Lights, camera, action: Writer gives Oscars review, recap

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This year brought the first host-less Oscars in 30 years, after homophobic tweets from many years ago, by the selected host, Kevin Hart, resurfaced. However, the lack of comedic stunts led to a more intense- and well deserved- focus on the award winners themselves.

Isabella Abraham, Copy Editor

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Surprisingly, the first host-less Oscars in 30 years produced few mishaps, and the format actually gave the awards themselves a chance to shine. With “Black Panther’s” Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler making history as the first African-American winners in costume design and production design respectively, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” director Peter Ramsey becoming the first African-American to win in the animated feature film category and Spike Lee finally getting the Oscar he deserves, this year boasted one of the most diverse groups for nomination in the recent past.

While “Black Panther” did amazing at the box office and at the Oscars, “Bohemian Rhapsody” claimed mixed reviews from younger audiences, but Rami Malek won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role. Of course, the foreign language film winner “Roma” barely received any following from teens, but it’s an important piece that every young person should watch. (Come on, it’s on Netflix.) In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the most important and “teen-relevant” 2019 nominations, with the winners in bold:

Best Picture

  • “Black Panther”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “A Star Is Born”
  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Green Book”
  • “Roma”
  • “Vice”
  • “The Favourite”

Actress in a leading role

  • Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
  • Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
  • Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
  • Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”)
  • Glenn Close (“The Wife”)

Actor in a leading role

  • Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
  • Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
  • Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
  • Christian Bale (“Vice”)
  • Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)

Actress in a supporting role

  • Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
  • Amy Adams (“Vice”)
  • Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
  • Marina De Tavira (“Roma”)
  • Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Actor in a supporting role

  • Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
  • Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansmen”)
  • Sam Elliot (“A Star Is Born”)

Animated feature film

  • “Incredibles 2”
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
  • “Ralph Breaks The Internet”
  • “Isle of Dogs”
  • “Mirai”

Costume Design

  • Ruth Carter (“Black Panther”)
  • Mary Zophres (“The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs”)
  • Sandy Powell (“The Favourite”)
  • Sandy Powell (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
  • Alexandra Byrne (“Mary Queen Of Scots”)

Music – Original Score

  • Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
  • Terence Blanchard (“BlacKkKlansmen”)
  • Nicholas Britell (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
  • Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
  • Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Music- Original Song

  • “All The Stars” by Mark Spears (aka Sounwave), Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith, Anthony Tiffith and SZA (“Black Panther”)
  • “Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt (“A Star Is Born”)
  • “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch (“The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs”)
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
  • “I’ll Fight” by Diane Warren (“RBG”)

Production Design

  • Hannah Beachler and Jay Heart (“Black Panther”)
  • Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton (“The Favourite”)
  • Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas (“First Man”)
  • John Myhre and Gordon Sim (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
  • Eugenio Caballero and Bárbara Enríquez (“Roma”)