skin a horse?
(Also – I know his speech wasn’t perfect and he should have thanked Freddie more directly, but I love Rami and I especially love that he and Lucy Boynton are in love and so this speech warmed my heart a lot):
This blog is a Peter Farrelly free zone, so I will not be posting the video of Best Picture. So, let’s move onto fashion. It was a night of a lot of fluffy pink (like a lot) of fluffy pink, but there were a lot of great gowns!
Constance Wu in custom Versace (Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Yalitza Aparicio in Rodarte (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Regina King in Oscar de la Renta (Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera (Photo Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/LA Times)
Give this woman a fucking Oscar.
Melissa McCarthy in Brandon Maxwell (Photo Credit: Getty/Steve Granitz)
Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli Haute Couture (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Nielson Barnard)
Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton (Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Lucy Boynton in Rodarte (Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Danai Gurira in Brock Collection (Photo Credit: Getty Images)