It was a night of big wins, amazing performances and jaw-dropping surprises. Pink was the color of the night, and, for the first time in 30 years, the Oscars went without a host. It’s been a bumpy ride to get the show on the road, but the 91st Academy Awards was definitely a night to remember – and no award was presented during commercial break! Check out the highlights from last night’s event.
Queen and Adam Lambert opened the ceremonies with a high-energy performance, rocking the stage with two of Queen’s hits – “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.” And the star-studded audience was rocking out right along with them – Glenn Close, Amy Adams and Lady Gaga were all spotted singing along with them!
Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Any Poehler, kicked off the “one millionth Academy Awards” by getting the entire audience laughing before presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress.
As Regina King, who won Best Supporting Actress, went up the stage, her Oscar de la Renta dress got caught on her shoe – and she was rescued by non-other than Captain America himself! Chris Evans, true gentleman that he is, lent her his arm and walked her to the stage. Looks like chivalry is alive and well, guys!
Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry got all dressed up in elaborate costumes to present, what else, the award for Best Costume – which Black Panther won. It’s Ruth E. Carter’s first Oscar, and as she accepted her award, she also gave a shoutout to director Spike Lee. “I got it! This has been a long time coming,” Ruth said. “Spike Lee, thank you for my start. I hope this makes you proud,” she continued as Lee stood up to salute her from the audience.
The award was followed by another first – Hannah Beachler became the first-ever African-American production designer to win (and to even be nominated) Best Production Design, alongside set decorator Jay Hart, for their work on the celebrated Marvel epic Black Panther. Jennifer Lopez and Chris Evans presented the award.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma became the first Mexican film to win in the Best Foreign Language category. “It is truly fitting that this year, foreign language films are recognized in not only this category, but in almost every category,” he said as he accepted the second of his three awards for the night – he also took home the Oscar for Best Cinematography and Best Director.
Keegan-Michael Key channeled his inner Mary Poppins to introduce “The Divine Miss M” for her performance for the evening – and Bette Middler’s rendition of Mary Poppins Returns’ “The Place Where the Lost Things Go” (with Oscar nominee Marc Shaiman on the piano) got a standing ovation from the audience.
Mahershala Ali won his second Oscar in three years – this time for playing Dr. Shirley on Green Book. Daniel Craig and Charlize Theron presented him with the award for Best Supporting Actor, which he dedicated to his grandmother.
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey brought back all the Wayne’s World feels as they reunited to present Best Picture Nominee Bohemian Rhapsody. The film ended up becoming the night’s big winner, taking home four awards – Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Actor.
When Rami Malek won Best Actor for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury, he gave co-star and real-life girlfriend Lucy Boynton a huge smooch on the lips before going up the stage. And the passionate display quickly became one of the night’s viral moments.
And talk about unforgettable performances, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga gave the audience chills with their intimate performance of “Shallow,” with Lady Gaga pounding at the keys as they sang the duet. They got us shipping Ally and Jackson all over again. Plus, the song later won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Spike Lee finally won his first Oscar – for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, which he shares with co-writers Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. And he had the cutest reaction to winning – he jumped on Samuel L. Jackson, who presented the award, as he got up the stage.
Olivia Colman tearfully accepted her award for Best Actress – and speech was just so real and candid. “It’s genuinely quite stressful,” she began. “This is hilarious! OK, I have to thank lots of people. If, by the way, I forget anybody, I’m going to find you later and give you a snog.” She went on to give credit to their director, Yorgos Lanthimo, and “the two loveliest ladies to fall in love with,” her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
For the night’s top prize, Green Book won Best Picture. And after film’s cast and crew took home their gold statuettes, Julia Roberts wrapped up the show by congratulations to all the nominees and saying good night to Bradley Copper’s mom and her kids.