Aloha! To Oscars.

One of the biggest nights in Hollywood took place on 24th February 2019 at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States. Every movie buff eagerly waits for this night as the brightest and the best of the Hollywood gets honoured for their spectacular work and indeed it’s one of those glamorous nights everyone has their eyes on. The entertainment section was filled with power-packed performances. From Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s combined performance to be a ‘Without a Host Ceremony’ for the first time in 30 years – the 91st edition of the Academy Awards was full of surprises. The Academy initially decided for Kevin Hart as their official host for this year but his homophobic tweets received a lot of critical reception from the people. As a result he had to step down from his position and, for the first time in three decades, The Oscars had a night without a host.

Before looking at the major moments of this 91st edition, first, let’s have a look over the background of the Oscars.

Background

Back in 1929 on 16th May, The Academy Awards ( casually called as Oscars) was held for the first time at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and it was presented by Douglas Fairbanks, the first President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an organisation founded by Louis B Mayor in 1927 for the development and advancement of the film industry. The First ever Oscar for best movie was bestowed to ‘Wings’, a 1927 silent movie that revolves around two pilots falling for the same girl. Until the release of Artist in 2012, Wings was the only silent movie to have the Oscars. The lead protagonist of the movies The Way of All Flesh (1927) and The Last Command (1928) , Emil Jannings, won the first Academy Award for the best actor.

Well, we all know that the Oscar is presented for the excellence of the artist/s in the cinematic field but do you know where the name Oscars came from? It is from Academy’s librarian, Margaret Herrick that the name Oscars originated from. She said the statuette resembles her Uncle Oscar and later in 1939, the academy decided to use the name ‘Oscars’ officially as their nickname.

The Oscars has always been a surprise event for us! This time we witnessed several barriers breaking the established milestones and here are the highlights of those :

Crowing moments of 2019 Oscars

  • ‘Green book’ won the Best Picture Award.

The nomination list was full of super hit blockbusters like Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Roma but Green book took the strike over others and won the Best Picture Award. Julia Roberts presented the highest award to the makers of Green book.

  • And the Best Actor Award goes to Rami Malek!

The Bohemian Rhapsody actor, Rami Malek who portrayed the role of Freddie Mercury won the Best Actor Academy Award. The award is special for him because it was his first Academy Award. He remembered his mother on the stage and exclaimed “My mom is in here somewhere. I love you, lady!”.

  • Olivia Colman won the Best Actress Award.

With beating the nominees like Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio, Olivia Colman won the Best Actress Award for her movie ‘The Favourite’. In her speech she saidIt’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I’ve got an Oscar

  • Ultimate honour to superhero movie.

For the first time, ‘Black Panther’, a superhero movie got the nomination in the best film list.

  • Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler made history.

Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first black woman to take Oscars back to their home in their respective fields. Where Hannah proudly accepted the Oscars for Best Production Design, Ruth receives the award for best costume design for Black Panther.

  • Alphonso Cuaron’s Roma garnered several ‘first’s this year.

This year is definitely a big hit for Alphonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’. Roma is the first Netflix film to get nominated and won the Oscars for Best foreign language film. The director, Cuaron became the first person to get nominated in two categories – Best director and Best cinematography and Now, he is also the first happy man to won both the above-mentioned awards at the same ceremony. The actress, Yalitza Aparicio made headlines as she is the first Mexican to get nominated for best actress.

  • Lady Gaga, the first woman to get nominated for both the categories- Best actress and Best song.

Gaga must be on cloud nine when she won her first Oscar for the Best Original song – ‘Shallow’ ( song from the movie A Star is Born). She shared the award with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

“I’ve worked hard for a long time, it’s not about winning, what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it,” she mentioned this giving her speech.

Not only this, but she was also nominated for the Best Actress for A Star is Born and, with that, she became the first woman to get nominated in these two categories at the same ceremony.

  • Marvel took the Oscars home.

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse was the first Marvel production that got nominated for Best Animated feature film and it became the win-win situation for Marvel when they also won the Award.

  • ‘A Film about Period just won an Oscars.’

It was an extraordinary moment for every girl out here that a movie about menstruation won the Academy Award. Rayka Zehtabchi’s directed Period. End of Sentence won the Oscars in the short documentary format. The stigma for periods has prevented girls from getting the proper education. They weren’t allowed to attend schools or enter religious places. It was a historic day for all the women who bleed every month, passes through cramps but still faces taboos.

Selections

Now we have known the major winners of that night but have you ever considered that how the people were selected in Nominations list or how the winners are chosen among them?

Well, it’s quite a simple procedure

Each of the 7000+ members of the Academy vote for one of the nominees of every field and the contender that got the highest no. of votes is declared as the winner. The academy believes – “best allows the collective judgment of all voting members to be most accurately represented.” And this is the thing that makes these Awards special. Getting an award from Academy directors and Hollywood peers is something that increases the importance of these Awards.

News source : oscars.com, Goldderby.com, cnet.com, scoopwhoop

Image source: Variety, News 18, BBC, EOnline, Universal Pictures, Asian News, Movie Web

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