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Before handing out the Oscars to various winners, the classic trophies sit behind the stages waiting for their recipients

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Before handing out the Oscars to various winners, the classic trophies sit behind the stages waiting for their recipients

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The 2019 Oscars was a first in many ways. For the first time since 1989, there was no host in the Oscar ceremony after the planned host, Kevin Hart, received public backlash over homophobic jokes he had made. A host-less Oscars was a welcome change of pace for the Oscars. This year’s Oscar show was twenty minutes shorter than the last two after ABC made multiple changes to shorten the show. The Academy had originally planned to cut out four technical categories from the award show by presenting them during the commercial break, however after just about every director and cinematographer protested the move, the Academy reversed the idea. The Academy also decided to have one presenter announce winners for multiple categories to speed up the show. It also had a 12% increase in viewers compared to 2018’s all-time low.

This year’s Oscars was a huge step forward in terms of diversity. Three of the four acting awards were presented to people of color and the first African-American woman to win in best costume and in production design. After seven nominations but no Oscars, Glenn Close has the title of the most nominated living actor without an Oscar. In her acceptance speech, Olivia Colman told Glenn, “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long. This isn’t how I wanted it to be”. The winners in the makeup and hairstyling category, which was one of the categories that was planned to be cut out, had trouble saying their thank you speech. After finally deciding who should go first, the Oscar winners fumbled thank you’s, even after the orchestra tried to play them off until finally the mic was cut. Other notable awards include Samuel L. Jackson who won his first Oscar in his 33-year career. The movies Roma and The Favorite were the most nominated movies of the night, each with ten. However, Green Book took home the prized best picture award. Black Panther won three Oscars, becoming the first Marvel studio film to win an Oscar. While Trevor Noah was presenting the award to Black Panther, he made a joke in the South African language saying, “Abelungu abazi uba ndiyaxoka”. This means, “In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart”. In reality, it means, “White people don’t know I’m lying”.

The 91st Oscars was a show filled with firsts and steps in the right direction. It was one of the most diverse Hollywood award shows and was better for not having a host.

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