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5 Women That Could Have Hosted the 2019 Oscars

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With the 2019 Oscars just a little over a month away, it was announced that the show will go on without a host. Kevin Hart was originally appointed to host this year’s telecast. However, after old tweets from the comedian resurfaced, which were explicitly homophobic in nature, Hart decided to step down from his hosting duties. He explained on Twitter that he “did not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past”. Fellow comedian, Ellen DeGeneres revealed on her show during an interview with Hart about the controversy that she pleaded to the Academy to rehire Hart as host of the award show because she felt that he has “grown and apologized and has apologized again.” Ultimately, however, Hart stuck to his initial decision and not host the show. This prompted the Academy to announce that the show will not have a host, and instead, will feature high profile names to announce and present each category.

If Kevin Hart had gone through with hosting the Oscars, it would have been the fifth year in a row that a man has hosted. The last time a woman was named host was back in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres was given the honor. In a time when the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are flourishing in our society, and rightfully so, it is rather peculiar that the Academy did not think to designate a woman as host of the show. Unfortunately, it is not happening this year. However, here is a list of 5 powerful women that could have hosted the 2019 Oscars. Hey, there’s always next year!

 

Wanda Sykes

Can anybody think of a better apology to the LGBT community than to have another openly gay comedian, Wanda Sykes, host the 2019 Oscars? She’s lovable, funny, and would have brought something different to the Oscars than what we have seen before. Maybe one day, Wanda will have the honor.

 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross has no shortage of hosting experience. This daughter of a musical legend has hosted several music award shows, among others. She is also beloved, hilarious and relatable to so many. She would have been an amazing host!

 

Maya Rudolph

When you think of Saturday Night Live, you can’t help but think of Maya Rudolph. Also the daughter of a music icon, Rudolph made viewers laugh for seven years on SNL, with her many famous impersonations such as Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, and Beyonce. Like Ross and Sykes, there is not a bad thing to say about Maya Rudolph. She would have made an excellent host for the 2019 Oscars.

 

Leslie Jones

Following in the footsteps of Maya Rudolph, Leslie Jones has been a standout on Saturday Night Live since 2014. She is also known for her impersonation of Oprah Winfrey, in addition to Whoopi Goldberg and Omarosa. In 2016, following the release of Ghostbusters, Jones became the target of Twitter users making racially charged attacks. This forced her to leave social media. Not long after, she was targeted again after several private photos were released on her personal website, which had been hacked. After these two unfortunate incidents, she gained an overwhelming amount of support from her Hollywood peers, as well as fans alike. Hosting the 2019 Oscars would have been a big “F U” to her attackers and haters.

 

Whoopi Goldberg

On the December 11, 2018 episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg seemed to offer her services to host the 2019 Oscars. “I realize I may not be anybody’s first choice. But…” Whoopi has hosted the Oscars four times in the past: 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2001, and she never disappointed! She has the experience, she’s a legend, she’s honest, and she genuinely loves the movies. How about a fifth time, Whoopi?

The 2019 Oscars will air on February 24 on ABC.

 

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The 89th Academy Awards: Wait, Who Won?

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The 89th Academy Awards ceremony was nothing short of entertaining. Jimmy Kimmel hosted and he brought humor and wit to carry us through the spectacular, star-studded night. There were incredible moments, like Justin Timberlake singing “Can’t Stop The Feeling” to kick-off the show. Then, there were the awkward moments, like the end of the show… Here are some of the highlights of the 2017 Oscars.
 

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Viola Davis – Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis stole the show with her incredibly powerful speech. In the speech, she talked about being an artist, saying, “I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” This is a big win for Viola, considering this now leaves her one award away from an EGOT. She is also the first black actress to win an Emmy, Oscar, and a Tony.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue and Hosting
“I’ve never been to the Oscars before. This is my first time here,” Jimmy Kimmel said in the opening of his monologue. One could only hope he would be the host of the show every year. Kimmel made everyone laugh, of course, with his opening monologue. He began by poking a little fun at Matt Damon, before turning his attention to Mel Gibson. He then saved the night when he handled the best picture mix up. Kimmel made all the right jokes that put everyone at ease, and quite honestly, added the most entertaining moments of the night.

