The top 10 Oscar moments that we can’t stop thinking about
The 2018 Academy Awards fell on March 4 this year – four days into Women’s History Month. And that’s exactly what women did at this year’s Oscars – they made history. From the first woman ever to be nominated for an Oscar in cinematography to style choices that were bad.ass - they didn’t make history only by taking home certain awards, but through their style, courage, and most importantly, their attitude. Here are ten iconic moments that we can’t stop thinking about.
Mary J. Blige. Period.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. MJB. Whatever you know her as, Mary J. Blige made the Oscars hers this year. She made history at this year’s awards by being the first person to be nominated in an acting and song category in the same year. And, she gave an iconic performance of “Mighty River” from the film Mudbound. Our love for Mary J. is, well, Real Love.
A night of firsts.
On Hollywood’s biggest night, women made history in all aspects of the show. Daniela Vega, the star of the Oscar-winning film “A Fantastic Woman,” became the first openly transgender person to present at the Oscars. Rachel Morrison of Mudbound became the first woman ever to be nominated for cinematography at the Oscars. You make us proud to be women. Keep slaying Daniela and Rachel!
Emma Stone’s Name Drop
“These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.” It was brief, but it was powerful. Yes, Emma Stone. While presenting the Award for Best Director, Emma Stone name dropped Greta Gerwig, who is only one of four women in history to be nominated for Best Director. Oh, and she’s also the only woman to ever be nominated for Best Director for their debut film.
Tiffany Haddish Wearing Uggs
We’re just throwing it out there, that there is nothing more relatable than Tiffany Haddish rocking some Ugg slippers onstage while presenting. We didn’t think it was possible to love Haddish more, yet here we are…
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Gender Representation
Kirsten Anderson-Lopez, along with husband and musical partner Robert Lopez, won the award for Best Original Song for Coco’s “Remember Me.” In her acceptance speech, Anderson-Lopez stressed “Not only are we diverse, but we are close to 50/50 for gender representation” when discussing her category. The Dolby Theatre erupted with applause, and so did we...from our couch.
Tarana Burke Cameo
During the Awards, Common and Andra Day gave an unforgettable performance of “Stand Up for Something.” As if Andra Day’s powerhouse vocals weren’t iconic enough, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke took the stage during the song and we might as well have been Meryl yelling “YES!” at last year’s Oscars.
“This Is Me”
It should have been called the Greatest ShowWoman. Keala Settle’s unforgettable and emotional performance of “This Is Me” was a crowd favorite, and the song’s message is just as powerful. “I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be. This is Me.” This is you, Keala, and we’re big fans.
Frances McDormand’s Acceptance Speech
“If I fall over, pick me up ‘cause I’ve got some things to say,” said Academy Award winner Frances McDormand. McDormand gave an inspiring performance as Mildred Hayes, a mother mourning over the loss of her daughter in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. McDormand was beyond endearing as took the stage, but once settled in, we knew she meant business. Shit was about to GO. DOWN. She invited all the female nominees in the room to stand with her, and she left with us two words to think about: Inclusion Rider. To be honest, at the time, we didn’t know what those words meant, yet we still found ourselves fist pumping at the living room TV. After some research, we found that “inclusion rider” is something an actor or actress can have put into their contracts to ensure diversity in a cast and crew. You rock, Frances.
Rita Moreno’s Closet Raid
Legendary lady Rita Moreno was one of this year’s presenters. FYI, the 86-year-old icon is one of only twelve people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Badass. The dress she rocked? Her Oscars dress from 1962, when she won for West Side Story!
Ladies in Royal Blue
We just want to point out that Jennifer Garner and Nicole Kidman in royal blue had us picking our jaws up off the floor. SLAY. That is all.