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Despite the controversy over hosts, old tweets, the threat of a “Popular Film” category, and the suggestion that some awards might not be televised, the 91st Academy Awards went on as planned last night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Going forward without a host for the first time in 30 years and struggling to attract advertisers, last night’s Oscars still managed to go exceed its three-hour run time by almost 20 minutes. With the exception of Best Supporting Actor and Actress, every major award aired after 10:30 p.m.
Rami - Malek - Oscar - Rhapsody - Sweep
Rami Malek scooped up his first Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” capping off a nearly perfect sweep of every major award for his work as Freddie Mercury. After scooping Best Actress at almost every other awards show in the past few months, Glenn Close in “The Wife” lost out to a giddy Olivia Colman for her “The Favourite” portrayal of Queen Anne. The heavy favorite for Best Picture, “Roma,” lost to Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” in a major upset to end the broadcast, but there were few other surprises.
The complete list of winners can be found here, but when they weren’t giving out awards over the substantial broadcast, there were a few other things going on. Here are the best and worst moments of the show.
Show - Members - Band - Queen - Champions
The show opened with the surviving members of the band Queen playing “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions,” with 2009 “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert filling in for the late Freddie Mercury.
Lambert is a good enough singer, but if it is to be assumed that everyone in the audience has seen “Bohemian Rhapsody” they are currently regarding Mercury as an integral and irreplaceable part of Queen’s sound. This performance likely came across like a mediocre cover band, nothing like the real thing. Hologram Mercury would...
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