Oscars 2019: live blog and analysis of the 91st Academy Awards
Welcome to Oscars night! Follow along here as Peter Coutu and I give our thoughts and reactions to the winners, losers, speeches, and everything in between. (Refresh to update.)
Jake: Final prediction scores. For the second year in a row I get first; Peter and Audrey tie for second.
Peter: At least I can end the night happy, knowing Jake is mad about Green Book winning Best Picture.
Jake: Big let down for Green Book winning Best Picture, but should this have been a surprise? During that montage, it felt SO much like a classic Oscars movie. This sucks, but honestly, whatever. No one will care about Green Book two years from now.
Peter: I don’t know what I would have done if Alfonso didn’t win
Jake: Most predictable win of the night.
Peter: Good speech, terrible choice
Jake: Colman!!! The speech we deserve!!!
Peter: I will FUCKING RIOT
Jake: Who is picking all the wrong acting clips for these movies???
Peter: Theda just heard “Shallow” for the first time and she is NOT a fan.
Jake: This is the first thing I don’t like about Theda!!!
Peter: It certainly is overrated!
Jake: Even more shocking that she never heard it before, I’ve listened to it LITERALLY a thousand times.
Jake: Fun fact: Ludwig is Childish Gambino’s long-time producer!
Peter: Spike Lee has STOLEN the show.
Jake: EASILY the best moment of the show. Do the right thing, 30 years late.
Peter: Jake, can you ask Audrey why she hated Green Book so much?
Jake: …did you like it?
Peter: I didn’t see it!
Jake: Welp, we all get Live Action Short wrong. Don’t bet chalk!
Jake: Infinity War is upset for Visual Effects, and a superhero movie still hasn’t won the award in more than a decade. At least First Man gets something!!!
Peter: If anything bad about Paul Rudd came out I would be devastated.
Jake: Point of contention between Peter and I: does the stage look like Ursula’s lair or Trump’s hair?
Peter: I watched all the animated shorts at a local theatre, and as the credits rolled for each, a video showed the creators reacting to the Academy Award nomination and it was just the cutest thing.
Jake: I take the sole lead for the first time tonight.
Jake: Wayne’s World, please host the Oscars 2020.
Jake: Spider-Verse should have been nominated for Best Picture, but this is good enough. Also, some really rude speech cut-offs tonight!
Peter: Another Hampton Roads native — Pharrell! What a night for coastal Virginia.
Peter: Lock of the century. You don’t show up to the Academy Awards dressed like that and then lose.
Jake: Mahershala Ali looking like…Bob Balaban in a Wes Anderson movie?
Jake: Editing is a big win for Bohemian Rhapsody. Getting worried here.
Peter: Instead of songs, the Academy Awards should do five-minute improv sessions for entertainment
Jake: Perfectly executed tongue roll from Javier Bardem.
Peter: Jake, not a good sign for what?
Jake: It has a real chance to win Best Picture, I think.
Jake: Bohemian Rhapsody wins for Sound Editing. Not a good sign.
Jake: GOOGLE GET AWAY FROM CLASSIC MOVIES
Peter: Popcorn break for me.
Jake: With two technical category wins, watch out for Black Panther’s Best Picture chances. Hopefully.
Update on our panel’s Oscars predictions:
Peter: Also, as a fun fact for all of our readers in the Hampton Roads area, Ruth E. Carter (winner for costume design) is a Hampton University grad!
Peter: That must have been the best-looking presenting pair of the night.
Peter: Theda corrects her previous statement: I meant the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song.
Peter: Theda with some smart analysis: Why are they playing the pirate music?
Jake: Black Panther wins Costume Design in a minor upset! Well deserved.
Peter: Thankfully The Favourite didn’t win.
Peter: This is painfully awkward. They should have started the music right when they stepped on the stage. Get them off!
Jake: Stephan James for Batman.
Jake: MASSIVE thumbs down to Google infiltrating Jerry Maguire and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Peter: Off to a real snooze of a start. Jake, I have a prop bet for you. How many Oscars will be won by movies with a color in a title (Black Panther, BlacKkKlansmen, Green Book, Black Sheep)?
Peter: Was he just being bleeped out when he first got on the stage or is my TV really broken?
Peter: Either my screen is broken or Jason’s jacket is NOT pink.
Jake: Nice speech from Regina King. Emma Stone looks like a honeycomb.
Jake: Most exciting part of the Oscars: the mad scramble to find a live stream. We’re here!
Peter: Go Regina King! Go me!