Did you manage to stay up until midnight on Sunday to watch all of the 90th Academy Awards? If you said yes, kudos to you! You’re probably exhausted at your desk right now. But if you didn’t make it through the whole ceremony because you fell asleep halfway through it, no one is blaming you. These award shows seem to take forever – even when Jimmy Kimmel is giving a jetski to whoever makes the shortest speech!
The best awards are always announced last, too, in an effort to force you to make it through the whole thing. You’re lucky if you make it through supporting actress. Some of us tune in just to get major #dressenvy over the jaw-dropping gowns or to keep up with whatever Jennifer Lawrence managed to make headlines for. (Spoiler alert: she climbed over a chair to get to her seat while carrying a glass of wine!) As funny as J.Law is, there were some very important moments at this years Oscars that had to do with race, inclusivity, and representation that will hopefully be making a lasting impact in Hollywood.
Jordan Peele made history as the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay
When Jordan Peele was snubbed at the Golden Globes for his work on Get Out, the world was angry. Thankfully, it seems that anger has paid off in a big way because he finally has gotten the acknowledgment he deserves for his work on this groundbreaking film. Jordan wrote, produced, and directed the monumental film that shed a light on the very real existence of racism in America today. At the Oscars, he won for Best Original Screenplay and that makes him the first ever black screenwriter to win the award. Which is pretty crazy, by the way, considering the show’s been on for 90 years. The Key & Peele actor thanked his wife, Chelsea Peretti, the people who helped him continue working on the film when he wanted to give up, and his mother, who taught him to love in the face of hatred.
Apparently, the world almost didn’t have the chance to see Get Out, as Jordan nearly gave up on it. The writer and director said in his acceptance speech, “This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible, I thought it wasn’t gonna work, I thought no one would ever make this movie — but I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, people would hear it and people would see it.”
Mindy Kaling took B.J. Novak as her date & everyone freaked out
Dear fans of The Office, don’t totally lose your minds, but Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor went to the Oscars together and it is everything. For many years now, Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak have been BFFs. We’ve gotten to see them work together on both The Office and The Mindy Project, and now, fans of this friendship got to see them walk the red carpet side-by-side! Mindy brought BJ as her date to the 90th Academy Awards and, as soon as they hit the carpet, the internet just about exploded. Many fans on Twitter were begging for these friends (and former couple) to get back together. Not to fan the flames, but many also suggested that they hoped B.J. was the secret father of Mindy’s daughter, Katherine (who Mindy gave birth to in December 2017 and has not announced the father for). We don’t need to know if that is true, but we need to see these BFFs walking more red carpets together ASAP!
Rita Moreno wore the same dress she wore to the Oscars in 1962
Rita Moreno proved that there’s no shame in being an outfit repeater. And she did it with such style and grace, we don’t know if anyone could top her! Rita is already a legend in Hollywood for her years of success and being an EGOT holder (a winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), but she’s only just shown off what a style icon she truly is. She wore the same dress that she wore to the Oscars in 1962 when she won Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story. She told E! News that the dress has just been hanging in her closet ever since. The gorgeous gold, silver, and black gown is made out from obi, which is a sash that is normally used as part of traditional Japanese kimonos. We’re so happy to see Rita finally found another occasion to wear this dress again because she looks flawless in it!
Time’s Up & Hypocricy Called Into Question
Speaking of Gary Oldman’s win for Darkest Hour, the Twitterverse wasn’t all too happy when the former Harry Potter star took home an award last night considering a domestic abuse allegation that was brought against him by his ex-wife, Donya Fiorentino in 2001. She alleged he beat her with a telephone while their children were present. The Academy tried their hardest to distance themselves from Harvey Weinstein and all of the men who have been accused of heinous crimes in the past few months, but it appears there may be a time limit for the accusations they’re willing to take seriously, as not one but two accused abusers were honored by the Academy last night.
Did you raise your eyebrows when Kobe Bryant won an Oscar? Ours nearly shot off of our foreheads! Kobe won for Dear Basketball, a short film he wrote the screenplay for based on a letter he wrote to The Players’ Tribune in 2015 announcing his retirement. Kobe’s retirement was one of the most celebrated in basketball, but his win at the Oscars felt in poor taste to many considering he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Colorado in 2003. While the case did not make it to trial (because the woman did not want to testify in court), it has not left our minds. The basketball player even said in a statement after the event, “After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.” Kobe famously had to change his basketball jersey number after the controversy, but still continued to play for the Los Angeles Lakers for over 10 years after the incident.
Biggest winners of the night
The Shape of Water might not have taken home every Oscar it was nominated for, but the film surely took home enough awards to be very proud. The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and wound up winning four of those golden trophies. The Shape of Water won the coveted Best Picture award, along with the equally impressive Best Director, and the awards for Best Original Score and Best Production Design to match! This was the first Oscar win for director/screenwriter Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican director began his acceptance speech by highlighting immigrants, he then namechecked some other big Mexican performers, like Salma Hayek, before saying, “In the last 25 years, I’ve been living in a country all of our own. Part of it is here, part of it is in Europe, part of it is everywhere. Because I think the greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand when the world tells us to make them deeper.”
Coco also ended the night by winning both Academy Awards it was nominated for. The Disney/Pixar film took home Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, for the heartbreaking melody “Remember Me.” While it’s incredible for a film to go home with all of the Oscars it has been nominated for, this win was also a big one for the Latinx community. The film was an incredible example of representation and inclusivity – Coco featured a diverse cast, a beautiful take on Dia de Los Muertos, and the film was full of Spanish-speaking characters. Co-Director Lee Unkrich dedicated the film’s Oscar win to Mexico and delivered this powerful statement: “With Coco, we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can see characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home fewer Oscars than it took home Golden Globes, but it was still a successful night for the film overall. At the 90th Academy Awards, the movie earned seven nominations and left with two wins in some very big categories! Frances McDormand took home Best Actress for her work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Two of her co-stars, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell were nominated for Best Supporting Actor – double the chance of winning for the film! Sam took home the Golden Globe earlier this year and he repeated the win by snagging the Oscar as well.
Biggest snubs of the night
When it comes to snubs, we don’t want to discredit the winners and make them feel bad. But going into Oscars night, there were some folks we’d really hoped would win and some films we thought would have earned a few more accolades. The Oscars came through in a way that the Golden Globes had not for the film Get Out, so everyone was excited when Daniel Kaluuya earned a Best Actor nomination. But he wound up losing to veteran actor, Gary Oldman for his work Darkest Hour.
A more surprising snub of the night came up for the film Call Me By Your Name. Heading into awards season, there was so much buzz around this coming-of-age story, along with its stars, Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. There was no way that Timothée would win Best Actor when he was up against more seasoned actors, but the other losses the film took were surprising. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Song, but it only won for Best Screenplay. Armie Hamie didn’t even earn a nod for Best Supporting Actor at this years Oscars! Call Me By Your Name might not have gotten the acknowledgment it deserved, but we will love it always.