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Oscars 2019 as it happened: Winners, big surprises, speeches and more

The 91st Academy Awards was a night filled with historic wins for diversity and representation. The biggest award of the night went to "Green Book" for best picture — edging out top competitors like “Roma” and “Black Panther." Catch up on what went down in our posts below, and see the complete list of Oscar winners here!

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Even without a host, Oscars telecast can't end on time

Time still wasn't on Oscar producers' side.

Sunday night's telecast, the first since 1989 to go without a host, still couldn't wrap up in under three hours — the scheduled running time so important to the show's network host, ABC.

That the show ended just 18 minutes late is still a remarkable accomplishment after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had to backtrack on an unpopular attempt to scale back by cutting four of the less-glamorous categories from the live telecast.The dubious record for longest telecast is held by the 2002 Academy Awards, which lasted four hours and 23 minutes. Of course, the record is still held by the very first Oscars in 1929, hosted by Douglas Fairbanks, which lasted a reported 15 minutes.

The telecast has lasted longer than three hours consistently since the Oscars first broke that mark in 1974.  

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born" during the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2019. Mike Blake / Reuters
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Best picture goes to... 'Green Book'

"Green Book" — the tale of the real-life relationship between black pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his Italian-American chauffeur Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) — took home the biggest award of the night. The film was one of the most divisive, hotly debated movies of 2018, as Ethan Sacks explains here. 

See all the winners of the Oscars here.

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Oscars quiz: Brie Larson

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Brie Larson is a few weeks away from conquering the box office with “Captain Marvel.” But just two years ago, she was … a critically celebrated Oscar winner.

Alfonso Cuarón continues best director dominance of Mexican trio

Make it five out of six for the “Three Amigos.”

With his win for best director, “Roma’s” Alfonso Cuarón has not only added a second Academy Award for his mantle, but also continued an unprecedented run for a trio of Mexican filmmakers who are forever tied together by friendship and professional collaboration.

Cuarón, who also won in 2013 for "Gravity," and his pals Alejandro González Iñárritu (who won back-to-back for 2014's "Birdman" and 2015's "The Revenant") and Guillermo del Toro (2017's "The Shape of Water") have dominated the honor for the past few years.  

“It's unprecedented and it's remarkable,” Ira Deutchman, an indie film veteran and professor at the film program at Columbia University, told NBC News. “What you want to do is connect the dots and figure out if they are somehow gaming the system, is there a real reason for it? But I think it's just all three have been tapping into the zeitgeist over the last few years.” 

Making Sunday more special for Cuarón: he received the statuette from Del Toro.

Cuarón also won Sunday night for best achievement in cinematography.

The trio, who first met each other working on a Mexican show called "La Hora Marcada" during the 1980s, still consult each other for advice on their films.

"There’s no film I make that doesn’t get run past them, by their eyes and hands,” Cuarón previously told the Spanish newspaper, El Pais.

Olivia Colman wins best actress in a surprise

There was a royal upset in the best actress category.

Olivia Colman won the Oscar for her turn as Queen Anne in "The Favourite" over the heavily-favored Glenn Close ("The Wife") and Lady Gaga ("A Star Is Born"). 

Even Colman herself seemed shocked: "It's genuinely quite stressful," she said at the beginning of her acceptance speech. "This is hilarious."

The 45-year-old British actress was a first-time nominee, and gave an emotional speech on the podium, reminiscing about her days working as a cleaning woman before breaking into show business.

"Any little girl that's practicing her speech for the telly, you never know," said Colman.

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Best Actress nominee for "The Favourite" Olivia Colman accepts the award for Best Actress during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. on Feb. 24, 2019. Valerie Macon / AFP - Getty Images

Selma Blair walks first red carpet since multiple sclerosis diagnosis

Selma Blair made her first red carpet appearance Sunday night since revealing her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis last year. The actress appeared at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in Beverly Hills with a custom walking cane.

Blair said in an Instagram post that the cane was customized with her monogram and a pink diamond by celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik. 

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Selma Blair attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Ca. on Feb. 24, 2019. Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

Rami Malek wins for best actor

Rami Malek takes home the Oscar for best actor for his role in "Bohemian Rhapsody." This is Malek's first Oscar nomination and win. In a heartfelt speech, the actor encouraged his fans to continue to find their voice, truth and live unapologetticaly. "Listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant. A man that was unapologetically himself."

Paying homage to his character, singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury, Malek noted "I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I am a first generation American. Part of my story is being written right now." Mercury was also an immigrant who was battling AIDS during the height of his career.

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Rami Malek accepts the Best Actor award for his role in "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2019. Mike Blake / Reuters
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Oscars quiz: Actresses with the most best actress awards

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Fun fact: Katherine Hepburn holds the record for most acting Oscars (four of ‘em!). But guess who comes close...

A meme is born

You can't have a moment like this in modern pop culture without the internet turning it into art. 

At the very end of a live performance of "Shallow," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper shared a moment. That moment, a genuine look of... let's say appreciation... clearly resonated on social media, where people shared similar feelings about almost anything.

Of course, this isn't the first meme that "A Star Is Born" inspired... 

John Mulaney and Awkwafina for Oscars 2020 hosts!

I think it's safe to say we were all a bit worried when it came to the flow of the show without a host. But we've already seen some of tonight's presenters shine as possible hosts for next year's Oscars.

Two in particular: the odd, but hilarious pairing of John Mulaney and Awkwafina. From John's candor, and stunning floral blazer, to Awkwafina's star struck moment with Spike Lee, these stars bring a level of authenticity and comic improvisation that would make any award show must-see-TV. 

