Moments the cameras missed
The 90th annual Academy Awards were filled with memorable speeches (Frances McDormand’s instantly iconic speech) and historic wins (Jordan Peele’s victory in the best original screenplay category, the first time that award has been bestowed upon a black writer), but what did viewers at home miss while watching the nearly four-hour broadcast? Ahead, five standout behind-the-scenes moments.
The other Guillermo who stole the show
Before the Oscars began, host Jimmy Kimmel’s longtime sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, read off a list of rules for winners — making sure to take a shot of tequila after each edict. Some of his tips: “be conscious” (later corrected offscreen to be “concise”), don’t read off a paper or phone, don’t adjust the microphone, and perhaps most important, “wrap it the f— up.” The bit drew laughs from the crowd, especially Rodriguez’s final words: “Have fun and don’t drink too much.”
Call Me By Your Name star (and beloved mathematics MC) Timothée Chalamet was positioned in the front row at the Academy Awards — and with good reason. The 22-year-old star, the youngest best actor nominee since Mickey Rooney for 1939’s Babes in Arms, was the Oscars’ most popular attendee, with everyone from costars Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) to Viola Davis, Gal Gadot, and Mark Hamill, all making sure they got a chance to say hello. On the red carpet, Chalamet posed with Lin-Manuel Miranda for a selfie and even reconnected with his Interstellar dad Matthew McConaughey. About the only thing that didn’t go right for the youngster was his category: Despite the universal love inside, Gary Oldman prevailed in best actor race.
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Oscars moment everyone was talking about long after the show ended? Keala Settle’s show-stopping, bring-down-the-house rendition of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. The crowd was feeling her performance from the jump, with Viola Davis particularly enamored with the song. (She led the ovation when Settle was finished, one of the numerous standing ovations delivered by the crowd during the ceremony.) Double EGOT for Robert Lopez aside, the disappointment felt inside the Dolby Theatre when “Remember Me” from Coco won best original song over “This Is Me” was palpable.
Hug it out
After Frances McDormand’s firebrand best actress speech, which included a call to arms for all the female nominees in attendance to stand up, the four women who lost to the Three Billboards star — Sally Hawkins, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, and Meryl Streep — met in the middle of the theater for a group hug and a few laughs. Moments later, McDormand came back to the audience and proceeded to embrace both Ronan and Robbie on the way back to her seat.
When the night ended, attendees and winners alike headed into the chilly night to wait for their cars. Among those spotted in the early push to exit the theater: Aaron Sorkin, Allison Williams, the cast of Black Panther, Gina Rodriguez, and 86-year-old John Williams, who stood out as the only person during a 20-minute stretch to be called to his car by name.