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The Oscars: The Day After

When I was a little girl, I used to practice my Oscars speech in front my collection of stuffies. I would think of all the people I would thank for my “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” win. That dream has darted and shifted over the years —now I have my eyes set on a Pulitzer— but that feeling still gets me sometimes. The Oscars this year went host-less, which from early reactions seems was a good thing. Variety states that ratings for the telecast actually increased to 6% over last year’s show.

There has been much talk over the validity of the awards, and the show itself becoming nothing more than a popularity contest or calculated voting. I do not have a strong feeling either way. I do know that not having a host seemed to make the show go smoother, in the places I did happen to catch, and that the Academy took care in making it more of a celebration of film and performances.

Speaking of performances, A Star Is Born was one of the award show darlings this year and the performance from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper of the now Oscar winning song “Shallow”, was truly a Hollywood moment.

While I did not agree with all the winners, whenever any artist decides to share their talent and dedication with the world, they should be appreciated for that talent.

Here is a complete list of winners:

BEST PICTURE

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book” *WINNER

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

“Vice”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Amy Adams, “Vice”

Marina de Tavira, “Roma”

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” *WINNER

Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” *WINNER

Adam Driver, “BlackKKlansman”

Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me”

Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Capernaum”

“Cold War”

“Never Look Away”

“Roma” *WINNER

“Shoplifters”

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

“Black Sheep”

“End Game”

“Lifeboat”

“A Night at the Garden”

“Period. End of Sentence.” *WINNER

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Free Solo” *WINNER

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Minding the Gap”

“Of Fathers and Sons”

“RBG”

ORIGINAL SONG

“All The Stars” – “Black Panther”

“I’ll Fight” – “RBG”

“Shallow” – “A Star Is Born *WINNER

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” – “Mary Poppins Returns”

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” – “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Incredibles 2”

“Isle of Dogs”

“Mirai”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” *WINNER

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

“BlacKkKlansman” *WINNER

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“A Star Is Born”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“First Reformed”

“Green Book” *WINNER

“Roma”

“The Favourite”

“Vice”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”

Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” *WINNER

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

DIRECTOR

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” *WINNER

Adam McKay, “Vice”

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Black Panther” *WINNER

“The Favourite”

“First Man”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

“Roma”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Cold War”

“The Favourite”

“Never Look Away”

“Roma” *WINNER

“A Star Is Born”

COSTUME DESIGN

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

“Black Panther” *WINNER

“The Favourite”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

“Mary Queen of Scots”

SOUND EDITING

“A Quiet Place”

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER

“First Man”

“Roma”

SOUND MIXING

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER

“First Man”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Animal Behaviour”

“Bao” *WINNER

“Late Afternoon”

“One Small Step”

“Weekends”

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Detainment”

“Fauve”

“Marguerite”

“Mother”

“Skin” *WINNER

ORIGINAL SCORE

“Black Panther” *WINNER

“BlacKkKlansman”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“Isle of Dogs”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Christopher Robin”

“First Man” *WINNER

“Ready Player One”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

FILM EDITING

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER

“Green Book”

“The Favourite”

“Vice”

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Border”

“Mary Queen of Scots”

“Vice” *WINNER


The big winner of the night for me was Olivia Colman. I regret to say I have not seen The Favourite yet, but would like to. I kept thinking to myself during her speech, “Where do I know her?” and then while flipping through the channels and seeing that Hot Fuzz was on, it came to me. “OMG! Olivia Colman was Doris!!!” So this made her excitement at winning an Oscar and her speech all the more beautiful; especially since I was once that little girl watching on the telly.

Did your Oscar picks win any awards? What did you think of the host-less ceremony? What did you think of the performances? Let us know in the comments.


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Written by J.C. Hotchkiss

J.C. Hotchkiss is a Office Manager by day and Managing News Editor for 25YL Site the other 16 hours of the day. In her most recent article for 25YL, she delves into whether Special Agent Dale Cooper (the best written television character of all time, in her eyes), is Laura Palmer's Dream Man. When she isn’t writing of her love of FBI Agents with a penchant for doughnuts, coffee and pie, she enjoys getting lost in a good book, sipping a damn fine glass of wine among friends, and trying to keep up with the latest cartoon craze via her 5 1/2 year old. She lives smack in the middle of the Big Apple and Beantown, so for a girl with many different interests and tastes it's the perfect place to be.

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