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For much of the night, the Oscars went according to plan — even without a host — with awards pretty much going the way experts, like TheWrap’s Steve Pond, had anticipated. However, no awards show would be complete without at least a few surprises. Here’s a list of surprise wins and and couple of snubs to boot from the 91st Academy Awards.
SURPRISE: Olivia Coleman (Best Actress) — “The Favourite” actress wasn’t a front-runner for the top female acting award, though she did take home the BAFTA in the same category. At the Oscars on Sunday she beat out Glenn Close in “The Wife,” Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born,” Yalitza Aparicio in “Roma” and Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
SNUB: Glenn Close (Best Actress) — After Glenn won numerous awards for her performance in “The Wife,” including the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Independent Spirit Award, many thought the actress had the Academy Award for Best Actress in the bag. However, Olivia Colman ended up winning for her role in “The Favourite” — and even Colman was shocked.
SURPRISE: “Green Book” (Best Picture) — The film about a white man who drives a black concert pianist through the south had been criticized throughout its Oscar campaign, with one of the screenwriters even coming under fire for old tweets in which he said Muslims in New York rejoiced after 9/11. Many thought that could hurt the film’s chances. And though the Best Picture race seemed fairly up in the air, “Green Book” still managed to surprise and beat out the likes of “Roma,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Black Panther,” “A Star Is Born,” “Vice,” “The Favourite” and “BlacKkKlansman.”
SURPRISE: The Oscars Don’t Need a Host, After All — When the Academy dropped Kevin Hart as its host after years-old homophobic tweets resurfaced (for which he has since apologized), everyone was wondering who would hose the show. When no host was announced and the Academy decided to run the show sans-host, many questioned how the awards show would run seamlessly. But, to everyone’s surprise, the 91st Academy Awards actually ran smoothly, and presenters made efforts to be entertaining and memorable.
SURPRISE: The Show Ran on Time — One of the main sticking points for this year’s award show was that it needed to be three hours, no more, but less would be great. The telecast has been criticized heavily for running too long in previous years. To help attempt to curtail that in hopes of boosting viewership, the Academy even made the decision to award certain categories during commercial breaks. But that move was such a controversial one, the Academy ultimately walked it back. But without a host, few montages and no big “let’s order pizza for everyone” gag, the show came in around three hours and 17 minutes long. Bravo, Academy, you got something right.
Source: the wrap feed
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