The 91st Oscars . . . no host, no problem


The Oscars, one of the most coveted movie awards, took place on Feb. 24. There were 24 awards handed out this year ranging from Best Actress in a Leading Role to Best Foreign Language Film.

Kimberly Brown, Staff writer

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On Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at the 91st Oscars, 24 Oscars awards were handed out to actors, actresses, costume designers and more.  From elaborate outfits to dramatic speeches, the 2019 Oscars was not an event to miss.

“I think it was fairly well run,” freshman Avery Miller said. “I walked away from it feeling pretty good.  It’s always nice to see people winning things and the excitement over that.”

This year, 29.6 million people around the world tuned in to watch the Oscars.  This number is up from 26.5 million people in 2018. This is the first increase in viewership the Oscars has seen in five years.  However, the 91st Oscars was still the second-lowest watched ceremony of the Oscars in its history. (Source: CNBC)

“I think that many people find the Oscars to be not accessible enough,” sophomore Madeline Waterfield said.

However, the main headline of the Oscars this year was that the show would be hostless.  In Dec. 2018, comedian Kevin Hart stepped out of the role as host when homophobic tweets surfaced.  

“I thought it was interesting.  I did enjoy how there was no host this year.  I felt that it went faster and it was more efficient to gain the information.”

At the Oscars, the host serves as a connecting force, starting with their opening monologue and “stitching together the sections with connective patter(n)” according to Vox.  This year, without a host to keep all the pieces together, celebrity presenters had more time to talk to the audience and make jokes.  Despite having no host, the Oscars went smoothly, according to USA Today.

The night started out with a Queen performance with Adam Lambert as the main singer, in place of Freddie Mercury.  After a few jokes from actresses Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler the show was on its way.

“I thought (the Queen performance) was pretty good,” Miller said. “I enjoy Queen; I thought it was well performed.”

Waterfield echoed Miller’s thoughts on the opening performances.

“I love Queen and I think that Adam Lambert was good,” Waterfield said. “But he’s still not Freddie Mercury.  I liked Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler. I think (they) should host.”

The night was full of surprises. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises was when actress Olivia Coleman won in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, although many people thought the award should go to Glenn Close, a seven-time nominee for the award.  

Miller was also surprised by the winner of the Best Animated Feature award.

“For the animated movies section, I think “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was really well animated,” Miller said. “But I do think “Isle of Dogs” should have won (Best Animated Feature).”

In addition to applauding the accomplishments of actors, directors and sound in movies, the Oscars also offer suggestions for views on movies to watch.

“I might consider (watching Oscar-winning movies),” Miller said. “I guess it is sort of the thing that when you see that other people enjoyed it, you think, ‘hey, I might enjoy it myself’, even though most of the movies nominated were not the type of movies that I would normally go seek out myself.”