Oscars 2019: Well, that's a first! Check out the five best moments from the award ceremony
While actors and actresses of color took the center stage this time, Netflix saw its entry into the world of cinema through Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma'.
The 91st Academy Awards would have been utter disappointment with almost giving up on all the Oscars charm. However, like most other years this year too saw several such instances which in a way restored our faith that first-times are still a trend at the Oscars.
While actors and actresses of color took the center stage this time, and Netflix saw its entry into the world of cinema through Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma', here are the top 5 picks of all the first times that went down at the Oscars 2019:
1. Goodbye Hosts, welcome Queen
For the first time in 30 years, the Oscars did away with its intense long opening monologues and opened the show with a rendition by Queen. While Brian May brought back some of the '70s charms on the stage, he was accompanied by his fellow collaborator, Adam Lambert. The two tuned into some of the most popular tracks of the band which was led by Freddie Mercury, including the band's iconic song, 'We Are The Champions'.
2. Gaga-Cooper all the way
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have been the talk of the tinsel town ever since they paired up for Cooper's very first directed movie, 'A Star Is Born'. With a history of over 80 years, this fourth installment in the saga saw Cooper sing for the first time as he completely matched up to Lady Gaga's aura as a performer. The two performed their song 'Shallow' from the movie, and yes, that was a moment right there. Let's Amen to that!
3. Ruth E. Carter wins for Black Panther
Hannah Beachler, Ruth E. Carter and SZA all stand a chance to become just the second black woman to win an Oscar in a category other than acting. (Irene Cara was the first and only in 1984 for her work co-writing "Flashdance".)— Alyssa Klein (@dj_diabeatic) February 24, 2019
Carter became the very first woman of color to have won in the category Best Costume Design for 'Black Panther'. Carter's win was among the many that the movie saw tonight which also included Best Original Score. Carter and Hannah Beachler — winners for best costume and best production design, respectively — became the second and third black women ever to win a non-acting Oscar and the first to win in more than 30 years. (Their predecessor, Irene Cara, won in 1984 for writing the “Flashdance” song.)
4. Rami, Coleman and Lee's first times
Everyone has a first time at the Oscars and this season seemed to be calling out for Rami Malek (Best Actor for 'Bohemian Rhapsody'), Olivia Coleman(Best Actress for 'The Favorite'), and Spike Lee (Best Adapted Screenplay for 'BlackkKlansmann). Each one of them made some iconic speeches, especially Coleman who practically declared that this won't happen again. While Rami recalled Freddie Mercury whom he had impersonated in the movie, Lee called out to do things right at the 2020 Presidential Elections.
5. Civil rights legend John Lewis introduces a movie
“Black men and women, our brothers and sisters, treated as second class citizens for the crime of being treated as second class citizens. Our nation bears the scars — as do I. “ The amazing John Lewis. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/Sm6Je8WGNo— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) February 25, 2019
The spotlight of the night was probably when Congressman John Lewis took the stage to talk about 'Green Book'. The civil rights icon introduced the clip from “Green Book,” which was set in the South during the early 1960s and addresses relationships between black and white Americans at the time. He also received a standing ovation for his speech as he said, " I can bear witness that the portrait of that time and place in our history is very real. It is seared in my memory." Green Book won Best Picture.