All the anticipated amounted to one night with many honors. Hollywood’s biggest night came and went in fashion flurry, but these moments are cemented in history!
1. Regina King Accepts Oscar For Best Supporting ActressSource:Getty
Al hail the king! Regina King took home the first Oscar of the night for her poignant role in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King, who was helped to the stage by the hunky Chris Evans, dazzled in White, but it was her inspirational acceptance speech that won us over.
2. ABC’s Coverage Of The 91st Annual Academy Awards – ShowSource:Getty
Regina started off by thanking the man upstairs. “God is good all the time,” she said. Shse tearfully thanks the director of the film before giving praise to her mother. “James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry, you nurtured her, surrounded her with so much love and support. So it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone,” she said before turning to her mother, Gloria King (who was understandably in tears already), in the audience. “Mom, I love you so much.”
3. Regina King’s Acceptance Speech
4. Spike Lee Wins “Best Adapted Screenplay”Source:Getty
Spike Lee took home his first Oscar for his critically-acclaimed “Best Picture” nod “Blackkklansman.” Spike accepted his award in a purple suit and signature Nikes. Sam Jackson presented Spike with the honor leading to an incredible moment between men and friends.
5. Spike Lee & Sam Jackson Share A MomentSource:Getty
Spike Lee put Sam Jackson in his first movie and now the tables turned with Sam Jackson presenting Spike with his first Oscar!
6. Ruth Carter Wins For “Black Panther”Source:Getty
Ruth Carter sauntered to the stage in a theatrical number fit for a queen and what better way to accept the Oscar for “Best Costume Design” in “Black Panther” making her the first Black women to do so. “This has been a long time,” she said during her acceptance speech. Ruth is already considered a legend and knows it. “I already know I’m great; glad you caught up.”
7. Mahershala Ali Wins “Best Actor”Source:Getty
Mahershala Ali became the first Black actor and Muslim man to win two Oscars in the Best Supporting Actor category, joining Denzel Washington, in the history books, as the other Black person to win two Oscars. Ali accepted his statue wearing a debonair suit, hat and glasses (we’re sure so he could read his acceptance speech). Ali played piano player Don Shirley in “Green Book,” which also took home the biggest win of the night despite controversy surrounding the movie.
8. ABC’s Coverage Of The 91st Annual Academy Awards – ShowSource:Getty
Ali dedicated his win to Dr. Shirley. “I want to thank Dr. Shirley for just trying to capture his essence,” Ali said in his acceptance speech. “Just trying to capture Dr. Shirley’s essence, pushed me to my ends, which is a reflection of the person he was and the life that he lived and I thank him.” And thanked his grandmother for pushing him to be great. “[She] has been in my ear my entire life telling me that if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again; that I can do anything I put my mind to; always, always pushing me to think positively.”
9. Mahershala Ali’s Acceptance Speech
10. “Green Book” Wings BigSource:Getty
Despite controversy surrounding the film, “Green Book” surprised everyone and took home the biggest award of the night. Mahershala Ali and Octavia Spencer joined the rest of the cast on stage for a moment on Oscars history.