The Oscars were a real mess this year. The Academy kept changing the program for a year, and that was the result.
The organizers seemed split between appealing to the film industry fans and critics, and viewers who only wanted to see celebrity outfits.
The winners of some of the categories were also very unexpected.
However, the Oscars were surprising in a good way too. They managed to make the introduction entertaining without a host monologue. They had funny presenters. They addressed social issues.
But the sweetest part of the whole night was Chris Evans jumping in to help Regina King out when her outfit malfunctioned.
The gesture swept Twitter and Instagram off their feet. People praised Evans for not only helping King successfully reach the stage, but also making sure not to steal her moment.
However, a few others suggested that, as nice as his intentions were, the gesture might have been a little sexist.
The Oscars on Sunday were truly different from what we’re used to see.BBC, "The Academy Awards’ internal battle ‘shook things up in unforgettable ways.’"
“The Oscars have been suffering from an identity crisis."
Barber says the Academy was clearly unsure “whether to produce a ceremony for lovers of international art-house films or for casual viewers who just like to see celebrities in snazzy frocks."
"This year, on the other hand, the Oscars' identity crisis – their internal battle between conservatism and progressiveness – shook things up in unforgettable ways."
Later, the night turned out to also be very surprising, and not in a good way.
His performance in the movie received a lot of praise when it was released.
Overall, the Oscars 2019 “took several steps forward, particularly in honouring non-white and LBGT characters and creators."
Steven McIntosh, BBC, agrees that the Oscars this year were very different. Only his opinion is much more positive.
We watched Queen open the Oscar’s last night. She thought that we were the champions and that there is no time for… https://t.co/SepXZFUTNZ— Gizmoo (@Gizmoo)1551104229.0
According to McIntosh, this choice of songs made a lot of sense since Bohemian Rhapsody won 4 Oscars that night.The guest presenters were another highlight that fully recovered the show from missing a host.
The first presenters of the night were SNL co-stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph.
AMY POEHLER IS WEARING A SUIT! WHAT A LOOK! https://t.co/Y7DQmEWzUr— kia (@kia)1551051944.0
The Academy listened and gave the trio the hosting honor. Kind of.
"Not your #oscars hosts" Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and @MayaRudolph open the show https://t.co/U1WtzAb5a5 https://t.co/6RE3IKRxME— The Hollywood Reporter (@The Hollywood Reporter)1551057236.0
Then there was Lady Gaga’s backstage comment on "Shallow" as Best Song.
"I was so determined to live my dreams, and yet there was so much in the way."
"And I think sometimes that people think that it comes easy to us, that we show up, and we have our suits on, and it's all okay."
Melissa McCarthy made an unforgettable entrance as a guest presenter.
Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry announce the award for Best Costume Design in some costumes of their own.… https://t.co/rJFSG4vbq3— ABC News (@ABC News)1551058399.0
But even better than that was Ruth E. Carter becoming the first black woman in history to win an Oscar in this category.
Ruth E. Carter just made history (and made us all cry) https://t.co/dcEQrZSBKa https://t.co/IctILUGZSA— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed)1551059957.0
Spike Lee jumped into Samuel L. Jackson’s arms when accepting his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
there couldn’t have been a better person than samuel jackson to give spike lee his very first oscar. these pics are… https://t.co/YFYxj3rMzE— kaz. (@kaz.)1551102315.0
Clearly, the Academy was doing everything in their power to keep it short this year.
The best part of the Oscar is that a lot of women wore suits and a lot of men wore dresses. #Oscars2019— Lena Waithe (@Lena Waithe)1551100231.0
The very first award, Best Supporting Actress, went to Regina King.
We just love this moment. A Monday Mood #Oscars2019 💞💕💞 https://t.co/315GzVBzIQ— D'ORE (@D'ORE)1551085910.0
King’s speech was very touching too.
King showed up at the Oscars with a very special person - her mother.
But on her way to the stage to deliver her beautiful speech, she experienced a slight wardrobe malfunction.
Nothing but respect for MY Captain America, Chris Evans. #Oscars https://t.co/I0CNnSkb5q— E! News (@E! News)1551057948.0
However, King managed to sort it out.
Without hesitation, Captain America jumped up to help her out.
Viewers were touched by Evans’ sweet gesture.
I can't stop laughing 😂😂 #Oscars #Oscars2019 https://t.co/cyLBEVkq2O— M. Coun (@M. Coun)1551091201.0
Mario Miguel Sisinni pointed out that Evans was also very careful not to steal King’s thunder.
I wasn't planning to watch the Oscars, then Regina King won the first award and The Best Chris (Evans) helped her u… https://t.co/JpR8hYXp4h— Akilah Green (@Akilah Green)1551060011.0
And it’s the second time he showed chivalry.
Women: All men are rude. And there is Chris Evans who proves that good men still exist. #Oscars #Oscars2019 https://t.co/5mpk55fhwz— ✨ FOLLOW BACK OR UNFOLLOW (@✨ FOLLOW BACK OR UNFOLLOW)1551083723.0
Matthew Bevins: "Chris Evans is a national treasure."
Chris Evans: Me: https://t.co/JpNZgqgZiP— diana (@diana)1551059916.0
However, others pointed out something we all considered in the back of our minds: isn’t that a little sexist?
Chris Evans with Regina King at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party https://t.co/51h9wdLLdq— Schrodinger's Bitch (@Schrodinger's Bitch)1551091690.0
Finally, Annemarie Timmer Gallagher also noticed the lack of staff who are supposed to help people out in such situations on award shows.
Chris Evans made the Oscars 2019 his bitch and that legend wasn’t even nominated I LOVE HIM https://t.co/1N7AP6zZBH— ioanna 🤍 (@ioanna 🤍)1551091900.0