For Your Consideration: The Recap

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After weeks of discussing and predicting different Oscar categories, we finally have winners announced for every category. The Academy Awards ceremony took place last Sunday, February 24, 2019, and even without a host, we managed to have winners established for all 24 categories. We thankfully did not have any important categories announced during commercial breaks, and we got to experience every heartfelt, unexpected, and scripted acceptance speech. So, instead of reviewing every category, let’s recap and comment on a few of the highlights and more surprising moments from the evening.

Highlights:

1) Best Supporting Actress

While Regina King’s win was not a wholly unexpected one, Rachel Weiss had been running this category in several ceremonies leading up to the Oscars. Regina King’s win was well-deserved and the only win for If Beale Street Could Talk that night, which is a bit of a shame. King’s performance in the film struck a chord, though, and her heartfelt acceptance speech only added to the greatness of the moment.  

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2) Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry

I have never been more entertained in my life by the announcers of these awards, and that is all thanks to Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry. They announced for the category of costume design, and they dressed the part. Both of them were garbed in costumes playfully poking at The Favourite, and between their outfits and their banter, this was a great moment.

3) Michael Keegan Key’s Entrance

While I’m not sure anything can top McCarthy and Henry’s entrance, Michael Keegan Key came in a close second. He managed to float down from the ceiling with an umbrella in hand. His Mary Poppins-esque entrance was perfect, and I appreciated just how sophisticated he looked during his descent.

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4) ”Shallow” Performance

How could this not be on the list? This performance has left everyone talking and has been at the forefront of the meme game.

In all honesty, though, it was a beautiful and heartfelt performance, which was fitting since it ended up taking home the award soon after for Best Original Song.

5) Olivia Colman’s and Rami Malek’s Speeches

These categories were announced one after the other, and they were some of the most moving moments of the entire night. Rami’s win for Best Actor in a Leading Role was completely expected, but his humility and gratitude about playing this musical icon was what made this speech so moving. It was a lovely and heartfelt speech while Olivia Colman’s acceptance speech was fueled from her apparent shock at the win. Her speech was funny, authentic, and one of the best moments I have ever seen at this kind of ceremony. I have loved Olivia Colman since her days on Rev, but it’s nice to see the world finally enjoying her quick wit and delightful demeanor.

Surprises:

1) Best Picture

I personally thought that Roma would be taking the little golden statue home for this category, and I don’t think I’m the only one who was shocked to hear Green Book announced by Julia Roberts. Heck, Julia Roberts seemed shocked to be reading it off the card.

I’ll leave off any further comments about this win, but without a doubt, this was one of the biggest surprises of the night.

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2) Olivia Colman’s Win

I know we already included Olivia Colman’s acceptance speech as one of the highlights of the evening, but I had to include her win here as well. I personally thought that Glenn Close was a lock for this category after her incredible performance in The Wife, and I was obviously not the only one. Colman alluded to that in her speech, and I love that she seemed to be the one most surprised by her win. It was a wholly unexpected moment but a well-deserved win on Colman’s part.  

Also, for the record, if you have not watched Colman’s acceptance speech, then you should look that up on YouTube. It is worth the watch.

3) Bohemian Rhapsody’s Category Run

Who knew that Bohemian Rhapsody would take home all of the sound categories? I certainly did not expect that, and I know I am not the only one. I genuinely enjoyed the film, but I’m not sure I would consider it the best edited or the best in sound mixing or editing.

These categories and Rami Malek’s win makes Bohemian Rhapsody the most decorated film for the evening, and no one was expecting that.

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4) Visual Effects

Best in Visual Effects is a category that superhero films and Star Wars installments have become accustomed to winning (and rightfully so), so it was a bit of a surprise when Damien Chazelle’s First Man swiped the category. I personally think this was a good call, but when you consider that Avengers: Infinity War had whole characters created digitally, it was a shocking reveal.

5) Black Panther’s Victories

Black Panther has been the center of a lot of buzz this awards season for its multiple nominations, and of course, it’s nomination for Best Picture took center stage. It might not have taken that particular award home, but the film did end up taking home three awards and making history in several of these categories. It was only one win behind Bohemian Rhapsody, which is not too bad for Marvel’s first Best Picture nominee.

So, what moments were surprising for you? What moments do you consider to be highlights from this year’s ceremony?

Comment and let us know!

Also, stay tuned next week as we journey on to something besides the Oscars on the blog in March.

Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.


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