Movie fans around the world tuned in to watch the 91st edition of the Academy Awards when it was televised from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24, 2019 live on ABC in the US and on CTV in Canada.
Official 2019 Oscar nominees were announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:30am ET (see below for a complete list of nominees and WINNERS.)
Oscar 2019 controversies
Hosting this year's ceremony? A refreshing NOBODY -- as Kevin Hart withdrew from hosting duties when a a series of homophobic tweets by the funnyman was discovered by Oscar fans who called him out on it.
But, as they say in Hollywood -- the show must go on!
And, as first reported by Variety, the Oscar producers decided to employ a handful of A-list Hollywood stars who introduced different segments of the awards presentation as well as the evening's dance and comedy skits.
Music? More audience reaction surrounded the decision -- in the interests of time -- to feature shortened versions of the five Best Song nominees on the big night. But in addition to un-hiring Kevin Hart as host, the Academy later backed down on that decision, too.
The very same happened a short time later, with four categories to be awarded OFF-AIR (including cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, and live-action short). After major pushback from top directors like Martin Scorcese, the four categories were awarded on-air, as usual.
Oscar 2019 all-star presenters
Even without a host, there was plenty of star power at this year's show with presenterg that included Awkwafina, Amandla Stenberg, Amy Poehler, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Constance Wu, Charlize Theron, Tina Fey, Tessa Thompson, Maya Rudolph, Daniel Craig, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, and Sam Rockwell.
Joining them were names like Samuel L. Jackson, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Lara Derm, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa, Sarah Paulson, Tyler Perry, Helen Mirren, Michael B. Jordan, Brian Tyree Henry, Michelle Yeoh, Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Pharrell Williams, John Mulaney, Krysten Ritter, Paul Rudd, and Michael Keaton.
The audience was also treated to appearances by Chef José Andrés, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, Barbra Streisand, and tennis great Serena Williams.
Just up ahead, check out the complete list of 2019 Oscar winners including this year's betting odds and classic Oscar trivia and fun facts:
2019 Oscar contenders and betting odds
In 2019, leading contenders in the Oscar race were as powerful as they were diverse. For Best Picture, nods went to to "A Star is Born", "Black Panther", "First Man", and Spike Lee's "BlackkKlansman", along with "Bohemian Rhapsody”,
“Green Book”, “Roma”, and
According to oddsmakers, Alfonso Cuarón's, "Roma" was the movie to beat for Best Picture -- a standout not only for its personal narrative about Mexican family life, but for its lush black-and-white cinematography and the mere fact that it was a foreign film also in contention for Best Picture. (Ultimately, it did win for Best Foriegn Film, but it was "Green Book" that got Best Picture in the biggest upset in many a year.)
For Best Actress, Glenn Close for "The Wife" was a heavy favorite. Other top female contenders in the category included Lady Gaga in "A Star is Born", Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, and Olivia Colman (the WINNER!) in "The Favourite".
2019 Best Picture contenders included from top left: "A Star is Born", "Black Panther",
"The Favourite", "Roma", and "BlackkKlansman".
And, in one of the most competitive Best Actor races in years, Christian Bale was up for his startling transformation in the Dick Cheney bio-pic, "Vice", along with a double-threat performance by Bradley Cooper as actor/director in "A Star is Born", joined by Ryan Gosling's performance as astronaut Neil Armstrong in "First Man".
But take note: betting experts were advising to place bets on Rami Malek for "Bohemian Rhapsody" (and they weren't wrong.)
DID YOU KNOW? Oscar trivia & fun facts
1989: worst Oscars ever.
It's common knowledge that a movie based a comic book character will never get an Oscar nod. That is, until this year -- when Black Panther made history as the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture.
• There's a reason that stars who accept the Oscar statue are surprised by its sheer weight, as each 24-karat gold-plated Oscar award stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs around 8 1/2 lbs., or about the equivalent of a gallon of milk.
• 1989 marked the the worst Oscars performance of all time. That year, unlucky aspiring actress Eileen Bowman appeared as Snow White to serenade stars such as Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, and Sigourney Weaver during the campy opener (with a young Rob Lowe later joining her.) And, if the look of horror on audience members' faces wasn't enough, The New York Times later declared the show had earned "a permanent place in the annals of Oscar embarrassments."
• In 1974, actor David Niven appeared to introduce the Best Picture nominees when a streaker stormed the stage and ran behind him. The witty British actor quickly remarked, "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping ... and showing his shortcomings.”
• After the Los Angeles Times leaked the complete winners list the night before, Hollywood stars such as Vivien Leigh (Best Actress for "Gone with Wind") arrived at the Oscars ceremony in 1940 already aware they'd won. Since then, Academy voting results have been a closely guarded secret.
• Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the only X-rated film to win the Best Picture award.
2019 Oscar Nominees & * Winners
* “Green Book”
“A Star Is Born”
* Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
* Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
* Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”
* Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
* Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Adam McKay, “Vice”
* “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
* “Bao,” Domee Shi
“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez
* “BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters
* “Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique
Best Documentary Feature:
* “Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen
Best Documentary Short Subject:
* “Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi
“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
Best Live Action Short Film: * “Skin,” Guy Nattiv
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
* “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin
* “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
“First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay
* “Bohemian Rhapsody”
“A Star Is Born”
* “Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez
* “Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
* “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
Makeup and Hair:
“Mary Queen of Scots”
* “Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne
* “First Man”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”
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