Michael B. Jordan Proves He's a Mama's Boy on the Red Carpet
Chris Evans Helps Regina King to the Stage
Chivalry isn’t dead! Evans was on-hand to help the first winner of the night make her way to the stage, where she claimed her Best Supporting Actress statuette. Twitter users could barely contain themselves as they swooned over the gesture.
Regina King Praises Mom in Best Supporting Actress Speech
The heart-melting continued as the If Beale Street Could Talk star delivered her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech. “James Baldwin birthed this baby, Barry [Jenkins] you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support and so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of when support and love is poured into someone,” she said. “Mom, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning, always has been leaning in my direction.”
Jason Momoa & Lisa Bonet Honor Karl Lagerfeld on the Red Carpet
“We have the honor of wearing Karl Lagerfeld. He designed Jason’s tux personally for him, and this is from his last couture collection from Fendi,” Bonet explained of the outfits she and her husband chose for the red carpet. Lagerfeld, the longtime creative director of Fendi and Chanel, died five days before the Oscars at the age of 85.
Ruth E. Carter Makes History with Costume Design Win
Carter and Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler were the first black women to win Oscars in their categories, as well as the first to win in nonacting categories since 1984. “This has been a long time coming,” Carter said at the podium.
“My career is built with passion to tell stories to know us better. This is for my 97-year-old mother, watching in Massachusetts. Mom, thank you for teaching me about people and their stories. You are the original superhero. Thank you,” she concluded her speech.
Hannah Beachler Chokes Back Tears as She Accepts Best Production Design
The Black Panther designer kept pausing to collect herself as she expressed her gratitude. “I stand here stronger than I was yesterday. I stand here with agency and self-worth because of Ryan Coogler,” she said of the film’s director. “You not only made me a better designer, a better storyteller [but] a better person. I stand here because of this man who offered me a different perspective on life, who offered me a safe space, who is patient, who gave me air, humanity and brotherhood.”
“I give the strength to all of those who come next, to keep going, to never give up,” Beachler continued. “And when you think it’s impossible, just remember to say this piece of advice I got from a very wise woman: I did my best, and my best is good enough.”
Selma Blair Walks Vanity Fair Red Carpet with a Cane After Announcing MS Diagnosis
Making her first public appearance since she revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis last year, Blair arrived at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in a flowing dress and a custom, monogrammed cane that featured a pink diamond. “I wanted a special cane for #vanityfair dinner,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “So… @lyon_heartedwent out and found patent leather and @bic_owen and he stitched it on. Hours of love put in. And then #tombachick made it especially magical. I burst into tears. These gifts to get me through. #subtle #chic #love. I can’t thank these three enough. There are angels.”
Mahershala Ali Pays Tribute to His Grandmother
“I want to dedicate this to my grandmother, who has been in my ear my entire life, telling me if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again,” the Green Book star said as he accepted the Best Supporting Actor honor. “That I could put anything I put my mind to. Always pushing me to think positively and I know I would not be here without her, she has gotten me over the hump every step of the way.”
The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Team Gets Personal as They Accept Best Animated Film
“When we hear that somebody’s kid was watching the movie and turned to them and said ‘he looks like me,’ or ‘they speak Spanish like us,’ we feel like we already won,” screenwriter Phil Lord said about the already-beloved superhero flick.
“We want you all to know, we see you, you’re powerful, this world needs you. We are counting on you, thank you,” director Peter Ramsey added.
The Period. End of Sentence. Team Promotes Activism
“I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar,” filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi said as she and her team accepted Best Documentary Short for the film, which aims to end the stigma surrounding menstruation.
“This film began because high school students here and our brave partners at Action India wanted to make a difference, a human rights difference,” producer Melissa Berton added. “I share this with teachers and with students around the world. A period should end a sentence — not a girl’s education.”
A Tearful Lady Gaga Wins Best Original Song
Gaga let the tears flow as she accepted Best Original Song alongside co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. “To my sister, my soul mate, I love you. My family is here, I love you, mom and dad,” she said as she cried. “Bradley [Cooper], there is not a single person on the planet that could’ve sung this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us, thank you so much.”
“If you are at home and sitting on your couch watching this right now, all I have to say is this is hard work,” she added. “I have worked hard for a long time, and it is not about winning, but it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or beaten up, it’s about how many times you stand up and are brave. Thank you.”
Spike Lee Shares His Family History
The BlacKkKlansman writer/director shared touching facts about his personal history while accepting Best Adapted Screenplay. “My grandmother who lived 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild – she called me ‘Spikey-poo’ – she put me through college and NYU film,” he said.
The iconic filmmaker later urged Americans to “do the right thing” in the upcoming 2020 election.
Rami Malek Looks Back at His Struggles as an Adolescent & Experience as the Son of Immigrants
Malek became the Best Actor victor for his role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. “I think about what it would have been like to tell little Bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him and I think his curly haired little mind would be blown,” he told the audience. “That kid was struggling with his identify, trying to figure himself out.”
“To anyone struggling with theirs and trying to discover their voice, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life unapologetically himself,” the actor continued. “The fact that I’m celebrating him and his story with you tonight is proof that we are longing for stories like this. I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I am a first generation American. Part of my story is being written right now, and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you and everyone that believed in me for this moment is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
Olivia Coleman Salutes 'Idol' Glenn Close After Besting Her for Best Actress
Following her unexpected win, The Favourite star gave a special shout-out to fellow Best Actress nominee Close, who has been nominated for seven Oscars but never claimed a win. “To be in this category with these extraordinary women, Glenn, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be and I think you’re amazing and I love you very much,” she said.