The Best And Worst Of The 91st Academy Awards


This is the last one, I promise. After this, it’s on to full on 2019 coverage. To wrap up my coverage of the Oscars today, it only makes sense to make it into a list. It’s one of my favorite things to do, after all. The Academy Awards always have their fair share of good and bad moments, and it was no exception this year. The 91st ceremony mostly found a middle ground to occupy, which is just fine. It made for a solid telecast. The show did have some highs and some lows though, and that’s what we’ll be getting to discussing right now. Specifically, I found a trio of really good things and a pair of rather bad things, so there’s five elements to discuss. Time to get down to the nitty gritty of it all…

Here now are the best and worst moments of the 91st Academy Awards:

*Best*

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga performing Shallow together – The only moment of complete and utter perfection during the 91st Academy Awards was watching the eventual Best Original Song winner Shallow be performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. It was well staged, well performed, and made the world swoon. Plus, it made sure that A Star Is Born did not go home empty handed. Everyone wins here. In fact, just to hammer home how amazing it was, I’ll include a link to the performance, so you can revisit it in all of its glory. Enjoy:

Spike Lee wins a competitive Oscar at last – Yes, Spike Lee already has an Honorary Oscar, but that’s not the same thing. Now, he truly is an Academy Award winner. Lee took home Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing the film he also directed, BlacKkKlansman. His excitement was a joy to witness, especially when the equally delighted Samuel L. Jackson announced his name. When Spike jumped into Jackson’s arms on stage before accepting the statue, it was an instantly iconic moment in the Academy’s history. It took decades too long, but voters finally made it up to Lee and gave him a win.

Olivia Colman pulls off an upset in Best Actress and gives a great speech – Everyone expected the category to go to Glenn Close, but Best Actress was where we saw the shocker of the evening. Olivia Colman won for The Favourite, appearing just as surprised as everyone else. Then, she followed that charming reaction up with a hell of a speech, being charming, funny, and modest, all at once. It was truly lovely and well deserved, to boot.

*Worst*

Bohemian Rhapsody wins multiple below the line Academy Awards – The only real head scratching winner situation was Bohemian Rhapsody taking Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing. The former goes to a solid cutter in John Ottman, so that’s fine, but this is easily one of his most forgettable works. It should have been in fourth or fifth place for Film Editing, not taking home the gold. As for Sound Editing, I’d just ask…what sound editing? Best Sound Mixing made enough sense. Not this one though. Not in the least.

Green Book ignites Film Twitter with its wins – This is less about it winning Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Original Screenplay (though it should have been in the middle of the pack, nominee wise, at best), and more about the reaction to those wins. Film Twitter and social media in general exploded, which just leads to a nasty situation on the whole. Hollywood’s biggest night deserves better than the chaos and venom that ensued.


That’s a wrap on coverage of the 91st Oscars. Look for year in advance Academy Award predictions tomorrow!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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