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From Periods to Pockets, Here’s What We Loved about the 2019 Oscars

There were some predictable wins, some upsets, some surprising fashion choices—but here’s what we loved.

Are you a little tired from watching the broadcast last night? We know the feeling. There were some big wins for films that focus on racial equity (Black Panther, Blackkklansman—Spike Lee’s first ever Oscar!—and the debatable Green Book). There was an impassioned pro-immigration acceptance speech by Rami Malek, who surprised many by nabbing the Best Actor honor.

2019 Oscars Highlights

And here are some other moments we loved:

  • Nobody hosted the ceremony after Kevin Hart left the slot due to controversy over past homophobic remarks. We think the No Host did a good job, keeping things moving at a good clip.
  • We loved first-time nominee Regina King’s performance on-screen and her acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress role in If Beale Street Could Talk. Looking at her date for the night, her mother, she said, “I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love are poured into someoneMom, I love you so much.”
  • Here, here for Dame Helen Mirren and Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa: She wore a deep hot pink dress, he wore a blush velvet tuxand Helen gleefully noted that times are changing and “we can both wear pink.”
  • Kudos to Hannah Beachler who was the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Production Design for her stunning work on Black Panther. In her emotional acceptance speech, she gave thanks to her late friend and college classmate Carol Trevino for support and guidance. We loved her saluting the wise words of one woman, too: “I did my best, and my best is good enough.”
  • Also an uplifting moment to see Ruth E. Carter become the first African-American woman to win the golden statuette for Costume Design for Black Panther—kudos!
  • Who could resist the enthusiasm and glee as Period. End of Sentence.—about how menstruation can impede young women’s education in some countries—won the best Documentary Short category. Producer Melissa Berton and director Rayka Zehtabchi accepted an award with the latter saying, “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!” Another great line: “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.”
  • Though we were rooting for Glenn Close to win the Best Actress award, we were thoroughly charmed by The Favourite’s Olivia Colman as she accepted the award and gave a hilarious, humble and genuine speech (saying “This won’t happen again”). Many observers also loved her deep green Prada dress—which included pockets, something women’s gowns too often omit and something we feel strongly about!

What did we miss? What were your favorite moments? Tell us in the comments.

By Janet Siroto

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