Oscars overview

Mariyam Siddiqui, Editor-in-chief

The 91st Academy Awards was interesting to say the least. When Kevin Hart dropped out as host for this year’s Oscars, the possibility of a hostless award show seemed to be inevitable despite the fact that the last time there was a hostless Oscar’s was almost three decades ago. In any case, this years Academy Awards was indeed hostless, a fact that the dynamic trio Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph poked fun at during the opening scenes of the event. Some differences than other years included the fact that instead of an opening monologue, Queen opened up the venue and set the mood for the night, and with the lack of a host, the Oscars ran 36 ahead of schedule.

The outcome of the evening did allow for a breakthrough in diversity, pushing away from complaints of the Oscars being solely white. Three of the four acting winners were people of color. Regina King, who starred in If Beale Street Could Talk, won the best actress in a supporting role, Mahershala Ali won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his character in Green Book, and Rami Malek won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek is also the first Egyptian American to win the award fo Best Actor in a Leading Role award. In addition to actors, several filmmaking individuals were recognized. Rayka Zehtabchi became the first Iranian American to win an Academy Award for her win as the director of the Best Documentary (Short Subject): Period. End of Sentence. In addition, Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American women to win Best Costume and Production Design for their work in Black Panther. Best adapted screenplay was awarded to Spike Lee for his work in BlacKkKlansman.

Despite landmarks being made for positive reasons, Glenn Close has retained her title of the most nominated living actor without a win with a total of seven nominations. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in The Wife, a reward that was given to Olivia Coleman for her role in The Favourite. Also, Green Book, a movie about an Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African American pianist, won Best Picture.

Overall, the Oscars itself has received a little more of a following, receiving just under 30 million views which is almost four million more than the 90th Academy Awards, which was an all time low in viewing numbers. Despite the show gaining in numbers, it still marks the second time that the viewership has slipped under 30 million.