The 2019 Oscars started with actresses, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, presenting the Best Supporting Actress award. For the first time in the history of the awards, there was no host. This made the show substantially shorter, coupled with the removal of some other awards.
Some of the major highlights were Spike Lee winning his first non-honorary Oscar, for co-scripting BlacKkKlansman, and delivering a shaky, emotional speech.
It was a good day for blacks. Black Panther production designer, Hannah Beachler and costume designer Ruth E. Carter, each became the first black women to win in their respective categories. (Beachler was the first black production designer to win, period.) Peter Ramsey, one of the co-directors of the Best Animated Feature winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, was the first black director to win in the category. Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor for Green Book, became the first black actor to win in that category twice. (And only the fifth black actor to win in the category over the course of the Academy Awards’ 91-year history.)
Here’s the full list of winners:
Documentary (Feature) — Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Free Solo
Actress in a Supporting Role — Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Sound Editing — John Warhurst, Bohemian Rhapsody
Actor in a Supporting Role — Mahershala Ali, Green Book