Highlights of the 2019 Oscars: All the winners, memes, speeches and reactions that everyone's talking about

Highlights of the 2019 Oscars: All the winners, memes, speeches and reactions that everyone's talking about

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Text: Aravin Sandran

The memes started rolling out when actress Emma Stone hit the red carpet in a rusty dress that the Internet, unfortunately, likened to ikan bakar (grilled fish), bacon, waffles among other delectable brown-hued food items.


No one knew exactly why Marie Kondo showed up, but the petite Japanese woman put other seasoned actresses to shame, sparking plenty of joy with her million-dollar smile and fancy Jenny Peckham gown.


The Oscar red carpet is all about serving up drama for the cameras, but little did anyone expect that it will come in the form of Pose's Billy Porter. The man turned up in a show-stopping tuxedo-ball gown hybrid by American fashion designer Christian Siriano and was chauffeured across the premises on a golf buggy. "Cinder-fella", indeed.


Aquaman himself Jason Mamoa and his wife Lisa Bonet were a millennial-pink dream in Fendi, but all eyes were on the matching velvet scrunchie that he wore as a bracelet on his right wrist. Paired with some gangster skull and lion rings, the Hawaiian hunk man made a high school staple look totally masc.


The set design took a team of 15 over 2,100 hours to fabricate the over 41,000 Swarovski crystals. The three-storey high, 54-foot-wide ribbon-like formation might have been called 'Crystal Swag', but it reminded viewers of President Donald Trump's tragic flyaway combover. Now, you can't unsee it too.
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After the fiasco surrounding Kevin Hart's drop-out, there was no host to look forward to but the Oscars had the next best thing; Hollywood's funniest female throuple, Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the show with some serious comedy gold.

Actress Regina King picked up the first award of the evening, receiving the Best Supporting Actress nod for If Beale Street Could Talk. She took to the stage with a little help from Captain America (Chris Evans) — which made girls everywhere wet themselves — and then delivered a tearful ode to her mother who proudly beamed from the audience.

Comedienne Melissa McCarthy and American actor Bryan Tyree Henry got the stars giddy with giggles when they presented the award for Best Costume Design wearing kitschy over-the-top ensembles. McCarthy's not-so-subtle soft-toy rabbit that twitched throughout the monologue sealed the deal.

Lady Gaga's infamous press junket line came to fruition because Bradley Cooper was the only person who truly believed she could come out on top in the prestigious Best Actress category. She lost out to the well-deserving British actress Olivia Coleman, but she didn't go empty-handed. She picked up her first Oscar win for Best Original Song for A Star Is Born's lead soundtrack "Shallow", which she performed alongside Cooper using only a single mic. Eyes closed and bodies so close — it was surely the steamiest moment of the night.

Rami Malek's turn as Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody had been well-received by critics and audiences, but his Best Actor win will surely mark a monumental shift in the American-Egyptian's career, and maybe not for the right reasons. Malek fell off the stage off-camera and was swiftly swept up by paramedics. After JLaw's iconic stair trip in 2013, another bites the dust.

The biggest award of the night, Best Picture, went to Green Book. The racially-charged cinematic throwback to the 1960s was handed two other awards: Best Supporting Actor to Mahershala Ali and Best Original Screenplay. Not everyone was pleased though; director Spike Lee who nailed Best Adapted Screenplay for BlackKklansman said "the ref made a bad call" during his post-win press con.