91st Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (2019)
- Date of Ceremony: Sunday, February 24, 2019
- For films released in: 2018
Welcome to DigitalHit’s coverage of the 91st Annual Academy Awards, which were handed out on February 24th, 2019.
The show opens with Queen (featuring Adam Lambert) performing “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” They get a standing ovation.
There’s a clip package showing films from the past year.
Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Any Poehler welcome us to the “One millionth Academy Awards.” They then present Supporting Actress. And the Oscar goes to Regina King.
“To be standing here representing one the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin — it’s a little surreal. James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry, you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support, so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.” – Regina King
Jason Mamoa and Helen Mirren are the next presenters. They’re tasked with handing out Documentary (Feature). And the Oscar goes to Free Solo. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi takes a bit of time getting her speech underway, which is one of the things the Academy has tried to address over the years.
“Thank you, thank you. Thank you, National Geographic for believing in us and for hiring women and people of color because we only help make the films better.” – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Guitar great Tom Morello is introducing the clip for the Best Picture nominated film Vice.
Elsie Fisher and Stefon James now present Makeup and Hairstyling. And the Oscar goes to Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patrick Dehaney for Vice. They awkwardly try to share reading their thanks in order to give each one a chance to thank a few people, but as they try reading from the same sheet, it just comes off awkward. Or amazing and awkward if that’s the kind of thing you like to see on live TV.
Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry are in amazing costumes as they present Costume Design. And the Oscar goes to Ruth Carter for Black Panther.
“This is for my 97-year-old mother watching in Massachusetts. Mom, thank you for teaching me about people and their stories. You are the original superhero. Thank you.” – Ruth Carter
Chris Evans and Jennifer Lopez, who’s dressed like a human mirror ball, present Production Design. And the Oscar goes to Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart for Black Panther.
“Ryan Coogler. I stand here stronger than I was yesterday. I stand here with agency and self-worth because of Ryan Coogler. You not only made me a better designer, a better storyteller, a better person, I stand here because of this man who offered me a different perspective of life, who offered me a safe space, who’s patient and gave me air, humanity and brotherhood. Thank you, Ryan. I love you.” – Hannah Beachler
Tyler Perry talks about community in motion picture production and then — thanking the Academy for reversing their decision to present some awards in the commercials — presents Cinematography. And the Oscar goes to Alfonso Cuarón for Roma.
“If this film was created by my own memories, the film was crafted through the memories of what this great master of cinematography has given to us. It is well-known that in Billy Wilder’s office there was a sign that said ‘What would Lubitsch have done?’ And for me, it was what would ‘Chivo Lubezki would have done?’ So this is for you, too, Chivo. And thank you very much, Mexico.” – Alfonso Cuarón
Emilia Clarke now introduces the song “I’ll Fight” from RBG sung by Jennifer Hudson.
Serena Williams presents the clip for the Best Picture nominated film A Star is Born.
James McAvoy and Danai Gurira present the Academy Award for Sound Editing. And the Oscar goes to John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone for Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Working on Bohemian Rhapsody really was an honor. I mean we got to work with Queen for our day job, which is wonderful. Because I thank all of Queen and the team, the full team, for the, just for the great music, for all the support. And a special nod to Freddie.” – John Warhurst
James and Danai then present Sound Mixing. And the Oscar goes to Bohemian Rhapsody’s Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali.
“A massive shout-out to Brian May and Roger Taylor. Thank you so much for your music and for your collaboration and your support.” – Paul Massey
Queen Latifah introduce the clip for The Favourite.
Angela Bassett and Javier Bardem are given the honour of presenting Foreign Language Film. And the Oscar goes to Mexico’s Roma, the country’s first win.
“I grew up watching foreign language films and learning so much from them and being inspired. Films like Citizen Kane, Jaws, Rashomon, The Godfather and Breathless. When asked about in the book about the New Wave, Claude Chabrol said, ‘There are no waves, there’s only the ocean.’ I think that the nominees tonight have proven that we are part of the same ocean.” – Alfonso Cuarón
Keegan-Michael Key descends from the ceiling to introduce Bette Midler singing “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns.
Trevor Noah talks about the fictional country of Wakanda before introducing the clip for Best Picture nominee Black Panther.
Michael Keaton is here now to present the Academy Award for Film Editing. And the Oscar goes to John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody. He keeps the envelope to give to his 85-year-old mother.
“And lastly, this goes to my parents on their fireplace mantel because they encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do when I was a kid, whether it was writing music, which was a mystery to them, or making films in their garage on Normington Way in San Jose, California. So as Freddie’s father would say: ‘Good thoughts, good words, good deeds.’ Thank you.” – John Ottman
“I wanna dedicate this to my grandmother, who has been in my ear my entire life, telling me that if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again, that I could do anything I put my mind to. Always, always pushing me to think positively. And I know I would not be here without her, that she has gotten me over the hump every step of the way.” – Mahershala Ali
Laura Dern comes out to talk about the Academy’s new Museum of Motion Pictures.
Michelle Yeoh and Pharrel Williams talk about childhood and then present Animated Feature Film. And the Oscar goes to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
“To our audience, thank you so much. We love you and we just want you all to know we see you, you’re powerful. This world needs you, okay, this world needs you. So please, we’re all counting on you. Thank you.” – Peter Ramsey
Kacey Musgraves introduces the song “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, famous for their love of Queen in Wayne’s World, introduce the clip from Best Picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody.
Awkwafina and John Mulaney joke about being freaked out and then present Short Film (Animated). And the Oscar goes to Bao.
“To all of the nerdy girls out there who hide behind their sketchbooks, don’t be afraid to tell your story to the world. You’re going to freak people out, but you’ll probably connect with them too, and that’s an amazing feeling to have.” – Domee Shi
Awkwafina and Mulaney then present Documentary (Short Subject). And the Oscar goes to Period. End of Sentence.’s Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton.
“I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar. Thank you, thank you Netflix for giving us a platform.” – Rayka Zehtabchi
“I share this with teachers and with students around the world. A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” – Melissa Berton
Diego Luna and chef José Andrés introduce the clip for the Best Picture nominee Roma.
Sarah Paulson and Paul Rudd are teamed up to present Visual Effects. And the Oscar goes to First Man’s Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm.
“What a truly magnificent moment. We did things a little bit differently on First Man and being recognized by the Academy is all the more special.” – Paul Lambert
After we see the crew move the piano in place. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper walk up from their seats to sing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. The performance is intimate and powerful.
Krysten Ritter and KiKi Layne present Short Film (Live Action). And the Oscar goes to Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman for Skin.
“I moved here five years ago from Israel. Laila tov, Israel, hi. And my grandparents, all of the survivors, you know, the bigotry that they experienced in the Holocaust, we see that everywhere today, in America, in Europe. And this film is about education. It’s about teaching your kids a better way.” – Guy Nattiv
Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson are here to present Writing (Original Screenplay). And the Oscar goes to Green Book’s Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly.
“As writers when you have Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortenson, and Linda Cardellini saying your lines you pinch yourself and consider yourself the luckest writers on the face of the earth.” – Brian Currie
Brie and Samuel then present Writing (Adapted Screenplay). And the Oscar goes to BlacKkKlansman’s Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee. Lee jumps into the arms of Jacksonm his frequent collaborator.
“If we all connect with our ancestors, we will have love, wisdom, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there!” – Spike Lee
Tessa Thompson and Michael B. Jordan are the presenters for Music (Original Score). And the Oscar goes to Ludwig Göransson for Black Panther.
“Thank you, Ryan Coogler. Ryan, Ryan working with you has been an incredible honor. I remember 12 years ago we were sitting in our dorm at USC writing the score for your first short film and we’re here twelve years later, you know, celebrating one of the most important cinematic moments in history.” – Ludwig Göransson
Constance Wu and Chadwick Boseman are the presenters for Music (Original Song). And the Oscar goes to Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. A tearful Lady Gaga accepts.
“And if you are at home and you’re sitting on your couch and you are watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work. I have worked hard for a long time and it’s not about, you know, winning, but what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. If there’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or you’re beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going.” – Lady Gaga
Academy president John Bailey introduces the In Memoriam segment with music by John Williams and a performance by the LA Philharmonic.
Barbra Streisand gets a standing ovation as she walks out to present the clip for BlacKkKlansman.
Gary Oldman and Allison Janney are presenting Actor in a Leading Role. And the Oscar goes to Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Listen we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this. I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I’m a first generation American and part of my story is being written right now and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” – Rami Malek
Congressman John Lewis and actress Amandla Stenberg present the clip for Green Book.
Francis McDormand and Sam Rockwell are presenting Actress in a Leading Role. And the Oscar goes to Olivia Colman for The Favourite. It’s a bit of a surprise and Glenn Close’s streak of nominations without wins continues.
“Yorgos, my best director, in the best film and with Emily and Rachel, the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with and to go to work with every day. I mean, you can imagine, it wasn’t a hardship. And to be in this category with these extraordinary women. And Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be. And I think you’re amazing and I love you very much. I love you all.” – Olivia Colman
Last year’s direction winner Guillermo del Toro is now presenting Directing. And the Oscar goes to Alfonso Cuarón for Roma.
“I want to thank the Academy for recognizing a film centered around an indigenous woman, one of the 70 million domestic workers in the world without work rights, a character that has historically been relegated in the background in cinema. As artists our job is to look where others don’t. This responsibility becomes much more important in times when we are being encouraged to look away.” – Alfonso Cuarón
Julia Roberts is presenting the night’s final award, Best Picture. And the Oscar goes to Green Book.
“We made this film with love. And we made it with tenderness. And we made it with respect. And it was all done under the direction of Pete Farrelly. Pete, it’s been an honor, a privilege.” – Jim Burke
Julia Roberts says good night.