There’s no denying that last night’s 2019 Oscar’s were queer AF from start to finish, thanks to the popularity of more and more queer movies and queer actors than ever before. Here are some of the epic moments that happened last night.
Shangela Walked The Red Carpet
The night started strong when Shangela was spotted on the red carpet. The RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor walked the red carpet with Jennifer Lewis in a stunning lavender gown. Shangela had a cameo in the Award-nominated film A Star Is Born, alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
— Variety (@Variety) February 24, 2019
Adam Lambert Made Tribute To Freddie Mercury
After Kevin Hart was booted as Oscar host thanks to past statements, the Oscars skipped having a host altogether, and it somehow worked pretty well. One particularly great moment was the opening, with Adam Lambert playing tribute to Prince, who was the subject of the heavily-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody by performing We Will Rock You with Queen.
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) February 25, 2019
Lady Gaga Won Her First Oscar
In addition to making us all swoon with a remarkable live version of “Shallow,” queer icon Lady Gaga took home the Oscar she deserves for Best Original Song. The song, which has been a chart-topper since A Star Is Born premiered, was absolutely the favorite to win, and after Gaga and Cooper’s remarkable on-stage performance, few were disappointed with the victory.
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Films With Queer Themes Dominated
The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Green Book all took home major awards last night. And what do they have in common? All have queer plot points, from the lesbian drama in The Favourite to the sexuality of Dr. Don Shirley in Green Book. It is a remarkable win for representation that films with queer storylines are getting Oscar nominations, much less taking home wins. Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali, and Rami Malek, all won awards for their roles in The Favourite, Green Book, and Bohemian Rhapsody respectively.
Billy Porter SLAYED In This Iconic Christian Siriano Design
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A Historic Night For Diversity
This year’s Oscars were seemingly more diverse than ever before. Not only was queer representation at an all-time high in the nominations and wins, but this year’s awards were also a whole lot less white than usual, with many people of color finally getting the Award recognition they deserve. Spike Lee finally won an Oscar with BlacKkKlansman. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón won three Oscars for Roma. Ruth E. Carter, costume designer, and Hannah Beachler, production designer, became the first African-American women to win in those categories for their work on Black Panther. And all throughout the night, both the presenters and winners were more reflective of the diverse stories we deserve to see on film. Overall, the Oscars 2019 better reflected that diversity, and that is a win for the whole Academy.