It is undeniable that the United States and the United Kingdom dominate the silver screen. However, especially in recent years, South Africa has increasingly…
The 91st Academy Awards, or the 2019 Oscars, took place this weekend in a hostless buzz of meme-worthy, eye-raising and tear-jerking moments.
With Lady Gaga winning Original Song for A Star is Born, Green Book taking Best Picture and Bohemian Rhapsody winning in four categories, the night trended on Twitter for hours after the show ended.
One of the most intense moments came in the form of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gage performing their on-screen duet Shallow.
People just couldn’t keep themselves together.
The internet went into a bigger frenzy when Jennifer Hudson reacted to Lady Gaga’s acceptance speech for the song.
“I’ve worked hard for a long time, and it’s not about, you know, it’s not about winning. But what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it,” Gaga said.
With an Oscar win under its belt, Shallow is now the most awarded song in history.
Rami Malek’s acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Leading Role also touched viewers.
“To anyone struggling, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this,” he said.
Actor Chris Evans stole the show as well, seemingly due to his gentlemanly ways [and that damn smile -ed].
Finally, one of the biggest moments that flew over many heads was Trevor Noah speech before presenting Best Picture.
The comedian quoted a Xhosa phrase to the audience, translating it to “In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart”.
However, what he really said was “abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka”, which means “white people don’t know I’m lying”.
In the end, the show was something of an emotional roller coaster for viewers and winners alike.
South Africans can watch the full show on Monday evening at 9pm, when it premiers on M-Net channel 101.
Feature image: Academy of Motion Pictures