The Oscars


By: Alexis Peck, News Editor

From extravagant gowns to the distinguishable awards given out, the Oscars were held on Feb. 24, 2019 at 8 P.M. in Los Angeles, California. Though the Oscars were not traditional this year, it did not go down in flames. Many things  make up an Oscar show: a host, awards, celebrities, talent and performances. The 2019 Oscars were missing one of the most important things, a host. It still was an enjoyable event to watch and attend.

Having a host is essential for a show because it gives it a spark of personality. Without a host there were none of those moments; no Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie with the audience or surprised audience members from a local theater next door with a surprise walk through the Oscars with Jimmy Kimmel. There was nothing in the show to make it memorable.

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A romantic stare: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper singing “Shallows,” which is #6 on the Billboard’s song ranking. The song was #1 last week but has been succeeded by “Sucker” sung by the Jonas Brothers. “This is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time. It’s not about winning but what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it,” said Lady Gaga, who hyperventilated with tears in her eyes during her acceptance speech for the song.

The Oscars did have an assigned host at first, which was Kevin Hart. However, when derogatory homophobic tweets from 2009 and 2011 caused controversy over him hosting, he stepped down from the position. The last time this happened was in 1989, when Rob Lowe did a song with an actress dressed as Snow White. The Walt Disney Company filed a case against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for copyright infringement. People in Hollywood also wrote a letter after the ceremony, saying that the award show was embarrassing to the Academy and the motion picture industry.

Luckily, this Oscars did not entail any major lawsuits or conflicts. For years, many have been agitated that the Oscar show was so long but without a monologue the show did end up being shortened. To kick the award show off, the band members from Queen that are still alive and Adam Lambert played “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.” Those in the crowd did not stand up and headbang like Queen concerts used to be but instead they were awkwardly half standing with appearances of forced dancing.

Right after Queen played, former Saturday Night Live comedians: Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented the first award for Best Supporting Actress. They did a small comedy routine and then quickly presented the award to Regina King for, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Brian Tyree Henry and Melissa McCarthy were definitely the most interesting presenters. They wore kooky costumes to award Best Costume Design. A third of the awards were done in the first hour, which is the kind of pace everyone was hoping for. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper did a live performance of “Shallow,” from their movie “A Star is Born.” The song won Best Original Song in a Film later on that night.

Though the 2019 Oscars had no leader to lead the show and give it the spark of entertainment, presenters and others filled in and made these awards one for the books.