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Everything you missed during the Oscars

Keep up with the buzz after the Academy Awards

Photo provided by Hollywood Reporter

Photo provided by Hollywood Reporter

By Emily Pawlowski | Echo

History was made, hearts were broken and an Oscar winner was nearly concussed at the 2019 Academy Awards.

Over 26 million people tuned in to this year’s ceremony, up 12 percent from last year. If you weren’t a part of those numbers, here’s what you missed.

The biggest winner of the night was “Bohemian Rhapsody” with four awards, the most overall. “Green Book,” “Roma” and “Black Panther” were all close seconds with three awards each.

“Green Book” took home the biggest prize however, with the coveted Oscar for best picture. To some, this historical look at famed African American musician Don Shirley and his bouncer was the natural choice, but others were surprised and upset.

On a more positive note, this year’s Oscars made history with several of the awards given out.

“Roma” became the first Mexican submission to ever win for best foreign language film. “Black Panther” was the first movie from Marvel studios to take home any Academy Awards, and also had two other firsts with its wins. The awards for best costume design and best production design both went to women of color, the first time for both categories.

The biggest showstopper of the night was Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s performance of “Shallow,” which won for best original song. Their duet was praised by many for its intimacy and emotion, which fanned the flames for fans who theorize on their potential romance.

Other major awards include best director going to Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma,” best actress going to Olivia Colman for her role as Queen Anne in “The Favorite” and best actor going to  Rami Malek for his role as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Malek’s acceptance of his award was especially memorable thanks to the extreme low he suffered after the high of winning. As he was walking back to his seat after his acceptance speech, Malek fell off the stage into the audience area. He was treated by paramedics, but fortunately suffered no injuries.

Dramatic events, such as that fall and the controversy over some of the awards has kept fans interested even after the ceremony came to a close. For all the concerns over audience size, it was the first upswing in numbers of viewers of the Oscars in several years.

As the cycle begins again for the next Academy Awards, audiences anticipate new changes ABC will make, inspired by reactions to this year’s awards.

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