So … did you watch?

The Academy Awards® — or  the Oscars — were last night, and before the telecast even began, everyone knew the evening was going to be an interesting one. It was the first time since 1989 that the show, which is seen by millions around the world, went without a host. I was expecting a train wreck, or at least one major snafu because of the different format, but everything went off without a hitch. I don’t know about you, but now I think I prefer a host-less awards show, and hope all of the other major awards broadcasts follow suit!

Then again, I guess not every year is going to have the opportunity to start with a rockin’ performance by Queen, led by Adam Lambert. As a nod to multiple nominee Bohemian Rhapsody — which is of course about Queen and its late frontman Freddie Mercury — the band kicked off the night and had the entire crowd up on its feet. One of my favorite camera shots of the crowd showed Javier Bardem really getting into it.

After that rousing opening, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph took the stage and killed it, as always, with their deadpan banter. If the trio had hosted, as many had wanted, those types of quips would’ve grown old and lame over the course of three hours. Instead, the production moved more quickly and saved us all from lame gags and awkward presenter introductions.

As for the rest of the show, there were more than a few standout moments — and surprises. Here were some of the highlights:

  • Melissa McCarthy spoofed The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots with red cropped hair and an over-the-top gown with a ridiculously long train covered with … stuffed animal bunnies. (That part’s a shout-out to Queen Anne’s affection for rabbits.) Her co-presenter, Brian Tyree Henry, also was in on the joke, sporting a mish-mash of frilly capes, gloves, lace and a hat in what I think was supposed to be a sendup of Mary Poppins Returns. As they spoke their lines, Melissa was controlling a hand-puppet bunny that had its own thing going on, and it brought the house down.
  • Wayne’s World stars and SNL buddies Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited on stage (and briefly resurrected their old characters) to introduce Best Picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody after a classic clip played of Wayne, Garth and friends head-banging to … “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
  • The much-anticipated “Shallow” duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper did not disappoint, lighting up social media due it its intimate nature. (Remember these two act for a living, people!)
  • Extraordinarily heartfelt and emotional speeches by the winners of both the Documentary Short Subject and Live-Action Short Film categories (Period. End of Sentence. and Skin, respectively.) Moments like these remind audiences that there’s much more to tune in for than just A-list stars.
  • Spike Lee winning his first-ever non-honorary Oscar for Adapted Screenplay, for BlackKklansman, one of my favorite movies of the year.

Surprises included both Olivia Colman winning for Actress in a Leading Role for The Favourite (everyone though Glenn Close was a lock for The Wife), and Green Book winning Best Picture (most thought it would go to Roma, which took home the Best Director, Cinematography and Foreign Film trophies … or pretty much any other film that was nominated) Literally no one saw a Green Book win coming.

Here are the winners in each of the major categories, and you can find the full list on Oscars.com.

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

DIRECTOR

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Adam McKay, Vice

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Glenn Close, The Wife

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Amy Adams, Vice

Marina de Tavira, Roma

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlackKKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Free Solo

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons

RBG

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

First Reformed

Green Book

Roma

The Favourite

Vice

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

BlacKkKlansman

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

ORIGINAL SCORE

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

ORIGINAL SONG

“All The Stars” – Black Panther

“I’ll Fight” – RBG

“Shallow” – A Star Is Born

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

What was your favorite moment of Oscar night?

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