The 2019 Oscars were admittedly off to a rocky start this year. The 91st Academy Awards was held on February 24, 2019 and was the first ceremony in three decades to be conducted without a host.
The Oscars have been facing a steady decline in ratings and viewership. Even with a viewership of 26.5 million, the 2018 Oscars was ranked the least-watched show in the history of the Oscars. After numerous complaints about the overall length of the show, the board decided they had to do something different.
The Academy’s board made a vote last August to shorten the live broadcast down to three hours, and to add a new category of “Popular Film”. The decision was met with backlash, and many saw the new shift in focus as a simple ploy to boost ratings. The motion picture Academy announced that it would also remove four categories from the broadcast: best cinematography, best live action short, best makeup and hairstyling and best film editing. The decision was heavily protested by industry professionals and fans alike, and the board reversed the decision four days later and announced that all 24 categories would be broadcast live.
The Academy Awards originally had planned for Dwayne Johnson, who refused the position. Comedian Kevin Hart was second in line to preside over the ceremony, but he was later dropped for his series of homophobic tweets. In place of a host, a mini-medley from Queen was performed by Brian May and Adam Lambert to start off the awards. The performance followed up with a brief 3 minute intro from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph, and carried on right into the award for Supporting Actress for Regina King. Last year, it took 17 minutes just to get through Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue.
With films such as Green Book, Roma, Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, and BlackKklansman taking home the prize this year, the Academy seems to be widening their selection of nominations for the years to come. If the Oscars were to do away with the hosts and get back to the basics – an award ceremony for film industry professionals – maybe we will see the Oscars return to their former standing once more.
Check out the list below for this year’s winners!
Best Picture: “Green Book”
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Original Screenplay: “Green Book”
Adapted Screenplay: “BlackKklansman”
Foreign Language Film: “Roma”
Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Sound Editing: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Visual Effects: “First Man”
Film Editing: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Animated Short: “Bao”
Live Action Short: “Skin”
Documentary Short: “Period. End of Sentence.”
Original Score: “Black Panther”
Original Song: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
Production Design: “Black Panther”
Costume Design: “Black Panther”
Makeup and Hairstyling: “Vice”
Documentary Feature: “Free Solo”
Sound Mixing: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
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