Honorable mentions to Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph with their rendition of "Shallow," and Melissa McCarthy with her "The Favourite" inspired dress and puppet presentation.

More notable Oscar wins...

The night is almost at an end and what a night it has been. From the surprise of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse" beating "The Incredibles" for best animated feature film, "Green Book" winning for best original screenplay, and Spike Lee getting his first Oscar recognition (outside of his Honorary Oscar in 2015) for best adapted screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman," the night is breaking records and expectations left and right.

Make sure to keep up to date with all the historic wins  at the 91st Oscars ceremony.

'Shallow' wins best song, so many emotions happen

In the least surprising moment of this year's Academy Awards, "Shallow" took home best original song and an emotional Lady Gaga delivered a speech on the importance of not giving up and following your dreams.

Which, like, great! Excellent.

But despite the fact that anybody emoting in public makes me uncomfortable (as someone who prefers to cry alone in the car), Gaga's surprise at taking home the award we all knew she'd win was confusing. First, it was the frontrunner for best song. Second, she's a Grammy-award winning artist, so her surprise and tears made a little less sense. The woman is an established artist. She's one of the most famous people in the world. Bradley Cooper didn't pluck her out of obscurity, and she certainly wasn't "discovered" via "A Star Is Born." She won an acting award already for her turn in "American Horror Story." So, like, let's get with it, everybody. The woman is a force of nature — she isn't Ally, and thank goodness. But, well... does SHE know that?

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Oscars quiz: James Cameron's "Avatar" and the best picture award

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Hey, remember “Avatar”? It won awards. Or maybe it didn’t. We can’t tell you. You have to tell us!

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The man, the myth, the legend: Spike Lee just won his first Oscar

Spike Lee has been making movies for more than 30 years, earning an Oscar nomination along the way for the era-defining drama "Do the Right Thing" and scooping up Emmys, Peabodys and the Cannes Grand Prix. 

But even after "Malcolm X," "25th Hour" and other essential works of American independent cinema, Lee had never won a competitive Academy Award — until now. (He received an honorary Oscar in 2015.)

Lee, the director of the fiery docudrama "BlacKkKlansman," shared the best adapted screenplay prize with David Rabonwitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott. He is also nominated for best director.

In his spirited acceptance speech, Lee alluded to America's political tumult and the 2020 presidential election, calling on the audience to "mobilize."

"Let's all mobilize. Let's all be on the right side of history," Lee said, reading off notes and clad in his signature purple suit. "Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let's do the right thing!"

"BlacKkKlansman," inspired by a strange true tale, stars John David Washington as a black police officer who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. 

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Spike Lee accepts the Adapted Screenplay award for 'BlacKkKlansman' onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Feb. 24, 2019. Kevin Winter / Getty Images
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Oscars quiz: Inclusion rider mentions at the Academy Awards

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Hollywood is kind of sort of coming to grips with its diversity problem. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing a lot more about “inclusion riders.”

Chris Evans is having a great Oscars... for someone not nominated in any category

Chris Evans didn't bring his "Captain America" shield to the Academy Awards — but he still managed to play the hero. 

The Marvel star leapt from his seat to help his seat neighbor Regina King climb the stairs to the podium to accept her best supporting actress Oscar for "If Beale Street Could Talk" when she struggled with the train of her dress. The chivalrous gesture elicited plenty of swooning on social media. 

"The only way the internet could be more turned on by Chris Evans rn would be if he was tweeting about politics with his dog by his side while helping Regina King on stage," gushed one tweeter.

But it was also a sequel of sorts. Evans also helped Betty White up to the podium at the 2015 People's Choice Awards.

Hot take: Bradley Cooper and Gaga got as far from the 'Shallow' as they've ever been

Here's the thing: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are not Jackson Maine or Ally, but tonight they would've liked us to believe they were. Because while we've endured a "are they or aren't they" for the entirety of fall and winter, their performance of "Shallow" tonight truly strove to recreate the magic of a fictional couple we'd all hate to hang out with in real life.

So yes, they sang, they duetted, and they ended the song by making it seem like they were about to kiss — only to not, and instead sit awkwardly close as if it wasn't rehearsed, planned, or plotted. Which marks the end of an era! It's over! Jackson and Ally have been retired, long live "Shallow," unless you're tired of it! I just hope Bradley gave Sam Elliott back his voice.

Netflix drops a teaser trailer for its Scorsese movie

Netflix has picked quite a moment to drop a teaser trailer for its upcoming movie, "The Irishman," directed by Martin Scorsese. 

The film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and plenty of other notable actors and actresses. It centers on the death of American union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

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Oscars quiz: Who *wasn't* in the famous Ellen DeGeneres selfie?

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The selfie. The defining art form of this modern era — and the centerpiece of one of the most authentically fun moments in recent Oscar history.

History-making Pixar short 'Bao' picks up Oscar

A sentient dumpling that brought people to tears just picked up the Academy Award for best animated short film. "Bao," which tells the story of a Chinese mother and a dumpling baby that comes to life, made its debut before "Incredibles 2" last summer.

The short film was directed by Domee Shi, who told NBC News last summer she was inspired by classic food fairy tales.

"To all of the nerdy girls out there who hide behind their sketchbooks, don't be afraid to tell your story to the world," Shi said on the Oscars stage.

"Bao" is Shi's directorial debut and the first Pixar short to be directed by a woman.