After a year of anticipation, the 91st Academy Awards are officially over.
Without a host, the Oscars opened with a rousing performance of “We Will Rock You” by Queen, now fronted by American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.
And Hollywood’s biggest night did indeed rock viewers with over three hours of glitz and glamor, moving musical performances, and emotional acceptance speeches.
From Green Book‘s surprise Best Picture win to Regina King’s heartfelt acceptance speech honoring her mother, here are five notable moments you may have missed from this year’s Academy Awards.
Regina King dedicates Oscar win to mom and glorifies God
Regina King, who brought her mother as her date to the ceremony, picked up the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Barry Jenkins’s James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
During her emotional acceptance speech, King said she was “an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.”
“Mom, I love you so much,” she said through tears. “Thank you for teaching me that God has always been leaning in my direction.”
King, who has won three Emmy awards, also thanked author James Baldwin, whose novel is the basis for the film from director Barry Jenkins.
“To be standing here representing one of the greatest artists of all time — James Baldwin. James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry nurtured her, surrounding her with so much love and support. So it’s appropriate to be standing here because I am an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone,” King said.
“God is good, all the time,” she concluded.
She later told reporters that the win felt like “one of those full-circle moments,” as her character in the film was inspired by her mother and grandmother.
“It goes by so fast, and you want to thank so many people, and your mind just goes blank,” she said. “My mom was like the lighthouse right there.”
Pixar’s first Asian director wins an Oscar for a film about a dumpling
Chinese-Canadian animator Domee Shi picked up the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for “Bao” — the first Pixar short to be directed by a woman.
Shi previously shared that the short, which tells the story of a lonely Chinese mother and a dumpling baby that comes to life, was inspired by her relationship with her own mother.
“This short was inspired by my relationship with my mom, who always treated me like her precious little dumpling,” Shi said. “I wanted to explore the relationship between an overprotective parent and a child, and I love food and watching shows like ‘Top Chef.’ You see all the effort and love and consideration put into making that food, and I wanted to see that in animated form.”
Shi added her own details from growing up in a Chinese immigrant family, including a toilet paper roll that sits on the dining room table.
“That’s something that not just a lot of Asian households, but I think a lot of immigrant households, have,” she said. “Toilet paper is a really practical item to use for a lot of things around the house, so there would always be some on the table. There were some non-Asian animators asking why we had that there.”
Accepting the award alongside Becky Neiman-Cobb on Sunday night, Shi said: “To all of the nerdy girls out there who hide behind their sketchbooks, don’t be afraid to tell your story to the world. You’re going to freak people out, but you’ll probably connect with them, too, and that’s an amazing feeling to have.”
Shi is only the fourth Asian animation director ever to win an Oscar, and the first Asian woman to do so.
Trevor Noah calls out Mel Gibson with a racially charged joke
“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah took the stage at the 91st Academy Awards to introduce the hit film “Black Panther” — and used his time to take a shot at actor Mel Gibson.
Noah, who had a small role in “Black Panther” as the ship’s navigation voice, shared with the audience what the film meant to him. He then took a dig at Gibson, who has come under fire in the past due to racist remarks.
“‘Black Panther’ may be an African hero, but his story and his appeal are universal. I know this personally because of all the people that constantly come up to me and say, ‘Wakanda Forever!’” Noah said, noting that people in Africa and France come up to him and say the film’s catchphrase. ”Mel Gibson came up to me like, ‘Wakanda Forever.’ He said another word after that, but the Wakanda part was nice.”
Gibson made headlines in 2006 following an alleged anti-Semitic tirade while being arrested for drunk driving. Three years later, he experienced another racial tirade leak over audio of him and his spouse having an argument over the phone.
Following the 2006 incident, Gibson announced that he was going into rehab and publicly apologized twice. “I acted like a person completely out of control … and said things I do not believe to be true and which are despicable,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett