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Sunday night was the 91st Academy Awards. Did you follow along with the list from this blog three weeks ago? There were a few surprises – Lady Gaga broke into tears when she learned that she won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Spike Lee was furious that ‘Green Book’ won the Oscar for best picture and, as a protest, stood in the aisle with his back to the stage during the Award Speech. He was happy later, though, when he won his first-ever Oscar for Best Adapted Screen Play for his film “BlackKkKlansman”.
This was the first Academy Awards ceremony that did not have a host after Kevin Hart was fired from the job shortly before rehearsals were to begin. The sans-host awards show seemed to do just fine without a host, keeping to the time schedule with no problems. The only thing viewers missed was the traditional production number at the beginning of the show.
Racial diversity was a large theme of the night: Ruth Carter became the first African American woman to win an Oscar for costume design and Peter Ramsey is the first black director to win for an animated film with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” It’s interesting to note that Disney animated features have dominated this category through the years. Only in 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2011 were Disney animated features defeated by non-Disney pictures.
Other notable things: pink was the color of choice for attendees. Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali also provided one of the voices in “Spider-man, into the Spider-Verse.” Many actors brought their mothers. The most surprising attender (to me) was tidying guru Marie Kondo.
Lead (best) Actor: Lead (best) Actress:
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Supporting Actor: Supporting Actress:
Mahershala Ali, Green Book Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Director: Animated Feature:
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
to break into tears = éclater en sanglot
to stand = se mettre debout
back to the stage = dos à la scène
to fire = virer
to keep (to) = (ici) respecter
through the years = au fil des années
tidying = rangement