For a show without a host and, crucially, without a Best Picture mix-up, there was still a whole lot to talk about when the Oscars 2019 was all said and done. There were rabbit puppets, big impromptu Samuel L. Jackson celebrations, an angry response to one of the big Oscar winners (opens in new tab), and so much more besides that. Here’s everything you missed from the Oscars 2019 and, yes, Olivia Colman’s terrific acceptance speech is here too.
It's official: Chris Evans *is* Captain America
Not only did Chris Evans kick off the night by unleashing his inner MCU hero by helping Best Supporting Actress Regina King up on stage after nearly tripping, he also decided to fanboy and reveal the result of a Black Panther (opens in new tab) Oscar win a little too soon by fist-pumping. Spoilers, Chris!
Chris Evans escorting Oscar-winner Regina King onto the stage so she doesn't trip. Love. pic.twitter.com/z7CYZM5ZjZ25 February 2019
Chris Evans gave a little fist bump when he saw Black Panther won the Oscar! 🙅🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/I81HlmpHFk25 February 2019
No hosts, but we kinda wish these three got the job
Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler are brilliant. I know it, you know it, and the entire Academy surely know it after last night’s tour-de-force of a display that made us wonder what it’d be like if the trio got the job in 2020. Pretty please?
No host? No problem. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/MSa1DPm92C25 February 2019
Rabbit puppets AHHHH
Having no Oscars host meant that some presenting duos, inevitably, tried to upstage the rest. They needn’t have bothered. That’s because Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (opens in new tab)’s Brian Tyree Henry and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (opens in new tab)'s Melissa McCarthy managed to steal the show with a set of free-flowing frocks, inspired by the costume design of The Favourite (opens in new tab). McCarthy even got to use a rabbit puppet, which is something I’d never thought I’d say about the Oscars!
Brian Tyree Henry and @melissamccarthy hilariously parody #TheFavourite at the #oscars https://t.co/TOExH6BlES pic.twitter.com/8xhfi8ziv825 February 2019
The Oscars isn’t just about celebrating the last year in movies; it’s also about celebrating the lives of those who we’ve lost. You can watch the full in memoriam video here. Stan Lee even shows up (skip to 2.52 to see the comic book legends moment), which is nice.
Play it again, Lady Gaga
It’s now the most-awarded song in history, but we still can’t get enough of Shallow from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born (opens in new tab). They tore the house down, too, with a spine-tingling rendition of the signature song from the soundtrack.
Just an amazing performance as expected for the soundtrack’s queen Shallow and Lady Gaga 🥰 I can’t be more proud of her. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/wrTErnenAN25 February 2019
Two sides of Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee had quite the evening. Early on, he was given an impromptu man-hug by Samuel L. Jackson after picking up the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film BlackKklansman (opens in new tab) and, by the night’s end, he was abruptly heading for the exit after being more than a little bit annoyed at Green Book (opens in new tab)’s Best Picture win.
Spike Lee celebrating with Samuel L. Jackson pic.twitter.com/wcUmioQG6225 February 2019
spike lee leaving the place when they announced green book as the winner of best picture is what i need to keep living pic.twitter.com/ylR3xm2KfV25 February 2019
You can watch Spike Lee elaborate on his Best Picture reaction in the video below:
Olivia Colman's speech
This is a perfect place to end, isn’t it? A speech that was at once so sweet, inspirational, funny, and 100% awkwardly British managed to capture the hearts and minds of the Hollywood elite. Olivia Colman is a treasure – and you can watch her speech in full below.
Olivia Colman gives an acceptance speech by turns heartfelt, hysterical, genuine, and inspiring."Any little girl who's practicing her speech on the tele—you never know!" https://t.co/zSrvQG8ZE6 pic.twitter.com/3viuHkcN4125 February 2019
If you can't get enough of the 2019 Oscars, why not read about one writer's attempt to marathon EVERY Best Picture nominee in four days (opens in new tab)... while sick.