Man, I love the Oscars. When I was little, I even prepared what I would say as I thanked God and the people who loved me. I’m not sure why, but I’ve loved awards shows since I was a kid. I’m not a kid anymore, but that love is still there. Here were my thoughts during Hollywood’s biggest night:

8 p.m. — It’s Adam Lambert and Queen! I didn’t like Queen until Rami Malek’s performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and I’m fairly certain I like Rami as Freddie Mercury more than I like Freddie Mercury. He’ll be robbed if he doesn’t get it.

8:08 p.m. — How is Amy Adams nominated for best supporting actress rather than best actress for “Vice?” She was as important as Christian Bale, right? A woman standing behind her man is just as important as the man.

8:11 p.m. — Chris Evans just walked best supporting actress Regina King to the stage. I’m fairly certain he is Steve Rogers/Captain America in real life. Seriously, he’s perfect.

8:14 p.m. — Jason Momoa and Helen Mirren on one stage? Heck yeah! Also, I’m fairly certain he’s wearing a scrunchie. At least it matches his suit.

8:25 p.m. — Yes, yes, “Vice” did deserve the Oscar for makeup and hairstyling. It was flawless, even if it was possibly Bale earning more than 40 pounds or whatever it is he does when it comes to extreme transformations. Also, Stephan James makes a velour suit look petable.

8:28 p.m. — What the heck is Melissa McCarthy wearing? Why are there faux rabbits on her train? (Also, every women deserves to wear a Princess Diana train at some point in her life.)

8:30 p.m. — “Black Panther” wins for costume design. Was there really any doubt? An African king and strong female warriors are winning combinations.

8:42 p.m. — “I did my best, and my best was good enough.” Remember that, loves. Remember that always.

8:43 p.m. — Tyler Perry has proven that a purple/wine colored suit is amazing. Also, the award for cinematography is being presented during the telecast rather than the commercials!

8:47 p.m. — “Justice Ginsburg, if you’d ever like to borrow the dragons, ring me.” – Emilia Clarke. Well, that was cute.

8:54 p.m. — I could listen to James McAvoy and Danai Gurira announce every award winner. Their phrasing and inflection is downright hypnotic.

9:09 p.m. — I was about to get so mad that Emily Blunt wasn’t asked to sing “The Place Where Lost Things Go” until I realized Ms. M. was Bette Midler. Yes, please.

9:16 p.m. — Wakanda Forever. That is all. (Also, I heart Trevor Noah.)

9:17 p.m. — Michael Keaton, the best Batman ever. Come on, bro. Fight me.

9:20 p.m. — I know she’s presenting with Daniel Craig, but is Charlize Theron meant to look like a Bond girl?

9:22 p.m. — Holy crap, Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott are together? I bet that was a beautiful baby. Also, Sam Rockwell was nominated for best supporting actor when he was only on screen for maybe 10 minutes. Really?

9:24 p.m. — Mahershala Ali won! Yay! His performance was the highlight of “Green Book.” He may have chosen poorly and starred in “Alita: Battle Angel,” but this movie was a good choice.

9:29 p.m. — There’s a part of me that loves seeing Michelle Yeoh, but then there’s Pharrell — who I also adore — wearing a camouflage jacket and shorts. Really?

9:31 p.m. — “Spider—man: Into the Spider—verse” totally deserved best animated film. So many feels.

9:33 p.m. — I adore Kacey Musgraves. If you haven’t listened to her last three albums, buy them now. But, again and again, I find myself asking, what the hell is she wearing?

9:40 p.m. — Mike Myers and Dana Carvey introduced me to “Bohemian Rhapsody” years ago, so it’s extremely fitting they’re introducing the film of the same name as a best picture nominee.

9:48 p.m. — “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” Enough said.

9:56 p.m. — To what goddess of youth did Paul Rudd swear his allegiance? The man never ages.

9:59 p.m. — If the best picture Oscar was given solely for the emotion behind a song, I’d give it to “A Star is Born” all day long. The music is amazing and makes you feel so many emotions, with “Shallow” leading the way. It’s the kind of song you listen to with someone you love. It’s that good. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga make you feel every emotion possible, and if “Shallow” doesn’t win best song, I’ll be disappointed. Does anyone else need a cigarette after that performance?

10:12 p.m. — It’s hard to believe a Farrelly brother went from “Dumb and Dumber” to “Green Book.”

10:15 p.m. — Spike Lee finally made it on the Oscars stage. “BlacKkKlansman” for the win on adapted screenplay!

10:22 p.m. — Michael B. Jordan really is all kinds of adorable, y’all.

10:26 p.m. — The film doesn’t deserve any other Oscars, but “Shallow” makes you feel all the feels and totally deserved the award for best original song.

10:30 p.m. — The memoriam always gets me. Margot Kidder was a hard one for me. But, we also lost Burt Reynolds, Penny Marshall, Stan Lee, William Goldman and Albert Finney. #kleenex

10:39 p.m. — Is it really the Oscars if Barbra Streisand hasn’t been included? She’s made a late but grand entrance. I may have to root for “BlacKkKlansman” just because Babs likes it.

10:45 p.m. — YES! Rami Malek wins! The man who made me appreciate Queen deserves every honor the Academy can give him. And, he thanks his mom first. Y’all. He nailed it, and he deserves this win. “I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out.” Rami gave a beautiful speech. #tears

10:59 p.m. — Olivia Colman knocked it out of the park on her first turn. This is her first nomination, but she won for best actress. Honestly, I was kind of rooting for Glenn Close’s performance in “The Wife,” but Colman was the unspoken hero of “The Favourite.” Everyone talks about Emma Stone or Rachel Weisz, but Lord, Colman took us on an emotional roller coaster, and it was glorious. It’s obvious Colman didn’t have any idea she’d win, and her lack of preparedness makes me melty.

11:13 p.m. — I will always adore Julia Roberts. I’m not sure why she’s giving out the best picture award, but I’m OK with it.

11:14 p.m. — “Green Book” pulled out the top award. Is it the film that deserved to win? Honestly, I don’t know. As the night wound down, I wasn’t even sure who would win. The night was so split.

I enjoyed “Green Book,” but it had its fair share of problems. It’s a film in which America’s racist past is once again seen through the eyes of a white man who becomes slightly less racist through his journey. It feels like it’s stuck in the past while others like ‘BlacKkKlansman” and “Black Panther” are grounded in the past, hyper—focused on our present, and prophetic about our future. At the same time, neither one felt like a best picture to me. The problem is that nothing did to me. Maybe I could have gotten behind “If Beale Street Could Talk” if it had been nominated.

Overall, it was a good night at the Oscars. Awards weren’t guaranteed, and there were definitely some surprises. Seriously, Peter Farrelly? But, I still love the Oscars, and all the magic they hold. I’ll tune in next year, too, to see what surprises lay in store.

Amanda Greever is a former editor, designer and writer at The Daily Times. She now works in public relations. Contact her at

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