Katherine Johnson’s Appearance
One of the most memorable moments of the night was when 98-year-old Katherine Johnson, the NASA scientist whose story is at the heart of the movie Hidden Figures, appeared on stage beside Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, and Taraji P. Henson. To see this remarkable woman and hero being honored truly made the night special.

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Best Picture Mix Up
The most talked about moment of the night was the best picture mix up. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty somehow confused the winner, announcing La La Land as the Oscar recipient. However, Moonlight had actually won best picture. It seems as though the card announcing Emma Stone as best actress for La La Land accidentally got mixed up with the Best Picture card. In an awkward turn of events, the cast of La La Land had to cut their speeches short and head back to their seats as Moonlight was announced the actual winner. It was a bizarre series of events that left everyone confused and bewildered.
Overall, the 89th Academy Awards were nothing short of eventful. Check out the full list of winners below:
Best film: Moonlight
Best actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)
Best actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)
Best director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Best supporting actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Best original screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)
Best adapted screenplay: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)
Best cinematography: Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Best original score: Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
Best original song: Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land)
Best sound editing: Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival)
Best foreign language film: Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman)
Best film editing: John Gilbert (Hacksaw Ridge)
Best visual effects: Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon (The Jungle Book)
Best production design: David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds Wasco (La La Land)
Best sound mixing: Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace (Hacksaw Ridge)
Best documentary feature: Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow (O.J.: Made in America)
Best animated film: Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (Zootopia)
Best animated short film: Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer (Piper)
Best documentary short subject: Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara (The White Helmets)
Best live action short film: Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy (Sing)
Best make-up: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson (Suicide Squad)
Best costume design: Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them)
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And the Oscar Goes To…

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Sunday night marked the biggest night of the year in entertainment, The 86th Annual Academy Awards. With all of the incredible motion pictures, actors, and actresses nominated, the academy had an exceptionally tough decision on their hands. The night was filled with wonderful surprises and hilarious jokes from second-time host, Ellen Degeneres. Here’s a list of the big winners!
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyer’s Club
– Leto’s speech was adorable. He talked about his mom (who was also his date, too cute) and how important Dallas Buyer’s Club was to those who have died of AIDS.
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
– Not only did Lupita look absolutely divine in her stunning princess gown, but her acceptance speech ended with one of the most inspiring quotes I’ve ever heard, “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” (Huffington Post)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyer’s Club
– Alright, Alright, Alright! Possibly the smoothest man in the world, McConaughey’s speech was just as cool as him. The best part was when he offered up this piece of wisdom,”There’s three things that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward and another is someone to chase.” (Christian Post)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
– Looking fabulous in her shimmering gown, Blanchett was humbled by her win and thanked all the other amazing women in her category.
Best Motion Picture: 12 Years A Slave
– An emotional roller coaster film, 12 Years A Slave deserved to win the biggest award of the night as well as the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Congratulations to all the winners! We’re sure they partied till the break of dawn and enjoyed every moment of it! 🙂
With regards to fashion, Kate Hudson absolutely killed it in her shimmering Atelier Versace gown. More fabulous fashions came from Jennifer Lawrence in her radiant red, low-peplum Dior Couture and Sandra Bullock in her deep blue Alexander McQueen stunner. The men looked quite dapper themselves, with the suave Jared Leto in Saint Laurent and Zac Efron in Calvin Kline Collection. We give the fashion an A+! (Eonline)
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(Photographed above, Kate Hudson in Versace Atelier (left) and her Vanity Fair after party gown by Zuhair Murad, Eonline)
Personal Best!
The best moment of the night was when host, Ellen Degeneres, handed out pizza to the biggest movie stars in the biz. (Surprise! Many of them actually ate it!) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie each took a piece, along with Jennifer Lawrence, Harrison Ford, and Julia Roberts. Why weren’t we invited to the world’s most star studded pizza party?
We hope everyone enjoyed the Oscars and a big congratulations to all the winners!

– by Amanda Sikoral

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