The 2019 Oscars are complete, and America has given a consensus review ranging from “pretty good” to “better than last year.” We have to agree — the film industry’s biggest night made for an enjoyable night of television, yet we did have some interesting takeaways from the evening. Without further ado, we present our:
Top 10 Takeaways from the 2019 Academy Awards
- Spike Lee has now been snubbed for Best Picture, twice, by “Driving Mrs. Daisy.” This time “Driving Mrs. Daisy II” (aka “Green Book”) took home the honor (note: we like “Green Book” … but come on, was it really better than four of the other nominees, including “BlacKkKlansman?”).
- The British need to get over Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury. Dear England: We allowed Christian Bale to be Batman in three movies. No one said Rami has to be the next James Bond, but come on, the kid was really damn good in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
- If Spike Lee has a gripe with the Oscars, then how should Glenn Close feel? Is there anyone more deserving than Close who doesn’t have any Oscar hardware?
- We needed an Oscar host. Kudos to the Oscars, they pulled off a B+ night without a host. But please don’t do that again. You have one year. Find someone.
- The stage really did look like Donald Trump’s hair. Accident? No, Rami Malek falling off stage (after winning Best Actor) was an accident. The hair-esque stage probably was not.
- Best Documentary: Dear Oscars, WTF? On an evening of empowering statements, “RBG” was simply the best of the best (with all due respect to “Free Solo”). “RBG” embodies the empowerment of women, strength, courage, strength – well before we placed hashtags in front of women who paved the way.
- Best Actress: See # 8.
- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper: Sure, maybe “A Star is Born” isn’t the best “Oscar” picture in 2019. But in 2029, it will easily be remembered as the best movie of 2019.
- Kevin Hart. Yes, you are still funny. And yes, you can be forgiven. But no, you don’t get to say stupid shit about the LGBT community and be the Oscar host in 2019. Props to the Oscars for making the right move.
- Bye-Bye Hollywood: We might very well remember 2019 as the last gasp for major studio productions at the Oscars. Prepare for a future filled with nominees from Netflix, Amazon and other streaming outlets. “Roma” may have lost Best Picture – but Netflix took home a big win in 2019.